The Hypersonic Arms Race

Space Launch

U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently warned that the U.S. “is not moving fast enough to stay ahead” of its rivals in space, specifically citing the technology and development of hypersonic weapons. 

Shanahan specifically mentions China and Russia when he talks about U.S. rivals, both of which have made clear that they are aggressively pursuing hypersonic technologies.

The United Nations is concerned that the pursuit of these weapons by nuclear-armed states, isn’t getting enough attention, and recently issued a report on proliferation concerns.

Cipher Brief Expert and former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Doug Wise says, “The evidence allows you to conclude that it actually is triggering an arms race and parallel research and development activities, certainly by our adversaries, and by ourselves.

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