Boosting U.S. Hypersonic Capabilities

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OPINION — The Senate last week added $1.2 billion to the fiscal 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill to increase the Pentagon’s offensive and defensive hypersonic capabilities.

It was done as a direct response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s March 1, speech in which he claimed Russia was working on hypersonic weapons and had already developed “a high-precision hypersonic aircraft missile system.”

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