But a disturbing report released this month calls our innovation — and our superiority — into question.
The report reveals that both China and Russia have a new kind of missile. It’s a hypersonic missile. This weapon travel fast, at five times the speed of sound. It hugs the atmosphere and is extremely maneuverable.
If one were launched at our nation, it may be that our existing missile defense systems would not be able to counter it.
In addition to presenting a danger here at home, these missiles also are a threat to our soldiers deployed overseas.
The bottom line is this: we just fell behind in the arms race. To Russia and China. I don’t know about you, but that makes me plenty uncomfortable.
And I’m not the only one. Mark J. Lewis who participated in the study conducted by the Air Force Studies Board at the National Academies of Science is urging the U.S. to put forward the effort and resources to catch up, at the very least to come up with a reliable way to counter these weapons.