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Is the Pentagon moving quickly enough on hypersonic defense?

                                                          Concept art from Northrop Grumman

WASHINGTON — As the Pentagon looks to catch up with China and Russiain the hypersonic arms race, there is a widespread acknowledgement that the technology to defend against weapons capable of reaching Mach 5 or higher simply isn’t there.

“If war breaks out tomorrow, we’re probably not going to kill hypersonic boost glide missiles,” Mike Griffin, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of research and engineering, said during a March 20 speech. “The issue about the higher speed hypersonic systems, the boost glide systems, which are not air breathers, is that they are just so much faster. ... By the time you can see it, they are inside our track loop……..

DefenseNews,March 21, 2019

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