U.S. strat forces commander: We have no defense against Russia’s, China’s hypersonic missiles

U.S. strat forces commander: We have no defense against Russia’s, China’s hypersonic missiles
Gen. John Hyten, USAF, at security forum panel event in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Image: Screen grab of Halifax International Security Forum video via Breitbart)

[Ed. – Quite true.  Been true for years — both Russia and China have been developing hypersonic weapons for nearly two decades (as have we, although Russia and China are further along) — and the unhinged political resistance to missile defense has kept our program starved and running way behind the threat.]

America’s top nuclear commander described a grim scenario for U.S. forces facing off against a new breed of high-speed weapons that Russia and China are developing.

“We don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. This means that, as of now, the U.S. has to rely on deterrence against these so-called hypersonic weapons, he said. …

While the Defense Department’s latest budget request of $686 billion emphasizes a plan to offset emerging threats from Russia and China, it is clear that the U.S. lacks the means to combat hypersonics. …

Earlier this month, during a two-hour state-of-the-nation speech, Putin announced a slew of new nuclear weapons as well as a hypersonic missile.

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