Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute spoke to Newsweek about the Chinese military’s recent rapid progress on the development of hypersonic missiles, as well as the Pentagon’s spending of only $157 million on systems to counter them. Thompson called this defense department effort “a rounding error by Pentagon standards.” So far, nine defense contractors are developing “space sensors” that can track the missiles “from birth to death,” according to Thompson. But to ensure those sensors are accurate, commanders will need accurate information on the paths of the missiles. Otherwise, said Thompson, “defense will be essentially impossible.”
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