Lockheed Martin has emerged as the dominant domestic player in the development of hypersonic weapons. Having won integration contracts for Army, Navy and Air Force glide weapons, the company is on the verge of securing a major new military franchise. It is investing accordingly across all four of its business units, and expects to begin producing hypersonic systems in the near future at a digital factory in Alabama. Hypersonic weapons will enable U.S. forces to overcome defenses at the heart of Chinese and Russian anti-access strategies, and destroy time-sensitive targets beyond the reach of other U.S. weapons. Unlike the hypersonic programs of those other great powers, U.S. weapons raise no strategic stability issues because they will not carry nuclear warheads. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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