January 28, 2014

Chinese missile technology threat

The Pentagon is worried.  China is set to overtake the United States in certain areas of military technology.  That's not a good thing.  They are not just a communist nation, they have become increasingly interested in flexing their muscle and we all know how they feel about Taiwan.
China’s recent test of a new ultra-high speed strike vehicle highlights growing concerns that Chinese military advances will overtake those of the United States in as few as five years, a senior Pentagon official told Congress Tuesday.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing that he is concerned by large-scale cuts in U.S. defense spending that are undermining efforts to maintain U.S. military superiority.

“On hypersonics, this is a good example of an area of technology that is going to move forward whether we invest in it or not,” Kendall told a hearing on the United States shift toward Asia. “China is doing work in this area.”

The Pentagon is investing some resources in two forms of hypersonic arms: a ballistic missile boost glide vehicle and a jet powered, atmospheric cruise missile, he said.

Kendall said the threat of such hypersonic vehicles to the United States is that they are difficult for missile defenses to counter. The vehicles travel and maneuver while flying at speeds of up to Mach 10 or 7,680 miles an hour.
Here's an idea for the GOP.  Stop focusing on a divisive issue right now that's sure to kill any chance of big success in the mid-term elections (granting amnesty to illegal immigrants) and focus on something that everyone should be feeling more or less the same about - the threat of an expansionist China becoming militarily capable of doing so in the near future.  Otherwise this will become a replay of Iran's nuclear program not being allowed to produce nuclear weapons turning into an"OOPS!".

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