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Technology Improvements Could Shift The Balance Of Defense Capabilities In Favor Of China And Russia

ArmchairTechInvestor, July 16, 2018, by Brad Peery

Book-Simon and Schuster: China vs. U.S. 2018, A Police State vs. A Democracy.
Expected publishing date: September 1, 2018
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In deciding which elements of the book are the most important to future U.S. worldwide ambitions and security, we have decided that they are:
• The investment environments faced by Chinese companies in the U.S. and the unfair trade practices faced by U.S. and foreign companies that seek to invest in China.
• The defense implications of the China’s international ambitions in Africa, Asia, the Arctic and Europe due to:
o China’s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea and Taiwan;
o China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative to develop financial, military and political relationships with at least 70 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe; and
o China’s vacuous claims in the Arctic.
• China’s ambitions for 10 market sectors as articulated in “Made in China 2025”.
• China’s ambitions to be the worldwide leader in military technologies that include:
o Artificial intelligence;
o Quantum computing; and
o Hypersonic speed missiles that operate at 10,000 miles per hour or 10 times the speed of existing missiles.

*A dramatic increase in the speed of missiles in on the horizon. This will challenge U.S. defense efforts to defend against a missile attack, particularly from submarine or aircraft launched nuclear weapons. The aircraft could be Russian MIG-31 fighter jets, and bombers.

Russia appears to be far ahead of the U.S. in developing these hypersonic missiles. They can travel at 10 times the speed of current missiles. According to CNBC sources, Russia should have missiles ready for combat by about 2020.

“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 in March 2018. This means that, as of now, the U.S. has to rely on deterrence against these so-called hypersonic weapons, he said.

“Both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities,” Hyten said. “We’ve watched them test those capabilities.”

“It’s quite an advantage if anybody could ever do that,” said John Wilcox, vice president at Northrop Grumman. The company built the first hypersonic aircraft back in 2004. It only flew for about 10 seconds. But Northrop Grumman is now conducting tests as part of the Pentagon’s top secret efforts to develop hypersonic weapons that can fly longer and farther.
*Russia’s new hypersonic missile, which can be launched from warplanes, will likely be ready for combat by 2020
CNBC.com, By Amanda Macias, July 13, 2018

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