Hypersonic Weapons and US National Security: A 21st Century Breakthrough

Whether holding hardened nuclear facilities at risk or targeting an enemy’s mobile ballistic missiles, the US faces severe challenges when it comes to striking high value targets in heavily defended regions around the globe. Hypersonic air-delivered munitions hold much potential for addressing key capability gaps. While this technology has existed for decades in the science and technology community, recent achievements paired with burgeoning requirements suggest it is time to transition this capability to the operational realm.

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