We think the best immediate, short-term response is not to pour more money we cannot afford into matching China in hypersonic proliferation - the build cycle is too slow and too expensive and that puts the world's bully, China, and not the US, in the drivers seat- but to implement a viable In Silo / Pre-Launch defensive framework robust enough to protect 100% and flexible enough to make tactical hypersonic unnecessary.. Such a framework, as nations including Korea, Germany and Poland have expressed interest in, would:
We don't need the best or fastest hypersonic attack jets or missiles, as the world's top military leader, if we have the ability to instantly stop operation of any enemy or terrorist hypersonic attack.
The US has always been a nation of peace, with Russia traditionally supporting the US in bi-lateral cooperation against nuclear First Strike. We do need to maintain strong tactical capabilities, true. But the reason our In Silo / Pre-Launch framework is attracting global interest - from the conservative Brookings Foundation to the liberal Carnegie Peace Foundation to US military command officers to inquiries from the Nobel Prize Committee in Stockholm - is that people worldwide want PEACE.
The US has always led the way in this endeavor, and we feel fortunate to be able to support our US military in this critical effort.
A special thank you to Northrop Grumman and (the former) Orbital ATK engineers and leadership for their pro bono engineering review of our Pre-Launch defense framework earlier this year. Had the Pandemic not hit, there would have been no distraction or funding lapse and we believe this framework, three years in the design stage, would have been already implemented.
Northrop is the world-acclaimed design and build contractor for 3 of our greatest aerospace and space accomplishments: the Global Hawk drone and Nasa's Hubble and James Webb space telescopes. True miracles of human engineering.