Our Missile Defense Systems Are No Match for Hypersonic Weapons

A Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies paper makes a complete and compelling case for why the United States should aggressively pursue hypersonic weapons, systems that travel faster than five or six times the speed of sound.

Hypersonics, the authors conclude, would afford the U.S. with unprecedented rapid reach, global target access, a “fourth dimension effect” by effectively shrinking a foe's decision-making window and a complete rendering of existing air defenses to be obsolete. 

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