STRATCOM General Warns: US Is Powerless Against Hypersonic Missile Attacks From China, Russia

The United States is extremely vulnerable to future attack via hypersonic missiles and is falling behind in the technological know-how to defend the homeland from the threat, the commander of the United States Strategic Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

The first, most important message I want to deliver today is that the forces under my command are fully ready to deter our adversaries and respond decisively, should deterrence ever fail. We are ready for all threats. No one should doubt this,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command said in his opening statement.

However, in a follow-on conversation with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, Hyten cautioned:

“we [U.S.] don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon [hypersonic missiles] against us.”

What Hyten suggests, as of today, the U.S. is powerless against hypersonic weapon threats and has to rely on deterrence against these so-called hypersonic weapons.

Hyten added, “so our response would be our deterrent force which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat.”

In other words, if Russia or China launches a hypersonic missile attack on the U.S., the Pentagon will respond with nuclear war.

Sen. Inhofe then asked America’s top nuclear commander to describe what a hypersonic weapon is and what it does.

“A hypersonic threat is a system that starts out ballistic, so you will see it like a ballistic missile, but then it depresses the trajectory and flies more like a cruise missile or airplane,” Hyten said.

“It goes up into the low reaches of space and then turns immediately back down and then levels out and flies at a very high level of speed. That’s a hypersonic weapon,” he said.

Hyten told Inhofe, “both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities. We have watched them test those capabilities.”

Earlier this month, we reported that Russia test-fired a high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet in the South Military District in Russia’s southwest.

“The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target,” the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation declared.  

The ministry released video footage showing the hypersonic missile air launch from the underbelly of the MiG-31 over the skies of Russia.

In late 2017, China conducted several tests of a hypersonic glide vehicle that could be used to defeat U.S. missile defense systems, nevertheless more recently, Russia’s hypersonic glider is one of six new strategic weapons announced recently via Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

In February, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requested the largest-ever budget increase of $9.9 billion in funding for the 2019 fiscal year. Within the request, we found the agency is demanding $120 million for “hypersonic defenses:”

Hypersonic Defense (PE 0604181C): MDA is requesting $120.4 million in FY 2019. MDA will execute a rigorous systems engineering process, identify and mature full kill chain technology, provide analysis and assessment of target of opportunity events, and execute near term sensor and command and control capability upgrades to address defense from hypersonic threats. This effort will execute the Defense Science Board’s recommendations to develop and deliver a set of material solutions to address and defeat hypersonic threats informed by a set of near-term technology demonstrations. An integrated set of enhancements will provide incremental capability measured by progress and knowledge points in the following areas: establishment of systems engineering needs and requirements to identify alternative material solutions; execution of a series of sensor technology

CNBC points out “it is clear that the U.S. lacks the means to combat hypersonics,” nevertheless has poorly allocated funds to develop the technologies over the years — thus enabling Russia and China to advance hypersonics to a higher degree.

Hyten has been on record — calling Russia the “most significant threat” to Washington, and emphasized the need for the Pentagon to modernize its nuclear weapon programs.

“I strongly agree with the need for a low-yield nuclear weapon,” he said of the Pentagon’s request for a low-yield warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. “That capability is a deterrence weapon to respond to the threat that Russia, in particular, is portraying. President [Vladimir] Putin announced as far back as April of 2000 that the Russian doctrine will be to use a low-yield nuclear weapon on the battlefield.”

Hyten said the U.S. is somewhat ahead of Russia and China in some hypersonic technologies, but overall is severely behind the curve.

“As a whole, I’d say it’s a competition and it’s a competition, I believe, that we should have a goal of winning that competition; not tying, not losing, but winning the competition,” he said.

Hyten failed to address the exact areas where the U.S. is behind the eight ball in hypersonics when compared to Russia and China, in fear that such knowledge could jeopardize national security.

“The areas [we are] ahead in, we should accelerate further,” he said. “We need to make sure that that becomes a priority for our nation.”

The next phase is a U.S. response “and the first way to respond to it is to be able to see the threat, which, right now, is challenging. So we have to build capabilities to see what the threat is as well,” he added.

Hyten said defense companies and the Pentagon need to progress hypersonic technologies immediately. He mentioned the need for advanced technologies in sensors to track and identify the origin of a hypersonic threat.

“And right now, we have a challenge with that, with our current on-orbit space architecture and the limited number of radars that we have around the world,” he said.

“I’m going to advocate, as I’ve advocated for the last 30 years, that we need to move into space and be able to build sensors to conduct both the characterization of these new threats that are appearing, as well as discriminate better and earlier the midcourse element of the threat that exists today,” he said.

When asked about Russia and China improving strategic capabilities, including hypersonics, Hyten suggested both countries are “closing in” on U.S. advantages that have been the key building blocks of maintaining America’s global empire.

“I think we have stability with Russia on the nuclear side,” he said. “We have an advantage with China on the nuclear side. But they are gaining ground quickly, especially when you look at space and cyber.”

Unfortunately, the arms race in hypersonic weapons has ushered in the next Cold War between the United States, Russia, and China. It is a repeating cycle of madness where billions of dollars are being diverted to the military-industrial complex and frankly could bankrupt Washington.

Hypersonics will not make the world safer, but rather more dangerous with global superpowers having the capabilities of hurling projectiles at March five or greater. Americans, of the exceptional nation, see themselves as the dominant economic, political and technological power, but as we just discovered from the StratCom General — hypersonic technologies from Russia and or China could disrupt the American hegemony party rooted from a post World War II basis.

Nevertheless, you are starting to get the picture of how the next war will be fought...

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BlackChicken Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:45 Permalink

Bullshit...

There are weapons and technology at our disposal that can match most threats.  There are many people and groups that want America scared.  Don’t fall for that, with all our faults, we are a civilization to be reckoned with on many levels.

hedgeless_horseman ???ö? Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:51 Permalink

 

Hypersonic?

But we're still trying to fight the super slow Afghanis in their mud huts and caves after 16 years.   

Maybe someday we can eventually find the Saudi Arabian Osama bin Laden, the Master Mind behind 9-11-2001, question him about his evil terroristic plots, and finally end this war, the longest war in American history...

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-20/seems-vietnam-veterans-couldn…

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-31/what-have-you-done-me-lately

 

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Luc X. Ifer thisandthat Wed, 03/21/2018 - 23:22 Permalink

Well, this is it - "Here's what the US should do if Russia launches a nuclear attack, according to the top American nuclear commander"

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/21/heres-what-us-should-do-if-russia-launc…

[... Hyten, who has previously called Russia the "most significant threat" to the U.S., also told lawmakers that there is currently no defense against the hypersonic weapons Putin is pursuing.

"We don't have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us." This means that, as of now, the U.S. has to rely on deterrence against these so-called hypersonic weapons, he said. ...]

 

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daedon Luc X. Ifer Thu, 03/22/2018 - 06:01 Permalink

It is the US that threatens the whole world.

It is the US that is considered the greatest threat to peace around the world.

It is the US surrounding Russia with missile bases.

It is the US that has 100s of military bases in countries it has colonized.

If Russia launches a nuclear attack it will be in retaliation.

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Déjà view Posa Wed, 03/21/2018 - 22:57 Permalink

Never seen WW-ll images of 75% destroyed German cities courtesy of 8th & RAF...Russian forces using loaned U.S. weapons...LOL!
https://ww2-weapons.com/lend-lease-tanks-and-aircrafts/

Russian historian: Importance of Lend-Lease cannot be overestimed...

These supplies were critical in some key areas. For example, in the beginning of 1942, Western tanks fully replenished Soviet losses, and exceeded them by three times. About 15 percent of the aircraft used by Soviet air forces were supplied by Allies, including the Airacobra fighter and Boston bomber. The Allies supplied 15,000 state-of-the-art machines at that time; for example, famous Soviet ace Alexander Pokryshkin flew Airacobra, as did the rest of his squadron. He shot down 59 enemy aircraft, and 48 of them were thanks to American military equipment.

RBTH: If we speak not only about the supply of military equipment, but also industrial appliances and accessories, what was the volume of cooperation here?

O.B.: One of the main areas of cooperation was aviation fuel. The USSR could not produce gasoline with high octane. However, it was this fuel that was used by the equipment supplied by the Allies. In addition, the Achilles heel of the Soviet Army was communication and transport. The Soviet industry simply could not meet the demand either in number or in quality.
For example, the army lost 58 percent of its vehicles in 1941 alone. To recover these losses, the Allies supplied more than 400,000 vehicles, mainly trucks, to the USSR. During the occupation, the German concern Daimler Benz set up a vehicle assembly line at a factory in Minsk (now the capital of Belarus). After the liberation of the city, the assembly of American vehicles under Lend-Lease was organized there.
It was not only supplies of finished products, but also raw materials that were extremely important – metals, chemicals and products, which were either not produced in the USSR or lost to the enemy. For example, more than half of Soviet aircraft were produced using aluminum supplied by the Allies.

RBTH: What portion of these supplies served military needs directly, and can we talk about a fully-fledged civil partnership?

O.B.: In the first protocol of Lend-Lease (there were four of them), only 20 percent of deliveries were in military equipment, while 80 percent were related to industrial and food production. The Allies supplied 1900 locomotives to the USSR, while only 446 locomotives were produced in the country itself during the same period, as well as 11,000 carriages, while only a few more than 1,000 were made in the USSR. It is impossible to imagine how the Soviet economy would have functioned without these supplies. For example, the telephone cable provided by the Allies could wrap the Earth at the equator. The Allies’ aid was also critical in the reconstruction of production in the liberated regions of the country, including the role of seeds for the resumption of agriculture. Specific products were also supplied; the Allies delivered 610,000 tons of sugar to the USSR, whereas the USSR itself produced little more than 1.46 million tons.
https://www.rbth.com/business/2015/05/08/allies_gave_soviets_130_billio…

Russian soldiers would have starved...not to mention lack of war materials/supplies...

Did not happen during WW-l...reason Germans kicked Russian ass at Tannenberg 1914...

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LaugherNYC Déjà view Thu, 03/22/2018 - 00:39 Permalink

Well done, my friend. You will never read this from the rabid Russia trolls who now infest ZH. 

Hitler made the mistake of turning to the East. Just like he made the mistake of halting in front of Dunkirk. This is why you don't let a degenerate Syphilitic make your war decisions.

Russia paid for the victory in blood, but it was the American taxpayer who rebuilt their economy and their homeland.

10 years later, we began another massive spending spree on the Soviet cause -- building arms and missiles to dissuade them from taking over Europe and expanding in Asia.

Gotta love those Russian/Soviet governments. The screw a gift horse in the ass.

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EddieLomax daedon Thu, 03/22/2018 - 06:50 Permalink

The minuteman accuracy can be seen from its warhead size, gone are the massive multi-mega ton ones, so a minuteman can reliably hit a city/port/base accurately and destroy it, some now like trident have 100kt warheads.

If a foe deploys a hypersonic missile against us to hit target X, then why no just respond with a minuteman, trident etc.  I think that shooting match will come to an abrupt end, and the score will officially be 0-0.

So then all this hypersonic bullshit is about is another way to continue low level conventional warfare against foes who cannot escalate, or targets too low importance to warrant escalating.  None of that sounds like its really going to change the world, any technological lead there will easily be studied and reproduced as leisure. 

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you_are_cleared_hot Fish Gone Bad Thu, 03/22/2018 - 07:34 Permalink

Fish Gone Bad - that is my point exactly! if you have a Peacekeeper ICBM with say 10 re-entry vehicles, each armed with a 300-kiloton warhead screaming towards their targets at 7km/sec that are just as hard to shoot down as hyper-sonic flide vehicles and keep in mind there will be some decoy warheads too. Hyper-sonic glide vehicles are faster, but not by much...so, what I am saying is that you have a better "value" with existing ICBMs than to be chasing rainbows with hyper-sonic glide vehicles.

 

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Code Duello 07564111 Wed, 03/21/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

"..... as of today, the U.S. is powerless against hypersonic weapon threats and has to rely on deterrence...."

Exactly what deterrence is referenced given the USA's puppet NATO aggressively moving missile systems up against the borders of Russia; conducting military drills alongside similar borders; invading Syria and fomenting warfare within its boundaries, a Russian ally?

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D503 07564111 Wed, 03/21/2018 - 22:23 Permalink

Lets see, trident missile traveling at 13,600 mph launched from sub anywhere in the open waters:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trident_(missile)

"High hypersonic" speed defined as anything between 7,673–19,182 mph:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypersonic_speed

So what's the threat? Thirty years ago? Shit, my mother built those fucking Ohio class subs while I was riding a trike.

 

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LaugherNYC D503 Thu, 03/22/2018 - 00:43 Permalink

There is exactly ZERO chance even a highly perfected, massively deployed hypersonic missile INTERCEPTOR force would come close to stopping even 30% of an incoming 3,100 warhead salvo from the US triad. It will be a generation before they, or the Chinese will have the capability. We will have caught up and passed them (if we haven't actually done so already) within 3-5 years.

 

Does anyone seriously believe the US military could build an OUTHOUSE for $120 million??? Either we are putting the finishing touches on our system, or it's all a bunch of HORSESHIT. Talk to me about an arms race when Hyper is a $50 billion line item.

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