US General Warns China Could Deploy Hypersonic Weapons On A "Large Scale"

The United States could lose its military technological superiority to China by late 2020s if it does not spend its $700 billion defense budget wisely, like more investments in artificial intelligence, electronic warfare, and hypersonic missiles, former deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Gen. Paul Selva, vice-chairman of the Joint Chief warned Thursday at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) conference on “Strategic Competition: Maintaining The Edge.”

“We should be prepared to be surprised in any conflict with China, not only because it has invested heavily in modernizing its armed forces but also how it has invested in next-generation military technology,” said former Deputy Secretary Work.

China “wants to be a first mover” in artificial intelligence, by incorporating machine learning algorithms into submarines, drones, hypersonics, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). “That will be how they will get ahead of the United States,” Work warned.

Both presenters harped on the idea that China has advanced its hypersonic program to a level where it could soon deploy on a large scale. Gen. Selva said that the Pentagon needs further investment in hypersonic research and development for an asymmetric advantage against China and Russia.

During the discussion at CNAS in Washington, D.C., Gen. Selva said China has yet to “mass deploy hypersonics or long-range [tactical] ballistic missiles,” however, “they are able now to deploy those capabilities at a large scale” if they decide to move in that direction, he added.

Gen. Selva then dropped a bombshell indicating the Pentagon is behind in the demonstration of hypersonic technologies, but he did mention that the Pentagon still holds an advantage when it comes to sensor and sensor-integration technologies.

“If we just sit back and don’t react we will lose our technological superiority” over China, Selva said.

In mid-April, Lockheed Martin announced that it had won a $928 million contract to develop a hypersonic missile for the U.S. Air Force to counter Chinese and Russian missile defense systems.

“What we’re really trying to do there is prototype using … [new rapid prototyping] authorities to see what we can advance, and what the art of the possible is to see how quickly we can get a capability out there,” Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisitions, technology, and logistics, told journalists during a June 21 meeting at the Pentagon.

Earlier this year, presenting the 2018 National Defense Strategy at the Johns Hopkins University, Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned about a world in which U.S. military is on the decline.

“Our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare – air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace,” he said. “And it is continually eroding.”

“It’s very clear from our national defense strategy … that we intend to react” to what the Chinese are doing, Selva said. “If you accept that the Chinese are trying to offset our capability in the Western Pacific and that the Russians are trying to offset our capability in Europe, it’s incumbent upon us as strategists to react to that ambition.”

The Department of Defense must “analyze what your opponent is trying to do to you, make this a competition … and checkmate them or prevent them from getting so much of an advantage that they can prevent you from doing the things that are in your national interest,” Selva added.

The Pentagon is making a substantial investment via taxpayers to fund its research-and-development programs related to artificial intelligence, electronic warfare, and hypersonic missiles.

After the failed wars in the Middle East and trillions of dollars the Pentagon mysteriously lost, Washington is getting one last shot to remain relevant in the ever so changing world; otherwise, China could surpass America’s military technological superiority within the next decade.

Its quite evident that the Pentagon is willing to send this country even closer to bankruptcy by demanding $700 billion in its new budget, as it struggles to enforce its rule in the South China Sea.

“Given the size of our budget, if we don’t have the money to do this then we’re not paying attention,” Selva said.

“We have to put the money where it matters and that means allocating money to research and development in the technologies that are important to achieve asymmetric approaches to both China and Russia’s technology trends,” he concluded.

To sum up, this is it - the dying American empire gets one last shot to stay relevant in the world, as the clearly defined race against China to develop artificial intelligence, electronic warfare, and most importantly – hypersonic missiles. What comes next if Washington’s power slips in the Pacific? Well, you guessed it…War.

Comments

philipat Meyer Bauer Tue, 06/26/2018 - 01:44 Permalink

Just more propaganda and fear porn to extract even MOAR money for "defense" spending. Even if they increase indefinitely it won't make any difference because the corruption is endemic. More money means more waste, for example the F-35. Ask yourself how Russia (And China soon) can produce better and cheaper weapons systems on one tenth or less of the present US "defense" budget.

And whilst nobody can be sure what the real situation is, from widely available reports, both Russia and China are already deploying hypersonic missiles, developed largely in response to the umilateral decision by the US to abandon the ABM Treaty. (Note to FireBrander: they also have GUIDANCE systems, nothing particularly new, which can lock on to a pre-selected target, stationery or mobile). And those US navy vessels in the South China sea are a long way from home?

PS. Why do you suppose that the Deep State is all of a sudden amenable to a Trump-Putin Summit?

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BrownCoat philipat Tue, 06/26/2018 - 05:30 Permalink

The US spends more on military than both China and Russia.
So, why are Russia and China so much more efficient with their military budgets? (Hint, they are not!)

Spending more on R&D for hypersonic tech does nothing to protect the US. It will only keep the MIC drunk on new funding.

As soon as the new R&D is developed, China will steal it. Then these same generals will demand even more R&D to counter their perceived rival. This is the same strategy the Military-Industrial Complex has played forever. 

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Oldwood USA USA Mon, 06/25/2018 - 23:40 Permalink

We don't need no stinking hypersonic weapons. We can just send john Kerry to China with a few hundred billion in folding money on pallets to buy some peace. He'll promise that we will abandon all US manufacturing and buy 100% Chinese goods so Americans don't have to do that work that we know damned well we're too good for! It'll all be wonderful! It's not like we need the money when can print so much more.

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mark1955 mark1955 Tue, 06/26/2018 - 05:36 Permalink

China is NOT GOING TO ATTACK the United States...EVER!!!

 

However, Our own government is going to Try and Attack the United States and then Try and blame it Falsely on: China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Hamas/Hezbollah in order to Try and get the American people on board:

                                                   1. Martial Law/Curfew

                                                   2. Food/Firearms Confiscation

                                                   3. Mandatory Military/National Service

                                                   4. Mandatory microchipping/vaccination

                                                   5. Our Enslavement/Genocide

                       

                         Do Not Comply!

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mark1955 mark1955 Tue, 06/26/2018 - 05:46 Permalink

False Flag Warning!

 

Friday is the 6 week anniversary of the FBI STAGED Santa Fe High School "Shooting"!

The FBI has been known to Try and Stage False Flags at six week intervals.

Accordingly, I suspect the Treasonous FBI will Try and Stage some "Attack" this week, to Try and get more Gun Control.

Also, I suspect the FBI could Try and STAGE a Mass "Shooting" against Illegal Immigrants, by a "Lone Wolf, White Supremacist" as the Fake Narrative, to Try and "Grease the Skids" for passage of DACA and for More Gun Control!

If "Anything" happens this week, DEMAND HD VIDEO Proof and please call it out for the STAGED Farce that it probably is!

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ultimate warrior Mon, 06/25/2018 - 23:31 Permalink

Give us (MIC) MOAR money slaves!

Let China waste billions. We have a debt bomb about to go off in our country that will impoverish and destroy everyone in this county.

Yen Cross Mon, 06/25/2018 - 23:40 Permalink

    Hey Tyler, the Maxine Waters- Chuck Schumer article must be linked from WAPO or NYT.

 It's crashed my browser [4] times, trying to read it.

Oldwood uhland62 Mon, 06/25/2018 - 23:54 Permalink

We fight for the right to choose our rulers. America's threat is in our rulers looking too much like all the rest, especially China.

You know rape would not necessarily be violent if the victim simply refused to resist. The easiest and least violent rape is where the victim is plied with drugs or booze. Americans have been plied with the drug of cheap and easy credit and a government running up the tab in our name while whispering sweet nothings in our ears of multiculturalism and "free trade" (we always have a weakness for anything with "free" in it).

We would like to think we could pretend it weren't true, that it never happened until that HIV test comes back positive, our body haven lost its ability to defend itself.

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mabuhay1 Mon, 06/25/2018 - 23:47 Permalink

More stolen US tech, now being used against us by the Chinese and Russians.  We never finished the weapons before, because they would be 1st strike weapons, and we did not want that.  Now, we have no choice but to respond in kind and even more high tech and faster to respond to aggression.

 

 

AutoLode Mon, 06/25/2018 - 23:48 Permalink

Hyper Sonics don’t have to be right on target in fact they don’t even need any warhead they impact like a meteorite with corresponding damages 

gallistic platitudipus Tue, 06/26/2018 - 03:49 Permalink

Forget Xanax.

"It's called Mescaline. It's the only way to fly."

 

I agree that there are some very stupid statements, both in the article and in their remarks.

1)  “What we’re really trying to do there is prototype using … [new rapid prototyping] authorities to see what we can advance, and what the art of the possible is to see how quickly we can get a capability out there,” Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisitions, technology, and logistics, told journalists during a June 21 meeting at the Pentagon.

This sounds like a line straight out of the old, cheesy movie "The Pentagon Wars". Seeing what we can advance? What the art of the possible is? How quickly we can get a capability out there?

Some fucking arms race. China is in the mass production stage and all the US has is a couple of semi-failed prototypes that they want to "get out there" with only passing concern for capabilities, quality- or even harder- how it fits into a coherent national defense strategy.

As Confucius once said- Waht da fuk!

 

2)  Speaking of strategy, Russia and China have pursued these weapons with clear and specific strategic goals in mind. The US strategy seems to be to:

“analyze what your opponent is trying to do to you, make this a competition … and checkmate them or prevent them from getting so much of an advantage that they can prevent you from doing the things that are in your national interest”

That sounds more like a tactic to me, but what we are really talking about is an arms race, and countering specific Chinese systems- or capability if you like- with a USAmerican one and this jungle-boy Selva says that:

“If you accept that the Chinese are trying to offset our capability in the Western Pacific and that the Russians are trying to offset our capability in Europe, it’s incumbent upon us as strategists to react to that ambition.”

Whew! What a relief! Forget the scientists and engineers, the "strategists" are on the case. Surely they will "react to that ambition" and save us.

Selva the strategist- or the savior if you like- has many choice quotes. Here is one of my faves:

(The U.S. has invested to)“come up with a family of hypersonic systems that work without necessarily trying to close all the technology pieces at the front end”

In other words, we are sticking to the F-35 pork-barrel model of R&D, inefficiently spreading massive amounts of money far and wide, across .gov agencies, military branches, DARPA, private sector MIC companies, etc. to ensure that everyone gets a slice of the pie. There will be no focused, concerted effort to "close the technology pieces on the front end", and no clear unified concept, design team, or even unity of effort.   

 

3)  The implicit and disastrous assumption that it is just a matter of money dominates the process.

"The United States could lose its military technological superiority to China by late 2020s if it does not spend its $700 billion defense budget wisely"

“We have to put the money where it matters and that means allocating money to research and development in the technologies that are important to achieve asymmetric approaches to both China and Russia’s technology trends”

Well for starters, this is not an "asymmetric approach" at all. As a matter of fact, it is as symmetric as it gets: you build a hypersonic missile, I build a hypersonic missile. Also, the money they are talking about putting into R&D is new money. Nothing- included in the gargantuan, all-time record-breaking military budget will likely be cut; not even the trillion-dollar flying stealth turkey.

 

And so...we are off to the hypersonic race!

Lockheed Martin is in the early lead for the warbucks, nabbing an exclusive contract and a cool Billion-Dollars right out of the gate. This virtually guarantees that Lockheed will get many more down the road, but don't count Boeing out, because they have an actual prototype, the X-51 Waverider (shown in the picture by the orange messiah) that can reach high speeds before completely disintegrating.

DARPA the darling has also scored massive warbucks early and is running strong in second place. DARPA has already stepped up the pace and proclaimed that they need to triple the amount of testing facilities and fund other important and promising projects. There are many competitors and dark horses, and it is still very early. There will be many, many more warbucks to come in this long marathon.

Hell, if they play it right, they could break the record and dethrone the F-35.

 

Final thought- The Soviet Union could not outspend the US in Cold War foreign assistance, in arms races, and many other fields. Many people believe that their attempt to do so was a key factor in their collapse. We should keep in mind that Russia and China regularly research, develop and field world-class weapons systems with only a fraction of what the US spends. The final costs per unit are- also very often- a fraction of what the US spends. This raises some very important questions which could guide the US strategists' thinking and lead to true asymmetrical approaches.

 

 

 

 

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Dilluminati Mon, 06/25/2018 - 23:56 Permalink

I think we should immediately resume unfair trade with the Chicoms so they will discontinue using lasers against US pilots, build these supersonic jets as they promise, and build yet more illegal islands in oceans closer to home.

The whole proposition was that they would join the world in harmony as a result of free trade, they have not.

We need a new course and Americans are smart enough to get that.

just the tip Tue, 06/26/2018 - 00:27 Permalink

i shouldn't be surprised.

ZH posts all these chinese hypersonic weapons articles, and USphobes all get boners.  china is capable of destroying 24 of the US 15 aircraft carriers with the snap of their fingers.

yet.  COMAC can't make a fucking domestic carrier jet to compete with a 737/320.  yeah.  they built one or two but they haven't gotten off the ground.  they had one five year delay.  then a three year delay. 

and now a two year delay:

https://airlinerwatch.com/comac-suspends-the-flight-tests-for-c919/

i suppose it is promising the delays are getting shorter.

i guess they are putting everything into that hypersonic weapon and just don't have time for this commerical carrier shit.

china MIC good.

US MIC bad.

the russian MC-21 is almost as hilarious.  they began design in 2006, with certification scheduled for 2020.  that's 14 years to generate something boring makes 52 per month of, and takes all of 9 days to make.  at least the MC-21 is in flight testing.

russia MIC good.

US MIC bad.

s2man Tue, 06/26/2018 - 00:33 Permalink

Breaking news from some warmongers:

The Russians and Chinese are trying "to offset our capability".  Translation: They are trying to make things even.

Of course, this is the *worst* possible thing which could happen.  Just imagine not having a bigger stick then they do.  The horror! 

Hence, we need to spend a bunch of money to "achieve asymmetric approaches".  Translation, we need a bigger stick.

rejected Tue, 06/26/2018 - 01:13 Permalink

Always the same strategy.

Scare Americans about a 'enemy' with better weapons.

More money for the MIC

Like everything else,,, the MIC will take the money and return a POS like the F35. Destroyers and Carriers that have to be towed in.

The US MIC is a money pit.

Tons of money in,,, garbage out.