House Armed Services Committee leader Mike Rogers expressed concern on Wednesday about a major research organization in Washington.
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“China is in the midst of a massive military modernization program. In many advanced technologies, such as [machine learning] and quantum computing, I’m afraid they’ve gotten ahead of us.
“We know they’ve accomplished it with hypersonic,” he added during the release of the Heritage Foundation’s 2022 Index of US Military Capability.
“China’s notable recent test of a nuke capable orbital hypersonic assault vehicle has been widely reported in the media. Meanwhile, we’ve sunk money into weapons that won’t last more than a few minutes in a war with China,” he continued.
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China launched a ballistic missile that is nuclear-capable in August, according to the Financial Times. This missile circled the world in low-orbit space before gliding down to its target, exhibiting an advanced space capacity that took US intelligence off guard.
According to three persons informed on the information, the missile missed its target by roughly two dozen miles. However, two experts claimed the test demonstrated China made incredible developments on hypersonic weapons and is far ahead of US authorities.
A hypersonic glide rocket armed with a nuclear device, according to Taylor Fravel (a scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a specialist on Chinese nuclear arms policy), might help China avoid U.S. missile defenses designed to destroy incoming ballistic missiles.
“Space-based systems, autonomous weapons, and more scattered logistics abilities are critical to restraining China,” Rogers told the Heritage group.
He explained how the US can catch up to China in hypersonic
Both Russia and China have reported capabilities that are really concerning and they started a fire under us last year. As a result, we have received higher financing for the fourth straight year.
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We’ll be able to catch up, as a result of this. It won’t happen right away, but there’s some top-secret work that will put America back in a good spot very shortly. However, we must never fall behind; this would not have occurred if defense expenditure had not been cut year after year by the Obama administration.
China is ahead of the US in some important technologies, according to Dakota L. Wood, author of the 2022 Index of Military Capability. “It’s due to the disparity in circumstances. China essentially has unrestricted power.”
“It hasn’t been hampered by the presence of its military in Afghanistan and Iraq. It does not provide troops to bolster NATO allies in Europe or anything like that,” he added.
With government-run economies, the government can dictate what businesses do and how they price their products. Without the commitments the United States has, China simply has a great deal of freedom to focus on research and harness the potential of their research universities.