North Korea’s recent launch of an advanced intercontinental ballistic missile has, undoubtedly, put the United States and its allies in East Asia on high alert, prompting policymakers and military strategists at home to reevaluate our delicate relationship with the “hermit state.”
However, the launch may be a harbinger of a more ominous trend among our fiercest adversaries, to test the strength and resolve of the United States through the development of highly sophisticated weaponry that can neutralize targets with high accuracy.
A new report published by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in Ohio suggests that our archenemies are now more emboldened than ever to ramp up their arsenals at breakneck speed to counter US hegemony.
From the Free Beacon:
“The report warns that both China and Russia are expanding their force of strategic nuclear missiles with new multi-warhead weapons.”
“For the first time, the center reveals new details about China’s force of “close-range” missiles that could be used in an attack on Taiwan.”
“The report also warns that new “hypersonic” missiles are being developed that have characteristics of both ballistic and cruise missiles. Ballistic missiles travel in space on a trajectory to their targets while cruise missiles often fly close to land or sea.”
“Hypersonic missiles are maneuvering weapons launched atop ballistic missiles that glide to their targets. They are being developed by China and Russia as both strategic nuclear and conventional weapons capable of passing through U.S. missile defenses, often at speeds of up to 7,500 miles per hour.”
“Overall, the threats posed by ballistic missile delivery systems are likely to continue to increase and grow more complex,” the report said.
“Adversary ballistic missile systems are becoming more mobile, survivable, reliable, and accurate while also achieving longer ranges. Hypersonic glide vehicles delivered by ballistic missile boosters are an emerging threat that will pose new challenges to missile defense systems.”
The claims in the report are also corroborated by a prominent military affairs analyst, who weighed in on these findings:
“China’s potential to approach at least 1,000 warheads over the next decade, plus Russia’s missiles, means the United States must prepare to exceed existing limitations on deployed weapons or face the possibility of coordinated nuclear blackmail from China and Russia,” says Rick Fisher (a military affairs analyst from the International Assessment and Strategy Center).
Fisher further commented:
“NASIC (National Air and Space Intelligence Center), however, does not mention that these new systems have the potential to carry five to eight missiles per launcher, so they could rapidly increase the number of missile targeting Taiwan into the multiple thousands, when considering potential reloads.”
“As a result of the close-range missile threat from China, the United States should speed up development of energy weapon defenses, like rail-guns and lasers that can defeat large numbers of the close-range missiles.”
Unlike the Cold War, where possession of conventional and unconventional weapons were confined to the major super powers, the report shows that the level of parity in the missile defense realm has increased:
“The proliferation of missile systems and technology has resulted in over 20 nations having ballistic missiles that the report said “likely will be a threat in future conflicts involving U.S. forces.”
“Any of these systems could be exported to other countries in the future,” the report said.
Given these developments, and the ferocious pace at which our enemies seek to undermine our defensive capabilities, it would behoove President Trump to forge forward in his quest to rebuild the military, and equip our fighting men and women with the tools necessary to avert a potentially disastrous situation.
[Note: This article was written by Zachary Smith]