What I Learned This Week

The balance of power is starting to shift to China and Russia as the military-technology arms race escalates.

China and Russia are aggressively pursuing innovative weapon systems for asymmetric advantage. The U.S. is no longer guaranteed future military-technology supremacy, as Western high-tech leadership erodes and China and Russia close the gap, indicates a new study from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). In WILTW November 16, 2017, we warned that the “hypersonic” arms race was the most disruptive new technology since “stealth.” Since then, the hypersonics race has intensified. Russia is beginning to deploy hypersonic missiles, while China is actively testing its DF-ZF (DF-17) hypersonic boost-glide vehicle (HGV) missile, with speeds of up to Mach 10—possibly becoming the…

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