Pentagon: US may be losing military tech superiority to China, Russia

The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

NATO states are being urged by the Pentagon to develop innovative weapons in close cooperation to optimize military spending due to deep concern about US eventually losing its military technological superiority over rivals such as China and Russia.

“I am very concerned about the increasing risk of loss of US military technological superiority,” Pentagon arms buyer Frank Kendall told a House Armed Services Committee hearing according to “We’re at risk and the situation is getting worse,” he warned, specifying that his concerns lay with the heavy investments into weapons design being done by China and Russia.

An example of this would be China’s new ultra-high speed strike vehicle which just had its 3rd test flight. The vehicle is capable of travelling at up to eight times the speed of sound and experts suspect it is part of the development of its strategic nuclear program. According to experts, hypersonic capabilities are indicative of a large scale military build-up.

US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, in a separate hearing at the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday, announced that “bold action” was needed to keep the US’s lead in technology as the aforementioned countries as well as other countries are rapidly developing weapon systems of their own.

America’s new plan, entitled “Defense Innovation Initiative” (DII), will include extensive collaboration with allies worldwide and aims to ensure US decisive technical military superiority against potential enemies.

Boeing, Lockheed Martin and other leading manufactures in America’s defense industry have been urged by the Pentagon repeatedly to allocate more investments into developing new technologies.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has been appointed to lead a group of senior Pentagon officials to lead on the DII plan and has not yet revealed the budget behind the DII plan.


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