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Hypersonic Missiles Are Unstoppable. And They're Starting a New Global Arms Race. By R. Jeffrey Smith

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MUST READ! Jeffrey Smith is the managing editor for national security at the Center for Public Integrity A hypersonic prototype now under development in the U S flies at speeds between Mach 15 & Mach 20 - more than 11,400 miles per hour. Putin has likewise claimed that one of Russia’s new hypersonic missiles will travel at Mach 10 & Mach 20. If true, that would mean a Russian aircraft or ship firing near Bermuda could strike the Pentagon,800 miles away, in 5 minutes.  ' While it might not be too late to change course, history shows that stopping an arms race is much harder than igniting one. And Washington at the moment is still principally focused on “putting a weapon on a target.” Trump's  lack of interest in regulating hypersonics isn’t that different from its predecessor’s. Obama privately “made it clear that he wanted better options to hold North Korean missiles” at risk'
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"During their flight, the perimeter of their potential landing zone could be about as big as Rhode Island. Officials might sound a general alarm, but they'd be clueless about exactly where the missiles were headed. "We don't have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us,"

"Officials will have trouble even knowing where a strike would land. Although the missiles' launch would probably be picked up by infrared-sensing satellites in its first few moments of flight, Griffin says they would be roughly 10 to 20 times harder to detect than incoming ballistic missiles as they near their targets. They would zoom along in the defensive void, maneuvering unpredictably, and then, in just a few final seconds of blindingly fast, mile-per-second flight, dive and strike a target such as an aircraft carrier from an altitude of 100,000 feet."

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This as our president " treats war with farcical superficiality, believe braggadocio will sway a proud and ancient civilization, approach foreign policy like a real estate deal, defer to advisers with Iran Derangement Syndrome, refuse to read any briefing papers and confuse the American national interest with the Saudi or Israeli."

"This American slouching toward another Middle East war has been a disgrace, shot through with the twisting of truth or outright lies. Now Trump has approved, only to reverse, a retaliatory strike for the Iranian downing of an American drone, an aptly chaotic culmination to the drift the president has allowed."

"The 11th-hour calling-off of military action was the one wise decision Trump has taken on Iran since he took office. Dazzled by Saudi blandishments, Israeli veneration, the opportunity to trash Barack Obama's diplomacy and the lure of evangelicals' votes, Trump determined from Day 1 that the Islamic Republic was the enemy from Central Casting. His view was unburdened by any serious assessment of how to balance toughness and engagement in the long-traumatized American-Iranian relationship."

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