It’s not often that we find high ranking US military officers rattled, particularly in regard to the capabilities of other nations, but here we are.
Just a few days ago, the communist regime in China took a massive step forward in terms of their military and nuclear capabilities, launching their first “hypersonic” missile capable of carrying an atomic payload to any place on the planet. These weapons, of which Russia is also in possession of, can evade even the most advanced defensive systems on the planet, making them game changers for nations like China who desperately wish to be global superpowers.
And this isn’t just conjecture: Some of the top military minds within the United States are rightly concerned.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley says that China’s suspected test of a hypersonic weapon is “very concerning” and likened it to the “Sputnik moment” that occurred as the Soviet Union and the United States were competing in the space race in the late 1950s.
“What we saw was a very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system. And it is very concerning,” Milley said this week during an interview on Bloomberg’s David Rubenstein show. “I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that. It has all of our attention.”
The news comes as China continues an aggressive escalation of rhetoric regarding Taiwan, a nation that Beijing is hoping to bring back under Chinese rule, despite Taiwan’s adamant attitude to the contrary.