A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor contends that eight years of former President Barack Obama’s two terms clearly put America behind both the Russians and Chinese in development of hypersonic missile technology.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the impending deployment of a new hypersonic nuclear-capable missile system that he claims will render United States missile defense systems obsolete.
The new "Avantgard" missiles fly at 20 times the speed of sound – about a mile per second – and can strike targets thousands of miles away.
Bob Maginnis, who serves as Senior Fellow for National Security with the Family Research Council (FRC) and is the author of Alliance of Evil, explained more about the addition to Russia’s arsenal.
"If in fact Putin does have a weapon that is truly hypersonic, then it can likely penetrate virtually any air defense system known to man,” Maginnis asserted. “So, this is a game changer. Of course, the Chinese are doing much the same. We're working on similar systems."
However, Maginnis noted that hypersonic missile technology was not a priority of Obama.
“We did take a sabbatical of sorts during the Obama years, and we're playing catchup,” the national security expert pointed out. “Now, most of these kinds of technologies are being worked on in secret behind the veil. We did take a holiday, and we are playing catchup. Now how fast we can catchup – or whether or not we're already caught up and ahead – is hard to know."
Maginnis is also concerned that the new Democrat-controlled Congress will be reluctant to fund hypersonic technology – in addition to refusing to fund Trump’s wall.
"And I suspect that they won't dismiss it outright,” he added. “But their statements have been such that they want to plow more of the discretionary money that the federal government spends into social programs – as opposed to defense programs."
Maginnis maintains that if Congress doesn't invest in this technology, we face an existential future.