U.S. accelerating its own hypersonic missile development

The United States is ramping up development of a hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile as near-peer competitor states continue to advance their own programs. About a year ago, officials with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, told then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work that U.S. hypersonic missile development was lagging behind those of China [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.