Just as stealth helped the U.S. gain unrivaled air superiority a generation ago, the race to develop hypersonic systems could be a game changer in the global balance of military power. Hypersonic weapons fly faster than Mach 5 and, unlike ballistic missiles, they are highly maneuverable. In short, they could enable an aggressor to attack aircraft carriers or bases with a weapon that is almost impossible to shoot down. Having helped raise the alarm over the serious threat from China and ...

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