Counter Hypersonics — Voices

It's important that the need for modern missile defense be openly articulated and discussed as the United States, its allies and partners invest in future capabilities. Here's what the leading voices are saying in this ongoing dialog.

Counter Hypersonics Voices

"Our goal is simple: to ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States — anywhere, anytime, anyplace."

– President Donald J. Trump

Missile Defense Review, January 2019

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"The advantage offered by a hypersonic offense is that it overflies air defenses as we understand them today, and it underflies our missile defenses. It goes into the gap between air defense and missile defense. By the time we can see it on defensive radar systems, it's nearly too late to close the kill chain."

– Michael Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

August 2019

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"We need a proliferated layer of sensors"

– Michael Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

August 2019

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The United States will pursue breakthrough technologies to defend against emerging threats by pursuing:

• Additional space-based sensors.
• Integrating space-based kill assessment into the ballistic missile defense system.
• Operating and sustaining the space tracking and surveillance system.
• Developing defenses against hypersonic missiles, including near-term sensor and command and control upgrades.

– John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

April 2019

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"This is a threat with a much reduced signature, by a factor of 10 or 20 times less than the strategic missile threat with which we've dealt in the past, so we need to be somewhat closer to the action."

– Michael Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

December 2018

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"This is not a threat in the future. We know that China in particular has done dozens of tests of hypersonic systems. Russia has done fewer, but still impressive. This is a threat that our adversaries are developing."

– Michael Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

December 2018

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"The signatures that we're looking for are readily observable from space. These hypersonic threats are fairly hot, white targets. We can see them. We need to be able to see them in time to converge a fire control solution and be able to get our asset into the fight. The United States needs persistent, timely, global awareness of what is going on."

– Michael Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

CSIS, December 2018

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