The Pentagon is looking to Space War as an emerging method to counter seemingly unstoppable hypersonic weapons attacks, with early prototyping of satellite sensors and other tracking technology to more quickly find and “take out” weapons traveling more than five times the speed of sound.
“We have to work on sensor architecture, because they do maneuver and they are global, you have to be able to track them worldwide and globally. It does drive you towards a space architecture, which is where we’re going,” Navy Vice Admiral Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said in a Pentagon report.
The need to stop hypersonic weapons attacks is growing in significance and urgency, according to many senior Congressional and U.S. military leaders. Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said China was in fact ahead of the United States regarding hypersonic weapons development.
“Last October, China paraded a hypersonic weapon, showing off a technology we don’t even have yet,” Inhofe said Thursday on the Senate floor, when talking about the need for a very strong 2021 military budget.
The Missile Defense Agency and the Space Development Agency, Hill said, have already built a satellite prototype and plan to put up more new satellites to better track hypersonic attacks over the next few years.