The US military is developing anti-hypersonic capabilities as part of its approach to hypersonic technology on the battlefield, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said, without providing meaningful details.
“The reality is that the United States has a series of concepts for how they think they can fight effectively, and we now know where we would employ hypersonic capability in that area,” Hicks boasted during a recent event at Indiana-based Purdue University, as cited in a Saturday report by Sputnik News.
“I don’t want to say much more than that, for obvious reasons, but I mentioned today that we’re also very invested in hypersonic counter because we want to make sure we can defend ourselves against other using hypersonic capabilities,” she added vaguely. .
The senior military official went on to claim that the US approach to hypersonic capabilities is different from what the US Department of Defense considers Russia’s or China’s approaches to such capabilities.
Hicks further stressed that the Pentagon would welcome greater collaboration with institutions such as Purdue University on counter-hypersonics, insisting that partnerships with “the scientific community” are essential to the development of military technologies such as than hypersonic.
His remarks came nearly two months after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a June report that the US military needed to improve oversight and coordination in order to effectively develop anti-hypersonic weapons.
The watchdog further pointed out that the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) did not intend to obtain early independent assessments of the program’s costs and risks, which it said would be important.