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Hypersonic Hype?

January 29, 2021

Episode Notes:

Are hypersonic weapons the cutting edge of military technology or mere hype? The answer has serious consequences for the U.S. defense posture, competition with China and Russia, and the future of arms control.

Cameron Tracy and David Wright explored the technical capabilities of hypersonic weapons in a recent article in the journal Science & Global Security. Cameron —  the Kendall Fellow for the Global Security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists who holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan — joins the Warcast to share his findings and highlight what we should be looking for as the subject of hypersonic weapons continues to be discussed in defense policy circles.

[ 01:02 ]  Hypersonic weapons

[ 02:58 ]  Implications for the United States

[ 05:08 ]  Looking ahead

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