Pentagon Studying Hypersonic Weapons Industrial Base

The Pentagon has set up ‘war room’ to examine production of hypersonic boost-glide vehicles and cruise missiles in a bid to more efficiently prepare to scale efforts, according to US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord. Lord spoke to reporters on 4 March after the McAleese annual defence programmes conference about...

The Pentagon has set up ‘war room’ to examine production of hypersonic boost-glide vehicles and cruise missiles in a bid to more efficiently prepare to scale efforts, according to US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord.

Lord spoke to reporters on 4 March after the McAleese annual defence programmes conference about a wide range of weapon acquisition efforts, including one examining the hypersonic weapons industrial base.

“Knowing that hypersonics are so critical to our future [and] that we will probably want to scale rapidly, we need to understand the breadth and the depth of the industrial base for the new materials, for the engineering, for fabrication, and so forth,” Lord explained.

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