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For years, the Pentagon has dreamed and worked to build what it has called Prompt Global Strike, The idea is simple: to build a hypersonic weapon that can destroy targets anywhere on earth within an hour of getting targeting data and permission to launch. The technology and the physics are not simple; nor are they cheap. On Oct. 30 the Navy Strategic Systems Program tested an Intermediate Range Conventional Prompt Strike test. But China presses ahead with a vigorous hypersonic program, and Russia is trying hard too. Rep. Rob Wittman, chair off the tellingly-named House Armed Services subcommittee for seapower and power projection, argues in this op-ed that America must forge ahead. Read on.

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Category: Science