A new unclassified report by the Defense Intelligence Agency is warning of technological gains against the U.S. military that include pulling ahead of the Pentagon in the development of key weapons systems, particularly China.
â€œChina is building a robust, lethal force with capabilities spanning the air, maritime, space and information domains which will enable China to impose its will in the region,â€ wrote DIA DirectorÂ Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, in a preface to theÂ report.
In a briefing to reporters at the Defense Department on Tuesday, a senior Pentagon official said that in terms of ballistic and cruise missile technology,â€ I would say they [the Chinese] are with the most modern militaries in the world.â€
In particular, the official noted, China is leading in hypersonic missile development. Beijing has been testing for years and is close to deploying a maneuverable hypersonic glide vehicle that will sit atop its ballistic missiles.
Also, China has a major advantage over all other military forces around the world with its massive arsenal of 1,200 sophisticated short-range ballistic missiles.
â€œFor a variety of reasons theyâ€™re out ahead of the world in medium-and intermediate-range precision strike systems, partly because the United States and Russia that limited them,â€ the official said, referencing the 1987Â Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
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