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America: An Empire of Insecurity

Written by Alex Koyfman
Posted July 7, 2022

Dear Reader,

Let's face it, folks: As a people, as a culture, as a nation that still holds the status as the world's sole global superpower... we're a pretty insecure lot.

There are countless examples of this character trait in action, and to be perfectly analytical about it, it's served us well.

In 1957, the USSR put a 2-foot-diameter sphere into orbit, making it humanity's first artificial satellite. Within four years, they did the same thing with a human by the name of Yuri Gagarin.

Those two slaps in the face to American technological dominance set off a space race that resulted in six American moon landings; multiple robotic landings on Mercury, Venus, and Mars; and two probes leaving the solar system altogether.

In 1964, the USSR first flew a high-altitude interceptor called the MiG-25 Foxbat. Its purpose was to rebalance the scales after the U.S. made unprecedented strides in intercontinental bomber tech in the early ’60s.

The Foxbat was the first combat aircraft to exceed Mach 3 in level flight, and immediately set off a race to build the dominant combat aircraft of the future.

This led to the birth of the F-15 Eagle. It was the most expensive, most sophisticated combat aircraft to ever see a production line up to that point.

Named after the very symbol of America, the Eagle eclipsed the Foxbat in every metric besides one — top speed — and remains, to this day, the most successful air-to-air combat platform of the jet age. It will likely be flying even after its successor, the F-22, has been retired.

Like I said, examples like these are plentiful in the post-World War II era.

A History of One-Upmanship

The Soviets introduced their first atomic bomb in 1949... The U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb, orders of magnitude more powerful, within four years.

The Soviets made advancements in intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technology — based almost entirely on their first satellite-launching rockets... Within a couple years, the U.S. developed purpose-built ICBMs and then took the next step by fitting them to a whole new class of submarines.

The Soviets followed with their own submarine-based ICBMs... The U.S., in turn, made its submarine-launched ballistic missiles bigger, gave them longer range, and managed to fit up to two dozen onboard a single submarine.

The Soviets made their missiles bigger too, and even built the biggest submarine ever to deliver them to within spitting distance of our shores.

The U.S. answered by making its submarines quieter and faster, making their missiles more accurate, and introducing an entire undersea network of sensors called SOSUS to track anything approaching our shores.

It's this innovation-driving game of back-and-forth that ended up bankrupting the Soviet Union by the late ’80s and lifting the U.S. to the very pinnacle of the global power pyramid.

Today, Russia is just a shadow of its former self, but others have risen to take its place.

A new superpower is now emerging, and it's just lobbed its first insecurity-inducing innovation into our half of the court.

For years now, the Pentagon has been studying a new technology developed in China. It goes by many names, including “ballistic cruise missile” and “hypersonic cruise missile,” but it's known to the experts as the medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) with hypersonic glide vehicle.

Mass Destruction on Parade

The missile is pictured below, on its mobile launcher, during a recent parade in Beijing.

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The Chinese call it the Dongfeng-17, but its designation within our own military analytical circles better conveys all of the vital characteristics of this new weapon.

The MRBM is a ballistic missile in that it is launched vertically and ascends to the upper layers of the atmosphere, where it releases its payload — a “glide vehicle” — which then returns to Earth at up to 5 times the speed of sound, or “hypersonically.”

The weapon combines the speed and unstoppable nature of a traditional ballistic missile with the precise, course-alterable nature of a cruise missile.

The result is a device that can hit a small, mobile target, such as a ship, before the target can respond.

This puts one of the very symbols of unmatched American power — the carrier group — into jeopardy. To date, there is nothing in our arsenal that can stop this MRBM. No ground-based defense system is fast enough to track or engage it, no plane can come near it, and, at least as far as we're aware, no laser system is powerful enough to disable it once it’s reentered the atmosphere.

That makes the Dongfeng the latest slap to the face of American superpower status, and if history is any guide, it will be met with a response.

The response, as you might have imagined, will involve money. Lots of it.

Billions of dollars are already being spent on two things — the first is a hypersonic missile of our own.

And the second is a method for stopping an incoming hostile MRBM.

The Race Continues

Today, one of the most important developers of hypersonic propulsion technology is also one of the Department of Defense's most trusted contractors for some of the most sophisticated, most high-performing, most sensitive, and, yes, most valuable technology.

It stands poised to be one of the biggest benefactors of billions of dollars in new federal spending, but, far more importantly, it will be instrumental in establishing the U.S.' dominance of hypersonic missile technology.

There's more to the story. More specs and facts that will fascinate and, inevitably, worry you, but it's better you get informed now.

My colleague and fellow newsletter editor Jason Simpkins is a specialist on the topic and has recently published a comprehensive report on the progress of the hypersonic missile race and the likely outcome.

It tells the whole story of what the Chinese tech looks like, how it works, and how dangerous it is.

And you'll also learn about what the Russians have already done with the technology.

Like I said, there's a lot of information, and yes, you will walk away worried.

You can see it for yourself, and get a full profile on the company that will be America's answer to the the biggest military threat of the 21st century.

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Fortune favors the bold,

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