There is one big and glaring sign that the United States seeks to thrust the globe back into an arms race. John Bolton being in Moscow to discuss the United States’ intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Because of these recent advancements in hypersonic weaponry, Mike Griffin, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said he was worried the U.S. was losing its edge in hypersonics.
And the U.S. responded by stepping up their hypersonic weapons program. Earlier this year, the Air Force awarded $1.4 billion in contracts to Lockheed Martin to begin working on air-launched hypersonic weapons. Other agencies, such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), are also working on hypersonic weapons.