US Armies must change industrial method for Pentagon Deputy Chief of Staff

The time has been ripe for questioning at the Pentagon in recent months, while it has become more and more evident that the United States has been, at best caught up, at worst overtaken, by the Chinese industrial and scientific power in the military field in recent years. For the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Pentagon, General John Hyten, this situation can be summed up in a simple comparison: “China has carried out, in the last 5 years, hundreds of tests and trials of hypersonic systems. the United States made 9 ”. According to him, it is the American industrial and scientific method which is at the origin of this observation, and this whereas, in the field of the hypersonic weapons to name only a few, the United States had at the beginning of the decade previous, of an immeasurable technological and scientific advance over China and Russia.

But where China, Russia or even North Korea, have developed the will to succeed and to experiment, according to the American general officer, the American armies have stuck in a comfortable posture leaving no room for constructive failure. Thus, it took two years between the first hypersonic system test, which was a failure, and the second, which was also a failure, resulting in the suspension of the program. During the Cold War, quotes General Hyten, the United States recorded 13 consecutive failures in 18 months before managing to launch the first spy satellite in orbit around the earth. It is this lack of determination which, it seems, is at the origin of the present situationat least from his point of view.

General John Hyten will leave the service in November 2021.

Added to this is a certain form of Western myopia vis-à-vis the threats that are developing. Still according to General Hyten, China is today developing a strategic nuclear capacity far exceeding the deterrence capacities strictly necessary for Beijing. By simultaneously developing a large number of silos and mobile ICBMs, by expanding the fleet of missile launchers, new stealth bombers as well as new ballistic missiles that can be dropped from these bombers, and of course by developing hypersonic capacities of all these vectors, the Chinese authorities endow their country with a first and second strike capacity equivalent, if not in number, in capacity, to that of the United States and Russia, without this not being the case. generates the slightest reaction in the United States, and more broadly, in the West.

General Hyten's statements overlap with many subjects already addressed by Meta-Defense, in particular that of technological Tempo, but also the biases affecting the analysis of the Chinese or Russian threat, or the factors which today handicap the industrial response, science and technology to the needs of the armies in the United States and Europe. It is regrettable, however, that it is most often general officers on departure, such as General Hyten, who will soon be leaving his post, or others already in retirement, who alert on these various points. Awareness is now required, otherwise, beyond a probable and even inexorable downgrading, it is indeed the very security of Westerners that will be engaged by this exacerbated conservatism.

China has started work on 3 sites in the north of the country to deploy 350 silos there to accommodate intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs

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