On August 7, China conducted a test of a hypersonic weapon. Open-source information about what happened that day in a remote part of Inner Mongolia allows for a few observations.
There is renewed interested in conventionally armed hypersonic weapons in both the United States and in China.
It is the job of heads of government to build political coalitions in favor of reconciliation and to lead their nations through the inevitable setbacks and violent opposition that are likely to befall a peace process before it succeeds.
The United States has accused Russia of violating a 1987 missile treaty.
The United States has spent $1 billion on a weapon that has no mission and has started an arms race with China in the process.
Tehran’s military capabilities do not match its ambitions for recognition and status. It is cautious, defensive, and prudent in resorting to force, due as much to experience as to realism about its own limits.
A U.S.-Russian arms race in strategic conventional weapons is an unfortunate possibility, but it is not an inevitability.
Even if the interim deal with Iran is successfully extended into a comprehensive agreement during the next twelve months, Tehran’s conduct in the Middle East will remain largely unregulated.
No decision has yet been made about which missions the Conventional Prompt Global Strike would be used for, but there are several possibilities floating around.
In one area of military technology, a new and potentially dangerous arms race is brewing and a crisis could touch off rapid and uncontrollable escalation.