US Congress Anxious to Respond to China’s Weapon DevelopmentPosted: July 7, 2017
On July 2, US Scout Warrior website says in its article “Congressional Request For Proposal Solicits Expert Report on Chinese Weapons – Have the Chinese Caught the US Military” that the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is now seeking assessment of China’s advanced weapons, especially the following weapons:
1. Maneuverable re-entry vehicles, including hypersonic glide and supersonic combustion ramjet engine-powered vehicles;
2. Directed energy weapons, to include high power radiofrequency weapons, high energy lasers, and particle beam weapons, with effects ranging from satellite jamming to target damage;
3. Electromagnetic railguns;
4. Direct-ascent, co-orbital, and other anti-satellite weapons in addition to counterspace electronic warfare capabilities; and
5. Unmanned and artificial intelligence-equipped weapons.
In August 2014, I pointed out in my book “Space Era Strategy: The Way China Beats The U.S.” that according to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s instruction to Chinese air force for obtaining integrated space and air capabilities for both attack and defense, China will develop aerospace bomber. The maneuverable re-entry vehicles referred to in Item 1 include such bombers, which the article says, “could dramatically change the threat calculus for aircraft carriers and other US surface warships, among other things.”
All the weapons in the five items are difficult for the US to deal with. The US has to draw up a plan to counter them, which precisely proves US poor weapon strategy that is based on the past instead of the future. As a result, it lacks initiatives and creation.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Scout Warrior’s article, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1668461-war-tech-analysis-us-vs-chinese-military.