Joint Chiefs Vice Chair Concerned over China

General Hyten highlights the importance of U.S. alliances in the wake of China’s second hypersonic missile test.

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten stated that the U.S. needs to take swift action to stay apace with China. His remarks came after the U.S. intelligence community was apparently unaware that China would be holding the second test of its hypersonic missile. General Hyten said that U.S. progress has been marginal because “the Department of Defense is still unbelievably bureaucratic and slow.”

The general stated, “I think in the last five years, maybe longer, the U.S. has done nine hypersonic tests. In the same time – I can’t give you the exact number because that would be classified, too – the Chinese have done hundreds.“

“Calling China a pacing threat is a useful term because the pace at which China is moving is stunning,” General Hyten said. “The pace they’re moving and the trajectory they’re on will surpass Russia and the United States if we don’t do something to change it. It will happen. So I think we have to do something.”

The general added, “If it’s the United States only, it’s going to be problematic in five years. But if it’s the United States and our allies, I think we can be good for a while.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Joint Chiefs of Staff as they assess military readiness and advise the president.
  • For wisdom for the secretaries of the U.S. military as they lead their respective branches.
  • For the president as commander in chief to be informed and discerning regarding domestic and international threats.

Sources: DailyWire,


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