John Hyten, the U.S. Air Force general and commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, claims that China and Russia are beginning to outpace the U.S. in nuclear weapon development.

Hyten suggests the American government do more to invest in nuclear capabilities for defense purposes.

The Daily Mail reports the following:

“A top nuclear commander warned that the US should add more nuclear weapons to its arsenal because Russia and China are actively developing a new high-speed hypersonic weapon.

US Air Force general John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command, said Tuesday that Russia and China are ‘aggressively pursuing’ hypersonic weapons, a type of nuclear missile that flies a a very high speed. 

According to Hyten, the US doesn’t have any type of nuclear weapon that can defend against a hypersonic missile so he suggests the country get to work.   

‘We don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us,’ he told the Senate Armed Services Committee, according to CNBC.

Hyten said that means the US has to rely on deterrence against the hypersonic warfare.”

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