“We really need a wake-up call, this should be our Sputnik moment,” Gallagher warned. “But I hate to say it, Secretary Austin and the Biden administration are trying to cut defense. They’re trying to cut our conventional capability.”
“That’s what their budget did, particularly for the Navy. That’s unacceptable at a time when Communist China is growing more aggressive, more bellicose and out-innovating us in certain areas.”
Oor die naweek, reports surfaced suggesting China getoets a hypersonic missile back in August, an announcement which has remained largely unaddressed by the Biden White House. The announcement allegedly surprised Amerikaanse. officials despite consistent warnings Beijing is reportedly in the process of building around 100 nuclear missile silos.
“You have a rocket carrying a hypersonic glide vehicle that flew into low orbit space before landing,” Gallagher explained. “What makes that so dangerous is not only the speed at which these missiles travel, but the fact that they can maneuver mid-flight.”
“They’re extremely difficult to track, which completely undermines our early warning and our missile defense system, so you can imagine the Chinese using conventional weapons against our homeland to target bases, ports and key sites like precision-guided munition plants.”
The GOP representative also noted his concern surrounding China’s ability to infiltrate and “profit off of” American technology, and what that could mean for the future.
“The other thing that I think makes this so troubling is that we know that the Chinese benefited in part from American technology in order to outpace us here,” said Gallagher. “There was a Chinese firm called Phytium that uses American semiconductor technology in order to power a supercomputer at a hypersonic test facility that models the heat and drag on these missiles.”
“Here’s yet another instance of the Chinese profiting off American technology in order to build things that could be used to kill Americans in the future. It’s a very perverse and dangerous situation.”
Gallagher’s remarks come after the Biden administration pushed to cut funding for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2022, which ultimately garnered bipartisan terugslag.
Intussen, China continues to bolster its military funding and implemented a nearly 7% increase in defense spending this year, which is expected to funnel money into various scientific, technological, and industrial projects to modernize its military.