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Revamping defence strategy vital for US to prevent being surpassed by China


U.S. Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, August 21, 2014.

U.S. Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, August 21, 2014.

Reuters reports today that US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said that Russia and China are trying to close the technology gap with the US.

Realisation of the fierce arms race the US faces is certainly good, but the idea that China is merely catching up proves US underestimates China’s efforts to surpass the US.

In my post today titled “China Developing Freight Spacecraft for Its Space-Air Bomber,” I point out China’s space program for development of a space-air bomber capable of destroying an entire aircraft carrier battle group in minutes. The freight spacecraft China is developing now aims at providing supplies including ammunition, fuel, food and other necessities for the crew of the space-air bomber China is developing.

In my new book Space Era Strategy, I give a list of the weapons that China has surpassed, and is surpassing, the US in, including the Beidou Navigation System with better global positioning functions, anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), aerospaceplane, ballistic missile interception system, and others, details of which can be found in my new book. They are all related to China’s space program.

China is carrying out an ambitious space program closely related to weapons research and development. Due to lack of funds, the US has no decent space program.

Moreover, China’s space program is controlled by its military, while in the US, weapons development and the space program are controlled by two separate departments.

Hagel has realised the necessity for the US to revamp how it works with the defence industry, with the goal to “promote greater innovation needed to preserve America’s technological edge, even at a time of tighter budgets”.

However, what is vital for the US is to revamp its outdated strategy.

The US believes that China has adopted what the US regards as anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) strategy, so the US adopted the Air-Sea Battle to counter China’s A2/AD. Air-Sea Battle is an outdated strategy that the US adopted to defeat Japan in the 1940s.

China, however, is developing integrated space and air capabilities for attack and defence. If it succeeds in developing space weapon systems such as the space-air bomber described in my book, the bomber can reach anywhere on earth within an hour to conduct fierce attack with hypersonic missiles with nuclear or conventional warheads.

With space technology, China can even develop the technology to intercept US second-strike submarine-launched nuclear ballistic missiles.

We are now living in the space era. In this era, it is hard for a nation to survive without adequate space technology.

The following is the full text of Reuters report on Hagel’s speech:

Russia, China aim to close military technology gap with U.S.: Hagel

Russia and China are trying to close the technology gap with the U.S. military and developing weapons systems that appear designed to counter traditional U.S. advantages, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday.

Hagel was speaking before a NATO summit expected to bring Russia’s souring relations with the West into sharp focus and the goals of NATO allies to strengthen defence spending.

Hagel said the Pentagon was renewing a push to revamp how it works with the defence industry. The goal, he said, was to promote greater innovation needed to preserve America’s technological edge, even at a time of tighter budgets.

“While the United States currently has a decisive military and technological edge over any potential adversary, our future superiority is not a given,” Hagel told a defence industry forum in Rhode Island.

U.S. defence officials have watched as Moscow and Beijing have tested a string of sophisticated weapons, from radar-evading aircraft and anti-ship missiles that fly many times the speed of sound, to integrated air defences.

While the Defence Department’s spending of around $500 billion is still more than the next six or seven countries combined, research and development spending has fallen more than 20 percent since President Barack Obama took office.

In contrast, China and Russia have been rapidly increasing their security spending and have passed new technological milestones in recent years.

“China and Russia have been trying to close the technology gap by pursuing and funding long-term, comprehensive military modernisation programs,” Hagel said.

“They are also developing anti-ship, anti-air, counter-space, cyber, electronic warfare and special operations capabilities that appear designed to counter traditional U.S. military advantages.”

Leading U.S. weapons manufacturers, including Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co and Northrop Grumman Corp, have urged the Pentagon to continue investing in research and development of new weapons and technologies despite less military spending.

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, said he had been asked to lead an initiative that would take a longer-term look at research and development spending.

“When you cut R&D you are delaying modernisation. Period,” Kendall told the ComDef 2014 defence conference in Washington.

Source: Reuters “Russia, China aim to close military technology gap with U.S.: Hagel”
 

 

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About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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