Contemplating how to shoot down an incoming, hypersonic missile filled one day during the week of Thanksgiving for Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. As a speaker and participant in a private military conference on hypersonic missile defense, the former Air Force transport pilot came away awed by the challenge. “If you can shoot something at 13 times the speed of sound,” Selva explained during a keynote speech at the Association of Old Crows ...

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