In enemy hands, the new class of hypersonic speed maneuvering missiles may pose the greatest threat to the U.S. Navy’s heavily defended battle groups. At the same time, designing a hypersonic glide vehicle compatible with a submarine’s underwater launching system presents the hardest engineering task in a technology area that has eluded American mastery for decades.  It is perhaps no surprise, then, that the $10.5 billion war chest wedged into the Defense Department’s ...

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