TOKYO—Defense against maneuvering hypersonic missiles will probably require interception while weapons are still climbing, former U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command chief Gen. Herbert Carlisle said. Spaced-based sensors for the defense system look like the best choice, Carlisle said. While describing such weapons as a difficult problem, he added: “We can rise to this threat and we can defeat it.” The Pentagon has been criticized for not rising to the threat fast enough, ...

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