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Rep. Gallagher: This should be Biden's 'Sputnik moment' on China aggression

Rep. Gallagher: This should be Biden's 'Sputnik moment' on China aggression

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Rep. Mike Gallagher (Republican from Wisconsin) criticized the Biden administration, saying that “this should have been our Sputnik Moment” following reports that China tested a hypersonic weapon with nuclear capability. Gallagher discussed the issue on “Fox & Friends First” on Tuesday warning the United States will quickly fall behind Chinese defense advancements if the Biden administration does not change its course. 

Gallagher stated that “We need to wake up, and this should be our Sputnik Moment.” But I have to admit it: Secretary Austin and Biden are seeking to reduce defense. They are trying to decrease our standard capability.”

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This is what they budgeted, especially for Navy. It’s inexcusable at a moment when Communist China becomes more aggressive, bellicose, and out-innovating US in other areas.

Reports surfaced this weekend that China may have tested a hypersonic weapon in August. This announcement has not been addressed by the Biden White House. This announcement was allegedly unexpected by the U.S., despite repeated warnings that Beijing has been building about 100 nuclear missile silos. 

Gallagher stated, “You have a rocket carrying an hypersonic glide vehicle which flew into low-orbit space before landing.” It is the missiles’ speed, as well as the ability to maneuver in mid-flight that makes this so dangerous.

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They are extremely hard to track which makes it impossible to have an early warning system and a missile defense system. Therefore, you could imagine that the Chinese would use conventional weapons to attack our country’s ports, bases and other key locations like our precision-guided munition plant. 

A GOP representative expressed concern about China’s potential to “profit from” American technology and how that might impact the future. 

Gallagher stated, “The other thing I believe makes this so worrying is that we all know that the Chinese have benefited in large part from American technology to be ahead of us here.” “Phytium, a Chinese company that used American semiconductor technology to power a supercomputer in a hypersonic testing facility which models heat and drag of these missiles,” Gallagher said.

This is yet another case of Chinese profiting from American technology to create things that could kill Americans. This is a perverse, dangerous and very unfortunate situation.

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Gallagher’s comments come as the Biden administration attempted to decrease funding for Defense Department for Fiscal Year 2022. However, this led to bipartisan resistance.  

In September, the House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment that increased funding for DOD by $25 Billion. That’s a 37.5 billion increase over fiscal year 2021. 

China has been increasing military spending and implemented nearly 7 percent increase in defense spending. The money is expected to go into scientific, technological and industrial projects for modernizing its army. 

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