The world was astounded by a Russian successful launch of hyper-sonic missiles. It was a true breakthrough that should have frightened the West, the US in particular. All the Pentagon did was yawn and stated they'd earmark 1 billion (spare change in the defense industry) for research. Why? You'd think it would be a sputnik moment for the US and created a full-on drive to catch up.
If they recognise the breakthrough then they might get a few questions like... if we are spending 10 times more every single year on "defence" shouldn't we be ahead of everyone in absolutely everything?
And if not why not...
Publicly they will play it down, but privately they will be talking about the use of nuclear weapons until they get an equivalent capability.
The Pentagon showed no interest in Russia breakthrough hyper-sonic missile. Mainly because they'd already developed anti-gravity aircraft capable of astounding speeds of 30,000 to 40,000 mph. Capable of sudden right angle turns or instant full stops. Can you imagine if a missile were weightless upon launch? Time-to-target would be measured in mere seconds. When launched it would seem as if the missile vanished because it took off so fast – there would be nothing to see.
If the US had anti gravity technology then they would have shown a hypersonic missile of their own... when something does not weigh anything then any force can move it because all you are countering is drag. When you are in orbit you can push things around that are enormous weights, because you don't have to counter the effects of gravity holding it in place. Even a small force constantly applied can achieve enormous speeds because the only barrier to overcome is drag, so climb to an altitude where drag is no issue and then accelerate to enormous speeds.
The problem is that I will be perfecting scramjet propulsion technology before any human works out the problems of countering gravity in any meaningful way.
I remember in the 1990s when we were learning about the S-300P and S-300V and people in the west were saying it is OK because the US has secret programmes like the Mach 6 Auroura to replace the SR-71.
Made them feel better I guess, but just led to a lack of urgency that sees them today even further behind still with just Patriot and THAAD while the Russians are introducing S-500 and S-550 and with S-400 in widespread service and new S-350 and other systems entering service in numbers.