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SecDef Warns Against Over-Hyping Recent Chinese Weapons Tests (Marcus Weisgerber and Tara Copp, Nextgov)

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin cautioned national security leaders and industry executives against over-hyping recent Chinese weapons tests—but also called for deeper ties between the Pentagon and large and small technology companies to counter China.

In a Saturday speech titled “The China Challenge” at the 2021 Reagan National Defense Forum, a gathering of defense leaders, lawmakers, and private industry executives here, Austin said China’s recent hypersonic launch and its gains in nuclear weapons, cyber, and space should be met “with confidence and resolve—not panic and pessimism.”

SecDef Warns Against Over-Hyping Recent Chinese Weapons Tests – Nextgov