In order to meet the next-generation of hypersonic capabilities, it will take a streamlined acquisition roadmap that integrates high-level service and DoD priorities. Under Secretary Ellen M. Lord, USD for Acquisition and Sustainment, will provide a strategic overview of DoD acquisition efforts as it relates to future hypersonic dominance.
USSTRATCOM deters strategic attack and employs Forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our Nation and Allies. Above all else, USSTRATCOM will provide strategic deterrence, a decisive response, with a properly equipped and trained combat-ready force. The integration and research of hypersonic capabilities will undoubtedly shift USSTRATCOM’s approach to strategic deterrence.
The Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute is a national effort aiming to bring together DoD, DoE, NASA, academic and industry hypersonic research to address current shortcomings and advance the state-of-the-art in hypersonic vehicle simulation. With the overall goal of accelerating technology development to transition superior defense capabilities for the US, HSVI’s efforts in the hypersonic flight are tangential to this total Force effort.
The incredibly fast nature of hypersonic flight provides a strategic capability that could potentially alter current force structure as we know it. However, this speed comes with a price; it leaves little room for human intervention regarding changes or path correction. Our partners at Sandia are researching the application of autonomy and AI capabilities into hypersonic systems to address this challenge.
- Efforts to integrate autonomous system capabilities into hypersonic systems: near-term engineering challenges
- Addressing challenges of path planning, perception, localization, and flight control
- Ongoing collaborative efforts