Surprise Attack: No. 2 General in US Military Says China's Nuclear Arsenal Is First-Strike Capable

Surprise Attack: No. 2 General in US Military Says China's Nuclear Arsenal Is First-Strike Capable


The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested that the U.S. might have already lost an arms race with China with regard to hypersonic missile technology that could put the country at the risk of a surprise attack.

Gen. John Hyten, the second most senior person in the military behind chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, addressed hypersonic missile technology with CBS News in an interview published on Tuesday.

According to Hyten, a Chinese missile test that was traveling at five times the speed of sound in July was a success. It shows that the U.S. military might not be ready to counter the threat.

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“They launched a long-range missile… It went around the world, dropped off a hypersonic

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