Spear and Shield (2): Defense Business

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Japan Defense Industry Remains Stagnant amid Chinese Threats

Washington, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)--The United States is eager to spur innovation in its defense industry, at a time when China is investing in advanced technologies including fifth-generation, or 5G, high-speed communications equipment, artificial intelligence systems and hypersonic weapons.

In March, the U.S. Air Force held a new event to hear presentations from about 60 small and startup businesses, with contract money available on the spot to those with innovative ideas.

Speed, as well as originality and innovation, is essential in competition between major powers, according to then Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

In particular, the United States is alarmed by China's development of hypersonic weapons, as its existing missile defense equipment is unable to shoot them down.

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