While the old-style rubbles of the combat zones resulted from interminable bombings, guns, and warfare, recent developments have brought the United States to arrive at a reinvigorated discovery: Balloons.

The high-altitude inflatables, which would be appended to the Pentagon’s massive surveillance system and potentially be used to follow revolutionary weapons, would fly approximately 60,000 and 90,000 feet in the air. This will be used as a new strategy to outperform rivals China and Russia.

Tom Karako, senior fellow for the International Security Program and director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, elevated or even very high-altitude platforms, offer numerous favorable circumstances, notable mobility for diverse payloads, speed, and terminal persistence.

“High or very high-altitude platforms have a lot of benefits for their endurance on station, maneuverability, and flexibility for multiple payloads.

Pentagon budget records indicate that the innovation is being transferred from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) scientific community to the armed personnel in the service.

Based on a report by Lee Hudson, since the military may employ the balloons for various functions, the Pentagon made significant investments in these ventures. 

Data shows that according to budget records cited in a Politico report, the Pentagon has spent roughly $3.8 million on balloon initiatives throughout the last two years and intends to devote $27.1 million in the fiscal year 2023 to continue work on a range of projects.

The balloons may assist in detecting and preventing the formation of “hypersonic weapons” by China and Russia, which is a massive benefit for the United States.