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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David Dorsett
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed Sunday that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated China's progress in developing a new stealth jet fighter.
The Pentagon is scrambling to explain what appears to be an intelligence failure after Internet photos made public recently showed a faster-than-estimated advance of China's new fifth-generation warplane.
The comments echo those last week by Navy Vice Adm. David Dorsett, director of naval Intelligence, who told a group of defense reporters Wednesday that China's new jet did not surprise U.S. intelligence, but he noted that the U.S. underestimated "the speed at which they are making progress."