JRL NEWSWATCH: “Trump Outlines Broader Missile-Defense Strategy; Plan’s vision includes space-based sensors to detect hostile or accidental launches” – Wall Street Journal/ Gordon Lubold, Courtney McBride

Mssile Defense Control Room

“… Trump called … for … expanded and more sophisticated missile-defense … and said America’s allies must share in future costs …. The missile-defense plan, put forth by … Trump … at the Pentagon, is laid out in a review ordered early in the Trump administration and issued Thursday, the first such review in nine years. … call[ing] for new, more flexible systems to defend against hypersonic missiles … space-based sensors to detect hostile or accidental launches. … previously … plan[ned] … 20 new ground-based interceptor missiles at Fort Greely, Alaska, … [and] studies … and investment in … new technologies. … The new document is intended to align with the [December 2017] National Security Strategy …  and … [January 2018] National Defense Strategy …. [which] emphasize a shift from counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts toward … large power competition, such as from China and Russia … [impacting] budget and policy priorities.”Aerial Photo of Pentagon and Environs

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