Trump announces new ground based interceptors in Alaska, radars, sensors 'to shield every city'
US President Donald Trump has announced plans for 20 new ground-based interceptors to be placed in Alaska which could “shield every city” in the country.
Speaking at the Pentagon on Thursday, Trump announced the details of a "Missile Defense Review" undertaken by his administration. The new report outlined “six major changes” in the US’s missile defense strategy, including the Alaska interceptors.
Trump said the goal is for the US to be able to “terminate any missile launches from hostile powers, or even from powers that make a mistake.”Also on rt.com America’s defenses no match for Russian hypersonic missiles – retired US general
“The world is changing — and we’re going to change much faster than the rest of the world, ” US president declared adding that the country could not “simply build more of the same or make only incremental improvements.”
Trump pointed specifically to an Iranian missile launch test which failed on Tuesday and had been criticized by the White House.
OMG. Trump is using the failed space launch by Iran as a justification for why we must accelerate anti-missile interceptors.— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) January 17, 2019
Trump also said that space would be recognized as the “new war-fighting domain” and that his previously promised ‘Spaceforce’ would be “leading the way.” His upcoming budget, he said, would invest in a “space-based missile defense layer.”
The president said that the US was a “good player” on the world stage, but that Washington could be “far worse than anybody else, if need be.”Also on rt.com Trump says time to stop ‘ENDLESS WARS’: So why does sabre-rattling against Russia & China continue?
The review itself says that while an "avenue to peace" now exists with North Korea, the country still poses an "extraordinary threat" to the US.
China, Iran and Russia are also named in the document as "current and emerging missile threats to the American homeland."
Still reading #missiledefensereview but good to see language that appears to limit role to “rogue states” (yes, the term is back).So why did Trump talk about any missile from anywhere? This is confusing to both allies and adversaries. We should have one policy! pic.twitter.com/HDjUUQ2Prt— Hans Kristensen (@nukestrat) January 17, 2019
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