Trump Pushes For Expanded Missile Defense, Including Sensors In Space

“Our goal is simple, to ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States anywhere, anytime, anyplace,” said Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing for expanded missile defense in the wake of the Missile Defense Review conducted by the Pentagon.

The review especially focused on China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

With China and Russia working on hypersonic missiles designed to evade and overwhelm existing missile defense systems, the US is having to evolve to meet the growing threat.

“The United States will adjust its position to defend against any missile strikes to include cruise and hypersonic,” said Trump.

Among the changes being proposed by the Trump Administration in the upcoming Pentagon budget are space-based sensors. Additionally, there will be a study of putting missile interceptors in space. Space-based interceptors would greatly enhance the time-window for taking out missiles.

The head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has previously warned the U.S. Congress about the threat from hypersonic missiles:

“Developments in hypersonic propulsion will revolutionize warfare by providing the ability to strike targets more quickly, at greater distances, and with greater firepower,” Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Congress last year. “China is also developing increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile warheads and hypersonic glide vehicles in an attempt to counter ballistic missile defense systems.”

Some of Trump’s remarks can be watched below:

Meanwhile, Canada has zero missile defense whatsoever.

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Frank

Canada has zero missile defense because we elected a zero. Actually, it was Chretien that rejected the U.S. offer for us to be a part of and protected by this shield. He also rejected this offer in an arrogant and very disrespectful way and enraged the Americans…kind of like this clueless wonder hairball we are stuck with now.

Clive Edwards

Canada has no missiles? What happened to the BOMARCs we traded our Avro Arrows for? It’s all about the money. If the only three countries in the world were Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, the U.S. would designate the other two as reason to build missiles, planes, aircraft carriers, space ships, satellites and five hundred dollar toilet seats.