Hyten: To address Russian and Chinese missile threats, it’s all about the sensorsAugust 8, 2018
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — To address the Russian and Chinese threats to the United States, as laid out in the National Defense Strategy, a focus on missile defense sensors is an absolute must, U.S. Strategic Command commander Gen. John Hyten hammered home during an August 7 speech at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium.
“The most important thing to do in the missile defense business is making sure you can see and characterize the threat,” Hyten said. “If you can’t see and characterize the threat, I don’t care what kind of shooter you have, there is nothing you can do about it. So the most important thing is, you look at all the threats that are coming together, hypersonics, etc., is that we have to be able to see that threat.”
The United States invested heavily in the past year to drastically increase its ground-based interceptor numbers to its Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System (GMD) in Alaska and California that is designed to defend against possible ballistic missile attacks from North Korea and Iran…