The “hardest” challenge the Missile Defense Agency will face in protecting Guam from missile threats will be integrating multiple data streams into a single, coherent picture for commanders, the agency’s commander said Monday. To address that challenge, the agency hopes to build an integrated missile defense command and control center on the island, which would give military leaders better control over the variety of missile defense tools at their disposal, Vice Adm. Jon Hill said.
Guam is expected to play a critical role in the U.S. military’s future efforts to deter a Chinese attack on Taiwan and would be among the first targets of Chinese long-range missile strikes in the event of armed conflict. Over the years, the U.S. military and MDA, in particular, have added missile defense capabilities in the region—land-based defenses on Guam itself, such as the land-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system and soon the Patriot missile battery, as well as ship-based interceptors. paired with a variety of radar and other sensors…
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