NDIA Policy Points: Sensor Tech Key to Effective Missile Defense

April 2, 2021

National Defense Magazine:


“If you can’t see it, you can’t shoot it. And if you can’t see it, you can’t deter it either,” said Air Force Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In a recent interview, Hyten discussed the way forward for integrated air-and-missile defense, saying the key to missile defeat and defense is “the sensory capability that can track that missile.”

This sentiment has been echoed by other leaders.

During her Senate confirmation, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks was asked about her priorities, replying: “I would assess ongoing efforts to improve national missile defense, with a particular focus on improving discrimination capabilities and sensors for detection of both ballistic and hypersonic missiles.”

The Defense Department has already worked to upgrade interceptor capabilities…


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