Trump Doubles Down On The Wall, Savages Dems At The Pentagon

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President Donald Trump on Thursday announced an ambitious new missile defense plan, which would include a series of sensors in space.

Any expansion of the scope and cost of missile defences would compete with other defence priorities, including the billions of extra dollars the Trump administration has committed to spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons.

Asked about the implications for Trump's efforts to improve relations with Russian Federation and strike better trade relations with China, the administration official said the US defense capabilities are purely defensive and the USA has been very upfront with Moscow and Beijing about its missile defense posture.

Industry leaders and non-proliferation groups have been awaiting the report, which could call for more spending on new missile defense technologies and changes in US missile defense strategies for Russian Federation and China.

Pyongyang has developed a ballistic missile arsenal now capable of hitting the United States.

Finally, the president said Washington would "insist on fair burden-sharing with our allies", including the sharing of early warning and tracking information to detect missile launches. The review will also note that further development of high-energy lasers could give the United States a cost-effective way to destroy missiles shortly after their launch in what is known as "boost phase".

He said: "Space, I think, is the key to the next step of missile defence".

The "multi-layers approach to preventing and defeating missiles attacks will move the United States towards a more flexible and balanced overall defense posture that provides the broadest set of options in a crisis or conflict and improve the overall likelihood to counter offensive missile attacks successfully", the report states. "We must make sure that our defensive capabilities are unrivaled and unmatched anywhere in the world".

"Our goal is simple: to ensure we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States", Trump said Thursday in a speech at the Pentagon.

The president outlined six major changes in Washington's missile defence policy, including the deployment of 20 new ground-based interceptors in Alaska, as well as new radars and sensors "to immediately detect foreign missiles launched" against the US.

The current US missile defense system consists of a layered approach of interceptor missile aboard Navy ships and long-range, ground-based interceptors based in Alaska and California.

But while the earlier review focused exclusively on the ballistic-missile threat, the new review broadens the scope to include cruise missile and hypersonic threats being developed by Russian Federation and China.

"If deterrence fails and conflict with a rogue state or within a region ensues, USA attack operations supporting missile defense will degrade, disrupt, or destroy an adversary's missiles before they are launched", the report said noting that that concept is part of a new comprehensive missile defense strategy that would reduce the number of missiles that would be need to be struck during flight or at the end of their flight.

The plan represents a marked shift from the aftermath of the Cold War, in which US missile plans were limited to building devices that could intercept missiles launched by rogue states, like North Korea or Iran.

The document used stronger language.

Trump said the new emerging Space Force military service will lead the way in dealing with the new reality that space has become a warfighting domain.

The plan was supposed to be released almost a year ago but was delayed as the Pentagon spent months rewriting it to address the continued threat posed by countries like Iran and North Korea, the Post reports.

The official added that the missile defense capabilities "are primarily postured to stay ahead of rogue state threats", pointing to Iran as an example.

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