Will Putin and Lavrov react on Hyten’s statement in Huntsville symposium?
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.
But for Hyten, that is just the “catcher’s mitt” when it comes to missile defense and “it’s a very expensive proposition for the United States,” to only focus on defensive capabilities.
The United States also needs to focus offensively and that means turning to a robust sensor layer to see threats early in order to defeat them either in the boost-phase of flight as well as even “left-of-launch,” which is the term that describes defeating a missile threat before it even has time to leave its launcher, according to Hyten.