Trump wants to update the US military strategy to install a network of sensors and even interceptors in space to fight the hypersonic missiles of China or Russia.
That Donald Trump has his sights set on the highest heavens (and very little on Earth) is nothing new. His thoughts rarely make sense with the reality we all see, but the phrase can also apply to his obsession with the space race. With the exception that the controversial golden-haired president does not think about scientific exploration, but about the use of space for military purposes.
In order to defend against potential advanced missiles (hypersonic or cruise) from China, North Korea or Russia, Trump has outlined his plans this week for a new series of space sensors and other high-tech systems designed to detect and eliminate more attacks quickly. In a speech of just 20 minutes before the Pentagon on Thursday, the US president has announced an anti-missile defense system that will have space as the epicenter of this escalation of aggressiveness.
“Our goal is simple: make sure we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States, anywhere, anytime, anywhere,” Trump said. “In a time of rapidly evolving threats, we must be confident that our defensive capabilities are unrivaled and unparalleled anywhere in the world.”
The new military strategy is the first revision made since 2010 and seeks to adequately protect the United States, for which the Pentagon must expand its defense technologies in space and use these systems to detect, track and eventually defeat incoming missiles.
In turn, the interim Secretary of Defense, Pat Shanahan, specified that the new hypersonic missiles being developed by nations such as Russia and China are more difficult to see, harder to track and harder to overthrow. To fight against them, the US wants to create a layer of sensors in space to more quickly detect enemy missiles when they are launched.