Donald Trump’s new missile defence strategy eyes space-based sensors

Donald Trump's new missile defence strategy eyes space-based sensors

The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defence system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China.

Details about the administration’s Missile Defence Review – the first compiled since 2010 – are expected to be released during President Donald Trump’s visit on Thursday to the Pentagon with top members of his administration.

In a throwback to Ronald Reagan’s so-called “Star Wars” initiative in the 1980s, the new review concludes that in order to adequately protect America, the Pentagon must expand defence technologies in space and use those systems to more quickly detect, track and ultimately defeat incoming missiles.

“Space, I think, is the key to the next step of missile defence,” a senior Trump administration official told reporters ahead of the document’s release on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“A space-based layer of sensors is something we are looking at to help get early warning and tracking and discrimination of missiles when they are launched.”

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