US Commander: Every Missile Launch Detected First by Satellites

Write : 2017-12-03 14:10:27 Update : 2017-12-03 14:11:52

US Commander: Every Missile Launch Detected First by Satellites

The commander of the United States Strategic Command says that every missile that comes off the planet, including those from North Korea, is detected first by satellites.

Commander John Hyten made the remarks on Saturday at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.

Hyten said that one critical space-based asset are satellites that warn U.S. military planners about the launch of enemy missiles.

The commander added that the satellites are not easy to defend, saying that countries like Russia and China are actively building weapons that can target space-based U.S. military assets like satellites.

Republican Representative Mike Rogers, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, also spoke about the threats to U.S. satellites.

Rogers, an advocate of creating a U.S. military Space Corps, said that most people don't think about the fact that the first way of detecting a launch by North Korea, so that the U.S. can start tracking and intercepting it in time, is with a satellite.

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