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Trump unveils Missile Defense Review, promises funding for space sensors in 2020

17 Jan 2019, 20:51 UTC
Trump unveils Missile Defense Review, promises funding for space sensors in 2020
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the Pentagon on Thursday to roll out the 2019 Missile Defense Review. In a speech to a packed auditorium, the president touted his record as commander in chief, congratulated Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan for his job performance, blasted NATO allies for not paying enough for their own security, and jabbed at Democrats for not agreeing to fund a border wall to end the nearly month-old partial government shutdown.
In brief comments on the Missile Defense Review, he mentioned the importance of space as a domain of war and assured the Pentagon that its budget for fiscal year 2020 will request funding for new missile-tracking satellites to defend the United States and allies.
Trump also seized the opportunity to commend the Pentagon’s ongoing work to organize a new military branch for space. The nation will have advanced missile defense capabilities, he said, “with the Space Force leading the way.” Space ultimately is “going to be a very big part of our defense and offense,” Trump said. He insisted that space-based missile defense will be funded in 2020 and noted that the Pentagon will “remove bureaucratic obstacles” to accelerate the ...

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