US missile defense review recommends space sensors and lasers

It would be an understatement to say that the US Missile Defense Review was eagerly awaited. Postponed several times, this study was to offer a study of the evolution of the ballistic threat and recommendations for dealing with it. With the emergence of new generation weapons, such as the Russian Avagard hypersonic glider, the task was difficult.

It is now done. 

As expected, the review focuses on new hypersonic and stealth systems intended to counter current anti-missile defenses, such as THAAD, or the Aegis naval system. To respond to these new threats, the journal is considering 3 distinct solutions:

  • The adaptation of current weapons, such as the SM3 missile, and the F35, to ensure anti-ballistic missions.
  • The development of drones equipped with lasers, ensuring permanent high-altitude coverage of the US territory
  • Finally, the development of space detection and interception solutions, an approach reminiscent of Donald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative.

Unlike the 80s, the need and the solutions envisaged are not intended to attract the adversary into a technological race, but to respond to a proven and observed threat, facing which current systems are ineffective.

The review also calls for new anti-missile installations, and the evolution of anti-missile doctrine, shifting its current regional strategy to a national strategy.

Regardless, if only one conclusion were to be drawn from this document, it would be that the United States seems today, and for the first time since the 60s, to have lost the technological initiative in Defense matters. 

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