>> US President Donald Trump's said to reveal a new direction for America's Missile defense, Thursday, and it calls for sensors in space to track weaponry fired by enemies. A senior Trump official told Reuters the so called missile defense review will see the Pentagon asks for an expansion into experimental technology that could include space-based weaponry that may be able to shoot down enemy missiles.
If that sounds familiar, it's a throwback to Ronald Reagan's so-called Star Wars initiative from the 1980's.>> Continue to move forward with our SDI program.>> The official said the space sensors would help to get early warning and tracking of missiles when they're launched. Military officials have long stressed US missile defenses are mostly meant to stop attacks from countries with limited arsenals, like North Korea, which, even though it stopped launching missiles, US intelligence believes is still developing its nuclear program.
So that means this review's coming at an awkward moment for Trump. He’s trying to push North Korea to get rid of its nuclear stockpile. And this week, media reports say three officials from the North are booked on a flight to Washington, which may provide a way forward to a second summit with Kim Jong Un.
If that happens, unfortunately for Trump, the source who spoke to Reuters suggested, the North would at least be mentioned in the missile report. The Pentagon also says that US missile defenses aren't enough to counter a first strike from major nuclear powers, like China or Russia. But Russia still sees US defenses as a threat, and Trump's report is likely to spark tension with Moscow.
d China, like Russia, has made advances in hypersonic technology. That set off alarm bells in the Pentagon. The tech would let Beijing roll out missiles that are much harder to detect. However, US officials believe sensors in space could help find missiles moving at those super fast speeds.