The head of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) hopes missile defence priorities shift more towards improving sensor capabilities, and specifically seeks to accelerate a space-based midcourse tracking sensor.
“The highest priority, in my opinion, is to improve sensors,” General John Hyten said during 28 February remarks to the Association of the US Army. After that, he would like more reliable and multi-object kill vehicles for missile intercepts, and greater capacity to intercept more incoming missiles.
However, the US Missile Defense Agency’s budget for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) favours capacity and is buying more Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) for its Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.
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