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New U.S. missile defense strategy could launch space arms race

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s new missile defense strategy has raised the disturbing prospect of a futile arms race in space.

The Trump administration has released its Missile Defense Review, a document describing the U.S. medium-term strategy for missile defense.

The previous missile defense review, announced in 2010 by then President Barack Obama, focused on the threats posed by ballistic missiles developed by North Korea and Iran.

But the new strategy is marked by its emphasis on the active use of space to counter hypersonic weapons and other new military technologies being developed by Russia and China.

Hypersonic weapons are systems that are capable of traveling at speeds of Mach 5 or faster and difficult to be detected or intercepted by ground-based radar systems.

The new review calls for deploying space-based sensors to detect missile launches and track flying missiles along with space-based interceptors to destroy........

© The Asahi Shimbun