Cartwright on rapid strike
The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently disclosed the military’s strategic thinking on developing weapons and systems that can strike any target in the world within minutes.
Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright told the Center for Strategic and International Studies on June 4 that the need for what the military calls prompt global strike will be examined in the current strategic defense review.
Rapid attack capability is better than having to maintain expensive overseas bases or prepositioned equipment, Gen. trusive. They require too many mother-may-I’s to get from point A to point B, airspace cooperation, weapons passing through other countries. All of these types of things tend to limit this activity.”
The new concept is to deliver a missile or other weapon “any place on the face of the Earth in an hour,” he said.
For cyber strikes, “the high end of global strike is any place on the face of the Earth in about 300 milliseconds,” Gen. Cartwright added.
Additionally, the military is working on high-speed, conventional-weapon-armed, longrange, hypersonic craft that can fly in the upper atmosphere or low space.
Rapid strike also will require “more than nuclear” forces because of the rapid growth of ballistic missiles of all ranges, he said.
U.S. missile defenses also are part of the new global strike concept because “you don’t want the only approach here to be I’m going to hurt you.”
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