Cartwright on rapid strike

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

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.”

The only short­com­ing with

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