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Global Security Newsletter // January 17

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China.

The Pentagon wants to put a  constellation of sensors  above the Earth that can track missiles as they launch, and is recommending a study of weapons that can shoot down missiles from space. The review will also note that further development of high-energy lasers could give the United States a cost-effective way to destroy missiles shortly after their launch in what is known as “boost phase.”   For years, U.S. missile defenses have focused exclusively on combating threats from rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran. While the Trump administration’s strategy continues that focus, it adds a new objective as well: the defense of U.S. forces and allies from regional missile threats. This means, in part,  finding new ways to protect American forces and allies in Europe and Asia from the cruise missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles . “We are expanding the scope of what we’re postured to defend against,” a senior administration official said in a call with reporters Wednesday.