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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the Pentagon on Thursday to roll out the 2019 Missile Defense Review. In a speech to a packed auditorium, the president touted his record as commander in chief, congratulated Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan for his job performance, blasted NATO allies for not paying enough for their own security, and jabbed at Democrats for not agreeing to fund a border wall to end the nearly month-old partial government shutdown.
In brief comments on the Missile Defense Review, he mentioned the importance of space as a domain of war and assured the Pentagon that its budget for fiscal year 2020 will request funding for new missile-tracking satellites to defend the United States and allies.
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In the Missile Defense Review, DoD highlights partnerships that the United States has forged with allies to counter missile threats. But Trump struck an adversarial tone by calling for "fair burden sharing" and for allies to pay for a portion of the cost of missile defense. "We are protecting very, very wealthy countries," he said.
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In remarks at the Pentagon auditorium, Shanahan said the United States for the first time recognizes the threat of "new and sophisticated missiles." Examples are hypersonic and advanced cruise missiles that countries like China and Russia are developing as tools of "political intimidation" and to deter the U.S. military from intervening in future military conflicts when these weapons might be deployed.
Speaking to reporters later at a Pentagon news conference, John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, called the MDR "the start of a new era, the next era, in missile defense." The United States since the 1990s has had a missile shield — a network of ground, air and sea based radars and interceptors — in place to protect the nation from ballistic...
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