By Michael Hernandez
The Trump administration wants expanded space capabilities and high-energy laser technology to further combat missile threats, according to a review released Thursday by the Defense Department.
Formally rolled out by U.S. President Donald Trump at the Pentagon, the Missile Defense Review seeks
The study is the first of its kind since one was carried out under former President Barack Obama in 2010. It does not necessarily mean the U.S. will develop the technologies, but it is a bellwether for the kinds of projects the Pentagon is seeking to undertake.
"We will ensure that enemy missiles receive no sanctuary on earth or on the skies above," Trump said, pledging to “always be at the forefront of everything.”
The Pentagon study was originally planned to be released last
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"This effort will include a vigorous science and technology research program in addition to the exploration of innovative concepts and advanced technologies that have the potential to provide more cost-effective U.S. defenses against expanding missile threats," it adds.
The review points to threats from four principal countries -- China, Iran, North Korea