Gen. John Hyten, commander of theÂ Air Force Space Command, has described some of the biggestÂ threats to the U.S. and called for the modernization of the country’s nuclear triad amid rising global security challenges, DoD News reported Tuesday.
Jim GaramoneÂ writes HytenÂ saidÂ TuesdayÂ at a Senate Armed Services CommitteeÂ hearing on his nominationÂ to lead the U.S. Strategic Command that he believes Russia, China, North Korea and Iran pose the greatest threats to nationalÂ security.
âAs our potential adversaries upgrade their own capabilities, it is essential that we move forward to update and modernize the three elements of the nuclear triad and also ensure our plans are fully integrated with the other combatant commands,â he toldÂ committee members.
The report said Hyten plans to promoteÂ âextensive and intensiveâ cooperation among U.S. agencies andÂ allies to thwart cyber attacks if the Senate approves his appointment.
If confirmed, heÂ will succeed Navy Adm. Cecil Haney and oversee Stratcom’sÂ nuclear command-and-control, space, global strike and missile defense, C4ISR and counter-weapons of mass destruction operations.