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Gen. John Hyten: Stratcom Prioritizes Nuclear Deterrence

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John Hyten

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, head of the U.S. Strategic Command, has said that Stratcom is focused on strategic nuclear deterrence efforts and on the delivery of a response in case deterrence fails, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Hyten told the audience at the Hudson Institute that the command is also focused on maintaining a “combat-ready” force to carry out the strategic deterrent mission.

The commander added that adversaries might extend attacks to space if a war breaks out, and that he may not recommend a space-based response to the president.

Hyten said that a response in space may not be in the best interests of U.S. and that he will suggest a strategic response instead.

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