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Gen. John Hyten: Stratcom Prioritizes Nuclear Deterrence

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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