WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force confirmed that its Space Based Infrared System satellites were used to detect more than a dozen Iranian missiles aimed at U.S. war fighters in Iraq in January, giving Americans and their partners crucial warning.
On Sept. 15, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond specifically credited space professionals assigned to the 2nd Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, with providing that early warning, saving the lives of American and coalition forces.
“They operated the world’s best missile warning capabilities and they did outstanding work, and I’m very very proud of them,” he said during prepared remarks at the virtual Air Force Association 2020: Air, Space and Cyberspace Conference.
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SBIRS is the U.S. military’s primary missile warning satellite constellation. Built by Lockheed Martin, the satellites use exquisite infrared sensors provided by Northrop Grumman to detect ballistic missile launches all around the world. The constellation consists of four geosynchronous (GEO) satellites, with another two payloads riding on host satellites operating in highly elliptical orbits (HEO) to provide global coverage. The GEO satellites include two sensors: A scanner and a step-starer. While the scanning sensor continuously monitors the earth, the more accurate step-starer can provide coverage for theater missions. Each HEO payloads includes a scanning sensor.
A fifth geosynchronous satellite is expected to launch in 2021.
While many observers assumed SBIRS was used to detect the missiles after President Donald Trump credited an “an early warning system” for helping the U.S. avoid casualties, this is the first explicit confirmation that the system was used.
The confirmation comes nine months after the Pentagon claimed Iranian forces launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces on Jan. 7. Reportedly, 10 of the missiles hit Al Assad Air Base, although there were no casualties.
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran had escalated in the days leading up to the attack.
Ahead of a potential attack, the 2nd Space Warning Squadron was able to bring the SBIRS constellation to bear, providing advanced warning of any Iranian missile launches. Raymond specifically credited Capt. Tasia Reed and Lt. Christianna Castaneda with personally planning the SBIRS mission in the lead up to the attack, ensuring optimal sensor coverage of the area.
“This optimization resulted in vital early warning getting to the theater of operations and preserving the lives of U.S. personnel and their partners,” said Raymond.
Fox News’ Brit Hume begs Trump to not push through Ginsberg replacement before the election
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Fox News contributor Brit Hume reacted to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by cautioning Republican leaders against replacing the liberal icon before the November election.
Hume made the remarks on Fox News after noting that both President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have previously vowed to hypothetically have a nominee approved before the election.
“Lindsey Graham back in 2018… said that even if were were just into the primary season, he would not want to see a nominee advance in the election year,” Hume explained. “I think the circumstances may have changed since [McConnell] outlined that.”
“Our American institutions and political system are undergoing a stress test as difficult and intense as I have every seen,” he continued. “And I think the leaders have to consider what the effect would be a brutal and divisive confirmation battle into the into the middle of this.”
According to Hume, “the threshold question is whether to even make a nomination.”
“Trump’s instinct undoubtedly will be to go forward,” he observed. “But whether Mitch McConnell will feel that way as the majority leader of the Senate is unclear.”
“I really think that the threshold question is whether to put the country through this,” Hume said.
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U.S. approves Anheuser-Busch deal to buy Craft Brew Alliance
By Diane Bartz
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it approved Anheuser-Busch’s <ABI.BR> plan to buy the shares of Craft Brew Alliance <BREW.O> that it does not already own.
The $220 million deal, which was announced in November, was approved on condition the companies sell Craft Brew Alliance’s Kona brand beer.
The Portland-based CBA’s other brands include Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers, Redhook Brewery and Widmer Brothers Brewing.
Anheuser-Busch owned 31.2% of CBA before the deal was announced, and also distributed many of CBA’s brands.
“CBA’s diverse portfolio of national lifestyle brands and award-winning regional breweries are an excellent complement to our family of craft partners,” said Marcelo Michaelis, president of ABI’s Brewers Collective business unit.
The companies said in a release that closing was expected “in the coming weeks.”
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Chris Reese and Tom Brown)
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