NORTHCOM commander: American ‘homeland is no longer a sanctuary’

NORTHCOM commander: American ‘homeland is no longer a sanctuary’
Russia launches a state-of-the-art Kalibr cruise missile at Syria, from hundreds of miles away in the Caspian Sea. One of many near-peer threats North America now faces at an increasingly dangerous level. Fox News video

[Ed. – A very important, if somewhat belated realization.  The whole article at the link is highly recommended reading.  Among other things, it helps put the Space Force in perspective.  Components that operate from space are notably significant to the changing security environment for North America.]

Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy ended a speech at the 140th National Guard Association conference in New Orleans this weekend with a warning that the era of great power competition doesn’t leave the U.S. mainland uncontested.

Peer-level adversaries are probing U.S. defenses in multiple domains, and the continental United States is well within their sights.

“We’re in a changing security environment,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We used to think about the sanctuary we had with oceans and friendly countries to our north and south, but that’s changing with adversaries that are actually able to reach out and touch us now.”

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