General Mark Milley of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other participants in a recent press conference stated that the first missile fired at a spy “balloon” flying above Lake Huron was unsuccessful.
Yahoo! Yahoo! News reported that the joint chiefs of staff stated that their initial attempt to shoot down an aerial object failed and that the object ended up in the water below.
“First shot missed on the fourth balloon,” Gen. Milley began.
Milley said that the balloon brought down over Lake Huron was the Chinese spy balloon. He also stated that the “shot hit”. Milley also provided a list of all U.S. military operations against these objects.
“The first one was over Alaska…that one struck. He explained that the second shot of the shot over Lake Huron had missed the fourth shot.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley confirmed Tuesday that the first shot aimed at taking down an unidentified flying object over Lake Huron on Sunday missed.
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For a classified meeting, senators and Pentagon officials met in Washington. Some senators left the meeting feeling less inclined than others to shoot down future planes.
According to the Associated Press Thom Tillis, a Republican Senator from North Carolina stated that flying objects interceptions would likely have a “calming impact” and make future takedowns less probable.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R.S.C.) stated that he did not believe the objects were dangerous to his safety.
They’re trying. Graham said that just because you see something doesn’t mean that you should shoot it down.
General Milley said that there was no danger to civilians from the strikes and that officials had already assessed any potential damage.
We went to great lengths to make sure that the backdrop and airspace are clear to the missile’s maximum effective range. We made sure there was no civilian, commercial, or recreational traffic in this area.
“That’s the directive from the president. But, minimize collateral damage to ensure the safety and security of the American people. ”
The Chinese government declared earlier this week that it was monitoring “unidentified floating objects” in its airspace near one of its largest naval bases.