DOD pursues high altitude inflatables: Balloons

“If we can just grow up and get over our hang-ups about the JLENS event, the future can be bright for dirigibles, balloons and aerostats,” the Center of Strategic and International Studies' Tom Karako said. | Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

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Important Takeaways:

  • U.S. military’s newest weapon against China and Russia: Hot air
  • The Pentagon is working on a new plan to rise above competition from China and Russia: balloons.
  • The high-altitude inflatables, flying at between 60,000 and 90,000 feet, would be added to the Pentagon’s extensive surveillance network and could eventually be used to track hypersonic weapons.
  • Over the past two years, the Pentagon has spent about $3.8 million on balloon projects, and plans to spend $27.1 million in fiscal year 2023 to continue work on multiple efforts, according to budget documents.
  • DOD would not disclose details about the effort because it is classified.

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