Inside the Ring: Drones Threatened Nuclear Facilities

House Armed Services Committee Holds Hearing On Military Assessment Of Nuclear Deterrence Requirements

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Air Force Gen. John Hyten, and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran testify during a hearing before House Armed Services Committee March 8, 2017 / Getty Images

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Drone aircraft recently carried out unauthorized intrusions over Air Force and Navy nuclear facilities, and the incidents pose a growing threat, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command disclosed to Congress Wednesday.

Gen. John E. Hyten revealed the drone threats in written testimony before the House Armed Services Committee for a hearing on nuclear deterrence.

"Of recent concern have been the unauthorized flights of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over Navy and Air Force installations," Gen. Hyten said. "These intrusions represent a growing threat to the safety and security of nuclear weapons and personnel."

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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