US Launches Missile Tests Off Coast of California

( – North Korea, China, and Russia have all attempted to show their military might in recent months by testing missiles. The US has now tested a missile as well. A retired US Air Force general declared that the American test was sending several messages.

On September 6, Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs announced the 30th Space Launch Delta Guardians and Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The Minuteman III was equipped with three re-entry vehicles. It was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, and traveled about 4,200 miles to the Marshall Islands.

According to the press release, the test was part of the routine activities the US military engages in to demonstrate its “nuclear deterrent is safe, secure, reliable, and effective” to protect America and its allies. The US has carried out more than 300 of those types of tests over the years, and didn’t do it because of “current world events,” Air Force Global Strike Command stated.

US Air Force Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt appeared on Newsmax’s “Sunday Report” to discuss the recent missile test. He disputed the official press release’s assertion that the launch was routine. He claimed that the military generally tests “at a much lower level than this, so it’s a little bit uncommon” to launch the munition they did. He went on to say that by doing it, the military sent a “message of deterrence.” The general said countries that didn’t think America had those capabilities “at the nuclear level would be kidding themselves.”

Retired US Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer also appeared on the show and said that while deterrence was definitely one of the reasons for the ICBM’s launch, he warned that the US needs to “exercise and be effective” in its messaging because of the threats facing us around the world. Holt agreed and said President Joe Biden’s administration needs to put a strategy in place to deal with those threats.

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