Thursday, February 16, 2023

UFO shoot-downs reveal 'strategic gaps' in securing US airspace, defense experts say
Four experts told Fox News Digital their thoughts about America's readiness and defense capabilities
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Following the influx of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) shot down over North America, defense experts gave their thoughts to Fox News Digital about America's readiness and defense capabilities and whether they believe we're better or worse prepared to defend our airspace than experts thought before the current situations unfolded.

Fighter jets recently shot down at least four aerial objects, including a Chinese spy balloon that had crossed from Alaska to South Carolina and three other UFOs over the U.S. and Canada.

Four experts weighed in on the matter, hitting on strategic gaps, failures possibly driven by optics over security, readiness concerns, and the lack of answers over the aircraft.

Maj. Gen. John Ferrari (ret.), who spent 32 years in the Army and is now a nonresident senior defense fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said the situation has shown the U.S. has "strategic gaps" in securing airspace.

"The balloon episode has shown that we do have strategic gaps in...Read more here.

DeSantis on Martha's Vineyard Flight: I'd Love to Not Have to Deal With the Border Crisis
Julio Rosas / Townhall Tipsheet
— Governor Ron DeSantis (R) defend the flight the state chartered to Martha's Vineyard that contained processed and released migrants who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last year and the new budget that could mean more flights are in the works.

"Well, I would say that some of these folks going to the sanctuary jurisdictions are in much better circumstances than just being stranded somewhere with nowhere to go. It’s not about them, because these are sanctuary jurisdictions that beat their chest, just a few years ago, about how nobody was illegal and all. Now that they’re getting people going there, it’s like this huge problem and they’re complaining about it," DeSantis said.

DeSantis went on to say the flight brought much needed attention to the historic influx of illegal border crossings, pointing to New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) going to the southern border in El Paso, Texas to see the problem firsthand. Read more and see tweet and video here.