The Pentagon disclosed that it stood by its review that debris from an Indian anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons trial might eventually burn down in the atmosphere. Earlier, NASA’s administrator had notified regarding the threat the debris posed. India employed an indigenously formed ballistic missile interceptor to demolish one of its own satellites. These satellites were situated at a height of about 300 Km. The latest activity was carried out in a trial aimed at propelling the country’s defenses in space.
This week, Jim Bridenstine, Administrator, NASA, proclaimed that over 400 pieces of orbital debris from the trial had been spotted. It includes debris that was roving above the International Space Station. He called this debris as a “terrible, terrible thing.” However, Bridenstine’s reviews strongly contrasted with the one presented by Patrick Shanahan, Acting U.S. Defense Secretary, last month.
On a similar note, Pentagon came into the news as it disclosed that it has initiated a new, “narrowly-scoped” assessment of a fatal 2017 ambush in Niger. Reportedly, in this attack, about four U.S. soldiers were killed. The latest assessment is intended to see if more punishments were required. The ambush, performed by a regional Islamic State affiliate, led to high scrutiny of the U.S. counter-terrorism mission in the West African country.
Late last year, Pentagon released a report. In this report, it discovered a series of organizational and individual failures. It highlighted that a need for training and situational awareness led to the ambush. Although no punishments were disclosed publically, lawmakers concerned that junior officers might be charged for the incident. Commander Candice Tresch, Spokeswoman, Pentagon, said that Patrick Shanahan, Acting Secretary, has initiated a novel, narrowly-scoped assessment into the Niger incident. She added that a 4-star flag officer is supposed to lead the review.