Why is JLENS not being funded? Here’s Why It’s Important [VIDEO]

A billion dollars has been spent on the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS). It has proven that it works and is highly desired ny the military to protect the whole Eastern seaboard. Why would you quit spending money on it? Well, Congress thinks it embarrassed itself when one broke a mooring. Now some Senators have blocked funding for it. I smell a rat. Maybe someone should follow the money.

As Written By Adam Kredo, The Washington Examiner:

Congress Kills D.C. Missile Defense System

Experts: National capital region open to cruise missile threat:

Congress has cancelled funding for an advanced missile defense system that has been deployed across the D.C. area during the last few years to prevent against a rising threat from cruise missile strikes.

Congress officially cut funding this month for JLENS, or the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor, a high-tech radar system that casts a wide-ranging protective net across the region to detect and intercept missiles or enemy planes before they reach American soil.

The system was placed on the budgetary chopping block following a high-profile incident last year in which the blimp-like system broke free from its tethers in Maryland and wreaked havoc across the east coast.

Defense industry insiders and former military officials say that despite last year’s snafu, the system has proven critical to the capital region’s defense against potential cruise missile attacks from rogue nations such as Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

The United States has already invested billions into the program, and was set to integrate the system into the larger defense network protecting the eastern seaboard.

U.S. military leaders have described JLENS as critical to U.S. defenses and requested an additional $27.2 million this year to keep it operational. These officials argued that the program fills an essential gap as the threat from cruise missile attacks increases.

“There are three types of missiles we worry about, the third one’s the cruise missile attack,” Adm. Bill Gortney chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command,told lawmakers earlier this month.

“The Russians are employing these cruise missiles in Syria today, both from bombers, ships, and submarines,” Gotney said. “There’s no operational or tactical requirement to do it. They’re messaging us that they have this capability and those missiles can have a nuclear-tipped or conventional warhead.”

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  • darrell_b8

    AT SOME POINT, the ‘Military Industrial Complex’s’ wish list has to be CUT; Defense of the Homeland must come first; along with sealing the border and ARMING the population…..every citizen must be armed….to fight crime as well as domestic enemies.

  • Sgtsnuffy

    WREAKED HAVOC ACCROSS THE EASTERN SEA BOARD ???? WHAT HAPPEN IT DESTROY A COUPLE OF TOWNS OR SOMETHING ????? NOPE ALL IT DID WAS DRIFT AROUND AND SURPRISE PEOPLE TILL THEY SNAGGED IT UP . BIG FREAKING WHUP . BUT APPARENTLY IT “OFFENDED” SOMEONE AND THEY DECIDED TO KILL THE PROGRAM .

  • Sgtsnuffy

    Sens. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) and Thad Cochran (R., Miss.) recently used
    their authority to block funding, which has set the stage for JLENS to
    be taken out of service.

    Now we know who to blame if Iran sneaks in a cruise missile into DC . Of course it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if those two would be conveniently absent from DC if a strike did happen .