Sec. Mattis: Mysterious Pentagon weapons are ‘global in their positioning, reach’

U.S. military officials are hinting of secret weapons that have “other capabilities” and are “global in their positioning.”

These comments surfaced over the weekend in a Washington Post article regarding tensions on the Korean peninsula: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/10/29/in-standoff-with-north-korea-the-u-s-keeps-deployment-of-strategic-assets-mysterious/?utm_term=.47f14590f525

They seem to be reminiscent of former defense secretary Ash Carter’s cryptic references to secret weapons.

Anyway, here are a few tantalizing tidbits from the Post article:

Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “Is it different things? No … Is it doing different things at different times? Yes. And is it incorporating other capabilities on occasion? Yes.”

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has been even more vague. Asked Saturday at a news conference in Seoul if strategic assets will stay on the South Korean Peninsula for a fixed amount of time, he declined to answer.

“Regarding our strategic assets, they are global in their positioning,” he said. “They are global in their reach, and we are quite assured that they are in a position to be responsive . . . So, that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

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