Sullivan: Recent Incursions Underscore Alaska's Critical Role as Frontline For America’s National Defense

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement after the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported that Alaska-based U.S. military forces detected and intercepted a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber and other fighter jets in Alaska’s Air Defense Identification Zone for the second time this week:

“In the past two weeks, Alaska-based US military units – active duty, guard, and reserves – have tracked and intercepted a CCP spy balloon, at least two additional unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) that the units proceeded to shoot down, and now, two instances of a Russian Bear bomber accompanied by fighter jets.

“I commend our Alaska-based forces for their exceptional execution of these challenging missions. These incursions underscore the critically important role Alaska serves as the frontline for America’s national defense.

“Since coming to the Senate, I’ve pressed the Pentagon to wake up to Alaska’s strategic importance. We’ve come a long way, but there is still much more we can do to confront this new era of authoritarian aggression driven by dictators in Russia and China. It is critical for our national security that we continue to build up our military’s presence in the Arctic.”


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