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I can't really tell how fast it's going but what do you think of what appears to be a red light coming off the back of it about 20-21 seconds in this video? I would have thought that more consistent with rocket exhaust than a plane?
Originally posted by Phage
Looks like a jet contrail to me. A missile gets going quite a bit faster than that.
Originally posted by spacekc929
Originally posted by tommyjo
It is a contrail. It is all a matter of perspective. It isn't the first time that such a contrail has caused confusion.
Think about it? No ballistic missile is launched without a NOTAM (Notice to Airman) being issued. There is a whole issue of flight safety for all concerned. Also think about an unannounced launch of a ballistic missile. It isn't going to go unnoticed by the likes of Russia with their space based and ground based ballistic missile warning systems. For the Russians it would be considered a rogue launch. Strict protocol is in force between the US and Russia to avoid such a misinterpretation.
I highly, highly doubt that a former Deputy Defense Secretary would mistake a contrail for an intercontinental ballistic missile shot from a submarine... his only guess of what it might be.
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
Did someone say they violated US airspace? I'm not sure how far off the coast of CA that extends but please enlighten me if you know.
Originally posted by Springheel Jack
Nobody, absolutely NO BODY, would violate US Airspace after 9/11 without every alarm going off up the chain.
It looks to me like it might be far enough offshore to be in international waters and if the missile headed away from the USA then perhaps it never violated US airspace, just got close enough to raise the hair on our neck?
Originally posted by tommyjo
Of course he can. It isn't the first time that this type of contrail has been misidentified and caused confusion.
People in the military misidentify and even Deputy Defence Secs are not outside that category. He is guessing because he has never encountered a lit contrail of this type before.
As an aviation enthusiast I've seen several of these lit contrails that appear to be a launch from the ground. It is a simple case of perspective as already pointed out by previously captured images in the US. People are simply taking it on face value without looking at how an aircraft contrail filmed from that distance and perspective can be mistaken for how they perceive a ballistic missile launch should look.
Originally posted by DarkRift
If you look at the original video. At 1:36 into the video. A large plane comes into view. Could this be linked to this event. LINK.
If this wasn't down to the US and someone let some missiles off in your own back yard. Wouldn't you have thought that they would treat this with the highest priority.
Hopefully just laser testing as the link suggests.
The typical role of the Deputy Secretary of Defense is to oversee the day-to-day business and management of the $500 billion plus Department of Defense, that is as its Chief Operating Officer, while the Secretary of Defense focuses on the big issues and advises the President. The Deputy Secretary, among the office's responsibilities, chairs the Defense Resources Board (DRB) and manages the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).
The Deputy Secretary of Defense is appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Deputy Secretary, by statute, must be a civilian, at least seven years removed from service as a commissioned officer on active-duty at the date of appointment.