Chinese spy balloon is a threat despite what Pentagon says: Former Navy SEAL Dave Sears
Former Navy SEAL Commander Dave Sears says the Chinese spy balloon is a threat and should be a ‘significant concern’ to U.S. officials on ‘Cavuto: Coast to Coast.’
"The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now," Pentagon press secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said during an impromptu briefing Thursday evening. "The U.S. government, to include NORAD, continues to track and monitor it closely."
According to a senior defense official, the ballon "has limited additive value from an intelligence collection perspective." A separate senior official told ABC News the balloon is the size of three buses and complete with a technology bay, which the defense official "wouldn't characterize" as "revolutionary."
These comments suggest the balloon, which is flying at 60,000 feet, is no more capable than satellites in low earth orbit at taking photos.
Alleged Chinese spy balloon spotted in sky over Montana
Montana residents spot an alleged Chinese spy balloon in the sky above Billings.
According to a senior U.S. defense official, the balloon was launched from mainland China. The Pentagon does not believe China's assertions that this was a weather balloon that flew off course. There was no "force majeure" that caused the Chinese surveillance balloon to enter U.S. airspace.