Montana has been in the news lately, and not for its beautiful mountains, rivers, and prairies. Recently, a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon was spotted flying hundreds of miles into the state, and Montana’s Republican Governor Greg Gianforte was not briefed about it until it had flown near Malmstrom Air Force Base and the ICBM silos.
In an interview with Fox News, Governor Gianforte expressed his frustration that the balloon was allowed to fly so far into the state. He believes that if the situation had been reversed, and an American surveillance balloon had been spotted over China, it would have been shot down immediately. He also expressed his belief that the balloon could have been taken down in Montana without endangering civilians, as the state has plenty of unpopulated areas.
The balloon has since flown all the way to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the Biden administration is now briefing the ‘Gang of Eight’ on the incident, following a request from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Governor Gianforte’s comments are a reminder of the need for vigilance in our airspace. The Chinese government has made no comment on the balloon, but its presence in the skies of Montana and Missouri is a reminder that we must remain ever-vigilant against foreign incursions into our airspace.
The incursion of a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon into Montana’s airspace is a stark reminder of the need for vigilance in our skies. Governor Gianforte’s comments to Fox News on the matter were a clear indication of his frustration that the balloon was allowed to fly so far into the state, and that the federal government chose not to take it down. The balloon has since flown all the way to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the Biden administration is now briefing the ‘Gang of Eight’ on the incident.
It is essential that we remain vigilant against potential foreign incursions into our airspace, and that we take appropriate action when necessary. The incursion of this balloon into Montana’s airspace is a reminder of that.