October 29 Update: An element of our cruise missile defense is now down (+ a P.S.)

Do you recall seeing the story of the Army blimp that broke loose from its mooring yesterday?…

It is part of the JLENS system, a blimp-borne surveillance system designed to detect cruise missiles, among other things. Two of these blimps had been monitoring the East Coast airspace between North Carolina and Canada until yesterday, but due to the damage caused by the one that broke free, the “second balloon was hauled down Wednesday and grounded indefinitely.”

So one layer of our cruise missile defense has been disabled just one week prior to the East Coast arrival of two Chinese warships filled with up to 104 cruise missiles. What do you want to bet that there will be a convenient gap in our AWACS coverage next week too? The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a “fervent Catholic” / Jesuit asset, so it wouldn’t be too difficult to arrange.

I’ll be expanding and completing Update 84 tomorrow to cover this discomforting confluence of events.

P.S. – Here is more information on JLENS from Defense Industry Daily