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    DoD Struggles to Answer Questions on Chinese Balloon in Congressional Testimony

    DoD Struggles to Answer Questions on Chinese Balloon in Congressional Testimony

    Defense officials on Thursday defended their response to a suspected Chinese spy balloon that flew over the continental United States but struggled to satisfy furious senators at the first public hearing on the incident.

    A key subcommittee held a hearing that was part of a balloon-centric day on Capitol Hill a week after the Pentagon first disclosed that the craft was traversing the U.S. heartland. The full Senate also received a classified briefing, as did the full House. And the House voted unanimously to condemn for its “brazen violation of U.S. sovereignty.”

    The classified briefing appeared to quell some lawmakers' concerns. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the chairman of the defense appropriations subcommittee, excoriated Pentagon officials at his panel's hearing, proclaiming that he didn't “want a damn balloon going over the United States when we could've taken it down over the Aleutian Islands,” referencing the island chain in Alaska that sweeps across the Pacific Ocean. But after the classified briefing, Tester told reporters he was satisfied and that officials gave “more concrete answers.”

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    Still, in public, officials struggled to explain why the balloon was not considered a threat as soon as it was discovered near Alaska, whether they know what China was spying on, and what actions they would take against any future balloons.

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