Public Service Announcement: China is Watching, Like Really Closely

Currently there is a massive Chinese Spy Balloon over Montana that the Pentagon has been tracking for a few days now. So, I’m sure that brings up a few questions.

This a photo of the Chinese balloon released by the Pentagon.
  1. Why haven’t they shot it down?
    According to the Department of Defense, the risk is not worth the reward yet. Technology is on that balloon that should be attempted to be saved. Also, the debris. Not just debris like hot air balloon shrapnel, but there isn’t enough knowledge known yet of what could be on that balloon. Nerve agents that are released when shot down? We just don’t know. According to a senior defense official, “It was the “strong recommendation” of senior military leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, “not to take kinetic action due to the risk to safety and security of people on the ground from the possible debris field,” the official said”-CNN
  2. Where is it headed?
    As I am writing this article it is currently over Montana and headed toward Virginia.
  3. What is the elevation of it?
    Good luck taking pop shots at the balloon. It is currently at 64,000 ft which is double what a commercial airplane flies at.
If you’re wondering what an American high altitude balloon looks like, here you go. Photo: Defense Post

All in all, it is sketchy and a little bit freaky. While officials are stating that the aircraft isn’t able to gain “significant” intel gathering, the feeling of it being up there just doesn’t sit right. So, I implore you to keep up with it with an easy google search.

Additional Note: In Keith Finch’s words, (the editor of Gatdaily) “my desire to have NORAD broadcast its exact location and time like they do Santa so that folks can make obscene gestures at it is extreme.” If only we had a fun way to track this balloon at make light of severe illegal intel gathering from one of the largest enemies of the United States right now..oof..

Anna Martinez
Anna is a Federal Weapons Gunsmith with 8 years of previous experience within the US Army Ordnance Corps (91F). She has taken multiple armorer and weapons proficiency classes to include FN, Knights Armament, and Small Arms Weapons Expert course. She also writes for American Gunsmith, AR Build Junkie, and is active in Precision Rifle sports around the nation.