John Kirby, National Security Coordinator for Strategic Communications, speaks during a Feb. 10 press briefing at the White House.

President Joe Biden ordered Joint-base Elmendorf F-22 fighter planes to shoot down an “object” that was flying in U.S. airspace off the coast of Alaska on Feb. 10 at 9:45 a.m.

John Kirby, National Security Coordinator for Strategic Communications, said that the object was shot down just off the northeastern most part of Alaska, near the Alaska-Canada border and the Arctic Ocean.

According to General Patrick Ryder, of the Pentagon, the object was first detected on Feb. 9 via ground radar.

Kirby said two fighter aircraft initially surveilled it to try and discover what it was. Pilots determined it was unmanned, and on Feb. 10 it was destroyed, Kirby said.

“I can confirm that the Department of Defense was tracking a high altitude object over Alaska airspace in the last 24 hours,” he said from the White House press room. “The object was flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet and posed a reasonable threat to the safety of civilian flight. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of the Pentagon, President Biden ordered the military to down the object, and they did, and it came inside our territorial waters. Now those waters, right now, are frozen.”

He said fighter aircraft assigned to U.S. Northern Command shot down the object. Kirby emphasized that Biden gave direct orders to do so.

“We’re calling this an object because that’s the best description we have right now,” Kirby said. “We do not know who owns it – whether it’s state owned or corporate owned or privately owned. We just don’t know.”

Kirby said the White House expects to recover the debris with the hope that they can learn more about its purpose.

“It was much, much smaller than the spy balloon that we took down last Saturday,” Kirby said in reference to the Chinese-owned balloon that flew for several days over the continental U.S. before being shot down last Saturday off the coast of South Carolina.

Kirby said the object shot down in Alaska was “roughly the size of a small car,” which is significantly smaller than the Chinese spy balloon that was roughly the size of two or three buses.

“So, much, much smaller and not of the same – and no significant payload, if you will,” he added.

When asked if Biden regrets not shooting down the Chinese spy balloon earlier, Kirby said there are no regrets.

“I can tell you that the president doesn’t regret the way that we handled the first balloon,” he said. “First of all, apples and oranges here in terms of size. As I said, this was the size of a small car and it was over a very sparsely populated area, but also – more critically – it was over water – water space when we ordered this down, as we did the last one.”

Kirby said the second difference between the two objects was that the confirmed Chinese balloon was “in fact a surveillance asset and capable of surveillance over sensitive military sites.” He said it had “self-propulsion and maneuver capability.”

“There’s no indication that this one (in Alaska) did,” Kirby noted. “The other one was able to maneuver and loiter, slow down, speed up. It was very purposeful.”

He said the main concern Biden had with the Alaska object was that it posed a “safety of flight issue for civilian aircraft.” He said he does not know if it posed any threat to Alaska’s oilfields.

When asked whether the White House believes the Chinese claim that the balloon from last week accidentally flew across the U.S., Kirby said it appears to have been deliberately flown over sensitive military sites.

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Biden orders military to shoot down threatening airborne ‘object’ off Alaska’s coast

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Bob Bird says:

    We know the gov’t will lie, so we are free to speculate. How about these two or three different possibilities? 1. It is a contrived crisis to make Biden look good. Foreign threats always unite the country behind an unpopular president. Seward even suggested it to Lincoln in 1861. 2. And didn’t we just have the black ops blow up the Russian gas line in the North Sea? Aren’t the Russians entitled to play tit-for-tat? Blowing up infrastructure engaged in a peaceful activity is bound to tick some people off. 3. Or — maybe it’s the NORWEGIANS that are skulking around the North Slope?

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    So why did we wait for it to be where it was before shooting this one down? Alaska isn’t that populated. Again to little to late. I guess after the nukes fly toward us and strike we’ll make the decision to shoot them down.

  • Mary says:

    …Yup. Out at Badami. About 25 miles east of Deadhorse

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Is this the next red flag building up? See Dunleavy’s response that this might be the new norm? Talk about fear-mongering. I think that his message is “Roll over Alaskans – this is the way you must live – like a third world country.” No. Many of us do not feel that way Dunleavy. The people need to let Dunleavy know that we expect better from him or we should be working on recalling him. I still wonder how the Lt. Governor would do during these times?

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      In an effort to give an opinion on the question of whether Nancy Dalhstrom would do better than a recalled dunleavy? I hope so but really it’s out of our control. The people of this state need to send an immediate message to the governing body that they will not be tolerated in there present agenda, or lack there of! The people must not be silent as our current governor is, and we must collectively figure out ways to get our voices heard and acted on! Our freedom is at stake, we are the primary stakeholders! At present dunleavy is being controlled by his brother Francis who is an executive for JP Morgan ! Francis and company look to make multiple millions off of the carbon credit scam on Alaskans! Is this really a representative government?

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        I wonder if Dunleavy’s brother is a freemason also? Interesting information Dave. Definitely some heavy-handed influence there!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I watch this video by Mark Dice that was made nine years ago, but definitely applicable in today’s world. Someone ought to share this with our favorite senator Murkowski.
    “Project Blue Beam: Government Plans Fake Alien Invasion To Usher in World Peace”, length: 4 min 39 sec