Washington Free Beacon: North Korea Could Soon Launch Attack on Hawaii
Experts call for immediate upgrade in state's missile defenses.
North Korea could soon have the capacity to launch an attack on Hawaii that would devastate America's Pacific military bases, accelerating the need for the United States to upgrade missile defenses in the area.
The United States today relies on ground-based ballistic missile interceptors deployed in California and Alaska to protect Hawaii, but these defenses would do little to guard U.S. territory in the Pacific against a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which officials believe is nearing completion.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency in February test fired a new SM-3 Block IIA missile from Hawaii that successfully intercepted an incoming ballistic missile, but the Pentagon does not maintain a permanent missile defense installation or detection capabilities on the Hawaiian Islands.
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Update: Free Beacon: NKorea Could Launch Attack on US in 5 Years (Newsmax).
WNU Editor: This blog covered this story 2 weeks ago .... Is Hawaii Vulnerable To A Missile Attack? (February 23, 2017).