STRATCOM chief: US must speed weapons tests to counter North Korea

July 11, 2017

Stars and Stripes:

STUTTGART, Germany — The United States is moving too slowly in response to North Korea’s rapidly improving missile development program, the general in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal said.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who leads U.S. Strategic Command, said the U.S. must take more technological risk to counter the communist state’s risk-taking leader, Kim Jong Un.

“Kim Jong Un has gone very fast, and we have to step up and go fast in response,” Hyten said in an interview with Stars and Stripes on Sunday. “We are not going fast. We are so risk-averse that we only test every 18 months.”

Hyten suggested the U.S. could draw lessons from Kim’s willingness to fail.

Headlines about “flops” and fizzled launches, which supposedly leave the regime’s isolated leaders “red-faced,” fail to grasp best practices in developing high-end weapons systems, Hyten said…

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