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(Left) A U.S. Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on May 30, 2017 during the successful intercept test of an ICBM target; (right) the GBI's exoatmospheric kill vehicle intercepting the target warhead during the successful test on May 30

Dear Members and Friends,

We have downplayed the ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) capability of North Korea and its nuclear weapons to strike the United States of America. We have underestimated North Korea nuclear ICBM capability that has pushed U.S. investment, strategy and acquisition to best defend against it four to five years from now. We have outdated limiting policy that does not enable the United States to best defend itself from North Korean Nuclear ICBMs today. We have to come to terms, acknowledge and accept that North Korea has nuclear ICBMs that can strike the United States of America.

The United States government remains pursuing a diplomatic and policy effort to prevent North Korea from attaining nuclear ICBM weapons. It has allowed a third-world country and a rouge nation a nuclear capability to project power into and hold nuclear hostage the United States of America.

The remarkable North Korean feat of aerospace and system engineering prowess of success on July 4th of a two stage ICBM – the Hwasong-14/KN-14 – with a reentry vehicle perfectly executed in stages, separation and release of a shroud covering the reentry vehicle that has the dimensions to hold multiple nuclear weapons and would assume the weight of them in a lofted launch apex and fly it back at the correct angle into the atmosphere to successfully preserve the payload to hit the earth’s surface. The distance of the North Korean ICBM launched of 933 km reaching an apogee of 2,802 km, with a flight time of 37 minutes provides clear physics of capability at an efficient low energy trajectory to strike Hawaii and Alaska.

What is greatly concerning is the North Korean rapidness and steep curve of successful development and conducting over 58 tests since the beginning of 2016; testing new ballistic missiles, solid fuel ballistic missiles, liquid fueled ballistic missiles, submarine ballistic missiles, land mobile ballistic missiles, anti-ship cruise missiles and a ICBM that all collectively accelerate development of ballistic missile capability. North Korean ballistic missile and ICBM development, testing, modernization and deployment is at pace that will include countermeasures, decoys and eventually multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs) to quickly overmatch current U.S. limited missile defense capability today and certainly within the next four to five years when the United States is projected to have its new major upgrades to its BMD (ballistic missile defense) capability in place.

The clear geographical fact that Hawaii and the United States territory of Guam are less defended today than the 49 U.S. states from North Korea and can be better defended against North Korean ballistic missiles with current U.S. missile defense capability deployed there has to be addressed and put forward for the safety of U.S. citizens living on Guam and Hawaii. Hawaii has to have emergency operational capability of its Aegis Ashore Site at PMRF (Pacific Missile Range Facility), an AN/TPY-2 radar deployed there, SBX (Sea-Based X-Band) out to sea 24/7, aggressively speed up the deployment of a medium range discriminating radar (MRDR) in Hawaii, build additional missile interceptor fields with GBI (Ground-Based Interceptor) silos in Alaska, max out eight more CE-II Block 1 GBI exoatmospheric kill vehicles (EKVs) for production, modernize all the GBI booster stacks with C2 proven boosters and get a low rate production decision for the SM-3 Block IIA with the option of deploying some of them at Aegis Ashore in Hawaii. Guam has to have full capability and capacity of its THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) battery, with the maximum number of launchers and interceptors and with the option of a Aegis BMD ship to support the waters off Guam.

The United States of America at the highest level of President Donald Trump has to acknowledge and accept the nuclear ICBM threat from North Korea to the country and change the nation’s strategy and policy from prevention of North Korea attaining nuclear ICBMs to defending against them, implementing strategies to destroy them and topple the North Korea regime if there is intent to use them against the United States of America. President Trump needs to lead, nominate and get confirmation of his complete team at the Defense and State Departments to implement his policy and not extend the failed policies of previous administrations toward North Korea.

Times have changed. North Korea is for real and the survival of millions of Americans is for real and at stake; Millions and millions of lives depend on the United States changing its strategy and policy to implement the best missile defense in the world in capacity and capability against the North Korean threat.

It is now the time to change our ways and protect our people from a real nuclear ICBM threat of capability and intent from North Korea.

Mission Statement

MDAA’s mission is to make the world safer by advocating for the development and deployment of missile defense systems to defend the United States, its armed forces and its allies against missile threats.

MDAA is the only organization in existence whose primary mission is to educate the American public about missile defense issues and to recruit, organize, and mobilize proponents to advocate for the critical need of missile defense. We are a non-partisan membership-based and membership-funded organization that does not advocate on behalf of any specific system, technology, architecture or entity.