CALLING NORTH KOREA’S BLUFF
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii. On the forefront of our country’s most western state, against the backdrop of the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri, floats 4 of our major Missile Defense assets; the USS Russell (DDG-59), USS Lake Erie (CG-70), USS Port Royal (CG-73), and SBX-1. These 4 ships, in conjunction with the GBI sites in Alaska and California can neutralize North Korea’s ballistic missile intentions.
In the last 12 months, the United States has successfully intercepted 13 ballistic missiles during realistic operational testing. In the last 90 days, the United States intercepted 4 ballistic missiles from long range to short range and on each of its different platforms that are deployed or will be deployed soon. The platforms included the long range GBI, the medium to short range sea based Ageis, the medium and short range THAAD, and the short range PAC 3.
North Korea may, or may not know its limitations and that is something that the experts can ponder and pontificate on, however the United States knows North Korea’s limitations and has responded with real capabilities that will defend our country and allies.