US to expand missile defense to thwart North Korea attack
March 15th, 2013
02:10 PM ET

US to expand missile defense to thwart North Korea attack

By Chris Lawrence

The U.S. military will enhance the nation's ability to defend itself from any missile attack by North Korea or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Friday.

Still relatively new in his post, the Pentagon chief told reporters that the United States will deploy 14 additional ground-based missile interceptors to bring the total to 44. He said the expansion should be completed by 2017.

Part of the move would involve reopening a missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska, and some of the interceptors would be based in California, U.S. officials said.

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  4. Eric

    C.N.N. - "U.S. to beef up missile defense against North Korea, Iran". Anyone up for a game of "Missile Command". Need a quarter.

    March 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  5. CharlieSeattle

    In a recent report from Newsmax, they claim that between October 1, 2010 thru September 30, 2011 that the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security arrested 327,577 aliens illegally entering the U.S. JUST along the U.S. – Mexican border and another 6,552 illegal's along U.S. coastlines.

    Of the illegal's captured along the Mexican border, 46,997 were listed as ‘other than Mexican’. Among the ‘other than Mexican’ were people from countries listed as ‘special interest countries’ such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Somalia, Tunisia, Syria, Uzbekistan, Jordan and Indonesia. Looking at the countries of origin, I think it’s safe to assume that many of them were Muslim, making me wonder how many may have terrorist ties.

    .............Do ya think they want to pick tomatoes? I don't think so.

    Terrorist scouts are testing for soft spots to smuggle nukes across the Mexican border.

    ................Hm, but where to put them.
    How about in the bottom of Yellowstone lake atop the thin 3 mile thick porous cork over the super volcano.
    If that sucker blows, radioactive ash 10 to 3 foot thick all the way to the Ohio valley.

    All farmland, DEAD. Livestock, DEAD. Rivers, DEAD. Fish, DEAD. Transportation as we know it, DEAD. 200 million, DEAD and dying! 75% of the country DEAD in a month and it will continue to erupt for three months.

    This has a high probability precisely because Obama, Holder and Congress will not secure the Mexican border and enforce existing immigration laws. They LOVE illegal's and weak national security!

    No one makes any money sealing the borders or the ports. So Military Industrial Complex Neo-con's keep pouring money into ABM related Lasers, Satellites, and Missiles and ignore the obvious.

    The next Pearl Harbor will be delivered in an beat up pickup truck on its way north from Mexico.

    And if the Terrorists have a third nuke, drop it off the western flank of La Palma in the Azores and collapse the side of the volcanic Island that is hanging by a thread. The resulting 20-30 meter Tsunami will take out the entire east coast 10 to 20 km inland. I would not be surprised if the Russians had not already planted a large nuclear mine there already to be set off by an ELF wave at their leisure.

    The combined effect would destroy 90% of the country. Yellowstone itself could start a cascading worldwide civilization ending event. But in the eyes of crazed terrorists on the other side of the world with lots of cash and little remorse...why not?

    However take heart, MAYBE we can knock down a ICBM from North Korea with the new airborne laser if the launch is patterned like the staged marsh mellow tests to date. But the Pacific based Laser cannot target a beat up pickup truck crossing the Mexican border in the dead of night hauling a couple nukes to Yellowstone.

    March 17, 2013 at 9:49 am | Reply
  6. Paul

    The real fear, that the military and the newspapers don't talk about, is one or more of these many countries that have developed nuclear weapons (Pakistan, North Korea, Russian rebels, Iran soon) smuggling a few into the US or other western countries and exploding them in major cities. Missile delivery systems are not necessary so anti-missile defense is useless. If tons of drugs, illegal immigrants and so on are smuggled into these countries daily, then bringing in small nuclear weapons will be no problem. Maybe they are already here. No one will be able to point the finger at any country because we won't know who did it or where they came from. So there can be no retaliation. Why aren't we talking about this? Why are we all burying out heads in the sand?
    The 9/11 disaster will seem insignificant in comparison. I have no doubt that it will happen soon if we stay on the belligerent track that we are all on at present. Maybe we need to think about tolerating alternative political systems instead of trying to destroy them by isolating and embargoing them economically and culturally and bombing their weapons production facilities which will ultimately be ineffective and is just making retaliation more likely?
    After all, monopoly capitalism, our system, is failing: our economies are in permanent recession and we are in debt up to our eyeballs, the very few rich are getting richer and the rest of us are getting poorer. The rich are exporting our production capacity overseas. We need to change our direction radically.

    March 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  7. Redneck Canuck

    How about just installing a huge net to catch the falling debris from a failed launch? Could work for meteorites and space junk too! Most likely the debris would wash up with the tsunami garbage floating around the Pacific.

    The South Korean military would wipe out the DPRK in about a week without US assistance. Their artillery and armor is world class and would decimate the DPRK and their long obsolete ground forces. After listening to the DPRK leadership play brinkmanship like a sandbox bully I wish someone would fire the first shot and get it over with.

    March 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Kerry

      You're probably right Redneck, seeing how the right-wing thugs in Washington gave the South Koreans a vast superiority in firepower over the North Koreans over the last few decades compliments of the U.S. taxpayer. Don't let that delude you into thinking that South Koreans can beat the North Koreans on that basis. The North Koreans are, however, better motivated and are subservient to no other country much unlike the South Koreans are to the U.S.!

      March 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  8. 1371usmc

    So much for being broke. Thanks Obama my great great grand kids will be happy to pay for this while you go object another vacation rather then doing your job.

    March 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  9. Stoner

    Can't wait to see a patriot take out a nk ICBM .....

    March 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      Another idiotic comment from another lame brained Tea Partier! This stupid comment above shows just how uneducated some people are!

      March 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
      • USMC Vet

        Freaking tea baggers are ruining the country bunch of dumb hillbillies and the main queen bee Sara Palin. But getting on the subject of N.Korea they are a drain for China or any other of it's allies.

        March 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
      • CharlieSeattle

        China views North Korea as a needed buffer between itself and FREE South Korea.

        Yes, the North Korean punk star leader may start WWIII just to make the headlines and drag China into it.

        But, bad things are destined to happen to stupid countries.

        March 17, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • andrew

      hopfully get it on youtube

      March 18, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
  10. George Patton-2

    Here again we see Obama acting stupidly. Instead of engaging the North Koreans of which he had an excellent chance to do so, he chose to ignore it and and push more of those stupid sanctions, better called the politics of hunger, and now wants to do this idiocy. No wonder we can't balance the national budget!!!

    March 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Nick Chorey

      Hey Patton 2, You'd better check the facts on our budgetary problems.....they go right back to the shrub (Bush) and the dick (cheney for causing 2 wars (illegally) and putting the costs on credit cards so that their friends at Haliiburton can rake in the profiteering of war. Obama is reaping what those 2 idiots placed on the shoulders of America. A PROUD AMERICAN and a Democrat who supports Obama and his policies. Nick Chorey

      March 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
      • CharlieSeattle


        March 17, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  11. Brad

    I'm putting some money into Kratos Defense stock (NASDAQ: KTOS). They've got the Iron Dome missile defense system Hagel is talking about. He recently vowed to Isreal to continue funding it and its use there. Currently trading at $4.48/share.

    March 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • 1371usmc


      March 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Patriot Warrant Officer

      Iron dome is not a ground based missile defense system. Its used to take down small arms and small artillery and rockets. It can't defend against TBM's or ICBM's.

      March 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • sawolf

        That's what the Arrow is for.

        March 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm |

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