Today, the newly vetted Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, caught Americans off-guard when he announced a $1 billion project to beef up missile defense for the United States.
What seems like a 1960s Cold War move, the new defense project will add 14 missile interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif., and Fort Greely, Alaska.
Tonight's NBC Nightly News said missile interceptors will also be added in Japan.
The long-range missile interceptors will take approximately four years to get online and will increase the existing missile interceptor capability by approximately 50%.
Today’s announcement follows North Korea’s nuclear test in mid-February and last summer’s North Korean display of their portable missile capabilities which by all accounts caught the current administration off guard.
Air Force Times published this today:
In announcing the decision, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he is determined to protect the U.S. homeland and stay ahead of a worrisome North Korean missile threat. He acknowledged that the interceptors already in place to defend against potential North Korean missile strikes have had poor test performances.
North Korea has threatened to reduce Seoul, South Korea, to a "sea of fire" and stage pre-emptive nuclear attacks on Washington, D.C.
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