Friday, April 28, 2017


US Military Says North Korea Can Hit Hawai`i With Ballistic Missiles

Washington Post - April 26, 2017

The top US military officer in the Pacific said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “clearly in a position to threaten Hawai`i today” with a ballistic missile attack and that the Pentagon is considering adding new ballistic missile interceptors and defensive radar there to counter that possibility.

Navy Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of US Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee there are already “sufficient” ballistic missile interceptors protecting the United States at Fort Greely in Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. But he added there is a possibility that not every missile would be stopped in an attack. Hawai`i, about 2,500 miles to California’s southwest, could benefit from having new equipment to protect itself, he said.

“I believe that our ballistic missile architecture is sufficient to protect Hawai`i today, but it can be overwhelmed,” Harris said. “Somewhere, we would have to make a decision about which missiles to take out, and that’s a hard decision....”