The new interceptors will be based at Fort Greely, an Army launch site about 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, and are projected to be fully deployed by 2017, Hagel said. The additions will bring the U.S.-based ground interceptor deployment from 30 to 44, including four that are based in California.
That will boost U.S. missile defense capability by 50 percent and "make clear to the world that the United States stands firm against aggression," he said in a briefing at the Pentagon.
|Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday, March 14,|
that 14 new ground-based missile interceptors would be
in place by 2014. Win McNamee / Getty Images.
Hagel said the U.S. would also shift some "resources," which he didn't specify, from the delayed Aegis anti-missile program in Europe to U.S.-based defenses, saying the Aegis program was "lagging" because of reduced congressional funding. And he reiteratedpreviously announced plans to add a second U.S. anti-ballistic missile radar installation in Japan.
WATCH: North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is trying to prove his strength, causing experts to worry that Pyongyang's threats could get out of control. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.
Taking all of the moves together, "we will be able to add protection against missiles from Iran sooner while also proving protection against the threat from North Korea," he said. Even before the announcement, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., a member of the Armed Services Committee, criticized the news, saying it was too little and too late. "I applaud the Obama administration's decision, but it shouldn't have taken the predictable saber-rattling from North Korea to bring this about," Ayotte said in a statement Friday. Pointing to Iran's nuclear program, Ayotte called on the Obama administration to "move expeditiously to construct an East Coast missile defense site." "Americans living in the Eastern United States should have the same level of missile defense protection as those in the West," she said. - NBC News.
North Korea Fires Missiles Into Sea Of Japan.
|North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with his generals.|
The move will also involve the re-opening of a missile field in Alaska, and some based in California. It would take two years for all of the systems to come online. Today's short-range missiles launches into the sea of Japan are the latest in a string of aggressive acts by Kim Jong-un and is sure to further escalate tensions in the region. And although no one is thought to have been killed the missile firing has enraged the international community. It comes just a week after Kim Jong-un vowed to launch a nuclear strike on the US and a month after they conducted secret underground nuclear tests, causing a huge earthquake. The missiles used in this firing are presumed to be the KN-02 short-range type, which have a reach of about 75 miles. Details were apparently leaked to a South Korean news agency by a source within the South’s military. They said: “The launch was seen as testing its capability for short-range missiles. “It seemed to be conducted on a military-unit level, not at a national level.” This would apparently indicate that the launch was not ordered by Kim Jong Un directly. - The Sun.
North Korea Under Massive Cyber Attack.North Korea has fallen victim to a massive cyber attack since Wednesday morning, a senior South Korean government official said. He added Seoul is trying to find out who is behind it. "Internet resources of the country have come under a powerful hacker attack from abroad," Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency, which has a branch in Pyongyang, reported on Wednesday night. The country's websites apparently all went offline until late Thursday afternoon. They included propaganda outlets like the Rodong Sinmun, the KCNA news agency and Naenara, which are blocked in South Korea. An expert at a government-funded think tank in Seoul said it is unlikely that an attack on this scale was launched by an individual hacker since all websites with North Korea-based servers were affected and the attack lasted for two days. The official insisted the South Korean government has nothing to do with it. "It's inconceivable that the Internet network of the North has been under hacker attack for such a long period of time," said Ryu Dong-ryeol at the Police Science Institute. "It's likely that the regime has staged the incident itself as a way out of its current international impasse." - CHOSUN.
Obama Intimates US To Strike Iran In A Year If Diplomacy Fails.
|US President Barack Obama is interviewed on Channel 2 News,|
Thursday, March 14 (photo credit: image capture Channel 2)
Iran Has Force Of 50,000 In Syria, Claims Israel.
Israel Intelligence Chief Claims That Assad Is Ready To Use Chemical Weapons.
|IDF Home Front Command soldiers take part in a 2011|
defense drill simulating a chemical attack
(photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash 90)
Russia Warships Dock In Beirut Port Awaiting Departure To Syria.Three Russia warships docked on Thursday in Beirut Port, and al-Mayadeen television reported that they will stay in Lebanese waters for three days before departing to Syria. "The warships carry 700 soldiers and are planning to stay in Mediterranean waters for three days,” al-Mayadeen said, adding that they will then sail to the Syrian port of Tartus. Russia's emergencies ministry on Tuesday had airlifted 103 Russians and citizens of former Soviet republics from Syria amid continuing violence in the strife-torn country and on February 19, Syrian authorities announced that it will send four ships to the Mediterranean, in anticipation of a possible evacuation of Russia expats in the country. Moscow has airlifted small groups of its citizens from Syria on at least two prior occasions. Russia has vetoed three rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions against President Bashar Assad and has said that the Syrian strongman must be taken at his word when he says he has no intention to quit. It is one of the only bakers of the government in Syria, where the U.N. says more than 70,000 people have been killed in an uprising launched two years ago. - Naharnet.
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