North Korea claims to have detonated its first hydrogen bomb. If true — the skeptics are legion, however — it suggests a miniaturization capacity that could lend itself to missile delivery.
Iran now admits to having a previously undisclosed weapons bunker loaded with ballistic missiles, the latest nose-thumbing at the Obama administration.
Russia recently boasted that its latest ballistic missiles can defeat any U.S. missile defense system.
And an ill-prepared United States remains a sitting duck.
Instead of a layered U.S. missile defense system, as originally intended (including a radar system in the Czech Republic and ground-based interceptors in Poland), Obama & Co. opted for what’s called the European Phased Adaptive Approach, reminds The Daily Signal’s Michaela Dodge. This “modification” focuses on medium-range threats.
Thus, the U.S. can intercept only a “handful” of incoming missiles — and these would be older, not today’s more technically advanced, missiles, Ms. Dodge writes.
A precision space tracking system has been scuttled. The missile defense budget has been slashed. Our adversaries are ramping up. The threats are manifest. America must gets its missile defense program back on track.
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