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In Hawaii, the United States military has been setting up anti-ballistic missile defenses to protect against an attack from North Korea.
As a part of that defense system, the SBX military sea-based radar is now in place. It detects any possible missile launches by North Korea according to a senior U.S. defense official. Secretary of the Army, Public Affairs (SAPA) reported today that the the SBX is now in a seaborne location where it can track North Korean missiles. For the photo image of the SBX advanced radar system mounted on a floating platform see my Facebook report for 04.11.13.
The SBX radar finds the incoming enemy missiles in space during the 20+ minutes they are outside the Earth’s atmosphere and tracks those enemy warheads. It is part of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. This powerful radar system discriminates warheads from decoys and feeds valuable information back to the ballistic missile defense systems command and control. Then war fighters determine how to intercept an incoming missile, either by launching a missile at sea or on land. This is the Star Wars program in action. First initiated by Ronald Reagan, it was referred to as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). For more information click here.
Concerning the seriousness of North Korea’s threat to the U.S. consider also my 04.03.2013 post on the connection between Iran and North Korea. In addition to what was reported there, North Korean weapon sales to Iran are estimated to total approximately $2 billion annually. In light of this and the technology sharing between the two countries, it is worth noting that North Korea successfully tested a nuclear weapon in February of this year which included a lighter, but powerful warhead. Click here for Reuters’ 02.12.2013 report.
What affect might this have on Iranian actions against the United States as well as Israel, America’s most important strategic ally in the Middle East and Asia?
The United States government must take the North Koreans’ threats seriously. Right now, they have the nuclear capacity and the missile delivery capacity to act.