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U.S. Deploys Defenses for Possible N.Korean Missile Launch
The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 7/7/2010 | VOA News

Posted on 07/07/2010 5:05:52 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has ordered the deployment of a new missile defense system and a sophisticated tracking radar to respond to any North Korean missile launch that threatens Hawaii. Meanwhile, America's top military officer says the U.S. Navy is prepared to try to stop North Korean ships suspected of carrying weapons banned by a new United Nations Security Council resolution.

Secretary Gates says the United States is watching North Korea's missile launch preparations "very closely" and he has ordered a new high-altitude missile interceptor system deployed to Hawaii, along with a floating radar system to provide tracking data.

"We do have some concerns if they [North Korea] were to launch a missile in the direction of Hawaii," said Secretary Gates. "I've directed the deployment again of THAAD [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense] missiles to Hawaii and the SBX [Sea Based X-Band] radar has deployed away from Hawaii to provide support. Without telegraphing what we will do, I would just say I think we are in a good position, should it become necessary, to protect American territory."

Gates told a Pentagon news conference that anti-missile missiles based in Alaska are also ready to defend against any North Korean threat. The secretary was responding to a Japanese newspaper report that an anticipated North Korean missile test -- expected as early as next month -- might involve a launch toward Hawaii, some 7,000 kilometers away.

(Excerpt) Read more at english.chosun.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2destroyfrisco; aegis; ballisticmissile; bmd; bmds; dfens; koreanpeninsula; missiledefense; nkorea; northkorea; pentagon; robertgates; sbx; southkorea; taepodong; thaad; usnavy

1 posted on 07/07/2010 5:05:54 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; Mr. Mojo; James C. Bennett; mowowie; Captain Beyond; darkwing104; JRios1968; ...

Ping


2 posted on 07/07/2010 5:12:39 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

“90% probability we can shoot it down” ... is there any probability on the Norks actually dropping a missile on Hawaii? 0.1%? 0.001%? Seems we’re just playing along with their delusions of grandeur. What if we took no freaking notice of them? Or are the Norks getting hard currency from R or C to make us reveal OUR capabilities?


3 posted on 07/07/2010 5:16:19 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: sonofstrangelove

“America’s top military officer says the U.S. Navy is prepared to try to stop North Korean ships suspected of carrying weapons banned by a new United Nations Security Council resolution.”
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I bet we could sell tickets to that...


4 posted on 07/07/2010 5:18:39 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: NonValueAdded

It would a million-to-one shot if the NORKs took out so much as an outrigger or a beach tent.


5 posted on 07/07/2010 5:18:53 PM PDT by AU72
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To: sonofstrangelove

“”U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has ordered the deployment of a new missile defense system and a sophisticated tracking radar to respond to any North Korean missile launch that threatens Hawaii.””

“”and he has ordered a new high-altitude missile interceptor system deployed to Hawaii, along with a floating radar system to provide tracking data.””

I’ve read this over and over and I don’t see anywhere that this system (it appears to be two new systems) he’s talking about has to be approved by Congress. I didn’t know new systems could just be ordered without lengthy pro and con discussions about them. Or was that just in the Reagan era?
Weren’t some of our missile defense systems in the US eliminated in the past couple of years?


6 posted on 07/07/2010 5:20:36 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: NonValueAdded

Every radarin Japan and in South Korea is in constant monitoring of North Korea. DSP satellites monitor every part of the world for missile launch.That information is relayed to the 50th Space Wing at Schriever AFB, Colorado then to NORAD in Colorado Spring. DSP’s effectiveness was proven during Desert Storm, when DSP detected the launch of Iraqi Scud missiles and provided warning to civilian populations and coalition forces in Israel and Saudi Arabia.


7 posted on 07/07/2010 5:23:10 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

I will buy one


8 posted on 07/07/2010 5:24:20 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: Thank You Rush

X-Band(SBX) radar has been deployed for quite a while. They have not fully worked the bugs out.


9 posted on 07/07/2010 5:27:01 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. failed to use best radar for N. Korea missile [threat]

The Obama Administration is actually going to use it this time? Really?

10 posted on 07/07/2010 5:29:35 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: sonofstrangelove; NonValueAdded; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; AU72; Thank You Rush; WilliamofCarmichael
.....I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.... Barack Obama, October 22, 2007
11 posted on 07/07/2010 5:30:21 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Thank You Rush

THAAD had its genesis in 1987 so it is hardly new.


12 posted on 07/07/2010 5:30:22 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: NonValueAdded

Since 2005 there has been 7 successful tests in a row successful.There have been 20 tests since 1995, 14 of them successful. THAAD entered service in 2008.

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/THAAD_Weapon_System_Achieves_Lowest_Endo_Intercept_To_Date_999.html


13 posted on 07/07/2010 5:33:25 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

“missile launch that threatens Hawaii”

How about Alaska, Guam, Japan, South Korea?

Just knock them down on the pad.


14 posted on 07/07/2010 5:36:29 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Japan has their Aegis and Patriot system.Taiwan and South korea has a Patriot system .In Alaska, they have the Ground Based Interceptors in Fort Greeley and at Vandenberg AFB


15 posted on 07/07/2010 5:39:35 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

Amazing how fast we can muster forces for an alleged NK missile launch but it takes weeks to get 1200 National Guard down to the Mexican/American border......... =.=


16 posted on 07/07/2010 5:45:27 PM PDT by cranked
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To: cranked

I agree


17 posted on 07/07/2010 5:46:05 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Thanks sonofstrangelove.
[Granny] Gates says he has ordered the deployment of a new missile defense system and a sophisticated tracking radar to respond to any North Korean missile launch that threatens Hawaii.
Psst! Best defense is a good offense.
18 posted on 07/07/2010 6:26:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: NonValueAdded

If they actually managed to hit it, it really WOULD be an accident...


19 posted on 07/07/2010 6:42:56 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: sonofstrangelove

“...Without telegraphing what we will do, I would just say I think we are in a good position, should it become necessary, to protect American territory.”


Good call there Bill.../sarc

And I thought we could get in trouble for divulging ships movement and other classified information...Whew...I feel better now...


20 posted on 07/07/2010 7:16:50 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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