The United States needs to upgrade it’s missile defenses in Hawaii because North Korea could have the capacity to launch and attack soon and that would wreak havoc on America’s Pacific military bases.
As of now, the United States relies on ground-based ballistic missile interceptors deployed from California and Alaska to protect Hawaii, which would not be enough to protect the area from the North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles which should be close to completion soon.
This upgrade would cost an approximate $41 million, which relative to other Defense Department expenditures, is fairly inexpensive. There is currently a debate on whether the United States should wait until there is more evidence on North Korea’s development of ICBM’s before upgrading.
From Free Beacon:
Converting the Aegis Ashore site from an experimental facility to a combat-ready platform would cost an estimated $41 million, which Cohen described as “inexpensive” compared to typical Defense Department expenditures.
The proposal to improve Hawaii’s missile defense capabilities gained support among defense officials on Monday after North Korea launched four missiles that coincided with joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises in the region.
The U.S. joint chiefs initially believed that at least one of the projectiles launched by North Korea was an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking America’s West Coast, but ultimately concluded the projectiles did not have the range of an ICBM.
Defense officials have warned that North Korea is on the brink of producing an ICBM that could target the United States. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced in January during his New Year’s address that Pyongyang had “entered the final stage of preparations to test-launch” an ICBM that could reach parts of the United States.
President Donald Trump rejected Kim’s assessment, tweeting after the statement: “It won’t happen!” The administration has not yet established a missile defense plan that would protect the United States from a North Korean ICBM, though it is in the process of reviewing U.S. policy toward North Korea.