North Korean Missile Threat Underscore Need for a New US Approach to Missile Defense

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

North Korea has once again muscled its way to the forefront of the national security agenda of the United States and its allies in the Western Pacific. The salvo of ballistic missiles that Pyongyang recently fired into Japanese waters is the latest reminder that what is arguably the planet’s most erratic – and dangerous – regime is becoming more capable of attacking our forces, friends and homeland by the day.

The Trump administration responded to the latest provocation by promptly deploying a missile defense system to South Korea that has long been needed, but until now, not accepted. This is a necessary, but not sufficient, response.

Thirty-four years ago this month, Ronald Reagan recognized that America and its allies would need effective missile defenses. Donald Trump has promised to field the state-of-the art. This urgently requires a new team and fresh approach at the Pentagon.

This is Frank Gaffney.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.