This is No Drill: Protect America from Missile Attack

Cell phones across Hawaii warned this weekend that the islands were under ballistic missile attack.  For roughly forty minutes, no one was told that it was a false alarm.  Now, federal and state authorities are investigating how such a thing could happen.

A far more profitable line of inquiry, however, would be to examine how prepared is that state – and, for that matter, all the others – to deal with the all-too-present danger of such an attack.  What Hawaiians experienced as they scrambled to find ways to protect themselves is surely what the rest of us would discover at present:  America is almost totally unprepared for – and consequently, highly vulnerable to –  ballistic missile threats that are increasing by the day.

That’s unacceptable. The Navy’s AEGIS missile defenses at sea and ashore could help.  Ditto civil defenses.  Doing nothing is not an option.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President 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.