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.