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12/03/2017, 18:05:05

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EXCLUSIVE-Pentagon Evaluating U.S. West Coast Missile Defense Sites - Officials

The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country
from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new
anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North
Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would
defend itself from an attack.

West Coast defenses would likely include Terminal High Altitude
Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missiles, similar to those deployed
in South Korea to protect against a potential North Korean attack.

accelerated pace of North Korea's ballistic missile testing program in
2017 and the likelihood the North Korean military could hit the U.S.
mainland with a nuclear payload in the next few years has raised the
pressure on the United States government to build-up missile defenses.

Wednesday, North Korea tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic
missile (ICBM) that can fly over 13,000 km (8,080 miles), placing
Washington within target range, South Korea said on Friday.

Mike Rogers, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee and chairs
the Strategic Forces Subcommittee which oversees missile defense, said
the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was aiming to install extra defenses
at West Coast sites. The funding for the system does not appear in the
2018 defense budget plan indicating potential deployment is further off.

just a matter of the location, and the MDA making a recommendation as
to which site meets their criteria for location, but also the
environmental impact," the Alabama Congressman and Republican told
Reuters during an interview on the sidelines of the annual Reagan
National Defense Forum in southern California.

When asked about
the plan, MDA Deputy Director Rear Admiral Jon Hill‎ said in a
statement: "The Missile Defense Agency has received no tasking to site
the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense System on the West Coast."

The MDA is a unit of the U.S. Defense Department.

Rogers did not reveal the exact locations the agency is considering but
said several sites are "competing" for the missile defense

Rogers and Congressman Adam Smith, a Democrat
representing the 9th District of Washington, said the government was
considering installing the THAAD anti-missile system made by aerospace
giant Lockheed Martin Corp, at west coast sites.

The Congressmen said the number of sites that may ultimately be deployed had yet to be determined.

is a ground-based regional missile defense system designed to shoot
down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and takes
only a matter of weeks to install.

In addition to the two THAAD
systems deployed in South Korea and Guam in the Pacific, the U.S. has
seven other THAAD systems. While some of the existing missiles are based
in Fort Bliss, Texas, the system is highly mobile and current locations
are not disclosed.

A Lockheed Martin representative declined to
comment on specific THAAD deployments, but added that the company "is
ready to support the Missile Defense Agency and the United States
government in their ballistic missile defense efforts." He added that
testing and deployment of assets is a government decision.

July, the United States tested THAAD missile defenses and shot down a
simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). The
successful test adds to the credibility of the U.S. military's missile
defense program, which has come under intense scrutiny in recent years
due in part to test delays and failures.

Currently, the
continental United States is primarily shielded by the Ground-based
Midcourse Defense system (GMD) in Alaska and California as well as the
Aegis system deployed aboard U.S. Navy ships. The THAAD system has a far
higher testing success rate than the GMD.

The MDA told Congress
in June that it planned to deliver 52 more THAAD interceptors to the
U.S. Army between October 2017 and September 2018, bringing total
deliveries to 210 since May 2011.

North Korea's latest missile
test puts the U.S. capital within range, but Pyongyang still needs to
prove it has mastered critical missile technology, such as re-entry,
terminal stage guidance and warhead activation, South Korea said on

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