The Perils of U.S. Missile Defense

North Korea has tested a nuclear weapon a total of five times, four of them while President Obama has been in office. Pyongyang is increasing its missile and nuclear testing tempo and mastering the ability to perform complex missile attacks.

Many in the intelligence community believe we have enough evidence to believe Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that it could deliver on a missile.

If Pyongyang did decide to launch a missile towards the United States, the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system is the only system currently deployed with the responsibility to intercept an incoming enemy warhead before it reaches American soil.  Despite the critical importance of the system, President Obama cut the GMD system in half in his first years in office. A third GMD site, either fixed or transportable, is absolutely necessary at this juncture.

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