Just weeks ago, the people of Hawaii were treated to the shock of their lifetimes, as they received warnings of an imminent ballistic missile attacks, presumably originating from North Korea.
The alert, which ended with the ominous phrase “THIS IS NOT A TEST” in all caps, was merely an accident, sent during a training mission by an unwary and confused defense system employee. Just this week, we learned that this particular employee may have believed that a missile threat was truly imminent before pulling the proverbial trigger on the warning system – a fact that has only raised more concerns about the reliability of Hawaii’s preparations for such an attack.
Today, however, news has broken of yet another reason why Americans living and vacationing in Hawaii should be worried, and it is surely a more serious concern than an accidental button push by an absent minded trainee.
“A test shoot of the SM-3 Block IIA fired from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii failed Wednesday, CNN has reported. The missile is designed to intercept ballistic missiles.
“If confirmed, it would mark the second unsuccessful test of the Raytheon missile in the past year. It also deals a setback to U.S. missile defense efforts as North Korea makes seemingly daily progress on it goal of striking the U.S. mainland with nuclear-armed missiles.
“’The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) conducted a live-fire missile flight test using a Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday morning,’ Wright said.”
The system has now failed twice in recent months, with the last successful test of the North Korean nuclear deterrent occurring all the way back in February of 2017.
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Meanwhile, North Korea has showed no real sign of slowing down their nuclear program, despite their renewed interest in acting as a unified Korea for the upcoming Olympics. (This move in and of itself has been meet with some trepidation, as the idea is extremely out of character for the maniacal and egotistical Kim Jong Un).
Hawaii and Guam have both been in the crosshairs of Kim for quite some time, as the nearest pads of American soil to the rogue regime. Before last year’s successful ICBM tests, it was doubtful that North Korean rockets would ever reach the level of sophistication necessary to reach the continental United States. This had the people of Hawaii and Guam both fearful that they could become the tyrant’s de facto destination for a warhead.
Now that Kim is appearing to be more serious about his ability to strike the U.S. mainland, Hawaii will still play an important role in deterring that possibility. Through the successful use of this system, any possible ICBM launched out of the despotic DPRK could theoretically be intercepted well over the Pacific, as opposed to being destroyed over the continental United States.
This is, of course, if Hawaii can get the thing to work.