(NationalSentinel) War: A top U.S. admiral is calling for additional ballistic missile interceptors to be placed in Hawaii, home to a plethora of U.S. naval assets, as tensions mount with North Korea.
As reported by Fox News, Adm. Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee that Hawaii’s defenses were good enough for the time being, but at some point in the future those could be overwhelmed.
He could not comment on the precise capability of the U.S.’ defenses, but he said, “I do believe that the numbers could be improved. In other words, we need more interceptors.”
Meanwhile, in a separate report, Fox News interviewed a former U.S. military intelligence officer who said several of the “weapons” North Korean soldiers carried during the country’s recent massive military parade were fake.
North Korea put a variety of new missiles on display during the April 15 parade, and while at least one of them was reportedly a prototype, some experts thought they spotted actual “fakes.” A closer look at some of the soldiers in that parade suggests those missiles may not have been the only things that weren’t quite battle ready.
“This was more about sending a message than being combat effective,” said Michael Pregent, a former Army Intelligence Officer with over 28 years of experience working conflicts around the world and now an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.
— The dark glasses being worn by North Korean special forces troops were not “combat-ready;”
— “Helical” magazines for their AK-74 rifles are high-capacity but are known for jamming;
— The alleged “grenade” projectiles protruding from the rifles of several formations of troops were plastic;
— New “grenade-launching” ‘weapons’ were so fake they were “laughable,” Pregent said;
Still, Pregent and other experts have said that the North’s artillery force is formidable and taking out all pieces would “not be a one-day job.”