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NORAD: ‘100% Confident’ We Can Stop a North Korean Missile Attack

The commander of NORAD told Congress that Trump's missile defense efforts give her "continued confidence" in her ability to defend the homeland.

By NTK Staff | 02.15.2018 @11:05am

Responding to questions from Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) at a Senate Armed Services Hearing on Thursday, Gen. Lori Robinson, the commander of NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command, told the committee that she is “100 percent confident” in her ability to stop a North Korean nuclear missile attack.

Fischer cited a recent editorial from The New York Times as an example of skepticism of U.S. missile defense capabilities. The paper’s editorial criticized President Trump’s request for an expansion of America’s spending on its missile shield, questioning the effectiveness of this program:

Mr. Trump is overselling the program, an interlocking network of interceptors, radars, sensors and so-called kill vehicles. He has boasted that the system is 97 percent effective in preventing limited-scale attacks; the truth is more like 50 percent. So its defense against North Korean weapons is hardly a sure thing.

The program’s failings were on display as recently as last month, when, during a test off the Hawaiian coast, an interceptor missile launched from a test site in Kauai failed to hit its target, an incoming dummy missile. That was the second failure in three tests of the interceptor, the SM-3, which is intended to be a mainstay of American regional missile defense systems being deployed in Romania, Poland and Japan to guard against medium-range missiles. The Pentagon has not disclosed what went wrong.

But Robinson rejected this assessment when the Nebraska senator asked her about the U.S. capability to defend the homeland from a North Korean missile attack.

“I’m 100 percent confident in my ability to defend the United States of America,” she told Fischer.

The NORAD chief also praised efforts to expand the missile defense program under the Trump administration. “We continue to outpace everybody, and it gives me continued confidence of our ability to defend the United States,” Robinson said.

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