An important test of the nation’s anti-ballistic missile defense system totally failed in the skies over Hawaii early Wednesday, raising alarm bells throughout the Pentagon on the country’s ability to defend itself in the face of a pre-emptive North Korean nuclear strike.
According to Defense News, US military officials were alarmingly quiet following the test of America’s anti-ballistic missile system, refusing to confirm that the interception ultimately failed; the second such failure this year.
“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,” said a spokesperson for the US Missile Defense Agency.
However, various news outlets reported that the tests ultimately came up short, allowing the “missile” to bypass the system and reach its intended target.
“Officials: US missile defense test failed in Hawaii early Weds. Pentagon not publicly acknowledging key ballistic missile defense test failure & officials tell @barbarastarrcnn there is a decision to not talk about it, in part because of sensitivities surrounding North Korea,” wrote CNN’s international correspondent on social media.
Officials: US missile defense test failed in Hawaii early Weds. Pentagon not publicly acknowledging key ballistic missile defense test failure & officials tell @barbarastarrcnn there is a decision to not talk about it, in part because of sensitivities surrounding North Korea.
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) January 31, 2018
WHOOPS! Hawaiian Official Who Sent Missile Warning THOUGHT NUKE ATTACK Was Imminent
A civil worker in Hawaii who fired-off an unnecessary missile warning earlier this month actually thought a nuclear attack on the island was imminent; misreading test instructions left the night before and causing a state-wide panic as residents and tourists rushed for cover.
According to the New York Times, the state employee who sent the false alert on January 13th “issued the message intentionally” after he misunderstood instructions from the evening supervisor and thought a North Korean nuclear missile strike was imminent.
While the incident had been described by state officials as an “accident” after an employee “pressed the wrong button,” the new information raises serious questions over how missile warnings are approved and who has the authority to alert the public.
According to a written statement from the worker, other state employees had advanced warning of the missile test but had failed to inform the technician charged with engaging the alert system.
“When disaster strikes, it’s essential that Americans in harm’s way get reliable information so that they can stay safe and protect their loved ones,” said the Commission chairman in charge of the investigation. “People shouldn’t miss out on potentially lifesaving information just because the alert system’s current brush stroke is too broad.”
WORLD ON EDGE: Hawaii Preps for WAR as Kim Threatens Launch
The United States and Japan are preparing for another North Korean missile launch within the “next few days” as Hawaii tests an emergency warning system for a nuclear attack; just days after a defector made a mad dash across the DMZ into South Korea.
Japanese media is reporting North Dictator Kim Jong Un is prepared to launch a medium-range, ballistic missile, possibly over Japanese territory for the third time this year.
One official said, “There is a possibility of missile launches in the next few days.”
Kim’s move comes as Hawaii launches an early warning system throughout the state, aimed to notify residents and tourists of an impending missile strike from the communist nation.
According to local news, Hawaii is “reinstating” its nuclear alarm system not utilized since the height of America’s Cold War with the former Soviet Union. The warning siren, administered by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, alerts citizens to “get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.”
“When [HI-EMA] started this campaign there were concerns we would scare the public. What we are putting out is information based on the best science that we have on what would happen if that weapon hit Honolulu or the assumed targets,” said HI-EMA Administrator.
Military experts say a North Korean nuclear missile would take approximately fifteen minutes from launch to reach Hawaii, and urge residents to have a “designated place” for shelter as evacuation would be nearly impossible.