Could America Really Stop a North Korean Nuclear Missile Attack?
“Rushing to expand the existing GMD system is not a cost-effective strategy to stay ahead of the North Korean threat. Instead, the focus should be on improving the sensor/discrimination capabilities of the system and conditioning any decision on expansion on successful testing—under operationally realistic conditions—of the new, redesigned GMD kill vehicle that is under development.”
It is only a matter of time before North Korea has an operational ICBM combined with a working reentry vehicle and miniaturized nuclear warhead. Missile defenses will need to actually work under operational conditions; the stakes are too high.
Dave Majumdar is the defense editor for The National Interest. You can follow him on Twitter: @Davemajumdar.