Army Paying to Protect Guam from NORK Missiles

Things continue to go sideways on the Korean peninsula as the North Korean regime appears to have moved mid-range Musudan missiles to its East Coast, while continuing to threaten to attack the mainland United States with nuclear missiles—and warning foreign embassies that they won’t be able to protect their staffs after April 10.

In response, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it was sending a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) ballistic missile defense system to Guam “as a precautionary move to strengthen our regional defense posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat” the government announced in a statement.

The THAAD system consists of a truck-mounted launcher, interceptor missiles, and an AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, all funded by the U.S. Army.

When asked where the cash-strapped ground service was going to get the money to send the expensive system to Guam, Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Peggy Kageleiry said that the funds will come out of the base budget.

“Determining the funding for these kind of emergent requirements is a fairly routine event,” Kageleiry emailed. “We’ll have to wait until the end of the fiscal year to see how all the Army’s funding was ultimately distributed to determine a specific bill payer, but we can say now that the Army will fund it and will come from its base program.”

The Army has two THAAD batteries in its inventory, both stationed at Ft Bliss.

 

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