Trump admin. to expand flawed missile defense system
"Citing North Korea's ... threat, the Trump administration is moving to vastly expand the problem-plagued homeland missile defense system despite warnings that the planned upgrades may not succeed," the L.A. Times reports in its lead story:
Why it matters: "[G]overnment reports and interviews with technical experts suggest the planned upgrades ... are unlikely to protect the United States from a limited-scale ballistic missile attack ... One concern is the administration's rush to expand the system."
- "Immediate plans call for building two $1-billion radar installations and adding 20 rocket interceptors to the 44 already deployed in underground silos at Ft. Greely in Alaska and at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California."
- "The expected cost is about $10.2 billion over five years, on top of more than $40 billion already spent for the system."
P.S. "The Marine Corps commandant told about 300 Marines in Norway [Thursday] that they should be prepared for a 'bigass fight' to come," the WashPost reports, citing Military.com:
- Gen. Robert Neller told the Marines: "I hope I'm wrong, but there's a war coming."
- "[H]is spokesman later said [the comments] were not in reference to any specific adversary but rather intended to inspire the troops."