Can Fort Greely, Alaska shoot down a North Korean missile?
With North Korea mobilizing to test-fire a medium-range missile, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he’s confident in the nation’s ability to thwart the threat.
“Our country is fully prepared to deal with any contingency,” Hagel told reporters during a press conference at the Pentagon. “We have every capacity to deal with any action North Korea will take to protect this country and the interests of this country and our allies.”
Yet, the 26 interceptor missiles housed at Fort Greely have never flown. All of the test interceptors have been launched from Vandenberg. And the track record, including the two most recent attempts to strike down a mock enemy missile, isn’t great.