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As Missile Threat Grows, U.S. Defenses Lag Behind

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AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

In a shocking development Thursday, North Korea tested a massive new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the East Coast of the United States. The news is the latest sign that amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, other top U.S. adversaries are only growing more emboldened. But even with the missile threat increasing, U.S. defenses are struggling to keep up, due at least in part to a concerning lack of funding from Congress.

The North Korean 82-foot long Hwasong-17 missile tested this week was the largest liquid-fueled missile ever fired by any country from a ground-based vehicle. The projectile, which has the potential to carry multiple nuclear warheads, traveled 680 miles during a 67-minute flight before landing in waters between North Korea and Japan. Following the launch, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un vowed to expand the North’s nuclear war deterrent while preparing for a “long-standing confrontation” with the United States.

At the same time, the threat to U.S. national security from China also continues to grow in the region. Last week, General Kenneth S. Wilsbach, the head of Air Force operations for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, warned of China’s militarization of three disputed islands in the South China Sea. Additionally, a leaked Russian intelligence report claimed that Chinese President Xi Jinping has plans to make a move on Taiwan this fall.

That report was lent some credibility last Friday as China’s newest aircraft carrier, reportedly armed with long-range and medium-range missile launchers, passed near the island of Kinmen close to the port of Xiamen, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

This news is particularly alarming given China’s aggressive development of hypersonic missiles for which the U.S. and its allies currently have no effective defenses. Should China choose to execute a plan to invade Taiwan, U.S. forces are in danger of being devastated by Chinese missile technology.

At the same time halfway around the world, Iran unveiled a new domestically-produced missile with a range of 1200 miles capable of reaching most U.S. bases in the region. The regime announced the new weapon just hours after the Biden administration resumed talks to re-enter the disastrous 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.

Shortly after, a photo of the missile was displayed on the Supreme Leader’s website. The center of the site’s homepage showed a sinking White House, a U.S. drone in flames, and the Statue of Liberty collapsing after being invaded by what appears to be a small boat of Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

The name of the missile, “Kheibar-Shekan,” a reference to an ancient battle where Muslim forces sacked a Jewish city, is also intended as an apparent warning to Israel. Some Western missile experts fear that the faster and lighter Iranian missile is capable of penetrating Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, an alarming prospect for both Israeli and U.S. forces in the region.

The devastating potential of a full-scale missile attack is on display currently in Ukraine. As Russian forces struggle to subdue major portions of Ukraine’s largest cities, they have increasingly resorted to withering missile barrages indiscriminately hitting military and civilian targets alike. According to Ukrainian intelligence, more than a thousand missiles have been fired from Russia, Belarus, and the Black Sea into Ukraine since the start of the conflict.

However, even with all these threats clearly on the rise, the budget passed by Congress earlier this month cut in half funding for the U.S. to purchase its first hypersonic missiles to match those possessed by Communist China. Moreover, Congress cut funding for missile defense in Guam last year, leaving U.S. forces in the region dangerously vulnerable to a Chinese attack.

U.S. defense industry leaders have also warned that the U.S. lags significantly behind Russia in hypersonic missile technology. Reports that Russia has used hypersonic missiles in Ukraine are unconfirmed, but the prospect nonetheless has many in the Pentagon concerned. With China and Russia growing closer by the day, the prospect of the two countries collaborating on hypersonic missile technology threatens to further widen the gap in U.S. defense systems.

Just as tanks and mechanized weaponry defined warfare in the second half of the 20th century, missiles have become the most important assets on the battlefield in the 21st century. U.S. leaders would be wise to recognize this fact and invest both in U.S. offensive missile technology and bolstering missile defenses as an effective deterrence against growing aggression from America’s adversaries abroad.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, theologian, and researcher.      

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Joe
Joe
2 years ago

With the largest military budget in the world u have to ask how is it we are lagging behind other countries in missle defense and with the fact that Trump made significant improvements to our military capabilities what the hell are those in Washington thinking we need missile defense like none other plus hypersonic missles aswell our west coat also needs to be assensolly bullet proof and our electronic grid needs to upgraded to the point were it cannot be compromised or are we going to wait until we are attacked and say could have would have should have with the possibility of ww3 on the horizon this is not the time be a sleep at the wheel but instead our government wants to shove the green new deal up our ass it’s time overdue to clean out these useless government officials that do nothing that they elected to do except line there pockets

Ken
Ken
2 years ago

Let’s go Brandon

Keith
Keith
2 years ago

His incompetence is unbelievable.
This President. Overturning all the Pro life policies of President Trump has put a curse on this administration.
Evil and Heartless.

Larry
Larry
2 years ago

Why don’t we just admit it , as he said it himself, Obama and Susan Rice are running this government. We have no Republicans defending our nation. They are missing in action “ as well.

Ray
Ray
2 years ago

This administration is working against our country and empowering every enemy of America.I hope everyone who voted for them are proud of what they have done!Our tax money needs to be spent on our needs and not given to our enemies for oil and other things that we have.We were self sufficient until Bidumb turned everything around and put millions out of work and sent billions of dollars out of our the country.

Spitfire?1940
Spitfire?1940
2 years ago

And that,ladies and gentlemen,is precisely what to expect when you populate the Pentagon and the fighting services with a bunch of woke ,Trans individuals led by Brandon. f

Bill T
Bill T
2 years ago

As scary a thought as it might be, these adversaries were threatened by our last potus, why would they wait for him to be back as rightfully and legally elected president. They’ll never have another opportunity to do unimaginable destruction like they have right now. It’s a very scary but real problem with this fake and spineless liar we now unfortunately have leading our country, A nuclear attack somewhere could happen anytime with the woke and destructive administration ruining our country right now.

David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years ago

We wouldn’t have this problem if there wasn’t 2020 ELECTION FRAUD. The American people allowed the 2020 Election FRAUD and now we are paying TERRIBLY for it.
Just look at our Borders, Wallet’s, and NATIONAL SECURITY.

Bill T
Bill T
2 years ago

Here’s some food for thought, how many millions of illegals are herding over our southern border right now? It’s a total disaster and the ruination of our freedoms as constitutional American citizens. And trust me it’s millions a week!

Thomas Munro
Thomas Munro
2 years ago

I recently sent this letter to the office of Delaware Senator Tom Carper:
Senator Carper,
Please deliver this open letter to President Biden and to the Democrats in the Executive, Legislative and liberal judiciary:
The Ukrainian people have you, your party, and the current illegitimated administration to thank for their current horrific situation.
The decision to go to war is always one of risk vs. rewards.
When America demonstrated that we do not have the political will to guard our own southern border; Putin, who watches the west closely, started hatching his plans for the re-appropriation of former Soviet Satellite states.
When the debacle of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan showed the world that America no longer backs her allies; Putin knew that his plans would succeed.
Putin knew the current weak administration would not stand in his way. His risk was minimal. Biden’s dithering has proven Putin correct.
The good news is the Democrats have found the collusion they have been hunting for. The bad news for you is that it is in the mirror!
The actions and inactions of this illegitimate administration have handed the Ukrainians to Putin.
Conservative Americans have much in common with the Ukrainians. We too are under attack by an American oligarchy in league with a despotic regime that is bent on subjugating citizens by destroying our unalienable constitutional rights.
Be assured that we will resist the despotic, bureaucratic bullying and intimidation on every level as strongly as the Ukrainians.
Most sincerely,
Thomas E. Munro Sr.

Kurt
Kurt
2 years ago

1Thessalonians 4:13-18

Westhus
Westhus
2 years ago

U.S. Defense industry leaders? Since when do they care about anything that actually protects this nation? Their BoDs are full of WOKE bureaucrats who think nothing of what is actually needed to defend this country.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Cause Pentagon Deep State axed R&D for projects?

Robin Boyd
Robin Boyd
2 years ago

We are at the mercy of decisions being made by Biden’s billionaire Socialist and Communist Chinese handlers. We may be able to rid Congress of Socialists in November, but that may not be enough. The next president may be too long a wait. Whether Korean Communists, Chinese Communists or Russians who were previously Communists, the Biden administration is Hell bent on getting the U.S. into a war with Communists while that same administration is being controlled by Communists. I’m not feeling hopeful for our immediate future.

ART
ART
2 years ago

STOPTHE WORRIES. THERE IS SO MUCH DESTRUCTIVE POWER AVAILABLE THAT IF ANYTHING ERUPTS==== MUTUAL DESTRUCTION IS EXPECTED. CHECK OUT THE MOVIE “WAR GAMES”. HIDE UNDERGROUND AS ONLY THE TRULY PREPARED MAY SURVIVE FOR HOW LONG????

Barb
Barb
2 years ago

Neither we nor the Ukrainians would be in this mess if President Trump were still in the WH! GOD BLESS AMERICA & TRUMP 2024 MAGA

Willie
Willie
2 years ago

Biden want and don’t know what to do if we have an attack on America.The American people should be saving there ammo and get ready to protect the USA.

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

Biden & Harris can’t be that incompetent unless by design. We’re in deep $hit America!

Bob L.
Bob L.
2 years ago

A hypersonic missile would have to fly very high, 90,000 feet or more to not burn up from friction to reach a 1,200 mile range. Yes, speeds that high can be attained at low altitude, but for a very short distance. Our SR-71 spy plane cruised at Mach 3.2 (2,000 miles per hour) at 80,000 feet. The skin of the plane reached 600 degrees F at that speed and altitude. Your home over can reach 500 degrees. Our X-15 space planes flew at hypersonic speeds in the 1960s, but had to do so in the range of 100,000 feet above the Earth. The fastest flight of one was done in 1967 when it reached Mach 6.7 ( 4,520 miles per hour ) at 102,100 feet. Faster speeds require travel outside of the atmosphere, which ICBM missiles do or the Space Station. The Space Station flies at 17,500 miles per hour at 248 miles (+- ). above the Earth. The space shuttle Columbia burned and broke up at a speed near Mach 18 at an altitude of around 200,000 feet.

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

Elect “woke” and incompetent fools…..Reap “woke” and disastrous consequences.

Walter
Walter
2 years ago

I believe Biden has been compromised with Russia & China. I honestly believe he and his crime family has sold out America for money. Thus, Biden will not do anything against Russia or China-sanctions right. This has not stopped Russia from killing innocent civilians. By not doing anything to help innocent civilians, isn’t Joe Biden complicit in war crimes as well as Putin? Especially if Joe Biden actually took money from Russia. I suspect the next plane load of our hard-earned money to be flown out at night to Iran, just like Obama and Biden did some years ago. Biden is arming our enemies. He is one eyelash away from authorizing our nuclear weapons to be activated-now that is scary! America needs President Trump, our rightful President back in office, NOW! As for Biden and his regime, they all need to be in prison.

Sean Rickman
Sean Rickman
2 years ago

When this country has a fake robot controlled by liberals such as obama,pelosi,soros,schumer,nadler and many more,what do you expect.

Denise Murray
Denise Murray
2 years ago

Biden is a puppet who’s strings are pulled possibly by the non-citizen previous “president” (also bought and paid for) who opined “I’m going to fundamentally change America”…see communist China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela etc. America is literally the last mostly free nation in the world, it is also the only nation to draft a Constitution like ours, a Bill of Rights, and a Declaration of Independence. Sadly these treasured documents were under attack almost from the beginning. And waaay to many Americans have never even read these documents let alone understand them!! America the land of the free, must go so the devil’s little disciples can, as George Bush Sr. prattled in his presidential acceptance speech, “Usher in the “new world order” and take what we’ve unfortunately taken for granted. For those who still think the Bush family is pro constitution….I have some swamp land in downtown L.A. to sell ya…Unless there is a massive hostile (and it will have to be hostile) takeover by the few remaining Constitution believing congressmen, that the multiple of retired conservative vets can and will take democrat governors out this coming election….there’s only one thing left to consider….give up and take the chains the left has been forging for years, or….? The Minute Men defeated the entire British army with flintlocks…think about that for a bit.
This is not going to be a walk in the park….our Founders pledged “their LIVES, honors and fortunes” to bring this nation to life…it will be up to we the people, if voting doesn’t work, if conservatives are cheated out of winning, if this pathetic bunch of republicans (with precious few exceptions) who signed on to Biden’s “build back better” monstrosity, are so bought and paid for blow it off, if we don’t go to the mat….well, use your imagination of what in this nation will quickly happen. You don’t have to look far. Our neighbor Cuba to the south was once a prosperous and free nation….then the smooth talking Castro came in….

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

I would warn North Korea, in case they aren’t aware, if they ever secretly launch a missile in the direction of the US, they can expect a response from the US that will minimally take out huge areas of North Korea which will leave them uninhabitable for decades afterward. That’s what makes NK so dangerous …they have a bunch of idiots running their Nation that just might be crazy enough to try it.

Rae
Rae
2 years ago

This Administration is doung everything against America and Americans. God help us all to expose the corrupt politicians in office and get them out. Help us to return to American values together.

Letts Brandon
Letts Brandon
2 years ago

Biden’s response to foreign posturing is a pre-emptive surrender.

Jr
Jr
2 years ago

Why are my posts being blocked?

Jr
Jr
2 years ago

I am a member of this of this organization!
Why are my posts being blocked?

Jr
Jr
2 years ago

Visions of America being Nuclear Attackedi, invaded and over run by Russia, China, North Korea, and Cuba, have been had many different people, and you keep blocking these posts. Why????.
Why are you afraid of the truth?????
Surely you are not becoming Facebook, or Twitter I hope!
I am a member, if you can’t take my posts, then refund my membership fee, which I only recently renewed!

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled. Read it. This is WAY beyond an Earthly conflict. Read the book of Daniel and the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

You might also watch the documentary “The Coming Convergence “. (Can find on Prime TV). It compares Biblical Truth with many of the predicted historical events right up to today. Don’t be “Left Behind”.

Jr
Jr
2 years ago

Russia and China will Attack America!

mydailyinformer.com/russia-will-attack-and-invade-america-nuclear-missile-attack-w-o-r-l-d-war-3-prediction/

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

With the largest military budget in the world u have to ask how is it we are lagging behind other countries in missle defense and with the fact that Trump made significant improvements to our military capabilities what the hell are those in Washington thinking we need missile defense like none other plus hypersonic missles aswell our west coat also needs to be assensolly bullet proof and our electronic grid needs to upgraded to the point were it cannot be compromised or are we going to wait until we are attacked and say could have would have should have with the possibility of ww3 on the horizon this is not the time be a sleep at the wheel but instead our government wants to shove the green new deal up our ass it’s time overdue to clean out these useless government officials that do nothing that they elected to do except line there pockets

Ken
Ken
2 years ago

Let’s go Brandon

Keith
Keith
2 years ago

His incompetence is unbelievable.
This President. Overturning all the Pro life policies of President Trump has put a curse on this administration.
Evil and Heartless.

Larry
Larry
2 years ago

Why don’t we just admit it , as he said it himself, Obama and Susan Rice are running this government. We have no Republicans defending our nation. They are missing in action “ as well.

Ray
Ray
2 years ago

This administration is working against our country and empowering every enemy of America.I hope everyone who voted for them are proud of what they have done!Our tax money needs to be spent on our needs and not given to our enemies for oil and other things that we have.We were self sufficient until Bidumb turned everything around and put millions out of work and sent billions of dollars out of our the country.

Spitfire?1940
Spitfire?1940
2 years ago

And that,ladies and gentlemen,is precisely what to expect when you populate the Pentagon and the fighting services with a bunch of woke ,Trans individuals led by Brandon. f

Bill T
Bill T
2 years ago

As scary a thought as it might be, these adversaries were threatened by our last potus, why would they wait for him to be back as rightfully and legally elected president. They’ll never have another opportunity to do unimaginable destruction like they have right now. It’s a very scary but real problem with this fake and spineless liar we now unfortunately have leading our country, A nuclear attack somewhere could happen anytime with the woke and destructive administration ruining our country right now.

David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years ago

We wouldn’t have this problem if there wasn’t 2020 ELECTION FRAUD. The American people allowed the 2020 Election FRAUD and now we are paying TERRIBLY for it.
Just look at our Borders, Wallet’s, and NATIONAL SECURITY.

Bill T
Bill T
2 years ago

Here’s some food for thought, how many millions of illegals are herding over our southern border right now? It’s a total disaster and the ruination of our freedoms as constitutional American citizens. And trust me it’s millions a week!

Thomas Munro
Thomas Munro
2 years ago

I recently sent this letter to the office of Delaware Senator Tom Carper:
Senator Carper,
Please deliver this open letter to President Biden and to the Democrats in the Executive, Legislative and liberal judiciary:
The Ukrainian people have you, your party, and the current illegitimated administration to thank for their current horrific situation.
The decision to go to war is always one of risk vs. rewards.
When America demonstrated that we do not have the political will to guard our own southern border; Putin, who watches the west closely, started hatching his plans for the re-appropriation of former Soviet Satellite states.
When the debacle of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan showed the world that America no longer backs her allies; Putin knew that his plans would succeed.
Putin knew the current weak administration would not stand in his way. His risk was minimal. Biden’s dithering has proven Putin correct.
The good news is the Democrats have found the collusion they have been hunting for. The bad news for you is that it is in the mirror!
The actions and inactions of this illegitimate administration have handed the Ukrainians to Putin.
Conservative Americans have much in common with the Ukrainians. We too are under attack by an American oligarchy in league with a despotic regime that is bent on subjugating citizens by destroying our unalienable constitutional rights.
Be assured that we will resist the despotic, bureaucratic bullying and intimidation on every level as strongly as the Ukrainians.
Most sincerely,
Thomas E. Munro Sr.

Kurt
Kurt
2 years ago

1Thessalonians 4:13-18

Westhus
Westhus
2 years ago

U.S. Defense industry leaders? Since when do they care about anything that actually protects this nation? Their BoDs are full of WOKE bureaucrats who think nothing of what is actually needed to defend this country.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Cause Pentagon Deep State axed R&D for projects?

Robin Boyd
Robin Boyd
2 years ago

We are at the mercy of decisions being made by Biden’s billionaire Socialist and Communist Chinese handlers. We may be able to rid Congress of Socialists in November, but that may not be enough. The next president may be too long a wait. Whether Korean Communists, Chinese Communists or Russians who were previously Communists, the Biden administration is Hell bent on getting the U.S. into a war with Communists while that same administration is being controlled by Communists. I’m not feeling hopeful for our immediate future.

ART
ART
2 years ago

STOPTHE WORRIES. THERE IS SO MUCH DESTRUCTIVE POWER AVAILABLE THAT IF ANYTHING ERUPTS==== MUTUAL DESTRUCTION IS EXPECTED. CHECK OUT THE MOVIE “WAR GAMES”. HIDE UNDERGROUND AS ONLY THE TRULY PREPARED MAY SURVIVE FOR HOW LONG????

Barb
Barb
2 years ago

Neither we nor the Ukrainians would be in this mess if President Trump were still in the WH! GOD BLESS AMERICA & TRUMP 2024 MAGA

Willie
Willie
2 years ago

Biden want and don’t know what to do if we have an attack on America.The American people should be saving there ammo and get ready to protect the USA.

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

Biden & Harris can’t be that incompetent unless by design. We’re in deep $hit America!

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