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Bridget Johnson


May 16, 2013 - 6:42 am

The Pentagon said it successfully intercepted a separating ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean last night in a test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.

The Defense Department launched the short-range missile from Hawaii northwest into the Pacific. The USS Lake Erie then tracked the missile and launched the SM-3 Block IB missile to take it down with a direct impact.

“Initial indications are that all components performed as designed,” the Pentagon said. “Program officials will assess and evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.”

It was the third consecutive successful test of the missile interceptor system, and comes on the heels of a Pentagon report to Congress finding that North Korea is pulling closer to its “stated objective of being able to strike the U.S. homeland.”

“North Korea remains a security threat because of its willingness to undertake provocative and destabilizing behavior, including attacks on the Republic of Korea (ROK), its pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, and its willingness to proliferate weapons in contravention of its international agreements and United Nations Security Council Resolutions.”

No word yet from the Korean Central News Agency on whether Kim Jong-un thought he was being attacked with a short-range missile from Hawaii.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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It still galls me that the SDI technology was dismissed as "Star Wars" - and Reagan was called "Ronnie Raygun" - when the SDI technology was first discussed.

Even when the initial accuracy was pretty poor and most (simulated) incoming threats were missed, someone made the point that ANY missiles stopped by the technology were going to reduce the damage done to America and its allies. Even if you only knocked down 50% of incoming nukes, wouldn't any rational person agree that this was an extremely good thing as compared to 100% of incoming nukes hitting their targets? Not that most of the folks on the Left have ever been very rational....

Inevitably, the technology just keeps getting better. I don't know what accuracy today's SDI can deliver - I expect that's classified - but I'm very grateful that we have it and can count on it to reduce the harm done in the event that the North Koreans or Iranians or anyone else decides to fire missiles at us.

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Thank you President Reagan!
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