High officers resign, employee fired after issuing false missile alert in Hawaii

Aaron Brown
February 2, 2018

A secret U.S. military test to shoot down an incoming missile has failed, according to reports, raising concerns about the threat posed by North Korea.

According to CNN, the test was conducted on Wednesday and failed to intercept an incoming target launched from an aircraft.

The SM-3 Block IIA missile was reportedly fired from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii.

Developed by defense contractor Raytheon Co, the missile that was used is meant to reduce the threat posed by intermediate range missiles.

The SM-3 Block IIA can be employed on Aegis-equipped destroyers as well as with the Aegis Ashore system that Japan decided in December to deploy. The sources say the SM-3 missed an incoming dummy missile off the Hawaiian coast, marking the second failure in three tests for the US-Japanese system. The system "demonstrated the capability to defend the US homeland from a small number" of ICBMs launched "with simple countermeasures when the" USA employs "its full sensors/command and control architecture", Robert Behler said in a report to top Pentagon officials.

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The administrator of Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency has resigned and an officer with a track record of "poor performance" has been fired after triggering mass panic with a false alert of a ballistic missile headed for the Pacific islands, officials said Tuesday.

Pyongyang has test-fired ballistic missiles on lofted trajectories into the sea around Japan multiple times, and officials said it would be very hard for Japan's current anti-missile defense systems to shoot them down if they were to threaten the country's territory.

Pentagon officials told CNN that they are staying silent on the test results in part because of the tenuous situation of North Korea participating in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.

An earlier test to see if the military could intercept a missile also failed last June, Reuters reported. "North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland", Trump said during the speech.

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