Crisis: America missile defenseless – while North Korea races to ICBM, the East Coast and Gulf Coast of USA has NO anti-ballistic missile protection

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Photo Credit – Open Source Wiki Images – Rodong Sinmun

Do you know that there is no anti-ballistic missile defense on East and Gulf Coasts of the United States?

Today, we learned that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear warhead. A major step forward in realizing their goal of nuclear power according to a Washington Post report on a confidential US intelligence assessment.

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) assessment concludes that Pyongyang has developed a nuclear warhead capable of fitting inside its missiles. Reports are indicating that North Korea may have as many as 60 nuclear warheads, and may be able to detonate, deploy and reach as far as 5-6,000 miles – putting American cities in the trajectory.

Equally astonishing is the $7.9 billion FY2018 missile defense budget of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). An expensive budget that does not include funding for defense of the East or Gulf Coasts of the United States.

One former Pentagon official when asked wrote,

“The 2018 budget for the Missile Defense Agency has some interesting R&D elements, but it is short on deployments. I think the reason for that is that the systems are, shall we say, sub-par.”

The urgency for reliable anti-ballistic missile defense cannot be understated. Scientists believe that in a few years Iran will have intercontinental ballistic missiles, ICBM’s, that can attack targets in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. The clock is ticking.

As of today, we know that North Korea may be a lot closer than previously thought in their nuclear ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) goals.

If you are not scared to death yet, let me also shed light on the likelihood of Iranian missiles in South America – namely, Venezuela.There is also the unthinkable scenario of North Korea and Iran preparing to attack both the United States and Israel simultaneously.

Let me explain further:

The American public, for a variety of reasons, is not engaged in the missile defense debate. Little is spoken and little is heard regarding defense capabilities of the American Homeland. Americans assume the government has this covered for them.

But wait…

Even after tens of billions of dollars spent over three-decades on defense, the Pentagon has no reliable way to shoot down nuclear-tipped missiles approaching the U.S.

Amid the rising threat from North Korea, and Iran, support from politicians is building for more spending on U.S. missile defense; however, there is no action being taken, or planned, to build interceptors on the East or Gulf Coasts and their suggestions for defense are not dependable.

To add the capability to intercept a future ballistic missile threat from Iran, missile defense advocates in Congress are urging the Pentagon to build a new interceptor deployment site for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system in the eastern United States. Such a site could hold up to 60 interceptors in silos. The cost: At least $3.6 billion to build and operate over the first five years. The decision has been held up at the Pentagon.

Our law makers are not fully engaged or informed either! Our former Pentagon official also wrote this about the GMD system:

“Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) is still a developmental item. It is neither reliable nor does it work which is why they are not deploying more. The government is sinking almost half a billion in a new warhead because the one they have does not work.”

He expanded his remarks,

“The Aegis system is OK, but also pretty much untested against serious threat. The THAAD performs poorly.”

“The ONLY missile defense with an ex-atmosphere missile defense is Israel with the jointly developed Boeing Arrow 3 system scheduled for tests against Iranian ICBM threats in Alaska in 2018”

Regrettably, all systems outlined for defense budget spending are weak and our country is vulnerable while there is little time to wait – our enemies are working overtime to develop a nuclear arsenal that can reach us, kill us, and America is clearly not aware of the threat(s).

The Threat is Real and the Threat is Now and Time Is Running Out!

Currently, the missile defense system designed to shield the United States from an intercontinental ballistic missile – a diverse network of sensors, radars and interceptors missiles based in Alaska and California – has failed and when it does work during testing, it is a highly scripted test.

Our enemies are watching as the Pentagon drags its heels, as the law makers seemingly have no political will to make missile defense a topic of their Town Halls and as the Iranians and the North Koreans race to the detonation of an atomic bomb – Israel and the United States their targets.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is in charge of the country’s clandestine nuclear program. The IRGC wants to rule not just the Middle East, but Europe, Africa and reduce the United States to rubble, and their weapon is nuclear. .

The Threats and One Not So Obvious Threat

There is cognitive dissonance on where the threat will come from – and what system to build that will meet the threat head on What’s the best way to shoot down an incoming ballistic missile? To answer that, you need to consider the flight path of the ICBM.

The most likely of threats comes from Iran and North Korea who have long cooperated with each other in some aspects of their missile development and probably some aspects of their nuclear programs as well.

On May 2, 2017, the Iranian military conducted a missile test from Ghadir-class submarine in the Strait of Hormuz. The missile test failed, but it demonstrated close similarities between Iran’s Ghadir-class submarine and North Korea’s Yono-class miniature submarine — an alarming observation by Western security analysts.

An Iranian Arms Deal did not halt Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Iran’s ballistic missile program continues to rely on North Korean military technology. There is technology sharing between North Korea and Iran. The Trump Administration renewed the “Iran Deal” known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; there is little deterrent to slow down Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

As noted in a May 13, 2017 report in The Diplomat,

“Israeli defense analyst Tal Inbar recently noted that Iran purchased North Korea’s technical know-how on ballistic missile production, upgraded the North Korea missiles forward section, and distributed these advancements back to North Korea – The similarities between North Korea missiles launched during recent tests and Iranian technology suggests that Iran is a possible contributor to North Korea’s nuclear buildup, not just a transactional partner.”

South America: The Overlooked Ballistic Missile Site Launch:

In an article dated May, 2011 the Jerusalem Post reported Tehran was building intermediate-range missile launch pads at a base on the Paraguana Peninsula in Venezuela. (via Die Welt). The Jerusalem Post reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard-controlled engineering group Khatam al-Anbia was aiding to build the site. Analysts have used GOOGLE EARTH to pinpoint the exact location (photo below).

As an estimated $150 billion of Iranian assets were unfrozen and international sanctions lifted by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), several countries lined up to welcome Iran back into the global economy: Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

The late Alberto Nisam, special prosecutor for the 1994 bombing of the Jewish cultural center in Argentina spent well over a decade investigating Iran’s support of terrorist networks throughout Latin America.

Alberto Nisam was killed on January 18, 2015 most likely at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Venezuela. Nisam left behind (oddly not destroyed by Iran), the investigations of Iran and Iran’s proxy army, Hezbollah, in Latin America.

Alberto Nisam’s work paved the way for a deeper understanding into the motives of Iran into Latin America – specifically, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, Peru and Chile.

In fact, Lisa Benson Radio for National Security Matters, formerly on Salem AM 960 The Patriot,spent several broadcasts using Venezuelan informants reporting on Iranians in positions of government in Venezuela. Both Lisa Benson and co-producer Jerry Gordon were sounding the alarm regarding Iran in South America since 2013.

Venezuela has for months been in the throes of a political crisis with protests that have left more than 100 dead and nearly 2,000 wounded and over 500 detained in jail. It is a nation in chaos with a long-standing relationship with Iran that goes back to the Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (1999-2003).

Crisis and chaos in Venezuela coupled with Iran Revolutionary Guard, as well as Iran’s proxy army, Hezbollah in South America, necessitate the urgency to stringently make every effort to protect the United States from a possible ICBM – Intercontinental Ballistic Missile – that may come up from South America.

I would like to summarize by quoting my colleague Jerry Gordon, former Army Intelligence Officer and former co-producer of Lisa Benson Radio for National Security Matters:

“The U.S. Missile Defense Agency FY2018 appropriations of $7.9 billion needs serious review and revision in the wake of the stunning success of North Korea capability of launching ICBM’s with potential of reaching the continental United States. Moreover, what systems we are using have demonstrated that they are not foolproof. Congressional Armed Services Appropriations Committees need to hold hearings addressing the issue of how effective and comprehensive is our defense against the growing missile threats from rogue nations, whether North Korea, Iran, Russia, China or from South America.”

While the United States is scrambling to find dependable missile defense, Israel is relying on the U.S. – not only for our funding of their defense, but for us to survive any threat from the enemies of Western Civilization.

I can’t help but wonder if North Korea and Iran are planning a simultaneous attack on the United States and Israel? It is such an unthinkable scenario which must be considered.

While U.S. Senators and Members of Congress are on break, please make an appointment to discuss this with them. Take the information we publish with you for “talking points.”

In Part II of my report on “America Missile Defenseless” I will report on China’s unrefuted ties to North Korea, and the lack of civil defense preparedness in the United States.

About the Author
Lisa Benson is at the helm of The Queen Esther Project (QEP)( a charitable humanitarian endeavor with a mission to educate on tyranny and genocide worldwide. Particular emphasis on Anti Semitism. QEP also has a local mission to aid refugees in our local communities are in urgent need of care and comfort as a result of fleeing persecution in home countries. Lisa Benson is a 25-year veteran of humanitarian, foreign policy, national security and nonprofit sectors. Lisa has been the voice of accurate, measured foreign policy information on Salem Radio KKNT, Phoenix, and the architect of Lisa Benson TV (streaming) and countless video and published reporting on geo-political issues. She is a compelling public speaker, broadcaster, non-profit development consultant, writer, humanitarian, and national security analyst. Lisa Benson is the author of a soon to be published book, “A Daughter’s Journey Into Ohrdruf Concentration Camp.” As a child, Lisa was introduced to the horrors of genocide by her father, Vincent, a concentration camp liberator. She remembers being only ten-years old when her dad sat her down at the kitchen table and tossed 12 packs of photos to her. His words resonate, “I want you to know where I was and what I saw.” Lisa recalls this story with tears in eyes as she will never forget that moment. The photos of piled up dead bodies were taken by Vincent when he marched into Ohrdruf concentration camp liberating it on April 4, 1945. The Ohrdruf camp was a sub camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, and the first Nazi camp liberated by U.S. troops. From a 10-year old little girl with indelible memories, to a grown woman traveling the world speaking out on atrocities of unfathomable proportion, Lisa Benson holds nothing back as a speaker, broadcaster, activist or human rights educator. She is a riveting, compelling and transformational public speaker. The Queen Esther Project imbues the spirit of its namesake: Queen Esther. Knowing that “We Are All Born For Such A Time As This,” The Queen Esther Project has an ambitious agenda to educate, and eradicate, tyranny and genocide. Using the tools of broadcasting, publishing, online education, public speaking and fostering communication to world leaders, donors can be assured that with Lisa’s guidance projects will provide impact — the men, women and children in harm’s way will now have more Queen Esther’s to walk with them to safety. Lisa Benson invites you to join in the campaign to rid the world of genocide by 2022. The #EndGenocide2022 campaign seeks to obliterate the forces of genocide by the year 2020. We won’t stop until all ethnic and religious minorities are out of harm’s way. Lisa Benson has a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and attended graduate studies at the Rockefeller College of Public Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. Lisa is also an avid hiker and artist.