Two congressmen told Reuters the Pentagon was looking into new locations to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, systems. THAADs would likely be the most efficient in shooting down incoming ballistic missiles similar to the one North Korea tested in late November.
Those THAAD deployments won’t happen right away, though.
The Missile Defense Agency, a unit within the Department of Defense, told Reuters it had no orders to place new THAAD systems on the West Coast. Additionally, the outlet notes no funding for the system was included in the 2018 defense budget plan.
Congress needs to act as though time is of the essence — because it is. It’s already past time to employ Austin Bay’s “return of serve” option for neutralizing North Korea, and Pyongyang appears to be gearing up much faster and more seriously than we are.