March 15th, 2013
03:55 PM ET

U.S. to beef up missile defense

The United States will deploy additional ground-based missile interceptors as part of efforts to enhance the nation's ability to defend itself from attack by North Korea or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Friday.

Still relatively new in his post, the Pentagon chief told reporters that 14 additional interceptors would bring the total to 44. He said the expansion should be completed by 2017.

Part of the move would involve reopening a missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska, Hagel said.

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  1. Homer Simpson

    Mmmm. Beef missiles.

    March 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That's what the headline makes it appear to be...

      March 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    So we are to beef up defenses against two new 'super' powers N.Korea & Iran. Forgotten now are mere 'has beens' like Russia and 'negligible' China.

    March 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Iran according to our own spy agencies and those of our allies is far from even having a glimmer of some kind of a nuclear weapon and the delivery system to reach our shores , a dream.

    March 15, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    N.Korea has tested nuclear weapons of dubious & unknown capacity and have boasted that their missiles can reach our pacific shore ??

    March 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lol im with you @ saywhat. This kinda crap makes it hard to believe anything they feel necessary to tell us anymore doesnt it?

    March 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Roxanne Liebowicz

    Amercian meddling destabilizes the world. The north is defending against American provocations and imperialism. Why are we still in Korea? The industrial military complex ginning up a threat to keep the armament manufacturing and weapon sales going, that's why. Sequester the Department of Defense and Bush's unfunded wars some more, and invest the savings at home

    March 16, 2013 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Suzanne

    Amen to that. I was hoping the President would move us away from a perpetual war footing. It just goes to show the momentum and inertia of the MIC. Would somebody please... Give peace a chance!

    March 16, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Name s kel

    Does this mean we are not fireing cases of beef over to North Korea?

    March 16, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Our almost insane obsessions with these countries and lack of any rational approach to resolve issues falling short of militarism, would be our undoing.

    March 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    "Iraq war could end up costing 6 trillion dollars' report. Perpetual wars could end up costing us our country.
    Wake up folks.

    March 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |