May 30, 2017

U.S. Air Force base prepares unprecedented missile launch

By Dr. Patrick M. Cronin

Source: CBS News

Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California is preparing to launch a missile designed to shoot down an incoming warhead.

CBS Los Angeles reports a Ground-based Interceptor, which is scheduled to be launched between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday, is part of a missile defense test, according to the Air Force base.

The goal of the unprecedented launch is to simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said last week.

Vandenberg said the missile will attempt to fly over the Pacific Ocean and intercept some sort of "target object" being launched from the central Pacific Ocean.

Read the full article on CBS News.

  • Dr. Patrick M. Cronin

    Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Senior ...