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July 18, 2009

Own goal

Publicly, the Obama administration has chastised the North Korean regime for its recent missile tests.

Secretly, U.S. officials informed on missile defenses were pleased, for two reasons. First, the elaborate U.S. missile defense in place in Japan, Alaska, California, Hawai'i, aboard Navy ships and in satellites was severely tested and worked well. In particular, the fusion of data from sensors based on land, at sea and in space produced swift and clear images of what the missiles were doing.

Second, U.S. intelligence gathered information about the missiles that otherwise could not have been had. An official in Washington said: "We learned an incredible amount about where exactly North Korea is in their long-range missile development program." Because North Korea has only aging radar, he doubted that North Korea "learned anything close to what we learned about their tests."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 18, 2009 09:57 AM

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