Hawaii’s Nuclear Missile Alarm : The Real Message

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Hawaii's Nuclear Missile Alarm : The Real Message

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Last Saturday, Hawaiians were startled and frightened by a civil defense warning that missiles were on the way and that it was not a drill but the real thing.

After 38 minutes of frantically trying to find safe cover (some families on Oahu drove to the opposite side of the island to seek shelter in caves in order to try to survive the expected nuclear blast), Hawaiians were told the whole thing was a mistake, and there was no imminent missile attack.

Of course, Hawaiians were furious at their state government for this frightening accident. Much attention was paid to the one state employee who mistakenly selected the wrong computer option during a routine drill following a shift change.

Washington was glad that Hawaiian Governor David Ige took responsibility at the state level. However, all this blame casting and acceptance misses the real warning inherent in this accidental event:

Imagine that the warning had been real.

Imagine that there had been one or more missiles equipped with nuclear warheads on the way.

Are we confident we could defend Oahu, the U.S. Pacific Command, and all the people on the Hawaiian Islands?

Current ballistic missile defense involves launching ship- or land-based interceptor missiles to shoot down a ballistic missile in flight. This has been likened to shooting a bullet with a bullet.

I fear that our defense system could handle no more than two or three missiles before becoming saturated. In fact, we would need three or four defensive anti-missile launches per each incoming offensive to have reasonable confidence that Honolulu would be safe.

To make this defensive challenge even more complex, the North Koreans, like the Chinese and the Russians, are working to develop a submarine-launched missile.

So while the fact that Hawaiians were frightened by a false alarm is upsetting, our real concern should be ensuring we can keep American cities from being hit by nuclear missiles.

Today, our anti-ballistic missile systems are much too weak, and our anti-cruise missile systems are virtually non-existent.

We have been trapped by political timidity, the liberal fantasy that space can be kept free of weapons, and a defense bureaucracy-large corporation-lobbyist complex that wants to focus spending on obsolete programs, using outmoded technologies.

I am extremely worried that we are going to lose one or more American cities in the next decade or two, if we do not improve our defensive capabilities.

The loss of life will be almost unendurable. The loss of our freedoms in a very dangerous world will be horrifying. The requirement that we retaliate forcefully and with comparable nuclear weapons will compound the loss of lives horrendously.

Having an effective defense against any attack has become one of the highest national priorities; however, we have neither a visionary proposal, a practical implementation system, nor a communications program to get the public and the Congress to support such an enormous undertaking.

Yet, the failure to act boldly and decisively could eventually lead to the loss of millions of American lives.

We have a precedent for thinking boldly about missile defense.

President Ronald Reagan proposed a comprehensive missile defense system, which included a space-based missile defense system, in his 1983 Strategic Defense Initiative. At the time, our current ballistic missile defense system was in the developmental phase.

Today, we have the potential to build a substantial missile defense system that would dramatically increase the safety of the American people.

In the three and a half decades since President Reagan offered a bold, visionary way to break out of the nuclear nightmare, the technologies have improved dramatically.

The Cray-2, which was released two years after Reagan’s proposal and was believed to be the fastest machine at the time, had the processing power of an iPhone 4.

With this exponential increase in computing power and the emergence of reusable launch vehicles for space, the potential to field a space-based system is real and eminently rational.

However, the military procurement system and current missile defense bureaucracy are incapable of rapid development and innovation at the speed we need to offset threats from North Korea, Iran, and other dangerous regimes.

President Trump should propose a Space Defense Implementation Command with lean procurement rules and entrepreneurial hiring and firing capability. It should operate like Silicon Valley, rather than K Street.

The President should make an Oval Office address describing the genuine threat and the horror of what would have occurred if the Hawaiian alert had been real.

He should challenge members of Congress to fully fund a multiyear space combat missile defense system precisely as they would a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

To save American cities, we need stability in funding, reliability in management, and consistent political support built around saving millions of American lives.

Additionally, the Air Force should establish a Space Combat Command designed to wage and win wars in space.

It is abundantly clear that our potential adversaries know how much we rely on space-based assets for communications and intelligence. It is also clear that if we entered a war with any of these regimes, they would intend to kill or cripple our systems while protecting and – if necessary – renewing their own.

It took only 15 years to go from the Wright Brothers’ first airplane flight to massive military use of air power in World War I. For the last 61 years (dating from the Soviet launch of Sputnik), we have avoided confronting the reality that space is a domain which will inevitably become an arena for conflict fully as much as land, sea, air, or cyber.

We need to bring security-focused thinking, doctrines, war games, and technologies to bear to defend American interests in space and Americans wherever they are.

Millions of lives could be at stake.

The loss of 2,996 lives on September 11, 2001 launched a series of wars which have left 6,948 Americans dead and more than 52,000 wounded over 16 years. At the same time, the United States has spent $7.6 trillion.

If fewer than 3,000 casualties galvanized this explosion of effort, what should we be prepared to do to save Oahu’s more than 953,000 residents, the U.S. military personnel assigned there, and the thousands of visiting tourists?

This is what would have been at risk if the Hawaiian alert had been real. Next time it may be.

The time to act is now – before a disaster.

Your Friend,
Newt

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Alan
Alan
2 years ago

The following comments/observations seem worth reviewing. The reader may of course, make their own choices. 1. Our system of government, business and civilian rule has it’s ups and downs. It has been around long enough for the rest of the world to view, examine, cogitation over it, and adopt it or not as they choose. Some have, some haven’t, exercising their choice. 2. That said, seems about time for us to look to our own interests and the protection of Americans. If others choose to join us fine. If not, O.K., they are free to choose for themselves. Do not… Read more »

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago

I guess stuffing your child down the sewer is not the recommended way to take shelter. We use to do drills and have bomb shelters but that has all gone by the wayside and people even laugh about it. May not be funny if we need it but those methods may not be sufficient to save any lives. I think if we start minding our own business and forget about who is abusing their subjects and who doesn’t think our way. I know we have not confiscated any countries after capture and I know we have paid mega bucks to… Read more »

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  tomcat

Tomcat has it bass ackwards. It is North Korea that needs to behave, not the USA. THEY started the present crisis, not us. Grow up.

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

@cluck k-nt What is it the wrong time of the month for you or can’t you find anything better to do with your time than to spout crazy $h1t that is pure stupidity? Did they kick you out of ANTIFA? Get a life idiot.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

@CK, Are you the same Clark Kent that wrote, “You do not want to survive a nuclear blast…”? And you tell others to grow up?

Proteus
Proteus
2 years ago

Far be it for me to question Newt, but …. He writes “To make this defensive challenge even more complex, the North Koreans, like the Chinese and the Russians, are working to develop a submarine-launched missile.” The Russians still have at least one Typhoon class ballistic missile sub and have had that capability since the ’80s.

KSG
KSG
2 years ago

It’s time to quit wasteing money on those sh** hole countries in the middle East and start spending it to take care of our homeland. Budget before DACA, American citizens are more important than illegal’s.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  KSG

You mean those sh**hole countries in the Middle East that have most of the oil? Grow up.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

@Clark Kent, the middle east having most of the oil is a commonly held, but fallacious belief. The US is on track to produce more oil than Saudi Arabia, this year. New oil discoveries are producing oil from Brazil, Chad, Vietnam, all over the world, and deep water drilling seventy miles south of Houston (which Americans should be drilling, by the way but are being exploited by Vietnam because the Americans were shut out by the Barry Soetoro administration).

Johnny Reb
Johnny Reb
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

What’s with you and the “grow up”?

Thomas Fowler
Thomas Fowler
2 years ago

Sadly, this was not something that they gave us in Civil Defense, years ago…we were given shelter instructions and post detonation guidelines that presumed survival and a quickly restored electrical grid. This is a game-changer. The fact that the Soviets knew these things before finally telling us about their experience may explain why that government was suddenly ending the saber-rattling. I do think that Newt was right about one thing, though…those who survive will wake up to a 19th century life. Planning for independent survival is not for prepper-types…it is for all of us. Planning to do without electricity…this will… Read more »

Marc Disabled Vet
Marc Disabled Vet
2 years ago

If one hits the islands there all gone !
They will disappear . The volcanic rock,
that makes up the chain will shift and they
all will sink . Like Atlantis .. Krakatoa was
a volcanic island that disappeared because
of an eruption, think what a nuke will do !!!

Dmitry
Dmitry
2 years ago

Maybe if US government didn’t destroy countries in the name of “democracy” and lives of millions of people, you guys wouldn’t even needed protection from any missile. But this times others need protection from your government looks like. And don’t forget that you dropped nuclear bomb on the cities, killing children and women. Now you afraid that it will come back to you.

Matt in Oklahoma
Matt in Oklahoma
2 years ago
Reply to  Dmitry

Maybe Demetry all I hear from you is jealousy

Tionico
Tionico
2 years ago

Matt, I can guess what part of the world Dmitry comes from, and I know others from around there. THey managed to escape their world, came here to find a better way, and see much of that they escaped right in front of them trying to overtake them here, like it did there. Dmitry is correct… WHY do we as a nation insist on playing the world’s cop– or worse, nannie? What WAS all that kerfuffle with theidifferent colur and spring “uprisings” in out of the way corners of the world where we’ve got no business pokingour nose? WHY do… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Dmitry

@Dimitry, Name the countries that the U.S. destroyed in the name of democracy. Your vague distortions do not an argument make. The U.S. is the only country in the history of the world that let defeated countries keep their countries, did not demand war reparations, and even helped rebuild.

Tionico
Tionico
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

you seem only to consider military domination or occupation. We have a long and ugly history of interfering in the internal affairs of quite a number of nations. Remember a few years back when the sitting president of Ukraine was unseated in a coup? WHO was behind that? How about Egypt…. WHO decided the sitting president “must go”? Or Syria, “Assaad Must Go”. Libya? NIcaragua had three generations of US backed puppets, the last of which went a country mile too far when he arranged the assassination of one of the few unpurchasable and honurable men in the country. BIG… Read more »

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

Next flight to Canada departs in 10 minutes. You won’t be missed. Buh-bye!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

@Tio, After the destruction of WWII, the US decided that we did not that destruction to come here. We decided that we would fight our enemies overseas. That fighting included nation building, regime change, intel operations, and opposing Communism. All that is cheaper and less sanguine than open conflict, which also came to us, but we did not seek. All those activities have kept us safe.

DAN III
DAN III
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Wild Bill,

Before you ask others to answer YOUR questions perhaps you should answer MY questions of you ! You’re a flaming hypocrite and a troll.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  DAN III

@DANIII, Could you define your terms?
S7B06 out.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  Dmitry

‘They asked for it; now they are getting it’ – President Franklin D Roosevelt. ‘Nuff said.

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
2 years ago

Wild Bill, you’re correct, almost. It isn’t Trump’s fault, it was Richard Nixon. I guess I was just trying for an answer that made sense.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

M, Not me! I was just going for the laugh! Nixon is perfect to take the rap. The search for dead people to blame things on continues!

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
2 years ago

There is certainly an object lesson here about missile defense systems and preparedness. But I don’t think this was an “accident” but it was “swatting” the whole state of Hawaii by a bored government employee.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

M, No, no not a bored government employee. It was Donald Trump’s fault. The Honorable Senator from Hawaii said so the the main stream media broad cast it.

Guido Rosso
Guido Rosso
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

False flag operation to show how unprepared we really are !

Tionico
Tionico
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

WHAT IF………… Little Rocket Man actually DID launch one of his new red toys…. and our guys took it down before it got there? We DO have capabilty along these lines. Its not as reliable as it should be, but I’ve read about tests off the coast of California that have been somewhat successful some of the tie. Then, knowing WE toook his toy out of action while it was on its way, keeping it quiet would end up… with the present narrative. A “non-event”. Retaliating with a few of our own would unleash a certain holocaust none of really… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

@Tio N, If I were president I would not go to war over N. Korea nuking California. I would not go to war over Iran nuking the east Coast. I would send little Kimmy and the Ayatollahs, each, a boat load of fine looking democrat party women or a carton of cigarettes, which ever they deemed more valuable.

Matt in Oklahoma
Matt in Oklahoma
2 years ago

.Gov may or may not be able to save them on this one. The author isn’t wrong on our readiness state but there are things islanders can do for themselves if they are serious about their survival. Depending on which island your on in comparison to the hit, the wind direction etc will depend on your survivabilty. That being said however the resulting EMP might be a bigger issue. The signature will be smaller with a ground burst. If little cabbage patch kid knows he has one shot his best one is an aerial burst which can possibly knock the… Read more »

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago

You can’t or don’t want to survive a nuclear blast, period, end of story. Grow up.

Johnny Reb
Johnny Reb
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

@@Clark …. Let me guess …. a year ago you couldn’t spell “engineer” and now you are one.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

@Clark, Nonsense. Nuclear blast is but one of many incidents that can take one’s life. You may as well say: You don’t want to survive the measles or a farming accident.

Darkman
Darkman
2 years ago

Once you understand that if this happens for real and it’s coming at you. There nothing you can do. You will not survive for long. If the initial blast doesn’t kill you. The radiation poisoning will. Depending on the exposure it will be a fast painful death or a slow painful death. Pray the blast gets you and you’ve had time t tell your loved ones that you love them. The sh1t is nothing to screw with. Take the time to look at the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now multiply that 10 to 100 times.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Darkman

, Once it happens, if we are not prepared, there is nothing that we can do. But that can be said about any emergency. Prepare now, and once it happens, there will be a lot that we can do. Think, research, think, act.
Our various governments used to be interested in keeping us informed. They used Public Service Messages. Now they are too busy controlling people and misusing their positions for personal gain.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Prepared for what? Better go get a check for senility, Wild Bill. Then, and only then, will you be prepared for YOUR future.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

@Clark Kent, Now Clark, You are the one that wants to give up and die. I have been preparing for years and continue to do so. Got a Geiger Counter, Clark? I do.

Johnny Reb
Johnny Reb
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

@ Clark …. It is becoming clear that we won’t be bothered with your presence after any emergency of disaster. One less mouth to feed!