The United States might respond to future missile threats from Iran or elsewhere by deploying new Ground-based Interceptors at its Fort Greely complex in addition to 14 new weapons already slated for deployment at the Alaska site in coming years, Missile Defense Agency head Vice Adm. James Syring said last week.
The United States presently fields 26 of the interceptors in Alaska and four in California. The planned addition of 14 systems would increase the total number to 44.
“The 44 is important; it addresses what we are seeing from North Korea today,” Syring said last Wednesday. “What you’ll see is the department evaluate the need or the requirement to go beyond the 44 as we evaluate the threat from Iran and other nations like that.”
“There would be growth possibilities ... if we decided to go beyond 44 missiles," the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner quoted him as saying. "Forty-four gives us a roughly 50 percent increase in terms of the defense of our homeland against a ballistic missile attack.”