The Defense Intelligence Agency has probably jumped the gun in finding that North Korea can arm its ballistic missiles with nuclear weapons, but that day is coming. Eventually the U.S. may have to launch a preemptive strike against the North’s nuclear complex, given how erratic its leaders are. In the meantime, Washington will need to upgrade its missile defenses and consider ways in which offensively-based deterrence on the Korean Peninsula might be strengthened. A good place to start would be for Congress to promptly fund the fiscal 2014 defense budget, rather than offering a replay of last year’s partisan wrangling that sends a mixed message to Pyongyang about American resolve. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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