June 03, 2023

US looks to expand missile defenses in Guam to counter North Korean advances

Defense officials say ‘360-degree layered defense’ seeks to protect against cruise, ballistic and hypersonic threats

The U.S. seeks to bolster missile defenses in the Pacific territory of Guam as part of Washington’s “comprehensive missile defeat strategy” against North Korea, senior defense officials have told Congress, amid concerns about the U.S. ability to counter advancing DPRK capabilities.

Addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on strategic forces on Tuesday, Missile Defense Agency director Vice Adm. Jon Hill stated that the Pentagon is improving the territory’s capabilities and capacity to defend against “diverse missile threats.”