U.S. to Add Missiles on West Coast

    KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 11:  U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returns a military salute as he steps off a blackhawk helicopter to transfer to an aircraft on his way to Washington on March 11, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hagel ended his three day visit to Afghanistan on Monday, his first as Secretary of Defense.  (Photo by Jason Reed-Pool/Getty Images)

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    Chuck Hagel is certainly taking the “defense” part of Defense Secretary seriously. Hagel announced on Friday that the U.S. will be building up its missile-defense system on the West Coast in response to threats from North Korea. Fourteen missile interceptors will be added in California and Alaska, a 50 percent increase from the current levels of 26 interceptors in Alaska and four in California. Hagel said the buildup is especially necessary now due to North Korea’s improvement in long-range missile technology and since the communist country has launched a missile into space.

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