Stratcom Detects, Tracks North Korean Missile Launches
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. --
U.S. Strategic Command systems detected and tracked what Stratcom officials assess were North Korean missile launches at 4:56 p.m. EDT and 7:03 p.m. EDT yesterday.
The launch of two presumed Musudan intermediate range ballistic missiles occurred at Wonsan, Stratcom officials said, adding that the missiles were tracked over the Sea of Japan, where initial indications are they fell.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, officials said.
Stratcom's mission is to conduct global operations in synchronization with other combatant commands and appropriate U.S. government agencies to detect, deter and prevent strategic attacks against the United States, its allies and its partners, and to be prepared to deliver warfighting capability to defend the nation.
(From a U.S. Strategic Command news release.)