(BIVN) – Following the much publicized and highly successful intercontinental ballistic missile interceptor test over the Pacific, military officials answered questions before a House subcomittee on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
The hearing, Fiscal Year 2018 Priorities and Posture of Missile Defeat Programs and Activities, was held by the House Committee on Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
Vice Admiral James Syring made an opening presentation, showing the Missile Defense Agency’s launch of a ground-based interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, which intercepted a US-launched mock ICBM target over the Pacific Ocean. US defense footage from different angles showed moment of impact, which destroyed the mock ICBM thousands of miles off the coast of the US mainland, with the intercept taking place northeast of Hawaii, according to the Pentagon.
Eventually, the conversation turned to Hawaii’s role in the defense of the Pacific. Syring told the lawmakers that they are considering “six or seven” different locations in Hawaii to place a radar. Syring also told California Congressman Duncan Hunter that a time frame for an EIS would be “challenging” and that the need to do an EIS might be “bypassed in the interest of national security”.
Hawaii Representative Colleen Hanabusa also had the chance to question Syring on the missile interceptor test.