A US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery on Guam will remain, for now, but Pentagon leaders are mulling over a US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) proposal to position the high-value asset elsewhere and replace it with an Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence system.
The Pentagon’s Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood testified before the House Armed Services Committee on 28 January about the Indo-Pacific region and threats posed by North Korea’s missile portfolio. While the Pentagon and its commanders are continually reassessing where to position missile defence capabilities like Patriot and THAAD, Rood said they are exploring a proposal to replace Guam’s THAAD battery with alternative systems.
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