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North Korea's ‘Surprise’ Missile Launch Didn't Fool U.S.
Newsweak via Yahoo ^ | December 7th, 2017 | Jessica Kwong

Posted on 12/07/2017 5:59:13 PM PST by Mariner

North Korea last week chose a night launch for its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile to date, to illustrate its ability to make a sneak attack. Problem is, the U.S. knew about it days ahead of time.

U.S. military intelligence detected preparations for the missile event at least 72 hours before the launch on November 29, according to The Diplomat. A U.S. government source said officials observed North Koreans setting up the launch pad for the Hwasong-15 missile's firing table three hours before the launch and saw the missile being erected an hour later.

With its network of spy planes, satellites and drones hovering over North Korea, the U.S. demonstrated it was watching the 3 a.m. launch that North Korean state-run news agency KCNA claimed showed “the capability of making surprise launch of ICBM in any region and place any time.”

The observation windows roughly matched the warning time U.S. intelligence had before North Korea’s previous two missile launches, which happened more than two months ago.

Unlike earlier missile tests, for which observation stands were constructed for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, there was a mobile trailer for him for last week’s launch, suggesting the country tried to make the event more difficult to detect.

(Excerpt) Read more at yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: norklandia
AT LEAST the traitors at Newsweak didn't publish HOW we knew.

Still, the fact Norklandia knows we know they are prepping will cause them to seek more private capability.

And they will.

1 posted on 12/07/2017 5:59:13 PM PST by Mariner
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To: Mariner

Why didn’t we send a torpedo in to squash it?


2 posted on 12/07/2017 6:02:49 PM PST by mplc51
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To: Mariner

It’s probably the NYT turn.


3 posted on 12/07/2017 6:04:38 PM PST by DoughtyOne (McConnell / Ryan: Why pass Cons legislation when we can pass Leftist legislation for Leftists?)
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To: DoughtyOne

WaPo.

Bezos paid extra.


4 posted on 12/07/2017 6:05:55 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

Why are we talking about our stealth and recon abilities?


5 posted on 12/07/2017 6:07:40 PM PST by lurk
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To: Mariner

My intel failed me...

“:^)


6 posted on 12/07/2017 6:13:24 PM PST by DoughtyOne (McConnell / Ryan: Why pass Cons legislation when we can pass Leftist legislation for Leftists?)
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To: Mariner
network of spy planes...hovering over North Korea

What?? The SR-71 was decommissioned about 2000. What are we flying today to recon the NORKs? Or is the author just making a general idiotic statement? Or is he maybe referring to ELINT and SIGINT recon from offshore?

7 posted on 12/07/2017 6:32:13 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: lurk
Why are we talking about our stealth and recon abilities?

That 'cat was let out of the bag' years ago.

Back in the mid 1980's we met a missionary who previously had been kidnapped in southern Sudan. He told us that the exact location of his captivity was found when a US spy satellite spotted a bald headed white man whose shadow indicated that the was over 6 feet tall. Very few, if any, other folks fitting that description in that part of Sudan.

The Sudanese special forces rescued him unharmed once they knew his exact location.

8 posted on 12/07/2017 6:34:40 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("The church ... is not the master or the servant of the state, but the conscience" - Luther)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“What are we flying today to recon the NORKs?”

A single F-35 offshore is more capable that two SR-71’s directly overhead.

They are an amazing platform of sensors.


9 posted on 12/07/2017 6:37:48 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: lurk

We know the names of the skippers on their submarines, where they live, their childrens names.


10 posted on 12/07/2017 6:46:10 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Baseball players, gangsters and musicians are remembered. But journalists are forgotten.)
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To: lurk

Probably because Tom Clancy and dozens of other novelists have been for the last 20 years.


11 posted on 12/07/2017 6:46:14 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common any more.)
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To: mplc51

A torpedo?


12 posted on 12/07/2017 7:07:45 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Conservatives love America for what it is. Liberals hate America for the same reason.)
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To: lurk

To let the Norks know that they aren’t as sneaky as they thought and that we would have had plenty of time to take out their rocket if we wanted to.


13 posted on 12/07/2017 7:10:22 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Conservatives love America for what it is. Liberals hate America for the same reason.)
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To: Mariner

“A single F-35 offshore is more capable that two SR-71’s directly overhead.”

Dumbest statement ever about the F-35 and the SR-71.


14 posted on 12/07/2017 7:14:36 PM PST by CodeToad (CWII is coming. Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Mariner

Would would a mobile launcher need a “launch pad”?

I figured the idea behind the mobile launchers was popping out from random caves and getting a rocket launched in minutes


15 posted on 12/07/2017 7:28:09 PM PST by varyouga
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To: Mariner

https://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/ops/airborne-ops.htm

Ginger Game & Olympic Game - U2’s

Ginger Went

Ginger Sent


16 posted on 12/07/2017 7:29:25 PM PST by gandalftb (A)
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To: Mariner

Why didn’t we do something to let the Norks know that we knew about the launch? Even a message in morse-code would be good.


17 posted on 12/07/2017 7:32:16 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Mariner

Why didn’t we do something to let the Norks know that we knew about the launch? Even a message in morse-code would be good.


18 posted on 12/07/2017 7:33:25 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
We use satellites. Have been for decades.
19 posted on 12/07/2017 11:37:21 PM PST by jmacusa ("Made it Ma, top of the world!'')
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