NORTHCOM Commander Confident in U.S. Ability to Counter North Korea

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February 13, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: February 13 on

The United States is currently capable of countering potential attacks from foreign adversaries, but it cannot slow down on building its capacity and readiness, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command said Sept. 27.

“I am entirely confident in our ability to defend the United States, but that doesn’t mean we stop here,” said Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson.

Northcom and NORAD are focused on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and his efforts to develop nuclear-armed missiles, she said at the Women in Defense’s National Conference in Washington, D.C. Women in Defense is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association.

“The amount … that he’s increased in his capability and capacity has been amazing,” she said. “If we see that he’s tested over 30 percent more than his father and grandfather combined, and if we look at the speed … that he does the testing, and [that] he’s not afraid to fail in public, we should worry and I know we are.”