The national security threats to Oregon from the Pacific region are increasing. Please respond by developing dual language immersion and high school study abroad programs in the relevant languages and countries to prepare Oregon next generation for these challenges.
I have written many times before about the threat posed by a rising China (for example, here). Now add North Korea. From the NY Times article “North Korea Will Have the Skills to Make a Nuclear Warhead by 2020, Experts Say” (here):
Military experts say that by 2020, Pyongyang will most likely have the skills to make a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile topped by a nuclear warhead. They also expect that by then North Korea may have accumulated enough nuclear material to build up to 100 warheads.
Siegfried S. Hecker, a Stanford professor who has traveled to North Korea and who formerly directed the Los Alamos weapons lab in New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, said North Korea’s progress in missile and nuclear development signals that it has gone from seeing unconventional weapons as bargaining chips to “deciding they need a nuclear weapons fighting force.”
The Pentagon warned Congress in a report earlier this year that one of Pyongyang’s latest missiles, if perfected, “would be capable of reaching much of the continental United States.”
Plus, North Korea is improving its submarine-launched missile program. From the Reuters article “North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan” (here)
North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions….
…The missile was fired at a high angle, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported, an indication that its full range would be 1,000 km (620 miles) at an ordinary trajectory. The distance indicated the North's push to develop a submarine-launched missile system was paying off, officials and experts said.
By 2020, North Korea will have reliable nuclear ICBMs and submarine launched missiles with Portland as a potential target.
Thank you - Dave Porter