December 15, 2009
[efoods]A top Pentagon official said Monday that a US missile defense drill will simulate an Iranian attack, a departure from the usual scenario of a North Korean attack, according to Reuters.
“Previously, we have been testing the GMD system against a North Korean-type scenario. This next test … is more of a head-on shot like you would use defending against an Iranian shot into the United States. So that’s the first time that we’re now testing in a different scenario,” Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, head of the US Missile Defense Agency said at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in Washington.
According to O’Reilly, an Iranian attack would be more challenging than a North Korean attack because a missile fired from Iran would reach the US “more head on than from the side,” and therefore relatively faster.