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Opinion

May 21, 2013

Crazy Kim and the Tippy Twos

NORMAN — Kim Jong Un certainly seems crazy. But sound mind isn’t a requirement for predictable action. Tyrants often mask steady goals with wild behavior.

One need only think of world pests like Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein to realize entire regions can be thrust into unwanted global crises.

Like Castro and Saddam, Jong Un has made clear he’s dedicated to expanding his ability to harm America and its allies. The difference is, he has a nuclear capability, not a borrowed or boasted one.

North Korea has a proven record of long-range missile development that could ultimately hit the American mainland.

North Korea can already hit our bases abroad, our trading partners and our allies. Worse still, it’s exporting this technology to other friendly loons in the Middle East.

Not to respond is dangerous. Not to understand the growing threat is disastrous. Regarding the current danger with North Korea, it comes as no surprise that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel chose to deploy the “Army Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance” (AN/TPY-2) radar to the Japanese mainland.

Also known as the “Tippy Two,” this radar outpost is part of a broader strategy to better protect against the growing missile threat posed by Jong Un.

The Tippy Two is the most advanced mobile radar system on the planet. Numerous simulations have proven its ability to identify and track a wide variety of missiles with great precision.

Tippy Two radars also can conduct “real-time discrimination” — tech speak for being able to look at a complex radar picture and determine what is real and what isn’t. But right now, there aren’t enough Tippy Twos — a point that I and many others have been making for a while.

Eight Tippy Twos are already in use. Four currently are deployed around the globe to help protect the United States, our military and our allies. Redeploying one of these units to Japan would leave American soldiers and our friends vulnerable to attacks.

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