Arctic air base gets $40 million upgrade in face of increasing missile threats

For the first time ever, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile Tuesday. The move is partly a response to North Korea, which has test-launched three missiles in the past three weeks. Its official news agency said Tuesday morning that dictator Kim Jong Un threatened, “to send a bigger gift package,” to the U.S.

A new Russian military base in the Arctic is also putting attention on the Pentagon’s northernmost base, located in Greenland, which was originally built as a buffer during the Cold War.

Thule Air Base, 750 miles into the Arctic Circle, is not easy to reach or maintain.

But the U.S. did just complete a significant upgrade for space and missile defense there, one of several early-warning systems getting upgraded worldwide, reports CBS News’ Jeff Glor who recently returned from a special tour of Thule.

With developments in North Korea and Russia coming daily, Thule is not just on top of the world. It’s on top of many American military minds.

Source: Arctic air base gets $40 million upgrade in face of increasing missile threats

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