Military Times covers the Atlantic Council’s US and Global Missile Defense conference, as both conference attendee Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James Winnefeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey highlight US strength:
Earlier this week, Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. military identified the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran as the leading threats of a possible missile attack on the United States in the future.
Speaking at the annual global missile defense conference held at the Atlantic Council’s Center on International Security, Winnefeld said the assessment was based on the fact that both the DPRK and Iran boast nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Winnefeld echoed Dempsey’s statement, saying the U.S. places an emphasis on building partnerships and cooperating with key partners in different regions to develop regional missile defense.
He warned that if either the DPRK or Iran launches a missile attack at the United States, it will be met with an “overwhelming response.”