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COURTESY RICHARD LEHNER / 2013
George Kailiwai, director of the resources and assessment directorate at U.S. Pacific Command, said Friday at the annual Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Military Affairs Council partnership conference that it was premature to consider operationalizing the Aegis Ashore launcher as another way to ward off potential missile threats aimed at Hawaii in light of North Korea’s renewed interest in nuclearization. Shown is an aerial view of Aegis Ashore at the Pacific Missile Range Facility.