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FILE - In this March 1, 2013 file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) FILE - In this March 1, 2013 file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)  

US to increase missile defense as North Korea threatens strikes

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      Vince Coglianese

      Vince Coglianese is the executive editor of The Daily Caller.

      His reporting has received wide coverage, including in the pages of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Drudge Report, among others. Vince has appeared as a guest on the Fox News Channel, CNN and CNBC, as well as other cable news networks. Additionally, Vince has been a guest on "The Sean Hannity Radio Show," Sirius XM''s "The Press Pool with Julie Mason," "The Schnitt Show" and Glenn Beck's TheBlaze TV.

      Prior to joining TheDC, Vince was the Web Editor for CarolinaCoastOnline.com, and a radio talk show host for The Talk Station (WTKF/WJNC) in Morehead City, N.C.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Friday that the United States will be installing 14 land-based missile interceptors in Alaska, with full deployment complete by 2017.

The announcement follows continued threats of nuclear strikes on the U.S. by North Korea.

According to NBC News, the interceptors will be installed at Fort Greely, an Army launch site for anti-ballistic missiles in Alaska.

The move will “make clear to the world that the United States stands firm against aggression,” Hagel said, according to NBC.

Hagel said expanding missile defense will help protect against both North Korea and Iran.

“[W]e will be able to add protection against missiles from Iran sooner while also proving protection against the threat from North Korea,” Hagel said.

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