U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to announce Friday afternoon that the Pentagon is enhancing the nation's ability to defend itself from a nuclear missile attack by North Korea, a U.S. Defense official told CNN.
Hagel will announce that the U.S. will be deploying up to 14 additional ground-based interceptors on the West Coast, according to the official.
Some of those will come from reopening a missile field in Fort Greely, Alaska, and others will be based in California, the official said. It will take up to two years for all of them to come on line, the official said, and will cost more than $200 million.
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