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Report: U.S. military installing Iron Dome on vital island base only 1,800 miles from Chinese mainland

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The U.S. military is using a version of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system on American soil in the island territory of Guam amid tensions in the Pacific with China, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal, citing multiple military sources, reported that due to the potential for Chinese aggression in the region, a decision was made by the Biden administration to bolster up security on Guam and to test a previously purchased Iron Dome system.

The system was purchased along with another system in 2019, which is currently somewhere else in the continental U.S.

Tom Karako, the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the outlet the system being deployed overseas will work to test how well prepared the military is for some types of enemy engagements.

“If we can’t defend Guam — the air base and the other things there — it’s really hard to project power into the Pacific,” Karako told the Journal.

The system will be coupled with an existing system which is already in place on Guam.

There are no plans to conduct a live test of the system on the island. The island houses two military bases and sits remotely, about 1,800 miles from mainland China. Guam was invaded during the Second World War by the Japanese military.

“Forces on Guam will train through December on how to operate and integrate the dome with other defenses,”

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