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Retired Army Lt. Gen., missile expert: families must be prepared after N. Korea launch

FILE - This July 28, 2017, file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. America’s annual joint military exercises with South Korea always frustrate North Korea. Some experts say North Korea is mainly focused on the bigger picture of testing its bargaining power against the United States with its new long-range missiles and likely has no interest in letting things get too tense during the drills. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A retired Tennessee Army Lieutenant General said families should be prepared after North Korea launched another missile towards Japan on Thursday night.

Lt. General Dennis D. Cavin was responsible for developing and testing the defense system now positioned in South Korea to defeat the missiles North Korea is launching.

After retiring, he worked for Lockheed Martin as the Vice President of International Business Development and Strategic Initiative for air and missile defense.

Cavin said families in Middle Tennessee and elsewhere should be prepared to protect themselves.

“Having things you would use in a natural disaster where you lose electricity," Cavin said. "You need water. You need food. You need cash because your ATMs don't work. So I'm not a survivalist."

Cavin said he's not trying to incite fear or panic.

"That's not what I'm suggesting," Cavin said. "I'm suggesting that prudent Americas will prepare themselves for a time when we don't have all the luxuries that we have right now."

He said prudent families should prepare to take care of their families for around 30 days.

"Because it will take approximately 30 days for the nation to regroup, to get things back operational, that kind of thing should we have an electromagnetic pulse explosion at 50 miles in space over Denver,” Cavin said.

Lt. General Cavin explained his hope going forward.

“We need as a nation to do everything we can to prevent a military response," Cavin said. "Now I fully support the administration's approach which is all options are on the table because we need to ensure that we have that capability. I think it's more important now than at any time in the past that we form some form of a relationship with the countries that have the greatest impact on North Korea. That would be China, Russia, South Korea, Japan and the United States.”

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