Three weeks following the announcement by the US military to deploy additional missile defense systems across the Middle East amidst soaring fears that the Israel-Hamas war could spill over into a regional war with Iran, Boeing Co. released a statement Monday that it has started to expand its missile factory in Huntsville, Alabama.

Let’s begin with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin’s comment on Oct. 22, where he said, “I have also activated the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery as well as additional Patriot battalions to locations throughout the region to increase force protection for US forces.”

The reason for additional THAAD and Patriot assets to be shipped to the Middle East is because US military bases are under attack. There have been at least 40 attacks on bases in Iraq and Syria since early October by Iran-aligned groups. As a result, at least 56 US personnel have been injured.