Fort Drum makes shortlist of potential East Coast missile sites
Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times
Fort Drum was one of five sites selected by the Missile Defense Agency for future study of a potential East Coast missile defense site.
Joining the post on the shortlist are Camp Ethan Allen, Vermont; Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, Ohio; NAS Portsmouth SERE Training Area, Maine; and Fort Custer CTC, Michigan.
“I am pleased the Missile Defense Agency has selected Fort Drum for a suitability study and I will continue fighting for all community-supported programs that expand the mission at Fort Drum,” said Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in a statement released just after noon today. “This is a positive step in a process that will play out over the next several years.”
Though sites in Vermont and Maine have been discussed previously, the sites in Ohio and Michigan had not been a part of the discussion prior to the release of the shortlist. Not included in the list was the former Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, which had been speculated as one potential site.
No decision has been made by the Department of Defense about the creation of an East Coast site, which would be in addition to sites in place at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The allocation of funding to support such a development is under debate in Congressional discussions of the 2014 defense authorization bill.