Additional Missile Interceptor Deployed At Fort Greely

The U.S. Defense Department has recently fielded its 22nd missile interceptor at the missile fields of Fort Greely, Alaska, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported today (see GSN, Oct. 29, 2009).

The February installation was in accordance to the Obama administration's aim to deploy 26 interceptors at Fort Greely by October, according to Alaska Missile Defense Spokesman Ralph Scott. The plan was initiated by the Bush administration, which had intended to station 40 Ground-based Midcourse Defense weapons at the installation.

Another four interceptors are to be deployed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The weapons are intended to provide the United States with a defense against incoming long-range ballistic missiles (Jeff Richardson, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, March 4).

March 4, 2010
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The U.S. Defense Department has recently fielded its 22nd missile interceptor at the missile fields of Fort Greely, Alaska, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported today (see GSN, Oct. 29, 2009).