Pentagon Finishes Review of Possible New Interceptor Sites

The U.S. Defense Department has completed -- but is not yet releasing -- a study on five basing options for a potential missile-interceptor site on the East Coast.

In a Monday statement to Inside Defense, Missile Defense Agency spokesman Rich Lehner confirmed that the congressionally mandated evaluation had been completed.

Congress in its Fiscal 2013 Defense Authorization Act ordered the Pentagon to carry out a review of possible locations for a third site for homeland missile defense. The mandate came despite the military's insistence that the existing interceptor sites in California and Alaska provide sufficient protection against any possible long-range missile attacks by North Korea or Iran.

"We are currently evaluating data from the study obtained from a variety of sources, including visits to the five sites announced in September," Lehner said.

The locations that were reviewed are: Fort Drum in New York; Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Vermont; Naval Air Station Portsmouth SERE Training Area in Maine; Camp Ravenna Joint Training Center in Ohio; and Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan.

The Missile Defense Agency this spring intends to initiate environmental impact studies for a finalist group of sites selected from the list of five bases, an unidentified Pentagon official disclosed to Inside Defense.

January 9, 2014
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The U.S. Defense Department has completed -- but is not yet releasing -- a study on five basing options for a potential missile-interceptor site on the East Coast.

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