Fort Drum Considered For Missile Interceptor Program
Fort Drum will be considered as a potential site for a missile interceptor program.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced it will study Fort Drum's suitability as a possible host.
Interceptor sites use missiles to shoot down missiles.
Fort Drum is one of five sites the MDA will evaluate and the only site in New York.
While the Department of Defense has not yet determined it will build an additional interceptor site in the United States, the decision means Fort Drum is on the MDA's shortlist for a potential site if the DOD determines it is in the national interest to create one.
"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 north country Congressman Bill Owens (D. - 21st District). "This is a positive step in a process that will play out over the next several years."
According to the Associated Press, the other four locations being considered are Vermont's Camp Ethan Allen, Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, NAS Portsmouth SERE Training Area, Maine, and Fort Custer CTC, Michigan.
The U.S. currently has missile interceptor programs in Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The interceptors are designed to stop a nuclear missile attack from countries like North Korea and Iran.