Fort Drum To Be Studied For Missile Interceptor Program
Fort Drum is a step closer to becoming missile interceptor site.
According to north country Congressman Bill Owens, the Missile Defense Agency announced Friday that Fort Drum is among four sites selected for completion of an Environmental Impact Study (EIS).
The study will include public meetings and will evaluate the potential impacts to land use, water resources, air quality, transportation, socioeconomics and other factors, should the Department of Defense choose to proceed with the construction of an additional missile defense site.
That final decision has not been made.
The EIS is expected to take approximately 24 months.
"I am pleased the Missile Defense Agency has advanced Fort Drum to the next stage of the selection process," said Owens (D. - 21st District). "While there are many remaining steps in this process, this is great news for the region and a positive step forward. Clearly, the Department of Defense understands the strong support the base enjoys from the community. I remain committed to projects that expand the mission at Fort Drum."
The interceptors are designed to stop a nuclear missile attack from countries like North Korea and Iran.
In December, it was announced a defense spending plan contains $20 million to study the feasibility of an interceptor site.