The Pentagon is proposing to spend billions in 2019 on missile defense as Fort Drum waits to see if it's selected as the preferred site for an East Coast missile defense system.
The federal budget calls for increasing the number of strategic missile interceptors from 44 to 64.
The additional 20 interceptors would be based at Fort Greely, Alaska. Critics question the reliability of this technology.
That will cost $2.4 billion, according to Bloomberg News.
And the Missile Defense Agency wants $6.8 billion for research.
As for Fort Drum, this funding we're talking about isn't related to an East Coast missile defense site. The post is one of 3 potential sites.
A report choosing a preferred site is expected to be released this month. That said, there's no guarantee it'll get built.
It's not officially funded and the Department of Defense is not on board to build it.