Upton, Huizenga, Walberg, Mitchell, Bergman issue statement after Department of Defense selects Fort Drum for new missile defense site
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (MI-06), Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Tim Walberg (MI-07), Paul Mitchell (MI-10), and Jack Bergman (MI-01) issued a joint statement after the Department of Defense selected Fort Drum rather than Fort Custer for a missile defense Interceptor Site. Locating the missile defense Interceptor Site at Fort Custer could have brought $3.2 billion in economic impact and 1,800 jobs to the region.
“We always thought and were led to believe that on the merits, the Fort Custer site would be the best for the taxpayer and the defense of the country to build a new missile defense site. In fact, in the letter the Pentagon provided to the Committee on Armed Services, it makes clear that Fort Custer provided clear strategic advantages. It also states that the decision could be re-evaluated, and we would encourage them to do so.
It appears that Congressman Amash’s consistent opposition to all defense spending bills over the years was too much for the Pentagon to accept. It did not help, and now they selected New York for the new missile defense site.”