May 07, 2013 — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the Department of Defense to consider New York for an East Coast missile defense site.
In response to threats from North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced that the U.S. would beef up its missile interceptor sites in Alaska and California.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that the Pentagon will also begin an environmental impact study of potential East Coast sites. The study was mandated by Congress.
In a letter to Hagel, Schumer says if an east coast site is necessary, he wants the Pentagon consider Fort Drum in Watertown and the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome. In a statement, Schumer says a placement in New York could "create thousands of jobs and significant revenue in local communities."
According to the Watertown Daily Times, the Pentagon is also considering sites in Maine and New Hampshire.