Senate Urges U.S. Select Fort Custer for Major Missile Defense Program

LANSING, Mich. — The State Senate on Thursday adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 urging the Missile Defense Agency within the U.S. Department of Defense to select the Fort Custer Training Center for the agency’s forthcoming ground-based interceptor ballistic missile defense mission.

The 7,500-acre Michigan National Guard facility located in Augusta is one of four sites under consideration.

“The placement of the ballistic missile defense system at Fort Custer would leverage the base’s strategic location and security and its outstanding environmental record,” said Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee Chair Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, who sponsored the resolution. “Michigan is prepared to support the missile defense system’s construction, operation and personnel, and we strongly urge the Missile Defense Agency to select Fort Custer.”

According to the agency, the ground-based interceptor ballistic missile defense system provides the capability to engage and destroy limited intermediate and long-range ballistic missile threats in space to protect the United States. The system employs integrated communications networks, fire control systems, globally deployed sensors and Ground-Based Interceptors that are capable of detecting, tracking and destroying ballistic missile threats.

While protecting the state and nation from ballistic missile attacks is the main purpose, there is also a major economic impact. The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research estimates the project would contribute $3.2 billion to the region’s economy and support more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 can be read in its entirety by clicking here.