After Missile Defense Review, Portman Presses DOD to Locate Third Missile Defense Site at Camp James A. Garfield
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement on the Department of Defense’s 2019 Missile Defense Review, saying he will continue to highlight the importance of Camp James A. Garfield (formerly Camp Ravenna) to our country’s defense posture and urge the Pentagon to select the base as the East Coast Missile Defense site:
“The ballistic missile threat to the United States has grown greatly in recent years, particularly as Iran has expanded its capabilities. Adding a third ground-based interceptor site would serve American interests by protecting the U.S. homeland from this threat and deterring future aggression. Camp Garfield in particular provides a cost-efficient and effective location to help defend the United States from ballistic missile threats. Although the new Missile Defense Review does not make a final decision on a third interceptor site, I will continue to make the case to the Defense Department that Camp Garfield is the ideal location.”
NOTE: In March 2018, Senator Portman led an Ohio delegation letter to then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis in support of Camp Ravenna being selected as the East Coast Missile Defense site.