Portman, Brown, Gonzalez, Ryan Push for Ballistic Missile Defense Site at Camp Garfield

March 27, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Howland) in sending a letter to Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to encourage the Department of Defense to select Northeast Ohio’s Camp Garfield as the third Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS) to protect the east coast of the United States from ballistic missile attack. 

“I’m proud to join the Ohio delegation in this letter advocating for Camp James A. Garfield to be designated as the third Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS). Camp Garfield is the right place to put this missile defense facility. It is strategically located, meets all the criteria, and most importantly has the highly-skilled, highly-educated workforce necessary to build this critically-important facility when it is approved. This facility would be good for our nation, good for Ohio and I will continue to work with the Ohio delegation to make it happen,” said Sen. Portman. 

“Camp Garfield has a proven history of providing critical support to our national security, and the men and women of Northeast Ohio stand ready to take on and carry out this mission,” said Sen. Brown. “I strongly urge the Department of Defense to select Camp Garfield as the third ground-based interceptor site.” 

“There is no region in the country that is better positioned to accommodate this site and keep our nation safe than Northeast Ohio,” said Rep. Gonzalez. “We have the infrastructure, the workforce, and the military experience to support this critical missile defense system, and it would bring a much-needed boost to our economy and our job market.” 

“Camp Garfield’s location, infrastructure, and local workforce make it the perfect location to build the East Coast Missile Defense Site. I have full confidence in our ability, experience, and readiness to take on this critical national security endeavor,” said Rep. Ryan. “I will continue to fight to ensure this important national defense project is located in Northeast Ohio.” 

Under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, the Department of Defense is required to designate a preferred location of a potential additional continental United States interceptor site within 60 days of publishing the Ballistic Missile Defense Review. This review was published on January 17 of this year. 

Camp Garfield and Northeast Ohio constitute a prime location for the missile defense system from a tactical standpoint with access to a skilled workforce, a strong transportation system including highways, ports and rail, and a robust state National Guard that possesses one of the most experienced forces of air defenders in the branch. With a region already known for cutting edge aeronautical research at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center and surrounding universities, the Northeast Ohio workforce is well positioned to support the 2,300 jobs and over $224 million in economic value the site would bring to the area. 

View the full letter here