(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today sent a letter to acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to urge the Department of Defense to designate Camp James A. Garfield as the third Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS).
Earlier this year, the Missile Defense Review discussed the need for a ballistic missile defense site and suggested Camp Garfield, which is located in Trumbull and Portage counties, as a potential location. If brought to Ohio, the site could have an economic impact of $3-4 billion, with approximately 2,000 construction jobs and significant permanent direct and indirect jobs.
"The economic impact can be immense for a region that was devastated by the closure of the Lordstown auto plant," said Governor DeWine. "We in Ohio want to work, to contribute, and to lend value to our national defense. I can think of no better way to accomplish those goals than selection of Camp Garfield as the east coast missile interceptor site."
In his letter, Governor DeWine stressed that Camp Garfield is an ideal location for the proposed missile defense site due to its strategic location within most of the major population centers in the United States. Camp Garfield meets or exceeds all the known criteria for a CIS and offers a highly-skilled, highly-educated workforce to build and operate the strategic installation.
"The Ohio National Guard possesses one of the most experienced force of air defenders in the nation. This new interceptor mission can be confidently placed in their experienced hands," added Governor DeWine.