There are various kinds of 'missile defense' (MD) systems now being tested. The one with the very worst testing record is the Ground-based Mid-course program. It is very likely the most expensive of the MD programs because of the sheer difficulty of trying to have a bullet-hit-a-bullet in deep space at more than 15,000 mph. In the end the program is incredibly destabilizing as the entire MD program is all about being the shield to take out Russian or Chinese retaliatory response after a Pentagon first-strike attack on them. This stuff ain't theoretical either as the Space Command annually holds a computer war game to practice this very kind of an attack. We see the miniature version it being carried out by Israel in Gaza right now. You might call the Gaza attack by Israel as a field test of the Israel-US MD program.
The military industrial complex, and in particular the MD lobby, has been pushing Congress hard to deploy a US east coast interceptor site. The already bought-and-paid-for bunch in Washington has mandated that the Pentagon do a feasibility study to determine which of four states (Maine, New York, Michigan, Ohio) would be the best place to host the interceptor missile facility. Public hearings to work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) have been announced. They are listed below.
The timing of our Maine Walk for Peace & a Sustainable Future (October 11-20) which will start in Rangeley (one of the sites in consideration for the base) could not be a more perfect fit. There will be three public hearings in Maine and I'll be working to get folks to attend and/or to write letters in opposition to the site. I hope folks in the other states under consideration will similarly respond. All US citizens should make comments - see info below for details.
- Fort Custer Training Center -- Michigan Army National Guard, Augusta, Mich.;
- Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center -- Ohio Army National Guard, Portage and Trumbull Counties, Ohio;
- Fort Drum, Fort Drum, N.Y.; and
- The Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Facility (SERE East), Redington Township, Maine.
- Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014: Ravenna High School, Ravenna, Ohio (6 -- 9 p.m.)
- Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014: Rangeley Lakes Regional School, Rangeley, Maine (6 -- 9 p.m.)
- Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014: Rangeley Lakes Regional School, Rangeley, Maine (9 a.m. -- Noon)
- Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014: University of Maine, Farmington, Maine (9 a.m. -- Noon, and 6 -- 9 p.m.)
- Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014: Carthage High School, Carthage, N.Y. (6 -- 9 p.m.)
Public comments on the scope of the EIS and environmental issues that should be studied are requested pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. All written comments received during the comment period will become part of the public record and will be considered during the preparation of the Draft EIS. Providing private address information with your comment is voluntary and such personal information will be kept confidential unless release is required by law. Your address will be used to compile a mailing list so that you may be notified of any future public meetings, and release of the Draft EIS and Final EIS in the Federal Register. Failure to provide your address will result in your name not being included on the list, and you will not receive notifications about this project.