Watertown, N.Y. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement after meeting with officials at the Missile Defense Agency as part of their listening session to explore the potential for Fort Drum to be selected as a site for an East Coast Missile Interceptor System:

“Today was an important step in the process of exploring Fort Drum as a potential site for an East Coast Missile Interceptor System,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I helped lead an executive session with local elected officials and community leaders to meet with representatives from the Missile Defense Agency and speak with attendees at the opening of the public session. We made a strong case that Fort Drum is the best location for the Department of Defense to develop this system. Fort Drum and the surrounding community have a unique relationship and a site like this will positively impact our national security and our local economy.”