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Official: More Fort Greely Interceptors Possible
The number of interceptor missiles at Fort Greely could rise beyond the level announced earlier this year, depending on threats from other nations.
FAIRBANKS- The number of interceptor missiles at Fort Greely could rise beyond the level announced earlier this year, depending on threats from other nations.
In March, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration had decided to increase the number of missiles at Fort Greely to 44 in response to actions by North Korea.
But last week, the director of the Missile Defense Agency, Vice Admiral James Syring, told a U.S. Senate subcommittee that number could go higher as the department evaluates the threat from Iran and other nations.
Syring also was questioned by Sen. Lisa Murkowski about progress toward the expansion at Fort Greely, including the restoration of Missile Field 1.
Syring said contracts for work could be released this summer.