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Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5573

SERE East Designated as Alternative Considered but Not Carried Forward

January 15, 2016

The Missile Defense Agency has designated the Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Facility (SERE East), Redington Township, Maine as an Alternative Considered, but Not Carried Forward for a potential additional missile interceptor site. 

The MDA made this decision following extensive surveys conducted for development of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to evaluate candidate sites for a potential future deployment of additional ground-based interceptors for homeland defense, as required by the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. 

The MDA surveys, conducted in coordination with Federal and state agencies, included infrastructure, water resources, transportation access and other areas for assessing the suitability of a potential site.  The SERE site presented irreversible environmental impacts, significant constructability concerns, and extensive costs associated with developing infrastructure in a remote area.  Due to these factors, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act process, the SERE East site will not be carried forward for further consideration.

Previously announced sites in New York, Ohio and Michigan will continue to be considered, and will be covered in the DEIS now in progress.

The Department of Defense has not made a decision to deploy or construct an additional interceptor site.  Current sites in Alaska and California provide the necessary protection of the homeland from ballistic missile attack by rogue nations.  If a decision were to be made in the future to construct a new site, completing the required site studies and Environmental Impact Statement would shorten the timeline required to build such a site.