- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Kalamazoo County officials will decide whether to ask the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a ballistic missile defense system at Fort Custer Training Center.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1AxFYhL ) the county board of commissioners will vote at its Sept. 2 meeting on a resolution on the system to protect the eastern U.S. from intercontinental attacks. The board decided to vote after hearing a presentation Tuesday by commanders of the Augusta training center and the Battle Creek Air National Guard. They’re asking local governments, businesses and organizations to support the project.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is working with the Michigan Army National Guard to solicit residents’ input for an environmental impact study. Public meetings are scheduled in Battle Creek on Aug. 26 and in Augusta on Aug. 28.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo