- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Rep Fred Upton have toured Fort Custer, a site in competition for a proposed $3 billion ballistic missile defense system.

The Pentagon proposes installing as many as 60 missiles to protect the East Coast from missile attacks. Congress hasn’t approved the program.

Sites in New York, Ohio and Maine also are vying to host the system.

Upton told reporters Monday the project “is going to happen somewhere,” and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be at the Battle Creek site.

The Battle Creek Enquirer says a decision is expected in late 2016 or early 2017.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Army National Guard Brigadier Gen. Michael Stone says the Pentagon has told officials in Michigan they’re ” doing all the right things” to land the project.

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