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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Calls for Aegis Ashore Site to Protect East Coast from Ballistic Missiles

April 18, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today called on the House Armed Services Committee to explore putting an East Coast Aegis Ashore missile defense system in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017.

Current missile defense interceptor sites exist in California and Alaska, but we lack one on the East Coast of the United States.  The prospect of an Aegis Ashore site offers an affordable way to protect large population centers like New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC from ballistic missile attacks.

“As the Representative of a significant number of people who lost loved ones during the 9/11 attacks, I take securing the East Coast very seriously, especially when Iran conducts a new missile test nearly every week,” said Congressman MacArthur. “Terrorists have shown in the past that they view cities like New York, Washington, and Boston as targets and will not hesitate to attack.  Any increase in protection for these cities is certainly warranted and this study will present an alternative option and a proactive approach to our national security agenda.”