Mike Turner

The nation’s missile-defense system has serious flaws. So why is the Pentagon moving to expand it?

The nation’s missile-defense system has serious flaws. So why is the Pentagon moving to expand it?

Mayor Scott Burto recalls the days of good-paying jobs, plenty of them, at the paper mills along the Black River.

Today, the mills and the jobs are nearly all gone, casualties of foreign competition. But hope for a new boom is teasing the locals, and it has nothing to do with paper. The nation’s troubled but well-funded homeland missile defense program just might be the region’s salvation.

Nearby Ft. Drum is one of three sites under consideration for an installation of anti-missile interceptors — the latest phase of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD. Construction is expected to cost as much as $4 billion, potentially generating thousands of jobs directly and...

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