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Defense planners look at northeast Ohio
More than 70 years after it first opened, area military site may draw yet another mission
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Interceptor missile test. Weapons use kinetic energy of the interception to destroy enemy missiles
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Could the fiery launch of multi-stage rockets one day rock Ravenna?  It’s a possibility.  The Department of Defense is thinking about putting part of a national anti-missile defense system on old military grounds in Portage County. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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New missions
To older locals, it’s “The Ravenna Arsenal.” More recently, the twenty-one- thousand-acre area has been home to an Ohio National Guard base called Camp Ravenna.  Now the Defense Department may use some of the property for an “interceptor-missile” launch site for the national “Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System.” 

New operations
Bottom line: if DOD picks Ravenna—four other locations are being considered--they’ll build facilities there for rocketsinterceptor missile capable of going into space to knock down attacking missiles, including ICBMs.

New jobs
Camp Ravenna is in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District and Representative Tim Ryan says the project could benefit the area economy, including jobs—how many isn’t known.operational control   But, he says this is only phase-one of the evaluation of where best to continue expanding the interceptor system. 


New threats
The defense department says 30 interceptors have been deployed since 2010 in response to weapons technology advances around the world, including by Iran, North Korea, and terrorist groups
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