Missile defense system could come to Michigan

Jul 7, 2015
Citizens at a public event in 2015 expressed some concern about making Battle Creek a military target. But more were interested in the potential jobs the missile complex may deliver.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan may become the home of a new intercontinental ballistic missile defense system.

Fort Custer in Battle Creek is one of four sites the Pentagon is considering, should Congress approve the $3 billion project to install up to 60 missiles aimed at countering any attack on the East Coast. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Fred Upton toured the facility yesterday. They plan on returning before Labor Day with the entire Michigan Congressional delegation in a show of support.

Ashley Dace / Geograph

Michigan Senator Carl Levin says the United States needs to crack down on counterfeit electronic parts coming from China.

Levin says thousands of fake parts have been discovered in the U.S. military’s supply stream.  Some missiles even had to be stripped apart to remove counterfeit parts from China.

He says it’s dangerous – and China won’t do anything to stop it.

Levin has proposed an amendment to require inspections of parts coming from China.

He says it’s not part of a China-bashing campaign.