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RAVENNA, Ohio - The department of defense could invest over $3 billion in our area in an effort to keep America safe from foreign threats.

The National Guard base in Ravenna is now one of five locations selected as a possible site for a missile defense system.

The site would house missiles that would be used to destroy other missiles that could be fired at the United States from other countries.

Countries like North Korea who are developing long range missiles capable of reaching us. But our technology would spot theirs first and destroy them before they even reached our land.

Senator Rob Portman says the Ravenna location has a lot going for it.

"We got a lot of land here more than the other four sites. I've done the research about 20,000 acres here. Second, we're in an area with a lot of infrastructure to help. other sites are in areas that are a lot more remote and they don't have the manufacturing expertise we do and they don't have the research capability we do, they don't have the roads and rail and so on," says Portman.

Other contending locations include: Maine, Vermont, New York and Michigan.

There are already two other missile sites in America, but they are located out West.

If the site did come to Ravenna, Portman says it would employ several hundred people.

The number of missiles that would be housed there would remain classified.

But should we worry that it would make our area become a target for terrorism?..some country or group trying to destroy our line of defense?

"Well, it's something to think about," says Portman.  "Certainly there are other targets around the U.S. including the Pentagon and other places but it's a place that can defend itself the technology I'm told is very sophisticated."

Portman says the finalist list will be narrowed down to three by December.

A final decision would then not come for about another year.

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