Defense secretary to visit Alaska

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Defense Secretary Robert Gates will tour military sites in Alaska.

Gates will join U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, on a tour Monday of the missile defense site in Fort Greely, near Delta Junction, and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

Begich says the tour of the missile defense system is important given what he calls the "escalating and unpredictable behavior of North Korea."

The Defense Department is not recommending moving forward with a planned expansion of the missile defense system at Fort Greely in its latest budget.

Begich says he has urged Gates and other defense officials to reconsider this decision.

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