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Cramer Meets with 10th Space Warning Squadron, Tours Radar Station at Cavalier

Aug 18, 2017
Press Release

Recording: Audio

CAVALIER, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer toured the Cavalier Air Force Station, located 15 miles south of the U.S./Canadian border.

Part of the United States Air Force 21st Space Wing, Cavalier controls the world's most capable phased-array radar system, providing critical missile warning and space surveillance data to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and regional combatant commanders. Their mission is to operate and sustain global missile warning and space control capabilities and installations to dominate the high ground for America and its allies.

Cramer’s tour of the facility comes as geopolitical tensions escalate across the world. “Perhaps more so now than any time since the Cold War, bad actors like North Korea, Iran, and Russia are making this special installation in Cavalier pivotal to protecting our nation against enemy fire such as intercontinental ballistic missiles,” said Cramer. “What’s particularly interesting about this facility is its relatively small footprint and the small number of troops needed to maintain it.”

According to a press release in June, the Air Force plans to add additional radar capabilities and an intel officer at the Cavalier station in order to make sure crews tracking space objects have appropriate classified information on the objects they’re monitoring.

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