23 Dec 2013

US Air Force told to look at all alternatives for CNMI divert field

6:35 pm on 23 December 2013

The U.S. Senate is putting limits on plans by the US Air Force for a divert airfield in the Northern Marianas.

The Senate has just passed the 2014 National Defense Authorization bill, which bars the spending of money intended for construction until the Air Force reports on all the alternatives considered for the divert field.

The Air Force wants the divert field on Saipan but the territorial government wants it on Tinian.

The new bill also asks the Department of Defense to report within 180 days on the feasibility of establishing a National Guard unit in the CNMI.