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The Proposed Action is needed to provide a safer and more efficient training environment, as well as to maintain military readiness. The Proposed Action would maximize public awareness of hazardous military training activities and optimize public safety and training efficiency.


U.S. law (Title 10 of the U.S. Code) directs each of the military services to organize, train and equip forces for combat so they are capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom. To achieve this level of readiness, the U.S. military must have access to airspace where they can develop and maintain skills for wartime missions and conduct research, development, test and evaluation of military systems. As such, appropriate airspace must be maintained and enhanced to accommodate necessary training and testing activities in support of national security objectives.

Recent world events have placed the U.S. military on heightened alert in the defense of the U.S. and allied nations. At this time, the U.S. military is actively engaged in anti-terrorism efforts around the globe.


The U.S. military air, land and sea ranges on Guam and the Mariana Islands provide military personnel with the space and equipment needed to conduct realistic training. The Mariana Islands Range Complex supports Basic Level Training (typically lasting less than one day), some Intermediate Level Training (involving coordinated unit or services exercises, which may last for a few days), and some Advanced Level Training (large-scale exercises that last about 10 days and result in certification for deployment).