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The National Defense Authorization Act and FAA Reauthorization Bill calls for a new test range. In a letter request made this week to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) asked the federal government to select the region to host the unmanned aircraft systems test range.
In the letter, McDonnell and O'Malley highlighted the region's technical expertise in the defense industry and said that similar design and testing of unmanned aircraft systems already take place in the area. They governors also say the region has the appropriate airspace for the type of testing and development that's needed.
McDonnell's office says the state have not yet received a response from LaHood.