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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Hanabusa Amendments on Missile Alerts, Military Construction Included in National Defense Authorization Act

May 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Language directing the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to clarify its role and hold briefings on ballistic missile alert procedures, more than $300 million in funding for military construction projects in Hawaii, and support for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard modernization efforts are included in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) after Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa’s amendments were successfully adopted tonight.

Hanabusa, a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), participated in the full committee markup. The FY19 NDAA passed out of committee and now moves to the full House for consideration.

“We worked in a bipartisan fashion to secure critical resources and provisions important to the U.S. Department of Defense’s mission in the Pacific and the military’s ability to live and work in Hawaii,” said Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. “Our priority is to ensure that the more than 36,600 active duty military personnel stationed in Hawaii have everything they need to fulfill their mission of protecting U.S interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific and securing our station in the region. The military is an important community and economic partner in our state and I will always work to provide for our men and women responsible for our national defense.”

The false missile alert in January that left our residents and visitors mired in panic for 38 minutes revealed multiple issues with the way government responds to and notifies the public in the event of a ballistic missile threat. I firmly believe it should be the DoD’s responsibility to alert the public in the event of an act of war, like a ballistic missile attack,” said Hanabusa. “We secured language in the NDAA that directs the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to provide a briefing on ballistic missile alert procedures, plans, and timelines in the event of a legitimate attack.  This includes coordination, plans and timelines for releasing critical defense information to other Federal and state entities responsible for informing the general public. This briefing also requires the DoD to clarify its role and process, if any, in retracting a false, misinformed, or unauthorized alert issued by a federal or state agency regarding an inbound ballistic missile threat.”


Hawaii Highlights in the NDAA

Support for Hawaii Military Construction Projects – Five Hawaii projects received funding through the FY19 NDAA.

  • $95 million to help with building a Command and Control Facility at Fort Shafter;
  • $45 million for a Drydock Waterfront Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam;
  • $78.32 million for a Water Transmission Line at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam;
  • $66.1 million for a Corrosion Control Hangar at Marine Corps Base Hawaii;
  • $17 million to construct an addition to the F-22 Low Observable Composite Repair Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility – This language continues to ensure that the committee will provide congressional oversight on compliance with the Administrative Order on Consent and the planning, programming, budgeting, and execution for the BAPT solutions and overall recapitalization plan. It also reemphasizes cooperation and coordination with both the State and EPA.

Naval Shipyards – The NDAA includes a provision relating to the public shipyards and building on the Shipyard Modernization Plan that was required in last year’s NDAA.  As the home of one our nation’s four public shipyards, Hawaii benefits from improvements and efficiencies mandated in the modernization plan at Pearl Harbor Shipyard.  The nearly 5500 civilian workers and another 500 service members employed at the shipyard conduct the important work of keeping our naval forces ready to successfully fulfill their missions across the globe. 

Homeland Defense Radar – Hawaii – This provision ensures the continued progress in siting, placing, and operationalizing a discriminating radar in Hawaii. The radar will work collaboratively with our nation’s existing missile defense system to improve our detection and intercept capabilities of ICBMs. It will also provide our armed forces with increased training capabilities that further refine our nation’s defense system.

Per Diem – The NDAA includes Congresswoman Hanabusa’s amendment to repeal the existing DoD long-term temporary duty policy for military and service workers. Repealing this would help to fairly compensate military and service workers for travel that is scheduled in excess of 30 days and 180 days.  Without this provision, our civilian and military workforce bear a larger burden of spending more out-of-pocket expenses for travel associated with their employment duties. It is incumbent on our government to ensure adequate resources are available for all employees within the DoD to effectively execute their duties without additional burdens on their families.