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Hawaii-based missile-defense radar system to be fielded by 2023

Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command, cited North Korea as the preeminent missile threat to Hawaii. The Missile Defense Agency is requesting nearly $100 million in fiscal year 2019 for the Hawaii radar system and a similar system elsewhere in the Pacific.

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Floods, droughts and fires: Survey says hundreds of DOD properties vulnerable to climate-related damage

This first-ever comprehensive site survey of climate vulnerabilities focused on the negative effects that severe weather — including storm-surge flooding, extreme temperatures, wind and drought — had on those properties.


National Guard brigade to lead portion of this year's Pacific Pathways exercises

The Indiana National Guard will provide the lead brigade for the second leg of this year’s Pacific Pathways exercises, marking the first time the Guard has assumed that role in the five years since the initiative began.


Mattis: Thaw between North and South Korea should not distract from denuclearization

Mattis described the relationship between the U.S. and South Korea as an “ironclad and irreplaceable alliance” during a meeting at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii.


Navy’s newest amphibious warfare ship may fill flagship role for RIMPAC drills

The amphibious warfare vessel USS Portland will become the Navy’s 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship after its ceremonial commissioning scheduled for April in Portland, Oregon.


Hawaii-based soldiers will put prototype uniform to the test in jungles

More than 800 Hawaii-based soldiers this month have donned the Army’s newest uniform prototype for hot-weather combat that boasts lighter weight and quicker drying time.


Officials: Navy enacting changes in wake of deadly crashes

The comments, which were made before a joint hearing of two House Armed Services Committee subpanels, come in the wake of two extensive Navy reviews of deadly warship crashes and mishaps last summer.


Security risks remain unresolved in new system for tracking military aircraft

According to the GAO, the Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration have focused on how to equip military aircraft with the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out technology, with much less thought given to solving or mitigating security risks.


Few Navy commanders face court-martial for operational failures

On Tuesday, the Navy said it would convene Article 32 hearings to consider court-martialing Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who commanded the USS Fitzgerald, and Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, former commander of the USS John S. McCain, for their roles in two deadly collisions last year.



Remembering the Saigon Embassy attack 50 years later: ‘They’re coming in!’

Our Vietnam at 50 special report, which explores what made 1968 so unique and deadly, recalls the night five servicemembers died when the Viet Cong stormed the embassy.