Hawaii is set to benefit from a $700 billion federal defense
bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
The National Defense Authorization Act, which will now head
to the desk of President Donald Trump, will strengthen Hawaii's security and
economy during fiscal year 2018, according to a statement from Sen. Mazie
The measure includes investments of more than $300 million
for military construction in the state.
“This year’s NDAA reflects the central role Hawaii plays in
supporting and advancing our country’s strategic interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific
region,” she said. “From establishing the Asia Pacific Security Initiative, to
fighting back against headquarters cuts at Pacific Command, and enhancing our
nation’s missile defense capabilities, this legislation strengthens our
national security and benefits those who serve in Hawaii and across the
Hirono, who is a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services
Seapower Subcommittee and the NDAA Conference Committee, was able to secure a
number of provisions that could benefit Hawaii.
They include, among other things, a required review of data
before assessing staffing cuts, improvements to the country's missile defense
capabilities and enhancing energy resiliency.