After losing funding in February, a missile defense radar system planned for construction in Hawaii is set to make a comeback after the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee voted to pass on the annual National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.
The $740.5 billion defense policy bill includes a new Pacific Deterrence Initiative with $1.4 billion in initial funding that would shore up U.S. military resources in the region against what it considers to be Chinese encroachment. Chinese and Indian troops are currently engaged in a tense border standoff and Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwanese airspace on Tuesday.
That includes a $162 million authorization for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii that reverses a Trump administration call to eliminate funding for the project in its proposed defense budget.
“As the United States continues to confront a range of strategic threats in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, it is imperative that all Americans are protected by our ballistic missile defense system,” said Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono in a press release.
“Securing full funding authorization for HDR-H was my top priority in the NDAA this year because it will help keep Hawaii safe from external threats. I will continue to advocate for its inclusion in the final, approved package.”
It’s not yet clear