State of Hawaii Archives: on Homeland Security


Colleen Hanabusa: Shaped National Defense Authorization Act military roadmap

Hanabusa has gained a reputation as a policy wonk and someone who dives deep into the details of legislation. Nowhere is this more evident than on the House Armed Services Committee, where Hanabusa helped shape the National Defense Authorization Act, a complex bill that totals more than 700 pages.

The NDAA, as it's commonly referred, sets the spending priorities for the U.S. military and is of critical importance to Hawaii as the state is a major hub of defense activity. In a previous interview with Civil Beat, Hanabusa described the NDAA as the "roadmap" for the military.

She also played up its importance to the state. "Without it you can't get the money that you ultimately want to come into Hawaii," she said.

In 2014, when Hanabusa was running for the Senate against Schatz she boasted of securing hundreds of millions of dollars for the state through the NDAA, and said in interviews that she wanted to use military spending to generate more jobs on the islands.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2018 Hawaii gubernatorial race Aug 7, 2018

Eddie Pirkowski: Cutting edge defensive and offensive security

Q: Under what circumstances should America go to war?

A: Follow constitutional, congressional and presidential mandates to ensure lifetime safety and security for all the families of Hawaii and this nation with both cutting edge defensive and offensive security.

Q: What is your view of the role of the U.S. military in the islands, and would you like to see that role increased or decreased?

A: The Pacific Command and all the Armed Forces of the U.S. are vital to the integrity of both the defense and the offense of this nation. We seek peace through strength, trust and reliability, and we must always keep our word, for in the end, it is all we all really have. It is in this spirit with our whole hearts and souls, we support all the armed forces, allies, and their families. In this time of fast-paced technological development, we must lead as never before (e.g. hypersonic weapons, AI, defensive asset, state and nation shields).

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2018 Hawaii Senate race Jul 1, 2018

Ron Curtis: Welcomes military presence in Hawaii, vital in today's world

Given the strategic location of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, I view the˙presence of the U.S. military in the islands as a vital role in our national defense. I think it makes a Hawaii more secure as a state as well. I welcome the members of our military and their families to our ohana during their tour of duty. The defense spending also contributes to the economy of our state. I think the role of the military in Hawaii is about right given the current state of world affairs.
Source: The Civil Beat on 2018 Hawaii Senate race Jul 1, 2018

David Ige: Proactive and aggressive support of troops in Hawaii

We need to support our military whose courage and commitment to our nation's security keeps Hawaii and the rest of the country safe and strong. From our strategic location in the Pacific comes a responsibility that we cannot shirk.

Moreover, the military plays a significant part in our economy, spending more than $6.5 billion annually with a total economic impact of $14.7 billion. It is the second largest sector of our economy supporting more than 101,000 jobs.

Even with the Pentagon's new focus on the Pacific, there is no guarantee that we can protect the military's presence in the islands simply because of our geographic location. We will need to be proactive and aggressive in our efforts to support our troops here. And I am prepared to do just that.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Hawaii Legislature Jan 26, 2015

Mark Takai: Tax credits for companies that hire veterans

In the Hawaii House I have been pushing for tax credits for companies that hire veterans and worked closely with the Chamber of Commerce to ensure our local military bases remain strong. I passed an initiative to improve the education of military children that has won national awards.

I created the Hawaii Medal of Honor and established a task force to help non-profit providers get homeless vets off the streets--building a network of care to help these vets.

I helped create the Veterans Court, which focuses exclusively on vets by bringing together state social services and the VA to help these vets adjust back into society and navigate the courts.

Our vets went to bat for us; let's go to bat for them. They are our new "greatest generation," so let's give them a chance to build our future. I also think it is wrong that some in Congress have proposed cutting critical services like assistance to homeless vets, suicide prevention programs and job training assistance.

Source: 2014 Hawaii House campaign website, MarkTakai.com Nov 4, 2014

Mark Takai: Cut defense responsibly, not across-the-board

The mindless across-the-board cuts are hurting our military installations, our veterans, our students, our most impoverished citizens and our small businesses. It is an absurdity that will continue haunting us unless we send less partisan legislators like me with the experience in finding common ground to Washington.

I will work with both sides of the aisle to develop a sensible plan to balance the budget. I will work to protect those in our society who are most vulnerable.

We must make responsible, reasonable cuts to defense spending like unchecked defense contracts for weapons and other equipment the military does not need. As a member of the military, I have the first-hand knowledge needed to ask the right questions and push for better oversight of waste in runaway military contracts, while still protecting our military men and women and making sure they are well equipped and supported.

Source: 2014 Hawaii House campaign website, MarkTakai.com Nov 4, 2014

Cam Cavasso: Maintain military: peace through strength

Question topic: The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Cavasso: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Cavasso: Maintain a strong military with the ability to fully defend America at home and from foreign enemies. We are in a dangerous world and peace can only be maintained through strength.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Brian Schatz: Feds stretched too far in snooping on everyday Americans

Schatz confronted Hanabusa about several issues, including support for a veterans hospital in Guam he says takes focus away from Hawaii and her stances on Social Security. He also said he differed with Hanabusa on their approach to widespread federal surveillance programs, saying he thinks the government has stretched too far in its snooping of everyday Americans.

"This is a difference between Colleen and myself," he said.

Hanabusa responded by saying Schatz was misstating votes and skipping over key details. "Brian, you have to start to read the bills to really understand what you're talking about," she said.

Source: Associated Press in The Republic: 2014 Hawaii Senate debate Jul 8, 2014

Brian Schatz: Reform FISA to protect our Fourth Amendment rights

Hanabusa said Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor in Hawaii who publicly released documents on government surveillance, should return to the United States and stand trial. "Yes, we learned a lot through what he did," she said. "But was he truly a whistleblower? Those are decisions that the court system has to determine."

Schatz said "I don't think he's a hero. But I think the main issue here is not so much what we think of Edward Snowden, but how we need to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to protect our Fourth Amendment rights under the Constitution."

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Jul 8, 2014

Colleen Hanabusa: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should stand trial in US

Hanabusa said Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor in Hawaii who publicly released documents on government surveillance, should return to the United States and stand trial. "Yes, we learned a lot through what he did," she said. "But was he truly a whistleblower? Those are decisions that the court system has to determine."

Schatz said "I don't think he's a hero. But I think the main issue here is not so much what we think of Edward Snowden, but how we need to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to protect our Fourth Amendment rights under the Constitution."

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Jul 8, 2014

Eddie Pirkowski: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal

Question topic: The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Pirkowski: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Jul 2, 2014

John Carroll: Maintain our Premier national Defense Posture

    When asked his top three priorities if elected, Carroll listed:
  1. Eliminate Jones Act Restrictions on shipping to and from Hawaii.
  2. Legislate fee ownership of Hawaiian Homestead lands currently held in lease. Insure that all eligible Hawaiians receive a Homestead Parcel in Fee Single Absolute.
  3. Maintain our Premier national Defense Posture. we must maintain the highest level affordable of National Defense to insure we do not become vulnerable in Space, in the Air or on the surface.
Source: VoteSmart 2012 Hawaii Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Linda Lingle: Don't let up on its defense spending, like pre-WWII

Lingle pressed Hirono on her vote that helped set up the so-called "fiscal cliff" scenario set to take effect in January if Congress can't reach a compromise on spending cuts and tax hikes. Lingle said Hirono shouldn't have supported cuts of $50 billion per year to the military as part of the deal, because the cuts would have crushing effects in Hawaii given the large military presence here. "We can't do a pivot if we're cutting $50 billion" per year in defense, Lingle said.

Hirono said Congress was right to raise the debt ceiling and needs to reach sensible compromise to avoid the deep cuts planned.

Lingle compared today's times with the period between WWI and WWII to say the US shouldn't let up on its defense spending or become more isolated.

Hirono retorted that nobody's talking about weakening national defense, but Tea Party Republicans have said the US should worry more about itself than other countries.

Source: Reuters on 2012 Hawaii Senate debate Oct 20, 2012

Mazie Hirono: Sensible compromise needed on $50 billion military cut

Lingle pressed Hirono on her vote that helped set up the so-called "fiscal cliff" scenario set to take effect in January if Congress can't reach a compromise on spending cuts and tax hikes. Lingle said Hirono shouldn't have supported cuts of $50 billion per year to the military as part of the deal, because the cuts would have crushing effects in Hawaii given the large military presence here. "We can't do a pivot if we're cutting $50 billion" per year in defense, Lingle said.

Hirono said Congress was right to raise the debt ceiling and needs to reach sensible compromise to avoid the deep cuts planned but said Republicans are holding things up because they're not willing to allow taxes to go up for the wealthiest Americans. "We now have a Congress where people are perfectly fine sending our country over the economic cliff," Hirono said. Hirono concluded that nobody's talking about weakening national defense, but the Tea Party has said the US should worry more about itself than other countries.

Source: Reuters on 2012 Hawaii Senate debate Oct 20, 2012

Cam Cavasso: High priority on strengthening our military & intelligence

Q: If you are elected, what will be your top three priorities?

A: First will be to move Federal Judge Nominees being blocked by filibuster to a confirmation vote. Second will be to vote for a Federal Marriage amendment to protect traditional marriage and the family. Third will be to strengthen our military and intelligence capability to fight terrorism effectively and defend our nation.

Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald Election Guide Questions Aug 22, 2004

Cam Cavasso: Do not reinstate the military draft

Q: Should a military draft be reinstated?

A: No

Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald Election Guide Questions Aug 22, 2004

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