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July 3, 2014

Think About It: Military Might... Might Not

There was a lot of military news here last week. First there was the warning from the Navy that Pearl Harbor area residents might experience garage door opener issue due to training exercise that began last week offshore. The Navy tests its radar during these exercises and uses electromagnetic devices which might affect one's garage doors. It's all part of the military's new open door policy, I guess. If the magnets on your refrigerator or your metal fillings start escaping out of the house, perhaps then we've got a problem.

Another piece of military news last week was the detailed report done by the Army to lay out some worst-case scenarios if federally-mandated military cutbacks drastically impact our military and civilian workforce here over the next five years. One study indicated a potential loss of 20,000 soldiers and civilian workers, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and that would result in a $1.4 billion income impact locally, which would obviously have ripple effects throughout our economy.

Keep in mind that military cutbacks in the past decade, by and large, have not included major slashing here, thanks in part to the late Senator Inouye and his huge influence in Washington, D.C., but rest assured that politicians in states who saw their forces and budgets trimmed recently will be looking at Hawaii as a possible source for future military cutbacks as they seek to have some other bases share the pain. It's a bit strange to think that the mercurial nature of regimes and situations in North Korea, China, and even Indonesia might allow Hawaii to maintain or possibly see growth in its troops in the coming decade. Yes, that's right, but eerie, North Korea might actually be having a positive influence on our local economy. Think about it…

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