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July 16, 2015

Think About It: Striking Stryker Brigade

The net reduction of 1,214 soldiers here, who will be relocated to Washington State, is not a positive sign for our local economy, but it falls far short of being considered a catastrophe. As the government moves to streamline the total number of active Army personnel, there was some talk about Hawaii losing over 15,000 troops. That's not going to happen at this time.

The world of security and defense is getting more complicated and requires different tools nowadays. Boots on the ground is no longer the only way to combat an enemy, though many feel that the cuts to our armed forces put us in a precarious position with so many trouble spots around the globe- Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the always uncertain North Korea situation. And then there's China, which has not-so-quietly been building its forces and staking its claims to land and sea areas contested by others in the region. 

Some felt the Stryker vehicles being removed from here should never have been here in the first place. Others fret anytime they see cutbacks in military personnel or obsolete equipment and it's obvious that newfangled drones alone can't win confrontations. Whatever decisions continue to be made about the right number of deployable units and where those units should be based, there is no question that Hawaii will remain a key location when it comes to United States defense strategy for decades to come. Having said that, for reasons far bigger than just economic ones, let's hope that Hawaii doesn't require a huge influx of military personnel and gear in the years ahead. Think about it…

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