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Homeland Defense Radar - Hawaii

Environmental Impact Statement

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act requires the MDA to develop a plan to procure and field a “discrimination radar” to improve the defense of Hawaii. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate potential environmental impacts from proposed construction and operation of a Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii (HDR-H); In-Flight Interceptor Communication System Data Terminal; and associated support facilities, utilities, and infrastructure to protect the homeland against threats from nations, such as North Korea and Iran.

The proposed radar would provide enhanced capabilities for the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System to track and discriminate (i.e., identify and classify) long-range ballistic missile threats. It would optimize the defensive capability of the U.S. inventory of Ground-Based Midcourse Defense interceptors and counter evolving missile threats in the Pacific Region.

An EIS will be prepared for the following locations:

1. Kuaokala Ridge (1 site location); and

2. U.S. Army’s Kahuku Training Area (2 site locations)

The MDA recently completed the Scoping Phase of the EIS and is currently gathering resource data.  For more information on the Scoping Process and the National Historic Preservation Act Consultation, please visit the following links:

Scoping Process

National Historic Preservation Act Consultation

As this EIS process moves forward, please continue to check back on this site for updates, handouts, news releases and official reports.