U.S. Military Is Pouring Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Into Tiny Wake Island

The historic World War II site is on the front lines again as part of an expanded U.S. missile defense system.

By Kirstin Downey for Honolulu Civil Beat / About 1 hour ago
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Amid mounting tensions in the Pacific, the U.S. government is investing a lot of money on infrastructure at an isolated atoll, Wake Island, best known as the site of a heroic World War II battle.

Little information is publicly available about Wake, a secretive military base on a cluster of three small islands far out into the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and Japan, Wake is operated by the U.S. Air Force through Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, and is located within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

Wake Island is linked together in history with Pearl Harbor because both were hit by successful Japanese surprise attacks during a 24-hour period in December 1941.

Now Wake is at the forefront of a new military buildup in the North Pacific. A review of federal contracting information and defense industry press releases confirm that the United States government has committed hundreds of millions of dollars for work at Wake in the past few years.

Amid mounting tensions in the Pacific, the U.S. government is investing a lot of money on infrastructure at an isolated atoll, Wake Island, best known as the site of a heroic World War II battle.

Little information is publicly available about Wake, a secretive military base on a cluster of three small islands far out into the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and Japan, Wake is operated by the U.S. Air Force through Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, and is located within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

Wake Island is linked together in history with Pearl Harbor because both were hit by successful Japanese surprise attacks during a 24-hour period in December 1941.

The airstrip at Wake Island has been a lifesaver for jets that encountered problems in the air in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Wake Island has long had strategic importance for the U.S. military.

In Washington on Monday, Navy Vice Adm. Jon Hill delivered a public presentation on the effectiveness of a March 25 missile defense test over the Pacific, where an intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Kwajalein, tracked by what Hill called “two powerful radars,” including one at Wake Island. Two ground-based interceptors in California were launched soon after, and both successfully collided with the ICBM target and destroyed it, Hill said.

Hillʻs presentation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, posted on a Defense Department website, suggests that Wake is being revitalized as a center of military operations in the Pacific as part of what is called a “layered missile defense system.”

Hill said it was important for the U.S. to beef up its missile defense capabilities because of what he called “near-peer competitors” who are designing and fielding advanced missiles that are harder to track.

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Comments

  • (The forum is back, nice!)
    US should hurry up before all the pacific is militarized by China...image
  • and why was it off foe a while?
  • Someone didnt pay the bills
  • By all means the US can have that island.The indigenous people of the RMI kingdom do not mind.We did in the past but eventually lost interest.It is however historically ours.As our ancestors discovered it thousands of years ago way before European contact.It's usage was for various things.Both for religious and traditional practices.Such as Tattooing,Human sacrifices to the gods,A place where navigators meet and gaze upon the stars to further study the cosmos,And where warriors go to train.

    It's ancient name is Enen Kio which means island of orange flowers as there are abundance of different flora of them scattered throughout.
  • @Bull02. for real , is that it?.. and who might have pay the bill that fast? BTW Mr Noboday, I like your vest knowledge of the history of your ancerstors? keep it up!! very interesting.
  • @Visafree/Kommol!/Thank you! I sure will.Documenting our ancestors way of life is going well.Not just in my home country Marshall but other Micronesian states as well.
  • What do they do on Wake island?? image
  • scuba diving and snorkeling also fishing and any kinds of water sporting.
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