Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, on Feb. 10, 2016. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Pushes Military to Take Over Missile Alerts

Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation told Rear Adm. Patrick A. Piercey, U.S. Pacific Command director of operations, that they want the military to take responsibility for alerting the public about any incoming ballistic missile which would be an act of war.

“We want the origination of a notification of a missile alert to start with people who know,” U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said at today’s congressional hearing on the Jan. 13 false alarm at the East-West Center in Honolulu.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said there are too many layers for notification and verification that would be improved if PACOM, which has verification responsibility, also sent out the alert from a drop-down computer menu.

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