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Failed Kauai missile test cost $130M

Rocket science, it should come as no surprise, is not easy or cheap. That was most recently demonstrated Jan. 31 off Kauai when a Raytheon SM-3 Block IIA missile failed to intercept an air-dropped intermediate-range target missile. Read more

Hundreds send in ideas to improve missile alert system

The state’s first explanation for the Jan. 13 false missile alert that caused 38 minutes of panic in Hawaii was that a “button pusher” had clicked on the wrong item from a computer’s drop-down menu. Read more

HI-EMA head seeks to restore confidence

The new interim head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has taken over, but Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi said ballistic missile alert drills will stay on hiatus until he is assured that the department has a new action plan and the proper resources to move forward. Read more

State agency disputes ‘button pusher’s’ account

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is disputing the account of the warning officer who mistook a drill for the real thing and sent an erroneous Jan. 13 missile alert to cellphones, causing 38 minutes of needless fear and panic. Read more

‘Button pusher’ says state delayed in getting his story

Hawaii’s so-called “button pusher” said the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency didn’t ask for his explanation of how he mistakenly sent a statewide missile alert until three days after the panic-inducing incident. Read more

New $30M defense missile fails in test off Kauai

A $30 million missile touted as a possible second layer of defense for Hawaii from North Korean threats reportedly failed in its first-ever flight from Kauai’s Aegis Ashore facility today. Read more

Revelations pummel Ige politically

When things go wrong in a big way, it is usually the top leadership that takes a beating, which means Gov. David Ige may now be in deep trouble in the wake of the frightening Jan. 13 ballistic missile attack false alarm, according to political observers. Read more

HI-EMA worker believed state was under attack, FCC says

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency worker who triggered panic by sending a false ballistic missile alert to phones across the state on Jan. 13 believed the state was actually under attack, according to a preliminary investigation by the Federal Communications Commission. Read more

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