Schatz Secures Millions In Defense Funding For Maui
WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bipartisan defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, helped secure $222 million for the Army’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program, which supports the Department of Defense’s Regional Supercomputers, including the Maui High Performance Computing Center. Schatz worked to boost the funding by $45 million above the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget.
“Modern threats require modern defenses, and these funds will help ensure that the Department of Defense is leveraging supercomputing technology to combat the challenges we face in the world,” said Senator Schatz. “I’m glad we were able to secure additional funding for this program, which will ensure that we continue to support critical supercomputing software and capability development here in Hawai‘i."
In addition, the defense appropriations bill includes $11.7 million for the Maui Space Surveillance System (MSSS), which is important to tracking, identifying, and characterizing space objects of interest. The funding supports completion of the operational Dynamic Optical Telescope System (DOTS) and associated simulation tool, TASMAN. It also supports studying and implementing refinements to the DOTS to transition to full operational capability, including optimally tasking the suite of MSSS telescopes to improve capability and efficiency utility of MSSS by supporting simultaneous mission objectives including catalog maintenance, threat indications and warnings, and special observations.
The spending bill now heads to the Senate floor for a final vote.