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Military spending makes up a significant portion of Hawaii’s economy. The Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment puts it at roughly 10-percent of the state’s economy—second only to Virginia.

Around the Asia Pacific, military spending is rising—and there are new developments this week from India.

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Singapore is set to host the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 – if it happens. But this week, defense ministers from around the Asia-Pacific are gathering there for an annual conference. We have more from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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US Defense Secretary James Mattis says diplomacy must take the lead in the effort to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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According to Reuters, the U.S. Military’s controversial anti-missile system has reached initial operating capacity in South Korea. The news agency quotes U.S. officials as cautioning that it will still be months before THAAD is fully operational – the acronym stands for Theater High Altitude Area Defense. And, as we hear from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute, there is growing sentiment to install the system in Japan.

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 Ash Carter is continuing his last trip around the world as Defense Secretary—spending time today in the Middle East. He spent much of this week in Asia—where his last stop was a significant one. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  We'll take a view into space through the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System or Pan-STARRS. We'll learn about one of its major goals, to discover and characterize Earth-approaching objects, both asteroids and comets, that might pose a danger to our planet.

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Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the United States will sail and fly wherever international law allows - and made a point to add, the South China Sea is no exception.  The US and its allies have been in discussions about an appropriate response to China's construction of artificial islands in the disputed area and, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, it looks like a decision has been made.

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Naval Surface Warriors / Flickr

As the United States continues its strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific, important regional allies continue their shift toward the U.S.  We reported last month on Japanese purchases of U.S. Warplanes...now, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, Australia has confirmed an upgrade to its latest American weapons deal.

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Ash Carter / Flickr

It’s been a week since Defense Secretary Ash Carter stopped by Pearl Harbor on his way to Asia. He’s still traveling, and for the next couple of days he’ll be in India. While the visit includes a broad discussion of the military, there’s a particular focus on India’s navy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Ash Carter / Flickr

Defense Secretary Ash Carter was in Hawai‘i yesterday, attending the change of command ceremony for the region’s highest ranking military officer. Admiral Harry Harris is the new head of Pacific Command and along with the Defense Secretary; he’s off to his first major assignment: in Singapore. HPR’s Bill Borman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The United States is selling half a billion dollars of helicopters to Indonesia. News of that deal comes as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his travels in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.