Pearl Harbor Hiring on the Upswing, But Budget Cuts Threaten Outlook
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard has enjoyed a healthy workload over the last four years, adding almost 500 new workers and embarking on a long-term campaign to modernize its facilities.
The prospect of deep cuts in defense spending over the next decade or longer, though, could jeopardize the progress the shipyard’s supporters have been striving to secure. The shipyard’s plan calls for between $600 million to $800 million in construction projects through 2035, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
After returning from a visit to Washington, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s vice president for military affairs told the paper that he is concerned about the shipyard’s prospects for gaining the funds needed to carry out its modernization plan.
Lawmakers are concerned as well about the state of the nation’s four public shipyards. A provision in the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee requires the Navy to prepare a plan for funding infrastructure improvements at the shipyards.