Guam – The Legislature’s buildup Committee Chair, Senator Judi Guthertz, says that she has received assurances from Assistant Secretary of the Navy Jackalyne Pfannenstiel that a missile defense system for Guam will be installed.
In response to questions from Senator Guthertz, Pfannenstiel wrote, “I can assure you the Department of Defense is committed to ensuring the territories in the Pacific remain safe – indeed, the ‘Gibraltar of the Pacific.’”
Secretary Pfannenstiel explained that a final decision had not been reached on which branch of the military would operate the missile system, but studies are currently underway to determine that.
Pfannenstiel said that when the studies are complete, the U.S. Pacific Command will make that decision and, “I will certainly keep you and the entire Guam legislature informed when that occurs.”
The Department of Defense had earlier announced plans to build an Army‐operated ballistic missile system aimed at protecting both the civilian and military communities on the soon to be heavily fortified island, but Guthertz raised concerns after the Record of Decision came out and suggested that Guam was just one of many possible sites for the missile system.