Military spending bill includes isle manufacturing, invasive species

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A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter flies over the Pohakuloa Training Area during training on Nov. 1, 2023. PTA is classified as a sub alpine tropical dry land forest, one of the rarest kinds of ecosystem in the world.

HONOLULU — The latest draft of the annual military spending bill from Congress includes several Hawai‘i-centric provisions, including calls for the military to work with the state to track and eradicate invasive species across island lands it controls, as well as a pilot program to develop an advanced manufacturing facility in Hawai‘i to support military operations in the region.