Urgent: Short comment period on Hypersonic testing over Atlantic & Pacific from various launch sites

Urgent: Short comment period on Hypersonic testing over Atlantic & Pacific from various launch sites

Below is my testimony and some background information.  Please submit some testimony, however brief.  Mahalo.


July 6, 2021



ATTN: SMDC-EN (D. Fuller),

P.O. Box 1500,

Huntsville, AL 35807


sent by email to: jfceaoea@govsupport.us


Dear Mr. Fuller,

I’ve been in education work and have lived in Hawaii for more than 50 years.  I am the co-author of a book “The Dark Side of Paradise” about the military presence in Hawaii.

I’m very concerned about every escalation of militarism in our world and I believe Hypersonic missile testing poses an existential threat to all life on the planet. The military is planning on using Barking Sands on Kauai for testing hypersonic missiles six times a year for 10 years.  I’m opposed to this testing.  I believe it is a major step toward a new global arms race and nuclear war, not a step toward peace.

It is clear the US is escalating tensions with Russia and China to fuel this arms race.  It is time to de-escalate tensions and use diplomacy, not more missiles as a path to peace.

Hawaii is a land of aloha.  Hawaii is already one of the most militarized places on the planet.  It is a further insult to use Barking Sands or any other place in Hawaii for Hypersonic Missile testing.  I want to see Hawaii de-militarized and cleaned up from the enormous mess the military has created in Hawaii. We don’t need any more military toxins contained in missile rockets contaminating our air, land, and water.

The money spent on hypersonic missiles could be better used for environmental clean up, health care, and education.  


Please put this hypersonic missile testing plan in the recycle bin.


Thank you.

Jim Albertini

President, Malu Aina

PO Box 489

Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760



— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Background Information



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Notice #: 0001329762-01
Notices of Availability

Comments by: July 10

Notice of Availability for the Joint Flight Campaign (JFC) Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment/Overseas Environmental Assessment (PEA/OEA). The Proposed Action, Joint Flight Campaign (JFC), is sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and by the United States Department of the Army (U.S. Army). These agencies have designated the United States Department of the Navy (U.S. Navy) Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) and the U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) as the lead agencies for the Proposed Action. The U.S. Army RCCTO, the U.S. Navy SSP, and the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC), as Participating Agencies, along with the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, and the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing as Cooperating Agencies, have prepared this PEA/OEA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 United States Code 4321, as amended), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508, 1978, July 1, 1986), the Department of the Army Procedures for Implementing NEPA (32 CFR Part 651), the Department of the Air Force Procedures for Implementing NEPA (32 CFR Part 989), Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 5090.1E, and Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions.

The Proposed Action entails up to six flight test launches at up to four different launch locations per year, over the next 10 years. Test objectives are expected to dictate range selection from Atlantic and Pacific test ranges. Due consideration will be given to existing launch ranges to avoid any unnecessary changes to the environment. The launch range for each test will be determined based on the test objectives, and the availability and technical suitability of the test range. Test scenarios are planned to include broad ocean area (BOA) impacts of the spent stages and the hypersonic payload, and do not include any land-based impacts. This PEA/OEA is being prepared as a Programmatic EA to provide an analysis of multiple launch locations that will be available to the test directorates over the next 10 years. The launch selection process will utilize this PEA/OEA and will include a check of the relevancy of this document to support specific launch scenarios. It is anticipated that this PEA/OEA will support most future decisions; however, tiered NEPA documents could occur if there are significant changes to the proposed missile or facilities at a proposed launch location.

The U.S. Army RCCTO and U.S. Navy SSP determined that four launch locations meet the screening criteria/evaluation factors and the test requirements for vehicle performance and data collection. They also considered the No Action Alternative, as required by the CEQ regulations. There is one launch location on the west coast and one in Hawai`i, both with impact sites in the Pacific Ocean, and two launch locations on the east coast, with impact sites in the Atlantic Ocean. The Pacific locations analyzed are the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawai`i; Vandenberg Space Force Base, California; and BOA impact sites in the Pacific Ocean. The east coast locations include the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia; Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida; and Atlantic BOA impact sites.

The Draft JFC PEA/OEA and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are available at http://jfceaoea.govsupport.us. Public comments on the Draft JFC PEA/OEA and Draft FONSI will be accepted from June 11, 2021 to July 10, 2021 and can be provided in either of the following ways: (1) E mail comments by July 10, 2021 to jfceaoea@govsupport.us; (2) Mail comments, postmarked no later than July 10, 2021, to: USASMDC, ATTN: SMDC-EN (D. Fuller), P.O. Box 1500, Huntsville, AL 35807.
(TGI1329762 6/11/21)

Please make a comment – you don’t have to be an expert. Here are a few thoughts you could use:

1) Testing of Hypersonics will dramatically escalate the nuclear arms race/new Cold War

2) Our nation can’t afford another arms race – especially one in space

3) We need to be spending our national treasury on dealing with our real enemy – climate crisis and growing economic inequality

4) Toxic rocket fuel exacerbates an already grave climate crisis

5) It’s time the warmongers listened to the taxpayers


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— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org