Keoki Jackson speaking at a podium

MITRE to Open New Honolulu Site to Bolster Security and Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region  

New agreement with University of Hawai‘i enables collaboration on tech research for oceans, climate, energy, national resources, cybersecurity, and national security

Honolulu agreement signing

Honolulu, Hawai‘i, September 28, 2022 – After nearly five decades of operating in Hawai‘i at Ford Island and Camp Smith, MITRE announced it will open a new facility in the Kaka‘ako Innovation District to bolster security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. This new site will accelerate support to Hawai‘i and Indo-Pacific priorities of the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the intelligence community, and international allies, while fostering whole-of-nation technology collaborations to address challenges in cybersecurity, transportation, healthcare, veterans services, and law enforcement.

MITRE also entered into a partnership with the University of Hawai‘i (UH) to identify opportunities for collaborative analysis, engineering, and research. The partnership will focus on advancing marine technology, enhancing cyber defense, strengthening climate resilience, addressing natural resource management, and testing new energy technologies.

“We’re immersed in nearly every aspect of global strategic competition—from countering aggressive military actions by adversary nations, to safeguarding supply chains, accelerating maritime research and innovation, and preparing for the next global health crisis,” said Keoki Jackson, Sc.D., senior vice president, general manager, MITRE National Security. “Our new facility in Honolulu, combined with new partners like the University of Hawai‘i, will strengthen our mission of solving problems for a safer world.”

MITRE is committed to growing its presence in Honolulu over the next three years: doubling its local workforce, advancing local STEM education and internship opportunities, and expanding its impact to bolster security and prosperity in the region.

“The University of Hawai‘i is pleased to enter into this new and exciting partnership with MITRE,” said Vassilis L. Syrmos, UH vice president for research and innovation (shown here with Keoki Jackson). “It provides UH with an excellent opportunity to apply our multidisciplinary research strengths to solve real-world problems surrounding national security, while at the same, helping to further develop a knowledge-based economic sector in the state.”

As a trusted adviser with deep technical, multidisciplinary expertise and capabilities, MITRE seeks to broaden its partnerships with the Department of Defense and other federal, state, and local government entities; industry; and academia to solve military, economic, and social problems that threaten the stability of the Indo-Pacific region.

“With our work across six federally funded R&D centers and more than 200 individual labs, we have a unique vantage point across the federal and technology landscapes,” continued Jackson. “MITRE is naturally suited to connect organizations and provide trusted, objective and data-driven advice to government and industry on the most critical and complex global challenges.”


MITRE’s mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. Through our public-private partnerships and federally funded R&D centers, we work across government and in partnership with industry to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation.

As part of its national security work, MITRE operates the Department of Defense’s National Security Engineering Center (NSEC). MITRE helps military and intelligence organizations make wise investments in systems that work together, connect the innovation community to mission needs, and enable technology deployment to take service and civilian personnel out of harm’s way—all while keeping an eye on the horizon for the next global challenge.

About UH Research

Research conducted by the University of Hawai‘i impacts the quality of life in the islands and around the world. As the state’s major research university, and because of Hawai‘i’s tremendous geographic diversity, UH plays a prominent role in the state’s economic growth and development through its diverse and world-renowned research programs in astronomy, earth and ocean sciences, medicine, and tropical agriculture.

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