HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is better known for sunbathing on the beach or surfing than high-stakes sleuthing.
But the case of a 59-year-old civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his much younger Chinese girlfriend is a reminder of Hawaii's little-known identity as a prime target for espionage.
A high concentration of important military commands means there's a great deal of information on the islands that potential adversaries want to know.
This prompts the FBI to concentrate most of its resources in Hawaii on counterintelligence — not drug trafficking or terrorism.
Oahu is home to the U.S. Pacific Command, the U.S. military's headquarters for the Asia-Pacific region. The Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps also each have their own headquarters for the Pacific on the island.