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  • Team Obama raising tobacco prices at U.S. military bases to curb smoking

    04/27/2016 3:31:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/27/16 | Carlo Muoz
    The Pentagon is looking to raise the price of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco sold on U.S. military installations worldwide, in an attempt to ween U.S. service members from tobacco use. Defense Secretary Ash Carter codified the policy in an April 8th department-wide memorandum, which also expanded smoke-free areas on American military bases, according to Reuters. The new tobacco policy would increase prices on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco sold at U.S. military commissaries and post exchanges to match the price of tobacco products sold off base, which are subject to state and local taxes. Currently, tobacco products sold on U.S. bases
  • Navys shipbuilding budget could see Reagan-era levels

    04/20/2016 5:37:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 4/20/16 | Erik Slavin
    An arm of the House Armed Service Committee wants Reagan-era spending for the Navy, even as the service seeks to shed ships and aircraft amid potential defense budget cuts down the road. The Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee wants to hike shipbuilding to $20.6 billion $2.3 billion more than the Obama administrations budget request, according to a subcommittee markup of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act released Tuesday in Washington. The markup calls for more of everything from ships to missiles and faster production of carriers and submarines. The subcommittees recommendations remain far from enactment. The full...
  • The US Army has forgotten its mission

    04/12/2016 9:41:11 PM PDT · by pboyington · 14 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 12, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The old adage used to go, First the mission and then the men. In todays Army, with its gallant senior leaders at the helm; the old adage has been amended to: first the pension, retirement benefits, defense contractor job after out-processing, TV analyst gig part time, permanent PX parking space for the wife and somewhere after a couple hundred more priorities there is the mission and then the men, the women and of course, the gender neutrals. The US Army seems to be doing a Thelma and Louise every day now. Pentagon feather merchants who resemble Fortune 500 executives feed...
  • Obama admin. snubs Medal of Honor recipients, names warships after liberal politicians

    04/12/2016 4:21:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    As the Obama administration this week named another warship after a politician, a new report is circulating in Congress that shows that nearly 200 Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients have never been awarded such an honor, contrary to naval guidelines and tradition. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who has named several ships after Democrats and liberal activists not connected to the military, was in Detroit on Monday to announce that an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Carl M. Levin. The Michigan Democrat served 31 years in the Senate and chaired the Senate Armed Services...
  • Bible removed from POW display at Wright-Patterson medical center [FU Mikey Weinstein]

    04/11/2016 3:20:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 4/11/16 | Barrie Barber
    Wright-Patterson Medical Center has removed a Bible from a POW/MIA display after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation lodged a complaint, according to a base spokesperson. Mikey Weinstein, MRFF founder and president, said in a telephone interview today the organization was contacted by 31 people who objected to the Bible as part of the table display and 10 of those who complained were identified as Christians. They objected very clearly that having the Christian Bible on that table provided supremacy to one faith over all the other faiths and since these are government facilities thats a direct violation of the no...
  • The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Must Resign

    04/07/2016 8:06:10 PM PDT · by pboyington · 124 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 7, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    God told Abraham that he would spare Sodom if he could find ten righteous men. Is their one righteous man in the Pentagon who can save the US military from its impending doom? Last September, General Martin Dempsey retired as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempseys reign at the Pentagon was a green light to use the US armed forces as some kind of laboratory for the testing and implementation of every lunatic, left wing fantasy of what the military should be like, but in reality, isnt. Any senior officers not supporting Obamas Maoist Revolution in the US...
  • Navy Bureaucracy Has No Idea How To Make Job Title Yeoman Gender-Neutral

    04/04/2016 6:13:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 104 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/4/16 | Jonah Bennett
    The Navy is hell-bent on adjusting job titles to suit gender equality, but the bureaucracy is stumped on changing the clerical position of yeoman and has mulled over alternatives like yeo-person and yeo-specialist as replacements.But up to this point, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens has rejected all these new alternatives to the administrative position of yeoman, The New York Times reports.As part of the effort to integrate women into all combat roles, the Navy has pushed to make job titles with the word man more gender neutral, preferring titles like technician and specialist over rifleman,...
  • Former Defense secretary: Obama 'double-crossed' me

    04/03/2016 8:55:18 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2 Apr, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he felt President Obama double-crossed him during his tenure over budget cuts to the Pentagon. In a Fox News report Friday that explored the presidents approach to the military, Gates said Obama had promised him that there wouldnt be any significant changes in the defense budget for a while. ADVERTISEMENT When asked by Fox whether Obama kept to his word, Gates replied, Well I think that began to fray. Fray may be too gentle a word. According to the report, Gates was told to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the defense budget...
  • Second Lawsuit Filed to End Discrimination Against Sikhs in U.S. Military

    04/02/2016 7:15:43 PM PDT · by kevcol · 31 replies
    India West ^ | March 31, 2016 | India West Staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Three Sikh American soldiers filed a lawsuit Mar. 29 asking the Defense Department to allow them to serve in the U.S. Army with their religiously-mandated turbans and beards intact. The plaintiffs are Army Specialists Kanwar Singh and Harpal Singh and Army Private Arjan Singh Ghotra. The lawsuit, filed by the Sikh Coalition, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and McDermott Will & Emery, demands that the Army accommodate their religious articles of faith, including turbans, unshorn hair and beards, so that each can begin Basic Combat Training with their various units in May. The lawsuit was filed...
  • Take Action: VA orders Bible removed from MIA/POW table

    03/31/2016 7:21:18 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 32 replies
    American Family Association ^ | 3/31/2016 | AFA staff
    A Bible and Bible verse have been removed from a POW/MIA display inside an Akron, Ohio Veteran's Administration clinic after a complaint from atheist Mikey Weinstein. For decades, these items have long been a part of a "Missing Man Table" commonly displayed at military functions and installations all across the nation. Weinstein said he intervened at the request of nearly a dozen, mostly Christian, military veterans who said they were offended by the Bible display. As usual, Weinstein failed to provide proof that these people actually exist...
  • Americas Military Is in Much Worse Shape Than Youd Think

    03/28/2016 4:50:54 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 51 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 25, 2016 | John Sullivan / Justin Johnson
    Americas military is dangerously weak and unprepared today, and its not getting better. At least thats what top military leaders told Congress recently. Unfortunately, the testimony of these top generals and admirals did not get the attention it deserved. For the last 15 years, the United States military has not prepared for conflict with a near peer competitor like Russia or China. General Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, shared his worries with Congress, explaining that the Army would be able to handle a serious conflict but not at a level that is appropriate for what the American...
  • Pentagon chief used personal email account for nearly a year

    03/26/2016 1:45:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2016 2:21 PM EDT | Robert Burns
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice, according to hundreds of Carter emails released by the Defense Department. The 1,336 pages of emails and attachments from Carters personal account were released late Friday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by The Associated Press and other news organizations. None contained classified information, and most pertained to routine business such as scheduling and logistics. The Pentagon has long banned the use of personal email for official business. Carters use of his personal...
  • Woman Nominated To Head A Combatant Command For First Time

    03/18/2016 2:01:41 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 53 replies
    NPR ^ | March 18, 2016 | Camila Domonoske
    Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson will be nominated as the next head of U.S. Northern Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday. If approved, she would be the first female head of a combatant command. The U.S. military divides the world into geographic regions that are each overseen by a four-star general or admiral directing military operations across the branches of service. None of those combatant commanders has ever been a woman. Northern Command, or Northcom, is charged with defending the U.S. homeland. The current commander of NorthCom, Admiral Bill Gortney, is also the commander of the well-known North American...
  • In the US Army, Check Your Gear and Your White Privilege

    03/14/2016 6:56:47 PM PDT · by pboyington · 33 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 14, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Here we go again The insane social engineering of the military marches on with more radical, left-wing, Cultural Marxist, insanity in the US Army, courtesy of the White House, Pentagon feather merchants and gutless officers. Recently, the media learned that US Army soldiers underwent White Privilege Training in April of 2015. As reported in WND and Newsmax: About 400 soldiers at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, were forced to sit through a training session that included a bullet-point discussion on white privilege, and outraged members of the social media community now say the instructor should be hit with a dishonorable...
  • Military beginning to recruit women for combat jobs

    03/03/2016 6:29:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2016 5:50 PM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    The military services are already beginning to recruit women for combat jobs, including as Navy SEALs, and could see them serving in previously male-only Army and Marine Corps infantry units by this fall, according to new plans endorsed by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and obtained by The Associated Press. Some of the services predict that only small numbers of women will volunteer or get through training courses, details of the plans show. The Marine Corps estimates 200 women a year will move into ground combat jobs. And U.S. Special Operations Command said it anticipates a "small number" of volunteers for...
  • President's Last Ditch Gitmo Plan Falls Flat

    02/23/2016 7:13:54 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb. 23, 2016 | Jordan Fabian and Kristina Wong
    President Obama's plan to shutter the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ran into a buzz saw of opposition on Tuesday, underscoring how difficult it will be for him to fulfill a major campaign promise inhis final year in office. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) best summed up the attitudes of his colleagues: He crumpled up the proposal and tossed it in the trash.
  • What Obamunism in the Military Has Given Us

    02/20/2016 1:20:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2016 | D.W. Wilber
    Looking at the case of Sergeant First Class Charles Martland, the highly decorated Green Beret who refused to stand by and do nothing when he was confronted with pure evil, one would think that as a result of how he faced down evil in Afghanistan that he would be given another medal to pin on his uniform. Unfortunately quite the contrary is the case. Instead of being rewarded for having the courage to do the right thing, Sergeant First Class Martland may well be facing the end of his military career. Martland, along with his former commander Captain Daniel Quinn...
  • Obama Invites Enemy Spies to U.S. Military Brainstorming Sessions

    02/15/2016 5:47:10 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 15, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    Obama Invites Enemy Spies to U.S. Military Brainstorming Sessions One catastrophic intelligence flap after the next. February 15, 2016 Humberto Fontova This very week General James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, testified that Castro's spies remain a serious security threat to the U.S.: "The threat from foreign intelligence entities...is persistent, complex, and evolving. Targeting and collection of US political, military, economic, and technical information by foreign intelligence services continues unabated. Russia and China pose the greatest threat, followed by Iran and Cuba..." (General James Clapper, Washington D.C. Feb 9, 2016.) But two weeks ago (Jan. 26-29th) when the U.S....
  • FacebookTwitterGoogleEmailCopy Troops betrayed as Army dumps hundreds of heroic war dogs

    02/14/2016 6:39:53 PM PST · by EinNYC · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 14, 2016 | Maureen Callahan
    By now, Daniel had been in Afghanistan two months. It was July 2012, his third tour of duty and his first with Oogie, his military working dog. They were leading their platoon on yet another patrol, clearing a no-name village with maybe 15 houses and one mosque, when they began taking fire.
  • Capture of U.S. Sailors Reenacted in Celebrations of Iran's Revolution Day

    02/14/2016 11:17:26 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 2/11/16
    During celebrations of the anniversary of Iran's Revolution, mock reenactments of the recent capture of ten U.S. sailors by the IRGC Navy were held throughout Iran. In footage of one reenactment, from Qazvin Province, shouts of "Death to America" are heard in the background, while U.S. "sailors" lie on the ground or kneel down, the U.S. and Israeli flags placed next to them.
  • House Lawmakers to Vote on Bill to Reduce GI Bill Transfer Benefits

    02/09/2016 11:51:24 AM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 26 replies
    Military dot Com ^ | Feb 9 2016 | Amy Bushatz
    Legislation that would cut by half the Post-9/11 GI Bill housing allowance payments transferrable to children of troops is set for a vote Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The language, part of the Veterans Employment, Education and Healthcare Act, only cuts the payment for children of service members using the transferred funding.
  • Ted Cruz: Making U.S. women eligible to be drafted is 'nuts'

    02/07/2016 6:50:58 PM PST · by NYRepublican72 · 93 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/7/2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Peterborough, New Hampshire (CNN)Ted Cruz told a New Hampshire audience Sunday that requiring women to sign up for the draft is "nuts," breaking with the views of several Republican presidential rivals. Two days before the New Hampshire primary Cruz veered off his stump speech to blast his GOP competitors on the issue, which came up at the ABC debate Saturday. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie all said or suggested they'd support women being required to enroll in Selective Service and be eligible for the draft, since female service members can now serve in combat roles. Cruz was not...
  • Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

    02/07/2016 12:59:24 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 7, 2015 | Michael Warren
    Full Title: Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense' and Cruz called America's enemies, not its soldiers, "psychopaths." Peterborough, N.H.- Ted Cruz came out against requiring 18-year-old women to register for the Selective Service and the possibility of being drafted into the military. At a campaign event here Sunday afternoon, Cruz responded to some of his rivals, like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who said in Saturday's debate that women should have to register. "It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said. "I...
  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/07/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 199 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/7/16 | Rowan Scarboroug
    The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.” It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.” The Pentagon defines
  • Cruz: Drafting women is 'nuts'

    02/07/2016 2:23:04 PM PST · by Isara · 170 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/07/16 | Katie Glueck
    PETERBOROUGH, N.H.-Ted Cruz on Sunday said he opposes requiring women to register for a potential draft, breaking with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, all of whom indicated support for opening up the Selective Service to women during Saturday night's debate. "I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'" Cruz said Sunday, speaking at a town hall here. "Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them...
  • Our Christian Daughters Potentially Subject to Selective Service Registration

    02/06/2016 4:36:00 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 68 replies
    Bible-Literalist Writings ^ | February 3, 2016 | Robert E. Patenaude, Th.D.
    An Open Letter to Independent Baptist Pastors in the Indiana 9th Congressional District. February 3, 2016 (Revised) Our Christian Daughters Potentially Subject to Selective Service Registration Dear Pastors: At some point you will have to develop a genuine conviction from the Scriptures on issues related to (1) Christian women serving in the Armed Forces; (2) Christian women serving in combat roles; (3) Christian women being required by federal law to register for Selective Service (register for the draft). American women have pushed their “rights” to serve in military functions alongside men, including in combat roles, to the point that now...
  • Military Update: Pledges, doubts shared over women in ground combat jobs

    02/06/2016 10:01:14 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Army and Marine Corps leaders swapped pledges with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday not to cave to political pressure and relax ground combat skill requirements so that more women will qualify to serve in infantry, armor and special forces units. Certainty that such pressure will come, and the need to resist to protect combat effectiveness, was expressed both by senators and witnesses during the first congressional hearing held to review how Army and Marine Corps plan to open all ground combat jobs to women. No senator on the committee suggested Congress should block the Dec. 3...
  • Is it Time for Women to Register for the Selective Service Program?

    02/06/2016 8:32:21 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 33 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week, while addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the ongoing effort to open combat positions to female troops, the Marine Corps commandant and Army chief of staff both told senators "that they believe women should be required to sign up for the military draft now that they are being integrated into all combat positions." The generals, Robert Neller, USMC and Mark Milley, US Army, told the committee that women should no longer be exempted from the Selective Service program. The integration of women into combat position without a long term study by the defense department is being forced...
  • Gay man reacts to Military Spouse of the Year nomination

    01/30/2016 4:55:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    KGTV-TV ^ | January 30, 2016 | Hannah Mullins
    For the first time, the military spouse of the year nominee at Naval Base Coronado is gay. "I was the kid who didn't want to be gay," Brian Alvarado said. "I was scared." But, there was no denying it. He met his husband, Matthew Alvarado, online two years ago. Matthew has been an active duty sailor for the past 17 years. "I'm proud that he put his head down and he did his work," Brian said. "He got his job done and he served his country, and he made it about the Navy and not about himself for 15 years...
  • Navy SEALs ordered to remove dont tread on me Navy Jack from uniforms

    11/02/2013 6:57:51 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 76 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/01/2013 | Carl Higbie
    Navy SEALs ordered to remove dont tread on me Navy Jack from uniforms 10:44 AM 11/01/2013 Carl Higbie Author, 'Battle on the Home Front' The Navy Jack is the dont tread on me flag, one that has earned a revered place in Americas naval history and a beloved place in sailors hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of Americas naval ferocity has spanned our countrys entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to todays War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction...
  • Marine Corps rejects enlistee over Confederate flag tattoo

    01/22/2016 9:58:23 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 42 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Kyle Olson
    GREENBRIER, Ark. Recent high school graduate Anthony Bauswell wanted to join the U.S. Marines, but contends he was rejected by a recruiter because of the color of his skin. On his left rib cage Bauswell has a Confederate flag tattoo, with a banner across it reading “Southern Pride,” and he told Arkansas Matters that the Marines recruiting center in Conway insists it disqualifies him from serving his country.
  • Exclusive: Pentagon May Demote David Petraeus

    01/19/2016 10:08:36 AM PST · by wtd · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01.18.16 4:54 PM ET | Nancy A. Youssef, Shane Harris
    Exclusive: Pentagon May Demote David PetraeusThe defense secretary is looking to clamp down on misbehaving generals. Pentagon insiders say Petraeus could be the next general to face the consequences. The Pentagon is considering retroactively demoting retired Gen. David Petraeus after he admitted to giving classified information to his biographer and mistress while he was still in uniform, three people with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast. The decision now rests with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who is said to be willing to consider overruling an earlier recommendation by the Army that Petraeus not have his rank...
  • Iranian coup: A tale of two U.S. Navy vessels

    01/17/2016 1:57:49 PM PST · by Taxman · 260 replies
    Central View ^ | January 17, 2016 | William Hamilton, J.D., Ph.D.
    CENTRAL VIEW for Monday, January 18, 2016 Iranian coup: A tale of two U.S. Navy vessels Last week, the U.S. Navy dispatched two of its fearsomely armed Riverine Command Boats (RCBs) to patrol between Kuwait and Bahrain. Somehow, the RCBs were seized by the Iranian Navy; the crewmembers arrested, and -- even though the U.S. and Iran are not technically at war -- treated as Prisoners of War (POWs). How could this happen? The Swedish-designed, U.S.- manufactured RCBs cost $2.8 million per copy. Each RCB carries six machine guns, to include a .50 caliber Gatling gun, plus grenade launchers. Covered...
  • Left Wing Pulitzer Prize Winner Exposes Obama as a Traitor, but is Afraid to Use that Word

    01/14/2016 10:49:30 AM PST · by Shery · 18 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 12 January, 2016 | Keith Davies
    A former senior adviser to the Joint Chiefs told me that the document was an ‘all-source’ appraisal, drawing on information from signals, satellite and human intelligence, and took a dim view of the Obama administration’s insistence on continuing to finance and arm the so-called moderate rebel groups. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling...
  • No US apology after Iran frees sailors [According to VP Joe Biden]

    01/13/2016 10:23:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Iran has released 10 US sailors after holding them overnight, bringing a swift end to an incident that had rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it had freed the sailors on Wednesday after determining they had entered Iranian territorial waters by mistake. The sailors had been detained aboard two US Navy patrol boats in the Gulf on Tuesday. "Our technical investigations showed the two US Navy boats entered Iranian territorial waters inadvertently," the IRGC said in a statement carried by state...
  • Marine Corps Ordered to Make Boot Camp Coed, Remove 'Man' from Titles

    01/07/2016 10:40:49 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 117 replies
    Military.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | Hope Hodge Seck
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has given Marine Corps brass two weeks to submit a plan to train male and female recruits together at boot camp and fully integrate officer candidate school. He's also calling for the Marines to make all job titles gender-neutral as the service opens currently closed ground combat jobs to women. In a Jan. 1 memo obtained by Military.com and first reported by Marine Corps Times, Mabus ordered the Corps to send him a detailed plan by Jan. 15 for making boot camp and officer training coed. He also requested that the Marines provide him with a...
  • Chuck Hagel Breaks His Silence-the Obama inner circle's culture of deceit and delusion

    12/22/2015 7:16:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 22, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Chuck Hagel Breaks His Silence A glimpse inside the Obama inner circle's culture of deceit and delusion. December 22, 2015 Ari Lieberman I've never been a big fan of former Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, but one cannot help but feel some sympathy for a man who had to endure two years of fecklessness, incompetence and back-stabbing in the Obama White House. It would have been enough to drive any sane person stark, raving mad. Hagel announced his resignation in November 2014 (he stayed on a bit longer until replaced by Ashton Carter), but the brutal reality is that...
  • Air Force to allow non-officers to fly drones for first time

    12/19/2015 9:58:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | December 19, 2015 | W.J. Hennigan
    IRBIL, Iraq — The Air Force will allow enlisted personnel to become drone pilots for the first time to help meet demands for increased surveillance over global hot spots, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The decision, which follows months of study, is the latest Air Force effort to overhaul the growing drone program, which has struggled to recruit and retain enough officers to serve as drone pilots. Counterterrorism operations including the battle against Islamic State have created constant demand for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR. Drone pilots say they are overworked and badly stressed. “This group...
  • The Greatest Lie Ever Told - Female Rangers

    12/04/2015 8:30:29 PM PST · by pboyington · 29 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 4, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Yesterday, Ash Carter jumped the shark and announced that women would now be authorized to serve in the combat arms and special operations units of the US military without exception. I find it more than insidious that Carter made this major announcement less than 24 hours in the wake of the horrific San Bernardino terrorist attack. It’s almost like they wanted to fly right under the radar of the media, which has deployed in force to Southern California’s Inland Empire. Carter may have thought he was being clever and no doubt he is under orders from the White House. Unfortunately,...
  • Pentagon bans US troops from travel to Paris

    11/16/2015 11:25:35 AM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 16 November 2015 | Rebecca Kheel
    The Pentagon has banned all personnel from traveling within 50 kilometers of Paris during their free time following the terrorist attacks there Friday. “This is a precautionary measure to keep our personnel and families safe in light of the recent attacks,” U.S. European Command said in an announcement Sunday. “This is also an effort to help minimize tourist traffic at the borders in France, and in particularly, in Paris as the French authorities continue their investigation.” The ban applies to all unofficial travel by military personnel, civilian employees, contractors and command-sponsored dependents and family members.
  • Congressman Asks for Documents to Find Out Whether Women Got Special Treatment at Ranger School

    09/30/2015 1:27:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    People Magazine ^ | September 22, 2015 | Susan Keating
    A congressman who is a combat veteran and Ranger graduate has asked the Pentagon's top Army leader to produce documents related to the performance of the females who began Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia earlier this year, PEOPLE has learned. In a letter obtained exclusively by PEOPLE, Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., gave outgoing Army Secretary John McHugh until September 25 to produce documents revealing the women's test scores, evaluations, injuries, pre-training and more. The letter was delivered to McHugh's Pentagon office on September 15. "The training of our combat warriors is paramount to our national defense," Russell wrote to...
  • Homosexual rape under-reported by Pentagon

    11/07/2015 7:28:04 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/7/15 | Jim Emerson
    he repeal of the U.S. Military Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2010 was joyfully cheered by Obama and his merry “men” as they forced the military to openly accept gay service members, consequences be dammed. The underbelly of the beast Obama created to ensure he continued to pack in big bucks from homosexuals was the increase of rape perpetrated by predatory males on fellow males. According to a new study released by the American Psychological Association (APA) this week, homosexual rape is being underreported by the Pentagon. Not surprisingly, the liberal, political lap dogs in uniform are afraid to...
  • Navy chaplain resumes ministry after fight over beliefs

    11/06/2015 8:59:28 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 5 replies
    WMD ^ | 11/4/2015 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    'We prayed. We cried. We thanked the Lord' Lt. Commander Wesley J. "Wes" Modder, a decorated Navy chaplain with nearly 20 years of unblemished service, remembers vividly the moment he told his wife he could go back to the calling he loved, having been reinstated after a bitter battle that pitted religious freedom and individual conscience against the mandate to respect gay and women's rights. Chaplain Modder said he drove home Sept. 3, took his wife into the bedroom and told her about the reinstatement letter he received that day. "We prayed. We cried. We thanked the Lord," he said...
  • 'Gay' rape in U.S. military: The Real Don't ask, don't tell

    11/03/2015 2:19:46 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/03/2015 | Douglas Ernst
    President Obama signed legislation repealing the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2011, but servicemen are still keeping silent on a related issue: Male-on-male rape. A new study released by the American Psychological Association says male rape is underreported in the U.S. military. A true approximation of the problem may even be “15 times higher than has been previously reported.” The APA’s conclusions, released Tuesday, were drawn from data spanning the 1980s until present. Its authors found cases of male Military Sexual Trauma, or MST, ranged over the years from .02 percent to 12 percent, with an average...
  • Green Beret Discharged for Body-Slamming Alleged Child Rapist Breaks Silence,

    09/28/2015 1:29:31 PM PDT · by robowombat · 103 replies
    Blaze ^ | Sep. 28, 2015 12:54pm | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Green Beret Discharged for Body-Slamming Alleged Child Rapist Breaks Silence, Provides New and Graphic Details on Why He Felt Compelled to Act Sep. 28, 2015 12:54pm Kaitlyn Schallhorn The Green Beret who is set to be involuntarily discharged in early November has finally spoken out about the situation that caused his punishment in the first place his intervening on behalf of an Afghan boy who was being repeatedly raped. Kicking me out of the Army is morally wrong and the entire country knows it, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland said in his first public statement, which was...
  • BUDS to be opened up to women.

    08/19/2015 4:58:59 PM PDT · by hillarys cankles · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | August 19, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Washington (CNN)The U.S. Navy is preparing to allow women into the ranks of its SEAL teams, the Navy's chief operations officer told Defense News on Tuesday. "Why shouldn't anybody who can meet these (standards) be accepted? And the answer is, there is no reason," Adm. Jon Greenert told the publication. "So we're on a track to say, 'Hey look, anybody who can meet the gender non-specific standards, then you can become a SEAL.'" If women can pass the unit's demanding training requirements, Greenert said, they will be allowed into the elite force. Officials did not reveal to Defense News when...
  • Navy wont rule out charges against Chattanooga defender who fired back at gunman

    08/03/2015 12:37:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Honestly, this development seemed so bizarre that it screamed “hoax!” Apparently, though, the US Navy investigation into the mass shootings in Chattanooga might result in charges against one officer who returned fire in defense of his comrades. No charges have been filed as of yet, but the Navy released a statement in which they declined to proscribe the possibility of discipline for Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White: A Navy official told Fox News that punishing a lieutenant commander who used an unauthorized weapon to fire back at the Chattanooga gunman who shot and killed five service members could not be...
  • Pentagon chief Carter not offering new arms deal to Israel

    07/19/2015 10:12:53 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 19, 2015 | ROBERT BURNS
    In the face of Israeli outrage over the Iran nuclear accord, the Pentagon is moving quickly to reinforce arguably the strongest part of the U.S.-Israeli relationship: military cooperation. But officials say Washington has no plans to offer new weaponry as compensation for the Iran deal. Defense Secretary Ash Carter left for Tel Aviv on Sunday to push ahead with talks on ways the U.S. can further improve Israel's security not just with Iranian threats in mind, but an array of other challenges, including cyberdefense and maritime security. Israel also has expressed concern that U.S. sales of advanced weaponry to...
  • Jeb Bush supports Pentagon move to allow transgender military service

    07/17/2015 10:17:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 16, 2015 | Jon Ward
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told Yahoo News today that he was fine with transgender people openly serving in the U.S. military so long as the Pentagon determines that doing so would not compromise morale within the armed forces. The Obama administration announced this week that it would start the process of lifting militarys ban on transgender service. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a 6-month review to develop guidelines for implementation and study the policy implications of the move. He called the ban outdated.
  • The military steps up for transgender service members

    07/16/2015 8:42:31 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2015 | Editorial Board
    LESS THAN five years after the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the U.S. military is taking the next step toward treating all service members fairly. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Monday that next year, after a six-month study, transgender Americans will be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces. It’s a long overdue shift toward justice for the country and those who defend it. An estimated 15,500 transgender people serve in the military today, with the constant worry that sharing their identity with one person too many will result in discharge and dishonor. This forced secrecy does...