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  • Obama Pentagon Official Says Anti-Trump Military Coup Now Possible

    02/04/2017 10:01:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 155 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 02, 2017 | Carlo Muńoz
    Obama Pentagon Official Says Anti-Trump Military Coup Now Possible Says Trump ‘as crazy as everyone feared’; claims military overthrow and ‘an insane order’ both ‘frightening’ By Carlo Muńoz - February 2, 2017. A former Defense Department official under the Obama administration has raised the specter of a military coup to remove President Donald Trump from power. In an editorial penned for Foreign Policy, senior Pentagon policy official Rosa Brooks publicly suggested a military insurrection against the Trump administration may be the only option to oust one of the most divisive presidents in American history. “Donald Trump’s first week as president...
  • A look at President Obama’s final drone kill count, now that his time in office has come to a close

    01/29/2017 3:22:14 PM PST · by RC one · 16 replies
    Rare ^ | January 23, 2017 10:34 am
    “Turns out I’m really good at killing people,” President Obama reportedly said in 2011. “Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.” As much as his White House attempted to downplay that aspect of his presidency, it was a strong suit — if that rather glib term can be fairly applied to such a macabre achievement. Nowhere was Obama’s grim talent so evident as in his drone strike program, and now that his time in office has officially come to a close, we have his final drone kill count. Well, sort of. By the Obama administration’s own...
  • No U.S. carriers were at sea for past week

    01/06/2017 12:18:06 AM PST · by vannrox · 50 replies
    Propaganda Guard ^ | Jan 6th, 2017 | Staff
    (Washington Examiner) At any given time the United States has an aircraft carrier deployed somewhere around the world, usually in a hot spot such as the Persian Gulf or the Western Pacific. But for the first week of this year, for the first time since World War II, no U.S. aircraft carriers were deployed, anywhere, a Navy spokesman confirmed. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower had been in the Persian Gulf, contributing airpower to the counter-Islamic State campaign in Iraq and Syria. But it returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., on Dec. 30, after a seven-month deployment. And none of...
  • Obama calls for seamless transition for US military to Trump

    01/04/2017 3:37:46 PM PST · by mdittmar · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | January 4, 2017 | JOSH LEDERMAN and VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called for a smooth handover of control of the U.S. military to incoming commander in chief Donald Trump, as the outgoing president met Wednesday with military leaders for the last time."We've got to make sure that during this transition period that there is a seamless passing of the baton, that there's continuity," Obama said. He said it was critical to ensure that "we are doing everything we can to make sure that the next president will benefit from the same kinds of outstanding advice and service that these people around the table have provided...
  • What's happening in the Military? [vanity]

    12/28/2016 5:15:55 AM PST · by Fhios · 19 replies
    12/28/2016 | Total Vanity
    Why the sudden turn-around on the Navy's new rating names? What triggered that retreat? Sudden reversal after much celebrations and congratulations? Things like that - sudden reversal - just don't happen in the military without something happening to the military. Is there a reason why the Democrats are griping about the retired military personnel in Trumps incoming administration? History is full of military commanders retiring into politics. It's not anything new.
  • The Gabby: Navy to Commission USS Gabrielle Giffords

    12/27/2016 11:19:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 84 replies
    AP ^ | December 27, 2016 | Staff
    A naval program that has become a target for critics is preparing to commission a new vessel named after a well-known shooting survivor. Constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, the USS Gabrielle Giffords has completed testing in the Gulf of Mexico and is scheduled to be commissioned in mid-2017. The company handed over the $475 million ship to the Navy on Friday.
  • Navy’s Top Officer “Underestimated” Negative Feedback Before Scraping Historic Navy Ratings

    12/13/2016 7:52:55 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 38 replies
    Gannett's Navy Times; American Military News.com ^ | DECEMBER 9, 2016 | By: David B. Larter, Gannett's Navy Times; "STAFF WRITER 4"
    In late September, Richardson announced that the Navy would be getting rid of all of their enlisted ratings and that the service would be headed in a new direction. Military officials said that the purpose for the change is so that service members can more easily adjust to civilian life and no longer be defined by their job titles by broadening their career fields. The decision received a great deal of backlash from sailors since Navy ratings have been around for centuries. The ratings system was also scrapped because of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’s order to make ratings “gender neutral”...
  • Navy Won’t Remove ‘Midshipman’ Title Because It’s Enshrined In The Law As A Rank

    12/09/2016 6:28:54 PM PST · by kevcol · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 9, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    The goal of the job title review Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus initiated back in January is to make women feel more included now that they have access to all combat roles, but the reason midshipman will remain in its current state is because the name is a rank stipulated by the law, Capital Gazette reports. . . . In late September, the Navy announced that it was ditching historic job titles and revamping the entire system, in effect removing an element that made the Navy unique from other services in the military. . . . Sailors have reacted...
  • Naval Academy Hosting ‘Transgender 101’ Training for Midshipmen

    12/07/2016 11:08:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    Naval Academy Hosting ‘Transgender 101’ Training for Midshipmen Academy says 'safe space' training is in demand for 'millennial' midshipmen BY: Elizabeth Harrington December 7, 2016 1:45 pm The U.S. Naval Academy is bringing in Google employees to provide voluntary “Transgender 101” training to midshipmen this week as part of an ongoing “safe space” training series. The academy’s Center for Teaching and Learning is holding two events on Friday, one for faculty and staff and another for midshipmen. The hour and a half-long workshops will be hosted by Marnie Florin and Kevin Perry, who are “transgender trainers” for Google. Midshipmen and...
  • Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

    12/05/2016 6:16:44 PM PST · by AndyJackson · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/5/2016 | Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward
    Summary - Ash Carter, Frank Kendall and Robert Work bury a Defense Business Board / McKinsey report that $125 B is wasted on bloated bureaucracy in particular supported by hordes of overpaid contractors. Frank Kendall was“very disappointed” by the board’s work, which he criticized as “shallow” and “very low on content.” He said the study had ignored efforts by his agencies to become more efficient." Kendall said he needs 1000 more people working directly under him. Peter Cook, a spokesman for Carter, said the Pentagon chief was busy dealing with “a long list of national security challenges.” He added that...
  • Why Three American Soldiers Were Killed in Jordan

    11/27/2016 6:08:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2016 | Mudar Zaran
    On November 3, a Jordanian soldier opened fire on three CIA vehicles carrying over a dozen US soldiers, many of whom helped train Jordanian soldiers. In the senseless attack, three Americans were killed, and to this day, no one knows why. Jim Moriarty, the father of one of murdered Americans, asks the King of Jordan and the President of the United States: "Who was it that murdered my son and why?" As leader of Jordan’s Opposition Coalition, I feel obligated to answer to Mr. Moriarity directly, because none of the families of the fallen soldiers have received acceptable answers. To...
  • IS conflict: US soldier killed in Syria blast

    11/25/2016 1:37:31 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | November 25, 2016 | Staff
    A US serviceman has been killed by an improvised explosive device while fighting against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, officials say. The soldier, who has not been named, died after the device detonated in Ayn Issa, north of the IS stronghold Raqqa. It is the first such death since US special forces deployed in Syria in October 2015.
  • USS Gabrielle Giffords Completes Acceptance Trials

    11/25/2016 11:07:40 AM PST · by PROCON · 86 replies
    marinelink.com ^ | Nov. 23, 2016 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Future Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) successfully completed its acceptance trials Nov. 18. The trials consisted of a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. During the trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the LCS intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling, and auxiliary systems.~SNIP~ Following delivery and commissioning in Galveston, Texas, LCS 10 will sail to California to be homeported in San Diego with sister ships USS...
  • Pentagon to End Gun-Free Zones on Military Bases

    11/22/2016 3:37:11 PM PST · by ConfidentConservative · 65 replies
    breitbart ^ | 22 Nov 2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On November 18, the Pentagon issued a Defense Department directive that will “allow Department of Defense (D0D) personnel to carry firearms and employ deadly force while performing official duties.”
  • Army Band Not Allowed To Play Holiday Music At Christmas Show By Fox News Because Event Is Religious

    11/19/2016 11:13:53 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/18/16 | KALHAN ROSENBLATT
    Todd Starnes penned an article for Fox News saying he asked an Army band to play as a part of his annual Fox Radio Christmas showStarnes said he asked U.S. Army’s Six-String Soldiers to perform at eventThe band turned him down because the show is a 'religious event' Starnes said the Army should be able to play his show regardless of religious affiliation and blamed the Obama administration Others said they believe a Trump presidency will be less politically correct  A Fox News Corner of the World host has expressed outrage after an Army band said it would be unable to play at his Fox Radio...
  • Army secretary: Obama's social changes are here to stay

    11/17/2016 11:36:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 166 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 11/17/16 | Jacqueline Klimas
    It'll be "very hard" for President-elect Trump to undo many of the social changes President Obama implemented in the military should he decide to do so, the Army secretary said on Thursday. Eric Fanning acknowledged that the path to social change over the course of history "has never been purely linear." "But I do think it's very hard to roll things back completely," Fanning said at the Defense One Summit in Washington. "Society is changing very quickly." He also said the decisions the military has already made will make it more difficult to kick people out of the service who...
  • Trump adviser says military needs counterrevolution, reverse social engineering policies

    11/15/2016 6:57:40 AM PST · by GonzoII · 107 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov. 13, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    A key congressional supporter of Donald Trump says the president-elect’s defense secretary should move quickly to reverse a number of social engineering policies adopted in the Obama years that “have cut down on the warrior mentality.”Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, told The Washington Times that the armed forces need a counterrevolution. It should reverse at least three policies: women in the infantry, open transgender troops and the near-banishment of the word “man” from Navy and Marine Corps titles.
  • (Wikileaks) Private emails with the SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (!!)

    11/04/2016 10:24:09 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 97 replies
    WIkileaks ^ | Nov 04 2016 | released by Wikileaks
    From:john.podesta@gmail.com To: r_m_gates@att.net Date: 2008-11-16 18:51 Subject: Re: Contact Information Thx. ------Original Message------ From: Bob Gates To: John.Podesta@gmail.com Sent: Nov 16, 2008 3:42 PM Subject: Contact Information John, If you or anyone needs to contact me or talk with me privately during business hours, you can reach me through my personal e-mail at r_m_gates@att.net (there is an underscore -- r_m_ -- after the r and m in place of a period. I offer that because you indicated you had tried unsuccessfully to reach me by e-mail: the underscores in the address may not have come through in my initial e-mail...
  • Pentagon may ease recruiting rules for obese people, pot smokers and single parents

    11/02/2016 10:19:43 PM PDT · by kevcol · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke on “Force of the Future” military reforms this week that may involve relaxed recruiting rules on everything from single-parent enlistees to drug use and obesity. A Tuesday event at City College of New York featured Mr. Carter speaking on the challenges of recruitment in a nation that is fatter, increasingly at ease with smoking marijuana, and producing more single-parent homes
  • Breaking – US Army to Abandon Camo Update; Vows to Reinstate OD

    10/30/2016 8:54:55 AM PDT · by SandRat · 36 replies
    In a shocking move, Army officials have confided in Soldier Systems Daily that they plan to abandon the Camouflage Improvement Effort that has left Soldiers without an effective camouflage pattern despite several years and tens of millions of dollars.