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  • How the U.S. Military Can Save $1 Trillion

    04/19/2017 7:50:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | November 6, 2016 | Benjamin H. Friedman
    The United States could reduce Pentagon spending by over a trillion dollars in the next decade-spending $5.2 trillion rather than the currently planned $6.3 trillion- by adopting strategy of military restraint. That’s the bottom line of a study I produced along with several colleagues as part of “Developing Alternative Defense Strategies 2016,” an exercise organized by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where groups from five think tanks used CSBA’s “Strategic Choices” software to reimagine the U.S. military budget.The others all increased military spending. The teams from the Center for New American Security and the Center for Strategic and...
  • U.S. May Not Be Able to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles, Say Experts

    04/19/2017 12:15:37 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    NBC ^ | April 19, 2017 | KEN DILANIAN
    Top generals have been insisting for years that if North Korea launched a missile at the United States, the U.S military would be able to shoot it down. But that is a highly questionable assertion, according to independent scientists and government investigators. In making it, the generals fail to acknowledge huge questions about the effectiveness of the $40 billion missile defense system they rely on to stop a potential nuclear-armed ballistic missile fired by North Korean or Iran, according to a series of outside reviews. "They are leading political leaders to believe that they have a military capability that they...
  • South Korean missile interceptor in final development

    04/18/2017 3:34:59 PM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | 18APR17 | Richard Tomkins
    April 18 (UPI) -- ...According to the Yonhap news service the hit-to-kill missile system will undergo final evaluation next month to determine it's suitability for production and deployment...The indigenously developed M-SAM is a key element of the country's Korea Air and Missile Defense system. It has the capability to destroy incoming ballistic missiles at an altitude of about 12.4 miles. The missile was developed by South Korea's Agency for Defense Development and LIG Nex1...
  • Missiles in Syria strike built in Tucson

    04/09/2017 9:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Normangee Star ^ | April 9, 2017 | Madeline Patrick
    U.S. defense contractors Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General dynamics noticed surge in their shares following tomahawk missile strikes by Donald Trump government on Thursday. The budget Trump proposed last month includes an additional $52 billion for the Department of Defense. “I’m proud that I have successfully advocated in Congress to keep the Tomahawk missile line at Raytheon in Tucson open so that this weapon was ready and available when our armed forces needed it”, McSally said in a statement early Friday. There are many versions of the Tomahawk, which Raytheon produces for the navies of the United...
  • Defense of the F-35

    04/05/2017 12:36:10 PM PDT · by LS · 86 replies
    different links | 4/5/2017 | LS
    Yesterday there was a thread discussing, somewhat critically, the F-35. I have heard good things about the plane from the fighter jock community, but these guys were older pilots, none of whom flew the F-35. I personally know almost nothing about it, and I asked them for info. They sent the following comments and links which seem pretty positive: http://whythef35.blogspot.com/2012/05/comparing-f-16s-development-with-f-35.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2016/03/28/solid-progress-f-35-fighter-pentagons-biggest-program-is-moving-forward-fast/#1d07166d4b57 From a pilot, who has not flown the F-35: The F-35 is very complicated—3 different variants (USAF, USN, USMC), millions of lines of code, stealth, new technology, etc.; Building a new fighter is ALWAYS difficult, but given the notes...
  • Army chief tangles with Democrat over ISIS war plan

    04/05/2017 11:29:43 AM PDT · by kevcol · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 5, 2017 | Travis J. Tritten
    Army chief Gen. Mark Milley had just warned the House Armed Services Committee that if Congress punts on a new defense budget at the end of this month, it will result in American deaths on the battlefield. . . . Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., cut off the general during his answers and argued that lawmakers should not have to approve new war funding without details on how it will be spent. "General, where is the war plan for ISIS? You were told to have it done in 30 days," Garamendi said. Milley declined to discuss what he said is classified...
  • Sorry: Trump’s so-called ‘heartless’ budget doesn’t slash the safety net

    03/29/2017 8:24:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/29/2017 | Brian Reidl
    President Trump’s “skinny budget” — which would shift $54 billion in non-defense discretionary spending over to defense — has been unfairly savaged for allegedly eviscerating the social safety net.Headlines such as “How Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Hurt Low-Income Americans” (CNN) and “If You’re a Poor Person in America, Trump’s Budget is Not For You” (Washington Post) were accompanied by a New York Times editorial describing the budget as a sadistic attempt to “impose pain for pain’s sake.”Such headlines may lead people to wonder just how deeply President Trump’s budget proposal would cut federal anti-poverty spending below current levels: Ten...
  • The moment a mother-of-two sends a would-be burglar 'running for his life' with a shotgun [tr]

    03/24/2017 8:05:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 24, 2017 | Valerie Edwards
    A Florida mom sent a burglar 'running for his life' with a shotgun after he broke into her home. The burglary attempt was caught on surveillance video that shows the alleged thief on the woman's front porch. In the shocking video, the man is seen pulling up on the woman's front lawn. He walks up to the door and appears to knock. After a few moments, he tries to break through the door.
  • Situational Awareness: Clerk has gun Ready When Robber Points Pistol (video)

    03/21/2017 6:26:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In this interesting video of an attempted robbery, the clerk's situational awareness allows him to respond quickly. The shooting occurred on March 10, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The clerk is suspicious of the customer coming in the door with his hand hidden. The clerk draws his semi-auto from his right side back pocket.  The lack of a holster is a good clue to a lack of training. Store personnel armed themselves after three armed robberies in a year. Link to video: In the video, I was only able to detect two shots.  One can be heard as the suspect...
  • Germany Slams Trump's Claim That It Owes Vast Sums

    03/19/2017 6:54:35 AM PDT · by KyCats · 55 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 19, 2017 | Zero Hedge's Trump Hater
    The pleasantries, lack of handshake between Trump and Merkel notwithstanding, are officially over. One day after Trump returned to his favorite medium to slam Germany for abusing NATO's funding scheme, and US defense spending generosity, accusing Germany of owing "vast sums" of money to both NATO and the US, Germany has struck back. As a reminder, this is what Trump tweeted on Saturday morning: "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more...
  • Defense Secretary Mattis: 'Climate change' is a national security threat

    03/15/2017 8:33:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 116 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/15/2017 | Paul Bedard
    In a clash with President Trump's environmental team, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has declared that climate change is a threat to national security and one military planners must consider in drawing up strategies. According to a report from ProPublica, Mattis told Democratic senators that climate change is real and "can be a driver of instability." His position, at odds with President Trump and his Environmental Protection Agency chief, came in answers to questions from senators following his confirmation hearing. They were released to ProPublica which reached out to the White House and Pentagon for comment without success. _____________________________________________ Andy Revkin...
  • Jamie McIntyre Daily on Defense for 10 March

    03/10/2017 6:33:55 AM PST · by mbarker12474
    Jamie McIntyre via the Washington Examiner ^ | 10 March 2017 | Jamie McIntyre
    Washington Examiner’s Daily On Defense Newsletter WHO WILL TILLERSON MEET WITH? With the unanimous vote of South Korea’s constitutional court, President Park Geun-hye has been impeached and removed on corruption charges, and elections for a new president must be held in 60 days. Demonstrators filled the streets of Seoul today, and several have died in the protests. The government crisis comes as North Korea has been ratcheting up tensions with its missile tests, and China has been pressing the South to reject the American missiles defense system known as THAAD. And into the fray goes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,...
  • Why Is General Mattis Nominating the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’s Stooge’?

    03/09/2017 1:24:05 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 29 replies
    PJ media ^ | March 9, 2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ pick for undersecretary of defense for policy, Anne Patterson, is problematic. Politico briefly explains why: If nominated and confirmed, Patterson would hold the fourth most powerful position at the Pentagon -- and would effectively be the top civilian in the Defense Department, since both Mattis and his deputy, Robert Work, were military officers. As ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2013, Patterson worked closely with former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist government. She came under fire for cultivating too close a relationship with the regime and for discouraging protests against it -- and...
  • Why Is General Mattis Nominating the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’s Stooge’?

    03/09/2017 1:53:03 PM PST · by dalight · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | MARCH 9, 2017 | RAYMOND IBRAHIM
    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ pick for undersecretary of defense for policy, Anne Patterson, is problematic. Politico briefly explains why: If nominated and confirmed, Patterson would hold the fourth most powerful position at the Pentagon -- and would effectively be the top civilian in the Defense Department, since both Mattis and his deputy, Robert Work, were military officers. As ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2013, Patterson worked closely with former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist government. She came under fire for cultivating too close a relationship with the regime and for discouraging protests against it -- and...
  • Top Generals: U.S. Has ‘Squeezed’ the Life Out of Aging Nuclear Deterrence Systems

    03/09/2017 1:53:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 9, 2017 | Natalie Johnson
    The U.S. military is relying on zero-hour modernization to maintain its aging nuclear arsenal as an effective deterrent against adversaries, according to two top U.S. generals. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the House Armed Services Committee that the United States cannot defer nuclear modernization without "significant risk" to its deterrent capabilities, particularly as other countries like Russia and China are working to revolutionize their forces. "These systems will not remain viable forever. In fact, we are now at a point where we must concurrently recapitalize each component of our nuclear deterrent," Selva...
  • Daily on Defense by Jamie McIntyre & Washington Examiner for 02 March

    03/03/2017 9:36:09 AM PST · by mbarker12474
    emails and Washington Examiner ^ | 2 March 2017 | Jamie McIntyre
    THE SESSIONS STORM: The question driving the day in Washington is: Did Attorney General Jeff Sessions mislead Congress last month during his confirmation hearing? “I didn't have, did not have communications with the Russians,” Sessions testified Jan. 10. Now it turns out he did meet with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, twice. In statement released last night, Sessions drew a distinction between meeting with Kislyak as a surrogate for the Trump campaign, as opposed to his role a senior senator on the Armed Services Committee. "I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign," the statement said....
  • Sweden set to reintroduce conscription: broadcaster SR

    03/02/2017 2:19:33 AM PST · by csvset · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 March 2017 | Wire
    Sweden set to reintroduce conscription: broadcaster SR Sweden's center-left government will decide on Thursday to reintroduce military conscription next year, amid lingering difficulties filling the ranks on a voluntary basis and a more uncertain security situation, public broadcaster SR reported. The Nordic country mothballed compulsory military service in 2010, but military activity in the Baltic region has increased since, in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, prompting Sweden to step up military preparedness. The decision to reintroduce the draft, following recommendations by an official investigation, will cover both men and women born in 1999 or later, though...
  • Trump vows to destroy 'vile enemy' IS

    03/01/2017 1:41:48 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    The Hindu ^ | Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | PTI Washington
    Terming the Islamic State "a network of lawless savages," U.S. President Donald Trump asserted his regime "will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet." | Photo Credit: Reuters Says he will not allow America to become a sanctuary for extremists. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he would not allow America to become a sanctuary for extremists and vowed to work with allies, including friends in the Muslim world, to destroy the Islamic State (IS) militant group. Mr. Trump, during his first address to Congress,...
  • Merkel: Yeah, I guess we should spend that extra money on defense after all

    02/27/2017 2:56:41 PM PST · by mandaladon · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JAZZ SHAW
    You may recall from the 2016 campaign trail that many of our media mavens lectured then candidate Donald Trump about his plans to bully our NATO allies into paying their fair share of defense costs. This was widely viewed in liberal circles as an unreasonable attitude, with some even suggesting that it could discount America’s place as a global leader. It turns out that, yet again, President Trump decided to make good on his promise when he sent his new Secretary of Defense across the pond to deliver precisely that message. (Washington Post) Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum...
  • Trump Seeks "Historic" $54 Billion Increase To Defense Spending

    02/27/2017 8:34:46 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/27/17 | Tyler Durden
    To offset the defense spending increase, the White House is seeking corresponding cuts of $54 billion in non-defense categories, including "large spending cuts" to foreign aid, the EPA, the State Department and safety programs. The official also added that most agencies would see funding reductions. “Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result," the official said, with cuts falling most heavily on “lower priority” programs as well as foreign aid. When asked where the extra $54 billion will be spent, the official said “predominantly it will go to the Pentagon,” but declined to name specific offices.