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  • House committee eyes $18.5 billion increase to Trump defense budget

    06/26/2017 5:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 26, 2017 | Mike Stone
    U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they wanted another $18.5 billion added to President Donald Trump's proposed defense budget of $603 billion to hire more troops and buy more aircraft and ships in fiscal 2018. Republican House of Representatives Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry released a proposed defense policy bill intended to address military readiness and the Department of Defense's unfunded requirements list, which is hovering at $33 billion, House staff told reporters on Monday. The $621.5 billion proposed base spending plan for the Pentagon and defense related expenses at the U.S. Department of Energy was more than 13 percent...
  • Congressman to seek $37B more than Trump plan in defense spending

    06/22/2017 5:51:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WCVB-TV ^ | June 22, 2017 | Richard Lardner, The Associated Press
    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he'll push to increase defense spending by $37 billion more than the Trump administration proposed to pay for more troops and new weapons. Speaking to reporters, Rep. Mac Thornberry said he'll seek $640 billion for the Defense Department in the 2018 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. His comments came a day after his GOP colleagues on the House Budget Committee agreed on a fiscal outline that would provide the military with about $20 billion less. Thornberry said he'd be willing to agree to a lower number if he can...
  • Senate votes to support Trump's weapons sale to Saudi Arabia

    06/13/2017 1:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | June 13, 2017 | Richard Lardner, The Associated Press
    The Senate on Tuesday narrowly turned back a bipartisan bid to rebuke Saudi Arabia and reject President Donald Trump's plan to sell the kingdom more than $500 million in precision-guided munitions, sparing the new Republican administration an embarrassing defeat. The vote Tuesday was 53-47, clearing the way for the sale to be finalized. The precision munitions are part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package to Riyadh, which the administration said would create U.S. jobs while also improving a key ally's military capability. But opponents of the deal, led by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., have been...
  • Florida Expands Legal Protections for Those Who Fire a Gun in Self-Defense

    06/13/2017 12:57:22 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 12 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 06/13/2017 | Stephen Gutowski
    NRA says law 'restores the right of the presumption of innocence and the right of self-defense'! On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed into law new legal protections for individuals who defend themselves with firearms. Senate Bill 128 shifts the burden of proof requirement from the accused to state prosecutors during certain legal proceedings when someone claims he fired a gun in self-defense. The law, which goes into effect immediately, requires that state prosecutors present evidence to overcome a defendant's claim that they employed a justifiable use of force. If the prosecutors can't show "clear and convincing evidence" that...
  • Defense Secretary Mattis "shocked" by poor state of U.S. combat readiness

    06/12/2017 9:45:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 52 replies
    CBS ^ | 12 June 2017 11:35pm
    WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declared Monday that he was "shocked" upon his return to the Pentagon by the poor state of the U.S. military's readiness for combat. He put most of the blame on Congress for its inability to approve budgets on time or repeal a law that strictly limits defense spending. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Mattis said Congress has "sidelined itself from its active constitutional oversight role" by failing to deliver a steady stream of funding to pay for new weapons and other critical gear. "It has blocked new programs, prevented service growth, stalled...
  • Dad shoots and kills daughter's boyfriend Sheriff says

    06/05/2017 12:03:08 PM PDT · by Uncle Sam 911 · 79 replies
    www.ajc.com ^ | 6/5/17 | Lauren Foreman
    A Georgia man shot and killed his daughter’s boyfriend after the boyfriend shot her in the back, authorities said. About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, investigators responded to a home in the 3400 block of Jet-Wright Road, Hall County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ware said. According to the preliminary investigation, the boyfriend, identified as 25-year-old Thomas McNutly, shot his girlfriend after an argument at the home.
  • Ground-based Midcourse Defense

    06/03/2017 9:42:05 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 5 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, June 3, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system destroyed a mock intercontinental ballistic missile over the Pacific last Tuesday.  The test revealed the efficacy of a new hit-to-kill vehicle meant to protect the United States against ballistic missile threats. The interception of the mock ICBM fired from Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands validated the performance of the GMD interceptor missile which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  The test was necessary to move forward with US plans to add eight more interceptors to the inventory by the end of 2017, bringing the total to...
  • ‘Direct Collision’: U.S. Successfully Destroys a Missile in Flight

    05/31/2017 7:17:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/30/2017 | Patrick Goodenough
    In a “critical milestone” for the program to provide a missile defense umbrella over the U.S. homeland, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday reported the first successful interception and destruction in flight of a target with ICBM characteristics. A ground-based interceptor launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California collided with and destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-class projectile that had been launched from at atoll in the Marshall Islands, more than 4,500 miles away, the MDA reported. Tuesday’s was the 18th text since October 1999, and the tenth to have been declared successful. Three of the eight...
  • Embarrassment of Riches: Reversing U.S. minerals import dependency

    05/27/2017 5:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    R Street ^ | May 25, 2017 | Ned Mamula and Catrina Rorke
    As recently as 1990, the United States was the world’s largest producer of minerals—a collection of nonfuel resources that are the building blocks of today’s technologies. In the ensuing decades, quite a different trend has emerged. Of 88 mineral commodities tracked by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the United States is more than 25 percent import-dependent for 62 of them. That trend is growing worse. In its annual Mineral Commodity Summary, USGS notes: Several U.S. metal mines and processing facilities were idled or closed permanently in 2016, including iron ore mines in Michigan and Minnesota; three primary aluminum smelters in...
  • Lockheed Martin plans to add 500 jobs in Orlando (Average pay of $87,000 in Florida)

    05/22/2017 3:54:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 22, 2017 | Paul Brinkmann•
    Lockheed Martin is planning to add 500 new jobs at its Missiles and Fire Control plant in South Orlando, and the defense contractor is seeking $3.5 million in incentives for the expansion. Lockheed will pay the 500 new employees an average salary of $87,000, according to a proposed county resolution to authorize the tax refunds. The hiring would be phased in over the next five years. The Orange County Board of County Commissioners is set to vote Tuesday on its portion of the incentive package, $700,000. According to the resolution, other regions are competing for the Lockheed expansion, but it...
  • No 350-Ship Navy From This Trump Budget

    05/22/2017 6:52:40 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 15 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | 19 May 2017 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    WASHINGTON: All hands, brace for disappointment. The president’s promised naval buildup won’t begin in the 2018 budget out next week — or maybe ever. Sure, before the election, candidate Donald Trump promised a 350-ship Navy. Sure, just this morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan repeated the 350 figure. Sure, this week the Chief of Naval Operations emphasized the buildup should and could be fast. US shipyards could deliver 29 additional ships over the next seven years, said the CNO, Adm. John Richardson. That averages to 4.1 additional ships per year, although the first years would probably be lower because the shipyards...
  • Sec James Mattis: Trump’s Orders Will ‘Annihilate’ Islamic State

    05/20/2017 8:56:33 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 19 May 2017
    Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday provided an update on the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, including on two significant changes President Trump has authorized that will accelerate progress and defeat the terrorist group. First, James Mattis said, Trump has authorized him to delegate more decision-making authority down to U.S. commanders who are on the ground with Iraqi and Syrian partners fighting ISIS, to speed up the program. “No longer will we have slowed decision cycles because Washington D.C. has to authorize tactical movements on the ground. I have absolute confidence as does the president, our...
  • It’s time for the US Air Force to prepare for preemption in space

    05/12/2017 10:26:51 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Space Review ^ | 5/8/17 | Edward G. Ferguson and John J. Klein
      The X-37B spaceplane on the runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after landing May 7. Some argue it’s time for the Air Force to start planning to use its capabilities to preempt hostile actions in space. (credit: US Air Force) It’s time for the US Air Force to prepare for preemption in space by Edward G. Ferguson and John J. KleinMonday, May 8, 2017 The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the US Air Force, Falcon Research or those of the United States government. A version...
  • 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...