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  • $400bn F-35 fighter jet now has computer 'brain' problem which could see entire fleet grounded

    04/22/2016 12:11:32 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/22/2016 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD and MARK PRIGG
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been hailed as the 'most expensive weapon in history.'But despite a price tag of $400 billion for 2,457 planes, the fifth-generation fighter has been plagued with issues. Now, a new report says problems with its logistics software system could ground the entire fleet. The issue is with what the Department of Defense officials call the 'brains' of plane, also known as the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS). A Government Accountability Office report says a failure 'could take the entire fleet offline' because there is no backup system.
  • Arms makers take on Pentagon's cost cop

    04/11/2016 8:45:03 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 11 April 2016 | Ellen Mitchell
    Some of the nationís leading defense companies are declaring war on a powerful enemy ó an obscure Pentagon official named Shay Assad who has helped cut more than $500 million from military contracts with his aggressive scrutiny of their costs. The industryís tactics include blanketing congressional committees with proposals that would make it harder for Assad and his contracting officers to get detailed breakdowns of the companies' expenses, according to documents obtained by POLITICO. But Assad, the Pentagon's pricing director for the past five years, refuses to back down, saying: "We are going to be relentless in pursuing getting the...
  • FREE ebook Survival Prepping: When it hits the fan, have a plan

    04/06/2016 7:36:28 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 16 replies
    No Compromise Media ^ | 04-06-16 | Paul Ibbetson
    I just wanted to share another FREE ebook at Amazon that I thought our Free Republic readers might enjoy. It's titled Survival Prepping: When it hits the fan, have a plan. It has some good information. Again it's FREE. There are so many good readers here, I wanted to share it. If you get a chance to leave a review that would be great but not required. The kindle has opened up a new way of keeping and reading books and I hope you enjoy the information. Enjoy! It will be FREE for the next 5 days.
  • Time to take the F-35 program by the horns

    04/05/2016 7:35:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 4/5/2016 | Sierra Rayne & Kaya Forest
    The F-35 program that emerged proposed to build a dual-role tactical aircraft capable of both air-to-ground (strike) and air-to-air (fighter) combat operations. It is a fifth-generation aircraft designed to incorporate the most modern technology such as thrust vectoring, composite materials, stealth technology, advanced radar and sensors, and integrated avionics to greatly improve pilot situational awareness. The operational requirements of the F-35 program required 70% to 90% commonality between three versions of the aircraftóone for each of the air force (F-35A), marine corps (F-35B), and navy (F-35C). As a result, many of the high-cost partsóincluding the basic engine design, avionics, and...
  • 'The prosecutor has no evidence against the soldier'

    03/30/2016 1:21:43 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/3/16
    Attorney Ilan Katz, who is heading the defense team for the soldier who last Thursday shot a wounded terrorist in Hevron, said on Wednesday that the soldier's lawyers will not agree to him being stood on trial for homicide. In the incident, the soldier was filmed by an Arab activist for the radical leftist NGO B'Tselem shooting a terrorist, who minutes earlier together with an accomplice stabbed and wounded a soldier. The soldier has argued he shot the terrorist over concerns he was moving to detonate a bomb belt that was thought to be hidden under his unseasonable coat. That...
  • Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence

    03/24/2016 5:52:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 03/19/2016 | Mark Brown
    Chicago Brown: Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence Mark Brown This is a good news story, but underlying it is a bleak reality. The volume of gunshot wounds and other trauma cases treated at Stroger Hospital is so high that the U.S. Navy has teamed up the past two years with the hospitalís prestigious trauma unit to keep its medical personnel better prepared for their next deployment. The Navy guys might see as much action in a typical night at Stroger as they would if they were in a combat setting. Let that sink in for a minute....
  • DoDís Gitmo closure chief: Released detainees have killed Americans

    03/23/2016 1:54:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Closing the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay and releasing most of its detainees, Barack Obama argues, will make Americans safer. Just how has that worked out so far? Even the man in charge of Obama’s project at the Department of Defense admitted today that released Gitmo detainees have murdered Americans.And yet, Paul Lewis argues, the project continues: Testifying before the GOP-led House Foreign Affairs Committee, Paul Lewis, the Defense Department’s special envoy for the closure of the detention center, declined to provide details and did not say whether the incidents occurred before or after President Barack Obama took office...
  • Obamaís Legacy Ė The Threat of More Terrorism Here

    03/23/2016 6:31:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Center For Security Policy ^ | March 8, 2016 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    Obamaís Legacy Ė The Threat of More Terrorism Here Free Fire | March 8, 2016 | Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Defense Budget & Programs, Understanding the Shariah Threat Doctrine The Presidentís Homeland Security Advisor says international terrorist groups are ďplanning for sophisticated and coordinated terror attacksĒ in this country. In fact, Lisa Monaco warned that the threats are becoming Ďbroader, more diffuse, and less predicable than at any timeĒ since the 9/11 attacks. Call it Obamaís legacy. Unfortunately, as former clandestine CIA officer Clare Lopez and I point out in a new book, See No Sharia, our first lines of defense against...
  • What The Establishment Fears

    03/18/2016 3:50:51 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 30 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | March 18, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    The plotting -- and abject fear -- continues... (CNN) Prominent conservatives led by Erick Erickson on Thursday called for a unity ticket and a convention fight to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump, a sign of the growing desperation in the party establishment to find an alternative to the billionaire businessman. .... "We intend to keep our options open as to other avenues to oppose Donald Trump," the statement said. "Our multiple decades of work in the conservative movement for free markets, limited government, national defense, religious liberty, life, and marriage are about ideas, not necessarily parties." Uh huh. So let...
  • Pentagon skips tests on key component of U.S.-based missile defense system

    03/17/2016 9:17:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/17/16 | David Willman
    Against the advice of its own panel of outside experts, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency is forgoing tests meant to ensure that a critical component of the nationís homeland missile defense system will work as intended. The tests that are being skipped would evaluate the reliability of small motors designed to help keep rocket interceptors on course as they fly toward incoming warheads. (Snip) But in order to stay on schedule for a planned expansion of the GMD system, none of the 40 thrusters that are being installed on 10 new interceptors will undergo hot-fire testing, government officials told the...
  • GOP National Security Leaders Pen Foreboding Letter To Trump

    03/03/2016 2:46:36 PM PST · by maine-iac7 · 58 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | 3 March 2016 | Sarah Sicard
    Key members of the national security community warn a Trump presidency would be dangerous for America and the world. More than 75 members of the Republican national security community banded together to pen an open letter to Donald Trump, the Republican front runner in the 2016 presidential race.
  • Has Russia's T-90 Tank Really Made TOW Missiles Obsolete in Syria? [interference + video]

    02/28/2016 5:17:18 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 40 replies
    Sputnik International ^ | Feb 28, 2016 | N/A
    New Russian tanks sent to Syria have been able to survive hits from US-made TOW missiles, although their anti-missile counter-measures have yet to be seen in combat. In a report on new weapons in the Syrian conflict, Robert Fisk noted tank-based anti-missile systems, as well as night vision and reconnaissance systems. Although new the tanks supplied to the Syrian army have the ability to deflect TOW-like missiles, their full implementation has yet to be seen. A video released by rebels showed the T-90 surviving a hit by a TOW missile, but an open hatch prevented the deployment of an aerosol...
  • Minuteman ICBM soars over California as US Air Force run test-launch - but this time without causing

    02/22/2016 12:14:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Published: 00:00 EST, 22 February 2016 | By James Wilkinson
    A Minuteman 3 missile was test-launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles Saturday at 11.34pm PST The unarmed missile's destination was 4,200 miles into the Pacific OceanIt was carrying a test re-entry vehicle to the Marshall IslandsTest-launches are a common sight at the base
  • Trump ditches defense of Obamacare mandate

    02/21/2016 1:21:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 117 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/21/16 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Donald Trump said Sunday he actually opposes Obamacare's individual mandate, following up his reversal last week of his apparent support for the law. The GOP presidential frontrunner told CNN's Anderson Cooper Thursday that he "likes" the healthcare law's requirement to have health coverage. He tweeted the following day that he would actually repeal it, along with the rest of President Obama's healthcare law. On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday Trump said he doesn't like the mandate at all.
  • Windows 10 to be installed on 4 million US Department of Defense computers

    02/18/2016 1:00:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    BETA News ^ | 02/18/2016 | Mark Wilson
    Microsoft keeps shouting about the millions of users that have switched to Windows 10, and soon the company will have another 4 million to bray about. The US Department of Defense is the latest big name to give Windows 10 the seal of approval apparently unconcerned with the privacy and telemetry issues that have put off others. 4 million enterprise upgrades for Windows 10 is a real feather in the cap for Microsoft, and the aim is to get each system running the latest version of the operating system inside a year. The DoD has also announced that it is...
  • North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50

    02/08/2016 5:50:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 83 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Nicole Hensley
    North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50 BY Nicole Hensley / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:29 AM Kim Kwang Hyon/AP North Korea's satellite, which was launched on Feb. 7, passed over the Super Bowl 50 game. Pictured is the country's Unha 3 at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang in 2012. A "Shining Star" was watching over Levi's Stadium after the Broncos 24-10 win. As football fans poured out of the Bay Area stadium, North Korea's observational satellite zipped by the field at an orbit 300 miles above the Earth at...
  • A Good Juror Candidate in Garland, Texas

    01/22/2016 7:15:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There was an unusual shooting in Garland, Texas on 15 January, 2016 .† It involved an old girl friend, a home security system, and a warning phone call.† It seems the homeowner and the person he shot knew each other.† The person had been told to leave the property an hour earlier.† Then the homeowner received a phone call from the person's ex girlfriend, that he was returning, and was a threat. From cbslocal.com: Tampered home surveillance equipment is the first sign that this was not an ordinary crime. Police say that and a warning phone call is what...
  • DoD to release two Al Qaeda detainees from Gitmo with explosives expertise

    01/21/2016 11:41:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    What could go wrong? The Obama administration pushed its project to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to a new level today. CNN‚Äôs Jake Tapper reported that the Department of Defense announced the release of a full-fledged member of al-Qaeda to Bosnia ‚ÄĒ one of the men who presented a threat to commercial airliners before getting captured in 2002 by purportedly inventing the shoe bomb: DOD announces transfer of Gitmo detainee Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed Al Sawah to Bosnia. Member of AQ who developed IEDs to use v commercial planes‚ÄĒ Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 21, 2016 The Miami Herald...
  • Smart power: Pentagon ordered to take action on climate change {Biofuel carrier strike group]

    01/20/2016 3:11:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/20/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Clearly human driven climate change and anthropogenic global warming can not be defeated through political action alone. A challenge this monumental will call for more strident measures. With that in mind, the Obama administration has apparently decided to bring in the big guns‚Ķ literally. The Pentagon has been ordered to ‚Äúaddress climate change.‚ÄĚ (Free Beacon) A new directive issued by Pentagon leaders mandates that the agency work to "assess and manage risks associated with the impacts of climate change," according to a copy of the Jan. 14 directive issued by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work.As the Obama administration...
  • US Defense Department: Navy security clearance does not discriminate against Jews

    01/03/2016 5:02:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 1/3/16 | DANIELLE ZIRI
    NEW YORK ‚Äď US Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that security clearance could be denied to an applicant with relatives in any foreign country. ‚ÄúIf a security-clearance applicant has relatives or other close connections to people in any foreign country, this could potentially disqualify that person from being eligible for a security clearance,‚ÄĚ he said. But, he added, ‚ÄúThe Federal Adjudicative Guidelines do not call for any special scrutiny for applicants with relatives in Israel.‚ÄĚ Wright spoke on Thursday in response to the recent protest by Jewish organizations against the US Navy‚Äôs denial of...
  • How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne

    12/24/2015 10:22:01 AM PST · by Baynative · 110 replies
    The art of Manliness ^ | Feb 2015 | Brett & Kate McKay
    There's a scene at the beginning of The Bourne Identity where the film's protagonist is sitting in a diner, trying to figure out who he is and why he has a bunch of passports and a gun stashed in a safety deposit box. Bourne also notices that he, well, notices things that other people don't. ~snip~ ...situational awareness is simply knowing what's going on around you. It sounds easy in principle, but in reality requires much practice. And while it is taught to soldiers, law enforcement officers, and yes, government-trained assassins, it's an important skill for civilians to learn as...
  • Pentagon Officers: We Quit if Trump Wins

    12/17/2015 9:08:34 AM PST · by mrbinga · 385 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/16/15 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The plans of the next president are personal to the officers of the Pentagon, who are threatening to quit if The Donald becomes commander-in-chief. Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to build up the U.S. military if elected president. But it is not clear he will have the experienced commanders within the ranks to do it. In the halls of the Pentagon, there is a different plan afoot for the Trump presidency. Here, officers are privately contemplating what they would do should Trump become their commander-in-chief. And more often than not, they proclaim they will...
  • Sessions: Omnibus Explains Why 'Voters Are In Open Rebellion' (Must See Video)

    12/16/2015 7:29:35 PM PST · by Amntn · 166 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/16/15 | Senator Sessions
    Published on Dec 16, 2015 BACKGROUND: In the dead of night after 2am this morning, Congressional leadership unveiled a more than 2,000 page 'omnibus' year-end funding bill which would, among other things: fully-fund the President's refugee expansion; fully-fund sanctuary cities; fully-fund the resettlement of illegal aliens youth and their families crossing the border; lock-in tax credits for illegal aliens; and quadruple the highly controversial H-2B foreign worker visa being used to replace Americans as truck drivers, construction workers, theme park employees, and in blue collar jobs across the nation. Sessions, the Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, issued a statement about...
  • Donald Trump Hits 41 Percent Support and Widest Lead Yet in New National Poll

    12/14/2015 9:11:10 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 142 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | RYAN STRUYK
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is climbing to his highest support yet in a new national poll. The real estate mogul earned a broad 41 percent support from Republicans and Republican-leaning registered voters in a new national Monmouth University poll released today.
  • Aegis Ashore test flight at PMRF

    12/13/2015 1:17:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Hookele - Pearl Harbor - Hickam News ^ | December 11, 2015 | Ho'okele Staff
    The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, in conjunction with U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. European Command, and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, successfully conducted the first intercept flight test Dec. 9, Hawaii Standard Time, of a land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system and Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB Threat Upgrade guided missile, launched from the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai. During the test, a target representing a medium-range ballistic missile was air-launched from a U.S. Air Force...
  • Trump's Statement on Muslim Immigration is Sensible and Sound

    12/09/2015 10:01:22 AM PST · by Jim 0216 · 2 replies
    Jim Newell ^ | 12/9/2015 | Jim Newell
    The Constitution, not personal moral views, is THE issue when it comes to federal acts and omissions. The Constitution does not mandate federal allowance of immigration whereas the Constitution DOES at least have an implied mandate for the feds to REPEL INVASIONS (Art I, Sec 8, Cl 15) and not to give AID or COMFORT to our enemies (Art III, Sec 3) which is impeachable treason (Art II, Sec 4). People who claim to be on the Right need to get a bearing on the Constitution, the ONLY source and authorization of federal power. The Free Exercise Clause does not...
  • Bearing Drift Doesn't Like Donald Trump's Position Statement On Muslims [Answer: Tough]

    12/09/2015 8:42:54 AM PST · by Jim 0216 · 24 replies
    Bearing Drift ^ | 12/8/2015 | J.R. Hoeft
    It is the opinion of the Editorial Board and many contributors of Bearing Drift that the statements made by Donald J. Trump, the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, regarding halting the entry of those of the Islamic faith from entering the United States, are reckless, inappropriate, and contrary to the founding principles embodied in Virginia’s Statute for Religious Freedom. Mr. Trump's statement is a direct attack on America's history of religious tolerance, and it represents a violation of the Federal Constitution, and in Virginia, of our Statute for Religious Freedom, the oldest such enacted law in...
  • Newt Gingrich: New Words For A New World

    12/07/2015 5:35:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 7, 2015 | Newt Gingrich
    We are living in a world rapidly evolving away from the mental constructs and language of the last 375 years. These ideas can be traced to the Treaty of Westphalia ending the 30 Years War in 1648 and Grotius proposal of a system of International Law in the same era. The ideas were then extended through the development of state warfare culminating in the Napoleonic Wars.
  • "Combat Effectiveness" Being Degraded by Obama's Military Policies

    12/05/2015 4:51:26 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    "Combat Effectiveness" Being Degraded by Obama's Military Policies By evaluating an overwhelming amount of evidence that has been building for 6 ¬Ĺ years, the obvious conclusion personnel with extensive military experience will come to, is that Obama‚Äôs military policies have been degrading the finest US military fighting force in history. Over the last 6 ¬Ĺ years, the US Armed Forces has been hollowed out by Obama, his Social Experiment On Diversity has severely fractured unit cohesiveness, his ‚ÄúPolitically Correct Policies‚ÄĚ have negatively affected unit morale, and the ‚ÄúCombat Effectiveness‚ÄĚ of the US military is being degraded. Tip of the spear...
  • Experts: Bush defense plan is a lot like Obama's

    11/19/2015 2:47:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/19/15 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Jeb Bush's speech laying out his foreign policy on Wednesday provided a lot of tough talk on how to keep the country safe but ultimately didn't differ in many places from the Obama administration's current plan, experts said. Bush said Wednesday he would deploy U.S. combat troops to Syria, allow special operators to target terrorist networks and rely largely on local ground forces to defeat the Islamic State. "While air power is essential, it alone cannot bring the results we seek. The United States ‚ÄĒ in conjunction with our NATO allies and more Arab partners ‚ÄĒ will need to increase...
  • France Just Became the First Country to Invoke the EU‚Äôs ‚ÄėMutual Defense‚Äô Clause

    11/17/2015 4:34:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Stream ^ | 11/17/15 | Jonah Bennett
    France made history by being the first country in the European Union to invoke the mutual defense clause following the brutal attacks in Paris.The French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian invoked article 42.7 of the Treaty on European Union while in Brussels, USA Today reports.According to the text of the clause, ‚Äúif a member state is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other member states shall have toward¬†it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power.‚ÄĚ This is the first time article 42.7 has ever come into play. French officials have opted...
  • Obama's Pathological Blindness

    11/17/2015 1:46:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    It's hard to believe we twice elected a president who refuses to defend the United States. I think people who used to dismiss our criticism of President Obama as extreme are now realizing just how naive they were. On the morning before the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, Obama was bragging that ISIS is contained. Are you kidding me? Even before the attacks everyone knew ISIS was on the march and couldn't possibly be contained. What have you done to contain them, by the way? And why are we even talking about "containment" instead of wholesale destruction of a known...
  • VIDEO: Donald Trump Massive Rally in Beaumont, TX

    11/14/2015 1:24:20 PM PST · by JoeSeales · 68 replies
    Donald Trump ^ | 11-14-15 | Donald Trump
    November 14, 2015: GOP Presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump spoke to thousands at a rally in Beaumont, TX at the Ford Park Arena. Trump spent the majority of the time talking about immigration...
  • The Republican War -- Over War Policy

    11/13/2015 7:19:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Rand Paul had his best debate moment Tuesday when he challenged Marco Rubio on his plans to increase defense spending by $1 trillion. "You cannot be a conservative if you're going to keep promoting new programs you're not going to pay for," said Paul. Marco's retort triggered the loudest cheers of the night: "There are radical jihadists in the Middle East beheading people and crucifying Christians. The Chinese are taking over the South China Sea. ... the world is a safer and better place when America is the strongest military power in the world." Having called for the U.S. Navy...
  • Pentagon removes senior adviser over alleged misconduct

    11/12/2015 3:43:33 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 12 | Kristina Wong
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter is removing a senior military assistant, Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis, from his position after learning about allegations of misconduct, Carter announced Thursday. "I directed that this matter be referred to the inspector general of the Department of Defense for investigation," he said in a statement. A senior defense official would not discuss the nature of the alleged misconduct but said Carter was "very surprised" to learn of the allegations.
  • Memo to Rubio: We Already Spend Far More on 'Defense' Than Any Other Country

    11/11/2015 4:53:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Reason ^ | 11/11/2015 | Jacob Sullum
    During last night's Republican presidential debate, Rand Paul criticized Marco Rubio's "plan for $1 trillion in new military spending" as "not very conservative." Rubio responded by inaccurately describing Paul as "a committed isolationist" and declaring (twice) that the United States needs to be "the strongest military power in the world." But Rubio did not explain why a bigger Pentagon budget is necessary to accomplish that goal. After all, the U.S. already devotes much more money to military spending than any other country. Paul said "we spend more on our military than the next 10 countries combined." According to the latest...
  • Senate passes new defense bill with blocks on Gitmo transfers, 91-3 [Get Ready for Veto]

    11/10/2015 5:36:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/10/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    For the past week, the White House has been talking about its first-day promise to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay ‚ÄĒ on the last day, if need be, of Barack Obama‚Äôs presidency. And it might take that long, too, because Congress has overwhelmingly passed a new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund the military that extends a prohibition on transfers from Gitmo. Obama isn‚Äôt likely to issue a veto, either: The Senate voted 91-3 on the $607-billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which lays out broad defense policy requirements and restrictions.Obama vetoed the original bill largely...
  • Canada's New Minister Of Defense Is This Badass Sikh-Canadian Warrior

    11/05/2015 9:35:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 11/05/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    Big changes are underway in Ottawa since the Liberals’ big election win. One of these is the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Harjit Sajjan, a former anti-gang police detective, highly decorated soldier, military intelligence genius, and Canada’s newest Minister of Defense. Sajjan moved to Canada from India when he was just five years old. Joining the military at 18 after being initially rejected, he served one tour in Bosnia, three tours in Afghanistan, and was the first Sikh to command a Canadian Army regiment. In other words, this is one bad-ass, been-there-done-that Cabinet officer. During his time time in Afghanistan, he...
  • Obama vetoes defense bill because thereís not enough spending

    10/23/2015 7:59:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/23/2015 | Taylor Millard
    Congress may be (but it isn’t known when) preparing to override President Barack Obama’s decision to veto a $612B defense bill. Obama’s reasoning for vetoing the bill: it doesn’t have enough money. Number one, it keeps in place the sequester that is inadequate for us to properly fund our military in a stable, sustained way and allows all of our armed forces to plan properly. I have repeatedly called on Congress to eliminate the sequester and make sure that we’re providing certainty to our military so they can do out-year planning, ensure military readiness, ensure our troops are getting...
  • Russian Military Uses Syria as Proving Ground, and West Takes Notice

    10/15/2015 11:05:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 14, 2015 | Steven Lee Myers and Eric Schmitt
    Two weeks of air and missile strikes in Syria have given Western intelligence and military officials a deeper appreciation of the transformation that Russiaís military has undergone under President Vladimir V. Putin, showcasing its ability to conduct operations beyond its borders and providing a public demonstration of new weaponry, tactics and strategy.
  • Poll: Should Christians Arm Themselves?

    10/05/2015 5:33:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to the pollSome people seems to think that Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey of Tennessee said something controversial when he suggested that these are troubled times; that Christians are under attack, and that it would be wise for Christians to obtain a concealed carry permit and be willing to defend themselves.† From the timesfreepress.com:ďWhether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West,Ē he wrote.ďWhile this is not the time for widespread panic,Ē Ramsey added, ďit is a time to prepare. I would encourage my fellow...
  • Fairly steep Department of Defense cuts announced

    10/01/2015 8:47:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Congressional negotiators have come up with a plan to cut costs at the Department of Defense which represents a compromise between proposals from the House and the Senate. Assuming this comes up to a vote and is approved there’s going to be a 25% reduction in the civilian workforce in addition to the introduction of a new retirement plan for the troops. Government Executive Magazine has the details. The 2016 defense authorization compromise bill would require $10 billion in cuts, half of which must occur by fiscal 2018. The one-quarter staff reduction was a compromise between the 20 percent...
  • Russia, Iran Seen Coordinating on Defense of Assad Regime in Syria

    09/21/2015 11:16:12 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/21/15
    Russia and Iran have stepped up coordination inside Syria as they move to safeguard President Bashar al-Assadís control over his coastal stronghold, according to officials in the U.S. and Middle East, creating a new complication for Washingtonís diplomatic goals. Senior Russian and Iranian diplomats, generals and strategists have held a string of high-level talks in Moscow in recent months to discuss Mr. Assadís defense and the Kremlinís military buildup in Syria, according to these officials. U.S. officials said they havenít unraveled the full extent of the cooperation or its intention. ďWe assume [the Russian buildup in Syria is] being coordinated...
  • Obama Ignores Chinese Provocation In Alaska Waters

    09/16/2015 10:06:58 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 16, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, at the dawn of what would be called the ďAmerican Century,Ē sent the Great White Fleet on a 14-month-long world cruise, Consisting of four naval squadron including four battleships each accompanied by their escorts, it was a signal that America had arrived as a world power and was going to be a player. By sending five warships into Alaskan territorial waters while President Obama visited the 49th state to eat bear-killed salmon, rename Mt. McKinley, and warn of non-existent climate change,, China has made a similar statement that it intends this to be the Chinese...
  • Philippines Woos Arms Manufacturers

    09/09/2015 3:23:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Voice of America ^ | September 9, 2015 | Jason Strother and Malte Kollenburg
    BATAAN, PHILIPPINESóThe Philippines ongoing territorial tensions with China have led it to try to modernize its military, which for years had one of the smallest budgets in Asia. The country is spending more on more advanced ships and planes, but it is also trying to entice arms manufacturers to set up shop locally. Each day 200,000 bullets are produced at the Government Arsenal. But it is not enough to supply the Philippine Armed Forces with the ammunition it requires. The facilityís director, Jonathan Martir, explained a plan to open a defense economic zone, a tax-free place for foreign arms manufacturers...
  • Israel Builds New Security Fence On Border With Jordan [Isaiah 28]

    09/08/2015 12:01:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/7/2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    One month ahead of its scheduled start date, Israel began to build a new security security fence on its eastern border with Jordan on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced after a cabinet meeting. ďToday, we are starting to build a fence on our eastern border,Ē Netanyahu announced. ďIn the first stage, we will build it from Timna to Eilat in order to protect the airport being built there.Ē The 20 mile-stretch between the two cities encompasses the southernmost part of Israel, which is located just a handful of miles from the Sinai Peninsula and Saudi ArabiaĖtwo known hotbeds...
  • Why Politico Is Dead Wrong to Be Pleased About Our Shrinking Naval Power

    08/25/2015 9:56:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/25/2015 | by Seth Cropsey
    Politico ran an article titled ¬ďThe GOP¬ís Fantasy of a Bigger Nav [1]y¬Ē that is long on editorializing and short on facts or history.The article argues against reversing U.S. seapower¬ís decline. If nothing else, the article performs a useful service by encouraging a national debate as the Navy continues to shrink: little such debate has occurred about the Navy¬ís contraction by more than half since the Reagan administration.At stake is whether the U.S. will be required to defend itself at its coasts, and whether the international order that has existed since World War II will survive. U.S. seapower is...
  • 'Flexible' Obama Ignores Russian Treaty Violations

    08/14/2015 11:26:35 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 14, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It does not bode well that an Obama administration that assures us that the nuclear deal with Iran will not be violated by the mullahs is clearly looking the other way as Iranís ally Russia blatantly violates the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed with the former Soviet Union. The Obama White House is sitting on a Pentagon risk assessment report completed last month that states ďthat the breach involved a new missile that violates the limits set by the treaty. The treaty bans holding, producing, or flight-testing ground-launched ballistic or cruise missiles with ranges of between 310 miles...
  • Just like old times: Secretary of Defense defying Obama on Gitmo releases?

    08/10/2015 11:45:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/10/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The Pentagon insists that Ashton Carter supports Barack Obama‚Äôs goal to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Earlier today, the Defense Department‚Äôs spokesman announced that the military had a plan at the ready for that purpose, and only needed some additional signatures to forward it to Congress. ‚ÄúThe Secretary and this department continue to support the president‚Äôs goal of closing Guantanamo Bay, and we‚Äôre working to make a plan that will do that,‚ÄĚ Navy Captain Jeff Davis announced.The Daily Beast‚Äôs Nancy Youssef hears something different from the White House. According to their sources, Carter has delayed approving additional...
  • US military tests ballistic missile interceptor off Hawaii

    08/04/2015 2:00:04 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Associated Press, Hawaii News Now ^ | Monday, August 3, 2015 | Audrey McAvoy
    HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. military says it has successfully tested an interceptor that can shoot down ballistic missiles as well as airplanes. The Missile Defense Agency said Monday the destroyer USS John Paul Jones tested the technology during a series of flight tests off the Hawaiian island of Kauai over the past week. Raytheon Missile Systems spokeswoman Heather Uberuaga says the tests used a modified version of the SM-6 missile the Navy already uses.