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  • Army to allow soldiers to wear hijab, turbans, and religious beards

    01/06/2017 6:42:05 AM PST · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6 Jan 2017 | Rick Moran
    Over the last 8 years, in addition to fighting Obama's numerous wars, the US army has served as a gigantic social sciences lab under this president. Gays can serve openly, as can transgender people. The government will even pay for some gender reassignment surgeries for trans soldiers. Women are now eligible for some combat roles, including special forces. It seems that President Obama has cared more about imposing his cultural agenda on the military rather than winning wars. Now, in the waning days of the administration, the army has decided to take the idea of a "uniform" and turn it...
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Was The Department Of Defense Behind Facebook’s Controversial Manipulation Study?

    07/06/2014 11:59:49 AM PDT · by dalight · 15 replies ^ | July 1, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    ... The Professor of Communication and Information Science, Jeffrey Hancock, who Mr. Rosen mentions above, has a history of working with the U.S. military, specifically the Minerva Institute. ... A US Department of Defense (DoD) research program is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar program is designed to develop immediate and long-term “warfighter-relevant insights” for senior officials and decision makers in “the defense policy community,” and to inform policy implemented by “combatant commands.” Launched in 2008 – the...
  • Sgt. Maj. Of The Marine Corps Says Lower Pay For Marines “Will Raise Discipline”, Make Them Less....

    Can you believe this guy? Who is he representing, the president of the troops he is supposed to stand up for? Last time I checked our Marines are plenty disciplined and far from entitled.
  • U.S. funding tech firms that help Mideast dissidents evade government censors

    03/24/2011 11:19:42 PM PDT · by bronxville · 3 replies
    washington post ^ | March 10, 2011 | Ian Shapira
    The Obama administration may not be lending arms to dissidents in the Middle East, but it is offering aid in another critical way: helping them surf the Web anonymously as they seek to overthrow their governments. Federal agencies - such as the State Department, the Defense Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors - have been funding a handful of technology firms that allow people to get online without being tracked or to visit news or social media sites that governments have blocked. Many of these little-known organizations - such as the Tor Project and UltraReach- are unabashedly supportive of...
  • Tea Party: Defense Spending Not Exempt From Cuts

    01/23/2011 11:59:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1/24/2011 | CBS News
    Back home, supporters of the conservative tea party movement clamoring for the debt-ridden federal government to slash spending say nothing should be off limits. Tea party-backed lawmakers echo that argument, and they are not exempting the military's multibillion-dollar budget in a time of war. That demand is creating hard choices for the newest members of Congress, especially Republicans who owe their elections and solid House majority to the influential grass-roots movement. Cutting defense and canceling weapons could mean deep spending reductions and high marks from tea partiers as the U.S. wrestles with a $1.3 trillion deficit. Yet it also could...
  • Congress Stops Funding Commercial Airline Defense Tech

    10/21/2010 11:31:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 10/18/2010 | By Roxana Tiron
    In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the federal government was ready to investigate solutions to nearly every terrorist threat to civilian aviation. Nearly 10 years later, there has been a subtle shift away from some high-tech solutions to real but low-probability threats. In the case of shoulder-launched missiles aimed at commercial airliners, the government has changed tactics from gadgetry to policy; the White House and Congress this year quietly stopped funding laser-jamming equipment that could scramble missiles as they track the heat of aircraft.
  • Virginia stands to feel the most pain from defense cuts

    08/09/2010 8:33:18 PM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies
    Wapo ^ | 08/10/10 | Rosalind Helderman
    Virginia officials reacted with bipartisan dismay on Monday to Defense Department budget shifts that will cost the state thousands of jobs in coming years and will dramatically impact the economies of the Norfolk area and Northern Virginia. Most of the immediate reaction revolved around Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's proposal to close the U.S. Joint Forces Command. It is a major employer in Hampton Roads, including Norfolk and Virginia Beach, whose elimination could translate into the loss of 6,100 military, civilian and contractor jobs in the region. But a proposal to slash the Pentagon's budget for military contractors over the...
  • Lockheed to expand navy's F-35 test fleet

    07/17/2010 2:44:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 7/17/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Extending development by three years on two F-35 variants would not be enough to keep the restructured programme on track. But Lockheed Martin's flight-test programme gained significant new resources to reduce the risk of further delays in the overall restructuring announced on 1 February. Namely, the US Department of Defense will buy another flight-test aircraft in the fourth lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP). The US Marine Corps and US Navy also would "loan" three operational aircraft to Lockheed to participate in the flight-test programme. Doug Pearson, Lockheed vice-president for the F-35's integrated test force, explains how the new resources...
  • Say Bye-Bye to 'Psy Ops'

    07/02/2010 9:43:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Associated Press via ^ | 6/2/2010 | Associated Press via
    The Army has dropped the Vietnam-era name "psychological operations" for its branch in charge of trying to change minds behind enemy lines, acknowledging the term can sound ominous. The Defense Department picked a more neutral moniker: "Military Information Support Operations," or MISO. U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw said Thursday the new name, adopted last month, more accurately reflects the unit's job of producing leaflets, radio broadcasts and loudspeaker messages to influence enemy soldiers and civilians. "One of the catalysts for the transition is foreign and domestic sensitivities to the term 'psychological operations' that often lead to a misunderstanding...
  • Pentagon says military response to cyber attack possible

    05/13/2010 10:58:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 312+ views
    AFP via Google News ^ | 5/12/2010 | AFP via Google News
    The Pentagon would consider a military response in the case of a cyber attack against the United States, a US defense official said on Wednesday. Asked about the possibility of using military force after a cyber assault, James Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, said: "Yes, we need to think about the potential for responses that are not limited to the cyber domain." But he said it remained unclear what constituted an act of war in cyberspace. "Those are legal questions that we are attempting to address," Miller said at a conference in Washington, adding that "there are certainly a...
  • Tougher Budget, So Batten Hatches

    05/08/2010 11:26:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 581+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 5/7/2010 | Colin Clark
    Tomorrow’s speech by Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Eisenhower Library will mark another milestone in his continuing effort to remake the U.S. military, this time with a renewed emphasis on how tight money is and how Congress must stop ruining the Pentagon’s best laid plans by inserting unwanted funding. One of the biggest burdens Congress places on the Pentagon budget is the pay raise they insist on giving troops every year, along with benefits increases. He’ll also press the four services and the rest of the Pentagon to tighten up their own management. When Gates told the Navy that...
  • Gates To Navy: Anchors Away

    05/07/2010 5:30:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies · 2,553+ views ^ | May 7, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Military Advantage: Our defense secretary proposes doing what no other foreign adversary has done: sink the U.S. Navy. We don't need those billion-dollar destroyers, he says. Meanwhile, the Chinese navy rushes to fill the vacuum. Once Britannia ruled the waves, later to be replaced by America and its Navy. From the Battle of Midway to President Reagan's 600-ship fleet that helped win the Cold War, naval supremacy has been critical to the protection and survival of our nation. Which is why we find the recent remarks of Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the Navy League at the Sea-Air-Space expo so...
  • Treating Battlefield Injuries With Light-Activated Technology

    05/06/2010 8:46:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 326+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5/3/2010 | Science Daily
    Airmen's traumatic battlefield injuries may be more effectively treated by using a new light-activated technology developed as a result of research managed by Air Force Office of Scientific Research and supported by funds from the Office of the Secretary of Defense This new treatment for war injuries includes using a process or technology called Photochemical Tissue Bonding, which can replace conventional sutures, staples and glues in repairing skin wounds, reconnecting severed peripheral nerves, blood vessels, tendons and incisions in the cornea. Harvard Medical School professor and Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center researcher, Dr. Irene Kochevar and her colleague at Wellman,...
  • Gates suggests big changes coming for Navy

    05/03/2010 4:36:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 80 replies · 1,618+ views
    AFP via Google News ^ | 5/3/2010 | AFP via Google News
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday called into question the Navy's heavy and expensive arsenal of ships and subs. In a speech before naval officers and contractors, Gates did not say he was planning to cut any programs or its budget. But he did say the military must rethink whether it can afford such a massive naval fleet at a time when the Army and Marine Corps need more money to take care of troops and their families. "Do we really need 11 carrier strike groups for another 30 years when no other country has more than one?" Gates asked....
  • Future UAVs must multitask, Air Force says

    04/29/2010 8:24:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 401+ views
    Defense Systems ^ | 4/29/2010 | Amber Corrin
    The Defense Department is reassessing its view of unmanned aerial vehicles – a key component of modern combat operations – and deciding what the military needs from UAVs beyond their traditional use as a platform to gather intelligence and fire weapons. The next-generation UAVs will need to take on additional duties including cargo transport, refueling and possible medical applications, and they will need to be interoperable with different platforms, users and military services, DOD officials said at an Institute for Defense and Government Advancement summit on UAVs this week in Vienna, Va. “UAVs are 99 percent [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance]...
  • Special ops forces face helicopter shortage

    04/29/2010 8:19:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 484+ views
    Government Executive ^ | 4/28/2010 | Megan Scully
    Military officials on Tuesday acknowledged a helicopter shortfall plaguing Special Operations Forces, but said the Defense Department has a long-term plan to fill gaps in the in-demand force's aviation inventory. The unpredictable security environment, with heavy deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last several years, have strained special operators' helicopter assets, Gary Reid, deputy assistant Defense secretary for special operations and combating terrorism, told the House Armed Services Terrorism and Unconventional Threats Subcommittee. The shortfall was exacerbated by early delays in fielding the Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft, as well as delays in modifying some of the special...
  • Say Goodbye To U.S. Air Dominance -- And Perhaps To Victory In The Next War

    04/27/2010 9:12:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Lexington Institute ^ | 4/27/2010 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D.
    Some militaries are defeated in battle; others lose the war before the firing even begins. For example, it is the general consensus among military historians that the French military lost in World War Two before the first German panzer had crossed the frontier. A combination of preparing to fight the last war, inadequate investment in modern air and ground power, the wrong organization and French politics basically ensured that Germany would defeat France. The United States may be replicating the French experience. Rather than maintaining control of the high ground and with it control of the initiative in future conflicts,...
  • Official Details Results Of US Missile Review

    04/21/2010 10:26:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 170+ views
    SPX via Missile Defense ^ | 4/22/2010 | SPX via Missile Defense
    Ballistic missiles are an increasing threat to the United States and the Defense Department must keep up with them, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said. James N. Miller, speaking about the department's Nuclear Posture Review April 20 before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said several nations are developing nuclear, chemical or biological warheads for their missiles. The threat to the U.S. homeland is most acute from states such as North Korea and Iran, Mr. Miller said. "Neither has yet acquired ICBMs that could reach the United States, but both are working to acquire and/or develop long-range ballistic missile...
  • During Obama-Netanyahu White House meeting, U.S. and Israel were sealing different deal

    03/30/2010 11:19:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 617+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 3/26/2010 | World Tribune
    Obama administration defense officials were said to have approved the sale U.S. military aircraft to Israel at the same time political tensions between President Barack Obama and Israel's conservative leader neared the boiling point at a White House meeting. Israeli sources said Obama has agreed to sell the Jewish state three C-130J air transports, manufactured by Lockheed Martin. They said the U.S. Defense Department and Israel's Defense Ministry have reached agreement on the air transport deal, set at $250 million. "As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington this week absorbing the full wrath of the Obama administration, the Pentagon...