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  • Marine Corps says $3.6B for storm repairs at Camp Lejeune

    12/14/2018 8:40:27 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 28 replies
    AP via CBS17 ^ | 12/15/18 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., were preparing for their upcoming deployment to the Middle East, they faced an unusual challenge: the beach they needed to train on had been washed away by Hurricane Florence. Using bulldozers and other equipment, they moved enough sand to rebuild a portion of Onslow Beach so Marines could practice moving on and off landing craft and get certified for their deployment. But almost immediately afterward, the ocean swept away the sand. Marine leaders are saying it will cost around $3.6 billion to repair the extensive damage to Camp Lejeune caused by...
  • 3 charged including exec with past ties to Clintons in alleged scheme to defraud Pentagon billions

    12/03/2018 3:11:43 PM PST · by detective · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/3/2018 | Edmund DeMarche
    Shortened title. Full title: 3 charged-- including exec with past ties to Clintons-- in alleged scheme to defraud Pentagon billions, DOJ says Three Northern Virginia men --including one who reportedly celebrated New Year's Eve in 1999 with the Clintons-- were charged last week for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud the Pentagon after receiving an $8 billion contract in 2012 to provide food and supplies to troops in Afghanistan, the Department of Justice announced. Federal prosecutors said the three—all executives connected to Anham FZCO, a defense contractor based in the United Arab Emirates--- knowingly gave false estimates of...
  • Northern Virginia Men Accused Of Swindling Billions From Pentagon

    12/03/2018 10:00:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    WTOP ^ | 12/02/2018 | Keara Dowd
    WASHINGTON — Three men from Northern Virginia have been charged with defrauding the Department of Defense of nearly $9 billion in contracts. Abdul Huda Farouki, 75, of McLean, his brother Mazen Farouki, 73, of Boyce and Salah Maarouf, 71, of Fairfax all pleaded not guilty to eight counts each of fraud and violating sanctions against Iran. Federal prosecutors say the three men — all executives connected to defense contractor Anham FZCO based in the United Arab Emirates — were awarded an $8 billion contract to provide supplies and food to American troops in Afghanistan in 2012. The indictment says that...
  • U.S. Navy Places Advance Order for 10 New Destroyers

    09/29/2018 7:52:35 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 27 replies
    The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts for 10 new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers from General Dynamics Bath and Huntington Ingalls Industries. "The Navy saved $700 million for these 10 ships by using multiyear procurement contracts rather than a single year contracting approach," said James F. Geurts, the assistant secretary of the Navy for R&D and acquisition. "We also have options for an additional five DDG-51s to enable us to continue to accelerate delivery of the outstanding DDG-51 Flight III capabilities to our naval force." The two contract awards include $3.9 billion for General Dynamics for four destroyers from FY2019 through FY2022,...
  • Boeing wins $2.4 billion contract to replace Air Force's aging iconic Huey choppers (abbr,)

    09/24/2018 7:15:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sept. 24, 2018 | Amanda Macias |
    WASHINGTON —The U.S. Air Force has selected Boeing to replace the service's aging fleet of UH-1N Iroquois helicopters, which are currently tasked with security missions as well as protecting America's nuclear missile arsenal. The long-awaited Pentagon contract is worth $2.4 billion for up to 84 aircraft. The service awarded Boeing approximately $375 million for the first four helicopters on Monday.
  • The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion to put more artificial intelligence into its weaponry

    09/08/2018 7:22:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | Sep 8, 2018, 6:00am EDT | Zachary Fryer-Biggs
    Officials say they want computers to be capable of explaining their decisions to military commanders The report noted that while AI systems are already technically capable of choosing targets and firing weapons, commanders have been hesitant about surrendering control to weapons platforms partly because of a lack of confidence in machine reasoning, especially on the battlefield where variables could emerge that a machine and its designers haven’t previously encountered. Right now, for example, if a soldier asks an AI system like a target identification platform to explain its selection, it can only provide the confidence estimate for its decision, DARPA’s...
  • Boeing awarded $805 million contract for MQ-25 refueling drone.

    09/04/2018 12:23:33 PM PDT · by MCF · 37 replies
    KMOV.com ^ | Sept. 4, 2018 | Rachel Sudduth
    “The US Navy awarded Boeing on Thursday an $850 million contract to design and build the MQ-25A Stingray, the Navy's first carrier-based unmanned refueling aircraft.”
  • Republican Senate Moving to Fund Planned Parenthood and Aborted-Baby-Parts Research

    08/24/2018 4:26:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2018 | 4:53 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday voted to pass an appropriations bill funding the Department of Health and Human Services that—if adopted by the House and signed by President Trump—will not only permit the continued federal funding of Planned Parenthood but will also allow the continued federal funding of scientific research that creates “humanized mice” using organs taken from aborted babies. After some maneuvering on Thursday afternoon, the leadership allowed a floor vote on an amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) that would have prohibited all federal funding of Planned Parenthood. That amendment was only brought up for a vote...
  • CNN’s Mudd: “Pisses Me Off” That Trump Failed to Mention McCain at Signing Ceremony

    08/14/2018 4:29:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 126 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Phil Mudd can go from 0-60 faster than a Ferrari. After a long, measured, discussion on CNN this morning about the firing of Peter Strzok [Mudd thought it was the right decision], co-host John Berman invited Mudd, a former CIA and FBI official, to comment on President Trump’s failure to mention John McCain during a signing ceremony of the defense authorization bill named in his honor. Mudd became immediately enraged, going off on this epic rant: “Are you kidding me? Let me get this straight. So the President has insulted everybody from former Presidents Bush and Obama, Rex Tillerson, Jeb...
  • Trump to visit Fort Drum; protests underway (Upstate New York)

    08/13/2018 10:27:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WCAX-TV ^ | August 13, 2018
    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WCAX) President Trump is visiting New York's North Country today as part of a trip to Fort Drum. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in a tweet invited the president to Fort Drum last week. The past three presidents have all visited the post. As part of the visit, the president will sign a defense spending bill. No other stops are listed in in itinerary. Air Force One is expected to land at 1 p.m. in Morristown. The President will then head to Wheeler-Sack Army Air Field in Fort Drum. Our Kelly O'Brien will have the latest on the president's...
  • 7,000 Shipbuilders Wanted: Huntington Ingalls is Hiring (Virginia)

    06/28/2018 8:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Maritime Executive ^ | June 28, 2018 | Staff
    HHI may be downsizing its shipyards, but not HII. Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries says that over the next five years, its yard at Newport News will need 7,000 new shipbuilders to work on subs and warships for the U.S. Navy, including 2,000 net new positions. HII's Newport News Naval Shipyard needs to recruit enough people to meet its workforce demands for the Ford-class aircraft carrier and Virginia-class submarine programs. The new hires will also support production of Columbia-class ballistic submarines, increased submarine fleet support work and the refueling, overhaul and defueling of Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. The overall hiring need is...
  • Is Lockheed Martin working on a nuclear fusion-powered fighter jet?

    04/22/2018 4:59:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    siliconrepublic.com ^ | March 29, 2018 | by Colm Gorey
    As Dr Thomas McGuire, head of Skunk Works’ Compact Fusion Project, detailed in a 2014 report, the smaller reactor is more feasible than a large-scale one. If the system functions as expected, the CFR could take 11kg of fuel in the form of the hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium, and run the reactor for an entire year without needing to stop. Throughout that time, it would be consistently pumping out 100MW of power, enough to power up to 80,000 homes. When discussing how it could impact aircraft design, Lockheed Martin said that this amount of power would allow it to...
  • President Trump hints he may use Defense budget to build the border wall now

    03/25/2018 5:46:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/25/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    President Trump tweeted something very suggestive this morning, indicating that he may use the powers of the executive to work around the $1.3 trillion abomination’s limitations on the border wall: Because of the $700 & $716 Billion Dollars gotten to rebuild our Military, many jobs are created and our Military is again rich. Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense. Build WALL through M! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2018 “Build WALL through M” sounds like a plan that John Salisbury outlined in a...
  • PDJT Twitter 3/25/18 (my title)

    03/25/2018 3:41:31 AM PDT · by abb · 148 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 25, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    Because of the $700 & $716 Billion Dollars gotten to rebuild our Military, many jobs are created and our Military is again rich. Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense. Build WALL through M!
  • Trump signs sweeping two-year budget deal

    02/09/2018 6:48:10 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 147 replies
    NY POST ^ | February 9, 2018 | AP
    <p>Trump tweeted, “Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”</p>
  • Pentagon: Troops Will Not Be Paid if Government Shuts Down this Week

    01/17/2018 3:29:14 PM PST · by detective · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Jan 2018 | Kristina Wong
    Troops will not receive a paycheck this Friday if Congress fails to pass a budget or another short-term spending measure by then, according to the Pentagon. Troops will have to continue reporting for duty and will accrue pay, but cannot be paid until the actual money is appropriated, said Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood in a statement to Breitbart News on Tuesday. President Trump is not able to exempt troops from a government shutdown, he said.
  • "Son of Blackbird": Boeing Reveals Hypersonic Concept That Could Replace SR-71

    01/12/2018 11:43:02 AM PST · by Red Badger · 125 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | By Jay Bennett
    Boeing showed off a scaled concept model of its hypersonic strike and reconnaissance aircraft design. This week Boeing revealed the first design details of a demonstrator aircraft that would go faster than Mach 5. Boeing hopes to build the hypersonic concept around a combined-cycle engine that incorporates elements of a turbine and a dual ramjet/scramjet. The unveiling came at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech forum in Orlando, Florida, as reported by Aviation Week Aerospace Daily. Boeing's model design is similar to one Lockheed Martin is working on. The aerospace industry right now is racing to produce a...
  • Can the Pentagon actually figure out how it spends its money?

    01/07/2018 5:12:19 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 07, 2018 | Travis J. Tritten
    When David Norquist came to the Senate for his confirmation hearing to be Defense Department comptroller in May, he declared, “It is time to audit the Pentagon.” He laid out a get-tough approach to members of the Armed Services Committee who were eager after years of delays for the military to finally get its financial books in order. The new push would include “calling out” individuals in the Pentagon who were creating weaknesses in the financial reporting of an estimated $2.4 trillion in assets. Norquist, the brother of Republican tax activist Grover Norquist, was quickly confirmed the same month and...
  • Mattis: ‘I’m saving money for bombs’ instead of tokens of gratitude for troops

    01/02/2018 4:47:47 AM PST · by Daffynition · 11 replies
    TheHill ^ | 12/.31.2017 | Julia Manchester
    Defense Secretary James Mattis said he does not carry tokens of gratitude to hand out to U.S. troops, saying “I’m saving money for bombs.” Mattis made the comment to Breitbart News after a reporter relayed a message from a U.S. Marine who asked whether the secretary was carrying challenge coins during a trip to an international terrorism conference in Jordan earlier this year.
  • Why Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Doesn’t Carry Challenge Coins: ‘I’m Saving Money for Bombs’

    01/01/2018 9:17:38 AM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 41 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/31/17 | Kristina Wong
    At a remote military base in Jordan earlier this month, U.S. Marines were abuzz with excitement — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was in town. He would not be visiting Camp Titin, where they were training Jordanian forces — but he would be nearby at an international terrorism conference in Aqaba, Jordan, and for these Marines, that was close enough. One recalled being deployed in Afghanistan years ago, and how Mattis, then-commander of U.S. Central Command, had been just feet away from him, delivering a pep talk.