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  • Lawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown

    01/19/2020 6:37:16 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01 19 2020 | Kyle Balluck
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper's plan to draw down U.S. forces in Africa is facing increased pushback on Capitol Hill. The top Democrat and Republican on the House Armed Services Committee have joined numerous lawmakers calling on Esper to stop a planned reduction of the 6,000 to 7,000 troops fighting militant terrorist groups on the continent and instead keep the forces in an effort to better counter Russian and Chinese aggression. “A decrease in our investment now may result in the need for the United States to reinvest at many more times the cost down the road,” Armed Services Committee Chairman...
  • Federal Agency: White House Violated Law by Withholding Military Aid to Ukraine

    01/16/2020 10:42:45 AM PST · by blueyon · 67 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/16/20 | Joshua Caplan
    The White House violated the law by temporarily withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine, said a Government Accountability Office report published on Thursday. “In the summer of 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withheld from obligation funds appropriated to the Department of Defense (DOD) for security assistance to Ukraine,” the eight-page watchdog report read. “Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). The withholding was...
  • Space Force Bible Blessing At National Cathedral Sparks Outrage

    01/13/2020 11:11:14 PM PST · by Swarthy Greek Immigrant · 39 replies
    https://www.npr.org ^ | January 13, 20205:43 PM ET | David Welna
    The blessing of what's being called "the official Bible for the new U.S. Space Force" at the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday is drawing an outpouring of criticism on social media and condemnation from a prominent religious freedom advocacy group. "The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) condemns, in as full-throated a manner as is humanly possible, the shocking and repulsive display of only the most vile, exclusivist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy," MRFF founder and president Mikey Weinstein wrote in a statement denouncing the Bible blessing. "The utilization of a Christian bible to 'swear in' commanders of the new Space Force or...
  • Report: 84% of Women Fail New Army Combat Fitness Test

    11/08/2019 11:41:41 AM PST · by jazusamo · 136 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 8, 2019 | Kharen Martinez Murcia
    (CNSNews.com) – In a new report, the Center for Military Readiness says that 84% of women fail the New Army Combat Fitness Test and that “all military officials should drop the ‘gender diversity’ agenda and put mission readiness and ‘combat lethality’ first.” “It makes no sense for recruiters to devote more time and money recruiting ‘gender diverse’ trainees who are more likely to be injured, less likely to want infantry assignments, and less likely to remain through basic training or physically-demanding combat arms assignments for twenty years or more,” states the CMR report . On the other side of the...
  • US to Provide Drugs to 60,000 Persons Living with HIV in Lagos

    11/02/2019 8:47:01 PM PDT · by sockmonkey · 18 replies
    This Day Newspapers ^ | 11/01/2019 | Martins Ifijeh
    The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), administered by the Centres for Disease Control, Department of Defence, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) are set to identify and provide treatment to at least 60,000 people living with HIV in Lagos State. The US Consul-General to Nigeria, Claire Pierangle, who made this known during a courtesy call on the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Thursday, said the US government has increased budget for HIV control activities in Nigeria, with an additional focus for Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) surge activities in Lagos State. She said Lagos remains significant...
  • The Army Is Looking for a Few Good Art Experts[New Reserve Group]

    10/21/2019 8:39:28 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 Oct 2019 | Ralph Blumenthal and Tom Mashberg
    A new reserve group, inspired by the Monuments Men of the World War II era, will aim to protect antiquities and important cultural sites in war zones. It’s no secret that the war-ravaged nations where American soldiers have been enmeshed in conflict for nearly two decades are home to many of civilization’s oldest and most prized antiquities and cultural treasures. But in the heat of battle in Afghanistan or Iraq, how are troops to know whether they are taking their positions behind mounds of insignificant rubble or inside the precious remains of a 3,000-year-old temple complex? The Pentagon’s answer, announced...
  • All U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria expected to go to western Iraq: Pentagon Chief

    10/20/2019 6:04:02 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 19, 2019 | Idrees Ali
    ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and “to help defend Iraq.” On Thursday, Turkey agreed in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to a five-day pause in an offensive into northeastern Syria to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara aims to establish near the Turkish border with Syria. The truce also aimed to ease a crisis triggered...
  • US official charged with leaking secrets to journalists

    10/10/2019 1:21:50 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Associated Presstitutues via Yahoo Noose ^ | October 10, 2019 | MICHAEL BALSAMO, Reporting Sadly
    A Defense Intelligence Agency official was arrested Wednesday and charged with leaking classified intelligence information to two journalists, including a reporter he was dating, the Justice Department said. Henry Kyle Frese, 30, was arrested by the FBI when he arrived at work at a DIA facility in Virginia. He was charged with willfully disclosing national defense information. Frese, who has a top secret government security clearance, is alleged to have accessed at least five classified intelligence reports and provided top secret information about another country's weapons systems to the reporter with whom he was having a relationship.
  • Andrew P. Bakaj, the Whistleblower’s Lawyer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    09/28/2019 10:54:34 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 21 replies
    HEAVY ^ | Sep 25, 2019 | Emily Bicks
    Andrew P. Bakaj is the lawyer representing the whistleblower who came forward with information about President Donald Trump and his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about an investigation into 2020 democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The whistleblower’s intel, which has now been turned over to Congress confidentially, pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump on September 24, 2019. Lead counsel on this high-profile case is the 36-year-old Bakaj, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, who now works as the founding & managing partner of Compass Rose Legal...
  • Whistleblower lawyers work with nonprofit to launch GoFundMe page seeking $100G <tr>

    09/25/2019 11:05:25 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 25 2019 | Gregg Re, Catherine Herridge
    Whistleblower lawyers work with nonprofit to launch GoFundMe page seeking $100G ahead of possible testimony Lawyers for the whistleblower who has alleged possible wrongdoing by President Trump in his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky worked with a nonprofit group to establish a GoFundMe page seeking to raise an initial $100,000 for the whistleblower's legal defense, Fox News has learned. John Tye, a onetime whistleblower who founded the nonprofit Whistleblower Aid, told Fox News he was working with the whistleblower's lawyers at the Compass Rose Legal Group as a matter of principle. Their fundraising page, which can be found...
  • Haverford student, 22, who hacked the IRS for Donald Trump’s tax returns, pleads guilty

    09/09/2019 3:37:05 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 35 replies
    inquirer ^ | August 6, 2019 | Sam Wood and Mensah M. Dean
    A Haverford College student who used a campus computer to attempt to hack into an IRS database to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns days before the 2016 presidential election pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor crimes in federal court. Justin Hiemstra, 22, who finished his studies in May but will not get his degree until he completes a study-abroad program next May, told Judge Cynthia Rufe that he did not know what he would have done with the tax returns if he and classmate Andrew Harris had succeeded in obtaining them on Nov. 2, 2016. “It was a time when...
  • Facing a raft of retirements, BIW seeks 1,000 new hires (Bath Iron Works, Maine)

    09/03/2019 10:29:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Times Record ^ | September 3, 2019 | Peter McGuire, The Portland Press Herald
    The Bath shipyard has contracts to build 11 new DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers for the Navy over the next eight years. Bath Iron Works is known for building Navy warships from the ground up, but if it wants to stay in business it has to do the same to its workforce. The shipyard is in the midst of a massive hiring push to finish a backlog of ship work and reinforce its army of mechanics, many of whom are nearing retirement age. With Maine’s historically low 3 percent unemployment rate and a statewide skilled labor shortage, BIW can’t afford to...
  • DOD Tests Intermediate-Range Cruise Missile

    08/20/2019 4:54:45 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 8 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 19 Aug 2019 | BRIAN EVERSTINE
    This story was updated on Aug. 19 at 1:23 p.m. EST to include video of the test. The Defense Department on Aug. 18 conducted a test of an intermediate-range, ground-based cruise missile, about two weeks after the withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. A mobile launcher fired the conventionally configured cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, Calif., and it accurately “impacted its target” more than 500 kilometers away, according to a Pentagon statement. “Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities,” the statement reads. The statement alludes to...
  • Mark Esper takes reins as U.S. Secretary of Defense amid Series of Challenges

    07/24/2019 9:36:17 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 24, 2019 | Anna Ahronheim
    Seven months after General James Mattis left his post following a series of policy disputes with US President Donald Trump, Army veteran Mark Esper has been confirmed as Secretary of Defense. Esper, who was confirmed by the Senate in a vote of 90-8, is taking the reins from acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and comes into his role amid a series of global challenges. Those challenges include mounting tensions with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz and the growing military challenges posed by Russia and China in the Middle East. With the growing tensions in the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon...
  • Grassley Pressures DOD For More Information On FBI Spy Stephan Halper

    07/22/2019 7:55:24 PM PDT · by bitt · 15 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | 7/22/2019 | Sara A. Carter
    Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter this month to Department of Defense Acting Secretary Mark Esper, urging him for more information regarding contracts awarded by its Office of Net Assessment to FBI informant Stefan Halper. Halper was used by the bureau as an informant to gather information on Trump campaign volunteers during the 2016 election. Grassely stated that the information be provided no later than July 25 and he requested a full in person briefing with his committee staff on all of Halper’s contracts with the DoD. Grassley, R-Iowa asked for the information after an audit was released...
  • Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’

    07/09/2019 8:43:01 PM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 22 replies
    AP via Drudge ^ | 9 July 2019 | MATT O'BRIEN
    Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first “war cloud” computing system. But Amazon’s early hopes of a shock-and-awe victory may be slipping away. Formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or JEDI, the military’s computing project would store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the Pentagon to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities. The Defense Department hopes to award the winner-take-all contract as soon as August. Oracle and IBM were eliminated at an earlier round of the contract competition.
  • Why Are We Buying Technology From People We’re Suing?

    07/08/2019 7:27:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2019 | Mytheos Holt
    Here’s a simple question: Suppose you hire a company to perform a service for you, because a trusted friend recommended them and, even though they’re not the cheapest option, you are assured that they are the best. Then, one day, you discover that the reason your friend recommended the company is because they bribed him to do so. The company misrepresented their prices to you, and are actually charging you more than they would charge other clients in your position. So much so, in fact, that you take them to court for fraud.Undeterred, this same company then turns around and...
  • Defense Department to ban beer and pizza? Mandatory keto diet may enhance military performance

    07/01/2019 2:29:50 PM PDT · by PROCON · 81 replies
    militarytimes.com | July 1, 2019 | Kristine Froeba
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  • Someone Please Remind the Defense Department Who is President

    06/01/2019 4:19:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2019 | Mytheos Holt
    President Trump’s disruptive style of politics was never going to be an easy sell in Washington. In a city where ossified norms are treated like monuments to American politics’ former glory, the president’s rebellious, smash the idols style, to say nothing of the fact that his agenda aimed to smash all the idols of DC groupthink, was anything but an obvious fit. Making the process even more difficult was the fact that any administration will have its policy defined by its personnel, and the number of personnel available who could both pass a Senate confirmation, and who would be...
  • Acting Pentagon chief: military is 'not going to leave until the border is secure'

    05/11/2019 2:33:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2019 | Rachel Frazin - AP
    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday that he intends to speed up plans to secure the border while visiting a Texas border city. Shanahan also said Pentagon officials would remain at the border until it is secure, according to the Associated Press. “We’re not going to leave until the border is secure,” he said...