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  • Amazon handling our national security: Worse than you think

    04/28/2018 9:46:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/28/2018 | Keith Curtis
    The U.S. Department of Defense has more than 3,000 datacenters and countless applications. The DOD smartly want to consolidate to save money. In March, the DOD put out a request for a proposal about a compute cloud infrastructure. Business Insider reports that Amazon is currently a shoe-in for the $10-billion contract. One reason is because Amazon has already signed a $600M contract with the CIA to run a more secure datacenter in Washington, D.C. Bryan Crabtree wrote an article talking about why it is a mistake for the U.S. military to choose Amazon. Many don't realize there is already a...
  • Syria Strike Puts Lockheed Martin's Stealthy New Missile to Test

    04/14/2018 5:39:31 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 123 replies
    Yahoo News linking to Bloomberg ^ | April 14, 2018 | Anthony Capaccio
    Direct Link to Bloomberg Article: New Lockheed Missile First Use
  • Exclusive: Inside the base that would oversee a US nuclear strike

    03/27/2018 1:04:02 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | March 27, 2018 | CNN
    Offutt Airbase, Nebraska (CNN)If the unthinkable happens and a nuclear exchange between the US and North Korea or Russia happens, President Donald Trump will rely on a secure underground facility at a base in the middle of the United States to carry out his orders. And four-star Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the commander of US Strategic Command, would be at the center of it all. "Our strategic responses are always ready to respond and everybody should know that," Hyten told CNN in an interview inside the highly secured 'Battle Deck' where he would oversee a nuclear response if the...
  • Defense Agency To Begin Moving Classified Data to Amazon's Secret Cloud After Protest

    03/13/2018 8:03:55 PM PDT · by slag · 30 replies
    .nextgov.com ^ | MARCH 13, 2018 12:19 PM ET | By Frank Konkel
    For the first time, the Defense Department will begin moving classified data and applications to Amazon Web Services’ Secret Region—the same cloud environment developed for the CIA and intelligence community several years ago. The Defense Department’s sole-source decision—a contract awarded without a full and open competition—was protested by Microsoft, which itself offers a variety of cloud services to the federal government.
  • Presidential Memorandum on the Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities

    02/05/2018 4:22:02 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 15 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | Feb.5 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    Presidential Memorandum on the Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities under Section 1238 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Issued on: February 5, 2018 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SUBJECT: Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities under Section 1238 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate...
  • Pentagon: Obama’s DOD Gave Security Clearances to Contractors Charged with Felonies, Pedophilia

    01/26/2018 7:36:52 PM PST · by smileyface · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 26 2018 | Edwin Mora
    The Pentagon was forced last year to rescind interim security clearances granted under the Obama administration to at least 165 contractors linked to various crimes, including felony convictions for pedophilia and foreign government affiliations, revealed a report issued by the Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS). According to the report, DOD contractors preserved their ability to access sensitive government information despite prior criminal records and other illicit past activity that the Pentagon’s vetting process failed to detect. “Of those 165 cases, 151 people had pre-existing issues that they did not disclose and were not discovered during initial checks; the...
  • US Defense Secretary Paints a Misleading Global Picture

    01/24/2018 8:45:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2018 | Rachel Marsden,
    PARIS -- U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a remarkable admission last week while introducing the new National Defense Strategy. "We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we're engaged in today," Mattis said, "but great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security." Using the term "competition" instead of "war" implies an economic component, since there are currently no direct military competitions between the U.S. and either Russia or China. Governments almost never frame military conflict in economic terms, presumably since the idea of spilling blood for any reason other than...
  • If (fill the blank) You might be deploying to a Sh!t Hole.

    01/22/2018 7:26:58 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    Gun Free Zone ^ | January 15, 2018 | Miguel.GFZ
    1. If your boss tells you to update your Gamma Globulin, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Dysentery, Tetanus and other fun immunizations- You might be deploying to a Sh!t Hole.
  • White House: Military members able to watch NFL playoffs on Armed Forces Network during shutdown

    01/21/2018 8:22:46 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 21, 2017 | Naomi Lim
    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Sunday military service members overseas will be able to watch NFL playoff games after the American Forces Network resumed broadcasting, despite the government shutdown. "Update: @DeptofDefense has informed us that AFN has been restored in most places. Glad our brave men and women can watch the game today," Sanders tweeted.
  • Apache helicopter pilots become the first active-duty same-sex couple to marry at West Point

    01/21/2018 10:16:05 AM PST · by ZagFan · 103 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01-21-2018 | Forrest Hanson
    Two army captains exchanged vows at West Point in what is believed to be the first active-duty, same-sex marriage at the esteemed United States Military Academy. The couple, which will now go by the last name Franchino-Hall, enjoyed their first dance as married men to 'La Vie En Rose' by Edith Piaf.
  • As 'Schumer Shutdown Clock' Ticks, American Military Feels Impact Abroad

    01/20/2018 11:40:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2018 | Timothy Meads
    Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared a heart-wrenching tweet Saturday highlighting the sacrifices that the American military makes on a daily basis and continues to make in spite of what occurs in Washington. Elsewhere on Twitter, the Senate GOP shared a #SchumerShutdown Clock counting the hours since Democrats forced a government shutdown.Sanders tweeted a photo showing an American Forces Network TV screen saying “Due to the government shutdown, AFN services are not available.” AFN provides television and entertainment such as professional sports, movies, music, and many more simple pleasures to American military around the world. I received this from a young...
  • SAS soldier 'chopped off ISIS thug's head with SHOVEL and used his gun to kill more militants'

    01/08/2018 7:26:49 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 75 replies
    The Mirror ^ | Jan 7, 2018 | Chris kitching
    SAS soldier 'chopped off ISIS thug's head with SHOVEL and used his gun to kill more militants' The British sergeant was said to have run out of ammunition during a bloody battle in Afghanistan By Chris kitching Updated 20:40, 7 JAN 2018 An elite SAS soldier cut off an ISIS fighter's head with a spade after he ran out of ammunition during a bloody six-hour battle, it was claimed. After killing the jihadist, the British sergeant used the enemy's gun to kill more militants. The brutal battle is said to have occurred six weeks ago in war-torn Afghanistan. The British...
  • Military Launch Quality Issues Flagged by DoD Watchdog

    12/30/2017 3:28:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Space News | ^ | December 28, 2017 12:58pm ET | Sandra Erwin,
    An evaluation of military space launch services revealed lapses in quality control that could compromise the schedule and performance of future missions, the Defense Department inspector general reported last week. The IG specifically called out the main contractors that support the evolved expendable launch vehicle program, or EELV, for failing to comply with standards required by AS9100 — a widely adopted quality management system for the aviation and space industries. Prime contractors United Launch Alliance (ULA) and SpaceX, and ULA subcontractor Aerojet Rocketdyne "did not perform adequate quality assurance management of the EELV program," said the Dec. 20 report signed by Randolph...
  • Trump is hosting a golf outing for US Coast Guard service members (Friday 29 Dec 17)

    12/29/2017 12:56:18 PM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    Circa.com ^ | 29 Dec 17 | Jay LeBlanc
    Updated 2 Hours Ago President Trump is hosting a golf outing for U.S. Coast Guard service members Friday at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida. The president invited about 60 service members from Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet to play at Trump International Golf Course. The president will also provide lunch for the service members. "These brave men and women patrol the waterways near Palm Beach and Mar-a-Lago everyday," Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. "The President wanted to thank these service members personally for their service to this nation."
  • Cities sue Defense Dept. over gun-check system failures

    12/26/2017 11:19:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    AP News via Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2017 | AP News
    NEW YORK (AP) — Three large U.S. cities filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Defense, arguing that many service members who are disqualified from gun ownership weren't reported to the national background check system. New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia said in court papers that the military's broken system for relaying such information helped spur the massacre of 26 people inside a Texas church last month. "This failure on behalf of the Department of Defense has led to the loss of innocent lives by putting guns in the hands of criminals and those who wish to...
  • #MerryChristmas! 🎄 Did you know several big #military events have happened on #Christmas

    12/25/2017 9:24:49 AM PST · by SubMareener · 16 replies
    Twitter: @DeptofDefense ^ | 5:00 AM - 25 Dec 2017 | U.S. Dept of Defense
    #MerryChristmas! 🎄 Did you know several big #military events have happened on #Christmas? Find out which ones: http://go.usa.gov/x8eCT
  • Has Our Government Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Money Without Telling Us?

    12/17/2017 4:24:54 PM PST · by free_life · 46 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 8 - 2017 | Laurence Kotlikoff
    “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” ~ Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, The US Constitution On July 26, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report “Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported”. The report indicates that for fiscal year 2015 the Army failed to provide adequate support for $6.5 trillion in journal voucher adjustments. According to the GAO's Comptroller General, "Journal...
  • Trump asks for emergency stay on accepting transgender military recruits by Jan. 1

    12/07/2017 9:45:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    The Trump administration is asking a federal judge to delay a requirement to begin accepting transgender recruits to the military on Jan. 1. “Specifically, Defendants request that the Court stay the portion of its preliminary injunction requiring Defendants to begin accessing transgender individuals into the military on January 1, 2018, pending a decision by the D.C. Circuit on Defendants’ appeal,” the government wrote in a motion filed late Wednesday. The administration and the plaintiffs have asked for a decision by noon Monday. In October, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blocked President Trump’s...
  • The 'Two Big Wars At Once' Threat Returns With A Vengeance

    12/06/2017 9:05:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Austin Bay
    A quick scan of existing and emerging threats to the U.S. and its vital interests ought to end any lingering debate. The Pentagon must prepare to fight two simultaneous wars in two widely separated geo-political theaters. Right now, I don't think we can do it. During the Cold War, the U.S. prepared to fight globally, but the Asia-Pacific region and Europe were the primary theaters. As the Cold War faded, "two major regional contingencies" became a buzz phrase for large regional wars. Planners often added the word "conventional." In a "conventional contingency," the U.S. did not expect the use of...
  • DOD Inspector General Opens Probe Into Alleged Retaliation By Obama Holdover

    12/01/2017 7:38:04 AM PST · by Cheerio · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/30/2017 | Richard Pollock
    The Pentagon’s Inspector General has launched a preliminary investigation into charges that James H. Baker, the director of the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), is retaliating against a whistleblower who warned of “rigged” contracts to outside consultants, The Daily Caller News Foundation has confirmed. TheDCNF verified through two independent sources that the acting IG, Glenn A. Fine, initiated a formal “Whistleblower Reprisal Investigation” Sept. 28 to look into allegations that Baker unleashed various reprisals against Adam Lovinger, a senior ONA official. Lovinger warned about potential sweetheart deals to politically-connected outside contractors, including one with a woman Chelsea Clinton...