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  • The US Military A Fish Rotting from the Head

    05/04/2016 8:46:14 PM PDT · by pboyington · 21 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 4, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US military is a fish rotting from the head; a politically correct, feminized, decrepit, nearly bankrupt force that is one step away from complete obliteration on the land, on the seas and in the air. A fish rots from the head and the military is decaying by the hour. Veterans know it, the troops know it, the militarys senior leaders know it, yet they do nothing as the floor gives way underneath them. From our commander in chief, to the Secretary of Defense, the secretaries of each service branch, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the admirals and generals,...
  • The Case Against Women in Combat [Isaiah 3]

    04/29/2016 9:54:30 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 28 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | 3/15/2011 | Thomas Clough
    Imagine your seventeen-year-old daughter fighting for her life in hand-to-hand combat with battle-hardened enemy soldiers. How long would she survive? Two minutes? One minute? There is a resurgent movement to push female military personnel into ever more intimate contact with hostile forces. The few arguments mustered in support of doing this focus narrowly on manpower issues or misplaced feminist vanity. In all the literature on this subject that I have collected over several years, not once have I found a proponent of women in combat who would speak honestly about the consequences of thrusting our daughters into man-against-woman festivals of...
  • House Panel Approves Measure to Require Women to Register for Draft

    04/27/2016 7:18:45 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 40 replies
    Military.com ^ | April 28, 2016 | Matthew Cox
    The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved by a narrow margin an amendment to a defense bill to require women to register for the draft. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, proposed the amendment to lift the restriction on women registering for the selective service at a committee-wide mark-up session of the proposed fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. "Here is why I think this is important; it doesn't matter in this debate whether you think women should be in the infantry or be in special operations," Hunter said during the session on Wednesday night. "I personally don't....
  • The Perilous Politicization of the Military

    04/18/2016 3:09:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 18, 2016 | Jonathan F. Keiler
    American armed forces that will not only weaken the nation’s ability to defend itself, but endanger constitutional principles. A year ago in an article titled “Obama’s Generals,” I described an American military increasingly politicized under the current administration.  The evidence at the time was already abundant:  the military’s refusal to identify the Fort Hood shootings as terrorism, the coddling of Bowe Bergdahl, the relief or prosecution of politically unreliable generals, and unrealistically rosy appreciations of the campaign against ISIS being the major points.  If anything, things have worsened since, most especially with the purely political decision to remove all restriction...
  • Obama wants to replace 175 years of U.S. military law with Islamic law

    04/15/2016 3:22:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies
    wordpress ^ | April 15, 2016 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Obama wants to replace 175 years of U.S. military law with Islamic law On a personal level, I am against dress codes.However, I also respect that there are certain organizations that have dress codes, and if I were to choose to be at one one of those organizations, I would obey whatever dress code they had.Under Commander-in-Chief Obama, who has never actually served in the military, the Citadel, a 175-year-old U.S. military college, is considering giving its first ever exception to its dress code, and it’s doing so for religious reasons. Not for a Christian, not for a Jew, not for...
  • Brutal: Former Defense Secretaries Openly Slam 'Inexperienced' Obama White House War Micromanagement

    04/07/2016 11:00:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    For years the Obama administration has been accused of micromanaging the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from inside the White House. Now in an astonishing report from Fox News anchor Bret Baier, three former Obama Defense Secretaries are openly slamming him for his distrust of the military, his failure to lead and they're exposing his inexperienced and closest advisors for second guessing senior field commanders with phone calls to the battlefield. "President Obama, he's one of the youngest presidents we've ever had. One of the most inexperienced presidents we've ever had. He has a staff around him that is very...
  • Putting women on the front line is dangerous PC meddling. We will pay for it in blood

    04/06/2016 4:31:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 5, 2016 | Colonel Richard Kemp
    The Ministry of Defence admits it is reviewing military physical fitness standards in preparation for the expected announcement later this year that women will be allowed to serve in all front-line combat units, including the infantry and SAS. The MoD denies that standards will be reduced, but of course that is precisely what is going to happen. Generals having put up a fight for many years have been told women will join front-line units and, like the good soldiers they are, intend to make it work. The people who have demanded this change politicians desperate to be...
  • The American Warrior Culture is Doomed

    04/05/2016 9:12:26 PM PDT · by pboyington · 19 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 5, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US military is in mortal danger as I write this article. Americans have no idea that vast social changes forced upon the military are on the verge of destroying it. Americans will no longer sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. We are in serious jeopardy of losing the one institution that has enabled us to maintain our freedom for 240 years. We are in serious danger of losing the one institution that successfully defeated and destroyed the worlds thugs, maniacs and sociopaths that teed off against us....
  • Second Lawsuit Filed to End Discrimination Against Sikhs in U.S. Military

    04/02/2016 7:15:43 PM PDT · by kevcol · 31 replies
    India West ^ | March 31, 2016 | India West Staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Three Sikh American soldiers filed a lawsuit Mar. 29 asking the Defense Department to allow them to serve in the U.S. Army with their religiously-mandated turbans and beards intact. The plaintiffs are Army Specialists Kanwar Singh and Harpal Singh and Army Private Arjan Singh Ghotra. The lawsuit, filed by the Sikh Coalition, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and McDermott Will & Emery, demands that the Army accommodate their religious articles of faith, including turbans, unshorn hair and beards, so that each can begin Basic Combat Training with their various units in May. The lawsuit was filed...
  • Obama Decision on U.S. Military Deployments to Iraq Expected in 'Coming Weeks'

    04/01/2016 8:20:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 31, 2016 | John Hayward
    Those recommendations are being made and the president will have an opportunity to make some decisions here in the coming weeks, Dunford said about plans to send in more American troops to help recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State. I brought it to the Secretary. The Secretary will engage with the President, Dunford said, referring to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The number of troops deployed in Iraq is already much higher than the American people were led to expect, as the public learned after ISIS fired on a Marine artillery position near Mosul two weeks ago,...
  • The U.S. Army Is About to Double Its Howitzer Range

    03/30/2016 12:01:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 28, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    On March 19, U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant Louis Cardin, a field artilleryman assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died during an attack on Fire Base Bell outside of Makhmur, Iraq. Coincidentally, the U.S. Army is hard at work developing a farther-firing howitzer that could help keep artillery troops out of range of enemy forces. The Army is cooking up a suite of improvements could double the range of the existing M-777 howitzer. Right now the 155-millimeter gun, in service with the Army and Marines, can lob shells at targets up to 18 miles away.
  • The Moral Leader

    03/28/2016 8:06:59 PM PDT · by pboyington · 4 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 28, 2016 | Colonel William T. Hewes, USMC (Ret.)
    Like many officers in the retired community, I am puzzled as to why the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior service leaders are so supine in the face of those Obama administrations policies that are clearly inimical to maintaining a strong national defense. The most blatant recent example is the policy to assign women to the combat arms. Whatever the prevailing political view may be, the Chairman, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Commandant of the Marine Corps know the policy is deeply flawed. Beyond compromising unit cohesion, morale, and combat effectiveness, the policy contains...
  • Military officials pushing for increase in US troops in Iraq

    03/26/2016 7:16:11 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 26, 2016 | Associated Press
    snip "The secretary and I both believe that there will be an increase in U.S. forces in Iraq in coming weeks, but that decision hasn't been made," Dunford said. He did not say how big that increase might be. He and Carter said accelerating the campaign against the Islamic State will include more assistance like the artillery fire and targeting help that U.S. Marines provided earlier this week to Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul. But they said American forces remain well behind the front lines.
  • DoDs 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...
  • Army Chief Eyeing Glock Pistol as Service's Next Sidearm

    03/22/2016 9:38:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 163 replies
    Military.com ^ | March 21, 2016 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army's chief of staff is searching for alternatives to the multi-year Modular Handgun System effort, to include piggy-backing on Army Special Operations Command's current pistol contract. Gen. Mark Milley has used recent public appearances to criticize federal acquisition guidelines that all services must follow when choosing and purchasing weapons and equipment.
  • Army boss takes aim at bureaucracy over sidearm choices

    03/13/2016 11:52:52 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 105 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12 Mar, 2016 | Perry Chiaramonte
    When it comes to handguns, the U.S. Army wants the weapon of its choice, not whatever pistol the Pentagon's Byzantine procurement process draws. The Pentagon is currently mulling over a host of proposals to replace the M9 9mm sidearms soldiers have carried since 1985 - when those guns replaced the venerable Colt 1911s that had been fixtures for decades. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley opened fire on the process at the Future of War Conference, saying he has asked Congress to grant service chiefs the authority to make the call. "We are not exactly redesigning how to go...
  • Army set to expand program it claims it killed

    03/09/2016 1:33:46 PM PST · by detective · 19 replies
    MSN News ^ | 9 Mar 2016 | Tom Vanden Brook
    The Army misled Congress and taxpayers when it said it had killed in 2014 a program that embedded social scientists with combat units, according to a congressman, a Defense official and Army documents. Last year, the Army said it had terminated the controversial battlefield anthropology program, known as the Human Terrain System, which had been plagued by documented time sheet fraud, racism and sexual harassment. It is not clear why the Army said the program was dead, according to a Defense Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because officials were not authorized to speak publicly about the program.
  • CNN Special Operations reports in direct violation of OPSEC and puts soldiers lives at risk

    03/06/2016 5:42:40 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Popular Military ^ | March 4, 2016 | Michael Swaney
    An investigation by Popular Military has determined that the recent reports about US special operations being conducted in Iraq are in direct violation of OPSEC (Operation Security). CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has published multiple articles this week about the specific operations of the U.S. Armys most elite and secretive unit, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), popularly known as Delta Force. Yesterday, Barbara Starr reported U.S. Special Ops team captures first ISIS operative, based upon information that was not released through any official channels. Her report even lists the location in Iraq where the US special operators are...
  • Remember the Climate!

    02/20/2016 11:31:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    Military triumphs and catastrophes have often hinged on how well (or luckily) armies and navies employed, avoided or benefited from weather, seasonal and other natural events. Severe storms helped the British navy defeat Spain's Armada in 1588. George Washington knew horrid weather meant the Hessians would not expect an attack across the Delaware River on Christmas 1776. Napoleon captured Moscow before leading his Grande Armee's exhausted, starving, freezing remnants back to France through a bitter 1812 Russian winter. Hitler's army never even reached Moscow; it was decimated by disease, starvation, bullets and frigid cold at Stalingrad 140 years later. Eisenhower's...
  • Michelle Obama Targets Military Food: ‘Don’t Worry, You’ll Be a Vegetable Guy Soon’

    02/11/2016 6:55:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 163 replies
    the blaze | 2/09/16 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Hold the mystery meat: Military mess halls soon will be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards across the armed services. First lady Michelle Obama and Pentagon officials announced the effort Thursday during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, where the military has been experimenting with ways to improve the quality and variety of foods served on base. The first lady toured a gleaming cafeteria line, then announced the program in a dining hall filled with service members whose plates...
  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/07/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 199 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/7/16 | Rowan Scarboroug
    The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.” It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.” The Pentagon defines
  • DOD Diversity Chief Violates Rules, Gives Leftist Groups $300k to Promote Agenda

    02/04/2016 9:45:28 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 4, 2016
    To meet the Obama administration's goal of "implementing a robust diversity strategy" at the Department of Defense (DOD), the agency's director of diversity violated government rules by distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to controversial leftist groups. Adding insult to injury, a "consulting" firm gets nearly half a million dollars from the DOD to help distribute the money to groups--even those that don't qualify--that support the Pentagon's "diversity strategy and program objectives." Among the recipients is the notorious open borders group League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Minority Access Inc., a Maryland-based nonprofit committed to decreasing disparities and reducing...
  • Cruz would consider restoring combat ban for women as president

    02/02/2016 7:27:15 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 82 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 31, 2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Sen. Ted Cruz said he would reconsider opening all ground combat positions to women if elected the next commander in chief. Cruz promised to take another look at the administration's decision late last year to open all positions to women. The administration's move ignored a request from the Marine Corps to keep some frontline combat positions male-only after some studies showed women were more likely to be injured and perform worse. "The Marine Corps request [for exceptions] must be reconsidered," Cruz wrote in response to a Center for Military Readiness survey released Sunday. "As long as the requirements are fair...
  • Pentagon proposes covering hormone therapy for transgender troops

    02/02/2016 6:46:37 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 1, 2015 | Jacqueline Klimas
    The Pentagon announced Monday that it intends to pay for hormone treatment for transgender troops. The change was one of several proposed in a package of reforms. Written public comments about this proposed new rule can be made in the Federal Register until April 1. Tricare coverage for gender dysphoria treatments would be available to troops, their family members and retirees, including psychotherapy and hormone replacement therapy. "This rulemaking proposes to remove the categorical exclusion on treatment of gender dysphoria. This proposed change will permit coverage of all non-surgical medically necessary and appropriate care in the treatment of gender dysphoria,...
  • Obama bucks history, directs Pentagon to make guns safer, not more lethal

    01/31/2016 6:20:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    Wartime U.S. presidents have taken keen personal interest in picking the most lethal gun for the military. But in President Obama's first foray into small-arms procurement for the armed forces, his Jan. 4 executive order on gun control directs the Pentagon to find ways to make not so much more lethal firearms, but safer ones. His direct order has brought a few snickers among retired combatants who argue that the commander in chief is issuing his directive at a time of more pressing small-arms priorities. The military, critics say, fields a flawed personal rifle and has spent more than a...
  • DOD Will Allow Troops On Duty to Breastfeed

    01/29/2016 9:02:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2016 | 8:13 AM EST | Susan Jones
    As part of his commitment to build the military "force of the future," Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday announced a series of "family-friendly" initiatives to attract and retain "the best America has to offer." "We are not Google. We are not Walmart. We're war fighters. But that doesn't mean we should not be challenging ourselves just like the private sector," Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. [...] The Defense Secretary outlined the following initiatives: [...] Making military workplaces more accommodating to women when they return from maternity leave: The focus here is to make it easier for new mothers...
  • At the Pentagon, General Chaos is in Charge

    01/26/2016 9:03:46 PM PST · by pboyington · 17 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 266, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Two weeks ago, the US military was humiliated by the Iranians before a worldwide audience. The surrender of two US Navy vessels of war and their crews to the Iranians without firing so much as a shot and the subsequent and sickening apology by the commanding officer, speaks volumes about the current fighting spirit, training and state of readiness of the US military in 2016. The conduct of the US Navy officer in charge, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was nothing less than a complete and utter disgrace. No doubt the order to surrender...
  • TriCare Glitch Dumps Coverage for 250,000

    01/20/2016 6:28:27 AM PST · by NonValueAdded · 4 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 20 January 2016 | NonValueAdded
    A friend told me a co-worker and her family lost TriCare Coverage without notice in early January. When she investigated, she was told a “glitch” in the interface between DEERS and TriCare caused the problem and a quarter-million families were affected. There was no projected date for the problem to be resolved. I have heard squat about this in the media.Looking to my FreeRepublic family to report if you know of anyone caught up in this latest guberment snafu. It is being pursued through Congressional and American Legion contacts.
  • Pentagon Ordered to Address ‘Climate Change’

    01/19/2016 11:49:59 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/19/16 | Adam Kredo
    All military branches required to 'address the impacts of climate change' 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 focuses on a larger effort to push its climate change agenda, the Pentagon will now "address the impacts of climate change." This includes engaging in "deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning" to "improve climate preparedness and resilience," according to the directive. The partnership...
  • An Army Marches on its Lactation

    01/11/2016 8:39:13 PM PST · by pboyington · 25 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Today, my former boss, a retired Army Intelligence officer sent me a copy of a memorandum for record concerning the US Army’s most recent lactation and breastfeeding policies, signed by the new Secretary of the Army, Eric K. Fanning and dated November 10, 2015. My first reaction was to pop a couple Tums even before starting to read it. As I scanned the document, I realized how far the Army has fallen on its sword. The sword of feminism, the sword of lunacy has completely eviscerated the lean green machine, so that it is the US Army in name only...
  • Rep. Duncan Hunter: Navy secretary a 'greater threat' to Marines than ISIL

    01/11/2016 12:06:08 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | January 8, 2016 | Jeremy Herd
    Rep. Duncan Hunter has had enough of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus' strong support for opening all Marine combat posts to women, declaring him "a greater threat to the Marine Corps than ISIS.” The Republican congressman and Marine veteran from California, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is furious with Mabus for pushing through an end to the ban on women serving in all combat positions over the Marine Corps' objections. Particularly, he's taking exception to memo Mabus sent to the Marines Corps this week, instructing it integrate Marine boot camp, which has been separate for men and women, and change...
  • Chuck Hagel Breaks His Silence-the Obama inner circle's culture of deceit and delusion

    12/22/2015 7:16:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 22, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Chuck Hagel Breaks His Silence A glimpse inside the Obama inner circle's culture of deceit and delusion. December 22, 2015 Ari Lieberman I've never been a big fan of former Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, but one cannot help but feel some sympathy for a man who had to endure two years of fecklessness, incompetence and back-stabbing in the Obama White House. It would have been enough to drive any sane person stark, raving mad. Hagel announced his resignation in November 2014 (he stayed on a bit longer until replaced by Ashton Carter), but the brutal reality is that...
  • Secretary Of Defense Carter Smacks Down The Littoral Combat Ship Program

    12/18/2015 9:36:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 17 December 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    In an unusually scathing memo to Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has demanded severe changes to the troubled Littoral Combat Ship program. It includes instructions to cut the number of Littoral Combat Ships to be built, and as well as focusing on building one variant, from one shipyard and general contractor. arter has specifically directed Maybus to cut the number of hulls for the LCS program from 52 to 40, and to select a single LCS design-shipbuilder team, instead of the current plan for two completely separate designs and shipbuilders, according to the letter...
  • Pentagon says Defense Secretary Ash Carter used personal email

    12/17/2015 7:44:50 AM PST · by McGruff · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 17, 2015
    The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a personal email account to do some of his government business during his first months on the job. Carter's press secretary, Peter Cook, declined to say whether it was a violation of Pentagon email policies. He said work-related messages Carter received on his personal account were "copied or forwarded to his official account so [they] can be preserved as a federal record as appropriate."
  • 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...
  • CRUZ: If I am elected President, I will direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS

    12/06/2015 7:13:34 PM PST · by Isara · 81 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 12/06/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — Presidential candidate Ted Cruz issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks from the Oval Office tonight:“On December 7, 1941, in response to Pearl Harbor, FDR did not give a partisan speech, rather he called on Americans to unite and ‘win through to absolute victory’.“If I am elected President, I will direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS. And I will shut down the broken immigration system that is letting jihadists into our country.“Nothing President Obama said tonight will assist in either case.”###
  • CARTER (DOD) TELLING MILITARY TO OPEN ALL COMBAT JOBS TO WOMEN

    12/03/2015 8:53:56 AM PST · by xzins · 85 replies
    AP ^ | 3 Dec 15 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    BY ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press has learned that Defense Secretary Ash Carter will order the military to open all combat jobs to women, and is giving the armed services until Jan. 1 to submit plans to make the historic change. Carter's announcement is expected later Thursday. It rebuffs arguments from the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman that the Marine Corps should be allowed to exclude women from certain front-line combat jobs, citing studies showing that mixed-gender units aren't as capable as all-male units.
  • DOD spent $150M on private villas, security for 'handful' of employees in Afghanistan [cut]

    12/03/2015 6:21:11 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    FoxNews Online ^ | December 3, 2015 | Cristina Corbin
    U.S. taxpayers spent $150 million building fancy, hotel-like "villas" staffed with private security for government employees working in Afghanistan rather than having them live on U.S. military bases at a fraction of the cost, according to the top government watchdog charged with monitoring wartime waste. The lead oversight team auditing U.S. spending in Afghanistan said Thursday the Pentagon's Task Force for Stability and Business Operations spent 20 percent of its budget on private housing and security guards for a "handful" of employees who could have lived on U.S. military bases for little or no extra charge. ****** A former TFBSO...
  • EUCOM Implements Travel Restrictions to France

    11/16/2015 8:46:10 AM PST · by cll · 9 replies
    United State European Command has implemented travel restrictions to France that apply to all Department of Defense personnel. Specifically, unofficial travel (leave, liberty and special pass) to France is prohibited. This EUCOM policy applies to United States military personnel, DoD civilian employees, contractors and command-sponsored dependents and family members. PARIS TRAVEL This prohibition is for unofficial travel to Paris, France, and includes a 50-kilometer radius around the city. For those requesting official travel or emergency leave travel to Paris (or within a 50-kilometer radius of the city), approval from the first general/flag officer (or SES) in the chain of command...
  • Top military aide removed from job, under investigation

    11/16/2015 5:58:22 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/12/2015
    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Ash Carter suddenly fired his top military aide Thursday citing allegations of misconduct, and referred the matter to the department's inspector general. Defense officials would not provide any details about why Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis was removed from his job. A senior defense official said Carter learned of the allegations Tuesday night and later informed the inspector general. Carter was surprised by the allegations and met with Lewis Thursday morning, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. "''I expect the highest possible standards of...
  • 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.
  • 'World's Most Expensive Gas Station' Cost Taxpayers $43M

    11/02/2015 7:25:40 PM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    ABC News/yahoo.com ^ | November 2, 2015 | Lee Ferran
    American taxpayers are on the hook for a $43 million gas station constructed in Afghanistan -- a price tag that’s about $42.5 million higher than it should’ve been, and the Department of Defense can’t explain why, according to a new government report.
  • The most governmenty government operation ever: The $43 million Afghan gas station

    11/02/2015 7:29:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 2, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Ridiculously overbudget? Check. Unnecessary? Check. Impossible to support in the long run? Check. Zero accountability? Check and double-check. If a novelist wrote this as a satire of government operations, there wouldn’t be an editor who’d buy it — not for 43 cents, and certainly not for $43 million: Nearly $43 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money was spent on building a gas station in Afghanistan — 140 times more than it should have cost, according to a government watchdog.The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) also said that one of the most “troubling” issues is how the Department of Defense...
  • Here we go: Defense secretary says U.S. troops will engage ISIS in direct action on the ground

    10/27/2015 2:21:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    They already have engaged them, of course, per the otherwise successful raid to liberate an ISIS prison in Iraq last week that ended with one American soldier being killed. That sounds suspiciously like combat, and if there’s one thing Barack Obama stands for, it’s that the era of combat in Iraq is over.How can combat not be combat? Easy. Just call it something else. It wouldn’t be the first Orwellian euphemism this White House has used to reassure progressives that they may be at war but they’re not at war-war. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook had been blunter on...
  • 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...
  • Pentagons top official on Russia, Ukraine resigning

    09/30/2015 5:37:39 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | Fox News
    The Pentagon official who oversees military relations with Russia and Ukraine has resigned, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News Tuesday.
  • Obama's 'Gay' Army Affirmative Action Plan

    09/23/2015 6:59:25 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 35 replies
    http://patriotpost.us ^ | September 23, 2015 | Mark Alexander
    The Washington Post headline says it all: Obama Nominates the First Openly Gay Service Secretary. According to the Post, Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services. Fannings rise to one of the Pentagons toughest and most prominent jobs also reflects the Obamas commitment to diversity. Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role, said our nations worst-ever commander in chief. I am confident he...
  • Ben Carson: We Dont Need a Department of Veterans Affairs

    08/31/2015 8:25:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 180 replies
    CNS ^ | August 28, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told the Dave Ramsey show on Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs should be folded into the Department of Defense and VA facilities should only be used for specialized care like traumatic brain injuries and limb replacement procedures. The size of government has to be reduced significantly. Theres a lot of stuff that were doing that doesnt make any sense. We have a Department of Veterans Affairs. We dont need a Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs should be in under the Department of Defense, and it should be smooth transition, said Carson. The...
  • DoD manual allows journalists to be held as belligerents

    08/26/2015 1:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 3:16 AM EDT | Wendy Benjaminson
    New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as unprivileged belligerents if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy. The Law of War manual, updated to apply for the first time to all branches of the military, contains a vaguely worded provision that military commanders could interpret broadly, experts in military law and journalism say. Commanders could ask journalists to leave military bases or detain journalists for any number of perceived offenses. [] A person deemed unprivileged belligerent is not entitled to the rights afforded by the Geneva Convention so a commander could...
  • The Army is broken

    08/18/2015 10:25:56 AM PDT · by NRx · 66 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 08-15-2015 | Robert H. Scales
    ...Sadly, the Army that stayed cohesive in Iraq and Afghanistan even after losing 5,000 dead is now being broken again by an ungrateful, ahistorical and strategically tone-deaf leadership in Washington. The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Armys ranks. But the numbers dont begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to fight with new weapons; in the...