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  • The Storm Gathers and America is Unready

    10/11/2017 10:17:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | 10/11/17 | Dakota L. Wood
    Winston Churchill summarized the theme of his seminal history of World War II as “[h]ow the English-speaking peoples through their unwisdom, carelessness, and good nature allowed the wicked to rearm.”His first volume, The Gathering Storm, recounted many instances of failure among the leading figures of the 1930s to appreciate the growing danger of Hitler’s rise to power. Churchill’s history highlighted how the good intentions and virtuous character of Britain, France, and the United States hindered them from taking actions that could very well have prevented a war that claimed the lives of some 60 million people. He marveled at [how]...
  • The Rise and Fall of the US Army

    10/06/2017 9:29:04 PM PDT · by pboyington · 44 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 6, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is a sign of the times. Spenser Rapone is a tenfold beacon in the night, a thousand blaring klaxons showing the nation and the world just how far our glorious army has fallen. Spenser Rapone is a disgrace to the army, to the famous 10th Mountain Division where is currently assigned and to the United States of America. His continued presence in the US military is a slap in the face to every grunt, tanker, zoomie, swabbie and gyrene that gave their lives for this country. Rapone literally came out of the gulag last week, when...
  • MI Corps Band can’t accept community support requests after Oct. 15

    10/06/2017 7:59:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja Linton, media relations officer for the Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office
    FORT HUACHUCA — As part of approved changes to the Department of the Army's overall music support structure and due to ongoing reduction in personnel and music support capability, the band will no longer accept new requests for music support for off-post and community events effective Oct. 15, 2017. The U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band (62nd Army Band) will inactivate no later than Oct. 15, 2018. The MI Corps Band will continue to provide music support to events currently on the commitment calendar through December 2017. Music support for military events on post and memorial or funeral support will...
  • Pentagon stops paying peshmerga salaries amid Kurdish independence backlash

    10/06/2017 5:43:35 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 28 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | Oct 5, 2017 | Jack Detsch
    The US government has stopped paying Kurdish peshmerga fighters’ salaries after a yearlong agreement expired over the summer, and there are no current plans to renew it. Under the deal negotiated by the Barack Obama administration in July 2016, the United States agreed to pay stipends to some 36,000 Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. The agreement was expected to be renewed over the summer for another year, but US and Kurdish officials tell Al-Monitor that talks stalled as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) pursued a divisive referendum on independence and the IS presence in the region...
  • Trump With Military Leaders: “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm… You’ll find out.”

    10/05/2017 6:29:27 PM PDT · by nodwam · 111 replies
    Hidden Americans ^ | 10/05/2017 | Richard Saunders
    President Trump gave a scary warning at a dinner Thursday night with military leaders saying, "You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm," he said. "It could be the calm... before... the storm." Asked what the storm would be, "Is it Iran, ISIS, what's the storm?" one reporter called out — Trump replied, "you'll find out." JUST IN: "Maybe it's the calm before the storm," Pres. Trump says alongside US military leaders. "You'll find out." https://t.co/NMljtvsnJF— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 5, 2017
  • American defense reality doesn't match our accepted mythology

    10/05/2017 6:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 5, 2017 | Herbert London
    Tocsin is in the air. The North Korean representative to the U.N. said President Trump’s recent speech was tantamount to a declaration of war. While this kind of verbal saber-rattling has occurred in the past, it is worth asking whether U.S. forces have the technological superiority to thwart any potential foe and the nuclear superiority to deter a “first strike.” While the U.S. still enjoys some technological advantages over potential adversaries, that advantage is declining at a rapid rate. A 2014 study noted that “The diffusion of advanced military technology and the means to manufacture it have accelerated. Capabilities in...
  • U.S. MILITARY ON PUERTO RICO: “THE PROBLEM IS DISTRIBUTION” AND HERE’S WHY

    09/30/2017 6:23:38 PM PDT · by angelrod · 86 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 9/29/17 | Penelope Jean Hayes
    Col. Valle is a firsthand witness of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) response supporting FEMA in Puerto Rico, and as a Puerto Rican himself with family members living in the devastation, his passion for the people is second to none. “It’s just not true,” Col. Valle says of the major disconnect today between the perception of a lack of response from Washington verses what is really going on on the ground. “I have family here. My parents’ home is here. My uncles, aunts, cousins, are all here. As a Puerto Rican, I can tell you that the problem has...
  • Paid Patriotism - How the DOD paid NFL teams for flag ceremonies

    09/27/2017 7:35:18 AM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 23 replies
    Truthdig ^ | 9/26/17 | Emma Niles
    Unfortunately, contrary to the public statements made by DOD and the NFL, the majority of the contracts—72 of the 122 contracts we analyzed—clearly show that DOD paid for patriotic tributes at professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer games. These paid tributes included on-field color guard, enlistment and reenlistment ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details, ceremonial first pitches and puck drops. The National Guard paid teams for the “opportunity” to sponsor military appreciation nights and to recognize its birthday. It paid the Buffalo Bills to sponsor its Salute to the Service game. DOD even paid teams for...
  • President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 15, 2017, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day

    09/15/2017 9:58:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    White House ^ | Sep 13, 2017
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 13, 2017 President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 15, 2017, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Americans are blessed with many freedoms thanks to the hard-earned battle victories and tremendous sacrifices of our military men and women. The members of our Armed Forces shine a light of freedom throughout the world, and as we celebrate our returning heroes, we also remember our heroes who never returned home. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, our...
  • Senate Defense Authorization Bill Has Provision That Will Nationalize Intellectual Property

    09/09/2017 6:49:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2016 | Brian Darling
    Intellectual property rights are under attack from Congress. On Monday, the Senate is expected to vote on a motion to proceed to S. 1519, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.” That bill contains a provision that would nationalize the intellectual property of software firms that do business with the Department of Defense. The big high profile fights on the NDAA will be on issues where the Trump Administration disagree with Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) drafted and committee passed bill. According to The Hill, the Trump Administration has a number of problems with the bill including “a prohibition on...
  • The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security

    09/05/2017 3:08:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9-4-17 | Jeanne Shaheen
    MADBURY, N.H. — The Kremlin hacked our presidential election, is waging a cyberwar against our NATO allies and is probing opportunities to use similar tactics against democracies worldwide. Why then are federal agencies, local and state governments and millions of Americans unwittingly inviting this threat into their cyber networks and secure spaces? That threat is posed by antivirus and security software products created by Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based company with extensive ties to Russian intelligence. To close this alarming national security vulnerability, I am advancing bipartisan legislation to prohibit the federal government from using Kaspersky Lab software. Kaspersky Lab insists...
  • US-Pakistan-Afghanistan: The gloves are now off

    08/28/2017 11:02:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 22 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | Aug 27, 2017 | Qanta Ahmed
    Like millions of Americans, I watched President Donald Trump’s speech from my living room on August 21, 2017. It is the third time an American president has addressed our nation on Afghanistan, now the longest war in American history. To those of us familiar with the region, the speech was business as usual, with a few notable changes. But for those Americans with loved ones in Pakistan, the president’s speech was a plainspoken warning – fall in line Pakistan, or face the consequences. Taking the speech to its furthest extrapolation, without change, Pakistan will soon face US sanctions. Certainly for...
  • Weekly Update: JW Exposes the Deep State

    08/26/2017 12:44:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 25, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Sues for Info Obama/Enviro Attack on Key Energy Project Obama’s EPA Lied About Its Clean Power Plan’s Benefits What is Rahm Emanuel Hiding About the Controversial Police Shooting? Judicial Watch Sues for Info Obama/Enviro Attack on Key Energy Project Your Judicial Watch is leading the way in uncovering the corrupt maneuvering by the Obama administration to impose its leftist agenda on our country. As Obama holdovers and the federal Deep State continue to push this agenda even now in the Trump administration, our work is essential. A good example of this is our new lawsuit on the...
  • Trump Halts Pentagon Payments for Transgender Surgery

    08/25/2017 3:55:10 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    NBC ^ | 25 Aug 2017 | ALI VITALI
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday officially stopped funding for sex-reassignment treatment for transgender people currently in the military and barred the Pentagon from accepting any more transgender people into the services. The president signed a memo giving new guidance to his previously-tweeted ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military, according to a senior White House official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. Trump signed the memo, the details of which were first reported by The Wall Street Journal, on Friday and directed the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to stop funding of sex-reassignment procedures...
  • Army Launches Competition for More Powerful Combat Rifle

    08/07/2017 9:36:59 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 132 replies
    Military.com ^ | August 5, 2017 | Matthew Cox
    U.S. Army weapon officials just opened a competition for a new 7.62mm Interim Service Combat Rifle to arm infantry units with a weapon potent enough to penetrate enemy body armor. "The Army has identified a potential gap in the capability of ground forces and infantry to penetrate body armor using existing ammunition. To address this operational need, the Army is looking for an Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) that is capable of defeating emerging threats," according to an Aug. 4 solicitation posted on FedBizOpps.gov. The service plans to initially award up to eight contracts, procuring seven types of weapons from...
  • Raymond Arroyo interview with Sebastian Gorka

    08/02/2017 6:29:32 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    https://youtu.be/ ^ | July 27, 2017 | EWTN
    This is a very good interview with Sebastian Gorka, National Security Advisory Staff. His comments on the new transgender policy start at 7.49. No one was blind-sighted.
  • One-Note Droning on the Transgender Ban

    08/02/2017 8:34:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2017 | Brent Bozell
    A sudden, even shocking announcement came from President Trump's Twitter account on July 26. The government "will not accept or allow ... Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity" in the military due to "the tremendous medical costs and disruption" that entails. Whether you favor it or oppose it, and regardless of how this abrupt declaration blindsided the Pentagon brass, it's indisputable that the liberal media could not and would not approach this subject with anything resembling objectivity. Never mind that military men and women -- and that's all we should care about -- cheered the announcement. The press...
  • Pentagon investigators find ‘security risks’ in government's immigrant recruitment program

    08/01/2017 4:21:26 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/1/2017 | James Rosen
    recruitment program, ‘infiltration’ feared James Rosen By James Rosen Published August 01, 2017 Fox News NOW PLAYING VP Pence assures Eastern Europe's NATO partners Close EXCLUSIVE: Defense Department investigators have discovered “potential security risks” in a Pentagon program that has enrolled more than 10,000 foreign-born individuals into the U.S. armed forces since 2009, Fox News has learned exclusively, with sources on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon expressing alarm over “foreign infiltration” and enrollees now unaccounted for. After more than a year of investigation, the Pentagon’s inspector general recently issued a report – its contents still classified but its existence...
  • ‘We Should Just Leave:’ Trump Takes A Look At Pulling Troops Out Of Afghanistan

    07/31/2017 7:18:52 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 80 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 07/31/2017
    The Trump administration is considering the ramifications of paring back the U.S. presence in Afghanistan as part of its ongoing strategy review in America’s longest war, The Wall Street Journal reports. Trump’s national security cabinet is bitterly divided on the future U.S. role in Afghanistan. Senior national security officials like Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster are reportedly pushing Trump to allow a surge of approximately 4,000 troops into Afghanistan, while White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has lobbied against the effort. “It doesn’t work unless we are there for a long time, and if...
  • I Was Once Transgender. Why I Think Trump Made the Right Decision for the Military.

    07/29/2017 2:30:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 26, 2017 | Walt Heyer
    On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he wouldn’t allow transgender individuals to serve in the military: