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  • Military Faces a Sweeping Turnover Among Upper Commanders

    08/19/2018 5:36:46 PM PDT · by John W · 86 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 19, 2018 | Gordon Lubold and Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON—President Trump is expected to nominate a former operations officer who played a critical role in the 2011 raid targeting Osama bin Laden to head of the U.S. Special Operations Command as part of a series of military promotions in coming months, according to U.S. officials. The changes, which include commanders for the Middle East and Europe, will mark the administration’s largest imprint on military leadership thus far. The personnel moves stand to affect top officers overseeing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S. policy to counter Russia, the detention center on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as stealth operations globally.
  • DoD IG report says Russia, China may have ‘compromised’ U.S. missile detection satellites

    08/18/2018 10:02:21 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 6 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/18/18 | USA Features
    Full headline: WHOA: Pentagon inspector general report says Russia, China may have ‘compromised’ U.S. missile detection satellites Penetration: The Obama era was particularly hard on the U.S. military, as the administration and Congress refused to pass real budgets which prevented the services from investing in high-tech systems, including those designed to protect our most vital assets. This was again evident after the Department of Defense Inspector General released a report this week saying some of our country’s most important satellites — those the Air Force uses to detect enemy ICBM launches — could be compromised by Russian and Chinese hackers.
  • James Mattis: Latin American countries selling out their sovereignty to Russia, China

    08/17/2018 12:30:07 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2018 | Martin Arostegui
    A Chinese space force in Argentina, Russian control of Venezuelan gas and South American armies equipped with the latest Chinese and Russian hardware. Until recently, it might have sounded like the plot of a geopolitical thriller in a region once considered America’s backyard. But this is what Defense Secretary James N. Mattis faced on his visit this week to several South American nations, where economic and military posturing by Beijing and Moscow has been on the rise for the past decade. Analysts say Chinese loans in recent years have allowed authoritarian leaders to consolidate power in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua,...
  • The defense authorization bill is named after John McCain — but Trump didn't mention him

    08/13/2018 3:54:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/13/18 | Betsy Klein
    President Trump just signed the National Defense Authorization Act, named after Arizona Sen. John McCain, but the President never once mentioned McCain's name or thanked him. “We would not be here for today’s signing ceremony without the dedicated efforts without the dedicated members of Congress who worked so hard to pass the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Trump while thanking service members and military leadership. However, he did mention Rep. Elise Stefanik, who spoke briefly and represents the district containing Fort Drum, as well as Don Baker, Dan Donovan, Joe Wilson, and Martha McSally.
  • Trump excludes McCain in speech about 'McCain' defense bill

    08/13/2018 3:26:36 PM PDT · by MNDude · 40 replies
    President Trump thanks a long list of people before signing the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, except for the namesake of the bill, Sen. John McCain
  • 'One of the heroes of our time': Rev. Jesse Jackson defends Sen. John McCain

    08/09/2018 9:17:28 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 36 replies
    The Arizona Republic | August 9, 2018 | Ronald J. Hansen
    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2018/08/09/jesse-jackson-denounces-donald-trump-defends-sen-john-mccain/941783002/
  • CMP Sales of {Army Surplus} 1911s One Step Closer With House Passage of 2018 NDAA

    07/15/2017 10:40:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    nraila.org ^ | July 14, 2017
    On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. Included in the bill is a provision that would make U.S. Army surplus 1911 .45 ACP pistols available to the American public through the Civilian Marksmanship program (CMP). In November of 2015, then-President Obama signed the NDAA for Fiscal year 2016 into law with language that authorized the Secretary of Defense to transfer 1911s no longer in service to the CMP for public sale. That language made the transfers subject to the Secretary’s discretion and capped them at 10,000...
  • Trump Signed National Defense Authorization Act With A Lot Of Iran In it

    08/13/2018 6:06:41 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 7 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/13/18 | Seth Frantzman
    The National Defense Authorization Act that US President Donald Trump signed today (August 13) at a signing ceremony at Fort Drum, NY includes almost 100 references to “Iran” in it. This illustrates the unprecedented tensions with Iran, but it also shows that Congress was diligent in weighing the current escalation with Tehran and the Iranian threat to the Middle East that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others have articulated. The NDAA is named the “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act” this year and honors Senator McCain. Here are all the important passages in the bill that you need...
  • Weekly Update: JW Exposes New Strzok Emails

    08/04/2018 10:28:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 3, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    Peter Strzok Insisted on Retaining His Ability to Leak Information Judicial Watch Forces FBI To Take Steps to Preserve Comey Records Judicial Watch Investigates Leftist Attacks on Israel Peter Strzok Insisted on Retaining His Ability to Leak Information We’ve learned something new about the disgraced former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok. When he was being moved over to Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel Operation, Strzok insisted on retaining the clandestine perks of his job. This was clear in 14 pages of documents we have received from the FBI. They show that Strzok demanded that he keep his high-level security...
  • Pentagon sending $200 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine in move expected to rile Moscow

    07/21/2018 8:54:19 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The Pentagon announced Friday it would send $200 million in nonlethal military aid to Ukraine -- a move likely to anger Moscow. The American military hardware being shipped to Ukraine includes “secure communications, military mobility, night vision, and military medical treatment." Secretary of Defense James Mattis is also asking that Congress sign a waiver that would allow the U.S. to sell weapons to countries that also purchase arms from Russia. The idea is to make sure U.S. sanctions don’t push allies into the arms of Russia. “Russia should suffer consequences for its aggressive, destabilizing behavior and its illegal occupation of...
  • Europeans leaders worry Trump wants to fulfill promise to bring American troops home

    07/06/2018 10:25:19 AM PDT · by Tenacious 1 · 85 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 7/6/18 | ANITA KUMAR AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ
    WASHINGTON After 18 months of Donald Trump's "America First" presidency, European leaders meeting with him next week fear the United States may change its traditional course and begin to bring American troops home from the continent. It comes as nations, especially in Eastern Europe, are lobbying the United States to increase the number of troops on the continent as they worry about combating an increasingly aggressive Russia. Trump has talked about bringing U.S. troops home from around the globe since he was on the campaign trail espousing a strategy he dubbed "America First” but he has yet to act. "They...
  • Tightening Chest and Tingling Fingers: Why Are the Military’s Fighter Pilots Getting Sick?

    07/03/2018 9:53:33 AM PDT · by yoe · 32 replies
    FPNews ^ | July 3, 2018 | Lara Seligman
    The Navy is investigating the latest in an alarming string of incidents that left pilots disoriented and shaken. On June 28, a young U.S. Navy officer flying in a two-seater electronic warfare jet in the skies over Washington State suddenly felt a tightness in his chest and tingling in his extremities. He instantly recognized his symptoms as signs of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. The jet, an EA-18G Growler from a training squadron out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, diverted to a local airport, and made an “uneventful” landing, according to Navy spokesman Cmdr. Scot Cregan. The crew member, an...
  • How Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are Inviting China Into America’s DoD Computers

    07/01/2018 10:27:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2018 | David Wallace
    Amazon originally started out many years ago selling books online. But owner Jeff Bezos has aggressively led it to now selling everything online, making Bezos one of the richest men in world history. Bezos's corporate empire includes Amazon Web Services (AWS), a leading pioneer of cloud computing services. Cloud computing enables anyone in an organization worldwide to access the organization’s documents and data online. That enables the organization’s employees to collaborate and communicate online, from anywhere in the world. America’s Defense Department is now trying to catch up to the world’s leading multinational companies to adopt cloud computing for America’s...
  • U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe (Euros Panicking)

    06/29/2018 7:42:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 89 replies
    MSN ^ | 6-29-2018 | John Hudson, Paul Sonne, Karen DeYoung, Josh Dawsey
    The Pentagon is analyzing the cost and impact of a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of American troops stationed in Germany, amid growing tensions between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to people familiar with the work. The effort follows Trump’s expression of interest in removing the troops, made during a meeting earlier this year with White House and military aides, U.S. officials said. Trump was said to have been taken aback by the size of the U.S. presence, which includes about 35,000 active-duty troops, and complained that other countries were not contributing fairly to joint security or paying...
  • Pentagon asked about housing 20K migrant children at military bases

    06/21/2018 1:55:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2018 | Ellen Mitchell
    The Trump administration may place up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military bases starting as early as next month, according to a new Pentagon memo. The notification, sent to lawmakers on Wednesday and first reported by The Washington Post, says the Defense Department received a request for assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “HHS has requested DOD determine its capabilities to provide up to 20,000 temporary beds for unaccompanied children at DOD installations,” the document states. If the Pentagon finds that it can provide such lodging, “the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) requests the...
  • Department of Defense Taking Over Federal Investigations – No More Surprises?

    06/16/2018 6:46:16 AM PDT · by davikkm · 45 replies
    IWB ^ | Thinker
    The change for a new world order creating a mirror image effect on the people, and one organization to decide who gets in and who doesn’t. How can the Pentagon take on another task investigating people, when they can’t find over $9 trillion lost/misplaced/don’t know where it went funds. Who will be losing jobs in the changeover? WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is poised to take over background investigations for the federal government, using increased automation and high-tech analysis to tighten controls and tackle an enormous backlog of workers waiting for security clearances, according to U.S. officials. The change...
  • Army's submachine gun challenge: 10 companies vying to supply conventional forces

    06/13/2018 8:15:31 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/13/18 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army recently put word out that it wanted submachine guns for conventional forces, and gun-makers were quick to respond. Ten companies are currently vying to supply troops outside the special operations forces realm with subguns for the modern battlefield. Officials said they wanted a weapon with full/semi-automatic selectable variant and a Picatinny rail, among other features, and organizations from Sig Sauer, Inc. to Colt answered the call. “For the first time in a long time, the Army is looking at a subgun for conventional forces,” Todd South of Military Times reported Wednesday. “Special operations forces have carried these...
  • Chinese Theft of US Navy’s Secrets Reveals DoD’s Lackadaisical Security

    06/10/2018 8:57:44 AM PDT · by patro · 15 replies
    Observer ^ | 06/09/2018 | John R. Schindler
    Yesterday brought stunning news of yet another security lapse by our Navy. As reported by The Washington Post, Chinese hackers in the first two months of this year penetrated the computers of an unnamed defense contractor, “stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare” from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island. NUWC (“new-ick”), as it’s called by sailors, handles sensitive and classified projects for the Navy’s submarine force, which just happens to be one of the few areas where the U.S. Navy still holds important advantages over its Chinese rival. As China’s rapidly expanding...
  • Obama DoD Paid ‘FBI Informant’ Stefan Halper over $250,000 Right Before 2016 Election

    05/21/2018 5:39:19 PM PDT · by bitt · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Public records show Stefan Halper, the foreign policy expert “outed,” as an FBI informant that spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was paid a large sum in 2016 for work he did for the Obama administration. The Department of Defense paid Halper $282,295 on September 27, 2016 — just months before the 2016 presidential election — for work titled, “INDIA AND CHINA ECON STUDY,” says USASPENDING.gov, a website that tracks spending data for the U.S. government. This sum was one of two payments made to Halper for the job; the second, worth $129,280, was made on July 26, 2017. The...
  • 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...