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  • EXCLUSIVE: Assad siege of Aleppo could be 'imminent,' experts warn

    04/28/2016 7:01:05 PM PDT · by Fhios · 6 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/28/2016 | George Russell
    ... If Syria’s largest city is surrounded by government troops, the strategic situation in Syria could change very rapidly for the worse, not only for Syrians, but also for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—and for the Obama Administration, which has banked heavily on the crumbling peace talks to end five years of civil war and an expanding presence for ISIS amid the chaos. The encirclement would also be a major strategic advance for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn his forces in Syria, but has also been helping the Assad regime conduct more focused military operations under a two-month...
  • First “Illegal” Shipment Of Oil Leaves Eastern Libya

    04/27/2016 11:52:15 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-04-2016 | Slav
    A cargo of 650,000 barrels of crude left the Libyan port of Hariga yesterday, in the eastern part of the conflict-torn country, sparking what promises to be another phase in the conflict as the Islamic-leaning government in Tripoli vows to block the maneuver. This premature attempt at crude oil exports could have huge implications for international efforts to unite the country under the new Government of National Accord (GNA), which was formed with UN support, because eastern Libya is controlled by a government based in Tobruk, which has not yet recognized the GNA of Fayez Serraj.
  • Not Combat Ready: U.S. Marine Corps

    The United States Marine Corps aviation wing is suffering from the burden of 15-years’ worth of fighting and budget cuts. Fox News ran an exclusive story about this predicament on April 17. The article reported that the vast majority of U.S. strike fighter aircraft are not airworthy. But it wasn’t just F-18s grounded due to a lack of parts, maintenance or other complications. “Only 42 of 147 heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are airworthy,” Fox reported. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken their toll on combat aircraft. For more than a decade, the Marine Corps has been called upon...
  • Fort Cognitive Dissonance – The US Army’s New Home

    04/26/2016 11:58:04 PM PDT · by pboyington · 20 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 26, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In the H.G. Wells novel, The Time Machine, the Eloi, are a brain dead, zombie like community who put up no resistance as they are hunted and destroyed by the evil Morlocks. Today’s active duty Army is starting to resemble the Eloi as they willingly accept every absurd, destructive directive from the Morlocks in the Pentagon and the White House, while operating in a trance from reveille to taps every day. The Army’s leaders, from the Chief of Staff down to senior NCO’s (non-commissioned officers, aka sergeants) are suffering from a massive case of cognitive dissonance. Cognitive Dissonance is defined...
  • Could Sabotage Cause A Surge In Oil Prices?

    04/26/2016 3:22:22 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-04-2016 | Dwayne Purvis
    Hidden among the ballyhoo about a collaborative freeze in production growth, a less visible but far more effective dynamic has affected, and likely will affect, oil supply and price: military intervention. There have always been three routes out of the unsustainably low prices: natural decline/growth of supply/demand, collaboration constraints on supply, and military conflict. Since January, while the talk of a growth freeze had no effect whatsoever on actual supply, the natural decline/growth did reduce the overhang by a couple of hundred thousand barrels of oil per day. Meanwhile, two little-discussed and less-understood military interventions took a combined 900,000 bopd...
  • Teens allegedly assault Iraq War veteran over 'Black Lives Matter'

    04/25/2016 2:33:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KTRK-TV ^ | April 23, 2016
    WASHINGTON (KTRK) -- A decorated Marine veteran was attacked in the last place he expected, a McDonald's in Washington D.C. Chris Marquez says a group of rowdy teenagers started taunting him while he was eating. "They asked me if I believe that black lives matter," Marquez says. "I felt threatened and thought they were trying to intimidate me, so I figured I'm just going to keep to my food, eat my food, and hopefully they'll leave me alone." "And because I wasn't respond back to them, they were calling me a racist." Marquez says he doesn't really remember what happened...
  • At West Point, It’s Goodbye Grant and Lee, Hello Ali Baba

    04/25/2016 12:12:02 PM PDT · by pboyington · 34 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 25, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It really is something absurd every day now. Every day there is another story in the news about the careening, off the rails, flaming train wreck called the US military, courtesy of the Obama Administration and willing lackeys in the Pentagon. This time the social engineering culprits are at West Point; you know the place that produced military superstars like Lee, Pershing, Patton, MacArthur and Schwarzkopf. A recent story several days ago mentioned a West Point field trip to Jersey City, so that cadets could learn about Jersey City’s diverse cultural groups. The cadets spent time with Muslim groups, among...
  • Army continues to stall Congressman on release of records for female Ranger School grads

    04/23/2016 8:39:45 PM PDT · by pboyington · 47 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 23, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Sources inside Congressman Steve Russell’s (R., OK) office informed US Defense Watch this week that the Congressman had received no new information from the US Army concerning his request for the records of the three female Ranger School graduates, Captain Griest, First Lieutenant Haver and Major Jaster, the so-called Mommy Ranger. Seven months later and the US Army and the Pentagon are still refusing to turn over the Ranger School records of the three female graduates. For those who haven’t followed the story, here’s a summary of the events leading up to the present time. Captain Kristen Griest and First...
  • Bill Maher Calls U.S. Military ‘Mass Murder Machine’

    04/23/2016 1:56:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 22, 2016 | Marlow Stern
    The host of HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ criticized the size of our military and unloaded on his favorite punching bag, Donald Trump. Bill Maher, the unapologetically outspoken political satirist, began his program Real Time Friday night by assessing the recent New York presidential primaries. The HBO host was, naturally, a bit crestfallen that his preferred candidate, Bernie Sanders, lost out to by 16 points to Hillary Clinton—and that his nemesis, Donald Trump, won his home state handily. “The conventional wisdom is that it’s just Hillary and Trump. Those are our two choices,” said Maher during his monologue. “They...
  • The Post-Cold War Arms Race

    04/23/2016 8:00:30 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, April 23, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    With the ending of the Cold War the United States and Russia reduced their nuclear weapons arsenals. Both sides reduced development of newer weapons and cleaned up areas where the warheads were built and developed. However, ambitious countries have stepped up their nuclear weapons and delivery systems. They include North Korea, Iran and especially China. During a time when Obama is further downsizing the American arsenal, China is participating in a new arms race. This week China’s Defense Ministry confirmed that it test-fired its newest long-range missile into the South China sea. This test was unique because the missile carried...
  • Barbarians Inside the Gates

    04/22/2016 8:16:25 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 04/22/2016 | Dr. Craig Luther
    Overlooked by most in Obama's relentless efforts to "remake" America has been his ongoing and dangerous transformation of our military. ...What I want to speak to is his administration's systematic destruction of the 200+ year-old culture of the U.S. military. This "multicultural makeover," happening right before our eyes, threatens to undermine the very fabric of our armed forces. The forced acceptance of open homosexuality and the burgeoning hostility toward Christianity; the gratuitous degradation of our troops (e.g., forcing ROTC cadets to march in red high heels to experience what it's like to be a woman; making male soldiers wear simulated...
  • Once Upon a Time…In the US Army

    04/21/2016 11:24:07 PM PDT · by pboyington · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    One of the best parts about writing articles is watching the comments drift in, some well-intentioned and full of good cheer, others laced with arsenic from irate readers. A few comments this week and comments by a sergeant in the Rangers and an active duty buddy of mine, who’s probably the last guy in the Army with a 3rd Armored Division combat patch have prompted me to write this piece. First the naysayers: What do you know? You served in the Army a long time ago. You were in that Desert Storm War. What makes you qualified to judge the...
  • Sec Army to Worldwide Army Commands: “Balance Lactation Support and Readiness”

    04/20/2016 10:40:47 PM PDT · by pboyington · 13 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 20, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Adolf Hitler once said, “Give me five years and you won’t recognize Germany anymore.” Well, we’ve given Barack Hussein Obama seven years and you can’t recognize the US Army anymore. The Obama Administration is literally carpet bombing the military on a daily basis with directives, memos, policies and doctrine that if they weren’t actually happening would be considered to be something out of a Kafkaesque, Gloria Steinem nightmare. Today, I examined a Memorandum for Record, dated September 20, 2015 and signed by the former Secretary of the Army, John McHugh. You remember Secretary McHugh, he’s the guy who dodged and...
  • Israeli Air Force Keeps Their Old Planes Active With 3D Printing Technology

    04/20/2016 6:23:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    3D Print ^ | April 20, 2016 | Tyler Koslow
    Although 3D printing is a relatively new technology within the military-industrial complex, it has impacted Israel’s aerospace developments in a great number of ways. Last year, the Israeli military had 3D printed their own drone components, and even started a consortium with the government to focus on 3D printing with titanium. Now, the Israeli Air Force’s Aerial Maintenance Unit (AMU) is utilizing 3D printing technology to help repair their aged and worn down fleet of F-15 fighter jets, which were acquired by the IAF in 1980, and have been used in various missions ever since. The F-15 aircraft has provided...
  • Twenty Citizens' Worth Of Blood Flowed Through Him: A Medic Confronts [truncated with trigger alert]

    04/20/2016 7:54:48 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 2 replies
    Deadspin ^ | April 17, 2016 [2012] | 'Dr. Watts'
    This was originally written for Deadspin's Blood Week, but shit happens and we're running it now. A 20-pound jug of homemade explosives will take off one or both legs somewhere between the knee and hip, perhaps breaking the pelvis and shattering vertebrae as the shockwave travels up through the skeleton. After our first Marine was wounded this way—let's call him Patient Zero—he was stabilized by his squad's hospital corpsman and flown to the trauma center, a British base that abuts Camp Leatherneck, the hub for Marine operations in southwest Afghanistan. At the time I was running a forward combat aid...
  • Smokescreen on the Potomac: Pentagon and Congress deliberately ignoring $36 million USMC study

    04/19/2016 11:35:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 19, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The United States of America is in mortal jeopardy and most Americans, tucked away in their beds tonight don’t even understand why or who is responsible for their peril. Those responsible are not from North Korea, China, Iran, Russia or ISIS. They are Department of Defense bureaucrats, members of Congress and senior leaders in the US military. The US military is committing suicide. We are in the first stages of beginning a process that is going to decimate the speed, lethality and combat power of the Marines and the US Army combat arms and special operations. The US military is...
  • Air Force blames crash that killed 14 on goggles case

    04/19/2016 2:02:33 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies
    cnn.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | Thom Patterson
    The crash of a huge C-130J cargo plane that killed 14 people in Afghanistan in October is being blamed on the misuse of a night-vision goggles case, according to a U.S. Air Force investigation report. The flight crashed 28 seconds after takeoff from Jalalabad Airport near the Afghan-Pakistani border on October 2 as it was heading to Bagram Airfield. Initially, the Taliban said Islamist fighters had downed the four-engine plane, but U.S. military officials immediately shed doubt on those claims. The dead included the pilot, co-pilot, two loadmasters, two security team members and five contractors as passengers. Three Afghan guards...
  • Study Shows Government Less Cyber Secure [semi-satire]

    04/19/2016 11:14:05 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Apr 2016 | John Semmens
    A study released by Security Scorecard found that all levels of government had a worse record of cyber security than major business firms. In measures of vulnerability to malware and security breaches, federal, state, and local governments ranked at the bottom. Education, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries were almost as bad. Information services, construction, food and technology were the best. Of the 600 government entities tracked, NASA performed the worst. Other low-performing government organizations included the U.S. Department of State. This latter revelation was jumped on by the Hillary Clinton for President campaign as "a total vindication of Secretary Clinton's decision...
  • ISIS Tries To Sow Chaos In Libya To Scare Oil Workers Away

    04/18/2016 4:11:35 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-04-2016 | Moammar
    As Libya wrangles over who is going to control its oil, the Islamic State is closing in, using sporadic attacks designed to rattle nerves and force oil-field evacuations or worker strikes out of fear. In recent months, ISIS has deployed a large number of fighters at several oil fields, and has been planning attacks on foreign workers as well as oil wells. In February 2015, one of the ISIS-inspired attacks on the Mabruk field killed nearly 12 people including four foreign nationals. In early January, ISIS launched an attack on the Es-Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil export terminals in the...
  • While Obama Golfs, Kremlin Shipping Trainloads of Tanks and Heavy Artillery into Ukraine

    04/18/2016 6:02:01 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 19 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 April 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    [Reuters pic]As I myself posted here in 2009, Barack Obama from the start projected a dangerous weakness in foreign policy, as I saw a future Putin proclaiming 'Yes We Can' invade Ukraine... and what are you going to do about it? Sorry to say that's all come to be, as the hapless, largely abandoned Ukrainians -and their lukewarm sponsors in the West- have been repeatedly outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin, both militarily and diplomatically. Sanctions have indeed hurt the Russian economy, yet nobody is better than the Kremlin at squeezing the plebes' living standards in the name of national-imperialist pride,...
  • From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Gender Neutrality

    04/17/2016 10:34:36 PM PDT · by pboyington · 9 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 17, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The Marines are facing their greatest fight; the battle to implement the lunatic gender neutral policies ordered by the Secretary of Defense and his willing executioner, Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. There is no doubt that Ray Mabus is going down in history as the worst Secretary of Navy in the long annals of the Marine Corps. Mabus is a disaster for the Marine Corps; a ready-made, machine fabricated, glow in the dark nightmare. Ray Mabus is a politically correct cluster; one each, olive drab. Ray Mabus is a leftist Visigoth, a man who’s breaking the premier fighting force...
  • Were Benghazi Deaths Result of Incompetence or Murder One?

    04/17/2016 8:41:08 PM PDT · by kathsua · 37 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | April 17th, 2016 | reasonmclucus
    After I published the previous post suggesting the Benghazi massacre demonstrated Hillary Clinton’s incompetence I received an email asking about the possibility that Clinton or someone intended for Ambassador Chris Stevens or another American to be murdered. I’m still inclined to believe the best explanation is incompetence, but I recognize the incident could have involved premeditated murder.
  • Obama’s Cold War

    04/16/2016 8:07:59 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 10 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, April 16, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week the USS Donald Cook was harassed by a pair of Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencers while on patrol in international waters of the Black Sea. The aircraft flew past the USS Cook a total of 20 times. They approached the ship in simulated attack positions, approaching within 1,000 meters at an altitude of only 30 meters. The planes were joined by a Russian military helicopter that took pictures of the Donald Cook after the flybys. At the time the Cook was near Kaliningrad, a Russian territory between Lithuania and Poland. The Ship had left Poland and was sailing out...
  • SOS – The US Navy is Sinking

    04/15/2016 9:31:21 PM PDT · by pboyington · 50 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 16, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US Navy has taken three torpedoes to its bow and is going down. These are trying times for the US Navy. It seems that every two weeks or so there is some crisis engulfing the once proud, competent and steadfast organization that used to be a bedrock of the nation’s defense. The performance and conduct of the US Navy lately has seemed like something emanating from a Third World, Banana Republic coastal defense force; heavy on medals and light on brains, skills and tenacious fighting spirit. Two days ago the USS Donald Cook was taunted and embarrassed by Russian...
  • Can Old Lady Clinton Understand Benghazi Significance?

    04/15/2016 8:58:49 AM PDT · by kathsua · 29 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | April 15th, 2016 | reasonmclucus
    The thing that most bothers me about Hillary Clinton’s comments about Benghazi is that she doesn’t seem to understand why people are concerned about her mishandling of the Benghazi situation. She doesn’t seem to understand that her mishandling of the situation allowed al Qaeda to win a major victory at Benghazi by killing the top U.S. official in Libya..... Clinton foolishly decided to make it as easy as possible for al Qaeda to kill Ambassador Chris Stevens. Her handling of the situation would have made more sense if she had wanted him to die.
  • VA Manager Says ‘Thank God’ They Don’t Have To Hire Veterans

    04/15/2016 12:08:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 13, 2016 | Luke Rosiak
    A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring manager said in a sworn deposition “thank God” they don’t give veterans hiring preference for well-paying jobs. The statement came when a VA dentistry chief was asked if being a veteran helps someone get a dentist job in the agency. His response was “not really. And thank God,” The Daily Caller News Foundation recently discovered in a court filing. Being a scout master in the Boy Scouts would do more to help someone get a top job at the VA than serving in the armed forced, Dr. Gonzalo Solis Sanchez of the VA...
  • Navy Secretary Bends Rules About Ship Naming to Honor Democratic Politician

    04/14/2016 5:48:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 13, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    Ray Mabus again accused of politicizing process Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is under fire for bending service rules in order to name the next Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer after a retired Democratic politician. Mabus, who has previously been accused of politicizing the ship-naming process, announced Monday that the destroyer will be named after Carl Levin, a former Democratic U.S. senator from Michigan who is still alive and did not serve in the U.S. military. Mabus disregarded Navy ship-naming rules stipulating that destroyers should be named for deceased members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including...
  • Navy to Name New Destroyer The USS Alfred C. Sharpton| Humor

    04/14/2016 2:45:09 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 16 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 14, 2016 | Dan Miller
    Inspired by the profound wisdom of Nancy Pelosi Navy Secretary Ray Mabus stated this week that Navy ships no longer need be named after dead old White geezers with medals of honor or politicians who have helped the Navy. Naming them after politicians favored by our dear leader Obama is now Navy policy. Sharpton may never have won a medal of honor, served in the U.S. Military or helped the Navy. However, he is a fighter for social justice and has destroyed lots of racist stuff. Once the Navy names a destroyer in his honor, he will have much more...
  • US Navy moves ship launching ceremony due to ‘harsh anti-gay laws’ in Mississippi

    04/14/2016 12:09:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 58 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/16 | Robert Laurie
    In the Navy, you can sail the seven seas The future USS Portland is already in the water, but it has yet to be commissioned. The ceremony to do so was scheduled to be held in Pascagoula, Mississippi at the end of May, but then the state decided to put its hatred, its bigotry, and its antiquated notions about the 1st Amendment on display. Since we’re a hyper-sensitive society that subsists on faux-outrage, we can’t tolerate any of that “religious freedom” nonsense. Super-important dignitaries refused to attend, so the Navy has determined that the christening simply had to be moved.
  • Russian fighters buzz U.S. Navy - Why? Because they can

    04/14/2016 9:30:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 57 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/16 | Robert Laurie
    Thumbing their noses If you’ve been watching the news over the course of the last 24-48 hours, you’ve no doubt seen the reports about Russian SU-24 attack planes buzzing the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75). This happened first on Monday, then again on Tuesday. At least one of the so-called “simulated attacks” saw the Russian fighters fly just 30 feet above the ship. If you haven’t seen the footage, here you go: The question is: Why would Putin do this? The answer is: “Because he can.”
  • Go, Brian Mast, Go!

    04/14/2016 8:47:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/16 | Judi McLeod
    Florida's 18th Congressional District There will be thousands of candidates vying for congressional, and senate seats in the 2016 general election, but only one the Army Times says “first started thinking about running for Congress from his hospital bed at Walter Reed”. Explosive ordnance disposal expert Brian Mast was bedridden for two months after losing both his legs to a land mine in Afghanistan, during which time a double amputee wanted to be the candidate, who could more than double the chances of a strong voice for vets if elected to Congress.
  • TX: Home Invasion Stopped with Gunfire by Former Marine; no Story

    04/14/2016 8:30:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the advantages of Open Carry is that it is a good excuse for social interaction.  I was in the local Dallas Wal-Mart, taking pictures of .22 ammuntion for sale, while another customer was waiting for the cabinet to be unlocked.  I asked him to take my picture.  On the shelf lined up with my chin, there are 31 50 round boxes of CCI standard velocity, for $3.47 each. My new photographer casually mentioned that he was there to buy .38 special ammunition, because he had to repel a home invasion the previous night. I asked if he...
  • These War Games Will Determine the Future of the Marine Corps

    04/14/2016 1:10:22 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    military.com ^ | Apr 13, 2016 | Hope Hodge Seck
    Marines from the Corps' East Coast and West Coast expeditionary forces will spend several months this summer in a competition of sorts to help determine how the service will fight and train ten years from now. This week, top brass from around the Corps are meeting in an executive off-site meeting near Washington, D.C., to discuss a plan that will use war games to shape the future force. It's part of an initiative called Force 2025, said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, the deputy commandant of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, who described the plan to Military.com during a recent lecture...
  • The US military’s silence is dooming it

    04/13/2016 9:24:28 PM PDT · by pboyington · 15 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 13, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    When did Omerta become the motto of the US military? Omerta is the Italian word for code of silence, an oath that all members of the Mafia take. Is the US military the Mafia? When did Tony Soprano become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? When did Tony Soprano become the capo de capo of the US military? For the last seven years while Obama’s Great Leap Backwards has been grinding up the US military with the speed of a Fargo wood chipper, the amount of comments and OPED’S and media appearances by military people denouncing the social...
  • The Gitmo Exodus

    04/13/2016 6:17:26 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/13/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Obama's rush to empty Guantanamo Bay prison and set free high-risk terrorists Despite warnings that Muslim terrorists remain a grave threat to the United States, President Obama gave two dangerous veteran jihadists at Guantanamo Bay get-out-of-jail-free cards earlier this month. Emptying out Guantanamo is a longtime goal of Obama. Shuttering the terrorist detention facility located on U.S.-held territory in Cuba has been a goal of President Obama, going back at least to the campaign trail in 2008. He wants to close the prison camp and unleash the worst of the worst among Islamic terrorists, allowing them to wreak havoc and...
  • Navy secretary to Marines: Women in combat is irreversible

    04/13/2016 2:33:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 13, 2016 | The Associated Press
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had a simple message for 1,500 Marines and sailors: The decision to let women compete for all military combat positions is as irreversible as earlier edicts to integrate blacks and allow gays and lesbians to openly serve. It was Mabus' third visit to a major Marine Corps base to explain the issue to rank-and-file audiences since Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in December that all combat positions would be open to women. Mabus repeatedly emphasized that standards won't be lowered....
  • The US Army has forgotten its mission

    04/12/2016 9:41:11 PM PDT · by pboyington · 14 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 12, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The old adage used to go, “First the mission and then the men.” In today’s Army, with its gallant senior leaders at the helm; the old adage has been amended to: first the pension, retirement benefits, defense contractor job after out-processing, TV analyst gig part time, permanent PX parking space for the wife and somewhere after a couple hundred more priorities there is the mission and then the men, the women and of course, the gender neutrals. The US Army seems to be doing a Thelma and Louise every day now. Pentagon feather merchants who resemble Fortune 500 executives feed...
  • The Infantry and the Police are not similar

    04/11/2016 7:49:30 PM PDT · by pboyington · 17 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Here we go… The US Army now has its first female infantry recruit, a police officer in Louisiana. According to Fox News: Tammy Barnett said she figures her new job will be a lot like her old one. With one notable exception: She’ll be the first female to do it. The 25-year-old Louisiana police officer is set to report to basic training as the Army’s first female infantry recruit, The Army Times reported. Barnett will serve in one of the military occupational specialties opened to women on April 1. She made her initial visit to recruiters in November, took her...
  • How The Oil Crisis Has Impacted Military Spending

    04/11/2016 2:33:46 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-04-2016 | Irina
    A report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has revealed that most of the world’s nations hiked their military budgets last year, marking the first increase in spending since the 2008 crisis. It seems that the only ones not taking part in this military spending hike are some of the world’s biggest oil producers. While the United States is still the country with the largest military budget at $596 billion spent in 2015, this figure was actually a decline on the previous year. Saudi Arabia, according to Bloomberg, would also have cut its military budget if not for the...
  • 10 Signs China's Military Is Weaker Than You Think (Spends 40% of Time Learning "Patriotic Songs")

    04/10/2016 3:23:11 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 56 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5-27-2015 | China Uncensored
    Sure China has the largest standing army in the world, with 2.3 million people, a military budget of 120 billion dollars, and experimental spider tanks. But it turns out that China's People's Liberation Army might not be as powerful as you think. And here are 10 reasons why.
  • CENTCOM Analysts Reportedly Removed Over Syria Warnings: The Politics of Analysts under Obama

    04/09/2016 7:54:00 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 2 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, April 9, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Big Brother is alive and well and will remove from the playing field anyone who fails to follow accepted political policy. Obama doesn’t need to worry about negative stories if his followers can stop criticism by low level analysts and flush it down the memory hole. The Daily Beast recently reported that U.S. Central Command forced two senior intelligence analysts out of their jobs because they told the truth about U.S. backed rebel groups in Syria. The analysts had expressed doubts about the rebel’s capability and commitment to U.S. objectives in the region. Their reports placed them at odds with...
  • All Three Zumwalt Class Destroyers to Be Assigned to Pacific: Carter

    04/09/2016 12:12:16 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies
    military.com ^ | Apr 08, 2016 | Richard Sisk
    All three of the new Zumwalt class of stealthy destroyers -- the Zumwalt currently undergoing trials and two others yet to be built -- will be assigned to the Pacific as part of the rebalance of U.S. forces to the region to promote stability and counter China, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday.
  • Army Chief Opposes Private Weapons for Troops [semi-satire]

    04/08/2016 2:23:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Apr 2016 | John Semmens
    In testimony before a congressional committee investigating the murders of military personnel at military facilities, Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley told Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that he was opposed to letting troops carry personal weapons to defend themselves. "Let me assure Congress that our higher ranking officers are well protected by the existing procedures," the General said. "Base commanders have a contingent of armed guards between themselves and any potential assailant. I am confident that no intruders could get to them without themselves being shot." "What about lower ranking soldiers?" Lee asked. "They don't have guards assigned to...
  • Inside the Plot to Destroy Veterans' Health Care

    04/08/2016 6:10:07 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 40 replies
    AFGE (fed employee union) ^ | April 1, 2016 | N/A
    Veterans earned their VA health care when they signed the dotted line to serve our country. So when American Legion Commander Dale Barnett saw that a commission that is top-heavy with private hospital executives was trying to dismantle it, he had to be blunt. “I don’t understand how commissions paid by the federal government are able to break ranks, create an unapproved report and try to advance self-serving agendas while operating as congressional appointees,” Barnett said. He's talking about the congressionally-mandated Commission on Care, an entity dominated by private hospital executives and Koch Brothers-affiliated "policy experts." The commission's charge under...
  • Smart Fuses Make Smart Artillery Affordable

    04/06/2016 1:52:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I worked on the PGK project while I was at Yuma Proving Ground.  A year ago, this article was published in defensenews.com: WASHINGTON — The US Army has awarded Orbital ATK with a $120 million contract modification to make kits that turn conventional 155mm artillery into a near-precision shell. The kits are meant to limit civilian casualties and collateral damage, allowing the use of artillery where it would have otherwise been ill-advised — in a congested area or near friendly forces.The guidance fuzes would be fielded to the Army, the Marine Corps, Australia and Canada. Deliveries are scheduled to...
  • 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 world’s thugs, maniacs and sociopaths that teed off against us....
  • What Trump and Cruz’s Clueless Muslim Rhetoric Will Cost America

    04/04/2016 6:34:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 1, 2016 | Tom Ridge
    he face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.” I was proud to be an American the day our president spoke those words. No, not our current president. That quote came from President George W. Bush exactly six days after the 9/11 attacks. At a time when many Americans were understandably concerned about radical Muslims doing further harm—with the visions of the Twin Towers collapsing and the Pentagon smoldering still fresh in their minds—President Bush chose that moment...
  • Watch: The US Military’s new submarine-hunting drone ship

    04/04/2016 5:14:54 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    mybroadband.co.za ^ | April 4, 2016 | Staff Writer
    The US Department of Defense’s Darpa has shown off its “Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel” – a drone ship made to track enemy subs. The drone ship was recently tested in Oregon, with the aim of getting the vessel to its top speed of 50km/h. Darpa said the ship can detect enemy submarines – including diesel-electric vessels, reported Engadget – and track them without putting human lives at risk. Darpa is scheduled to christen the ship on 7 April.
  • The US Army’s Sikh Can of Worms

    04/03/2016 7:55:47 PM PDT · by pboyington · 60 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 3, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The latest Category Five Hurricane battering the Army concerns a US Army officer who has demanded to wear long hair, a beard and a turban while on active duty with the lean green machine. As NBC reports: In a decision by the U.S. Army Thursday, Capt. Simratpal Singh, a decorated Sikh-American officer and combat veteran, has received a long-term religious accommodation to serve with long hair, a beard, and turban in accordance with his Sikh faith. In March, a U.S. district judge issues a temporary restraining order against additional non-standard, discriminatory testing. According to The Sikh Coalition, which is representing...
  • VIDEO:Former Drill Sgt. Unleashes HELL On Obama Admin.(MUST WATCH!)

    04/03/2016 1:12:08 AM PDT · by ResisTyr · 36 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 31 March 2016 | John Burk
    (WARNING: STRONG, POLITICALLY INCORRECT LANGUAGE!!) This Will Give You Patriotic Chills Posted by on Thursday, March 31, 2016   Under President Barack Obama, the United States military has been cut to its core, and many military members are feeling quite discouraged because they aren’t being allowed to do their jobs. Over the years, an increasing number of servicemen and women have begun to speak out against Obama’s policies and those carried out by his military leaders. John Burk, a former drill sergeant, posted a video titled “The Inward Decay of the Military” on his Facebook page in which he ripped...