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  • Crony Biofuel Politics Wag the Dog

    03/14/2015 9:47:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | March 14, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Talk about the Norfolk terrier tail wagging the Great Dane. If they are to have any hope of winning their party’s nomination, Republican presidential hopefuls better support ethanol mandates, Hawkeye State politicos told potential candidates at the recent Iowa Agricultural Summit in Des Moines. “Don’t mess with the RFS,” Republican Governor Terry Branstad warned, referring to Renewable Fuel Standards that require refiners to blend increasing amounts of ethanol into gasoline. “It is the Holy Grail, and I will defend it,” said Rep. Steve King, another Iowa Republican. It is vital for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing dangerous climate change...
  • NASAs chief confirms it: Without Russia, space station lost

    03/08/2015 8:21:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 76 replies ^ | 3/4/2015 | Eric Berger
    NASA's Administrator Charles Bolden acknowledged Wednesday there is no back-up plan to fly the International Space Station if Russia cuts off U.S. access to space. "We would make an orderly evacuation," Bolden said during a U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. Because both countries are dependent upon one another, the $140 billion station would be lost.
  • Securing America

    01/29/2015 4:24:57 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/29/15 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    National Defense Briefs: (Editors Note: National Defense Briefs is a series aimed at informing readers with timely U.S. military and homeland security news updates, trends, definitions, and short commentaries. Canada Free Press highlights the National Defense Briefs that matter.) U.S. State Department officials met Jan. 28, 2015 with the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi a day after the committees chairman, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), complained about resistance [from the White House] and vowed to ratchet up his schedule interviews with up to 22 potential witnesses who work for the State Department or have knowledge of the...
  • Pentagon To Scrap Warplane The Islamic State Fears

    01/26/2015 10:13:33 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 26, 2016 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense Spending: The venerable A-10 Warthog, designed to stop Soviet tanks, and the perfect weapon to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, as President Obama promised, faces a budgetary chopping block. We have noted the irony of how Obama was going to war against the Islamic State with weapons systems he had scrapped, ending the production runs of the F-22 Raptor and Tomahawk cruise missiles. They were dismissed by the administration as relics of the Cold War even as Russia was rearming and trying to reassemble the old Soviet Union. We've also mentioned the phasing out of the A-10 Thunderbolt,...
  • Russia: NATO expansion is biggest threat we face - warns Ukraine it would be "dangerous" to do so

    12/27/2014 2:05:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 26, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Russia has adopted a new military doctrine, keeping North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) expansion first among its list of primary external threats. The revised doctrine [PDF in Russian - 29 pages with 58 sections], signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, is comparable to a 2010 version, which also listed NATO expansion as a primary threat. Additions to the doctrine include a highlighting of the threat from "global strategic antiballistic missile systems" and a Russian goal to protect its interests in the Arctic region, according to Russian state-funded news organization RT. The doctrines adoption comes days after Ukraine took a...
  • Guantnamo Bay fight awaits Pentagon pick

    11/25/2014 4:47:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    President Obamas push to close the prison at Guantnamo Bay is likely to become a flashpoint as he seeks to confirm a replacement for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Obama is seeking to close the detention center before leaving office, which would fulfil a promise he made during his first White House run in 2008. But with Republicans and some Democrats opposed to releasing the detainees or bringing them to U.S. prisons, the administration has considered closing the facility through executive action, according to The Wall Street Journal. The White House questioned the Journal report, but did not explicitly deny...
  • Jimmy Carter finds bright spot in being called a terrible president by John McCain

    11/21/2014 11:01:02 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    Former President Jimmy Carter responded Friday to being referred to as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., quipping that its a compliment to be considered a terrible president by a warmonger like McCain. [SNIP] I was lucky enough to go through my four years, we never shot a bullet or dropped a bomb or fired a missile, Carter said.
  • Need a foreign policy strategy? Heres Ronald Reagans from 34 years ago

    09/03/2014 10:34:41 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-09-03 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Google has announced it is developing next generation quantum computer chip as part of its plan to enable machines to think like humans. The internet company's Quantum Artificial Intelligence team, together with researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, will create the super-fast chip. They will work on a hardware initiative to design and build chips operating on sub-atomic levels, making them exponentially faster than processors in ordinary computers.
  • China splurging on military as US pulls back

    04/24/2014 12:48:56 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 4/24/14 | Chris Bodeen
    China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation. In a little more than a decade, it's expected to have three aircraft carriers, giving it more clout than ever in a region of contested seas and festering territorial disputes. Those numbers testify to huge increases in defense spending that have endowed China with the largest military budget behind the United States and fueled an increasingly large and sophisticated defense industry. While Beijing still lags far behind the U.S. in both funding and technology, its spending boom is attracting new scrutiny at a time of severe cuts...
  • Early Warning: The Continuing Need for National Defense

    04/08/2014 2:14:31 PM PDT · by RicocheT · 5 replies
    Imprimis, Hillsdale College ^ | March 2014 | Brian T. Kennedy
    Harold Rood, a professor of international relations at Claremont McKenna College who died in 2011, was not as well known as he was influential. A soldier in Pattons army in World War II, he taught his students that war is permanent to the human condition, and that in war it is better to win, for no one ever had to accommodate a loser. America will always have enemies, he told them, and those enemies will forever be planning and expending resources to place themselves in a position to defeat us. It would be nice if it was otherwise, he was...
  • U.S., China Scoreless After One

    11/30/2013 6:22:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | November 30, 2013 | Michael Auslin
    ".............Within 24 hours of Beijings announcement of the new ADIZ and rules, civilian airlines from Singapore, Australia, South Korea, and Japan accepted the new conditions. This was a prudent move, given that the lives of their thousands of passengers are suddenly in the hands of 25-year-old Chinese fighter pilots with no record of dealing with fast-moving crises. Yet it also was a huge victory for China, giving legitimacy to its claims to have administrative control over huge swaths of the skies of Asia. Again, if reports are to be believed, Japan requests information only if undocumented flights appear to be...
  • Senate's nuclear option vote blows up defense policy bill

    11/22/2013 1:26:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2013 | Tim Mak
    The Senate's decision to invoke the "nuclear option" and limit Republican opportunities to use the filibuster had the side-effect of blowing up work on the annual Pentagon policy legislation the body was considering Thursday. Senators debated the defense bill into the evening on Wednesday, but the work came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning when Democrats moved to change the rules of the Senate. The move puts into doubt the fate of the National Defense Authorization Act, the one piece of legislation that has been signed by the president for 51 consecutive years. "This [nuclear option] blew it up," said...
  • Sen. Cruz [the adult in the room]: Attacking Syria Is Not In National Interest

    09/02/2013 7:31:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Aug 28, 2013 | Hannity/Cruz interview
    Recommend watching the great video at the source for an example of how Cruz conducts himself as a constitutional conservative and patriot. Jim SEAN HANNITY: Here with reaction to this and much more is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Senator, thanks for being with us. What should the response be from your perspective? SEN. TED CRUZ, R-TEXAS: Well, Secretary Kerry is right that Assad using chemical weapons is an outrage and it's wrong. But unfortunately missing from his statement and from the president's approach so far has been a focus on what the touchstone should be, which is the vital U.S....
  • Cutting One-Fifth. Twice.

    08/04/2013 9:42:45 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies
    Time ^ | July 17, 2013 | Mark Thompson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he has ordered a 20% cut in the ranks of the Pentagons top military officers and senior civilians. Beginning in 2015, and completed by 2019. Well, as we used to say: speed kills. The estimated 4,000 jobs at stake represent not only a fifth of those working at the highest levels of the U.S. military, but also represent about one-fifth of 1% of the U.S. militarys total full-time workforce. Hagels warning shot of budgetary pain to come marks the first time he has revealed action called for by the Strategic Choices...
  • It's all about to hit the fan ('politics as usual' cannot save nation from disaster)

    04/22/2013 9:48:32 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 22, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    Have you ever had the feeling the nation is on the brink of utter disaster? Has that feeling ever been stronger than it is right now? It turns out that after spending hundreds of billions on foreign wars and nearly an equal amount on a new bureaucracy called the Department of Homeland Security, Americans are just as vulnerable to Islamic terrorist attacks as they were on 9/11. For days that seemed like weeks, the systematically disarmed residents of the Boston and Cambridge area cowered in their homes and hid in their closets in fear of one armed and dangerous terrorist...

    04/07/2013 5:38:47 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 6, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES DON'T END AT THE BORDER For over a decade, the British Crown had been at war with the American colonies. One could argue that April 6, 1776 was the day that the American colonies had finally had it. The sundering of the bonds between two peoples is not something that happens in a day. The relationship between Great Britain and what was to become the United States of America began as a close-knit bond. The link between these frontier territories and their mother country was tight and fond at first; Americans were proud to think of themselves...
  • How North Korea Could Destroy The United States

    04/05/2013 7:10:05 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 398 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 5, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: The administration moves an advanced missile defense system to Guam because it knows a single low-yield nuke detonated at high altitude could send America back in time a hundred years. The announcement Wednesday by the Defense Department that it would soon deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD), a missile defense system inherited from the Bush administration, to Guam underscores the seriousness of the threat from North Korea, whose actions, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rightly said, "present a real and clear danger." This move comes after the Obama administration reversed its previous scuttling of Bush administration...
  • N. Korea approves nuclear strike on US

    04/03/2013 1:05:52 PM PDT · by illiac · 186 replies
    AFP ^ | 4/3/13 | AFP
    SEOUL The North Korean army said Thursday it had final approval to launch "merciless" military strikes on the United States, involving the possible use of "cutting-edge" nuclear weapons. In a statement published by the official KCNA news agency, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) said it was formally informing Washington that reckless US threats would be "smashed by... cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means". "The merciless operation of (our) revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified," the statement said.
  • America's New Security Team: Is It Ready for Prime Time?

    02/26/2013 6:59:46 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 2 replies ^ | February 26, 2013 |
    LTC West interviews General Boykin on national defense issues.
  • Hagel Proves Obama Won't Stop Iran

    02/22/2013 1:48:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | February 22, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Does it matter that a nominee for secretary of defense doesn't particularly care for American power? Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 2007, Sen. Chuck Hagel revealed the kind of prejudices regarding American military strength most frequently found in the pages of the Nation magazine or among protesters at Occupy rallies. Distancing himself from Republicans he regarded as too bellicose, Hagel said, "Rather than acting like a nation riddled with the insecurities of a schoolyard bully, we ought to carry ourselves with the confidence that should come from the dignity of our heritage, the experience of...
  • Executive Order: National Defense Resources Preparedness

    03/16/2012 11:06:46 PM PDT · by ebshumidors · 440 replies
    The White House ^ | 3/16/12 | The White House
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2012 Executive Order -- National Defense Resources Preparedness EXECUTIVE ORDER NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (50 U.S.C. App. 2061 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows: PART I - PURPOSE, POLICY, AND IMPLEMENTATION Section 101. Purpose....
  • Canada scraps F-35 purchase as audit puts true cost past $30B

    12/06/2012 10:15:51 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 30 replies
    National Post ^ | December 6, 2012 | Michael Den Tandt
    The F-35 jet fighter purchase, the most persistent thorn in the Harper governments side and the subject of a devastating auditor-generals report last spring, is dead. Faced with the imminent release of an audit by accountants KPMG that will push the total projected life-cycle costs of the aircraft above $30-billion, the operations committee of cabinet decided Tuesday evening to scrap the controversial sole-source program and go back to the drawing board, a source familiar with the decision said. This occurred after Chief of the Defence Staff Thomas Lawson, while en route overseas, was called back urgently to appear before the...
  • More Than the Navys Numbers Could Be Sinking

    12/04/2012 4:22:09 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Time ^ | December 4, 2012 | Winslow Wheeler
    Second of three articlesThe shrinking size of the fleet is just one variable in considering its adequacy: the ability to perform assigned missions, especially after withstanding whatever threats may exist, is a far better measure than mere numbers. As described by the Congressional Research Service, a core mission is to influence events ashore by countering both land- and sea-based military forces of potential regional threatsincluding improved Chinese military forces and non-state terrorist organizations. This is similar to the mission described by former defense secretary Robert Gates: to enhanceoverall posture and capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region with numbers, speed, and agility...
  • Petraeus friend Jill Kelley found place hosting military parties [financial woes]

    11/13/2012 2:13:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 111 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | Staff and wires
    ........... Since the Kelleys have been in Tampa, records show, one or both have been subjects of lawsuits nine times including an $11,000 judgment against them that originated in Pennsylvania. Ongoing cases, the court records show, include an indebtedness case from Chase Bank; a foreclosure case from Regions Bank; and a credit card case from FIA Card Services. Not long after the couple arrived in Tampa, Jill Kelley and her identical twin sister, Natalie Khawam, appeared for a taping of the Food Network's reality show, Food Fight. The segment featured sibling rivalry, with the twins cooking off against two...
  • Bradley Offspring, GCV, May Top 84 Tons, Heavier Than M1 Tank

    11/12/2012 1:49:28 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 47 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | November 8, 2012 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    What may weigh more than an M1 Abrams tank and carry 12 soldiers? The Army's Ground Combat Vehicle. New weight estimates for GCV, released this week by the Congressional Budget Office, will likely go over like a lead ballon with the program's critics in Congress and in the Army itself. Depending on the model and add-on armor package, an M1 weighs 60 to 75.5 tons. According to the CBO report, the General Dynamics design for the GCV weighs 64 to 70 tons. BAE s proposal is still heavier, at 70 to 84. Two years ago, when the Army withdrew its...
  • Mitt Romney Was Right: U.S. Needs A Bigger Navy - On The Ocean Size Matters

    10/29/2012 9:16:45 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Common Defense: The president says it's OK to have fewer ships because today's vessels have much better capabilities. But each ship can be in only one place at a time. When Mitt Romney noted the shrinking Navy under Barack Obama's budget cuts and the sequestration his Office of Management and Budget director drew up, the president sarcastically replied: "We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of 'Battleship' where we're counting ships; it's what are our capabilities." As we've...
  • Mitt Romney Was Right: U.S. Needs A Bigger Navy

    10/26/2012 2:46:07 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 26, 2012
    Common Defense: The president says it's OK to have fewer ships because today's vessels have much better capabilities. But each ship can be in only one place at a time. When Mitt Romney noted the shrinking Navy under Barack Obama's budget cuts and the sequestration his Office of Management and Budget director drew up, the president sarcastically replied: "We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of 'Battleship' where we're counting ships; it's what are our capabilities." As we've...
  • New tracked Stryker APC design unveiled at JBLM

    10/25/2012 2:08:18 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 21 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | October 24, 2012 | Adam Ashton
    The manufacturer of the eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles that make up the backbone of the Armys fleet at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is unveiling new models of at a conference this week, including ones that would have run counter to their initial purpose as a rapidly deployable medium weight infantry carrier. General Dynamics is pitching the new models as a path for the Army to improve its vehicle fleet without spending billions of dollars designing new options. One of the new models is a tracked Stryker that weighs some 42 tons 22 tons more than an off-the-floor, basic Stryker infantry carrier.*...
  • Obama Pushed Sequestration And Defense Cuts - and Marines still use bayonets

    10/24/2012 11:25:32 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    Defense Spending: Despite debate assertions, our commander in chief has in fact presided over a shrinking Navy and an Air Force with planes older than their pilots. And what's worse, he planned it that way. When Mitt Romney accurately said that under President Obama the U.S. Navy had fewer ships than in 1917, our commander-in-chief petulantly and contemptuously responded, "Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed." As a Marine tweeted Fox News after the debate, they still use bayonets and, yes, we'll have fewer of them under the combined impact...
  • Payments on Interest to Exceed Defense Spending by $125 Billion [Under President's Budget Plan]

    10/24/2012 6:34:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 23, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    In a decade, federal spending to pay for the interest on America's debt will exceed total spending on the defense budget by $125 billion, or 20 percent, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Budget Management. The projections are based on President Barack Obama's current budget plan. Here's a chart from the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that shows 2022 national defense spending vs. net interest payments:
  • I have not heard the real error in Obama's military budget argument pointed out - 12 hours later

    10/23/2012 9:50:12 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 7 replies
    Vanity | 10/23/2012 | Self
    Obama's response regarding cutting the "military budget" last night was insanely wrong. But one has to a) have been involved with or seen technology "projects" and b) not been asleep and c) pinched oneself last night to engage one's brain while Obama was talking so one could remember a little place I like to call 'realityland". Instead being in realityland, many are getting wrapped up in Obama's sarcastic bayonet remarks. Sensible, informed people know that bayonets - and even horses - are still in use, while leftists experience a mental "whiteout" from glee whenever anything sarcastic or vile is said...
  • Obama's Ersatz Space Program - Questionable Agenda

    10/15/2012 12:56:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2012 | Bruce Johnson
    ........Of all the waste by the Federal government and with all the other Federal agencies that could be moved to privatization, Obama selects our space program. This detracts from the progress of our missile technology that is shared with our military, it inhibits our national defense, and it damages our national identity.Space X is Obama's choice for supplanting NASA. It appears Obama has picked another loser. Move over Solyndra.Let's begin with the performance to date of the ersatz space program called Space X....."Thus far, NASA has awarded at least $2.1 billion in SAA money to private space companies,including a total...
  • Damage but no injuries as U.S. Navy cruiser, submarine collide

    10/13/2012 8:22:10 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 54 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 13, 2012 | Reuters
    A U.S. Navy Aegis cruiser collided with a nuclear-powered submarine during exercises off the East Cost on Saturday, collapsing the sonar dome on the cruiser and possibly causing other damage, but no injuries, U.S. Navy officials said. The collision between the USS San Jacinto and the nuclear-powered submarine USS Montpelier occurred about 3:30 p.m., the Navy said in a statement. The Navy declined to say where off the East Coast the accident occurred. A Navy official said the watch team aboard the San Jacinto saw a periscope rise from the water about 100 to 200 yards (meters) ahead of the...
  • Lawless Obama Tells Contractors Its OK To Break Law To Get Him Reelected

    10/03/2012 5:35:03 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Corruption: Our lawless president tells defense contractors they can break the law requiring politically inconvenient layoff notices caused by sequestration defense cuts, and the taxpayers will pay their legal bills. When President Obama took the oath of office, he swore to uphold the Constitution and see that the laws of the United States were faithfully executed. He lied, and that lie was exposed in the administration's weekly document dump last Friday. It included a memo from the Department of Labor telling defense contractors not to obey the law and that, if they don't, U.S. taxpayers will foot their legal bills...

    09/23/2012 6:21:12 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 70 replies
    Diana West ^ | September 23, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
    Below is an extraordinary, heart-stopping and historic letter. It is a letter SSG Matthew Sitton sent to U.S. Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young after his commanders in Afghanistan told him to "quit whining" about orders to lead patrols without objective "through, for lack of a better term, basically a mine field on a daily basis," as Sitton wrote. Twice daily basis, in fact. On August 2, 2012, Sitton and another US soldier were killed in one the IED-riddled field he spoke of. Eighty-one-year-old Rep. Young, who attends the same church in Florida as the Sitton family, this week announced he no...
  • Army and Marine Corps pick JLTV winner

    08/27/2012 12:45:28 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 22 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | August 23, 2012 | Michael Hoffman
    The U.S. Army and Marine Corps awarded Oshkosh, AM General and Lockheed Martin 27-month contracts to compete in the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle competition — the last round before a winner is selected to build the Humvee replacement fleet. Service officials surprised many by choosing AM General and Oshkosh over BAE Systems’ and General Dynamics’ bids considering BAE Systems and General Dynamics had taken part in the technology development phase of the program. AM General announced it’s independent bid from General Dynamics just days before bids were due to compete for the EMD...
  • Report: State Dept. Considers Eliminating US Nuclear Arsenal

    08/24/2012 5:33:24 AM PDT · by opentalk · 64 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | August 24, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Although President Obama's current defense cuts are so drastic that even Rep. Nancy Pelosi is scared they might cost Democrats more seats in the House, State Dept. advisers are reportedly encouraging further cuts and even the all-out elimination of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. A State Dept. report addressing this issue justifies the suggestion on the grounds that possessing nuclear weapons drives other nations to "acquisition and/or use of nuclear weapons." In other words, as long as nations like the U.S., Israel, and Russia have nukes but rogue nations like Iran and North Korea don't Iran and North Korea will continually...
  • Somebody Should Tell Politicians that the Military Budget is for National Defense,

    08/22/2012 5:04:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 22, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I agree with George Will that its okay to reduce Pentagon spending. After all, the United States accounts for almost one-half of the worlds military outlays, about twice as much as the combined total of possible enemies. But I also agree that national defense is one of the few legitimate functions of the federal government, so I want to make sure we get the most bang for the buck (no pun intended) from every penny.Thats why I get especially irritated when I read horror stories about Pentagon waste.But in many cases, its not the fault of the Generals and Admirals....
  • Army cancels XM806 .50 machine gun, will modernize M2HB instead

    08/10/2012 8:26:49 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 41 replies
    The Firearm Blog ^ | July 24, 2012
    The Army has decided to cut the XM806 Lightweight .50 Caliber Machine Gun program. The XM806 was a scaled down version of the 25mm XM307 Advanced Crew Served Weapon, which was also cut before it went into production. The XM806 was originally going to be deployed this year, but delays pushed the expected deployment date back to late 2013 or early 2014. Military Times reports that the money allocated to the XM806 will be used to upgrade the Army's .50 M2 Browning machine guns to the M2A1 version. Earlier this year the Army announced plans to upgrade every M2 to...
  • Maintenance Hurdles Mount For LCS

    07/24/2012 7:26:16 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    AUSN ^ | July 23, 2012 | Christopher P. Cavas
    When the littoral combat ship Freedom needs scheduled maintenance overseas, the workers who step onboard had better be Americans. U.S. law bars foreign shipyard workers from doing such tasks as preventive and corrective maintenance, deep cleaning and corrosion control crucial work for a ship manned by only 50 or so Sailors, meaning it will rely more on shore-based support than other U.S. Navy ships. And as more LCS hulls come into service, that foreign-based support will become ever more important. The U.S. plans to base four ships in Singapore Freedom will sail there next year and another...
  • New report on Littoral Combat Ship released - quick-swap module system unworkable

    07/23/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
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  • Obama's Plan For World Without Nuclear WeaponsOurs (he must be defeated)

    07/07/2012 1:51:42 PM PDT · by no-llmd · 86 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 7-7-2012 | Investors Business Daily
    The Obama Record: In pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons, the president finalizes plans to decimate our nuclear deterrent and reduce our warhead count beyond even treaty commitments. (snip) President Obama has decided that indeed we are going to tempt them with weakness. According to an Associated Press report on conversations with current and former administration officials, Obama is finalizing plans, perhaps to be released later this month, to cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal to between 1,000 and 1,100 warheads with the goal "in the longer term, (of) eliminating nuclear weapons."
  • Russian general says Chinese warhead arsenal larger, more lethal than U.S. estimates

    06/29/2012 8:51:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 10 replies
    The Washington Free BEacon ^ | June 29, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    Chinas nuclear warhead stockpile is more than twice as large as U.S. intelligence estimates and could include as many as 3,000 warheads, according to a retired Russian general and former strategic forces commander. Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin, the former head of the Strategic Rocket Forces, revealed in a May 2012 article that based on estimated stocks of up to 70 tons of uranium and plutonium, Beijing has enough material for 3,600 nuclear warheads. Based on the fissile material, there are probably 1,600 to 1,800 warheads in the Chinese nuclear arsenal, Yesin stated. According to assessments, 800 to 900 warheads...
  • The $5 Billion Camo Snafu (Army retiring ACU)

    06/25/2012 4:53:08 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 78 replies
    The Daily ^ | June 24, 2012 | Erik German
    The Army is changing clothes. Over the next year, Americas largest fighting force is swapping its camouflage pattern. The move is a quiet admission that the last uniform a pixelated design that debuted in 2004 at a cost of $5 billion was a colossal mistake. Soldiers have roundly criticized the gray-green uniform for standing out almost everywhere its been worn. Industry insiders have called the financial mess surrounding the pattern a fiasco. As Army researchers work furiously on a newer, better camouflage, its natural to ask what went wrong and how theyll avoid the same missteps this time...
  • Pentagon seeks return to long-abandoned military port in Vietnam

    06/04/2012 9:15:58 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 34 replies
    Loas Angeles Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | David S. Cloud
    Forty-five years ago, American cargo ships filled this vast harbor, unloading supplies day after day for U.S. troops fighting the Viet Cong. Today, the bays azure waters are largely empty, except for local fishing boats. The once-bustling U.S. airbase here, formerly home to fighter squadrons and a combat hospital, is abandoned, a reminder of the U.S. militarys exit from most of Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War. But the Pentagon is plotting a return. On Sunday, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta flew in to Cam Ranh Bay, the first Pentagon chief to come to this deep-water port 200 miles north...

    05/16/2012 2:36:48 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 44 replies
    Congressman Allen West ^ | May 16, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
  • F-22 Ground Crew Suffered Hypoxia-Like Symptoms

    05/11/2012 10:53:04 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 25 replies
    Defensetech ^ | May 9, 2012 | Defensetech
    Fresh on the heels of yesterdays announcement by the Air Force that it thinks the hypoxia-like symptoms suffered by F-22 Raptor pilots may be caused by the jets high-altitude performance, reports are emerging that ground crew are also suffering from similar ailments when they stand near the jet while its engines are running. Interesting. At least five ground maintainers complained of illness between September and December, Air Combat Command spokesman Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis said in an Air Force Times article that hit the newsstands Monday. The maintainers grew sick after breathing in ambient air during ground engine runs, a...
  • GDEB Delivers USS Mississippi to US Navy 363 Days Ahead

    05/05/2012 11:56:47 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Naval Today ^ | May 3, 2012 | Naval Today Staff
    General Dynamics Electric Boat yesterday delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Mississippi (SSN-782) to the U.S. Navy 363 days ahead of contract schedule and more than $60 million below target cost. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics . John Holmander, vice president and Virginia program manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat, noted that Mississippi was at the most combat-ready state of any Virginia-class submarine at delivery. He credited the Navy, the shipbuilders and the supplier base for achieving significant shipbuilding benchmarks with the delivery of Mississippi. Mississippi is the ninth ship of the Virginia Class, the most...
  • Papers Released Show Problems with Littoral Combat Ship (Severe hull cracks, speed limited to 15kts)

    04/28/2012 6:14:43 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 34 replies
    POGO ^ | April 23, 2012 | Danielle Brian
    Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members: Your Committees have repeatedly questioned the utility and effectiveness of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programwhich is expected to cost taxpayers more than $120 billion over the life of the program[1] and constitute as much as half of the Navys surface fleet.[2] Your Committees have repeatedly been assured by the Navy as well as by the ships manufacturers that the program is delivering quality ships. Unfortunately, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), a nonpartisan independent watchdog that has championed responsible weapons procurement for more than three decades, has learned that these assurances about one of...
  • US Weapons Filled with Fake ChiCom Parts, While Putin Works on Zombie Ray Gun?

    04/05/2012 12:07:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush ^ | April 5, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I got an e-mail this morning from Cal Thomas, and he got an e-mail from Jim Pinkerton. You all know who James Pinkerton is. Pinkerton is on the Fox News media analysis show. And this is a story from the UK Telegraph that these guys were sending back and forth to each other. Cal Thomas sent it to me. The headline of the story -- and it's dated today -- "US Weapons 'Full of Fake Chinese Parts' -- Thousands of United States' warplanes, ships and missiles contain fake electronic components from China, leaving them open to malfunction,...