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  • Pentagon Admits "Lapses In Accountability" Led To Loss Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of US Guns (Trunc)

    08/24/2016 10:23:14 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 24, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Back in April 2016, the New York Times published an article highlighting a number of Facebook pages in the Middle East being used to sell U.S. military equipment. A terrorist hoping to buy an antiaircraft weapon in recent years needed to look no further than Facebook, which has been hosting sprawling online arms bazaars, offering weapons ranging from handguns and grenades to heavy machine guns and guided missiles. The Facebook posts suggest evidence of large-scale efforts to sell military weapons coveted by terrorists and militants. The weapons include many distributed by the United States to security forces and their proxies...
  • Did The US Just Declare A No Fly Zone in Syria?

    08/22/2016 8:46:15 PM PDT · by amorphous · 52 replies
    Conflict News ^ | 22 August 2016 | Michael Cruickshank
    Over the course of the 5 year-long civil war in Syria, the US has slowly escalated its military involvement. However one significant move which they have so far failed to implement is a No Fly Zone (NFZ) enforced by their aircraft over all (or just part) of Syria. Despite this, today the US may have tacitly announced just such a NFZ. In a press conference this evening, the Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, made a number of statements regarding US forces in Syria. These statements came following reports that the US backed SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) had been bombed by...
  • Pentagon can’t account for $6.5 trillion of taxpayer money – IG report

    08/20/2016 1:18:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    RT ^ | 08/20/16
    The Pentagon failed to account for $6.5 trillion in its financial statement, a recently-recovered Inspector General’s report on the 2015 fiscal year said. It reveals the audit of the Department of Defense was “materially misstated.” The army failed to provide “accurate, complete, timely and well-supported” documents that could have explained the use of trillions of dollars in quarterly and yearend adjustments. The US military made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year, but could not provide anything that would detail what it spent the money on. There were a total...
  • Ex-SEAL Who Wrote Book On Bin Laden Raid Forfeits $6.8 Million To Settle Criminal Probes

    08/19/2016 3:19:14 PM PDT · by Nero Germanicus · 33 replies
    http://pubx.co/bftjG4 ^ | 8/19/16 | Christopher Drew
    <p>Matt Bissonnette, a former member of Navy SEAL Team 6 who wrote an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, agreed on Friday to forfeit $6.8 million in book royalties and speaking fees and apologized for failing to clear his disclosures with the Pentagon, according to federal court documents.</p>
  • Audit Reveals the Pentagon Doesn’t Know Where $6.5 Trillion Dollars Has Gone

    08/08/2016 4:17:40 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 35 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 8/8/2016 | jJay Syrmopoulos
    Washington, D.C. – A new Department of Defense Inspector General’s report, released last week, has left Americans stunned at the jaw-dropping lack of accountability and oversight. The glaring report revealed the Pentagon couldn’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars worth of Army general fund transactions and data, according to a report by the Fiscal Times. The Pentagon, which has been notoriously lax in its accounting practices, has never completed an audit, would reveal how the agency has specifically spent the trillions of dollars allocated for wars, equipment, personnel, housing, healthcare and procurements allotted to them by Congress. Beginning in 1996 all...
  • The US Military is a Politically Correct Weakling

    07/30/2016 8:05:15 PM PDT · by pboyington · 20 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 30, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It’s literally something more absurd every day now… Practically every 24 hour news cycle, the perfumed princes and princesses in the Pentagon announce some ludicrous bit of social engineering that sounds so compassionate, sensitive, politically correct and trendy, but in actuality is another nail in the coffin of the US Armed Forces. The latest bit of total insanity was the announcement that US Navy was going to name a ship after deceased gay activist Harvey Milk. According to USNI News: The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according...
  • Obama to Name Navy Ship After Child Molester

    07/29/2016 11:11:22 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 47 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | July 29, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is what Obama thinks of the military. This is what he thinks of children. This is what he thinks of us. As J.E. Dyer reports, Obama will be naming a Naval vessel after Harvey Milk... The U.S. Naval Institute reports that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will be naming a Military Sealift Command support ship after slain San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, a 1970s crusader for gay issues. The ship class is the John Lewis class “fleet oiler,” and USNS Harvey Milk will be T-AO-206, the second unit of the class. In company with Milk and John...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos join DOD innovation board

    07/26/2016 7:49:11 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/26/2016 | Rebecca Kheel
    http://thehill.com/policy/defense/289290-jeff-bezos-neil-degrasse-tyson-join-pentagon-innovation-board July 26, 2016 - 02:15 PM EDT Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos join DOD innovation board By Rebecca Kheel Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson were among the big names Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday as joining the Pentagon’s recently formed Defense Innovation Advisory Board. “I've given them the very specific task of identifying innovative private sector best practices that could be of use to DOD [the Department of Defense] — not unlike our recent Hack the Pentagon pilot program, which invited hackers to help find vulnerabilities in our networks," Carter said during an...
  • Transgenders in Uniform – The US Military’s Latest Lunacy

    07/21/2016 8:55:55 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Welcome to 2016 when male soldiers train in pregnancy simulators, tactical lactation stations dot the battlefield, women are fraudulently passed through Ranger School and US Navy sailors willingly surrender their boats and equipment to Iranian thugs without so much as firing a flare. It’s the era of breast milk in the field and Liberace joins Delta Force… A perfect storm, a Category Five hurricane of doom and destruction is sweeping over the US military with the deadly accuracy of the Angel of Death on Passover. We have a President who is intent on destroying the military through insane social engineering....
  • Questions raised about Pentagon’s new sex change manual. Wait… what?

    07/18/2016 7:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 18, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Ah, I remember my own days in the military fondly, but one of the biggest adjustments we had to make was learning that there was a set of instructions for doing everything from operating heavy machinery to washing your socks. Hey… that’s just military life for you. There’s always a manual to be referred to and if you get confused, there’s a manual listing all of the manuals. Take for example the rules about getting a sex change operation. You’ll want to make sure that you’ve checked in with the correct sources and… Wait a minute. What was that again?...
  • ISIS confirms death of senior militant Omar Al Shishani

    07/13/2016 12:54:44 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 27 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 07/13/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    The Islamic State has confirmed the death of Omar al-Shishani, a senior ISIS commander who was mistakenly reported dead in March. In a posting on its Amaq newswire, the militant group said Shishani was “martyred in #Shirqat as he participated in clashes to repel the campaign against the city of #Mosul.”
  • The US Military is Not an Equal Opportunity Employer

    07/10/2016 7:48:12 PM PDT · by pboyington · 12 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 10, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    As I type the headline to this article I can already here the cries of leftist fools everywhere… How dare you try and deny anyone the right to serve in the military! Being mentally or morally or physically unqualified is no bar to enlistment. You dinosaur! It’s 2016 and we have…according to the words of our beloved Commander in Chief yesterday, “the greatest military the world has ever seen.” Really? Pardon me while I bust a gut laughing. Better than the Roman Legions? Better than the German Wehrmacht of Rommel and Guderian? Better than the US military in WWII? Better...
  • Pentagon Ends Ban on Transgender Soldiers

    06/30/2016 1:06:40 PM PDT · by Enchante · 69 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | June 30, 2016 | Staff
    The Pentagon announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to compete to do so.” .... Under the new policy, by Oct. 1, transgender troops should be able to receive medical care and begin formally changing their gender identifications in the Pentagon’s personnel system. And a year...
  • Following the deadly ISIS attack in Turkey, LET'S TALK ABOUT TRANSGENDERS! [Vanity]

    06/30/2016 10:54:31 AM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 5 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | June 30, 2016 | CivilWarBrewing
    Following the deadly ISIS terror attack in Turkey, Ash Carter is busy delivering a speech about transgenders in the U.S. military..
  • The US Military is Coming Apart at the Seams

    06/25/2016 7:31:19 PM PDT · by pboyington · 36 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 25, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It was another stellar week at the Pentagon. I knew the Pentagon was up to no good. They had been virtually in monastic silence as Barry Soetero tap danced his way through a chorus line number of cowardice and denial in response to the Orlando shooting. Speaking of chorus lines… Ash Carter came out of hiding yesterday and pounded a couple more nails into the US military’s coffin. The Pentagon is “likely” to repeal its ban on transgender service members next month, defense officials told Fox News Friday, even as one report claimed an announcement could happen as soon as...
  • Pentagon schedules RAMADAN IFTAR for June 30

    06/24/2016 10:43:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 6/24/16 | Pamela Geller
    Pentagon schedules RAMADAN IFTAR for June 30 ByPamela Geller on June 24, 2016 Obama and Islam 00 Comments Is this Constitutional? When is their Passover Seder? When is their Easter celebration? What are they doing for Diwali? Why this constant appeasement and accommodation, instead of confrontation of the most violent and misogynistic ideology on the face of the earth? - See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/06/pentagon-schedules-ramadan-iftar-for-june-30.html/#sthash.OqEpBWSQ.dpuf
  • The Pentagon's controversial plan to hire military leaders off the street

    06/19/2016 12:14:49 PM PDT · by BBell · 57 replies
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  • The Pentagon's Third Offset: Just a Smoke Screen for a Shrinking US Military?

    06/14/2016 9:46:10 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 8 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 14, 2016 | Dan Goure
    The third offset strategy hopes to accomplish two objectives. First, by investing in groundbreaking technologies in such areas as undersea systems, hypersonics, electronic warfare, big data analytics, advanced materials, 3D printing, energy and propulsion, robotics, autonomy, man-machine interfaces and advanced sensing and computing, the Pentagon hopes to create new military capabilities that will counter competitors’ advances in precision weapons, long-range missiles and electronic warfare. Second, by relying more heavily on technologies developed in commercial industry and, even more important, on the practices of cutting-edge IT companies in the areas of innovation, experimentation and rapid development and deployment, DoD believes it...
  • Reid: 'Make Sure the Middle Class Is Treated As Fairly As the Pentagon'

    06/08/2016 11:38:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 8, 2016 | 10:54 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Senate Democrats are putting the Republican-led Senate on notice: Don’t mess with the bipartisan budget deal if you want to pass appropriations bills. “Given the bipartisan agreement we struck last year, which is now the law of the country, we need to make sure that it’s followed this year also,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday. “And basically, what we’re talking about is to make sure the middle-class is treated as fairly as the Pentagon.” […] “The security of our nation…depends on more than bombs and bullets,” Reid said. “We understand how important military is and we support...
  • A River of BS and an Ocean of Delusion – Just another day at the Pentagon

    06/07/2016 8:11:08 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 7, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The destruction of the US military keeps humming along at a breakneck pace. According to the Pentagon and the Faustian Sellouts of the Round Table, aka the Joint Chiefs of Staff, things are going splendidly in the US military. As the military reels from severe readiness, morale and social issues, you will consistently hear some bureaucratic clown like Secretary of Defense Ash Carter declare that this is the best military the US has ever fielded. Hmm?.. In the screenwriting world, they call that “a beat,” aka dead silence. Let’s take a look at how well things are going these days:...
  • Reversing Course on U.S. Soldiers Wearing Kurdish Rebel Insignia (thanks to Turks)

    05/29/2016 12:59:48 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | MAY 27, 2016 | KRISHNADEV CALAMUR
    Reversing Course on U.S. Soldiers Wearing Kurdish Rebel Insignia On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.” KRISHNADEV CALAMUR MAY 27, 2016 Updated on May 27 at 2:31 p.m. ET The U.S. Defense Department has ordered American special-operations forces to take down the insignia of a Kurdish rebel group that Turkey regards as a terrorist organization—after angry complaints from Ankara and despite justifying the patches a day earlier. “Wearing those YPG patches was...
  • How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers

    05/22/2016 6:35:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/22/16 | Mark Hertsgaard
    By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did. He leaked top-secret documents revealing that the National Security Agency was spying on hundreds of millions of people across the world, collecting the phone calls and emails of virtually everyone on Earth who used a mobile phone or the internet. When this newspaper began publishing the NSA documents in June 2013, it ignited a fierce political debate that continues to this day – about government surveillance, but also about the morality, legality and civic value of whistleblowing. Sign up to the long read email Read more But if you want to...
  • There is movement in God's rest[charismatic Caucus]

    05/20/2016 10:20:20 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-20-16 | Holy Spirit,
    There "IS" movement in My rest, Though you are at peace you wear My Best, The fullness of My Spirit moving in you, Accomplishing The Father's will in all you say and do, Step by step each jot and tittle performed, For in "My rest" you are Re-born, Into My peace bearing the fruit of Tranquility, For each step you now take is an image of Me in the shape of My Kingdom and Majesty, So all others see is me in you , For no other shape has the ability of My will to say and do, The form...
  • What is the Pentagon hiding about the Iranian seizure of two US Navy Riverine Craft?

    05/17/2016 7:59:23 PM PDT · by pboyington · 31 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 17, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In January, two US Navy high speed Riverine boats were apparently underway from Bahrain to Kuwait when they strayed into Iranian waters, while attempting to contact a vessel to refuel. The Pentagon first said that they had engine trouble. Yet, if that was the case, why didn’t the other boat tow the boat with mechanical problems to international waters and safety? Then, the Pentagon said that they had navigational issues. How is this possible in 2016, with each boat having an array of GPS and radar equipment? Even if one boat’s systems completely shut down, couldn’t they rely on the...
  • Don’t Worry General, We Trust You

    05/10/2016 10:50:54 PM PDT · by pboyington · 26 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Six simple words, “Don’t worry General, we trust you.” During the Gulf War in 1991, General Fred Franks, VII Corps commander spoke with several soldiers in the now deactivated, but once mighty, Third Armored Division. During the conversation, Franks appeared worried and tired. One of the soldiers looked at him and said, “Don’t worry General, we trust you.” Those six words spoke volumes about the state of the military in 1991 and speak volumes about the wretched state of the military in 2016. How many soldiers or Marines today would repeat those words to someone with stars on their shoulders?...
  • War by Community Organizers, Leftists and Lackeys

    05/06/2016 11:04:59 PM PDT · by pboyington · 11 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 6, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US War against ISIS is confirming several things: One – Community organizers serving as commander in chief don’t want to fight. Two – Leftists in the White House don’t know how to fight. Three – Lackeys in the Pentagon are too self-serving to efficiently fight. The US War against ISIS is a complete, unadulterated, incrementalized joke. While ISIS continues to butcher and rape and pillage its way through Syria and Iraq, the US fights back with mere pinpricks. It doesn’t matter how many dog and pony shows the Pentagon puts on; how many smoke and mirrors, Bob Fosse Broadway...
  • The US Military – A Fish Rotting from the Head

    05/04/2016 8:46:14 PM PDT · by pboyington · 21 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 4, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US military is a fish rotting from the head; a politically correct, feminized, decrepit, nearly bankrupt force that is one step away from complete obliteration on the land, on the seas and in the air. A fish rots from the head and the military is decaying by the hour. Veterans know it, the troops know it, the military’s senior leaders know it, yet they do nothing as the floor gives way underneath them. From our commander in chief, to the Secretary of Defense, the secretaries of each service branch, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the admirals and generals,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Congress asking Air Force to look at restarting F-22 production line

    04/20/2016 8:00:08 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Increasing threats from China and Russia are causing some lawmakers to look at restarting the F-22 fighter production line, a House Armed Services Committee staffer said Tuesday. The draft defense authorization bill from the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces requires the Air Force to deliver a report to Congress by Jan. 1, 2017, detailing future aircraft shortfalls and what it would cost to buy more F-22s. ****snip***** The committee is asking the Air Force to provide cost estimates for another 194 F-22s. The committee staffer said the report was included in the bill at the request of a...
  • After 16 years, vindication for Marine pilots

    04/16/2016 7:59:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 14, 2016 | Jeanette Steele
    In a victory rare to U.S. military aviation, two widows of Marine Corps pilots have won a 16-year fight to lift blame from their husbands’ shoulders for a 2000 Osprey crash that killed 19 people, including 15 Marines from San Diego County. Test pilots Lt. Col. John Brow and Maj. Brooks Gruber were at the controls of the MV-22 aircraft when it crashed in the Arizona desert during an exercise. The revolutionary aircraft -- which travels like an airplane but lands vertically like a helicopter -- was still in the operational evaluation stage. The Marine Corps had a lot of...
  • New Balance accuses Pentagon of reneging on sneaker deal

    04/14/2016 7:12:44 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    Boston globe ^ | April 12, 2016 | Jon chesto
    New Balance is renewing its opposition to the far-reaching Pacific Rim trade deal, saying the Obama administration reneged on a promise to give the sneaker maker a fair shot at military business if it stopped bad-mouthing the agreement. After several years of resistance to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pact aimed at making it easier to conduct trade among the United States and 11 other countries, the Boston company had gone quiet last year. New Balance officials say one big reason is that they were told the Department of Defense would give them serious consideration for a contract to outfit recruits...
  • Bill Ayers Writes New Chapter on Hypocrisy

    04/12/2016 7:47:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 11, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Three and a half decades after avoiding punishment for bombing the Pentagon, Bill Ayers is still "guilty as sin, free as a bird," to use his own phraseology of 35 years ago. "For every human being life is, in part, an experience of suffering and loss and pain," Ayers writes in Teaching with Conscience in an Imperfect World: An Invitation, published by the Teacher's College Press at Columbia University this year. "But our living experience also embraces other inescapable facts: that we are all in this together, and that much (but not all) of what we suffer in life is...
  • Syrian rebels massacre Kurdish civilians in Aleppo (CIA vs Pentagon?)

    Syrian rebels massacre Kurdish civilians in Aleppo April 6, 2016 Syria ARA News ERBIL – Dozens of civilians, including women and children, were killed on Tuesday in attacks by Arab rebel groups on a Kurdish neighborhood in Syria’s northern Aleppo city, officials and activists told ARA News. The Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Mqsoud in Aleppo –held by fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)– was exposed to heavy shelling by Islamist rebels on Tuesday. At least 70 civilians were reported dead in the bombardment of Sheikh Maqsoud. “The situation in Sheikh Maqsoud is very bad, the attacks of these rebel...
  • Inside the administration's micromanagement of the military [must watch video]

    04/06/2016 2:21:58 PM PDT · by huldah1776
    FoxNews Out# ^ | April 6, 2016 | Overtime clip from Out#
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  • Carter proposes sweeping changes to military command structure

    04/06/2016 4:46:42 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 5, 2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Carter on Tuesday previewed reforms he hopes to push forward this year to Goldwater Nichols, the 30-year-old law that governs how the military reports to the Pentagon and how geographic combatant commands are organized. "It's time that we consider practical updates to this critical organizational framework, while still preserving its spirit and intent," Carter said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. One of the biggest changes would involve giving the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff more responsibility to coordinate, plan and move troops between geographic combatant commands while still remaining outside the chain...
  • US orders diplomatic, military families out of south Turkey

    03/29/2016 8:35:08 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 28 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 29, 11:23 AM EDT | By MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department and Pentagon ordered the families of U.S. diplomats and military personnel Tuesday to leave posts in southern Turkey due to security fears. The two agencies said dependents of American staffers at the U.S. consulate in Adana, the Incirlik air base and two other locations must leave. The so-called "ordered departure" notice means the relocation costs will be covered by the government. In a statement, the military's European Command said the step "allows for the deliberate, safe return of family members from these areas due to continued security concerns in the region."
  • Pentagon and State Department order families of U.S. troops and diplomats to leave Turkey

    03/29/2016 10:05:10 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | March 29 at 12:20 PM | Dan Lamothe
    Pentagon and State Department order families of U.S. troops and diplomats to leave Turkey By Dan Lamothe March 29 at 12:20 PM The United States will withdraw virtually all family members of U.S. troops and diplomats from its installations in Turkey, U.S. officials said Tuesday, citing security concerns as the campaign against the Islamic State continues. The military decision was announced on the blog for U.S. European Command, which also instituted travel restrictions in Brussels last week after a terrorist attack killed 38 people, including three suicide bombers. At least four Americans were killed and about a dozen more were...
  • CIA-backed rebels fight Pentagon-backed rebels in Syria

    03/27/2016 8:58:31 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 22 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | March 27, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Clashes between militias trained by the CIA and the Pentagon are intensifying as bitter fighting has broken out near Aleppo and the Turkish border. Chicago Tribune: The fighting has intensified over the past two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other as they have maneuvered through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called Fursan al Haq, or Knights of Righteousness, was run out of the town of Marea, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving...
  • In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

    03/27/2016 11:15:45 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 3/27/2016 | Nabih Bulos , W.J. Hennigan and Brian Bennett
    Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war. The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called...
  • Pentagon chief used personal email account for nearly a year

    03/26/2016 1:45:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2016 2:21 PM EDT | Robert Burns
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice, according to hundreds of Carter emails released by the Defense Department. The 1,336 pages of emails and attachments from Carter’s personal account were released late Friday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by The Associated Press and other news organizations. None contained classified information, and most pertained to routine business such as scheduling and logistics. The Pentagon has long banned the use of personal email for official business. Carter’s use of his personal...
  • The Castration of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    03/25/2016 7:33:04 PM PDT · by pboyington · 23 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 25, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Will the Joint Chiefs ever make a stand against the Obama Administration? Will the Joint Chiefs ever stand up against the insane social engineering policies which are eviscerating the military like a late night Ginsu chef? Last September, General Martin Dempsey retired as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and escaped in a rowboat down the Potomac as the Pentagon began to sink into the cold depths of the wide, grey river. Dempsey’s reign of cowardice and political correctness was a genuine disaster for the US military. Under Dempsey and his sidekick, Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno,...
  • Pentagon chief: Obama wants to defeat ISIS by end of his term

    03/18/2016 6:04:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/16 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama wants the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) defeated by the end of his term, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says. "That´s what he said he wants. That´s what he told me and [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford]. He said, ´Get this done as soon as possible. I´d like to not leave this to my successor,´ " Carter said Friday an event hosted by Politico. He added that Obama called for the process to be accelerated last fall — about a year after the U.S. first began its counter-ISIS campaign. The administration now has...
  • Pentagon skips tests on key component of U.S.-based missile defense system

    03/17/2016 9:17:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/17/16 | David Willman
    Against the advice of its own panel of outside experts, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency is forgoing tests meant to ensure that a critical component of the nation’s homeland missile defense system will work as intended. The tests that are being skipped would evaluate the reliability of small motors designed to help keep rocket interceptors on course as they fly toward incoming warheads. (Snip) But in order to stay on schedule for a planned expansion of the GMD system, none of the 40 thrusters that are being installed on 10 new interceptors will undergo hot-fire testing, government officials told the...
  • DITHERING AT PENTAGON AS ISIS CRISIS IN NORTH AFRICA WORSENS

    03/16/2016 7:15:51 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 16, 2016 | Susan Katz Keating
    A security crisis in North Africa is on the verge of exploding while defense bureaucrats in Northern Virginia postpone sending long-promised support to an embattled ally. The crisis centers on Tunisia, which finds itself in the gunsights of an increasingly aggressive ISIS while the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency repeatedly defers deadlines for awarding a desperately needed security contract. The United States pledged support to Tunisia last summer after terrorist gunmen massacred 38 people at the popular Sousse beach resort. At the time, the U.S. offered a “Jordan lite” style program to fortify the porous border between Tunisia and neighboring...
  • Meet Captain Crunch, the Pentagon's Gun-Eating Machine

    03/08/2016 12:54:34 PM PST · by PROCON · 55 replies
    popularmechanics ^ | March 7, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    The Department of Defense is responsible for millions of guns, from sniper rifles to pistols. Inevitably, at some point the Pentagon no longer wants them. What happens to the weapons then? They're fed to Captain Crunch, a giant crusher that turns military firearms into scrap metal. Captain Crunch was put into operation in August 1993 as an efficient way to destroy unwanted firearms. Located at Anniston Army Depot in Alabama and operated by the Defense Logistics Agency, the Captain is an enormous shredder using intertwined blades that turns weapons made of wood, steel, aluminum and plastic into large pieces...
  • Pentagon Army Sgt. Named as Suspect in Officer's Death

    02/28/2016 9:43:17 AM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 32 replies
    An Army staff sergeant assigned to the Pentagon was arrested on murder charges in the death of a Virginia police officer, who was fatally shot responding to the scene of a Prince William County domestic-related shooting, authorities said Sunday.
  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/12/2016 8:49:52 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | - Sunday, February 7, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directives theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show resilience and beat back the threat based on actionable science. The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directives theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show resilience and beat back the threat based on“actionable science. The...
  • Pentagon, South Korea to Deploy Advanced Missile Defenses

    02/09/2016 2:08:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/09/2016 | Bill Gertz
    After delaying nearly two years, the Pentagon on Monday announced plans to deploy advanced missile defenses in South Korea as soon as possible. In early 2014 the U.S. military commander in South Korea, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, asked the Pentagon for ground-based Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (or THAAD) units to counter growing threats posed by North Korean nuclear arms and missiles. China's government, however, pressured the South Korean government of Park Geun Hye into blocking the deployment. In the interim, the Obama administration did not press Seoul to allow interceptor batteries to be fielded, according to U.S. officials. Scaparrotti repeated the...
  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/08/2016 5:30:16 AM PST · by Skooz · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directive's theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show "resilience" and beat back the threat based on "actionable science." It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy -- a wide array of "climate change boards, councils and working groups" to infuse climate change into "programs, plans and policies." The Pentagon defines...