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  • Pentagon says it evicted Russian Hackers

    04/24/2015 11:38:40 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 23 Apr 2015 | Phil Stewart
    The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion this year by Russian hackers who accessed an unclassified U.S. military network, in a episode Defense Secretary Ash Carter said showed the growing threat and the improving U.S. ability to respond.
  • Afghanistan’s Iconic Hind Gunships Won’t Fly Much Longer

    04/23/2015 4:39:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 22, 2015 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    For several years, the Afghan air force has flown Russian Mi-35 Hind gunships. The iconic, armored helicopters are better known as “flying tanks” for their ability to spew bullets and rockets — while absorbing gunfire. But the Afghans probably won’t fly their Hinds a year from now. The helicopters are getting old and falling apart — and with Washington’s relationship with Moscow at its lowest point in decades, the Pentagon is buying tiny American choppers to replace them. On April 9, the Afghan air force received six American-made MD-530F gunships. In 2013, In 2014, the Pentagon decided to send a total of 12 armed...
  • Pentagon Admits Cyberwarfare Plan For First Time

    04/23/2015 3:21:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Sky News ^ | April 23, 2015
    The Pentagon has admitted for the first time it plans to use cyberwarfare in its battle to keep up with its enemies. In a 33-page 'cybersecurity strategy' the US Department of Defense has publicly laid out the approach plans to take. The document says the DoD "should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an adversary's command and control networks, military-related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities". The previous strategy, published in 2011, made little reference to clandestine warfare using computer networks, although US officials are known to have spoken privately about the issue. The television reports said officials had...
  • Exclusive: Pentagon Map Hides ISIS Gains

    04/22/2015 6:46:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 22, 2015 | Tim Mak
    The Defense Department released a map last week showing territory where it is has pushed ISIS back, claiming that the terrorist group is “no longer able to operate freely in roughly 25 to 30 percent of populated areas of Iraqi territory where it once could.” This was touted as evidence of success by numerous news outlets. Pushing ISIS back is clearly a good step. But the information from the Pentagon is, at best, misleading and incomplete, experts in the region and people on the ground tell The Daily Beast. They said the map misinforms the public about how effective the...
  • Now it’s the Bible that’s sexist

    04/17/2015 8:57:27 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/17/15 | Judi Mcleod
    According to Pentagon zombies: The 24,000-employee U.S. Pentagon which, like many government agencies, can only lay claim to having roughly 20 percent of females on staff, is on a crash course to take down the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence—because all three “contribute to modern sexism”. Why wait for the enemy to finish off the nation’s three top historical treasures when you can do it right at home in the safety of the Defense Department? Barack Obama’s gutting of the military seems to have left mostly sexism-sniffing zombies sitting behind Pentagon desks. Now that the Marxists...
  • The ‘Hyundaization’ of the Global Arms Industry

    04/17/2015 3:45:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/05/2015 | JOE KATZMAN
    Precision weapons and networked targeting have helped maintain America’s military superiority for decades. But technology marches on. New defense exporters are joining the global game with advanced and well-priced offerings, creating potential threats to the U.S. and its allies, and weakening Western influence. The Pentagon has a plan to cope with these evolving threats, but is it enough? To understand what’s happening, consider the global automotive industry. South Korea’s Hyundai Motors became a serious global competitor by leveraging the rapid diffusion of technology, an initial edge in cheap labor, and a “good enough” product for value buyers. Their success wasn’t...
  • Defense Department: The Bible, Constitution And Declaration Of Independence All Perpetuate Sexism

    04/14/2015 4:26:30 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 60 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/13/15 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The course teaches, “Individuals who have been segregated to inferior schools cannot find employment in businesses that hire according to specified credentials that inferior schools do not offer.” Therefore, when employers institute education qualifications for prospective employees, they are engaging in a form of discrimination. Academic tests “may have inherent cultural bias,” the presentation argues. Textbooks also perpetuate discrimination since they “provide little or no information on minority groups, especially minority histories and the contributions that minorities have made to American culture.
  • $45 billion in tax dollars goes missing in Afghanistan

    04/05/2015 6:29:29 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    Examiner ^ | April 4 2015 | Lawrence Lease
    Millions of dollars have disappeared from Afghanistan and the Special Inspector General for ..Reconstruction is placing the blame on the Pentagon’s mismanaged accounting practices for the problem. The SIGAR released the report Friday reporting that only 57% of the $795 million appropriated to CERP from 2002-2013 could be accounted for in terms of who was awarded contracts, and for how much money. The SIGAR report breaks down the $21 billion, by fund, into the highest-costing contracts & their recipients, from 2002 until May 2014. The CERP initiative “enables U.S. commanders in Afghanistan to respond to urgent humanitarian relief and reconstruction...
  • U.S. defense chief sees military recruitment challenges ahead

    03/30/2015 5:05:45 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/30/2015 | David Alexander
    The U.S. military faces a challenge recruiting people with the high-tech skills it needs for the future as those who joined after the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks leave the service and the U.S. economy creates more jobs, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday. Carter, in a speech at his former high school, said the military has to attract about 250,000 people a year just to keep up with those who retire or leave the service to pursue jobs, education and other opportunities in the civilian world. At the same time, only about a third of the 21 million Americans...
  • Federal Lawsuit to Force Release of Secret Pentagon Bergdahl Files

    03/28/2015 7:36:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Radix ^ | March 28, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    The sudden announcement of the charges Bergdahl faces, reinvigorated the sometimes fierce political debate that took place last year after the alleged deserter was secretly traded for five high-level Taliban prisoners from the military detention center at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Marine base. Equally controversial was a legal watchdog group’s announcement that it had already filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in order to have a federal judge force the Obama-appointed commanders to release records regarding the U.S. Army’s review of the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl while he was assigned...
  • Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

    03/17/2015 12:22:31 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Craig Whitlock
    The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials. With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering apart, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of U.S.-donated small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies. The situation has grown worse since the United States closed its embassy in Sanaa, the capital, last month and withdrew many of its military advisers. In...
  • GOP weighs increase in war funds to skirt Pentagon limits

    03/16/2015 6:39:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2015 7:51 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    House Republicans are considering adding tens of billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s request for overseas military operations in an effort to get around tight limits on Pentagon spending. The move comes as Republicans are set to unveil their latest budget plan. Obama requested $51 billion for Pentagon operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, but GOP aides said Monday party leaders are weighing figures above $90 billion—enough to surpass Obama’s proposal to spend $38 billion above the limits for the budget year beginning in October. GOP defense hawks have promised not to support any budget that doesn’t at least...
  • Unmark your calendars: Mosul liberation postponed indefinitely

    02/28/2015 12:34:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Old and busted: Open-source war planning. New hotness: Strategic incoherence! A week ago, the Pentagon briefed reporters on the plan to retake Mosul from ISIS in April using mainly Iraqi Army troops, down to the timing of the attack and a rough estimate of the numbers and types of troops needed to accomplish the job. Just seven days later, the Department of Defense pushed off the date until autumn … if then. A DoD source told The Daily Beast’s Nancy Youssef that, er, they’ve belatedly discovered that Iraqi troops aren’t ready now, and probably won’t be ready for months: The...
  • The Obama Pentagon’s Benghazi Papers

    02/28/2015 11:40:06 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/28/2015 | Tom Fitton
    The D.C. Establishment hopes if you drag out disclosure about a scandal long enough, it loses a bit of its “wow factor” along the way. That would seem to be the view of the Obama administration regarding many of its wanton acts of mismanagement.
  • Jordan furious over Pentagon leak on secret anti-terror training camp

    02/24/2015 5:47:29 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 23, 2015 | Maggie Ybarra
    The Pentagon let slip that one of its training camps to help fight Islamic State terrorists is in Jordan — information the pro-U.S. kingdom had specifically requested be kept private, and the latest gaffe in a series of sensitive leaks coming out of the Department of Defense. In order to hide its flub, which was first announced to reporters during a briefing last week, the Pentagon has scrubbed its public transcripts of any mention of the training camp. Pentagon officials acknowledged Monday that one of its officers, who was briefing reporters on condition of anonymity last week, likely made the...
  • Carter Selects Fanning as First Openly Gay Pentagon Chief of Staff

    02/21/2015 6:48:17 PM PST · by PROCON · 74 replies
    military.com ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    New Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has chosen former acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning to become his chief of staff and the first openly gay man to hold the post. Fanning, currently the Air Force undersecretary, was a key member of the transition team along with Army Maj. Gen. Ron Davis that guided Carter through his Senate confirmation hearings to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. As chief of staff, Fanning will have major sway over Carter's schedule and access to his office. Davis was expected to become military adviser to Carter.
  • Exclusive: Pentagon Doubts Its Own ISIS War Plan

    02/21/2015 10:51:36 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 30 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Feb 20 2015 | Nancy A. Youssef
    That didn’t take long. Less than a day after the U.S. military announced its Spring offensive against ISIS, seasoned military officers said the plan was unworkable. Skepticism about the U.S. and Iraqi military plans for the next phase of the ISIS war begins inside the Pentagon. Less than 24 hours after U.S. military officials publicly detailed their plans for a spring offensive on ISIS-held Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, many within the Pentagon privately questioned whether that timetable was plausible. They said that they were dubious that their partners in the Iraqi military—the troops supposed to lead the offensive—would be...
  • Judicial Watch Forces Obama Administration to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents

    02/19/2015 5:21:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 19, 2015
    U.S. Africa Command records – heavily blacked out – show military gathered forces to support “anti-terrorist” actions in Benghazi day after attack (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration finally turned over hundreds of pages of documents about the military response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and other facilities in Benghazi. The documents, which are heavily blacked out (redacted), confirm that the U.S. Military, through its U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) drafted orders for a military response to the attack, specifically “to protect vital naval and national assets.”...
  • Pentagon Spokesman Resigns After New SecDef’s First Day on Job

    02/18/2015 3:50:46 PM PST · by Perdogg · 64 replies
    Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, the press secretary of the Pentagon and they guy you always see explaining American military action on television, announced his sudden resignation today, one day after the new Secretary of Defense was sworn into office.
  • Pentagon loses track of weaponry sent to Yemen in recent years

    02/12/2015 4:44:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Guardian ^ | 2-12-15
    Chaos in Yemen has left the US military unable to monitor the vast arsenal it has spent years providing to its Yemeni counterpart. Yemen is now functionally leaderless after Houthi rebels took over the capital of Sana’a last month, prompting the resignation of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The rebels are said to control the Yemeni military’s arms depots and bases, giving them effective control of US-provided and other heavy weaponry, including tanks and artillery. The unrest has “limited our ability to conduct routine end-use monitoring checks and inspections we would normally perform”, a US defense official told the Guardian....
  • Sens. Cruz, Paul demand the Pentagon be able to pass an audit

    02/09/2015 11:53:55 AM PST · by Plummz · 33 replies
    Right on Defense ^ | February 6, 2015 | n/a
    Although the Pentagon has been required by law to pass an audit every year for almost 20 years, it has been unable to do so. The Pentagon is by far the largest government bureaucracy in the country, with a proposed 2015 budget request of $585 billion. With a budget that large, the Pentagon should be able to tell us how our tax dollars are spent – especially when its leaders keep asking for more money. But a news report in 2013 revealed that the Pentagon had been doctoring its books for years to conceal “epic” amounts of wasteful spending. The...
  • Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year

    02/09/2015 7:59:22 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Feb 9, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Spending Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year By Elizabeth Harrington Published February 09, 2015 Washington Free Beacon The Department of Defense (DoD) spent more than a half a million dollars on the male enhancement drug Viagra last year, according to government contracts. The Pentagon issued 60 contracts worth$504,816 for the drug in 2014. All 60 contracts were awarded to Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical distribution company based in Dublin, Ohio. Last year DoD also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra, and $14,540 of Cialis, other popular erectile dysfunction drugs. The contracts were filed under "Troop Support."
  • Pentagon Spent $504,816 on Viagra Last Year

    02/06/2015 2:10:35 PM PST · by lbryce · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 6, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Department of Defense (DoD) spent more than a half a million dollars on the male enhancement drug Viagra last year, according to government contracts. The Pentagon issued 60 contracts worth $504,816 for the drug in 2014. All 60 contracts were awarded to Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical distribution company based in Dublin, Ohio. Last year DoD also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra, and $14,540 of Cialis, other popular erectile dysfunction drugs. The contracts were filed under “Troop Support.”
  • Pentagon: Islamic State Burning Hostage Alive ‘Not The Act of a Winner’

    02/03/2015 1:55:47 PM PST · by lowbridge · 53 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | february 3, 2015
    The Islamic State released a barbaric video of the Jordanian pilot that was being held prisoner and was used as bargaining chip, burned alive. Rear Adm. John Kirby held a press conference to address the situation and how the United States plans to respond. -snip “I can’t–there’s no way I could possibly figure out how to justify it in your brain because it’s so twisted,” Kirby said. “These aren’t the acts of a winner. They’re not winning.”
  • The Curious Dramas of Bowe Bergdahl

    01/31/2015 8:50:49 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/31/15 | Jim Emerson
    Last Monday retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer, citing unnamed military sources, told Bill O’Reilly that the Army was planning to charge Bergdahl with desertion. He claimed that his sources confirmed Bergdahl’s attorney was given a charge sheet. It didn’t take Obama’s spin doctors long to have the Pentagon lying and denying that any charges were filed or any charge sheet presented to Bergdahl’s attorney Eugene Fidell. At the time of writing Mr. Fidell declined to speak to the press. In a surprise move NBC cited an anonymous senior defense official who said that Bergdahl will be charged with desertion very...
  • Bowe Bergdahl will face charge of desertion

    01/30/2015 12:14:22 PM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/30/15 | Glenn MacDonald
    ADM John Kirby isn’t fooling anyone by his denials that a decision has been made to move forward on preferring charges of “desertion” against Sad Sack SGT Bowe Bergdahl. The Pentagon spokesman can claim until he’s blue in the face, that such reports – first made by FOX NEWS and NBC, and now confirmed by MilitaryCorruption.com – are “patently false,” but what will he do when his disingenuous remarks come back to bite him? Probably what any good public affairs officer (and paid liar) would. Suck it up and move on. What we now know and can tell you is,...
  • The A-10's Last Fight?

    01/29/2015 7:15:03 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 75 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Richard Pecore
    I am...a fan of the A-10 Warthog. I believe in the mission, and I believe that there is no other weapons platform out there that can do the job the A-10 does, with the same efficiency, effectiveness, and confidence that it provides to our troops on the ground. It’s big, ugly, and slow. It’s also rugged, durable, and extremely deadly. The Air Force likes new toys. Other than the venerable B-52, the A-10 is the oldest plane in the inventory. The F-35 was not built solely for the specific mission of ground support as was the A-10. The F-35 is...
  • Obama Nominates Thief Who Stole Classified Documents

    12/29/2014 4:56:41 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 23 replies
    Red Statements ^ | December 25, 2014 | Steven Ahle
    Obviously as a reward for committing theft of classified documents for the democrats, Barack Obama has named Alissa Starzak to the legal department at the Pentagon. It’s a position she has never achieved on her own and is a large promotion over her previous jobs. But why put someone with a history of stealing classified secrets to a job where she could steal the country’s most guarded secrets? It’s a reward. Republicans in both houses of congress have accused her of making copies of documents and carrying them out of the Pentagon for use by Diane Feinstein and her committee...
  • 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,...
  • Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King

    01/26/2015 8:54:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Department of Defense News ^ | January 26, 2015 | Jim Garamone
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University. The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the essay competition is a fitting tribute to the life and leadership of the Saudi Arabian monarch.
  • How the CIA made Google

    01/24/2015 7:58:44 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    Medium ^ | Nafeez Ahmed
    The United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA,Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’ The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors. The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate...
  • Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

    01/15/2015 11:07:01 PM PST · by Mozilla · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/16/15 | Phil Stewart
    The U.S. military is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to help train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, along with hundreds of U.S. support personnel, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters on Thursday.
  • Steve Kroft and “60 Minutes” refuse to cover murder of PFC Lavena Johnson

    01/13/2015 8:49:57 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/13/15 | Glenn MacDonald
    STEVE KROFT, THE OLD FOOL OF 60 MINUTES WHO BOASTED HE IS BARACK OBAMA’S “GO TO MAN” AT THE CBS SHOW, PREFERS HIS BLACK WOMEN IN BED WHILE CHEATING ON HIS SOCIETY WIFE. THE VICIOUS, UNSOLVED SLAYIING OF A BLACK FEMALE WAS IGNORED WHILE KROFT AND CBS PILE UP BROWNIE POINTS WITH THE PENTAGON PRESS OFFICE. Copyright 2015 MilitaryCorruption.com Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes is more than an old fool with a fecal fetish (more about that later in this story). He’s a phony hypocrite as well. A Vietnam veteran and former enlisted man, like Chuck Hagel, he forgot where...
  • Obama’s nominee for Pentagon post implicated in alleged theft of CIA documents

    12/24/2014 7:01:50 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jake Gibson, James Rosen
    The Obama administration's nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned -- and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel's Republicans, and by...
  • Will freed Guantanamo detainees resurface on battlefield? (You can count on it)

    12/23/2014 9:46:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 23, 2014
    The steady stream of detainees being transferred out of Guantanamo Bay is raising security concerns among lawmakers who worry the Obama administration has no system for keeping tabs on them. The latest batch includes four prisoners once classified as high risk, individuals ranging from a known weapons smuggler to a Taliban operative involved in multiple attacks against U.S. and coalition forces. "They're very dangerous terrorists," Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., told Fox News, after the four Afghan detainees were transferred to their home country over the weekend.
  • When There Is No Price to be Paid the Hackers Win

    12/19/2014 12:55:45 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Technology and Security New Technologies ^ | Dec 18 2014 | Stephen Bryen
    If there is one salient fact that emerges from the now infamous Sony hack it is that the bad guys won.  The bad guys won because there they paid no price for the damage inflicted.  In the Sony case the hackers are outside and beyond the law, so their backers and sponsors are encouraged to cause even more damage in future. To stop cyber attacks, particularly those sponsored by foreign governments, we need to respond to attacks now. Sony is a movie company, a major cog in the entertainment industry.  Whether Sony rises or falls has little or nothing to...
  • Pentagon Considering Deployment of Nuclear Missiles in Europe

    12/11/2014 12:24:12 PM PST · by GilGil · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/11/2014 | Bill Gertz
    Brian P. McKeon, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said U.S. cruise missile deployments are among a range of options being considered if Russia fails to return to compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.
  • Obama nominates former Pentagon official Ashton Carter for defense secretary

    12/05/2014 11:41:32 AM PST · by alloysteel · 5 replies
    Fox News Network ^ | December 5, 2014 | Fox News Staff
    President Obama on Friday announced former Pentagon official Ashton Carter as his choice to lead the Defense Department, calling him one of America's top national security leaders who has a "relentless dedication to our armed services." The president's selection of Carter, 60, who was deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, was widely rumored but not confirmed by the White House until now. If confirmed by the Senate, Carter would be Obama's fourth Pentagon chief in his roughly six-year administration.
  • Ashton Carter, Ex-Pentagon No. 2, Emerges as Obama Favorite for Defense Secretary

    12/02/2014 9:27:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/02/2014 | By JULIAN E. BARNES And CAROL E. LEE
    WASHINGTON— Ashton Carter, the former deputy defense secretary, is the leading candidate to become the next Pentagon chief, but senior officials said President Barack Obama wouldn’t make an announcement Tuesday. The president could announce his pick for defense secretary later this week, a senior White House official said. Mr. Carter, who was out of town Tuesday, is seen as the likely choice, officials said. But the White House is continuing to look at other candidates, including former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and former assistant Secretary of State Kurt Cambpell. Mr. Obama could still change his mind and opt for one...
  • The Nutcracker…Not that one.

    11/30/2014 7:27:33 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-30-2014 | MOTUS
    Thanksgiving weekend marks the official kickoff of the holiday season and it’s always a busy one. Today for example Raj, Little Mo, DeweyFromDetroit and I traditionally go see the Nutcracker.  No, not Val Jar or Lady M – White House entrance to Val-Jar’s officeThe Nutcracker I’m talking about is Tchaikovsky's ballet. Neither of our Big White nutcrackers enjoy the music, greatly preferring the beat and lyrics of a good Beyoncé song and dance to that of classic ballet. Odd, as Bey has been known to “borrow” from the ballet art form. And I’m not just talking about the ballerina heels...
  • Hagel Departure Reveals Obama's Uneasy Relationship With Pentagon

    11/29/2014 1:01:16 PM PST · by Mozilla · 33 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 11-29-14 | NewsMax Staff
    On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama's first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military's special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official. "I had them tear it out while I was standing there," Gates said earlier this month as he recounted his discovery. "I told the commanders, 'If you get a call from the White House, you tell them to go to hell and call me.'" To Gates, the phone in Kabul came to symbolize Obama's efforts to micromanage the Pentagon and...
  • The Obama Administration Does Make Ransom Payments

    11/26/2014 9:44:05 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/26/14 | Jim Emerson
    In a letter sent this month to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, House Armed Services Committee Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) noted that Joint Special Operations Command delivered a ransom payment for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He wrote “Given the significance of this matter, as well as the fact that Pentagon officials have denied that a payment was even considered — and you also said you were unaware of any such attempt — I ask you to immediately inquire with JSOC to determine the specific order of events.” (2) The money was delivered to a phony “intermediary” who...
  • Miklaszewski's 'Damning' Description of Obama Admin Micromanagement of Pentagon

    11/25/2014 4:57:53 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jim Miklaszewski kept it relatively diplomatic, declaring "there's something amiss here." But Joe Scarborough was blunt: "boy, that's damning," said the Morning Joe host. They were characterizing Miklaszewski's description of the Obama administration's "micromanagement" of the Department of Defense in which communication flows only in one direction: from the White House to the Pentagon. On today's Morning Joe, NBC's Pentagon correspondent reported that former SecDefs Robert Gates and Leon Panetta had recently "lambaste[d]" that micromanagement. View the video here.
  • United Technologies CEO Chenevert Abruptly Steps Down (DoD contractor)

    11/24/2014 8:12:14 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 24 | Ted Mann & Angelea Chen
    United Technologies Corp. Chief Executive Louis Chenevert abruptly stepped down, startling people inside and outside the industrial conglomerate he led for six years.
  • Senior Navy Intelligence Officer Canned by Pentagon for China Comments

    11/12/2014 7:07:46 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 46 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Brent Scher
    A senior Navy intelligence officer has been removed from his position due to comments made regarding aggressive Chinese military movements that ran counter to the Pentagon’s talking points on the issue, according to the Navy Times. Capt. James Fanell was removed from his position as the director of intelligence and information operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet. Fanell was reassigned within the command. Though neither the Navy nor Fanell commented on the reason for the personnel change, it is widely believed to be due to an internal investigation of his comments on China, according to the report. Fanell warned during a...
  • Obama Continues to Bash Israel, Destabilizes Middle East

    11/12/2014 9:58:31 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 7 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | November 12, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — November 12, 2014 … US President Barack Obama never misses an opportunity to attack one of America’s most trusted allies. And in doing so, he weakens US interests in the Middle East. Last week, US General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that Israel went to “extraordinary lengths” to prevent civilian casualties during this summer’s war in the Gaza Strip. “I actually do think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties,” said General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...
  • White House Did Not Discuss ISIS Strategy with Pentagon Prior to U.S.-Led Campaign

    11/08/2014 10:25:43 AM PST · by Hoodat · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Nov 2014, 7:52 AM PDT | Edwin Mora
    As of the end of August, there was no communication between the White House and the Pentagon concerning a strategy to fight the Islamic State, the Department of Defense (DoD) said in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Not only did the president not have a strategy, as he candidly admitted on August 28, the White House did not talk about developing a strategy with his Defense Department prior to launching airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq on August 8. This contradicts comments by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest trying to explain Obama telling reporters on...
  • Pentagon names military bases as Ebola troop quarantine sites

    Stars&Stripes: Pentagon names military bases as Ebola troop quarantine sites 11/7/2014 WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday it has designated five military bases inside the U.S. and two in Europe as quarantine areas for troops returning from the Ebola-response mission in West Africa. Servicemembers will be isolated for 21 days at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas; and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia to check for symptoms of the deadly virus, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Army garrisons in Baumholder, Germany, and Vicenza, Italy, will also be quarantine sites. [snip]...
  • Pentagon finally admits over 600 Americans exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq

    11/07/2014 8:02:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/7/2014 | Noah Rothman
    A bombshell New York Times investigation revealed in mid-October that hundreds of American soldiers were exposed to chemical weapons while serving in Iraq. Worse than that, the experiences of these soldiers was covered up by Defense officials during the Bush and Obama eras. Today, the Pentagon is finally acknowledging that American servicemen and women did suffer exposure to chemical agents while serving in Iraq. “American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers,...
  • More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure in Iraq, Pentagon Acknowledges

    11/06/2014 4:27:58 PM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 06 Nov 2014 | C. J. CHIVERS
    More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and treatment to those who may have been injured, defense officials say. The Pentagon’s disclosure abruptly changed the scale and potential costs of the United States’ encounters with abandoned chemical weapons during the occupation of Iraq, episodes the military had for more than a decade kept from view. This previously untold chapter of the occupation became public...