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  • Pentagon backs Turkey’s version of events, blames ‘incursion’ of Russian jet

    11/24/2015 8:27:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 93 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/24/15 | Rowna Scarborough
    The U.S. military on Tuesday labeled as an "incursion" the Russian fighter jet that was shot down by Turkish aircraft over the Syria-Turkey border. Army Col. Steve Warren, the top military spokesman in Baghdad, confirmed the Turk's version of events in saying they repeatedly warned the two Russian SU-24 pilots to back off. Col. Warren used the word "incursion" to describe the Russian flight, but also said the command was studying radars and other data, such as radio chatter, to make a definite conclusion. The incident happened at the border," Col. Warren said. "These things are not as clean as...
  • Obama Dropped Leaflets To Give ISIS 45 Minutes Warning Before Bombing

    11/23/2015 9:15:40 AM PST · by Strategy · 74 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | November 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    "In Al-Bukamal, we destroyed 116 tanker trucks, which we believe will reduce ISIL's ability to transport its stolen oil products," Warren said. "This is our first strike against tanker trucks, and to minimize risks to civilians, we conducted a leaflet drop prior to the strike. We did a show of force, by -- we had aircraft essentially buzz the trucks at low altitude." The leaflets, which fluttered to the ground about 45 minutes before the strikes, simply said: "Get out of your trucks now, and run away from them. Warning: airstrikes are coming. Oil trucks will be destroyed. Get away...
  • Where Is America's 'Force Protection' from Refujihadis?

    11/18/2015 5:17:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | November 18, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Back in May, with ISIS ascendant, the Obama Pentagon ordered U.S. military bases here at home to raise their force protection condition status (FPCON) to "Bravo" amid a "general increase in the threat environment." FPCON is the military's security posture to protect troops, their families, civilian employees, information, equipment and facilities against terrorist threats. FPCON Bravo -- the third-highest threat level on a five-tier scale used by the Department of Defense -- signals a climate in which "increased and more predictable threat[s] of terrorist activity" and "probable violence" exist, requiring higher security measures ranging from vehicle inspections, stricter ID checks...
  • Top military aide removed from job, under investigation

    11/16/2015 5:58:22 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/12/2015
    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Ash Carter suddenly fired his top military aide Thursday citing allegations of misconduct, and referred the matter to the department's inspector general. Defense officials would not provide any details about why Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis was removed from his job. A senior defense official said Carter learned of the allegations Tuesday night and later informed the inspector general. Carter was surprised by the allegations and met with Lewis Thursday morning, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. "''I expect the highest possible standards of...
  • 1999 Report Warned of Suicide Hijack

    05/17/2002 10:14:31 AM PDT · by nutmeg · 93 replies · 564+ views
    AP/The Washington Post ^ | Friday, May 17, 2002 12:57PM | John Solomon
    WASHINGTON Exactly two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government building. "Suicide bomber(s) belonging to al-Qaida's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives (C-4 and semtex) into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or the White House," the September 1999 report said. The report, entitled the "Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?," described the suicide hijacking as one of several possible retribution...
  • 5 Yemeni Guantánamo Inmates Are Sent to United Arab Emirates

    11/15/2015 4:17:47 PM PST · by Fali_G · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/15/2015 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense announced on Sunday that it had transferred five lower-level Yemeni detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba to the United Arab Emirates. The United States had held each for nearly 14 years as wartime prisoners, and none had been charged with a crime. The transfers reduced the detainee population at the prison to 107. As many as 17 other proposed transfers of lower-level detainees are in the bureaucratic pipeline, an official familiar with internal deliberations said.
  • Pentagon plan to close Guantanamo expected in coming week

    11/12/2015 8:54:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 7, 2015 8:34 AM EST | Lolita C. Baldor and Kathleen Hennessey
    The Pentagon's plan outlining the long-stalled effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, expected in the coming week, includes details suggesting that the Centennial Correctional Facility in Colorado is one suitable site to send detainees whom officials believe should never be released, administration officials said. The plan represents a last-gasp effort by the Obama administration to convince staunch opponents in Congress that dangerous detainees who can't be transferred safely to other countries should be housed in a U.S.-based prison. ...
  • Pentagon removes senior adviser over alleged misconduct

    11/12/2015 3:43:33 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 12 | Kristina Wong
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter is removing a senior military assistant, Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis, from his position after learning about allegations of misconduct, Carter announced Thursday. "I directed that this matter be referred to the inspector general of the Department of Defense for investigation," he said in a statement. A senior defense official would not discuss the nature of the alleged misconduct but said Carter was "very surprised" to learn of the allegations.
  • Land of the Lost - The Obama Administration vs ISIS

    11/12/2015 12:56:39 PM PST · by pboyington · 5 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 12, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    After a year and a half of a failed, worthless, half-hearted air campaign and sporadic, dithering, pinprick Special Forces operations, it’s more than obvious that the Obama administration is in the Land of the Lost in the fight against ISIS. Finally, the truth has finally seeped out that the US led air campaign against ISIS is doing nothing to the marauding, para-military organization. The Pentagon smoke machine is broken and with the arrival of the Russians in Syria, reality has shattered the wilderness of mirrors. Our so-called ally, the Iraq government is saying they are considering green-lighting Russian airstrikes against...
  • Pentagon Farmed Out Its Coding to Russia

    11/09/2015 11:01:08 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11/04/15 | Patrick Malone
    The Pentagon was tipped off in 2011 by a longtime Army contractor that Russian computer programmers were helping to write computer software for sensitive U.S. military communications systems, setting in motion a four-year federal investigation that ended this week with a multimillion-dollar fine against two firms involved in the work. The contractor, John C. Kingsley, said in court documents filed in the case that he discovered the Russians’ role after he was appointed to run one of the firms in 2010. He said the software they wrote had made it possible for the Pentagon’s communications systems to be infected with...
  • Legendary US Army Commander Says Russia Would "Annihilate" US In Head-To-Head Battle

    11/07/2015 5:24:40 PM PST · by amorphous · 90 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    Late in September, we brought you "US Readies Battle Plans For Baltic War With Russia" in which we described a series of thought experiments undertaken by The Pentagon in an effort to determine what the likely outcome would be should something go horribly "wrong" on the way to landing the US in a shooting war with Russia in the Balkans. The results of those thought experiments were not encouraging.
  • The Kool Aid kings and queens of the Pentagon

    11/05/2015 12:37:44 AM PST · by pboyington · 12 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 5, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    It seems nearly every day that the Pentagon is talking to the American people in double, triple and quadruple speak. The truth is a fugitive, on the run from numerous admirals, generals and cabinet members who distort reality and who are sucking down enough Kool Aid to fill Chesapeake Bay. According to the Pentagon, the air war against ISIS is successful, combat in Iraq is non-combat, women can make it through Navy SEAL training and 50 Special Forces soldiers can retake Syria. Who’s running the Pentagon now, Charlie Sheen? Winning! Without further ado, the Pentagon Kool Aid dramatis personae: Secretary...
  • The Pentagon Paid Millions to Pro Sports Teams for Military Tributes

    11/04/2015 2:06:05 PM PST · by Wolfie · 23 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 11/04/15
    The Pentagon Paid Millions to Pro Sports Teams for Military Tributes That time 80 members of the National Guard unfurled an American flag on the turf during an Atlanta Falcons football game? You paid for that. That on-field swearing-in ceremony for soldiers at a New York Mets game? You pairs for that, too. That's because the Department of Defense paid at least $6.8 million in taxpayer money to professional sports teams for military tributes over the last few years, according to a new report by U.S. Senators John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R), both of Arizona. The document shows...
  • Israel Orders Aircraft Carrier As Part Of US Military Aid Package

    11/04/2015 4:47:49 AM PST · by Strategy · 22 replies
    MEM ^ | November 4, 2015
    Israel has provided the United States with a list of weapons that it would like to have available as part of the US aid package, Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth revealed yesterday. According to the newspaper the list included a modern aircraft carrier and a squadron of F-15 aircrafts as well as material assistance to support Israel's anti-ballistic missile system, Arrow 3. According to the newspaper Israeli officials have asked for these weapons during closed-door meetings with US officials attended by Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon and US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter in Washington.
  • Watchdog Blasts the Pentagon’s $43M Gas Station That Will Fuel Few Cars in Afghanistan

    11/02/2015 10:09:36 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11-2-2015 | DAVID FRANCIS
    The price of energy is dirt cheap right now: U.S. natural gas prices are at their lowest levels since 2012, and oil prices worldwide are near six-year lows . Leave it to the Pentagon to make the cost of delivering cheap energy ridiculously expensive. A compressed natural gas automobile filling station in Afghanistan that should have cost about $500,000 ended up costing $43 million, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The watchdog agency said Monday it discovered the cost overrun during a review of the Defense Department's Task Force for Stability and Business Operations ( TFBSO...
  • Does the Pentagon know that assumptions can be deadly?

    11/01/2015 12:49:46 AM PDT · by pboyington · 5 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 31, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    There’s an old military maxim, which says, “Assumptions are the mother of all —-ups.” That ancient adage, along with commons sense and moral courage has been tossed straight into a Pentagon dumpster. Here are some assumptions that are wafting through the corridors of the Pentagon like a dense fog. “Two bombs a day keeps ISIS away” – Operation Inherent Resolve, the US led air campaign against ISIS has been going for over a year now and has been nothing but a dismal failure and a joke. No matter what the Pentagon says, two bombs a day, doesn’t keep ISIS away....
  • Is the Pentagon Telling the Truth About Afghanistan?

    10/13/2015 8:13:58 AM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | Editorial
    New data from the United Nations on the military advances by a resurgent Taliban is alarming for what it says about the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and what it suggests about the American militarys honesty about what is happening there.The fall of Kunduz two weeks ago was a startling sign of how the Taliban has reasserted itself, wresting a northern city from the control of the NATO-trained Afghan Security Forces, who are not doing a great job of showing they are up to defending their country. The United Nations data, reported by The Times on Monday and backed...
  • The Pentagon Beefs Up the 8th Air Force

    10/07/2015 9:09:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Austin Bay
    The Pentagon insists it isn't reviving the Strategic Air Command. The Cold War is over -- supposedly. SAC and its workhorse B-52 became uncomfortable symbols of that long, weary struggle waged on the edge of thermonuclear destruction. However, the U.S. Air Force's decision to consolidate control of its strategic bomber fleet into a single headquarters certainly has SAC-like Cold War mission echoes. This also applies to the behavior of Vladimir Putin and his imperialist Kremlin. Thermonuclear threats continue. Despite President Barack Obama's assurances, Iran will acquire nuclear weapons. If Iran goes nuclear, Saudi Arabia and Turkey may, as well. It's...
  • Emails show Qadaffi son offered talks but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,'...

    10/06/2015 4:54:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 6, 2015 | Catherine Herridge & Pamela Browne
    Full title: Emails show Qadaffi son offered talks but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,' source saysVideo at link. Exclusive - New emails obtained by Fox News show that in March 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring revolution inside Libya, dictator Muammar Qaddafis son Saif was willing to talk peace from the ground in Libya but a source told Fox News the offer was rejected by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the years since Qaddafi was forced from power, Libya's government has collapsed, and extremist groups including ISIS have exploited the power...
  • Despite Video Evidence, Pentagon Slams Moscow For Using 'Dumb Bombs'

    10/02/2015 3:21:20 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 72 replies
    Sputnik ^ | October, 3, 2015 | Sputnik
    In Washingtons ongoing attempt to discredit Russian airstrikes in Syria, a senior US Air Force official has claimed Moscow lacks the technology for precision-guided missiles. Footage of the strikes proves his statement to be demonstrably false. Read more:
  • Russian airstrikes in Syria: Pentagon says strategy 'doomed to failure' as it happened

    10/01/2015 2:40:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/01/2015
    Russia launched its first round of air strikes in Syria, hitting eight sites that it claimed were Islamic State targets only hours after president Vladimir Putins request to use military force was unanimously approved by parliament. The Pentagon disputed Russias claim that it targeted only jihadi groups, with secretary of defense Ash Carter saying that evidence suggested strikes were in areas where there probably were not Isis forces. Carter said the Kremlins current strategy is doomed to failure and American air strikes will continue unimpeded. Syrian activists, civilians and rebels asserted that Russian strikes had targeted moderate forces who...
  • Pentagon's top Russia official resigns

    09/30/2015 10:59:58 AM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/29/2015 | Austin Wright and Philip Ewing
    The Pentagon's top official dealing with Russia has just resigned, according to Politico. Evelyn Farkas, deputy assistant secretary of defence for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, will leave at the end of October, a senior defence official told Politico. Ms Farkas's responsibilities included dealing with Russia on Syria and Ukraine.
  • Pentagons top official on Russia, Ukraine resigning

    09/30/2015 5:37:39 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | Fox News
    The Pentagon official who oversees military relations with Russia and Ukraine has resigned, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News Tuesday.
  • Obama's 'Gay' Army Affirmative Action Plan

    09/23/2015 6:59:25 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 35 replies ^ | September 23, 2015 | Mark Alexander
    The Washington Post headline says it all: Obama Nominates the First Openly Gay Service Secretary. According to the Post, Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services. Fannings rise to one of the Pentagons toughest and most prominent jobs also reflects the Obamas commitment to diversity. Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role, said our nations worst-ever commander in chief. I am confident he...

    06/20/2004 11:00:00 PM PDT · by KMC1 · 10 replies · 230+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | 6.21.2004 | McCullough/Pentagon
    LONDON (from compiled intelligence briefs) - Al-Qaida had extensive contacts with Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security, as well as with an elite military unit which helped the terrorists train and plot attacks against Americans, according to a former intelligence officer who recently fled Iran. Hamid Reza Zakeri, a former inspector and director of Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Ministry of Intelligence, or MOIS, member said models of the World Trade Center, the White House, Pentagon and other United States government buildings "were in our headquarters." In an explosive interview with a London-based Arabic newspaper last week, Zakeri stated that...
  • Analysts Detail Claims That Reports on ISIS Were Distorted

    09/15/2015 11:09:40 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 15, 2015 | By MARK MAZZETTI and MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON A group of intelligence analysts have provided investigators with documents they say show that senior military officers manipulated the conclusions of reports on the war against the Islamic State, according to several government officials, as lawmakers from both parties voiced growing anger that they may have received a distorted picture about the military campaigns progress. The Pentagons inspector general, who is examining the claims, is focusing on senior intelligence officials who supervise dozens of military and civilian analysts at United States Central Command, or Centcom, which oversees American military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria....

    09/11/2015 3:13:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies ^ | September 11, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 should have been a rude awakening from the dogmatic slumbers of the previous decade. Instead, after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the West went on a vacation from history. The seeming triumph of liberal democracy and free-market capitalism convinced many that all we had left to do was to oversee the inevitable triumph of the Western paradigm throughout the world. Unfortunately, the world, especially the Islamic ummah, had other plans, ones that our own bad ideas and cultural dogmas have advanced.
  • Pentagon To Protect Recruiters With 'Desk Partitions,' No Guns

    09/10/2015 5:23:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 | IBDEditorial
    Homeland Security: The Pentagon has decided against arming recruiters in the wake of the Chattanooga terror attack that killed five soldiers. Instead of guns, officers will get "desk partitions." We can't make this stuff up. According to the Marine Corps Times, Marine brass have ruled out arming recruiters following July's deadly shooting rampage in Tennessee by Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez. The ISIS-inspired jihadist opened fire on several military recruiting officers stationed in a strip mall before attacking a military base a few minutes away.
  • Pentagon: Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Territorial Waters for First Time

    09/04/2015 10:43:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/4/15
    The five Chinese Navy ships spotted operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska steered within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. coast and passed through U.S. territorial waters, the Pentagon said. The Wall Street Journal reported: Pentagon officials said for the first time late Thursday that the five Chinese navy ships had passed through U.S. territorial waters as they transited the Aleutian Islands, but said they had complied with international law. Analysts saw the passage as significant as Beijing has long objected to U.S. Navy vessels transiting its territorial waters or operating in international waters just outside....
  • U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship In Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas

    09/03/2015 7:17:36 AM PDT · by Fennie · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 3, 2015 | By Bill Gertz
    U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials. The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba. Defense officials familiar with reports on the Russian ship say the Yantar is believed to be gathering intelligence on underwater sensors and other equipment used by U.S. nuclear submarines based at Kings Bay, Georgia. The submarines, their transit lanes, and...
  • Pentagon Not Targeting Islamic State Training Camps

    08/29/2015 5:48:24 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/28/2015 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials. The camps are spread throughout Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria and are off limits in the U.S.-led international bombing campaign because of concerns about collateral damage, said officials familiar with planning and execution of the yearlong bombing campaign. Additionally, the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) camps have been so successful that Islamic State leaders are considering expanding the camps to Libya and Yemen....
  • White House Blocks Pentagon Report on Russian Treaty Breach

    08/11/2015 10:34:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/11/15 | Bill Gertz
    The White House is blocking the release of a Pentagon risk assessment of Russias violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to a senior House leader. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, disclosed the existence of the Pentagon assessment last month and said the report is needed for Congress efforts to address the problem in legislation. As we look to the near-term future, we need to consider how were going to respond to Russias INF violations, Rogers said in an Air Force Association breakfast July 8. Congress will not continue to tolerate
  • Obama Pentagon: Too Many White Males in Special Forces

    08/07/2015 5:47:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 98 replies ^ | august 7, 2015 | jonah bennett
    Elite units in the military areby and largeboth white and male. Pentagon officials, however, are hoping for a major demographic shift, citing the benefits of diversity in terms of increasing operational capacity. Data provided by each individual service to USA Todayillustrates current disparities, which are most prominent in units like the Navy SEALs and the Armys Green Berets. For instance, in the Army, blacks comprised 17 percent of the force in 2013, a figure slightly higher than their representation in the overall population. As the ranks start climbing, the numbers shift. Blacks amount to only 9.4 percent of officers in...
  • Pentagon decries lack of diversity in special forcesSOCOM chief: 'We need people of color'

    08/06/2015 8:44:12 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | August 6, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    U.S. Army Rangers drill in 2011. A Pentagon spokesman said the militarys elite forces need more diversity, and without, the nations security could very well be compromised. We dont know where we will find ourselves in the future, said Army Col. Michael Copenhaver, whos published a paper on diversity among the special operating forces, USA Today reported. One thing is for sure: We will find ourselves around the globe. And around the globe you have different cultural backgrounds everywhere. Having that kind of a diverse force can only increase your operational capability. The comments came as USA Today requested...
  • Russia hacks Pentagon computers: NBC, citing sources

    08/06/2015 11:59:55 AM PDT · by gwjack · 18 replies ^ | 8/6/15 | Staff
    fficials tell NBC News that Russia launched a "sophisticated cyberattack" against the Pentagon's Joint Staff unclassified email system which has been shut down and taken off line for nearly two weeks. According to the officials, the "sophisticated cyber intrusion" occurred sometime around July 25 and affected some 4-thousand military and civilian personnel work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.
  • Pentagon signals move to arm more troops at recruiting stations

    07/31/2015 7:13:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | July 30, 2015 | JAMES ROSEN
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter has given his top commanders the green light to allow more troops to carry weapons at U.S. bases, with a focus on recruiting stations, Reserve centers and other softer military targets. Carters actions came two weeks after a Kuwaiti-born gunman killed four Marines and a sailor before police slayed him at the Navy reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn. The tragic shooting on July 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, illustrates the continuing threat to DOD personnel in the U.S. homeland posed by homegrown violent extremists, Carter wrote in a memo released Thursday by the Pentagon. In the memo,...
  • Pentagon Tells Military Recruiters No Guns Allowed at Centers CLOSE THE BLINDS

    07/22/2015 3:05:26 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/20/15 | Jim Hoft
    Pentagon Refuses to Arm Military Recruiters Tells Them to Close the Blinds Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno said on Friday he has no plans to arm recruiters or add security patrols to military recruitment centers in the wake of the Islamist terror attacks on unarmed, unguarded military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday. Odierno basically said he doesnt trust his troops to handle their weapons properly. Also on Friday, the Marine Corps ordered recruiters to not wear their uniforms at work for force protection. Today the Pentagon added this Military recruiters are being told to close the...
  • Pentagon Releases Photo of Angry Netanyahu

    07/22/2015 1:55:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/21/15 | Daniel Halpe
    The Pentagon is illustrating Defense Secretary Ash Carter's trip to Israel with a picture of any angry-looking Benjamin Netanyahu. The picture is available on the Defense Department's website:The caption reads, "U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following a meeting to discuss matters of mutual importance in Jerusalem, July 21, 2015."The photo was taken by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen.
  • A top general is worried that that the US military is spread far too thin

    07/21/2015 10:49:49 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 12 replies ^ | July 18, 2015 | DAVID ALEXANDER, REUTERS
    The US Army is far more heavily engaged around the world than projected when it began slashing force size several years ago, and its commitments will be hard to maintain in the long run as troop numbers shrink, General Ray Odierno said on Friday. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said decisions about cutting the size of the force from 570,000 to the current 490,000 were made several years ago when Pentagon planners expected a peaceful Europe, a declining commitment in Afghanistan and no return to Iraq. Instead, he said, the Army is regularly using three brigades in eastern Europe...
  • Pentagon Army cuts: Citizens to be cut, but illegal aliens recruited?

    07/20/2015 10:22:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 8, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    resident Barack Obama and Pentagon officials confirmed on Tuesday their plans to cut 40,000 troops from the United States Army over the course of the next two years, which is expected to affect domestic and foreign Army bases and installation. However, there has been no mention of cuts to the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program initiated to enlist immigrants including those enjoying the benefits of Obama's executive order creating DACA. The force reductions will mean that the active-duty Army will experience cuts from its current size of about 490,000 soldiers to about 450,000. It will become...
  • The weapons we need for a war we dont want

    07/20/2015 1:56:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters Blogs ^ | July 20, 2015 | P.W. Singer and August Cole
    Terrorism and Middle East insurgencies are not going away. Yet in the 21st century, the United States must understand it faces a return of a serious national-security concern that shaped the last century: the risk of great-power conflict. The Defense Departments new military strategy acknowledges this by noting the implications of the renewed rivalry with China and Russia. The possibility of a major war with great powers, like World Wars One and Two, is growing, according to the U.S. National Military Strategy released this month. Consider, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is back on high alert after Russias land grab...
  • PENTAGON: Recruiting Centers to Remain Unarmed, Unguarded; Recruiters Told to Not Wear Uniforms

    07/17/2015 7:19:52 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 138 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-17-2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno said on Friday he has no plans to arm recruiters or add security patrols to military recruitment centers in the wake of the Islamist terror attacks on unarmed, unguarded military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday. Odierno basically said he doesn’t trust his troops to handle their weapons properly.Also on Friday, the Marine Corps ordered recruiters to not wear their uniforms at work for ‘force protection.’Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, one four Marines killed in Islamist terror attack in Chattanooga, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Photo: Screen grab.Odierno made his comments at a breakfast...
  • APNewsBreak: Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban

    07/13/2015 12:12:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 13, 2015 | Lolita C. Baldor AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press. An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would...
  • Obama's Presser From The Pentagon on ISIS

    07/06/2015 1:47:00 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 6, 2015 | Rshill7
    Obama's Presser From The Pentagon on ISIS
  • Pentagon urged to boot chaplains who oppose 'gay' marriage [Revelation 12]

    06/30/2015 10:57:39 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 163 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/29/2015 | Jack Minor
    Activist blasts 'intolerant filth lingering in the ranks of our armed forces' In the aftermath of the Supreme Courts decision to redefine marriage in all 50 states, the Pentagon is now being urged to cleanse itself of chaplains who refuse to support same-sex marriage. Activist Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is demanding the U.S. military conduct a purge of chaplains who holds to the traditional teaching of homosexuality and marriage espoused by the first commander in chief, George Washington. Weinstein claims chaplains who are maintaining the state of antagonism between their religion and the sexual/gender identities...
  • Pentagon Official Reacts Angrily to Obamas ISIS Strategy Claim: What the F Was That?

    06/12/2015 2:51:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    Fox News via ^ | june 8, 2015 | Fox News via Debra Heine
    On Special Report tonight, Charles Krauthammer noted that Obama occasionally stumbles on the truth, as he did when he admitted that his administration does not yet have a strategy to defeat ISIS; but as is always the case with this president its never his fault when something goes wrong. The reason is Obamas entire strategy rests on the notion that trained Iraqis under this government are going to carry the fight to ISIS, Krauthammer said, noting that strategy has failed in Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah. This is a country that was abandoned by Obama in 2011 and threw in its...
  • Ex-US Intelligence Officials Confirm: Secret Pentagon Report Proves US Complicity In Creation

    06/08/2015 5:52:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6/8/15 | Tyler Durden
    Two weeks ago, courtesy of the investigative work of Nafeez Ahmed whose deep dig through a recently declassified and formertly Pentagon documents released earlier by Judicial Watch FOIA, we learned that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. In his words: "According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the Islamic State as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to isolate the Syrian regime. Now, in a follow up piece to his stunning original investigative report...
  • Reporter says Pentagon agreed to give up docs if he never submits another FOIA request

    06/02/2015 6:31:33 PM PDT · by blueyon · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/2/15 | Erik Wemple
    Everyone has a FOIA horror story, though the one told by Vice News investigative reporter Jason Leopold in todays FOIA hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee deserves its very own headline. When asked about why some agencies just refuse to cough up material, Leopold offered this example: Leopold: The Office of Net Assessment (ONA) is the Pentagons in-house think tank. They spend millions and millions of dollars putting together reports reports that they contract out about perhaps some futuristic warfare, or what the situation in the Middle East is going to look like with regards to...
  • Pentagon chief pledges $18 million for Hanoi to buy patrol boats

    05/31/2015 9:31:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/15 | David Alexander
    HAI PHONG, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged $18 million on Sunday to help Vietnam buy U.S. patrol boats, shortly after touring a Vietnamese coast guard vessel that was hit by a Chinese ship during a skirmish in the South China Sea. Carter, who has been focusing on maritime security during an 11-day trip to the Asia-Pacific, visited the Vietnamese navy headquarters and coast guard headquarters before boarding the ship. Carter is on his second visit to Asia since becoming defense secretary earlier this year. He said he planned to sign a "vision statement" on Monday with...
  • Pentagon Officials Call Out Obama's 'Pathetic' ISIS Strategy "What strategy?"

    05/27/2015 9:22:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/27/15 | Trey Sanchez
    The Washington Times has uncovered what it calls "deep-seated doubts" among Pentagon brass regarding President Obama's strategy in degrading and defeating ISIS. This revelation undercuts the official White House line that would indicate a unified front between the president and military officials. One Pentagon official, said to be involved in counterterrorism analysis, asked incredulously, What strategy? He went on to say, We are now floating along, reacting to ISIS. The general consensus among top military officials is that the president will never activate their recommended plan of sending in ground troops, a strategy that is believed to be the only...