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  • About a mile of new wall built each day along Mexico border, Pentagon says

    09/20/2019 8:07:23 PM PDT · by 2banana · 46 replies
    Military Times | 20 SEP 2019 | Military Staff
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  • Democrats block Pentagon bill amid border wall battle

    09/18/2019 4:10:12 PM PDT · by blueyon · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 09/18/19 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    Senate Democrats Wednesday blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud between the chamber’s leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer’s hard-won budget deal into binding legislation. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer orchestrated the party-line filibuster vote, claiming Senate GOP leaders were doing President Donald Trump’s bidding on the U.S.-Mexico border fence and paying for it by shortchanging health and education programs. Both sides accused the other of violating the bipartisan spirit of July’s budget blueprint, which gave Trump a must-have increase in the government’s borrowing limit and new spending...
  • Pentagon Puts Brakes On 3 Border Barrier Projects Because Of Cost

    09/17/2019 3:48:57 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/16/19 | Matthew Choi
    The Defense Department is no longer moving forward with three border barrier projects in California and Arizona, according to a court filing Monday. The move is a reversal of an earlier Pentagon authorization for about 20 miles of fencing, lighting and other border infrastructure that would have used $2.5 billion in funds redirected from a counter-drug fund. That authorization, announced Aug. 27, was based on what was then determined to be "lower-than-expected contract costs." But the Defense Department revealed in the Monday filing that the department would not be able to cover the costs of the project. The Defense Department...
  • Pentagon to keep 5,500 troops at Mexico border

    09/11/2019 10:53:41 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | Sep 10,2019 | AFP
    The US Defense Department said Tuesday that it would keep up to 5,500 troops deployed at the Mexican border for the coming year to help combat illegal immigration. A week after announcing it would divert $3.6 billion in funds for the construction of an anti-migrant wall on the frontier, the Pentagon said it had also approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to maintain a troop presence as well. The Defense Department "will provide up to 5,500 personnel to provide infrastructure support; operational support; detection and monitoring support; and air support," said Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Chris Mitchell....
  • Report: Pentagon IDing Companies with Chinese Ties to Protect Defense Supply Chain

    09/13/2019 6:58:27 PM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Sep 2019 | John Hayward
    The Financial Times on Wednesday reported that the Pentagon is compiling a list of companies with links to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) or Chinese intelligence services in order to protect U.S. military secrets and secure America’s supply of military equipment. The FT article noted one of the most difficult supply lines to protect involves semiconductors, which have countless military applications. Ensuring that these semiconductors cannot be tainted, or the supply choked off at a crucial moment by a hostile China, is extremely difficult. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) told the FT that China’s Communist Party “relies on companies under...
  • Remembering the Day That Everything Changed

    09/11/2019 8:15:34 PM PDT · by lightman · 16 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 11 September A.D. 2019 | Faith McDonnel
    Maybe it is because I feel as if I owe my life to the brave passengers on United Flight 93 — if indeed that plane-turned-weapon was directed towards the U.S. Capitol. Or maybe it is because for my friends from Sudan/South Sudan, both Christian and Muslim, “9/11 was 24/7…and 365.” After all, I was at the Rayburn House Office Building that morning, waiting to begin a press conference on why there should be capital market sanctions against companies that did business with the Islamic Republic of Sudan because of Sudan’s connections to terrorism. Terrorism! Hah! We didn’t have a CLUE...
  • Putin built a hypersonic arsenal, while the Pentagon slept

    08/28/2019 9:01:01 PM PDT · by bitt · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/26/2019 | DOV S. ZAKHEIM
    In the course of his lengthy annual address to the Russian Federal Assembly this year, President Vladimir Putin excoriated the United States for abandoning the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty while asserting that “the work on promising prototypes and weapon systems that I spoke about in my Address last year continues as scheduled and without disruptions.” Putin went on to say that Russia had entered serial production of the Avangard hypersonic glide system, which was to be deployed later in 2019. He added that the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, which he asserted was “of unprecedented power,” was in the...
  • Pentagon Plan to Deploy Mid-range Missiles in Asia Draws Vow to Counter from China

    08/06/2019 2:17:07 PM PDT · by bitt · 21 replies
    epoch times ^ | 8/6/2019 | IVAN PENTCHOUKOV
    China on Aug. 6 vowed to take countermeasures if the United States follows through on a plan to deploy mid-range ground-launched missiles in Asia. The director of the Chinese foreign ministry’s Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, made the statement after the United States formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia on Aug. 2 and announced plans to deploy missiles in order to deter China. “China will not stand idly by and be forced to take countermeasures should the U.S. deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles in this part of the world,” Fu said. Fu also called on South...
  • Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

    08/02/2019 1:51:09 PM PDT · by familyop · 64 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 2, 2019 | Mark Harris
    ...South Dakota...Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois...the balloons are intended to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats”,...The balloons are carrying hi-tech radars designed to simultaneously track many individual vehicles day or night, through any kind of weather...Sometimes it’s referred to as ‘combat TiVo’ because when an event happens somewhere in the surveilled area, you can potentially rewind the tape to see exactly what occurred, and rewind even further to see who was involved and where they came from.”
  • Pentagon puts $10B cloud computing contract on hold after Trump swipe at Amazon

    08/01/2019 2:27:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/01/2019 | By JACQUELINE FELDSCHER
    The Pentagon is slamming the brakes on its mega-competition to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract after President Donald Trump suggested the Defense Department might have rigged the contest in favor of Amazon, a frequent target of his criticism. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who assumed his post July 23, is now reviewing accusations of unfairness in the fiercely fought competition, the Pentagon announced Thursday, marking the president's latest incursion into the arcane world of Defense Department contracting. Oracle has reportedly waged an aggressive lobbying campaign to push back on the competition, now pitting Amazon against Microsoft, including talking with...
  • High court allows use of Pentagon funds for border wall

    07/26/2019 3:45:41 PM PDT · by Hadean · 32 replies ^ | July 26, 2019
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Trump administration to tap Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico.</p> <p>The Supreme Court said Friday that it would lift a freeze on the money put in place by a lower court. The Supreme Court's action means the Trump administration can tap the funds and begin work on four contracts it has awarded. Four liberal justices wouldn't have allowed construction to start.</p>
  • Something is Rotten in the Pentagon

    07/24/2019 11:22:35 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Spectator ^ | July 15, 2019 | Jed Babbin
    The strains of almost eighteen years of continuous war, Obama’s massive budget cuts, and a tide of damaging politics have eroded critical parts of our military. What has held together, until last week, was the most critical element: the trust that must exist between the civilian leadership and the military of all ranks. A huge blow to that trust has just occurred on Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s watch. Another failure of leadership, both similar and different, is taking place about the nomination of Gen. John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, to be the next vice chairman of...
  • HUNDREDS of Pentagon Officials Caught Running Child Porn Network on Official DOD Computers

    07/19/2019 10:37:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    DC dirty ^ | July 18, 2019 | By Matt Agorist
    The problem of government agents viewing horrific images and videos of child pornography on official Department of Defense computers has gotten so out of hand that bipartisan legislation has been introduced to curb the practice. Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) introduced legislation earlier this month meant to halt the epidemic of government employees viewing and sharing child porn over DOD networks and devices. According to a report in the Hill, the End National Defense Network Abuse (END Network Abuse) was introduced in the wake of in an investigation called “Project Flicker” carried out by U.S. Immigration and...
  • TICKING BOMBS Pentagon ordered to reveal to Congress if its scientists used diseased TICKS

    07/16/2019 6:20:22 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 50 replies ^ | July 17, 2019 | Jacob Dirnhuber
    Full Title: TICKING BOMBS Pentagon ordered to reveal to Congress if its scientists used diseased TICKS as biological weapons – and if any escaped the lab US Military chiefs have been ordered to reveal whether they used diseased TICKS in sick biological warfare experiments. A bill passed in the House of Representatives requires the Pentagon to investigate whether researches infected the insects in the 1970s - and if any were let loose. It comes after a bombshell new book claims the Defence Department was behind the spread of Lyme Disease between 1950 and 1975. Congressman Chris Smith - who added...
  • US confirms Iranian missile has shot down drone

    06/20/2019 1:44:22 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 146 replies
    BBC ^ | June 20, 2019 | BBC News
    Image caption: One US official identified the drone as a US Navy MQ-4C Triton A US military drone has been shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile while in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, US officials say. Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace, near Kuhmobarak in the southern province of Hormozgan. IRGC commander Maj-Gen Hossein Salami said the incident sent "a clear message to America", state media said. It comes at a time of escalating tension between the US and Iran. On Monday, the US defence department said it...
  • Iran says it's 'completely ready for war' after US official confirms it shot down American drone

    06/20/2019 2:27:05 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 105 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 20, 2019 | Luis Martinez
    Play: U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Bob Brown Watch: More troops to head to Mideast as Iran tensions rise In a major provocation, Iran shot down an unarmed and unmanned U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton drone while it was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz Thursday, a U.S. official told ABC News. The incident is sure to trigger serious discussions within the Trump administration about how to respond to a direct attack on a U.S. military asset that goes beyond recent attacks in the Middle East that the U.S. has blamed on Iran. (More: US...
  • BREAKING: Trump Accuses New York Times of ‘TREASON’

    06/15/2019 9:44:19 PM PDT · by montag813 · 168 replies
    24News ^ | 06-16-2019 | Jenn Carter
    by Jenn Carter President Donald Trump on Saturday denied a stunning New York Times report claiming the U.S. is ramping up cyber attacks against Russia, calling the decision to run the article a “virtual act of treason.” According to the Times, the U.S. is increasingly targeting Russia’s electric power grid and has even gone as far as to install debilitating code inside it. The operation is the first of its kind, according to the newspaper, which also claimed two administration officials said President Donald Trump is believed not to have been briefed on the mission. Reacting to the report in a...
  • Pentagon Choosing ‘Pride’ Over President Trump’s Orders

    06/13/2019 5:10:22 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies ^ | June 12, 2019 | Chad Groening
    A military watchdog is calling out Pentagon officials who are defying President Donald Trump and his policy for transgenders in the armed forces. Trump reportedly caught the Pentagon off guard in 2017 when he used Twitter to announce a total ban. That announcement angered LGBT allies within the Pentagon by reversing a policy implemented in the remaining months of the LGBT-friendly Obama administration. While the Pentagon went to work to implement the commander in chief’s order, then came the lawsuits to attempt to stop the new policy. But a 2019 Supreme Court ruling lifted lower court injunctions that allowed the...
  • Pentagon sends stern message to White House over USS John McCain debacle

    06/02/2019 1:46:13 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 111 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 2nd 2019 | Chris Enloe
    The Pentagon sent a stern message to the White House over the weekend after it was confirmed officials directed the United States Navy to minimize the presence of the USS John McCain during President Donald Trump's recent visit to Japan. What did the Pentagon say?Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan directed his staff over the weekend to reaffirm that the U.S. military will not be "politicized," Reuters reported. "Secretary Shanahan directed his chief of staff to speak with the White House military office and reaffirm his mandate that the Department of Defense will not be politicized," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Colonel Joe...
  • Pentagon tells White House to stop politicizing military [barf]

    06/02/2019 8:25:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2019 | Lolita C. Baldor
    The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain hidden from view during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan. A U.S. defense official said Patrick Shanahan, Trump’s acting defense chief, is also considering sending out formal guidance to military units in order to avoid similar problems in the future. Shanahan confirmed details about a Navy email that said the White House military office wanted the USS John McCain kept “out of sight” when Trump was...