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  • 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...
  • Pentagon’s plans for a spy service to rival the CIA have been pared back

    11/01/2014 7:26:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-1-2014 | Greg Miller
    The Pentagon has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivaled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost, current and former U.S. officials said. Under the revised blueprint, the Defense Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defense Clandestine Service was announced. The previous plan called for moving as many as 1,000 undercover case officers overseas to work alongside the...
  • Pentagon civilians leaving Ebola zones may choose monitoring regimen

    10/31/2014 3:59:06 PM PDT · by wtd · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Nov 1, 2014 2:35am IST
    Pentagon civilians leaving Ebola zones may choose monitoring regimen (Reuters) - Civilian U.S. defense employees returning from Ebola relief work in West Africa must undergo monitoring to ensure they are free of disease but can choose between following civil health guidelines or the stricter military regimen, the Pentagon said on Friday.
  • Pentagon lashes out at ISIS war “micromanagement” at the White House

    10/31/2014 10:50:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Victory has a thousand fathers, John F. Kennedy once said in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs disaster, but defeat is an orphan. One can usually tell how well an enterprise is succeeding by the amount of finger-pointing that accompanies it — for instance, the blame game going on already in the midterm elections. Unfortunately for the US, JFK’s adage applies more directly to a real issue of victory or defeat, and the attempt to orphan the results comes from the top, according to Josh Rogin and Eli Lake at The Daily Beast: Top military leaders in the...
  • Pentagon warns employees about potential Islamic State-related terror attacks

    10/31/2014 7:03:40 AM PDT · by null and void · 35 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 29, 2014
    The Pentagon is warning employees about being potential targets of quick-strike terror attacks -- to the extent of suggesting they change travel routes, remove identifiable logos and avoid large gatherings. The advisory was issued by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, which protects the Pentagon and its employees, and says recent threats indicate that terrorists “directed or inspired by Islamic State” consider military and law-enforcement officers legitimate targets, as reported first by The Washington Times. The news of the advisory follows Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announcing Tuesday that his agency has increased security at federal buildings across the country, citing...
  • Obama administration considers mandatory quarantine

    10/24/2014 3:21:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 October 2014 | David Martosko
    The Obama administration is considering imposing a forced quarantine on healthcare workers who return to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa, after a New York doctor who treated patients there tested positive for the virus on Thursday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner told Reuters on Friday that a mandatory quarantine is one possible plan under discussion by officials from across the administration. 'There are a number of options being discussed pertaining to the monitoring and mobility of healthcare workers who are returning to the United States from affected countries,' Skinner said.
  • An American Who Vomited Near the Pentagon

    10/23/2014 9:16:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    We have now learned what can happen in this Era of Obama when an American who does not have Ebola vomits near the Pentagon. The first clue was a statement put out Friday by Arlington County, Virginia, where the Pentagon sits. "At about 9:10 a.m. today, Pentagon Police officers identified a woman in the Pentagon South Parking Lot, around lanes 17-19, who was ill and vomiting," said the statement. "Arlington County Fire Department was notified and responded immediately with both emergency medical aid and hazmat response team." "During the response," the statement said, "the individual allegedly indicated that she had...
  • Woman who caused Ebola scare at Pentagon admits she made up story about traveling to West Africa

    10/17/2014 3:17:14 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 85 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/17/
    A woman who caused an Ebola scare Friday and caused police to shut down a Pentagon entrance and a portion of the parking lot later confessed to hospital officials she had fabricated a story about recently traveling to West Africa, multiple government sources told Fox News.
  • Possible Ebola Patient Who Recently Traveled to Africa Isolated at Inova Hospital in Virginia

    10/17/2014 1:39:30 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 32 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Aurelius
    A woman who recently returned from Africa and was found vomiting today has been transferred to and isolated at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. Officials are scrambling to find everyone the woman has had contact with recently. The woman became sick at approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, and started to vomit near the Pentagon. She was on a tour bus and, if found to have Ebola, could have potentially exposed dozens to the extremely deadly virus. The most recent reports state that hazmat teams belonging to Arlington County were at the scene of where the woman started vomiting on the...
  • Vomiting Woman At Pentagon Sparks Ebola Alert

    10/17/2014 12:53:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Staff
    The Department of Defense incident comes as a US cruise ship is forced to skip a Mexican port because of a passenger ebola scare.The Pentagon shut down a building entrance and part of a car park after a woman was sick and told police she was in Liberia two weeks ago. Hazmat-suited crews from Arlington, Virginia, descended on the scene as the woman was taken to hospital as a possible ebola case. She began vomiting after she got off a shuttle bus that was taking guests to a high-level Marine Corps ceremony. The other passengers were released and advised to...
  • Woman Who Had Been to West Africa Vomits on Bus Near Pentagon

    10/17/2014 11:24:15 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-17-2014 | Breitbart via WUSA
    WUSA in Washington DC reported that a woman who claimed she had recently been to West Africa vomited in a bus inside the Pentagon parking lot on Friday. According to WUSA, the woman vomited in the parking lot around 9:10 a.m. in the Pentagon’s parking lot. Officials in Arlington said that “the individual allegedly indicated that she had recently visited western Africa. Out of an abundance of caution, all pedestrian and vehicular traffic was suspended around the South Parking lot, while Arlington County responded to the scene.” The woman was taken to the Virginia Hospital Center, but did not exit...
  • Possible Ebola Case at the Pentagon (Arlington Now)

    10/17/2014 10:33:56 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 93 replies
    Arlington Now newspaper website ^ | 17 October 2014 | Arlington Now (Virginia)
    Arlington Now seems to be the best / original news source of this story: BREAKING: Possible Ebola Case at the Pentagon News by ARLnow.com — October 17, 2014 at 10:05 am 48,316 195 Comments (Updated at 12:30 p.m.) Arlington County’s hazmat team is on the scene at the Pentagon due to an possible Ebola case on a tour bus. Medics responded to the Pentagon this morning for a report of a woman on a bus who was sick and vomiting. When they learned that she had recently arrived from Africa, the hazmat team was called out of “a complete abundance...
  • Breaking: Ebola Scare at the Pentagon

    10/17/2014 8:06:49 AM PDT · by petro45acp · 151 replies
    Vox News, Google News via ARLNow.com ^ | October 17, 2014 at 10:05 am
    Medics responded to the Pentagon this morning for a report of a woman on a tour bus who was sick and vomiting. When they learned that she had recently arrived from Africa, the hazmat team was called out of “a complete abundance of caution,” Pentagon Force Protection Agency spokesman Chris Layman told ARLnow.com. A large portion of the Pentagon south parking lot has been cordoned off with crime tape, and police are telling those who don’t work at the Pentagon to avoid the immediate surrounding area. The woman has been transported via ambulance to Virginia Hospital Center. The county’s medical...
  • Pentagon hid info on thousands of chemical weapons in Iraq for years

    10/15/2014 8:06:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/15/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This story is disturbing on multiple levels. It has been revealed that stockpiles of expired or degraded chemical munitions were discovered in Iraq during the initial years of the war and both American and Iraqi forces were exposed to them in more than twenty instances. This information was never revealed to the public. 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, and military doctors, according to a published report. The New York...
  • Will Obama Only Fight Carbon-Neutral Wars?

    10/15/2014 4:50:36 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/14/2014 | IBD Staff
    Has anyone at the Pentagon determined the carbon footprint of our war on IS? Because if a Defense Dept. global warming report is right, we could be doing more harm than good to our national security. The 20-page report — the cover of which includes a cute picture of baby sea turtles along with tanks and battleships — says climate change "poses immediate risks to U.S. national security."
  • Hagel Unveils Pentagon Global Warming Strategy, Warns Climate Change Is ‘Threat Multiplier’

    10/14/2014 9:50:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/13/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a new Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Peru today, saying the Pentagon has “nearly completed a baseline survey to assess the vulnerability” due to global warming of more than 7,000 bases, installations, and other facilities.The 20-page document details three “broad adaptation goals”: “Identify and assess the effects of climate change on the Deparment,” “integrate climate change considerations across the Department and manage associated risks,” and “collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on climate change challenges.”“Initial analysis indicates that four primary climate change phenomena are likely...
  • Pentagon Says Global Warming Presents Immediate Security Threat(Not Russia, Iran, ISIS)

    10/13/2014 12:49:18 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 57 replies
    nyt ^ | 10/13/14 | c davenport
    The Pentagon released a report Monday asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster response as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises. The report lays out a road map for how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic defense planning situations to a rethinking of the...
  • Hagel: Climate change will challenge US military

    10/13/2014 5:05:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 13, 2014 4:02 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America's military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. […] “Climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’ because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we already confront today—from infectious disease to armed insurgencies—and to produce new challenges in the future,” Hagel said. He spoke during the opening session of the conference, which was attended by defense ministers and military chiefs of more...
  • Pentagon to release secret anti-ISIS codename

    10/13/2014 4:08:27 PM PDT · by PROCON · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 13, 2014
    Official says military has made sure name is acceptable in languages other than EnglishWASHINGTON (CNN) —The military operation against ISIS now does have a name but the Pentagon is not expected to reveal it until later this week, a U.S. official confirms to CNN. The name will not be made public until a formal "execution order" covering the entire mission against ISIS is published by the Defense Department's Joint Staff, perhaps as soon as Wednesday.
  • Probe of silencers leads to web of Pentagon secrets

    10/13/2014 9:35:38 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 21 replies
    the Washington Post ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | Craig whitlock
    The mysterious workings of a Pentagon office that oversees clandestine operations are unraveling in federal court, where a criminal investigation has exposed a secret weapons program entwined with allegations of a sweetheart contract, fake badges and trails of destroyed evidence. Capping an investigation that began almost two years ago, separate trials are scheduled this month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., for a civilian Navy intelligence official and a hot-rod auto mechanic from California who prosecutors allege conspired to manufacture an untraceable batch of automatic-rifle silencers. The exact purpose of the silencers remains hazy, but court filings and pretrial...
  • The Coming Stock Market Crash and The Death of Money with Jim Rickards

    10/13/2014 4:37:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    Youtube ^ | 09/18/14
    Jim Rickards, the Financial Threat and Asymmetric Warfare Advisor for both the Pentagon and CIA. Recently, all 16 branches of our Intelligence Community have come together to release a shocking report. These agencies, that include the CIA, FBI, Army, and Navy, they've already begun to estimate the impact of the fall of the dollar as the global reserve currency. And our reign as the world's leading super power being annihilated in a way equivalent to the end of the British Empire, post-World War II. And the end game could be a nightmarish scenario, where the world falls into an extended...
  • Remember the traitor Bowe Bergdahl? Obama’s waiting until after the election to declare him a POW

    10/10/2014 9:31:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/10/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Here we go. It looks like Barack Obama is getting ready to double cross us again. According to a report on the site militarycorruption.com Obama is waiting until after the mid-term election to declare the traitor Bowe Bergdahl a Prisoner of War. This designation would change him from a traitor who should be executed to a “hero” POW who is eligible for back pay, a promotion and an honorable discharge which will entitle Bergdahl to a variety of benefits that have been designed for genuine heroes. In spite of the mountain of evidence proving he is a deserter, Militarycorruption.com has...
  • Pentagon: US troops to have contact with Ebola virus (The Administration lied again)

    10/07/2014 12:12:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 7, 2014 | Kristina Wong and Sarah Ferris
    U.S. General: Troops Fighting Ebola Will Be SafeSpecialized U.S. troops setting up mobile labs in Africa to test for Ebola are likely to come into contact with the deadly virus, the Pentagon said Tuesday. U.S. troops already have set up three mobile labs, and there are plans to set up four more. The Pentagon said the troops are highly trained and that those working in the laboratories will wear protective suits. They will also receive pre-deployment training and be constantly monitored, Army Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said at a Pentagon briefing. “I am confident that we...
  • U.S. Troops Fighting Ebola in Africa Will Be Safe: Pentagon

    10/07/2014 9:50:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 90 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 7, 2014 | by Erik Ortiz
    Only a small number of highly trained U.S. troops among the thousands bound for West Africa will have direct contact with potential Ebola patients, military leaders said Tuesday. Those soldiers will be posted at testing labs to help identify people showing Ebola-like symptoms. They “meet the highest level of standards” and are already trained to deal with major crises, including nuclear disasters, said U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Rodriguez also pledged during a Pentagon news conference that the 4,000 service members deployed to the ravaged region will be kept safe — and won’t...
  • Pentagon Says It’s Ready for Audit After Years of Delays

    10/04/2014 7:59:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    Well that’s great. The question is how useful will this audit actually be, and how truthful? In the 3 years since the birth of this site we have chronicled plenty of examples of waste in the military. It is PERVASIVE. The level of waste speaks frankly to a culture of accounting negligence at the Pentagon which is perhaps only rivaled by the chicanery at the Federal Reserve. Heads (and many many heads at all levels) should have rolled long ago. But, because a large portion of the American people have given the US military a pass on waste (Republicans) nothing...
  • Pentagon to deploy 12 A-10s to Middle East

    09/24/2014 9:19:48 PM PDT · by NYFreeper · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/22/14 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon is deploying 300 airmen and 12 A-10 combat jets to the Middle East in early October, according to the Indiana Air National Guard.
  • ALAS, BABYLON, Post your "post-attack" conditions of YOUR CITY here. Thread 01

    09/11/2001 12:33:38 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 131 replies · 1,553+ views
    AP, UPI, CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC ^ | 11 SEP 01 (PEARL HARBOR PART 2) | DCBRYAN1
    Post your conditions or noticable behavior of your city officials here. Little Rock-
  • Pentagon Warns Of Islamic State Obama Once Downplayed

    08/24/2014 11:36:30 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    IBD ^ | August 22, 2013 | EDITORIAL
    To get an idea of why this White House has placed America in what Senate Armed Services Committee ranking Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma calls "the most dangerous position we've ever been in as a nation," we turn to one of Obama's biggest mainstream media devotees. In "The Promise," the fawning book about Obama's first year in office by ex-Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, we read of a May 2009 meeting with the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan on how to "Disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida." Alter writes, "Nothing much concrete was accomplished ... . The session was kicked off not...
  • Chinese Top Gun 'Barrel Rolled' Over US Plane

    08/22/2014 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 50 replies
    http://news.sky.com/ ^ | August 22, 2014 | Sky News Team
    The US has lodged a formal protest with Beijing after a Chinese fighter jet conducted a barrel roll "very, very close" over an American Navy plane this week, the Pentagon has said. Rear Admiral John Kirby said the Chinese plane exposed its undercarriage to show that it was armed to the P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft during Monday's incident in international airspace near Japan. He said the Chinese aircraft came within 30ft (9 metres) of the American plane, while the wing tips of the two aircraft were just 20ft apart.
  • U.S. Calls on Russia to Remove Convoy

    08/22/2014 12:19:29 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    DoD News ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | DoD News
    Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby says Russia must remove a convoy from Ukraine immediately. VIDEO
  • Wow: Senior intelligence officer says mission to save James Foley failed because of Obama

    08/21/2014 5:29:24 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 73 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 8/21/2014 | Joshua Riddle
    Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) is a CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer and he says that the rescue operation for American journalist James Foley wasn’t successful because President Obama “dragged his feet”. "Thursday morning, Shaffer appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ISIS execution of American journalist James Foley earlier this week. He told me and co-host Brian Wilson that the recently revealed rescue attempt led by Special Forces earlier this summer failed because President Obama was slow to give the go-ahead: I’m hearing from my friends in the Pentagon, they are giving him every single option...
  • Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear

    08/17/2014 5:18:52 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8-15-2014 | Unknown
    State and local police departments obtain some of their military-style equipment through a free Defense Department program created in the early 1990s. ..... detailed data from the Pentagon illustrates how ubiquitous such equipment has become. Highlighted counties have received guns, grenade launchers, vehicles, night vision or body armor through the program since 2006. (Interactive Map at the linked source)
  • Pentagon contradicts Obama, says they’ve been “very clear” about ISIS threat in Iraq all along

    08/11/2014 7:02:27 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 50 replies
    http://therightscoop.com/ ^ | August 11, 2014 | Joe Guest
    On Saturday, President Obama said the intelligence community underestimated the threat by ISIS which is why he did not act until now: There is no doubt that their advance, their movement over the last several months has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates and I think the expectations of policymakers both in and outside of Iraq. Aside from the fact that advances by ISIS has been known to anyone who’s had access to YouTube or Twitter, the Pentagon, when asked if they were caught off guard by ISIS today, tells a completely different story. They responded that the US...
  • Pentagon Announces U.S. Air Strike on ISIS Artillery

    08/08/2014 5:52:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 94 replies
    DoD via Twitter ^ | Friday, August 8, 2014 | Rear Admiral John Kirby
    US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.
  • Pentagon Denies Report US Is Bombing ISIS Targets In Iraq

    08/07/2014 2:33:47 PM PDT · by Kaosinla · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/7/14 | Brett LoGiurato
    The Pentagon moved swiftly to shoot down a New York Times report Thursday afternoon that American military forces had bombed at least two places in northern Iraq targeting fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). "Press reports that US has conducted airstrikes in Iraq completely false. No such action taken," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, wrote on Twitter. President Barack Obama is preparing to make a statement Thursday evening, the Times reported. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The Times reported, citing Kurdish officials, that U.S. military forces...
  • Newt Gingrich: ‘Turn the Pentagon Into a Triangle’

    07/25/2014 7:10:34 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 24, 2014 | Natalie Johnson
    Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he would like to “turn the Pentagon into a triangle.” “I always tell people I’m a hawk,” Gingrich said. “But I’m a cheap hawk.” Gingrich honored the 20th anniversary of his “Contract with America” by pointing conservatives back to a key point in his Republican blueprint, arguing that federal bureaucracy cannot simply be “fixed” but must be overhauled and replaced. The Pentagon, Gingrich stressed, must be included in this overhaul.
  • The Gender Confusion Challenge to Army Recruitment

    07/17/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    One thing that you can say for ISIS, the Middle-East terrorist army, is that it doesn’t have a recruitment problem. Young men are streaming to Syria and Iraq from all over the world to join the cause. And they come not just from the Muslim world, but also from England, France, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S.Perhaps hoping to put a dent in the appeal of ISIS, some Western newspapers have made much of the expensive stolen watch visible on the wrist of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during his first public appearance at the Grand Mosque in Mosul. According to...
  • Pentagon told lawmakers that it plans to move six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

    07/17/2014 7:02:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/17/2014 | By Ernesto Londońo
    The Pentagon recently notified members of Congress that it intends to transfer six low-level detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Uruguay soon, including a Syrian man who is legally challenging the manner in which the military force-feeds some prisoners, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The men — four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian — are among the more than 70 detainees who have long been cleared for release from the U.S. detention facility because they are not deemed an ongoing threat. The move would mark a significant step in the Obama administration’s long-stymied quest to shut down Guantanamo Bay, where...
  • Military, Pentagon Want To Hire Muslims But Fire Captains On The Battlefield

    07/12/2014 9:44:36 AM PDT · by drypowder · 20 replies
    Independent Centinal ^ | July 12, 2014 | Sara Noble
    In a callous and unreasonable act of complete disregard for our military, Obama’s Defense Department has sent pink slips to military officers serving on the battlefield in Afghanistan. This reminds one of the treatment of victims of Nadal Hassan in Ft. Hood, but it gets even more intriguing. While this is going on, the Pentagon and the military are looking to keep and employ more Muslims. According to a report by the World Tribune, officials said the ‘Defense Department has been keeping records and tracking Muslims so they can encourage their presence and continued advancement in the military.’
  • Pentagon Official: The Obama Drone Kill Memo Is Out And Libertarians Were Right — It’s Murder

    06/25/2014 5:53:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/24/2014 | Joseph Miller
    On Monday, the White House memo used to justify drone attacks on U.S. citizens was released, and it appears to confirm the worst suspicions of its libertarian critics. The Obama administration had sought to keep the memo secret, and now we know why: Because there are no checks and balances; there are no classified courts. Indeed, the memo reveals that the president of the United States ordered the targeting killing of U.S. citizens overseas — in violation of their constitutional right to due process — sans any type of oversight outside of the executive.
  • Pentagon studying protesters to prep for ‘mass civil breakdown’

    06/15/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Department of Defense has disbursed some funds to universities so that scientists might study the dynamics of civil unrest — and how the U.S. military might best respond. It’s called the “Minerva Research Initiative,” and it’s a program that was kicked off in 2008 to “improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S.,” The Guardian reported. ~snip~ Those individuals targeted for questioning include political activists and members of non-governmental organizations — something that The Guardian pointed to as potential for concern. ~end snip~
  • Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

    06/14/2014 9:37:06 AM PDT · by Alyoshak · 67 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 12, 2014 | Nafeez Ahmed
    "Last year, the DoD's Minerva Initiative funded a project to determine 'Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?' which, however, conflates peaceful activists with "supporters of political violence" who are different from terrorists only in that they do not embark on "armed militancy" themselves."
  • I’m an Army veteran, and my benefits are too generous (You knew they'd get to this)

    06/08/2014 6:29:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2014 | Tom Slear
    Tom Slear, who retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2001, is a freelance writer in Annapolis. A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a receptionist in a physical therapist’s office that I was covered by Tricare, the military’s health-care program for service members, retirees and their families. (It has nothing to do with the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital system.) “Good deal,” I said. “You deserve it,” she responded. Really? If she only knew. Though I spent more than five years on active duty during the 1970s as an Army infantry officer and an additional 23 years in...