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  • Defense Dept. Announces New Policies for Foreigners Entering U.S. Military

    10/13/2017 7:09:48 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 14 replies
    The Department of Defense announced new policies on Friday for foreigners who plan to enter the United States military. The department's chief of accessions Stephanie Miller made the announcement, which concerns the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) and green card holders. The new change puts increased security screenings on applicants who desire to eventually obtain American citizenship. Miller said that the Department of Defense had to change the policy because some service members were receiving citizenship before they passed their security clearance. Some in the service currently who have received their characterization of service have now had theirs...
  • Pentagon makes major changes to immigrant recruitment program

    10/13/2017 7:07:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/13/17 | Ellen Mitchell
    The Pentagon on Friday announced that foreign-born troops seeking U.S. citizenship under a recently scrutinized military recruitment program must undergo new security screenings and complete longer enlistments. The changes came about after security concerns were raised related to the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) pilot program, a way for legal noncitizens to join the military in exchange for expedited citizenship. “While the Department recognizes the value of expedited U.S. citizenship achieved through military service, it is in the national interest to ensure all current and prospective service members complete security and suitability screening prior to naturalization,” Pentagon...
  • Top Pentagon posts are 70 percent vacant as confirmations continue to lag

    10/14/2017 4:31:15 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 14, 2017 | Travis J. Tritten
    The slow pace of confirming Trump administration nominees shows no signs of abating at the Pentagon as mid-October rolls around and 70 percent of its top posts remain unfilled. Just 17 of the 57 Pentagon positions that require Senate confirmation have been filled by President Trump's appointees. That figure has barely budged in two months, leaving the military without a spectrum of leaders who can put the administration's stamp on policy. "I think we should be very concerned and informal reports I get from the Pentagon suggest that this is a problem, that this is not just like business as...
  • Pentagon stops paying peshmerga salaries amid Kurdish independence backlash

    10/06/2017 5:43:35 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 28 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | Oct 5, 2017 | Jack Detsch
    The US government has stopped paying Kurdish peshmerga fighters’ salaries after a yearlong agreement expired over the summer, and there are no current plans to renew it. Under the deal negotiated by the Barack Obama administration in July 2016, the United States agreed to pay stipends to some 36,000 Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. The agreement was expected to be renewed over the summer for another year, but US and Kurdish officials tell Al-Monitor that talks stalled as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) pursued a divisive referendum on independence and the IS presence in the region...
  • Senate won’t confirm Trump’s Pentagon nominees until McCain gets Iraq and Afghanistan details

    10/05/2017 11:38:55 AM PDT · by Newbomb Turk · 58 replies
    Defense News ^ | 10/02/2017 | Aaron Mehta
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said Tuesday he is refusing to advance U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Pentagon until he is satisfied the administration is communicating its plans for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Senate won’t confirm Trump’s Pentagon nominees until McCain gets Iraq and Afghanistan details

    10/04/2017 9:21:56 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    WASHINGTON — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said Tuesday he is refusing to advance U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Pentagon until he is satisfied the administration is communicating its plans for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Outside a tense committee hearing on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, McCain told Defense News that because the administration has not been open with Congress, “we’ve been holding nominations … from the Pentagon to fill in those Pentagon jobs.” The disclosure came little more than a month after Trump...
  • Meet the Army’s Second Lieutenant Joseph Stalin

    09/27/2017 8:24:57 PM PDT · by pboyington · 32 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | September 27, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    It’s not your father’s army anymore. It’s certainly not your grandfather’s army, nor is it your older brother’s. Whose army is it in 2017: feminists, communists, radical leftists, moral cowards, and perfumed princes and princesses – that’s whose army it is. The lean green machine is in dire straits and for all intents and purposes is about ready to flat line without any chances of resuscitation. Bury the United States Army at Arlington, and engrave on its tombstone, “Killed by cultural Marxists, feminists, feather merchants and moral cowards.” The latest crisis to engulf the army, and for that matter, the...
  • Dereliction of Duty

    09/16/2017 10:19:44 PM PDT · by pboyington · 14 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | September 16, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Original title - Dereliction of Duty – The Feather Merchants, Duds and Perfumed Princes that Sold out the US Military to Political Correctness Dereliction of duty is a specific offense under United States Code Title 10, Section 892, Article 92 and applies to all branches of the US military. A service member who is derelict has willfully refused to perform his duties (or follow a given order) or has incapacitated himself in such a way that he cannot perform his duties. Article 92 also applies to service members whose acts or omissions rise to the level of criminally negligent behavior....
  • After Backlash, Kennedy School Withdraws Manning's Fellowship ["Transgender" traitor]

    09/15/2017 4:19:28 AM PDT · by Enchante · 80 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | September 15, 2017 | GRAHAM W. BISHAI and DEREK G. XIAO
    Facing backlash from high-ranking current and former CIA officials, the Dean of the Kennedy School of Government withdrew an invitation for Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics in late-night reversal Friday. “I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility,” Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf wrote in a statement posted to the school’s website shortly after midnight. The school withdrew the invitation to Manning—a transgender activist and former U.S. Army soldier who was imprisoned after disclosing over 700,000 classified government documents— after...
  • Trump and first lady to commemorate 9/11 at Pentagon (shameless Trump bashing!)

    09/11/2017 6:04:25 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | September 11, 2017 | SEAN GALLUP
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is preparing to preside over his first 9/11 commemoration in office, a solemn and nonpartisan occasion in which he will be joined by first lady Melania Trump. The Trumps plan to observe a moment of silence at the White House on Monday in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The morning remembrance is scheduled for about the time the first plane struck one of the Twin Towers on the morning of Sept. 11,...
  • McMaster Pulls In Obama Pentagon Staff Members For Senior National Security Council Roles

    09/03/2017 6:46:20 AM PDT · by davikkm · 21 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    H.R. McMaster is the enemy within, who is quietly working to fill the Trump White House with Obama Pentagon staff members. Not only that, he is giving them senior National Security Council roles. Who are they? You probably have never heard of them. They are Ylli and Ylber Bajraktari, Albanian-Kosovan brothers, who were high-ranking officials in the Obama administration. What positions did they hold? As an Obama recruit, Ylber was deputy chief of staff to Secretary of Defense Carter. He played a pivotal role in developing the Obama administration’s foreign policy on Iran and Iraq. He also worked on the...
  • Russia steps up North Korea support to constrain US

    08/31/2017 1:51:08 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 31 replies
    Deutche Welle ^ | 5-17-2017 | Julian Welle
    Despite efforts by the United Nations to impose isolating sanctions on North Korea in response to the country's continued development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, trade between Russia and North Korea soared more than 85 percent in the first four months of the year.
  • The Military’s Social Engineering Has Weakened Our National Security

    08/08/2017 7:16:09 PM PDT · by pboyington · 9 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 8, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    The US military in 2017 is a weak sister: a feminized, waddling, knocked-up, lactating, transgender, homosexual, socially engineered weakling that is reeling from the PC madness of the Obama administration and from the embedded leftists at the Pentagon who are still intent on implementing the lunacy. The situation with North Korea and its madder than a barrel of monkeys leader, Kim Jong-un, has rapidly metastasized from SNAFU, to TARFU, to FUBAR. As the French say, ‘the merde has hit the ventilateur.’ Just today, a report in the Washington Post, using a DIA report as its source, claimed that North Korea...
  • The Feather Merchants Fire Back

    08/04/2017 7:30:42 PM PDT · by pboyington · 16 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 4, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    In a letter to the Palm Center issued today, 56 retired generals and admirals released the following statement as a PC, trendy rebuttal to the President’s recent transgender ban in the armed forces. “The Commander in Chief has tweeted a total ban of honorably serving transgender troops. This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy. As a result, the proposed...
  • Pentagon investigators find ‘security risks’ in government's immigrant recruitment program

    08/01/2017 4:21:26 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/1/2017 | James Rosen
    recruitment program, ‘infiltration’ feared James Rosen By James Rosen Published August 01, 2017 Fox News NOW PLAYING VP Pence assures Eastern Europe's NATO partners Close EXCLUSIVE: Defense Department investigators have discovered “potential security risks” in a Pentagon program that has enrolled more than 10,000 foreign-born individuals into the U.S. armed forces since 2009, Fox News has learned exclusively, with sources on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon expressing alarm over “foreign infiltration” and enrollees now unaccounted for. After more than a year of investigation, the Pentagon’s inspector general recently issued a report – its contents still classified but its existence...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, July 27, 2017 [prayer]

    07/27/2017 6:57:11 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 30 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | July 27, 2017 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • Pentagon Stops $300 Million Payment to Pakistan, Citing Terrorist Fight

    07/21/2017 7:45:52 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    The Pentagon is withholding hundreds of millions of dollars meant to reimburse Pakistan for its fight against terrorist groups, citing Islamabad’s failure to take “sufficient action” against the Haqqani Network, an offshoot of the Taliban based in Pakistan. The announcement on Friday comes as Defense Secretary James Mattis and the White House debate a long-delayed strategy for the war in Afghanistan that could adopt a tougher line toward over Pakistan’s role in the conflict. Defense officials and congressional aides have for months said that the new strategy won’t focus solely on Afghanistan, but take a more regional approach. This includes...
  • Unimpressed Trump Sends Pentagon Back To The Drawing Board On Afghanistan

    07/21/2017 1:56:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/20/17 | Edwin Mora
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President Donald Trump, unimpressed by the Afghanistan war options presented to him during a White House meeting with his full national security team Wednesday, suggested they may have to go back to the drawing board to craft a strategy that does not mirror the failed ones employed by his predecessors, said an administration official. The meeting came as the Pentagon briefed lawmakers about plans to increase the U.S. military footprint in the country. Contrary to mainstream media claims that the president has taken a completely hands-off approach to the 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, Trump presided...
  • Pentagon Halts Obama’s Transgender Endorsement Plan

    07/01/2017 5:48:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/30/17 | Neil Munro
    The Secretary of Defense has frozen a decision by former President Barack Obama to recruit transgender soldiers this year, and a new poll shows the planned recruitment freeze is very popular. Two of every three swing voters say the Pentagon should postpone plans to accept “transgender” people who are trying to live as members of the opposite sex, according to the new poll by Rasmussen Reports. Defense Secretary James Mattis explained his July 30 decision to delay Obama’s plan for six months, just before it was to begin operating: Since becoming the Secretary of Defense, I have emphasized that the...
  • How Trump is empowering the military -- and raising some eyebrows

    06/24/2017 12:18:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    cnn ^ | June 24, 2017 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Washington (CNN)In his first six months in office, President Donald Trump has overseen a steady transfer of powerfrom the White House to the Pentagon, handing off several warfighting authorities that previously rested in his hands -- and those of past presidents of both parties -- to the Pentagon and the commanders overseeing the US' military campaigns.The moves are intended to empower the military at a tactical level, bolstering the US' intensifying fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups to praise from several current and former military officials. But those efforts have also raised concerns about whether Trump expects to face...