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  • Trump getting Washington military parade _ but no tanks

    03/09/2018 6:13:38 PM PST · by mdittmar · 106 replies
    AP ^ | 3/9/2018 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It looks like President Donald Trump is getting the military parade he wants in Washington — though he may get no tanks for the effort.A Pentagon planning memo issued Thursday and released Friday says the parade being planned for Nov. 11, Veterans Day, will “include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks — consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure.” Big, heavy tanks could tear up District of Columbia streets.But the event will “include a heavy air component at the end of the parade,” meaning lots of airplane flyovers. Older aircraft will be included as available.
  • Fire General Sleeping Dog Mattis

    02/22/2018 5:50:53 PM PST · by pboyington · 36 replies
    White House Petitions ^ | February 22, 2018 | Ray Starmann
    Secretary of Defense General James Mattis has done NOTHING to stop the PC insanity and lunatic social engineering polices that are destroying the combat power and fighting spirit of the US military. Physical standards are evaporating to accommodate women in the combat arms and Special Forces. Gay weddings at West Point, NCO's accused of committing 'microaggressions" when disciplining USAF cadets, communist army officers, social justice instructors at West Point, a male pregnancy SOP in the Army, transgender showers, Navy collisions on the high seas, a general fired for calling a woman, 'sweetheart,' no grenade and land nav requirements at army...
  • Trump Asks Pentagon to Plan Military Parade

    02/07/2018 6:34:25 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 360 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 7, 2018 | Julie Bykowicz
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Defense is planning a military parade at the request of President Donald Trump, White House and Pentagon officials said Tuesday. After observing the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris last year, Mr. Trump said he wanted to hold a similar parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, perhaps to celebrate the Fourth of July. The French parade last July, which also marked the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I, featured more than 6,000 service members, tanks and planes overhead in an elaborate display of military might. French President Emmanuel Macron invited Mr. Trump to watch...
  • Trump’s ‘marching orders’ to the Pentagon: Plan a grand military parade

    02/06/2018 3:21:46 PM PST · by mandaladon · 146 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6 Feb 2018 | Greg Jaffe and Philip Rucker
    President Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces. Trump has long mused publicly and privately about wanting such a parade, but a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and top generals in the Pentagon’s tank — a room reserved for top secret discussions — marked a tipping point, according to two officials briefed on the planning. Surrounded by the military’s highest ranking...
  • Major Pentagon agency failed to account for more than $800 million

    02/05/2018 4:45:29 PM PST · by BruceS · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/5/2018 | Samuel Chamberlain
    One of the Defense Department's largest agencies confirmed Monday that it could not account for more than $800 million that had been earmarked for various construction projects.... The results of the audit for the 2016 fiscal year were first reported by Politico. The firm Ernst & Young found that the DLA had erroneously accounted for $465 million worth of projects it financed for the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies. The audit found that the DLA had little or no documentation for another $384 million in spending projects....
  • Pentagon unveils new nuclear weapons strategy, ending Obama-era push to reduce U.S. arsenal

    02/02/2018 8:28:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    The Pentagon released a new nuclear arms policy Friday that calls for the introduction of two new types of weapons, effectively ending Obama-era efforts to reduce the size and scope of the U.S. arsenal and minimize the role of nuclear weapons in defense planning.  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an introductory note to the new policy — the first update to the military’s nuclear strategy since 2010 — that the changes reflect a need to “look reality in the eye” and “see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.”  The previous administration’s policy hinged on what...
  • Pentagon docs reveal Army MHS plagued with problems (Sig Sauer)

    02/02/2018 5:30:01 AM PST · by PROCON · 53 replies ^ | Feb. 1, 2018 | Jacki Billings
    Troops of the 101st Airborne Division were the first in the Army to be issued the new handgun, based on the Sig P320. (Photo: DoD) The Army’s Modular Handgun System hasn’t all been smooth sailing, according to recently released Pentagon documents indicating persistent problems with the Sig Sauer platform. An annual fiscal report released by the Pentagon’s Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation detailed potential issues with the Sig Sauer XM17 and XM18 platforms. Among those listed were drop safety concerns, double ejections and stoppage issues with the use of certain ammunition. Possibly the most glaring problem...
  • Beijing hits back at US defense strategy and ‘Cold War mindset'

    01/21/2018 12:47:44 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 20 Jan, 2018 | Kinling Lo
    Beijing and Moscow have criticised the US military’s move to put countering China and Russia at the centre of its latest national defence strategy, with China again hitting back at America’s “cold war and zero-sum game mindset”. Presenting the new strategy – which will set priorities for the Pentagon for years to come – Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday called China and Russia “revisionist powers” that “seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models”. It marks a shift in US defence priorities after its focus for more than a decade-and-a-half on the fight against Islamist militants. The...
  • New Pentagon strategy takes aim at Russia, China

    01/19/2018 10:43:33 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | Jan 19, 2018 | Wesley Morgan
    The Pentagon’s new defense strategy calls for aggressive steps to counter Russia and China, directing the military to retrain its attention on great-power competition after nearly two decades of focusing primarily on Islamist militants and "rogue" nations. The Obama-era Quadrennial Defense Review called for “preserving strategic stability” with Moscow and Beijing and took a rosier view of the prospects for further nuclear arms reductions in partnership with Russia. Now, the new document asserts in blunt language, both Russia and China must be the U.S. armed forces’ "principal priorities." “The erosion of our military advantage is the problem that the strategy...
  • Pentagon: Troops Will Not Be Paid if Government Shuts Down this Week

    01/17/2018 3:29:14 PM PST · by detective · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Jan 2018 | Kristina Wong
    Troops will not receive a paycheck this Friday if Congress fails to pass a budget or another short-term spending measure by then, according to the Pentagon. Troops will have to continue reporting for duty and will accrue pay, but cannot be paid until the actual money is appropriated, said Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood in a statement to Breitbart News on Tuesday. President Trump is not able to exempt troops from a government shutdown, he said.
  • In the Army, the PC Madness Keeps Rolling Along…

    01/08/2018 9:16:29 PM PST · by pboyington · 39 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 8, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    General Mattis, this is US Defense Watch; radio check, over… Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh… General Mattis is starting to look like Hermann Goering promising the besieged Sixth Army at Stalingrad that everything is A-OK – the airdrops will be coming with ammunition and food and medical supplies for everyone. Just hang on boys… Don’t worry about those Russians surrounding you. You’ve got the Romanians on your flank! The US military is starting to resemble the doomed Sixth Army – surrounded by Marxists and under constant attack with limited options, knowing the inevitable is coming; the inevitable defined as the Hour of the Total...
  • Pentagon Wants to Spend $500 Million on Guantanamo Construction

    01/04/2018 12:51:49 PM PST · by ransomnote · 31 replies ^ | 8/21/2017 | Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Behind the scenes, the U.S. military is planning for nearly a half-billion dollars in new construction during the Trump administration, including a Navy request to build a $250 million, five-bed hospital here that has been singled out for study by a Senate committee. Despite President Donald J. Trump's campaign promise to reduce costs at the remote U.S. Navy base -- at one point he mused that his new Cuba policy might import cheap, local labor from across the minefield -- the Pentagon's appetite to spend at this outpost of about 5,500 residents and 41...
  • Problems the Pentagon Must Fix in 2018

    01/02/2018 9:09:22 PM PST · by pboyington · 5 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 2, 2018 | Ray Starmann
    In the last year, the Pentagon did an excellent job prosecuting the war against ISIS in the Middle East. It’s amazing what the military can do when it actually drops the bombs, strafes the targets and double taps the bad guys in the night. It’s amazing what the military can do when it’s not taking orders from liberal morons like Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes. In 2018, the army must continue to rebuild its nearly non-existent armored and mechanized capabilities which were eviscerated during the last 15 years, while the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raged and continue to in...
  • Leftist Judges are now running the Pentagon

    12/11/2017 6:54:58 PM PST · by pboyington · 25 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 11, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Oh rejoice! It’s another victory for leftists and another nail in the coffin for the US military. This would be nail number 2,485. According to Bloomberg News Service and the Associated Press: the Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition. Oh rejoice! Another victory for diversity! Of course our enemies like North Korea and ISIS and Iran wouldn’t know diversity if it drove over them with a bus full of lactating Airborne Rangers, but don’t tell the Pentagon that. Oh rejoice! Another victory for political correctness! The military has...
  • Report: 44,000 ‘unknown’ military personnel stationed around the world

    12/11/2017 4:55:42 PM PST · by Kalamata · 72 replies
    American Military News ^ | December 08, 2017 | Stephen Carlson
    The U. S. military has more than 44,000 troops across the globe that the Pentagon claims it cannot track, according to a recent report. “We are not at a point where we can give numbers other than those officially stated,” said Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.
  • Pentagon says transgender people can elist in military despite Trump opposition

    12/11/2017 10:23:03 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 80 replies
    Star Tribune/AP ^ | 12/11/2017 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    A Pentagon official tells The Associated Press that transgender people can enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services. Maj. David Eastburn says the...
  • The Great Pentagon Cluster Factory

    12/04/2017 6:52:27 PM PST · by pboyington · 6 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 4, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    The Pentagon has met the enemy and it is itself. Like a twisted version of Dorian Gray, every time the feather merchants in the Pentagon stare at themselves in an E Ring latrine mirror, they become more PC, more sensitive, more gutless and less focused on anything to do with war fighting. Here’s some of the latest craziness emanating from what used to be the US military… News concerning Comrade Lieutenant Spenser Rapone has seemed to wither away, perhaps swept under that giant rug in the Pentagon entrance way. You remember Spenser Rapone, the West Point graduate, communist, ex-communicated Ranger...
  • Exclusive: Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites - officials

    12/03/2017 3:24:33 AM PST · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 3, 2017 | Mike Stone
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif (Reuters) - The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea’s missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack.
  • Army probes criticism of Green Beret training.

    12/01/2017 3:04:09 PM PST · by Chode · 25 replies ^ | 30 November 2017 | Associated Press
    'Our Regiment has a cancer': Army launches investigation after anonymous email claims elite Special Forces school's drive to hit unrealistic quotas means 'dangerously less capable' Green Berets
  • The Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon

    11/20/2017 6:14:22 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 20, 2017 | Clyde Ward
    If you're not familiar with the term "Perfumed Prince," take a look at Air Force LTG Jay Silveria, Commander of the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. Silveria achieved the national spotlight by chewing out the entire class over racial slurs posted on five cadets' quarters. Months later, it turned out that one of the targets was actually the perpetrator.