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  • Are military magazines becoming more liberal?

    12/09/2016 8:09:27 AM PST · by Bodega · 24 replies
    Vanity ^ | 12/9/2016 | self
    Rep. Tammy Duckworth worries her congressional colleagues don’t fully appreciate the importance of a civilian-run military. As a combat-wounded Iraq War veteran and incoming Illinois senator, she finds that troubling. “I believe so strongly that the military is subservient to civilian leaders,” she said Wednesday. “I went to fight in a war I didn’t believe​ was one we should be engaged in, but the president and Congress believed it was the right thing to do. So I’m proud of that. I would go back. “Every part of my being as a former military officer says what (Congress is) doing now...
  • Trump transition team reviewing military rules of engagement

    12/09/2016 12:40:34 PM PST · by hotsteppa · 24 replies
    President-elect Donald Trump's transition team at the Pentagon is looking into loosening the rules of engagement for troops fighting overseas, according to a report. The Trump team has asked for a list of restrictions, limitations and other "rules of engagement" on U.S. troops operating overseas, according to an NPR report. That includes rules on how close U.S. special operators can get to the fight in Iraq and Syria and who they can target on the battlefield and how. Trump often blasted the rules of engagement during the campaign trail, arguing they were too favorable to the Islamic State in Iraq...
  • Pentagon to End Gun-Free Zones on Military Bases

    11/22/2016 3:37:11 PM PST · by ConfidentConservative · 65 replies
    breitbart ^ | 22 Nov 2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On November 18, the Pentagon issued a Defense Department directive that will allow Department of Defense (D0D) personnel to carry firearms and employ deadly force while performing official duties.
  • Army secretary: Obama's social changes are here to stay

    11/17/2016 11:36:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 166 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 11/17/16 | Jacqueline Klimas
    It'll be "very hard" for President-elect Trump to undo many of the social changes President Obama implemented in the military should he decide to do so, the Army secretary said on Thursday. Eric Fanning acknowledged that the path to social change over the course of history "has never been purely linear." "But I do think it's very hard to roll things back completely," Fanning said at the Defense One Summit in Washington. "Society is changing very quickly." He also said the decisions the military has already made will make it more difficult to kick people out of the service who...
  • Donald Trump in uniform

    11/11/2016 6:19:53 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 33 replies
    Though he never served in the US Military, he is familiar with military manners, customs and regalia
  • (Wikileaks) Private emails with the SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (!!)

    11/04/2016 10:24:09 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 97 replies
    WIkileaks ^ | Nov 04 2016 | released by Wikileaks
    From:john.podesta@gmail.com To: r_m_gates@att.net Date: 2008-11-16 18:51 Subject: Re: Contact Information Thx. ------Original Message------ From: Bob Gates To: John.Podesta@gmail.com Sent: Nov 16, 2008 3:42 PM Subject: Contact Information John, If you or anyone needs to contact me or talk with me privately during business hours, you can reach me through my personal e-mail at r_m_gates@att.net (there is an underscore -- r_m_ -- after the r and m in place of a period. I offer that because you indicated you had tried unsuccessfully to reach me by e-mail: the underscores in the address may not have come through in my initial e-mail...
  • US Service Members killed in Jordan Shooting

    11/04/2016 2:20:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Three US troops were killed in a shooting attack outside a Jordanian training facility on Friday, a US official said, following earlier reports that one or two US personnel were dead. A total of three US service members died today in the incident in Jordan, the official said. Initial reports were that one was killed, two injured. The two injured service members were transported to a hospital in Amman, where they died. The service members were in vehicles approaching the gate of a Jordanian military training facility, where they came under small arms fire, the official added. We are working...
  • 3 U.S. military trainers killed in gunfire by security units at Jordan base

    11/04/2016 9:30:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 4 at 11:57 AM | Taylor Luck and Brian Murphy
    At least three U.S. military trainers in Jordan were fatally shot by security forces Friday when their vehicle failed to stop at the gate of a military base, the Jordanian military and a U.S. official said. The U.S. service members came under small-arms fire as they approached a Jordanian training facility, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief media. Few other details about the incident were given, and the official said U.S. and Jordanian authorities were investigating the cause. Earlier, a Jordans military said there was an exchange of gunfire after...
  • Army enters new era: 10 women pass first gender-integrated infantry officer course

    10/27/2016 11:56:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Armys first gender-integrated infantry office course has been completed by 10 of 12 women who took the challenge. A graduation ceremony was held Wednesday in Fort Benning, Georgia, to celebrate 166 officers who attained the infantrys iconic blue cord. Many of the female officers will now move on to challenges that include Ranger school and Airborne school.
  • America Has Stashed Thousands Of Tanks, Artillery In Secret Caves In Norway For War With Russia

    10/23/2016 6:28:31 AM PDT · by Strategy · 39 replies
    The Sun ^ | October 20, 2016 | By Danny Collins
    US MILITARY chiefs have hoarded masses of military gear in underground Norwegian caves to ward off Vladimir Putin, it is claimed. The US has already announced the deployment of 300 Marines to the Scandinavian country that shares a 120-mile border with Russia. The US military is understood to be hoarding equipment in Norwegian storage centres in the event war breaks out with Russia. The method is similar to the ones used by Nato powers during the Cold War. It comes amid deteriorating relations between Moscow and the US over the former's role supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in the country's...
  • Operation Induldge Mental Illness is a go

    10/09/2016 2:27:08 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | Oct. 6, 2016 | Chad Groening
    A military watchdog says the Obama administration is conducting its most radical social experiment to date on the U.S. armed forces. U.S. taxpayers are set to surrender more than $8 million annually so transgender soldiers can undergo sex-change operations. A study commissioned by the Pentagon pegged the annual cost at $8.4 million. The policy began Oct. 1 after the Pentagon announced this summer that transgendered personnel can serve openly in the U.S. armed forces. The same study admitted that many who undergo the surgery will be permanently unfit for duty. At the very least, according to the study, many of...
  • General Milleys tough talk is a day late and a dollar short

    10/07/2016 10:00:38 PM PDT · by pboyington · 24 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 7, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    US Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, walked out on stage at the US Armys annual meeting this Tuesday in Washington D.C, puffing out his chest full of medals and barking like a rabid drill sergeant. Milley warned the enemies of this nation: Russia, China, North Korea, ISIS and Iran; I want to be clear to those around the world who want to destroy our way of life, and that of our allies and friends, the United States military, despite all our challenges, despite our off-tempo, despite everything we have been doing, will stop you, and we will beat...
  • ICYMI: 615 More Troops Are Heading To Iraq

    10/02/2016 5:09:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/1/2016 | Matt Vespa
    As U.S. and Iraqi forces prepare to launch an offensive to retake Mosul, we found out this week that 615 more troops will be deployed to assist in intelligence gathering for the Iraqi government forces that will be spearheading the attack. The number of U.S personnel already in Iraq is estimated between 4,900-6,400 men (via NBC News): The Department of Defense is preparing to dispatch 615 more U.S. troops to Iraq to help government forces oust ISIS from the city of Mosul, the White House announced Wednesday. The soldiers will provide logistics support for the Iraqi forces and not spearhead...
  • First on CNN: ISIS suspected of mustard attack against US and Iraqi troops

    09/21/2016 5:25:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-21-2016 | Barbara Starr
    ISIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayyara air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating, according to several US officials. The shell was categorized by officials as either a rocket or artillery shell. After it landed on the base, just south of Mosul, US troops tested it and received an initial reading for a chemical agent they believe is mustard. No US troops were hurt or have displayed symptoms of exposure to mustard agent. One official said the agent had "low purity" and was "poorly weaponized." A second...
  • THIRTY-TWO NEW MILITARY LEADERS ENDORSE DONALD J. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT

    09/09/2016 9:17:04 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 43 replies
    Trump 2016 ^ | September 09, 2016
    Support From Retired Admirals And Generals Grows To 120 After Successful Commander-In-Chief Forum (NEW YORK, NY) September 9, 2016 Donald J. Trump for President today announced 32 additional endorsements from retired admirals and generals, joining the 88 named earlier in the week. These 120 military leaders are in addition to numerous other distinguished former flag officers backing Mr. Trump including Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, USA (Ret.) and Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, USA (Ret.). These names were added following Wednesdays Commander-In-Chief Forum, showing Mr. Trump has the respect and trust from a number of military leaders across all branches of...
  • Service members petitioning to be allowed to have beards again

    09/07/2016 2:56:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 63 replies
    popularmilitary.com ^ | Sep. 2, 2016 | Andy Wolf
    American service members are petitioning for the return of beards to the US military, with their petition now containing well over 10,000 signatures. According to the petition page Beards for Military on change.org, the writers of the petition call for the return of the long-gone tradition of tasteful facial hair on service members, citing a boost in morale. All I want is to be able to grow a beard, the petition reads, as penned by Ed Beebe. I want to grow long locks of love on my face that will make me feel like a manly man. It is...
  • Open Letter from Military Leaders (88 military leaders endorse Trump!)

    09/06/2016 7:33:01 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/6/2016 | Fox and Friends
    The 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy. As retired senior leaders of Americas military, we believe that such a change can only be made by someone who has not been deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world. For this reason, we support Donald Trumps candidacy to be our next Commander-in-Chief. (snip)
  • Unfathomable heroics of airman left behind by SEAL Team 6

    08/28/2016 6:08:17 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 33 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 28 August 2016 | By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com
    The United States could be on the verge of posthumously awarding its highest military honor to a soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan and the news is stirring controversy. Sgt. John Chapman, an air force technician who was serving as a radioman for the elite SEAL Team 6 during mission in Afghanistan, died in fierce combat against Al Qaeda gunmen on an Afghan mountaintop on March 4, 2002. The Americans led a coalition of nations in the military effort to destroy Al Qaeda and the Taliban following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Ray Mabus Social Experiment Navy is Steaming Ahead to Disaster

    08/24/2016 5:37:36 PM PDT · by pboyington · 33 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 24, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, is a left wing, cultural Marxist, whose social experiment policies are turning the US Navy into a feckless fiasco on the high seas. Mabus is responsible for pushing women into the Navy SEALs, Marine infantry, a new Orwellian gender neutral lexicon, Marine Corps Unconscious Bias Training, while also completely ignoring the Corps $36 million dollar study that showed why women cant meet the rough standards of the combat arms and special operations. Mabuss latest social experiment laboratory creation is the selection of Admiral Michelle Howard as Commander of US Naval Forces Europe. Howard was...
  • Officer Cleared in Military Bible Complaint

    08/24/2016 7:11:53 AM PDT · by xzins · 41 replies
    ToddStarnes.com ^ | 23 Aug 16 | Todd Starnes
    An Air Force major, who was accused of civil rights violations for having a Bible on his work desk, has been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to military officials at the 310th Space Wing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Maj. Steve Lewis, a supervisor at the Reserve National Security Space Institute, agreed to voluntarily remove the Bible pending a military review. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation had filed a complaint against Maj. Lewis -- accusing him of "harboring and encouraging a truly abhorrent example of First Amendment civil rights violations." But a public affairs spokesman told me late Tuesday that Maj....
  • Top US commander warns Russia, Syria

    08/21/2016 1:37:11 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    cnn.com ^ | August 21, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.
  • America is no longer guaranteed military victory. These weapons could change that.

    08/17/2016 5:36:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2016 | David Ignatius
    The fight against the Islamic State may get the headlines. But its the military threats from Russia and China that most worry top Pentagon officials and are driving a new arms race to deter these great-power rivals. This question of how to deal with Russian and Chinese military advances has gotten almost no attention in the 2016 presidential campaign. But it deserves a careful look. The programs begun in the waning days of the Obama administration could potentially change the face of warfare, in the United States favor, but they would require political support and new spending by the...
  • Poll: Military Prefers Trump Over Clinton 2-1

    08/17/2016 11:50:40 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 43 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | July 17, 2016 | Cathy Burke
    Here's the breakdown in support, according to Military Times: Trump: 49 percent Clinton: 21 percent Libertarian Gary Johnson: 13 percent Third-party candidate: 23 percent Won't vote: 7 percent
  • Senior levels of CENTCOM altered intel to hide the realities of our efforts against ISIS

    08/12/2016 8:36:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/12/16 | Dan Calabrese
    The J.V. team According to a new report issued by a federal investigative task force, senior members of the U.S. Central Command altered intel to make it look like our battle against ISIS was going better than it was. According to the findings, lower-level analysts were assessing and disseminating information correctly but their reports were then altered by the higher-ups. As CBS News reports: The report finds that, beginning in mid-2014, final intelligence reports issued by CENTCOM contradicted the initial internal assessments made by its own analysts, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod.
  • ISIS Intel Was Cooked, House Panel Finds

    08/11/2016 6:37:07 AM PDT · by Enchante · 57 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 9, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef and Shane Harris
    A leading U.S. general pressured his intelligence analysts into playing down the ISIS and al Qaeda threats, according to a congressional task force. A House Republican task force has found that officials from the U.S. militarys Central Command altered intelligence reports to portray the U.S. fight against ISIS and al Qaeda in a more positive light than lower-level analysts believed was warranted by the facts on the ground, three officials familiar with the task forces findings told The Daily Beast. A roughly 10-page report on the controversy is expected to be released by the end of next week, two officials...
  • The Cost of Freedom

    08/10/2016 8:15:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/09/2016 | Allen West
    The cost of freedom is not about populist soundbites nor the reticence and obfuscation of perceiving a world made up of unicorns and rainbows. Today we live in a world that closer resembles Machiavellis The Prince rather than Kants Universal Cosmopolitan State. The cost of freedom is not just about numbers and dollars. It is about the sacrifices made to ensure future generations do not live under the dark specter of evil and tyranny. It is a cost that brave men paid many years ago on Lexington Green, and is still being paid today. We now seek out leaders in...
  • Pentagon Can't Account for $6.5 TRILLION [in spending]

    08/09/2016 5:46:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 62 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 09 August 2016
    Despite a 1996 law requiring all federal agencies to conduct regular spending audits, the Pentagon has so far failed to conduct a single one. While US lawmakers have pressed the DoD to comply by September of 2017, a new inspector generals report indicates that meeting this deadline is highly unlikely. Army and Defense Finance and Accounting Service Indianapolis personnel did not adequately support $2.8 trillion in third quarter adjustments and $6.5 trillion in year-end adjustments made to Army General Fund (AGF) data during FY 2015 financial statement compilation," the report reads. In common language, the Pentagon has no idea how...
  • Russias superior new weapons

    08/08/2016 11:42:03 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/08/2016 | Robert H. Scales
    Robert H. Scales is a retired Army major general, a former commandant of the U.S. Army War College and the author of the forthcoming book Scales on War. In November, while visiting the headquarters of the U.S. Army in Europe, I received a briefing on the performance of the Russian army in Ukraine. In a perfunctory tone, the young intelligence briefer recited the details of the July 2014 Battle of Zelenopillya, in which a single Russian artillery fire strike almost destroyed two Ukrainian mechanized battalions in a few minutes. I couldnt help imagining a U.S. armored battalion subjected to a...
  • How the world's largest military stacks up to the US armed forces

    08/05/2016 9:28:56 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 5. 2016 | Alex Lockie
    A recent report from the US Congressional Research Service outlines China's 2.3 million-member armed forces and sheds light on misconceptions from Western military analysts. Simply put, the report challenges the idea that Westerners can understand China's military and foreign-policy decisions without first understanding Chinese philosophy and culture of warfare. Unlike the US, China has a media apparatus controlled by the state, so its military reports lack the transparency established by a free press. China also has a fundamentally different understanding of aggression. For the Chinese, there is little difference between peacetime and wartime cyber espionage, and they have engaged in...
  • More than 5,000 Muslims Serving in US Military, Pentagon Says (December 8, 2015 story)

    Despite recent rhetoric against the fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam has contributed a great deal to the U.S., including in the military, Defense Department figures show. Muslims have played an essential part in guarding the homeland and fighting for its interests in war-torn countries the world over, fighting in all major U.S. wars, including the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War, according to military officials. More recently, Muslims have also served in the Gulf War, Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan. Here's what the numbers tell us. There are 5,896 self-identified Muslims...
  • The US Military is a Politically Correct Weakling

    07/30/2016 8:05:15 PM PDT · by pboyington · 20 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 30, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Its literally something more absurd every day now Practically every 24 hour news cycle, the perfumed princes and princesses in the Pentagon announce some ludicrous bit of social engineering that sounds so compassionate, sensitive, politically correct and trendy, but in actuality is another nail in the coffin of the US Armed Forces. The latest bit of total insanity was the announcement that US Navy was going to name a ship after deceased gay activist Harvey Milk. According to USNI News: The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according...
  • Convoys Of Berserk Muslims Headed Against US Air Force Base In Turkey

    07/29/2016 5:25:24 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 121 replies
    NDL News ^ | July 28, 2016 | Norweigian Defence League
    What you see on the news from Turkey are protesters shouting anti-American and anti-Israel slogans, but what most are not seeing are the convoys headed towards the Incirlik base where U.S. Air Force is stationed to stage a massive rally against the U.S.: A convoy of massive numbers of vehicles headed towards Incirlik where US Air Force are stationed. It is not only demonstrators who are moving toward Incirlik Air Base in the southern Turkish city of Adana for anti-U.S. protests, but images circulating on Twitter on July 28 show convoys of Muslim Brotherhood supporters heading that way. The base...
  • Russian ships displayed at DNC tribute to vets (another you can't make this stuff up alert) [2013]

    07/28/2016 9:33:55 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Military Times | mar 20, 2013
    The Military Times is a Gannett rag, therefore we cannot excerpt them ... link only. Gist of article: The Rats had a tribute to vets last night ... they showed four ships on the big screen ... from the Russian Navy ... their military genius minds couldn't tell the difference.
  • Troops fear Obama rushing Mosul offensive to influence election

    07/24/2016 9:31:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    Some U.S. officers in Baghdad believe the Obama administration is rushing plans for a Mosul offensive so it takes place before the November presidential election, a retired general says. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said his contacts in Baghdad have relayed the concerns to him, fearing there is now an artificial timeline for what promises to be by far the toughest battle in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq.
  • Plans in place for former bombing site clean-up, funds lacking

    07/22/2016 9:35:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | karen.schaffner@svherald.com
    SIERRA VISTA A representative from the Army Corps of Engineers revealed the findings Wednesday of a four-year munitions study of more than 1,500 acres in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area (SPRNCA), southeast of the San Pedro House. The study was looking for live munitions or other environmental factors from World War II Army use that would impact the acreage. Two live explosives and fragments of explosives in the dense, thorny acreage were discovered. A third live explosive was carried out by a hiker and turned over to tlocal authorities. It is not a hospitable site, said 1st Lt....
  • Turkey Restores Power to Incirlik Air Base, Used By U.S. Against ISIS

    07/22/2016 9:53:47 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 20 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | 07/22/2016 | Breaking 911
    <p>The power was restored Friday at a key Turkish base used by U.S. strike aircraft, defense officials said, nearly a week after an attempted overthrow of the Turkish government by a faction of its military spun the country into chaos.</p>
  • Questions raised about Pentagons new sex change manual. Wait what?

    07/18/2016 7:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 18, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Ah, I remember my own days in the military fondly, but one of the biggest adjustments we had to make was learning that there was a set of instructions for doing everything from operating heavy machinery to washing your socks. Hey thats just military life for you. Theres always a manual to be referred to and if you get confused, theres a manual listing all of the manuals. Take for example the rules about getting a sex change operation. Youll want to make sure that youve checked in with the correct sources and Wait a minute. What was that again?...
  • Turkey Allows Resumption of U.S. Missions From Incirlik Air Base

    07/18/2016 10:19:54 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jul 17, 2016
    Missions by American warplanes flown from the Incirlik air base in Turkey against Islamic State targets will resume following a temporary shutdown in the hours after the failed coup, Defense Department officials announced Sunday.
  • 5 Reasons the US Military Is in Trouble

    07/14/2016 7:22:30 PM PDT · by detective · 61 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | July 12, 2016 | Justin Johnson
    At a time when threats against America are growing, the U.S. military is facing a combat readiness crisis that jeopardizes its ability to protect the country. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, discussed this problem recently at The Heritage Foundation. Thornberry explained that this readiness shortfall has occurred as a result of budget cuts coupled with deployments, at a pace and a number that have not really declined very much. Thornberry outlined five alarming facts caused by the readiness crisis:
  • Pentagon preparing to announce repeal of transgender troop ban

    06/24/2016 2:34:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2016 | Kristina Wong
    Greg Nash The Pentagon is planning to announce the repeal of its ban on transgender service members on July 1, the Friday before the Fourth of July weekend, according to defense officials. Top defense officials are planning to meet as early as Monday to finalize details of the plan on how to allow transgender troops to serve openly, according to a report by USA Today. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work could sign off on the plan by Wednesday, an official told the paper. Final approval would come from Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The plan will direct each branch of...
  • U.S. Military Losing Edge in Small Arms

    06/18/2016 11:47:02 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 60 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | November 2015 | Jim Schatz
    Since the end of World War II, only 10 U.S tank crew members have been killed in warfare. This is an amazing testament to fighting vehicle technology and the money spent to develop and sustain that tactical edge over our enemies. In that same period, the United States has lost some 60,000 soldiers in small arms engagements, an approximate one for one exchange. Few foes on the planet could hope to dominate America in a tank, air or naval battle. Yet every bad actor with an AK-47 takes on U.S. and NATO ground forces in a small arms fight. We...
  • The Pentagon's Third Offset: Just a Smoke Screen for a Shrinking US Military?

    06/14/2016 9:46:10 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 8 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 14, 2016 | Dan Goure
    The third offset strategy hopes to accomplish two objectives. First, by investing in groundbreaking technologies in such areas as undersea systems, hypersonics, electronic warfare, big data analytics, advanced materials, 3D printing, energy and propulsion, robotics, autonomy, man-machine interfaces and advanced sensing and computing, the Pentagon hopes to create new military capabilities that will counter competitors advances in precision weapons, long-range missiles and electronic warfare. Second, by relying more heavily on technologies developed in commercial industry and, even more important, on the practices of cutting-edge IT companies in the areas of innovation, experimentation and rapid development and deployment, DoD believes it...
  • Ceremony honors fallen Signal Corps soldier

    05/27/2016 8:39:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    FORT HUACHUCA We will never forget, Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., told an audience of soldiers and civilians attending the annual Signal Cove of Remembrance observance Thursday morning at the Network Enterprise Technology Command on Fort Huachuca. It was the first time in the eight years since the cove was established that the annual ceremony did not add the name of another fallen soldier to the memorial, which is located just inside Greely Hall at the entrance to NETCOM. Todays ceremony is a time for all of us to remember the 101 signal soldiers and civilians who sacrificed...
  • Questions all Americans should be asking themselves about women in combat

    05/22/2016 8:02:30 PM PDT · by pboyington · 53 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 22, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Most Americans have never spent a day in uniform in America of 2016 and that is a problem. The White House social engineers have been able to manipulate the Congress and the American people and have led them to believe that women can serve successfully in the combat arms and special operations because most Americans dont understand anything about the military. Combine the ignorance of a nation, with the political correctness of Congress and the moral cowardice of the Joint Chiefs and its open season to destroy the military if your Valerie Jarrett, Ray Mabus, Ash Carter or Barack Hussein...
  • BIDEN: DIVERSE MILITARY OF WOMEN, GAYS STRENGTHENS US FORCES

    05/21/2016 12:45:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 119 replies
    AP ^ | May 21, 2016
    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden told the U.S. Military Academy's class of 2016 on Saturday that greater diversity, including more women and openly gay soldiers, will strengthen the country's armed forces. "Having men and women together in the battlefield is an incredible asset, particularly when they're asked to lead teams in parts of the world with fundamentally different expectations and norms," Biden said in his speech at a graduation ceremony at Michie Stadium on the West Point grounds along the Hudson River.
  • Pentagon: 'Unsafe' intercept over South China Sea

    05/18/2016 7:39:59 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 12 replies
    At least two Chinese J-11 tactical aircraft carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a United States EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft that was conducting a routine mission in international airspace over the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official told CNN Wednesday. The Chinese jets came within 50 feet of the American aircraft at one point, the official said.
  • Disagreements slow Pentagons plan to allow transgender service members

    05/16/2016 11:23:41 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 26 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/15/16 | Dan Lamothe
    Months before Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said the Pentagon would take steps toward allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military, Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King last year became what she believes is the first openly transgender member of the infantry. While official Pentagon policy still forbids openly transgender personnel, her commanders have been supportive, she said. King even purchased a female dress Army service uniform, anticipating that she would be able to wear it soon. I made a decision that owning that uniform was important to me, and I believe that our leadership is going to do...
  • Former SEAL Carl Higbie: If Hillary Clinton Is the Comm-in-chief, 1/2 the Military Is Gonna Get Out

    05/13/2016 9:36:07 AM PDT · by detective · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 May 2016 | John Hayward
    Truncated title. Full title: Former SEAL Carl Higbie: If Hillary Clinton Is the Commander-in-chief, Half the Military Is Gonna Get Out Friday mornings guests on Breitbart News Daily included former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie, author of Battle on the Home Front: A Navy SEALs Mission to Save the American Dream, and the new book Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: A SEALs Story. SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon asked Higbie if the major problem faced by the American military through the Obama years was a shortage of logistics, weapons, and equipment, or a problem of will, of taking the fight to the...
  • The Tragedy of Women in Combat

    05/06/2016 9:35:06 PM PDT · by pboyington · 68 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 6, 2016 | Nolan Nelson
    Ash Carters announcement December of 2015 demonstrated the Obamas Administration attachment to a political ideology fueled by arrogance and premeditated ignorance. His direction of any long period of study and vigorous debate has been among those mutually supportive creatures that have metastasized throughout the military to serve a social agenda bringing future needless devastation. Most of the points I highlight about women in combat arose first when the decision was made to do away with DADT. A lot of good men are going to have to die in years to come to cover up this disaster. This tragedy of women...
  • Army has fewest active-duty soldiers since 1940, report says

    05/09/2016 5:30:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 9, 2016
    The number of U.S. Army soldiers on active duty has been reduced to its lowest since 1940, according to a published report. The Army Times reported this weekend that the Army's endstrength for March was 479,172. That's 154 fewer soldiers than the service's previous post-World War II low, which was reached during the Army's post-Cold War drawdown in 1999. The current number is still well above the 269,023 soldiers on duty in 1940, the year before America entered World War II. However, the report says the active force has been reduced by more than 16,500 troops over the past year...