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  • Trump Considers Giving Mattis More Authority to Launch Anti-Terrorism Operations

    03/02/2017 8:17:21 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 17 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 2, 2017 | Cameron Cawthorne
    The White House is considering granting the Pentagon more authority to launch time-sensitive anti-terrorism operations, which would give Defense Secretary James Mattis a freer hand to authorize raids against the Islamic State. President Donald Trump has indicated he wants Mattis to have the ability to launch raids quickly without necessarily needing White House approval as part of the administration's effort to fight ISIS, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday, citing U.S. officials. This policy change would be a stark contrast to the approach of Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama, who insisted on reviewing each anti-terrorism raid regardless of its time...
  • Nearly two-thirds of Navy planes grounded due to years of budget cuts

    02/09/2017 5:08:52 AM PST · by ETL · 54 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 07, 2017
    Years of budget cuts have taken a toll on the Navy's fleet of strike fighters. Nearly two-thirds of the Navy's strike fighters are sitting unused because there is not enough money to repair them, according to DefenseNews.com. The Navy has had to deal with declining budgets in recent years even though the demand for military aircrafts carriers remains the same. Congress was unable to produce a budget before the October 1 start of the 2017 fiscal year. Political leaders say Congress' inability to pass the military budget on time is hurting the fleet. In addition to the grounded planes, there...
  • Woman Caught Posing As U.S. Soldier Sentenced With Up To 20 Years In Prison (Stolen Valor)

    02/06/2017 4:48:30 PM PST · by PROCON · 75 replies
    americanmilitarynews.com ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | STAFFWRITER9
    A woman who was exposed for posing as a U.S. Army Lieutenant by Guardian of Valor in 2015 was just sentenced to prison by a Nevada judge last week. Kelsie Hoover, a transgender woman who began to undergo gender reassignment surgery a few years ago, was caught posing as a male U.S. soldier at Baltimore Washington Airport named “Michael Cipriani.” Following Guardian of Valor’s video being posted, Hoover was arrested in Oregon and extradited back to Nevada to face charges. Hoover went through trial and was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.American Military News spoke to Anthony...
  • Why one Muslim Marine is inviting questions about his faith: "Ask Me Anything"

    02/06/2017 11:23:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    PBS ^ | 02/05/2017
    Standing on a city street, Mansoor Shams holds a sign that reads: “I’m a Muslim and a U.S. Marine. Ask anything.” The former Marine has been traveling around the nation, inviting those curious to ask him about his experiences. NewsHour joined Shams in Baltimore to listen in on his discussions and hear why he’s so eager to discuss his faith with strangers. JUDY WOODRUFF: Mansoor Shams served in the United States Marine Corps from 2000 to 2004. Recently, he has been traveling around the country with a simple sign that reads: “I’m a Muslim and a U.S. Marine. Ask anything.”...
  • Trump tells U.S. troops ‘justice will prevail’ in fight against Islamic terrorists

    02/06/2017 11:42:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    In his first address to U.S. troops, President Trump vowed Monday to defeat the “radical Islamic terrorists” abroad and to prevent terrorism from “taking root” in America. “Today we deliver a message in one, very unified voice to these forces of death and destruction: America and its allies will defeat you,” Mr. Trump said at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, headquarters of the U.S. Central Command. “Freedom, security and justice will prevail.” The president called the troops “our heroes” and said his administration will provide them with better equipment and supplies to carry the fight to the extremists....
  • From the Front Line: Sharia Compliance in the US Military

    01/23/2017 4:56:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 23, 2017 | Pamela Geller
    I recently received this shocking letter from a man who has served as a contractor in Afghanistan. It reveals the appalling extent of sharia compliance in the United States military. My name is John Craig. I have been a contractor in Afghanistan for over five years as a mechanical engineer. Recently I have been dismissed by the command of Bagram Air Field and lost my job. I am in Kuwait and in route to go home and find another job. The reason I was expelled from the base is because I had two copies of the Koran. One was a...
  • Lucky Sergeant Dances with Melania at Armed Forces Ball

    01/22/2017 6:44:22 AM PST · by poconopundit · 54 replies
    Excerpt: Celebration time at the inaugural balls (42 images) Highlights from the various inaugural balls taking place across Washington, DC, to celebrate the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017. My commentary: A real nice touch at the Armed Forces Ball. Melania was paired with a sergeant. Trump danced with a Navy petty officer. What a beautiful event and fine tribute to our men and women in uniform! Some splendid photos at the link. Thank you UPI.
  • Anti-Trump Protestors Block Uniformed Air Force Members From Entering Inauguration

    01/21/2017 10:21:18 PM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1/20/2017 | Katie Pavlich
    ...... This morning, they sank to another low by blocking uniformed Air Force members from entering the Inauguration ceremony. ..... [VIDEO - 31 seconds]
  • James Mathis' Confirmation Hearing for Defense Secretary- Live Blog

    01/12/2017 7:45:58 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.cbsnews.com ^ | January 12, 2017
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/james-mattis-confirmation-hearing-for-defense-secretary-live-blog/
  • The Legendary A-10 (Warthog) Looks Like It's Here To Stay After Being Upgraded By The Air Force

    01/11/2017 10:22:27 AM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    BI ^ | 1-11-2017 | Alex Lockie
    Alex LockieJanuary 11, 2017 USAF In another positive sign for the beloved A-10, Air Force maintainers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona have outfitted the Warthog with an upgrade for combat search and rescue missions (CSAR). Dubbed the lightweight airborne recovery system, the upgrade helps A-10 pilots "communicate more effectively with individuals on the ground such as downed pilots, pararescuemen and joint terminal attack controllers," according to an Air Force statement. Of all the fixed-wing aircraft in the US Air Force's inventory, no plane carries out CSAR missions like the A-10. CSAR missions jump off with little warning and...
  • Obama calls for seamless transition for US military to Trump

    01/04/2017 3:37:46 PM PST · by mdittmar · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | January 4, 2017 | JOSH LEDERMAN and VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called for a smooth handover of control of the U.S. military to incoming commander in chief Donald Trump, as the outgoing president met Wednesday with military leaders for the last time."We've got to make sure that during this transition period that there is a seamless passing of the baton, that there's continuity," Obama said. He said it was critical to ensure that "we are doing everything we can to make sure that the next president will benefit from the same kinds of outstanding advice and service that these people around the table have provided...
  • Navy Secretary: If Trump Rolls Back Female Integration, There Will Be Consequences

    12/31/2016 9:48:21 AM PST · by ColdOne · 99 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/31/16 | Jonah Bennett
    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said recently in a December interview that while GOP President-elect Donald Trump can roll back social change in the military, doing so will make the force weaker. Mabus, who has served in the position longer than anyone since World War I, has overseen significant social changes in the military and caused a lot of consternation in the process. Now, in a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post, he’s warning that if Trump rolls back social change in the military, he should admit that it will damage the force. “You make the decisions you think...
  • The Giant Challenge Facing SecDef Mattis

    12/30/2016 5:41:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2016 | Dennis Sevakis
    There’s been a fair amount of Trump-supporter braggadocio regarding the President-elect’s nomination of Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the new Defense Secretary – an admirable choice, certainly. If Mad Dog can navigate the machinations of the Pentagon as well as he did the battlefield we’re in for a rejuvenation of America’s military that should be a major reversal of its downward fortunes over the past few decades. I hope that Mr. Trump fully appreciates the magnitude of the task he has set before Gen. Mattis. That task that has grown steadily in size and complexity since the end of...
  • The Gabby: Navy to Commission USS Gabrielle Giffords

    12/27/2016 11:19:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 84 replies
    AP ^ | December 27, 2016 | Staff
    A naval program that has become a target for critics is preparing to commission a new vessel named after a well-known shooting survivor. Constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, the USS Gabrielle Giffords has completed testing in the Gulf of Mexico and is scheduled to be commissioned in mid-2017. The company handed over the $475 million ship to the Navy on Friday.
  • Mysterious Military Flyover Above Manhattan Was A Trump "Emergency Relocation Drill"

    12/21/2016 7:26:01 PM PST · by blam · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-21-2016 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler DurdenDecember 21, 2016 One week ago, New Yorkers were captivated, and unnerved, by a 40-minute long military exercise in which one USAF C-130 and several HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters could be seen circling at very low altitudes above Manhattan. While the US military kept silent about the overflight, U.S. Air Force Col. Nicholas Broccoli, the vice commander of the Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, said the aircraft were conducting "standard military training." However, one look at the flight pattern of the plane shows there was seemingly little that was "standard" about a C-130(snip)Today we learn that the overflights...
  • Military Update: Average rise in stateside housing allowances: 2.4 percent

    12/18/2016 5:21:00 AM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOT
    Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to a million service members living off base in the United States will climb an average of 2.4 percent Jan. 1, or about $41 a month. Actual increases for individual BAH recipients will vary by Military Housing Area, pay grade, and dependency status. For a third straight year, BAH adjustments will not quite keep pace with the average rise in rent and utility costs, as the Department of Defense sticks to a five-year plan to trim the cost of stateside housing allowances gradually. The dampening of rates will continue until 2019 when recipients will...
  • Are military magazines becoming more liberal?

    12/09/2016 8:09:27 AM PST · by Bodega · 25 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 · 25 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 Jordan’s 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. Army’s 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 infantry’s 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 Milley’s 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 Army’s 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 Wednesday’s 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 America’s 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 Trump’s 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 can’t meet the rough standards of the combat arms and special operations. Mabus’s 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 it’s 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. military’s 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 force’s 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 Machiavelli’s “The Prince” rather than Kant’s “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 general’s 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...
  • Russia’s 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 couldn’t 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
    It’s 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.