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  • Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to temporarily transfer duties to deputy for follow up medical procedure

    05/24/2024 12:46:33 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | May 24, 2024 | Natasha Bertrand
    US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will undergo a “minimally invasive” and “non surgical” procedure at Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday night, Pentagon spokesman Major Gen. Patrick Ryder said on Friday. He will transfer his authorities temporarily to his deputy, Kathleen Hicks, Ryder said. The procedure is related to a bladder issue Austin suffered as a result of a surgery he underwent to treat prostate cancer earlier this year.
  • GOP Outraged over Defense Secretary’s ‘Secret’ Hospitalization: ‘Inexcusable and Dangerous’

    01/07/2024 8:44:13 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/07/2024 | Joshua Klein
    Republican officials are expressing outrage over the Biden administration’s Department of Defense “lack of transparency” after the revelation it hid the fact Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized for days, raising serious queries about the maintenance of security during that period. According to GOP members, the Pentagon’s Friday evening announcement that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, 70, was admitted to the intensive care unit four days prior — on New Year’s Day — suggested a violation of the public’s right to information.
  • Biden Admin Shocker: Defense Secretary Hospitalized Days Ago, Press Alarmed By Late Notice

    01/05/2024 10:40:54 PM PST · by CFW · 48 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 1/5/24 | Daniel Chaitin
    The Biden administration waited until Friday to announce that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had been hospitalized on Monday, a delay of several days that alarmed the Pentagon press corps. Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder provided a brief update on Austin in a statement that was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) at around 5 p.m., or the close of business, right as the weekend was getting underway for many in the country. “On the evening of January 1, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for complications following...
  • Defense Secretary Says Strikes in Response to Attacks Against U.S. Troops in Iraq Were ‘Proportionate

    12/26/2023 2:06:24 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/26/2023 | KRISTINA WONG
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement that U.S. military strikes against sites used to injure U.S. troops in Iraq on Christmas Day were “proportionate.” “Today, at President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces conducted necessary and proportionate strikes on three facilities used by Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups in Iraq,” Austin said in a statement on Monday. He added: These precision strikes are a response to a series of attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-sponsored militias, including an attack by Iran-affiliated Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups on Erbil Air Base earlier today, and intended to...
  • Defense Secretary Announces $1 Billion More in Ukraine Military Aid, Says U.S. to Stay Focused ‘for as Long as It Takes’

    06/16/2022 4:59:55 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/16/2022 | Kristina Wong
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced another $1 billion in military aid for Ukraine on Wednesday, following the third meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, a group of about 50 nations supporting Ukraine in its war against Russia. “I’m especially pleased to be able to announce today that the United States will provide an additional $1 billion security assistance package for Ukraine,” Austin said at a press conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, where the members of the group met.
  • Donald Rumsfeld, Former Defense Secretary At Helm Of 2 wars, Dead At 88

    06/30/2021 12:41:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/30/21
    Donald Rumsfeld, who charted an impressive Washington career serving under four presidents but whose legacy largely was defined by his controversial tenure as defense secretary during the Iraq war, has died, his family announced Wednesday. He was 88. Rumsfeld, a confident adviser to power with a trenchant style that made him admirers as well as enemies, had a long and winding career in public life that spanned five decades. He had been a congressman and a White House chief of staff, and had a successful corporate career, too. But it was his second term as secretary of Defense from 2001...
  • Leave military out of it, former defence secretaries tell Trump

    01/03/2021 5:44:14 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 123 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3 Jan 21
    All 10 former US defence secretaries still living, including two who worked for Donald Trump, have called for the president and his supporters to accept he lost the election and warned against attempts to involve the military in his increasingly desperate efforts to overturn the result. In an unprecedented joint letter published in the Washington Post, the defence secretaries addressed the worst fears of what could happen in 17 days of Trump’s administration remaining before Joe Biden’s inauguration: an attempt by Trump to foment a crises with the aim of triggering a military intervention in his last-ditch struggle to hold...
  • Key Nunes Aide, Kash Patel, Named Acting Defense Secretary Chief of Staff…

    11/10/2020 5:32:34 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 3 replies
    conservative treehouse ^ | 11/10/20 | sundance
    Regardless of the current dynamic inside the election challenge controversy this is a very interesting move by the White House. Kash Patel is the National Security Council Aide who was the key person assisting House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes. Patel knows all of the details and nuances within the overall ‘spygate’ saga on a very granular level.
  • FLASHBACK: Barack Obama Was Blasted by Not One, but Three of His Former Secretaries of Defense

    06/05/2020 8:47:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/05/2020 | Matt Margolis
    I cringed after Donald Trump started trashing James Mattis following his resignation as Secretary of Defense. Mattis’s departure was reportedly connected to Trump’s announced withdrawal from Syria, which Mattis opposed. In response to Mattis’s departure, rather than praise him for his service and acknowledge the tremendous progress they’d made together cleaning up the mess left by Obama, Trump trashed Mattis as “the world’s most overrated general.” Mattis wasn’t the only person Trump kicked out the door with a litany of attacks. He lambasted former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as “dumb as a rock,” and described his former chief of...
  • Defense Secretary Esper's chief of staff resigns

    01/06/2020 2:05:27 PM PST · by conservativepoet · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/6/2020 | Ronn Blitzer
    <p>Eric Chewning, the chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, is resigning and will be leaving his post at the end of January, the Defense Department announced Monday.</p> <p>Chewning has been in his role since January 2019, after starting with the Department in October 2017 as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy. He now plans on returning to the private sector, according to Pentagon press secretary Alyssa Farah.</p>
  • Patrick Shanahan withdraws as defense secretary nominee

    06/18/2019 11:34:59 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 18, 2019 | 1:31pm | Mark Moore
    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday withdrew his nomination to lead the department as a report says the FBI is investigating a domestic violence dispute from nine years ago involving him and his then-wife. “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” President Trump wrote in a Twitter posting. “I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense,” he...
  • McConnell Statement on Secretary of Defense Nominee Patrick Shanahan

    05/10/2019 9:46:52 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 9 replies
    Mitch McConnell ^ | 5/10/19 | Mitch McConnell
      05.09.19McConnell Statement on Secretary of Defense Nominee Patrick Shanahan ‘Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan is a well-regarded leader and the duties of the Secretary are too important for this position to remain unfilled. I look forward to meeting with Acting Secretary Shanahan soon and to the Senate’s prompt consideration of his nomination.’ LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the president’s intent to nominate Patrick Shanahan for Secretary of Defense:“I am glad to learn that President Trump has made his choice for the next Secretary of Defense. Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan is a well-regarded...
  • Trump picks acting Pentagon chief Shanahan to become next secretary of Defense

    05/09/2019 2:24:02 PM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 9, 2019 | Amanda Macias
    President Donald Trump plans to nominate acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to formally take over the top spot at the Pentagon, the president's spokeswoman said Thursday. Shanahan, a former longtime executive at the aerospace giant Boeing, needs Senate confirmation for the post most recently held by James Mattis. "Acting Secretary Shanahan has proven over the last several months that he is beyond qualified to lead the Department of Defense, and he will continue to do an excellent job," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter.
  • Trump to nominate Shanahan as permanent defense secretary: sources

    04/19/2019 7:31:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2019 | Lucas Tomlinson
    President Trump is expected to formally nominate Patrick M. Shanahan to be his permanent defense secretary as soon as next week, two administration officials tell Fox News. This, after an internal Pentagon investigation concluded that the acting defense secretary did not show any bias in favor of his former employer, aerospace giant Boeing. Shanahan worked at Boeing for over 30 years before coming to the Pentagon as then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s deputy at the start of the Trump administration. Shanahan’s nomination had been held up by the White House since the Pentagon inspector general opened an investigation into Shanahan’s conduct...
  • Trump unloads on James Mattis, says he 'essentially' fired defense secretary

    01/02/2019 11:56:25 AM PST · by detective · 76 replies
    MSN News ^ | 1/2/2019 | Steven Nelson
    President Trump denounced former Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday, saying at a cabinet meeting he "essentially" fired the former Marine Corps general from the top Pentagon post. "What's he done for me? How had he done in Afghanistan? Not too good," Trump said, according to a Bloomberg News journalist, who reported a quote relayed by a colleague in the room. "As you know, President Obama fired him, and essentially so did I," Trump said at the meeting, attended by Mattis' replacement, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
  • Trump’s First Military Attack Backs CIA & DIA; Agents Said Obama Ignored Intel, Refused to Strike...

    01/24/2017 2:01:33 PM PST · by blueyon · 37 replies
    TruePundit ^ | 1/24/17 | by admin
    """"Trump’s First Military Attack Backs CIA & DIA; Agents Said Obama Ignored Intel, Refused to Strike Critical ISIS Targets For Over a Year"""" President Barack Obama refused to strike high-ranking ISIS assets in Iraq and Syria for more than a year despite regular pleading from the CIA and DIA personnel to act on definitive intelligence, officials confirmed to True Pundit. Newly minted President Donald Trump, to the delight of defense analysts, gave new Defense Secretary James Mattis the green light to wage more than 30 attacks on these same ISIS targets on Saturday, according to intelligence insiders. What Obama had...
  • Retired Marine Gen. Mattis to meet with Trump on Saturday

    11/20/2016 3:55:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 67 replies
    President-elect Trump is set to meet with retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis Saturday amid speculation that Trump could tap him to serve as secretary of defense. According to a pool report from the Trump transition team, Mattis is among eight people slated to meet with Trump on Saturday, including 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who is being discussed as a potential nominee for secretary of state. Bloomberg reported Friday that Mattis and retired Gen. Jack Keane are in the running for secretary of defense.
  • Robert Gates: There Will Be Boots On The Ground If There's 'Any Hope Of Success' Against ISIS

    09/17/2014 5:26:46 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 9-17-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Brett LoGiuratoSeptember 17, 2014 ï‚™ Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Wednesday said US ground troops will have to be part of the equation if there's "any hope of success" in President Barack Obama's strategy to "degrade and destroy" the extremist group ISIS (also known as ISIL or the Islamic State). "The reality is they're not going be able to be successful against ISIS strictly from the air, or strictly depending on the Iraqi forces, or the Peshmerga, or the Sunni tribes acting on their own," Gates said in an interview on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday. "So there...
  • Giving China the 'Key to the Front Door'

    10/03/2007 3:52:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 409+ views
    The Loft (GOPUSA blog) ^ | October 3, 2007 | Bobby Eberle
    Several months ago, the Pentagon's network and e-mail system fell victim to computer hacking. After an internal investigation, Pentagon officials declared that the hack was perpetrated by the Chinese military. In particular, officials said the attack "was by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) and that it led to the shutdown of a computer system serving the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates." Now, a Chinese company with ties to the country's military, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and the Taliban will gain access to U.S. defense-network technology under a proposed merger.According to a story in the Washington Times, Huawei Technologies...
  • Panetta: Iranian Threat Spreads [Calling Captain Obvious....]

    02/01/2013 5:15:19 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    Panetta: Iranian Threat Spreads By JULIAN E. BARNES and ADAM ENTOUS In an exclusive interview with the Wall Street Journal Thursday, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sited illicit arms trafficking by Iran for what he called a "dangerous escalation" of tensions. WSJ's Julian Barnes shares his take-aways from the exit interview. WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Leon Panetta accused Iran's paramilitary force of an intensified campaign to destabilize the Middle East by smuggling antiaircraft weapons to its militant allies. Iran's export of so-called manpads—antiaircraft missiles that can be carried by a single person—represent what Mr. Panetta called a dangerous escalation. "There is no...