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  • Mining Company Determined to Restore U.S. Rare Earth Supply Chain (Updated)

    11/21/2020 9:19:03 PM PST · by cba123 · 23 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 11/20/2020 | By Stew Magnuson
    MP Materials, which operates the largest rare earth element mines in the Western Hemisphere, had a big week. It was one of three companies on Nov. 17 to receive Defense Department grants intended to return rare earth production to the United States. The following day it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The Pentagon awarded a Defense Production Act Title III grant worth $9.6 million to MP Materials so it can begin to refine the strategic minerals at its Mountain Pass, California, mine. “This grant from the DoD is outstanding. It's humbling. And we're very proud of the...
  • The Congressional Research Service Takes a Peek at the Next Big War

    11/18/2020 8:49:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 18, 2020 | Austin Bay
    To adapt former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's famous 2002 press statement, the world's next big shooting war will be a consequential event masked by known unknowns. The human historical record tells us a major armed (kinetic) conflict involving powerful nations will eventually erupt. Given contemporary economic interdependence and the lethality of modern weaponry, the conflict will have disruptive global consequences, many of them grim. However, what geopolitical issues shape and misshape The Next Big War; who wages the hostility and for what reasons; how the combatants prepare to wage it; where and how the combatants engage; and how the...
  • Why Im sick of Turkey

    11/23/2018 9:54:59 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    France News 7 ^ | 11-22-18 | Steven A. Cook
    I am already sick of Turkey.I suspect that many Americans feel this way, about the bird and the country. Yet a small group of Washington foreign policy hands — at State Department, at Pentagon and in congressional offices — continue to make the case for Turkey as a “strategically important” partner to the US. On paper, the country looks good: It sits at the center of many of Americas most pressing foreign policy concerns, it is a member of NATO, it's stable, and it can offer foreign partners access to its airbases and intelligence cooperation. I used to think of...
  • PetroChina unloading first Chinese purchase of oil from US strategic reserves

    07/20/2017 8:14:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    hydrocarbon processing ^ | 7/20/2017 | SINGAPORE (Reuters)
    PetroChina is unloading the first Chinese purchase of crude oil from US strategic petroleum reserves at a port in eastern China. Supertanker Cosrising Lake, is unloading the US oil at Qingdao port in Shandong province this week, The crude according to the US Department of Energy, is similar in quality to Middle East Oman crude. More Asian refiners are turning to the Americas for oil after OPEC cuts tightened heavy crude supplies and as governments respond to a call from United States President Donald Trump to buy US oil and gas. State-owned PetroChina is one of the key players moving...
  • Trump says strategic patience with North Korea over

    06/30/2017 9:23:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, 30 June 2017
    WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missiles program required a "determined response," and that the era of "strategic patience" with North Korea's government had ended. "The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed. ... Frankly, that patience is over," Trump said in the White House Rose Garden in a joint appearance with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
  • McConnell votes 'NO' to defunding Planned Parenthood!!!

    08/03/2015 3:02:17 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 231 replies
    August 03, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
    The vote to DEFUND Planned Parenthood FAILS in the Senate!
  • Iran Says It Fired 'New Strategic Weapon'

    02/28/2015 4:10:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/2/15 | Dalit Halevy & Gil Ronen
    Iran has ended its large scale Great Prophet 9 exercise in the Persian Gulf, test firing a “new strategic weapon,” which it says will play an important role in the future battle against the US. The test was performed on the final day of the exercise, staged by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, through which about one-fifth of the world's oil passes. "The new weapon will have a very decisive role in adding our naval power in confronting threats, particular by the Great Satan, the US," Admiral Ali Fadavi, Iran’s navy chief, told the Revolutionary...
  • U.S. to Conduct Strategic Bomber Exercise Nuclear drills follow ‘massive’ Russian war games

    05/11/2014 7:32:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/11/14
    The U.S. Strategic Command, which is in charge of waging nuclear war, will hold large-scale bomber exercises this week—days after Russia held what Moscow called “massive” war games simulating a U.S. and NATO nuclear attack. Ten U.S. B-52 bombers and up to six B-2 strategic bombers will take part in the war games called “Global Lightning 14” from Monday through May 16, the command said in a statement late Sunday. The purpose is to “demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness in training scenarios throughout the continental U.S.,” the command said in a statement from its Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska headquarters. “This...
  • Russian Strategic Bombers Flying Along California Coast

    05/05/2014 8:39:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/5/14 | Chriss W. Street
    The Associated Press reported Monday that Gen. Herbert Carlisle, Commander of United States Air Forces in the Pacific, acknowledged a significant increase in the activities by Russian long-range strategic aircraft flying along the California coast. There was no comment about whether the aircraft were nuclear capable, but it has not been since the Cold War ended in the early 1990s that Russian patrols have skirted the West Coast and California. Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle is the Commander of Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl...
  • Gingrich Urges 'No' Vote on Syria

    09/03/2013 9:59:33 PM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 9-3-13
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich urged Congress Tuesday to "vote no" on a military strike against Syria and instead begin debate on what he described as even bigger strategic challenges for the United States and the world. "The most powerful nation in the world does not need a three- or four-week debate about a limited, symbolic, tactical use of power," the Georgia Republican wrote Tuesday in an opinion piece for CNN, as he urged Congress to "vote no on a meaningless public relations use of military force against [Syrian President Bashar Assad]. "What we do need are three debates about...
  • Experts: Pentagon Strategic Plan Would Produce Aging, Hollow Military

    08/06/2013 3:41:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/6/13 | Daniel Wiser
    The recommendations in the Department of Defense’s latest strategic review would produce both a hollow and aging military unable to engage in simultaneous conflicts involving U.S. interests, defense budget experts said Tuesday. The experts spoke at the Brookings Institution about the Pentagon’s efforts to prepare for $500 billion in spending cuts during the next decade due to budget sequestration. Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, noted that the sequestration cuts come on the heels of about $1 trillion in military spending reductions already enacted under President Barack Obama’s administration. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel discussed the...
  • Obama’s ‘Strategic Guidance’ Calls for More Defense Gutting

    04/11/2013 10:15:54 AM PDT · by Nachum
    The PJ Media ^ | 4/10/13 | Bridget Johnson
    The weakening of the Defense Department’s readiness continued today as President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposed whacking billions more from a military force already reeling from $500 billion in sequestration cuts. Undersecretary of Defense Bob Hale, comptroller, told reporters at the Pentagon today that the changes already in effect for this year since mandatory cuts went into effect “are going to have significant and adverse effects, particularly on military readiness.” “Some programs are exempt or protected. The military personnel funding exempt by law, embarrassingly so, are Senate-confirmed political appointees,” Hale said. “By policy, we’ll exempt Afghan wartime operations, our wounded...
  • US edging toward decision on new nuclear arms cuts

    07/02/2012 5:01:33 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    Fox News/Associated Press ^ | 2 July 2012 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is edging toward decisions that would further shrink the U.S. nuclear arsenal, possibly to between 1,000 and 1,100 warheads, reflecting new thinking on the role of nuclear weapons in an age of terror, say current and former officials. The reductions that are under consideration align with President Barack Obama's vision of trimming the nation's nuclear arsenal without harming national security in the short term, and in the longer term, eliminating nuclear weapons. The White House has yet to announce any plan for reducing the number of nuclear weapons, beyond commitments made in the recently completed...
  • Op-Ed: Who Knows Yitzhar?

    06/17/2012 7:06:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/12 | Giulio Meotti
    To give up the 5,000-square-kilometre “West Bank” - roughly 50 kilometres wide and 100 kilometres in length - would be to put Israel in a totally indefensible position by giving up military advantages in four critical areas. Yitzhar is probably the most hated, headlined and demonized “settlement” in Samaria. Only passionately convinced people would visit this Jewish town. But anyone visiting it would also understand what would happen to Tel Aviv and Herzliya if, instead of Jews, the PLO-Hamas regime would be controlling Yitzhar. From Yitzhar, located high up in the hills near Nablus, the Biblical city of Shechem, you...
  • Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces

    05/29/2012 9:40:03 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 9 replies
    •Strategic Rocket Forces: 334 missiles with 1092 warheads 55 R-36M2 (SS-18) with 550 warheads 35 UR-100NUTTH (SS-19) with 210 warheads 150 Topol (SS-25) with 150 warheads 56 Topol-M silo (SS-27) with 56 warheads 18 Topol-M mobile (SS-27) with 18 warheads 18 RS-24 mobile with 108 warheads •Strategic Fleet: 96 missiles with 336 warheads 3 Delta III with 48 R-29R with 144 warheads 3 Delta IV with 48 R-29RM with 192 warheads •Strategic Aviation: 66 bombers with ~200 cruise missiles 55 Tu-95MS (Bear H) with up to 16 Kh-55 (AS-15A) 11 Tu-160 (Blackjack) with up to 12 Kh-55SM (AS-15B)
  • President Trojan Horse's Slight of Hand Game with Strategic Reserve

    03/17/2012 7:17:45 PM PDT · by publius321 · 9 replies ^ | 3/17/2012 | Scott Ryan
    Commentary on President Trojan Horse's energy policy & destruction of America from within.
  • Obama plan seen ending U.S. military edge in space

    01/18/2012 4:47:52 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 62 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Monday, 16JAN2012 | Bill Gertz
    <p>The Obama administration is launching a new space arms-control initiative that critics say will lead to restrictions on U.S. military activities in space, a key U.S. strategic war-fighting advantage.</p> <p>Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce the initiative as early as Tuesday. The plan will be built on work contained in a European Union draft code of conduct for space that the Pentagon and State Department have criticized as too restrictive.</p>
  • Kissinger on Obama, Osama, and Af-Pak

    05/06/2011 12:30:45 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | May 6, 2011
    ... Taking out the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, he says, is impressive, but it is not the finish line. “As a general proposition, the administration has lacked a strategic design, or a discernible strategic design,” Kissinger says. “It has operated more on the tactical than on the strategic level. But with its standing having been improved by the operation against bin Laden, they may have an opportunity to rectify this, to some extent.”... Kissinger would like to see Obama continue in this vein, reasserting U.S. aims and sidestepping minor political scuffles. “Relations of the United States with the...
  • Barack Obama's dumb 'Daily Show' Jon Stewart appearance and the President's diminishing brand

    10/27/2010 9:52:00 AM PDT · by LottieDah · 30 replies
    President Barack Obama should make the most of his "Daily Show" appearance on Wednesday night - charming the pants off Jon Stewart and the crowd, as he did when he showed up there two years ago. It's a terrific show, Stewart is a great interviewer and Obama makes good television. Then, the President should cancel all future trivial media appearances. While they may have kept him personally popular, in broad terms they've degraded the Obama brand. Obama's handlers were supposed to be smarter than this. They were supposed to use his celebrity strategically to advance his agenda. Instead, they've been...
  • The US benefits greatly from its partnership with Israel

    04/22/2010 1:12:10 PM PDT · by tedbel · 13 replies · 317+ views
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Apr 22/10 | Ted Belman
    "When Mr. Obama declared that resolving the long-running Middle East dispute was a “vital national security interest of the United States,” he was highlighting a change that has resulted from a lengthy debate among his top officials over how best to balance support for Israel against other American interests. [..] "Mr. Obama said conflicts like the one in the Middle East ended up “costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure” — drawing an explicit link between the Israeli-Palestinian strife and the safety of American soldiers as they battle Islamic extremism and terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere."...