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  • Ash Carter accuses Russia of 'nuclear saber-rattling'

    05/03/2016 11:19:04 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 33 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/3/16
    Ash Carter is the same person who accuses Russia of trying to destroy our fiber optic cables. Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a U.S. military changing-of-the-guard ceremony Tuesday to blast Russian aggression in Europe, saying Moscow is "going backward in time" with warlike actions that compel a U.S. military buildup on NATO's eastern flank. "We do not seek a cold let alone a hot war with Russia," Carter said. "We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake, we will defend our allies, the rules-based international order, and the positive future it affords us."...
  • Lieutenant David Nartker must be Court-Martialed

    04/30/2016 9:40:22 PM PDT · by pboyington · 30 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 30, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In January, two US Navy high speed Riverine boats were apparently underway from Bahrain to Kuwait when they strayed into Iranian waters, while attempting to contact a vessel to refuel. The Pentagon first said that they had engine trouble. Yet, if that was the case, why didnt the other boat tow the boat with mechanical problems to international waters and safety? Then, the Pentagon said that they had navigational issues. How is this possible in 2016, with each boat having an array of GPS and radar equipment? Even if one boats systems completely shut down, couldnt they rely on the...
  • Corporal Klinger is now SOP in the US Military

    04/29/2016 10:01:26 PM PDT · by pboyington · 21 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 29, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In the hit 1970s comedy, MASH, Corporal Max Klinger was a street savvy enlisted man from Toledo, Ohio, who had one goal; to return home in one piece with a Section 8 Psycho Discharge, courtesy of Army psychiatrists. Klingers modus operandi was to pose as a woman, outfitted in the latest 1950s fashions he had purchased from the Spiegel Catalog. Klinger was not really transgender or transsexual, he was just a guy who wanted OUT, out of the Army. The hilarity ensued as he came up with scheme after scheme to escape the lean green machine with a Section 8,...
  • Smokescreen on the Potomac: Pentagon and Congress deliberately ignoring $36 million USMC study

    04/19/2016 11:35:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 19, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The United States of America is in mortal jeopardy and most Americans, tucked away in their beds tonight dont even understand why or who is responsible for their peril. Those responsible are not from North Korea, China, Iran, Russia or ISIS. They are Department of Defense bureaucrats, members of Congress and senior leaders in the US military. The US military is committing suicide. We are in the first stages of beginning a process that is going to decimate the speed, lethality and combat power of the Marines and the US Army combat arms and special operations. The US military is...
  • What the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Must Tell the Nation

    04/09/2016 10:28:28 PM PDT · by pboyington · 41 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 9, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, in concern for the lives of current and future US military personnel and to honor those who have gone before, I must speak to the nation today. Ive called this press conference to announce that I am resigning as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I am retiring after 39 years on active duty, which included combat service in Iraq leading the finest Marines in the world. I am resigning as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retiring from the Marine Corps for the following reasons: For the last seven...
  • Russia, China are greatest cyberthreats, but Iran is growing

    04/05/2016 6:08:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 5, 2016 7:49 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    Russia and China present the greatest cyber security threat to the U.S., but Iran is trying to increase and spend more on its capabilities, the Navy admiral in charge of the militarys Cyber Command told Congress Tuesday. Adm. Michael Rogers told the Senate Armed Services Committee that while the U.S. has more overall military power than the three countries, the gaps are narrower when it comes to cyber warfare. He said U.S. Cyber Command is making progress building cyber mission teams, and will have 133 fully operational by September 2018. Already, he said that nearly 100 teams are already conducting...
  • The Day the US Military Died

    03/29/2016 9:18:50 PM PDT · by pboyington · 30 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 29, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In the 1993 film, Gettysburg, Lieutenant General James Longstreet says to Harrison, the actor/spy from Mississippi, You know whats gonna happen here in the morning? Longstreet was attempting to convince Harrison that participating in General Lees attack toward the center of the Yankee lines on July 3, 1863, might not be in the best interest for his health and general well-being. He was also pointing to the fact that Harrison, while motivated to the cause, was incredibly nave. US Defense Watch to President Obama, Ash Carter, Ray Mabus, Eric Fanning and the Joint Chiefs You know whats going to happen...
  • Pentagon chief used personal email account for nearly a year

    03/26/2016 1:45:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2016 2:21 PM EDT | Robert Burns
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice, according to hundreds of Carter emails released by the Defense Department. The 1,336 pages of emails and attachments from Carters personal account were released late Friday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by The Associated Press and other news organizations. None contained classified information, and most pertained to routine business such as scheduling and logistics. The Pentagon has long banned the use of personal email for official business. Carters use of his personal...
  • Pentagon chief: Obama wants to defeat ISIS by end of his term

    03/18/2016 6:04:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/16 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama wants the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) defeated by the end of his term, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says. "Thats what he said he wants. Thats what he told me and [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford]. He said, Get this done as soon as possible. Id like to not leave this to my successor, " Carter said Friday an event hosted by Politico. He added that Obama called for the process to be accelerated last fall about a year after the U.S. first began its counter-ISIS campaign. The administration now has...
  • At Ranger School, Three's a Fraud

    02/29/2016 7:47:18 PM PST · by pboyington · 25 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 29, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Call me a suspicious guy, but I find it just a little too convenient that three women managed to graduate from Ranger School in the months preceding Secretary of Defense Ash Carters decision to allow women to serve in the combat arms branches and special operations units. When you last tuned into USDW: Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver were the first two women to graduate from Ranger School in August of 2015. Their graduation was the subject of much speculation by some members of the media and Congressman Steve Russell who requested the Ranger School records of...
  • Paul Ryan Won’t Say If He Supports Rolling Back Order for Military to Use Women in All Combat…

    02/04/2016 1:00:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 4, 2016 | 1:43 PM EST | Penny Starr
    At his weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan would not say if he supports congressional action to roll back or restrict the military's use of women in combat roles. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has ordered the armed services to open all combat roles in the U.S. military to women. "There will be no exceptions," Carter said at a Dec. 3 press conference. ...
  • DOD Will Allow Troops On Duty to Breastfeed

    01/29/2016 9:02:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2016 | 8:13 AM EST | Susan Jones
    As part of his commitment to build the military "force of the future," Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday announced a series of "family-friendly" initiatives to attract and retain "the best America has to offer." "We are not Google. We are not Walmart. We're war fighters. But that doesn't mean we should not be challenging ourselves just like the private sector," Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. [...] The Defense Secretary outlined the following initiatives: [...] Making military workplaces more accommodating to women when they return from maternity leave: The focus here is to make it easier for new mothers...
  • At the Pentagon, General Chaos is in Charge

    01/26/2016 9:03:46 PM PST · by pboyington · 17 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 266, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Two weeks ago, the US military was humiliated by the Iranians before a worldwide audience. The surrender of two US Navy vessels of war and their crews to the Iranians without firing so much as a shot and the subsequent and sickening apology by the commanding officer, speaks volumes about the current fighting spirit, training and state of readiness of the US military in 2016. The conduct of the US Navy officer in charge, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was nothing less than a complete and utter disgrace. No doubt the order to surrender...
  • ISIS has a job - Their job is to kill us

    01/24/2016 8:04:10 PM PST · by pboyington · 11 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 24, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    No need to worry about ISIS anymore. This weekend Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, announced that the US and our gallant allies are going to turn up the heat on the marauding murderers of the Middle East. Listening to the Pentagon say that they’re going to get tough with ISIS is like one of those Ripley’s Believe It or Not questions. Not! After seeing the performance of the US Navy a couple of weeks ago in the Persian Gulf, I’m sure ISIS is quivering in fear. This sudden bout of manliness from the Obama Administration and Ash and Trash Carter...
  • Militarycorruption.com exposes Defense Sec Ash Carter as a fraud; demands his resignation

    01/22/2016 9:05:39 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/22/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The following item is republished in its entirety with permission of the editor of militarycorruption.com THE GENERAL AND THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL: • MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM REVEALS NAME AND PHOTO OF GORGEOUS GAL SAID TO BE INVOLVED WITH DISGRACED GEN. RON LEWIS • JEALOUS FEMALE “FRIEND” OF FLAG OFFICER THREATENED TO GO TO MEDIA IF ASHTON CARTER DIDN’T DUMP HIS FAVORITE GENERAL • BEAUTIFUL MAURA SULLIVAN BOUNCED FROM TOP DOD FLAK JOB WITHIN DAYS OF LEWIS DEPARTURE • DEFENSE SECRETARY TRIED TO STONEWALL US WITH FAILED COVER-UP • HE NEEDS TO RESIGN We’d heard the persistent rumors about why GEN Ron Lewis was...
  • Air Force To Consider Dropping ‘Man’ From ‘Airman’

    01/15/2016 11:37:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4:33 PM 01/14/2016 | Jonah Bennett
    The Air Force said it will conduct a review to determine whether the use of "airman" is appropriate given the military's push towards full gender equality. [...] This confirms that a review of job titles, like the one initiated by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, is soon coming. Mabus' review resulted in an order to the Marine Corps to purge the word "man" from job titles, with the exception that compound words can remain the same. In other words, "infantryman" is acceptable, but "reconnaissance man" is not. That order came as part of the broader initiative to open all combat roles...
  • BREAKING: Defense Secretary Slips Up, Reveals Obama Admin LED IRAN Straight to Our Sailors

    01/14/2016 11:21:42 AM PST · by blueyon · 180 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 1/14/16 | By: Wilmot Proviso
    BREAKING: Defense Secretary Slips Up, Reveals Obama Admin LED IRAN Straight to Our Sailors First came the fact that President Barack Obama refused to address the arrest of 10 of our sailors by the Iranian military after their boats had mechanical trouble at sea. Then came news that the Obama administration had offered the Iranians an apology for the release of the sailors. Now comes the disturbing revelation, apparently delivered by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, that the Obama administration tipped off the Iranians that our soldiers were lost at sea and requested their aid. The news came from Rep. Louie...
  • The US Marines, KIA

    01/09/2016 10:12:42 PM PST · by pboyington · 16 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 9, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It seems like it’s something new every day now. It seems like it’s something worse every day now. Every day, another directive emanates from the Kremlin at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue concerning the absolute evisceration of the US military. Feminist, left-wing social engineers smell blood and they are intent on the complete destruction of our armed forces. These social engineers don’t care if readiness is destroyed. These social engineers don’t care if unit cohesion is destroyed. These social engineers don’t care if combat power is destroyed. They have but one goal, to create some kind of gender neutral fantasy land that...
  • Double Standards for Female Rangers

    01/03/2016 8:54:11 PM PST · by pboyington · 39 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 3, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    US Defense Watch has obtained new information concerning special training for female soldiers in preparation for attendance to the US Army’s Ranger School. In the Fall of 2014, a group of female soldiers were given three months of training to specifically prepare them for Ranger School. The female soldiers were pulled away from their regular duties in the Army to eat, breathe and sleep Ranger School for ninety days. One of the female soldiers who attended the training, was First Lieutenant Shaye Haver, who, along with Captain Kristen Griest, became the first two women to ever graduate from Ranger School,...
  • Pentagon chief Ashton Carter just fired his top military aide over ‘misconduct’

    11/13/2015 12:16:39 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 12, 2015 | Missy Ryan and Craig Whitlock
    Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has fired his top military aide for allegations of “misconduct,” a highly unusual move prior to a formal investigation into possible misbehavior by the Army general. In a statement, Carter said that he had removed Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis from his position as senior military assistant. As his top military aide, Lewis was a right-hand advisor to Carter, providing him analysis on military issues, joining him at high-level meetings, and traveling with him on overseas missions. Carter said the Pentagon’s Inspector General would investigate the allegations against Lewis and, if necessary, the Army would take...
  • Pentagon says Defense Secretary Ash Carter used personal email

    12/17/2015 7:44:50 AM PST · by McGruff · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 17, 2015
    The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a personal email account to do some of his government business during his first months on the job. Carter's press secretary, Peter Cook, declined to say whether it was a violation of Pentagon email policies. He said work-related messages Carter received on his personal account were "copied or forwarded to his official account so [they] can be preserved as a federal record as appropriate."
  • Operation BOLO - Obama's War on ISIS

    12/14/2015 10:04:04 PM PST · by pboyington · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 14, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    BOLO – In the US military, a term denoting a screw up, a failure; i.e. “He BOLO’d the M-16 range.” Not to be confused with the police and FBI term, BOLO, BE ON THE LOOKOUT Now, that that’s cleared up… At the Pentagon today, aka Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, the Candyman, Ash Carter met with El Presidente, his national security staff and the mannequins in military uniforms, the JCS. Carter really is the perfect guy to be Secretary of Defense for Obama, in this critical hour of a world war with ISIS and back-engineering the military like it’s some alien...
  • The Obama Diaries - November 13, 2015 - December 12, 2015

    12/12/2015 8:38:16 PM PST · by pboyington
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 12, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    If President Obama had a diary, the entries from the last few weeks might look something like this… November 13, 2015: Great interview with George What’s his name? Softball city man; so glad ISIS is contained. That air campaign really has them on the run. I don’t know how though, our planes never actually bomb anyone; can’t risk any environmental damage. I’m not killing the Syrian West Desert Tortoise to destroy ISIS. No way Joe-Zay. ISIS is done. No worries… Several hours later… News from Paris is crazy. Brian Williams may even get his job back on this one. This...
  • Honesty...is such a lonely word

    12/10/2015 10:42:27 PM PST · by pboyington · 2 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 10, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Everyone in the White House and Pentagon is so untrue… The old Billy Joel hit from the 1979 seems to be spot on, when examining the actions and words emanating from the White House and the Pentagon in the last few weeks. Guns cause terrorism – If only the US was a gun control paradise like Chicago or Mexico, those dastardly Jihadis would be swearing allegiance to the Dalai Lama and George Harrison, instead of Al-Baghdadi. Unfortunately, the bad guys will always obtain weapons, something the liberals living on a mental Fantasy Island will never understand. ISIS is contained –...
  • We Few, We Happy Few - The Band of Brothers Bonding is no Myth

    12/09/2015 10:25:53 PM PST · by pboyington · 46 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 9, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    One of Shakespeare’s most famous passages comes from actual history and the words of England’s King Henry V, on the eve of the Battle of Agincourt in Northern France in 1415. Rallying his severely outnumbered men, Henry V said: “From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remember’d; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother” Nearly 600 years ago, Shakespeare knew about the power of camaraderie among fighting men. So did those who went before him: the Crusaders,...
  • Weekend at BUD/S

    12/08/2015 8:23:01 PM PST · by pboyington · 15 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 8, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    It’s been a week since Ash Carter made his earth-shattering announcement authorizing women to serve in the combat arms and special operations units of the armed forces. Obviously, it was Obama’s plan to roll out Carter in the wake of the San Bernardino attacks, in order to avoid any scrutiny from conservative media outlets. Congress has thirty days to review the catastrophic decision before it becomes full blown policy. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall and listen to the conversations that must be going on behind closed doors at the various special operations units in...
  • America's New Day of Infamy

    12/06/2015 10:14:37 PM PST · by pboyington · 5 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 6, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Seventy-four years ago, naval air forces of Japan attacked the US Navy at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese attack was swift and deadly and their armed forces surprised the world with their ferocity and professionalism. The following day, President Roosevelt addressed Congress and after referring to December 7, 1941, as “a day which will live in infamy,” asked for a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. Last week, December 3, 2015, was America’s New Day of Infamy. In the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks, actually in less than 24 hours, President Obama rolled out Ash Carter...
  • The Greatest Lie Ever Told - Female Rangers

    12/04/2015 8:30:29 PM PST · by pboyington · 29 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 4, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Yesterday, Ash Carter jumped the shark and announced that women would now be authorized to serve in the combat arms and special operations units of the US military without exception. I find it more than insidious that Carter made this major announcement less than 24 hours in the wake of the horrific San Bernardino terrorist attack. It’s almost like they wanted to fly right under the radar of the media, which has deployed in force to Southern California’s Inland Empire. Carter may have thought he was being clever and no doubt he is under orders from the White House. Unfortunately,...
  • Obama: Opening combat roles to women will make military stronger

    12/03/2015 3:43:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama on Thursday touted his administration's decision to open all combat roles to women as a change that will strengthen the nation's armed forces. "As commander in chief, I know that this change, like others before it, will again make our military even stronger," Obama said in a statement. The president likened the historic shift to ending racial segregation in the military and repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred openly gay and lesbian individuals from serving. Women have "time and again have proven that they, too, are qualified, ready and up to the task," the president...
  • The tiny pin pricks of war

    12/01/2015 7:37:36 PM PST · by pboyington · 11 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 1, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that 200 special operations troops are heading to Iraq. Approximately 200 special operations forces, including intelligence personnel, pilots to position them, mechanics to maintain their aircraft, a quick reaction force and other support personnel in addition to the main assault force are headed to Iraq in the next few weeks as part of the new “specialized expeditionary targeting force” according to a U.S. official. A separate senior U.S. official said that capturing senior ISIS leaders would be an important component of the new assault force’s mission to learn more about ISIS networks as...
  • Top military aide removed from job, under investigation

    11/16/2015 5:58:22 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/12/2015
    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Ash Carter suddenly fired his top military aide Thursday citing allegations of misconduct, and referred the matter to the department's inspector general. Defense officials would not provide any details about why Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis was removed from his job. A senior defense official said Carter learned of the allegations Tuesday night and later informed the inspector general. Carter was surprised by the allegations and met with Lewis Thursday morning, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. "''I expect the highest possible standards of...
  • Pentagon removes senior adviser over alleged misconduct

    11/12/2015 3:43:33 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 12 | Kristina Wong
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter is removing a senior military assistant, Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis, from his position after learning about allegations of misconduct, Carter announced Thursday. "I directed that this matter be referred to the inspector general of the Department of Defense for investigation," he said in a statement. A senior defense official would not discuss the nature of the alleged misconduct but said Carter was "very surprised" to learn of the allegations.
  • Land of the Lost - The Obama Administration vs ISIS

    11/12/2015 12:56:39 PM PST · by pboyington · 5 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 12, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    After a year and a half of a failed, worthless, half-hearted air campaign and sporadic, dithering, pinprick Special Forces operations, it’s more than obvious that the Obama administration is in the Land of the Lost in the fight against ISIS. Finally, the truth has finally seeped out that the US led air campaign against ISIS is doing nothing to the marauding, para-military organization. The Pentagon smoke machine is broken and with the arrival of the Russians in Syria, reality has shattered the wilderness of mirrors. Our so-called ally, the Iraq government is saying they are considering green-lighting Russian airstrikes against...
  • [SecDef Ash] Carter says Russia, China potentially threaten global order

    11/07/2015 6:00:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2015 5:20 PM EST | Robert Burns
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday accused Russia of endangering world order, citing its incursions in Ukraine and loose talk about nuclear weapons, and said the U.S. defense establishment is searching for creative ways to deter Russian aggressive and protect U.S. allies. [...] Carter said Russia is undertaking "challenging activities" at sea, in the air, in space and in cyberspace. "Most disturbing, Moscow's nuclear saber-rattling raises questions about Russian leaders' commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons, and whether they respect the profound caution nuclear-age leaders showed with regard to the brandishing of...
  • The Kool Aid kings and queens of the Pentagon

    11/05/2015 12:37:44 AM PST · by pboyington · 12 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 5, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    It seems nearly every day that the Pentagon is talking to the American people in double, triple and quadruple speak. The truth is a fugitive, on the run from numerous admirals, generals and cabinet members who distort reality and who are sucking down enough Kool Aid to fill Chesapeake Bay. According to the Pentagon, the air war against ISIS is successful, combat in Iraq is non-combat, women can make it through Navy SEAL training and 50 Special Forces soldiers can retake Syria. Who’s running the Pentagon now, Charlie Sheen? Winning! Without further ado, the Pentagon Kool Aid dramatis personae: Secretary...
  • Here we go: Defense secretary says U.S. troops will engage ISIS in direct action on the ground

    10/27/2015 2:21:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    They already have engaged them, of course, per the otherwise successful raid to liberate an ISIS prison in Iraq last week that ended with one American soldier being killed. That sounds suspiciously like combat, and if there’s one thing Barack Obama stands for, it’s that the era of combat in Iraq is over.How can combat not be combat? Easy. Just call it something else. It wouldn’t be the first Orwellian euphemism this White House has used to reassure progressives that they may be at war but they’re not at war-war. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook had been blunter on...
  • Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, U.S. Commando Killed in ISIS Raid, Ran to Gunfight

    10/23/2015 4:01:56 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 30 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 23 Oct 2014 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler of Roland, Oklahoma, a highly-decorated soldier and father of four, rushed into action when he heard sounds of gunfire coming from a prison in Iraq where dozens of ISIS-held hostage were being held on Thursday. Those actions, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters on Friday, weren't part of the original rescue mission plan, but were critical to its success. "I am immensely proud of this young man," Carter said adding that his thoughts and prayers go out to Wheeler's family. Earlier Friday, Defense officials confirmed to NBC News Wheeler, 39, as the American Delta Force commando...
  • Demoralized Obama natsec team grumbles: Hes too weak and passive towards Putin

    10/13/2015 8:43:12 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 13,2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Even this guys own deputies wont defend him anymore. Current and former Obama officials say the presidents reluctance to respond more assertively against Putin is signaling U.S. weakness and indecision. Were just so reactive, said one senior administration official. Theres just this tendency to wait and see what steps other actors take Sources familiar with administration deliberations said that Obamas West Wing inner circle serves as a brick wall against dissenting views. The presidents most senior advisers including National Security Adviser Susan Rice and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough reflect the presidents wariness of escalated U.S....
  • Army leader raises specter of drafting women

    10/12/2015 1:52:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 68 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/12/15 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Integrating women into combat will eventually force lawmakers to have an "emotional discussion and debate" about whether women should also be part of the draft, the Army secretary said Monday. John McHugh said it's still too early to discuss whether women should have to sign up for the Selective Service as men have. But, as the military drives toward a Jan. 1 deadline to open some or all combat positions to women, McHugh acknowledged the country will need to have the conversation if women have the same opportunities in the military as men. "If your objective is true and pure...
  • Defense secretary says US won't discuss cooperating with Russia against Islamic State in Syria

    10/07/2015 7:17:16 AM PDT · by McGruff · 28 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | October 07, 2015
    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition has not agreed to cooperate with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and no collaboration is possible as long as Moscow continues to strike other targets. He said the U.S. will conduct basic, technical talks with Russia about efforts to ensure that flights over Syria are conducted safely, and, "That's it."
  • Marines seek to close combat jobs to women

    09/18/2015 10:08:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Wasington Times ^ | September 18, 2015 | Lolita C. Baldor - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Marine Corps is expected to ask that women not be allowed to compete for several front-line combat jobs, inflaming tensions between Navy and Marine leaders, U.S. officials say. The tentative decision has ignited a debate over whether Navy Secretary Ray Mabus can veto any Marine Corps proposal to prohibit women from serving in certain infantry and reconnaissance positions. And it puts Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps commandant who takes over soon as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at odds with the other three military services, who are expected to open all of their...
  • Pentagon chief Carter not offering new arms deal to Israel

    07/19/2015 10:12:53 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 19, 2015 | ROBERT BURNS
    In the face of Israeli outrage over the Iran nuclear accord, the Pentagon is moving quickly to reinforce arguably the strongest part of the U.S.-Israeli relationship: military cooperation. But officials say Washington has no plans to offer new weaponry as compensation for the Iran deal. Defense Secretary Ash Carter left for Tel Aviv on Sunday to push ahead with talks on ways the U.S. can further improve Israel's security not just with Iranian threats in mind, but an array of other challenges, including cyberdefense and maritime security. Israel also has expressed concern that U.S. sales of advanced weaponry to...
  • Only 60 Showed up, Another Obama Flop

    07/11/2015 8:19:13 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Obamas plan to raise and train an army of Syrian rebels to take on ISIS has become yet another strategic foreign policy embarrassment, this one costing American taxpayers $500 million. Only 60 Syrian fighters volunteered to receive training from the US Army, far short of an effective force to fight ISIS. The initial plan was to train 5,400 troops. Most likely the Syrian rebels are well aware of Obamas previous actions in the Middle East, but since Iran has sided with the Assad regime, who is going to protect them and their families once the Iranians get the bomb? Secretary...
  • Obama to send hundreds more advisers to Iraq

    06/09/2015 6:53:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 9, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    The Obama administration is planning to send as many as 400 additional trainers to Iraq to train Iraqi forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to the New York Times . The decision comes after an embarrassing defeat of Iraqi forces at Ramadi last month to the terrorist group, prompting the administration to reconsider its training and equipping program for Iraqi forces. Sunni tribal fighters in Ramadi had complained of not receiving any training or equipment from the central government. After the defeat, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he had asked a team of top military...
  • Iran adviser says US has no will to fight Islamic State

    05/25/2015 2:29:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | Nasser Karimi 
    TEHRAN, Iran The chief of an elite unit in Irans Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having no will to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday. The comments by Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Guards elite Quds unit, come just after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Iraqi forces of lacking the will to fight in an interview aired the day before. It wasnt clear whether Soleimanis remarks came as a direct response to Carters, though tensions remain high between the two countries...
  • House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling

    04/24/2015 2:24:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    The head of a powerful House panel is threatening to withhold defense funding over the department's alleged stonewalling in a probe of the controversial swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had initially pledged to respond to questions, when lawmakers first demanded to know why the Pentagon had not given Congress the requisite 30-day notice before proceeding with the May 31 prisoner trade. But nearly a year later, the Pentagon has released only a trickle of highly redacted emails from before the swap. Republican lawmakers now plan to attempt the unusual step of...
  • Ash Carter warns Russia on nukes

    02/24/2015 10:58:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 38 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 2/23/15 | Philip Ewing
    Ash Carter has quietly thrown down the gauntlet in a lingering dispute with Russia: If President Vladimir Putin continues to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the U.S. could respond in kind. The range of options we should look at from the Defense Department could include active defenses to counter intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missiles; counter-force capabilities to prevent intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missile attacks; and countervailing strike capabilities to enhance U.S. or allied forces, Carter told senators in little-noticed written answers to follow-up questions from his confirmation hearing. The defense secretarys bottom line: U.S. responses must make clear to Russia that...
  • Pentagon Spokesman Resigns After New SecDefs First Day on Job

    02/18/2015 3:50:46 PM PST · by Perdogg · 64 replies
    Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, the press secretary of the Pentagon and they guy you always see explaining American military action on television, announced his sudden resignation today, one day after the new Secretary of Defense was sworn into office.
  • Ethics Update [Source: WHITEHOUSE.GOV]

    09/05/2009 2:20:09 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 643+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2009 AT 2:56 PM | Posted by Norm Eisen
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE BLOG FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2009 AT 2:56 PM Ethics Update Posted by Norm Eisen We have previously reported six limited waivers that have been granted by the White House pursuant to the Presidents Executive Order on Ethics for Executive Branch personnel the strongest ethics standards in U.S. government history. Three of these waivers involved lobbying-related issues and three did not. We blogged about them here, here, and here. Several months ago, the public interest community suggested that we also make available in a central place limited waivers...