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  • . Navy's Most Advanced Warship, USS Zumwalt Commissions in Baltimore

    10/17/2016 8:54:25 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 26 replies
    Navy News Service ^ | 10/15/2016 6:25:00 PM | USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Public Affairs
    BALTIMORE (NNS) -- The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was commissioned into active service Saturday, Oct. 15, at North Locust Point in Baltimore. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers, features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design, and the latest warfighting technology and weaponry available. Secretary of the Navy, the Hon. Ray Mabus, delivered the ceremony's principal address. The ship's co-sponsors, Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, are daughters of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., after whom the ship is named. The...
  • US Army chief Mark Milley fires threat to Russia and warns: ‘We’ll beat you anywhere, anytime’

    10/07/2016 1:25:55 PM PDT · by BBell · 100 replies ^ | 10/06/16 | DANNY COLLINS
    'WE WILL DESTROY YOU' US Army chief Mark Milley fires terrifying threat to Russia over Syria and warns: ‘We’ll beat you anywhere, anytime’The firebrand speech is likely to ratchet up tensions between the two superpowers as war of words reaches boiling point.THE US Army’s chief commander has fired a thinly-veiled threat at Russia and warned: “We will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before.”Chief of Staff General Mark Milley pulled no punches following a fiery war of words between Moscow and Washington DC over the Syria crisis.Only yesterday four Nato nations were forced to scramble fighter jets...
  • Obama Worries Future Presidents Will Wage Perpetual, Covert Drone War

    10/05/2016 12:13:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Intercept, the | 03 October 2016 | Ryan Devereaux, Alex Emmons
    President Obama warns in a new interview of a future in which a U.S. president could engage in perpetual covert wars “all over the world.” But he claims that the accountability and transparency measures he is instituting will make that less likely. In the interview, with New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, Obama expressed agreement with one of the most salient critiques of his drone war, that it risks creating “institutional comfort and inertia with what looks like a pretty antiseptic way of disposing of enemies.” Obama explained that he had looked at “the way in which the number of drone...
  • Pentagon Spends $500 Million on Fake Al-Qaeda Videos

    10/05/2016 10:06:57 AM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    The Clarion Projest ^ | October 5, 2016
    The Pentagon spent over $500 million on hiring a public relations firm to create anti-extremist and fake extremist propaganda during the American military’s campaign in Iraq, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism as reported by The Daily Beast. British firm Bell Pottinger created their materials at the U.S. military base of Camp Victory. At one point, they were employing some 300 British and Iraqi staff at the cost of over $100 million per year. Bell Pottinger was hired in 2004 to produce material for the “promotion of democratic elections” in Iraq. These materials aimed to convince the Iraqi population...
  • Navy Removes All Historic Job Titles After Study On Gender Neutrality

    10/01/2016 1:10:44 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 52 replies ^ | 9/29/16 | Jonah Bennett
    replacing them with occupational specialty codes, as opposed to direct titles, effectively removing the word “man” from job titles in a roundabout way. According to Navy Times, what this decision means in practice is that “Fire Controlman 1st Class Joe Sailor…would be Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Sailor.” “We’re going to immediately do away with rating titles and address each other by just our rank as the other services do,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke told Navy Times. “We recognize that’s going to be a large cultural change, it’s not going to happen overnight, but the direction...
  • Air Force Announces It Will Mandate Diversity Quotas In Candidate Pools For Key Positions

    10/03/2016 10:08:12 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 70 replies ^ | 10/2/16 | Jonah Bennett
    The Air Force announced a new set of 13 inclusion initiatives Friday with the goal of ensuring the force isn’t as white, male and heterosexual as it is now. Air Force officials are intent on building upon a foundation of nine initiatives from 2015, in order to boost diversity. Those nine initiatives weren’t enough to make the Air Force as diverse as desired, which is why it is taking more intensive steps in 2016. The first new initiative mandates that at least one diverse candidate will have to be in the running for important developmental positions like aide-de camp, senior...
  • ICYMI: 615 More Troops Are Heading To Iraq

    10/02/2016 5:09:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 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...
  • Robert Gates disarmed America, dares to attack Trump (Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady)

    09/26/2016 6:30:45 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    WND ^ | Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady
    President Obama held Gates over from the Bush era probably to tout his bipartisan credentials. Gates was listed as a Republican. He is as much a Republican as is Colin Powell – or as Obama is bipartisan. Obama knew Gates would be a willing ally in fundamentally transforming the military (as part of transforming America) from the ass-kicking outfit he inherited to the girly men can kickers it has become. Obama promised to disarm America to a level acceptable to Islam! He did, and Gates was a willing ally. Gates immediately fell in line with Obama’s anti-military, anti-American, pro-Muslim programs....
  • First female soldier in Green Beret training fails to complete the course

    09/15/2016 12:22:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2016 | Alex Quade
    The first female soldier to participate in the Army’s initial training program for the Green Berets — side-by-side with men — has failed to complete the course this week, The Washington Times has learned. The enlisted soldier is the first woman to attend the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), the first step toward earning the Special Forces tab and the coveted Green Beret. The Times reported in July that two female officer candidates have been accepted to attend an SFAS class that begins in the spring.
  • CIA, State Department, Pentagon Take Their Civil War to the Campaign Trail

    09/14/2016 12:35:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | September 14, 2016 | Rachel Marsden
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently gave a non-interventionist foreign policy speech suggesting that he wants to make new allies of old foes and find common ground with them on shared national security challenges. He noted that 88 U.S. generals and admirals have endorsed him, and that "the current strategy of toppling regimes, with no plan for what to do the day after, only produces power vacuums that are filled by terrorists." Trump should tell that to the 51 State Department officials who called for ramping up U.S. military intervention in Syria in an internal memo that was reviewed by...
  • A U.S. sailor fighting ISIS said she just had stomach pains. Then she gave birth at sea.

    09/14/2016 8:17:57 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 14 Sept 2016 | Amy B Wang
    On Saturday, a sailor on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower visited the aircraft carrier’s medical department, complaining of stomach pains. The ship’s doctors would soon discover why: The sailor was pregnant. Hours later, she gave birth to a 7-pound baby girl.... ...Urban would not say whether there are standard repercussions for a servicewoman failing to self-report a pregnancy.... Infant diapers, baby formula and an incubator were flown out to the carrier on the day of delivery,
  • Obama purged military of those who sought victory

    09/10/2016 3:59:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 10, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It was not hyperbole when GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said that under resident Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. military had been "reduced to rubble" and left floundering without a coherent strategy or meaningful capability to win wars. It is a fait accompli, engineered by our commander-in-chief to reduce America's global footprint, an America he has profusely apologized for, and one he blames for all the world's ills. Almost as soon as he took office, resident Obama began a military purge not dissimilar to those routinely conducted by third-world despots, with the goal of eliminating voices...
  • Trump is Right: the Generals are Rubble

    09/08/2016 7:06:12 PM PDT · by pboyington · 47 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | September 8, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    During last night’s Commander in Chief Forum on the USS Intrepid, Mr. Trump told moderator Matt Lauer, in reference to the War on ISIS, “Well, the generals under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have not been successful,” Trump replied. “I think under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. They have been reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing for our country.” Mr. Trump is certainly correct. The generals have been reduced to rubble. Actually, they have been ground into space dust, for the value that they give to this Republic. Under...
  • Iranian boats swarm US warship, force it to change course

    09/07/2016 6:24:32 AM PDT · by pabianice · 49 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 9/6/16 | Dickstein
    ...One of the small Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps watercraft stopped directly in the USS Firebolt’s path where it turned to face the American coastal patrol ship, said U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. After several attempts at radio communication, the Firebolt was forced to maneuver to avoid a collision. The American ship came within about 100 yards of the boat...
  • 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...
  • Iran vessels in 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship: defense official

    08/24/2016 1:48:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Idrees Ali
    Four vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz ... came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an action that was "unsafe and unprofessional."
  • The U.S. Navy Is Short on Submarine Hunters

    08/24/2016 6:58:43 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 45 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 8/24/16 | Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Navy will need to develop an organic carrier-based fixed-wing anti-submarine warfare capability to counter the resurgent threat from enemy submarines. The Navy simply does not have enough attack submarines, cruisers, destroyers or helicopters to adequately protect the its deployed forces from subsurface threats because its ASW capability has atrophied since the end of the Cold War. “It’s a growing threat that will almost certainly influence the relevance of the carrier,” said retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix, director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. “The Navy will need a...
  • BREAKING: Iranian Regime Intercepts US Destroyer in Strait of Hormuz (VIDEO)

    08/24/2016 1:53:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 135 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/24/16 | Jim Hoft
    US defense officials confirmed Wednesday the Iranian regime attempted to intercept a US Destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz. Four Iranian ships harassed and carried out a “high speed intercept” in the strait of Hormuz. Four Iran Ships "Harassed" US Destroyer, Carried Out "High Speed Intercept" In Strait Of Hormuz — THE SPARK of LIBERTY (@United_Ignited) August 24, 2016
  • Officer Cleared in Military Bible Complaint

    08/24/2016 7:11:53 AM PDT · by xzins · 41 replies ^ | 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....
  • Pentagon can’t account for $6.5 trillion of taxpayer money – IG report

    08/20/2016 1:18:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    RT ^ | 08/20/16
    The Pentagon failed to account for $6.5 trillion in its financial statement, a recently-recovered Inspector General’s report on the 2015 fiscal year said. It reveals the audit of the Department of Defense was “materially misstated.” The army failed to provide “accurate, complete, timely and well-supported” documents that could have explained the use of trillions of dollars in quarterly and yearend adjustments. The US military made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year, but could not provide anything that would detail what it spent the money on. There were a total...
  • Former Brigadier General: Obama's Briefer Told CENTCOM Official to Skew Intel on ISIS

    08/16/2016 7:46:11 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | AUGUST 15, 2016 | BYDEBRA HEINE
    A former brigadier general revealed on Fox News Monday some new information about the White House's role in U.S. Central Command's skewing of intelligence to downplay the threats of ISIS and Al Qaeda. Last week, a House Republican task force concluded in a 15-page report that U.S. military leaders altered intelligence reports "to paint a rosier picture" of the U.S.-led fight against ISIS than intelligence analysts believed was warranted. The report blamed “structural and management changes” at the intelligence directorate for the distortions, but stopped short of explaining WHY the changes were made. According to Defense News, "the problems followed...
  • US nukes at Turkey base at risk of seizure: report

    08/14/2016 11:54:43 PM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    MSN News ^ | August 15, 2016 | Thomas WATKINS
    Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by "terrorists or other hostile forces," a Washington think tank claimed Monday. Critics have long been alarmed by America's estimated stockpile of about 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey, just 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the border with war-torn Syria. The issue took on fresh urgency last month following the attempted coup in Turkey, in which the base's Turkish commander was arrested on suspicion of complicity in the plot.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Navy to name ship after 'gay' child molester

    07/30/2016 9:30:19 AM PDT · by Woodland · 39 replies
    WND ^ | Matt Barber
    Attention on the poop deck. It seems our “first gay president” intends to “milk,” with pride, his fetish for all things “LGBT” in the closing months (mercifully) of his catastrophic presidency. USNI News (U.S. Naval Institute) reports that the Obama Navy presumes to ram, without consent, the most reprehensible aspects of the extremist homosexual political agenda down the throats of a divided American public. “The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a congressional notification obtained by USNI News. “The July 14, 2016 notification, signed by Secretary...
  • Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk

    07/28/2016 6:02:26 PM PDT · by Salman · 108 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 28, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News. The July 14, 2016 notification, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.
  • Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk

    07/28/2016 12:39:41 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 161 replies
    USNI ^ | 7/27/16
    The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos join DOD innovation board

    07/26/2016 7:49:11 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/26/2016 | Rebecca Kheel July 26, 2016 - 02:15 PM EDT Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos join DOD innovation board By Rebecca Kheel Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson were among the big names Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday as joining the Pentagon’s recently formed Defense Innovation Advisory Board. “I've given them the very specific task of identifying innovative private sector best practices that could be of use to DOD [the Department of Defense] — not unlike our recent Hack the Pentagon pilot program, which invited hackers to help find vulnerabilities in our networks," Carter said during an...
  • Former NATO commander ‘behind failed coup against Erdogan’ – Turkish daily

    07/25/2016 10:03:39 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    rt ^ | 7/25
    The former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, retired US Army General John F. Campbell, was the mastermind behind the failed military coup in Turkey, the Yeni Safak daily has reported, citing sources close to investigation.
  • US Commander Campbell: The Man Behind The Failed Coup In Turkey

    07/25/2016 9:07:08 AM PDT · by Strategy · 63 replies
    Yeni Safak ^ | July 25, 2016
    A former U.S. commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, was the organizer of the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey, sources said. General John F. Campbell was one of the top figures who organized and managed the soldiers behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey, sources close to ongoing legal process of pro-coup detainees said. Campbell also managed more than $2 billion money transactions via UBA Bank in Nigeria by using CIA links to distribute among the pro-coup military personnel in Turkey. The ongoing investigation unveiled that Campbell had paid at...
  • Plans in place for former bombing site clean-up, funds lacking

    07/22/2016 9:35:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ |
    SIERRA VISTA — A representative from the Army Corps of Engineers revealed the findings Wednesday of a four-year munitions study of more than 1,500 acres in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area (SPRNCA), southeast of the San Pedro House. The study was looking for live munitions or other environmental factors from World War II Army use that would impact the acreage. Two live explosives and fragments of explosives in the dense, thorny acreage were discovered. A third live explosive was carried out by a hiker and turned over to tlocal authorities. “It is not a hospitable site,” said 1st Lt....
  • US Navy's newest $12.9bn supercarrier doesn't work

    07/22/2016 12:29:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 111 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | July 21, 2016 | LIAM QUINN
    The most expensive warship ever built has been delayed from hitting the front line because it is reportedly not ready for battle. The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford Navy supercarrier - the first of three in its class with a total cost of $43 billion - could potentially struggle with planes landing and taking off, moving military weapons and being able to successfully defend itself, a memo obtained by Bloomberg News reads. The memo allegedly states 'poor or unknown reliability issues' were identified in a letter dated June 28. 'These four systems affect major areas of flight operations,' Defense...
  • Transgenders in Uniform – The US Military’s Latest Lunacy

    07/21/2016 8:55:55 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Welcome to 2016 when male soldiers train in pregnancy simulators, tactical lactation stations dot the battlefield, women are fraudulently passed through Ranger School and US Navy sailors willingly surrender their boats and equipment to Iranian thugs without so much as firing a flare. It’s the era of breast milk in the field and Liberace joins Delta Force… A perfect storm, a Category Five hurricane of doom and destruction is sweeping over the US military with the deadly accuracy of the Angel of Death on Passover. We have a President who is intent on destroying the military through insane social engineering....
  • US to send ship in first naval visit [New Zealand] in three decades

    07/21/2016 6:23:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | 6:29 pm on 21 July 2016
    The United States will have to comply with New Zealand law when it sends a naval ship here in November, Prime Minister John Key says. ... A surface vessel, which would not be nuclear-powered or carry nuclear weapons, would be the most likely US ship to come, Mr Ayson said. "That doesn't mean that New Zealand has got some sort of victory here over American policy. It just means the two sides are finding another way to work around this." Greenpeace, however, hailed the announcement as a victory for New Zealand, echoing the sentiments of investigative journalist Nicky Hager who...
  • Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik

    07/20/2016 12:12:11 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 33 replies
    debka ^ | 7/20 | debka
    Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik DEBKAfile Special Report July 20, 2016, 11:29 AM (IDT) Tags: Erdogan, Barack Obama, Incirlik air base, Turkey, US Air Force, Turkish army, US, Some 1,500 US airmen and their families have been locked in the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik together with a stock if tactical nuclear bombs since President Reccep Erdogan crushed an attempted coup on Saturday, July 16. In the four days up until Wednesday, July 20, therefore, no air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq have been staged that Turkish base.
  • Turkey's power cutoff to Incirlik Air Base a problem for Pentagon

    07/19/2016 11:50:43 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 75 replies
    cnn ^ | July 19, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    The US military is doing "prudent planning" in case it needs to move its anti-ISIS operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey following the country's failed coup, several US defense officials told CNN Tuesday. The Turkish government cut off the power to the base after the coup attempt took place Friday, leaving it without a commercial power supply for four days and counting. The Pentagon has been able to fully operate the base through generator power but said it would be difficult to continue indefinitely. The Turks still have not given a clear explanation about why they cut...
  • Dependents and Possibly Nukes Staying Put in Turkey: Pentagon

    07/19/2016 9:39:28 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies ^ | Richard Sisk
    The U.S. Defense Department drew up orders for the evacuation of military dependents from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey as the attempted military coup got underway Friday night but abandoned them as the insurrection quickly collapsed, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Monday. While not confirming the presence of nuclear weapons at Incirlik, Cook also said steps had been taken to boost security for "special weapons" at the base shared with the Turkish Air Force to "keep everything safe, and we're going to continue to do that. As a matter of policy, we don't discuss strategic assets." Arms control...
  • 5 Reasons the US Military Is in Trouble

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

    07/11/2016 7:31:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    Quantico Sentry ^ | July 1, 2016 | Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte
    Marine Corps implements force integration plan, graduates first female artillery officers Second Lt. Virginia Brodie points out an enemy position to 2nd Lt. Katherine Boy at the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leadership Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 12, 2016. Brodie and Boy are the first two female Marine artillery officers to complete the course. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte The Marine Corps’ first female artillery officers graduated from the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leaders Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, recently. In the joint Army and Marine course, the Corps’ newest artillery officers met operationally relevant, gender-neutral military...
  • US Marines To Accept Chubbier Women

    07/06/2016 7:13:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 7/6/16 | Tyler Durden
    In an effort to maintain the new status quo of cutting standards everywhere in the name of equality and "progress", the Marine Corps announced major changes over the Fourth of July holiday weekend regarding how much it will allow service members to weigh, and the biggest shift comes for women: going forward "larger" ladies will be allowed to defend the country while also standards used within the physical fitness test will also be relaxed. In a document released by USMC Fitness division, the new height and weight standard took effect on July 1, 2016 and is relaxing regulations to increase...
  • Pentagon Ends Ban on Transgender Soldiers

    06/30/2016 1:06:40 PM PDT · by Enchante · 69 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | June 30, 2016 | Staff
    The Pentagon announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to compete to do so.” .... Under the new policy, by Oct. 1, transgender troops should be able to receive medical care and begin formally changing their gender identifications in the Pentagon’s personnel system. And a year...
  • Here Is Why the US Military Is Not In Panic Mode Over China's Carrier-Killer Missiles

    06/20/2016 9:06:58 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 19 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 20, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    What makes the new Chinese capability different is the combination of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability with long-range precision weapons. “The combination ubiquitous ISR, long-range precision strike weapons take that to the next level,” [Adm. John Richardson, the U.S. Navy’s chief of naval operations], said. “It demands a response.”But the threat is not just contained in the South China Sea, Richardson said. The anti-ship ballistic missile threat is increasingly found around the world and will continue to proliferate. Indeed, the hermit kingdom of North Korea has apparently acquired anti-ship ballistic missile technology. As such, the Navy will have to get...
  • The US Navy Is Dumping Billions into New Aircraft Carriers—It Could Be a Disaster

    06/20/2016 9:16:02 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 41 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 19, 2016 | David W. Wise
    The U.S. Navy has fallen into a troubling pattern of designing and acquiring new classes of ships that would arguably best be left as single ship or at most in limited numbers. It’s also building several types of new aircraft that fail to meet specifications. The Navy is developing a new class of supercarriers that cannot function properly, and has designed them to launch F-35 fighters that are not ready to fly their missions. This is all happening during an era of out-of-control budgets, which bodes poorly for American sea power and leadership ahead. That the Navy is concentrating larger...
  • U.S. Military Losing Edge in Small Arms

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

    06/04/2016 8:10:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 70 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 4, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Operation You Go Girl is destined to fail; failure defined not as a NO GO, or an F, but as the nation’s young women flown home in flag draped Glad Bags when the nation loses the next war(s). When this happens, the Hollywood producers, the feminists and the cultural Marxists who were responsible for forcing the nation’s women to experience the horrors of ground combat will scratch their heads and wonder why reality is so much different from their imaginary ideas of women in combat. Think about this: US defense policy is now being run on a fantasy propagated by...
  • Air Force secretary supports draft registration for women

    06/03/2016 4:03:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Ottumwa Courier ^ | June 3, 2016 | Richard Lardner, the Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force's top civilian official said Friday she supports requiring young women to register for a potential military draft as Congress heads toward a divisive debate over whether to erase gender restrictions from Selective Service. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said there's no reason women shouldn't have to sign up just as men between the ages of 18 and 25 do. Women have never before been required to register in the United States and including them in a draft pool has outraged social conservatives....
  • DoD Military Base in CONUS Promotes LGBT Celebration

    06/03/2016 10:39:59 AM PDT · by Federal Bureaucrat · 24 replies
    internal website of a DoD command base ^ | month of June | U.S. Department of Defense
    (The link is not relevant. This is a "vanity" post of content not available on the web.) One of the DoD military commands promotes this garbage to its employees and contractors on the base internal website: The base commander personally promotes the LGBT celebration. Last year the commander invited a transgendered DoD speaker to a local LGBT celebration day event. This is the fourth year of this garbage.