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  • Jeff Bezos' recklessness risks Amazon loss of $100 billion DoD cloud business

    02/12/2019 6:38:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/12/2019 | Chriss Street
    CEO Jeff Bezos’ blackmail vulnerability from reckless “sexting” with a Hollywood agent’s wife risks Amazon’s loss of a $100 billion Department of Defense cloud service contract.   Hours after Bezos and wife of 25 years, Mackenzie, tweeted their plan to divorce January 6, the National Enquirer published that Bezos was having an extramarital affair and sent “X-rated D*ck Pic” selfies to Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor and pilot for his Blue Origin space firm that is funded by $1 billion in annual Amazon stock sales.  As the richest man and with Amazon the most valuable company on the planet,...
  • Growing Number of Schools Arming Themselves With Defense Budgets, Including Armed Teachers

    02/11/2019 3:54:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 11 FEB 2019 | Steve Miller
    The Chippewa Valley school district in suburban Detroit didnt retreat in 2017 after voters overwhelmingly defeated its proposal to borrow $90 million for spending pitched as protecting the communitys investment in our schools. Instead it rebranded the package as if lives were on the line as an effort to literally protect students. Last year, voters approved the bond proposal with the campaign tag line safe schools, strong schools emphasizing the need for new security funding. School districts around the nation have found that security sells in the year since a troubled student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas...
  • Fewer Voters Believe U.S. Troops Sent Into Harms Way Too Often

    01/04/2019 6:50:37 PM PST · by familyop · 30 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | January 03, 2019 | Rasmussen Reports
    As President Trump prepares to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, voters' beliefs that American political leaders put U.S. troops in danger too much is at its lowest level in more than five years. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of likely U.S. voters say political leaders send American soldiers into harms way too often, while seven percent (7%) feel U.S. troops are sent into harms way not often enough. Thirty-seven percent (37%) believe the balance is about right. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.
  • Humanity Will Slam a Spacecraft into an Asteroid in a Few Years to Help Save Us All

    01/04/2019 9:54:44 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 22 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 2, 2019 | Meghan Bartels
    DART's target Didymos was chosen based on very different criteria. It's a binary asteroid, which means DART can slam into the smaller object of the pair. But scientists can gather robust data about the bodies and their locations from Earth, which will help them track where to target the car-size spacecraft as well as how much the collision knocked the object off course.
  • 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.
  • Allen West for Secretary of Defense

    12/30/2018 5:34:57 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 53 replies
    Guava Cheese Puff | December 30, 2018 | Guava Cheese Puff
    Why not Lt. Col. Allen West for the next Secretary of Defense? He's old-school, no-nonsense, and if President Donald Trump nominates a black conservative to lead the U.S. armed forces, the Left will go in violence mode, don't you think? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_West_(politician)
  • The Mattis Dilemma

    12/29/2018 3:21:42 PM PST · by amorphous · 20 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 27 Dec 2018 | Philip M. GIRALDI
    The resignation letter of Secretary of Defense James Mattis that was published last Thursday revealed much of the Deep State mindset that has produced the foreign policy catastrophes of the past seventeen years. Mattis, an active duty general in the Marine Corps who reportedly occasionally reads books, received a lot of good press during his time at Defense, sometimes being referred to as the only adult in the room when President Donald Trumps national security and foreign policy team was meeting. Conveniently forgotten are Mattis comments relating to how to Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill...
  • Why Donald Trump Needs a Realist Secretary of Defense

    12/26/2018 9:54:27 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 22 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 26, 2018 | Daniel L. Davis
    The president needs help uprooting a Washington foreign-policy establishment that has mindlessly kept the U.S. military involved in unnecessary wars across the globe. The next top military leader must share this goal. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is a good man and a patriot who has served his country with distinction. President Trump was right, however, in asking for his resignation because Mattis represents the Washington foreign-policy establishment that has mindlessly kept the U.S. military involved in unnecessary wars across the globe. President Donald Trump ran on a realist platform, decrying stupid wars, and vowing that there would be ...
  • Who is Patrick Shanahan? A look at Trumps new acting secretary of defense

    12/24/2018 11:37:00 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Dec 2018 | Frank Miles
    President Trump on Sunday said deputy defense secretary Patrick Shanahan will take over as acting secretary of the department on Jan. 1 to cover the accelerated departure of Jim Mattis after a string of disagreements between Trump and Mattis. The Hill reported that Shanahan wasnt close with Mattis; however he is liked by the White House. Hes not a policy or geopolitics guy. Hes a business guy, a source told Defense News. But hes spent the last year learning from the best. And Shanahan is known for having a good relationship with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The...
  • US Officials Send Mixed Messages on Withdrawal of Troops from Syria

    12/20/2018 4:26:21 AM PST · by Old Teufel Hunden · 60 replies
    Military.com ^ | 12/19/2018 | Matthew Cox
    White House and Pentagon officials sent out mixed signals Wednesday on the future of U.S. military forces in Syria. President Donald Trump sent out a tweet at 6:29 a.m. Eastern Time saying, "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency." The Wall Street Journal then published a story that quoted a U.S. official as saying the Pentagon has an order to "move troops out of Syria as quickly as possible." The Pentagon, however, sent out a statement at 9:29 a.m. that indicated a withdrawal of the approximately 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria...
  • Navy To Begin Arming Subs With Ship-Killer Missile

    12/19/2018 7:12:56 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 11 replies
    Breaking Defence ^ | December 18, 2018 | Paul McLeary
    It's a major shift after decades in which submarines focused on projecting power ashore, with their only anti-ship weapons being their rarely-used torpedoes. Driving the change: increasing anxiety about China. WASHINGTON: With an eye on China, the Navy will begin arming its attack submarines with ship-killer missiles for the first time in decades. The weapon of choice: an updated model of the decades-old Harpoon. In a little-noticed announcement posted earlier this month on a government contracting site, the Navy said it was entering into negotiations with Boeing to refurbish and recertify Harpoon anti-ship missiles for Los Angeles-class subs. Its a...
  • Democrats going nuclear to rein in Trump's arms buildup

    11/24/2018 3:44:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 24, 2018 | Bryan Bender
    Control of the House will give them 'the power of no the ability to block programs, cut funding, withhold agreement.' Democrats preparing to take over the House are aiming to roll back what they see as President Donald Trump's overly aggressive nuclear strategy. Their goals include eliminating money for Trumps planned expansion of the U.S. atomic arsenal, including a new long-range ballistic missile and development of a smaller, battlefield nuclear bomb that critics say is more likely than a traditional nuke to be used in combat. They also want to stymie the administration's efforts to unravel arms control pacts...
  • U.S. Army TV Commercials

    11/23/2018 11:09:45 PM PST · by Red6 · 21 replies
    ispot ^ | 2018 | US Government
    New DOD commercials https://www.ispot.tv/brands/ABS/us-army
  • Pentagon Caught in a Perfect Political Storm

    11/20/2018 2:02:47 PM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 19, 2018 | Jed Babbin
    The Democrat takeover of the House means ever further setbacks U.S. defense readiness. Sebastian Jungers book The Perfect Storm chronicled an unusual weather event when several storm fronts combined to create a storm of unimaginable strength. Years of cuts in defense spending, the atrophying of our forces strained by seventeen years of war, President Trumps sudden decision to cut Pentagon spending willy-nilly, and the Democrats taking control of the House has created a perfect political storm that will batter the Pentagon and enormously damage our national security. Time and again, President Trump has demanded that the military be rebuilt to...
  • Polish defense minister to talk Fort Trump in US

    11/14/2018 10:29:37 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Radio Poland ^ | 13.11.2018
    While in the US capital, Mariusz Błaszczak was scheduled to sit down for talks with officials including Defence Secretary James Mattis, Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. During his previous trip to Washington at the end of last month, Błaszczak held talks with President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton as part of a flurry of efforts by the government in Warsaw to have more US troops stationed in Poland amid fears of Russian aggression. Błaszczak told reporters he was optimistic about talks on setting up what officials and the media have dubbed “Fort Trump” in Poland. Błażej Spychalski,...
  • No pressure on India to buy F-16 fighter jets from US: Envoy

    10/28/2018 2:34:52 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    DNA ^ | Sunday, October 28, 2018 | PTI
    Caption -- Donald Trump and PM Modi at the G-20 Summit, PTI The United States is not going to put pressure on India to buy F-16 fighter jets or any other defence system, a senior US diplomat has said here. United States Consul General in Mumbai Edgard Kagan said India has purchased more than USD 15 billion worth of American defence materials and the US is "very proud" of the expanding defence ties between the two countries. Asked if there was a threat of the US imposing trade sanctions on India after its multi-billion deal with Russia for the S-400...
  • Moveover, 355-ship Navy: New report calls for an even larger fleet

    10/28/2018 2:03:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Defense News | October 26, 2018 | David B. Larter
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/10/26/move-over-355-ship-navy-report-from-trumps-favorite-think-tank-calls-for-an-even-larger-fleet/
  • Trump, industry work behind the scenes to save Saudi arms package

    10/24/2018 11:26:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Money Control ^ | October 25, 2018 | Reuters
    The Trump administration and the US defence industry are scrambling to save the few actual deals in the much-touted $110 billion arms package for Saudi Arabia as concerns rise about the role of the Kingdom's leadership over the death of a prominent critic. President Donald Trump has hedged his criticism of Saudi leaders over the disappearance and death of US resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, insisting he does not want to imperil a "tremendous order" of $110 billion of weapons he says will support 500,000 US jobs - figures that experts say are highly exaggerated. Khashoggi's killing in...
  • Will the Navy need to change the USS Ford after shock trials of bomb explosions?

    10/22/2018 8:16:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2018 | Kris Osborn
    The U.S. Navy is planning to finalize weapons integration on its new USS Ford carrier and explode bombs in various sea conditions near the ship to prepare for major combat on the open seas, service officials said. Service weapons testers will detonate a wide range of bombs, to include a variety of underwater sea mines to assess the carriers ability to withstand enemy attacks. Shock Trials, as they are called, are typically one of the final stages in the Navy process designed to bring warships from development to operational deployment. The USS Gerald R. Ford will conduct further trails and...
  • Donald Trump: US will build up nuclear arsenal

    10/22/2018 2:17:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    US President Donald Trump has warned that the United States intended to build up its arsenal of nuclear weapons to put pressure on Russia and China. Speaking to reporters, he repeated his contention that Russia had violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which he has threatened to abandon. Russia denies this. The Cold War-era treaty banned medium-range missiles, reducing the perceived Soviet threat to European nations. Mr Trump said the US would build up its arsenal "until people come to their senses". He went on: "It's a threat to whoever you want to include China and it includes...