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  • Trump’s List: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months, ‘relentless’ promise-keeping

    10/12/2018 10:03:02 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 12, 2018 | Paul Bedard
    The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for reelection on. As Trump nears the two-year mark of his historic election and conducts political rallies around the country during which he talks up his wins in hopes it will energize Republican voters, the administration has counted up 289 accomplishments in 18 categories, capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. They include 173...
  • Debating South Korea’s mandatory military service

    09/27/2018 9:26:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | September 7, 2018 | Jeffrey Robertson
    By now, most people in South Korea know the national team’s victory over Japan in the Asian Games football tournament secured not just the gold medal, but also an exemption from military service for Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min. The win also brought global attention to a simmering social and political issue in South Korea. All male South Koreans aged 18 to 35 undertake mandatory military service. Most start in their early 20s, disrupting tertiary education or postponing career entry. For most, mandatory military service includes five weeks of boot camp, and around two years of mind-numbing battalion boredom, indoctrination, and...
  • Presidential Memorandum on the Support for National Biodefense | The White House

    09/18/2018 12:46:17 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 14 replies ^ | 9/18/2018 | President Donald Trump
  • Israeli Warships Get Missile Defense Boost

    08/31/2018 2:21:52 PM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 5 replies
    FPM ^ | August 31, 2018 | Ari Lieberman
    The Israeli Navy will soon receive a significant boost in its operational capabilities after it was announced that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) entered into an agreement to equip Israel’s newest and most powerful warships – the Sa’ar 6 – with Barak-8 missile defense systems.
  • Defense Budget Shifts Military's Focus From Terrorism To China And Russia

    08/30/2018 9:45:47 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug 2018 | David Welna
    The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 was enacted this month well ahead of a still-pending budget bill. It was also the earliest date on the legislative calendar that the NDAA has been sent to a president for his signature in more than two decades. Congress matched dollar-for-dollar what the Pentagon asked for. The bill sped through Congress as the nation's military continues waging war in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Niger, Libya, Somalia and an untold number of other global hot spots. All arise from what's been the Pentagon's main post-Sept. 11 focus: fighting terrorism. But this new...
  • Poland really wants the US Army there permanently to 'scare away' Russia

    08/19/2018 2:42:04 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug 16, 2018 | Christopher Woody
    As military personnel paraded through Warsaw on foot, horseback, and armored vehicles on Wednesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda reiterated his country's call for a permanent US military presence on its soil — a presence that the Eastern European country has said it's willing to pay $2 billion to get. A permanent US Army presence would "deter every potential aggressor," Duda said, it what was almost certainly a reference to Russia, whose recent assertive moves in Europe — particularly the 2014 annexation of Crimea and incursion in Ukraine — have prompted NATO members to increase their activity along the alliance's eastern...
  • Ocasio-Cortez: Cut All Spending on Defense!

    08/12/2018 10:45:36 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 74 replies ^ | August 12, 2018 | Bon Mots
    Ocasio-Cortez is a gift to the Republican party. The jokes just write themselves!
  • Hungary and New US Ambassador Find Common Ground on Defense and Energy Issues

    08/05/2018 11:25:29 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    Hungary Today ^ | July 2018
    A four-party delegation of parliament’s foreign affairs committee met with David B. Cornstein, the new United States ambassador to Hungary. Hungary has started a programme to raise its defense spending to an annual 2 percent of GDP. Zsolt Németh referred to frequent complaints from Donald Trump. The president supposes that Washington pays too much into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a military alliance between a host of European countries, the US and Canada. Parties at the talks agreed that Hungary’s “unilateral dependence” on Russian energy supplies was “not healthy” and agreed on the need of diversifying energy sources, Nemeth...
  • Why are there helicopters circling over Pittsburgh?

    07/31/2018 8:48:11 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 51 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 31, 2018 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH - Monday night several helicopters were seen flying low over the city, causing many Pittsburghers to question what was happening. At Channel 11 we received several calls, and got many more messages on the WPXI Facebook page. Viewers reported as many as six helicopters over the city, sometimes flying at heights that appeared to be just a few hundred feet above the ground. Channel 11 reached out to public safety officials and we're told it is part of a military training exercise "This is a planned exercise in cooperation with local authorities and is not in response to any...
  • AR15 used to stop Home Invasion in Hawaii

    07/30/2018 3:53:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On Thursday, July 19, on the Hawaiian  island of Maui, a victim of a home invasion fired an AR15 style rifle at one of three armed home invaders. The trio hastily retreated, firing shots as they left the residence.  There were three victims of the home invasion. The suspects are reported to have taken $3,000. No one is reported as being hit by gunfire.  From The bandits forced one victim into a bathroom, then walked through the house. A second victim armed himself with an AR-15 rifle and fired a round at the robbers, nearly striking one. The...
  • Ukraine Conducts First US-Supplied Javelin Rocket Launchers.

    07/23/2018 2:22:09 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 17 replies ^ | 7-22-18 | Unknown
    Ukrainian president Poroshenko thanks Donald Trump ..... wonder that Putin has to say about this ? "Finally this day has come! Today, for the first time in Ukraine, the launch of Javelin missile complexes took place. This is a very effective defensive weaponry, which is used in the event of Russian offensive on the positions of Ukrainian troops," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.
  • Pentagon sending $200 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine in move expected to rile Moscow

    07/21/2018 8:54:19 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The Pentagon announced Friday it would send $200 million in nonlethal military aid to Ukraine -- a move likely to anger Moscow. The American military hardware being shipped to Ukraine includes “secure communications, military mobility, night vision, and military medical treatment." Secretary of Defense James Mattis is also asking that Congress sign a waiver that would allow the U.S. to sell weapons to countries that also purchase arms from Russia. The idea is to make sure U.S. sanctions don’t push allies into the arms of Russia. “Russia should suffer consequences for its aggressive, destabilizing behavior and its illegal occupation of...
  • Pew Poll Shows "Smart" Guns Could Cost Thousands of Lives

    07/20/2018 4:50:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Among those who wish a disarmed population, any measure that makes firearms harder to access, possess, and use, is considered a positive thing. Thus guns with complex electronic circuitry, that only allow certain users, possibly at certain times and certain places, to fire the gun, are being promoted as items that can save lives. From Bloomberg the spark: Bloomberg follows 21-year-old inventor and entrepreneur Kai Kloepfer, who's created a "smart" handgun that could save thousands of lives. This is a one sided argument that pointedly ignores the other side of the equation. "Smart" guns can easily cost lives. According...
  • Italians Desire for Gun Law Reform increases from 26% to 39%

    07/14/2018 3:50:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Italians are questioning the reasonableness and effectiveness of their complex and strict gun control laws. From While 26 percent of people questioned in 2015 said they supported looser laws on owning a gun for self-defence, the latest research carried out by social studies institute Censis and private security sector organization Federsicurezza found that 39 percent were in favour. The percentage was highest among people with a low level of education and the elderly, rising to 51 percent among respondents who hadn't completed high school and 41 percent for the over-65s. The study also found that the number of...
  • I hate to say it, but Trump is right about Canada’s military spending

    07/10/2018 3:55:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | July 10, 2018 | Rosie Di Manno
    Canada is a welsher state. (Hold your outrage, that adjective has nothing to do with the Welsh.) I am speaking specifically about this country’s financial contribution to NATO, the international alliance formed after World War II, constructed around the principle of collective defence. Article 5 of the establishing charter declares that “an attack on one is an attack on all.” Originally and for four decades the thrust of NATO’s raison d’être was deterring Soviet aggression. With the end of the Cold War, NATO shifted toward helping former Soviet-bloc countries embrace democracy and the market economy. But now it’s come full...
  • Why Building a Border Wall Is a Morally Good and Biblically Justifiable Action

    07/02/2018 10:23:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/01/2018 | Wayne Grudem
    Is building a wall on our border a morally good action? As a professor who has taught biblical ethics for 41 years, I think it is – in fact, the Bible itself repeatedly views protective walls with favor. WALLS GIVE PEACE AND SECURITY In the world of the Old Testament, people built walls around cities to protect themselves from thieves, murderers, and other criminals, and from foreign invaders who would seek to destroy the city. People could still enter the city, but they had to do so by the gate, so that city officials would have some control over who...
  • Russia Warns of a 'Tough Response' to Creation of US Space Force

    06/22/2018 5:47:37 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 63 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | June 2018 | Reuters
    Russia has pledged severe repercussions if President Donald Trump’s order to set up a new, space-oriented military branch violates a treaty banning nuclear weapons in the cosmos. Trump said this week he will establish a sixth branch of the military named the “Space Force,” pending budgetary approval from the U.S. Congress. The idea could require the U.S. to withdraw from the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which prohibits the deployment of weapons of mass destruction but not conventional arms in space. Viktor Bondarev, head of the Committee on Defense and Security of Russia's upper parliamentary house, told the state-run RIA...
  • Austria Police, Army to Stage Border Defence War Games as Balkans Warn 80,000 Migrants Headed North

    06/13/2018 7:51:02 AM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies ^ | 6/13/18 | Virginia Hale
    Austrian troops will carry out exercises preparing the nation’s border defence against a migration influx later this month after Balkans police warned 80,000 third-world migrants are heading towards Western Europe. With up to 1,000 police officers, soldiers, and riot police set to take part in June, the drill will be Austria’s largest ever border patrol exercise, according to Kronen Zeitung, Austria’s best-selling newspaper. The announcement came following a security conference in Slovenia at which police chiefs from countries along the Balkans migration routes warned they had seen a significant upsurge in the number of border crossings. Speaking after the conference,...
  • Australian company selects Huntsville for US manufacturing plant (200 jobs in Alabama)

    06/09/2018 4:37:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WAAY-TV ^ | June 6, 2018 | Sydney Martin
    EOS says in six to nine months the manufacturing plant will be in full production. Electro Optic Systems or EOS is an Australian company that's coming to the Rocket City. The company is based out of Australia but is now opening a United States Headquarters in Huntsville. The building will produce products of the company for the defense industry. Their United States President who has been a part of the defense industry in Huntsville for years told WAAY 31 about the products they will be manufacturing. "What you can do with this system is you can stay in the vehicle,...
  • Poland offers $2 Billion for Permanent U.S. Military Base to counter Russia

    05/29/2018 12:32:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 2018 | Robert Donachie
    Poland is willing to pay the U.S. up to $2 billion for the installment of a permanent American military base in the nation. The ministry goes a step further in trying to coax the U.S. into agreeing to the terms, adding it is willing “to share the burden of defense spending, make the decision more cost-effective for the U.S. government and allay any concerns for Congress in uncertain budgetary times.” Poland has long asked for American support, including troops and a permanent military base, for decades. “For the first time since the Second World War, one European country has taken...