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  • US Navy Issues Long-Range Shipbuilding Plan for FY 2011

    02/04/2010 7:43:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 400+ views
    Defense Professioals ^ | 02/04/2010 | Defense Professionals
    This year’s report reflects the naval capabilities projected to meet the challenges the nation faces over the next three decades of the 21st century. The structure requirements articulated in this report are based upon the 313-ship force originally set forth in the FY 2005 Naval Force Structure Assessment that was reported to Congress and referred to by the Chief of Naval Operations in his FY 2009 budget testimony, as amended by decisions made by the Secretary of Defense in the FY 2010 President’s Budget as well as decisions made during the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As such, the battle...
  • F-22 Or F-35: The Plane Truth

    02/04/2010 5:54:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 114 replies · 3,028+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The administration decision to scrap a proven aircraft in favor of a supposedly cheaper, more flexible replacement is proving to be an expensive mistake. We may wind up defenseless and broke. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that was supposed to be America's frontline fighter for the foreseeable future is in big trouble. Defense Secretary Robert Gates fired the general in charge of the program this week amid concerns of spiraling costs and program delays. Gates also announced he is withholding $614 million in fees from the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin. Daniel J. Crowley, one of Lockheed Martin's project managers,...
  • Once Exposed/Obama Cancels No Bid Contract Given To His Buddy

    01/31/2010 4:03:48 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 649+ views
    The Lid/Fox News ^ | 1/31/10 | The Lid
    On Monday we learned the Obama administration awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to Checchi & Company, owned by Vincent V. Checchi a prominent Democratic campaign contributor. The Contract was awarded without entertaining competitive bids. Despite President Obama's long history of criticizing the Bush administration for "sweetheart deals" with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington- based firm owned...
  • U.S. Cancels No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work Given to Democratic Donor (Hypocrites got caught!)

    01/31/2010 5:27:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 33 replies · 923+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/31/2010 | Fox News
    The U.S. has canceled a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan awarded to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor who did not face competitive bids. The cancellation comes after Fox News first reported on the details of the contract last week, prompting lawmakers to make inquiries into the deal. State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said that USAID terminated the award and is now working on an appropriate resolution. "If you want to say this violates the basis on which this administration came into office and campaigned, fair enough," Crowley told Fox News. The contract had been...
  • No-bid contracts: Another broken Obama promise

    01/27/2010 4:06:49 PM PST · by DecoyJames · 5 replies · 249+ views
    The Obama administration has given a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democrat campaign contributor without considering any competitive bids!
  • (Mrs)Obama proposing support for military families

    01/26/2010 8:07:36 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 508+ views
    YAHOO News ^ | 1/26/10 | AP
    First lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday the president's 2011 budget will include a record $8.8 billion to support military families. The largest sum, $1.9 billion, would be spent on counseling and other support services. An additional $1.3 billion would go for military child care.
  • From Fox News: Obama Administration Steers Lucrative No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work to Dem Donor

    01/26/2010 12:52:43 PM PST · by mainstreetradical.com · 7 replies · 410+ views
    By James Rosen - FOXNews.com The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned. Despite President Obama’s long history of criticizing the Bush administration for “sweetheart deals” with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.
  • The Three Biggest Challenges Facing U.S. Naval Shipbuilding

    01/23/2010 1:15:11 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 564+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/23/2010 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D.
    You could say that the three biggest challenges facing the U.S. Navy's shipbuilding program are money, money, and money. The service has a clear vision of how to construct a networked, flexible fleet suitable for use across the spectrum of conflict. But it only gets $13-14 billion per year to build the warships that will populate that fleet. That isn't much for a country that relies on its Navy every day to sustain nuclear deterrence, assure free transit of sea lanes, and carry the global war on terror to the enemy. However, with the government borrowing $4 billion per day...
  • USAF to Receive Funding to Develop Long-Range Bomber

    01/16/2010 1:18:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies · 800+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | 12/14/2009 | Daily Tech
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently indicated the U.S. Air Force is likely going to receive funding set aside for a new long-range bomber, according to media reports. In April, Gates cut several high-profile projects, which led to Air Force officials being disappointed that funding for the bomber could have vanished. However, the bomber program is expected to receive at least $1 billion, with the number expected to significantly increase in the years to come. "We are probably going to proceed with a long-range strike initiative coming out of the Quadrennial Defense Review and various other reviews going on," Gates...
  • Obama Vetoes First Piece of Legislation

    12/30/2009 9:35:46 PM PST · by BP2 · 48 replies · 6,048+ views
    NYT ^ | December 31, 2009, filed at 12:03 a.m. ET | AP
    HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama has rejected his first piece of legislation from Congress, a stopgap spending bill that never had to take effect. The White House on Wednesday said Obama exercised his right to send back to the Capitol a temporary appropriations bill that lawmakers passed in case a winter storm about two weeks ago would have prevented them from approving a final measure to fund the Pentagon next year. The Dec. 19 blizzard didn't keep them away from the Capitol and they approved the $626 billion defense spending bill before the previous budget expired. The White House...
  • USAF to beef up spending on Montana missile roads (ROADS!)

    12/23/2009 10:39:30 PM PST · by This_far · 9 replies · 776+ views
    Helena Independent ^ | December 23, 2009 | AP
    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is aiming to spend up to $7 million annually through 2015 to spruce up roads where it transports personnel and equipment to Montana missile sites. Cascade County Road Supervisor Dave Sutton said the typical missile road maintenance programs only include applying new gravel every few years to roads leading to Malmstrom Air Force Base missile sites, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
  • Millions' worth of gear left in Iraq

    12/07/2009 1:33:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies · 1,319+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 12/7/2009 | Ernesto Londoño
    Even as the U.S. military scrambles to support a troop surge in Afghanistan, it is donating passenger vehicles, generators and other equipment worth tens of millions of dollars to the Iraqi government. Under new authority granted by the Pentagon, U.S. commanders in Iraq may now donate to the Iraqis up to $30 million worth of equipment from each facility they leave, up from the $2 million cap established when the guidelines were first set in 2005. The new cap applies at scores of posts that the U.S. military is expected to leave in coming months as it scales back its...
  • Maddow Guest Jane Hamsher: Democrats Could Close Groton Sub Base to Punish Lieberman

    10/31/2009 12:12:42 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 48 replies · 1,905+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 31/Oct | Jack Coleman
    Yet another example of the folly of assigning liberals to guard duty. Joining Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show Thursday to vent about that pesky wabbit Joe Lieberman was Fire Dog Lake blogger Jane Hamsher. Democrats wield considerable leverage over Lieberman, Hamsher opined, to keep him from joining a GOP filibuster of ObamaCare or punish him if he does -- MADDOW: ... I think you’re right to point out that other senators sort of gently expressing their disapproval of his proverbial toplessness at this point is a bigger deal than it would be in the real world, that their words...
  • President Obama signs Defense Authorization Act

    10/29/2009 7:44:38 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 626+ views
    www.army.mil ^ | October 29, 2009 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    Photo credit Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2009 - President Barack Obama today signed the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at the White House. Obama hailed the act, which contains $680.2 billion in military budget authority, as transformational legislation that targets wasteful defense spending. The president was accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, congressional leaders and other senior officials, including Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "There's still more waste we need to cut; there's still more fights that...
  • Obama signs 'hate crimes' bill - Christian broadcasters concerned

    10/28/2009 12:41:58 PM PDT · by SoulSearching · 34 replies · 2,132+ views
    onenewsnow ^ | 10/28/2009 | Charlie Butss
    The "hate crimes" bill approved recently by Congress could be a problem for broadcasters -- most importantly, Christian broadcasters -- now that it has been signed into law. President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure that adds to the list of federal hate crimes attacks on people based on their sexual orientation. Congress approved the legislation last week as part of the $680-billion FY 2010 Defense Authorization bill. Appended to the hate crimes amendment was a statement ensuring that a religious leader or any other person cannot be prosecuted on the bases if his or her speech, beliefs,...
  • Obama to sign 2010 defense spending bill this week

    10/28/2009 2:12:23 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 11 replies · 1,065+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | October 27, 2009 | Christopher Hinton
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama would approve the Defense Department's $680 billion budget for fiscal 2010, which includes funding to increase military personnel and support the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also includes the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard bill, a Wyoming teen murdered in 1998 because he was a homosexual. The act provides additional support for local law enforcement and prosecutors to try violent crimes that are motivated by the victim's religion, color, gender, or sexual orientation. Obama will sign the 2010 National...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Murtha, Moran steer millions to defense firm (MobilVox)

    10/22/2009 7:09:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 634+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 23, 2009 | Chuck Neubauer
    When software firm MobilVox wanted to break into the lucrative world of defense contracting, it pursued an unmistakable strategy: It expanded operations from its Northern Virginia base in Rep. James P. Moran's congressional district to the southwestern Pennsylvania district of Rep. John P. Murtha. Working with two of the most powerful members of a House subcommittee that controls Pentagon spending, the company also hired lobbying firms that employed former top aides of both the Democratic lawmakers and Mr. Murtha's brother. Company executives and their lobbyists donated thousands of dollars to the two congressmen. Soon, money flowed the other way. Between...
  • Officials: ACORN Won't Get Grant

    10/08/2009 2:26:41 PM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies · 821+ views
    Washington times ^ | October 8, 2009 | Audrey Hudson
    Obama administration officials said Wednesday there is no chance that ACORN will get a Homeland Security grant it was awarded last month because of a provision in a bill signed into law last week prohibiting any federal funding to the controversial group. Several members of Congress said they were pleased that ACORN will not get the money, which would have come from funding typically earmarked for fire departments across the country, but they questioned why it had been awarded to ACORN in the first place. At least one also still wants official assurance of a permanent withdrawal of the $997,402...
  • With No Fanfare, Senate Hits ACORN Again

    09/29/2009 6:32:18 PM PDT · by GVnana · 27 replies · 2,000+ views
    September 29, 2009 With No Fanfare, Senate Hits ACORN, Again With no fanfare and no roll call vote, not even a speech -- the Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved an amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-NE, that bars any funds from the Defense spending bill from going to ACORN.
  • Kerry SNEAKS $20 Million Kennedy Tribute Earmark into Defense Bill

    09/25/2009 1:10:38 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 28 replies · 1,792+ views
    Boston Globe/The Lid ^ | 9/25/09 | The Lid
    Wake Up John Kerry, this year's deficit is approaching two trillion dollars. The F-22 was canceled leaving us with a gap where the US will have no new bombers and we are fighting two wars. American citizens are protesting all across the country because spending and taxes are way to high and you have the nerve to add a $20 million dollar pork barrel project to honor Ted Kennedy? That's what the former Democratic Party standard bearer is doing. That military spending bill moving through Congress contains a sneaky outlay for Boston that has nothing to do with national defense....