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  • Navy Blue Angels fly into era of budget questions

    11/23/2011 7:07:09 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 23 Nov 2011 | MELISSA NELSON
    <p>PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. — The Navy's Blue Angels have been thrilling audiences for more than six decades with their acrobatic flying in fighter planes, but a new era of federal budget worries and proposed deficit cutting has some inside and outside the military raising questions about the millions it costs to produce their shows.</p>
  • U. S. Government May Be Primary Suppliers of Mexican Drug Cartel Guns

    11/22/2011 9:56:00 AM PST · by opentalk · 40 replies
    Big Government ^ | November 21, 2011 | Tom Stilson
    With Operation Fast and Furious headlining the news, there is no doubt civilian arms have been trafficked into Mexico. However, many of the arms used by Mexican cartels are NOT supplied by civilian gun outlets in the United States. Based upon the statistics I have compiled, our State and Defense Departments may be the premier suppliers of weaponry to Mexican drug cartels — not the US civilian.From 2003-2009, over 150,000 Mexican soldiers deserted from their ranks. Drug cartels became so confident in their recruitment of military personnel that they posted help wanted ads for hit men, traffickers, and guards. When...
  • Wind Farms Disrupting Radar, Scientists Say

    11/05/2011 12:54:18 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies ^ | November 05, 2011 | unattributed
    This one's really off the radar. Wind farms, along with solar power and other alternative energy sources, are supposed to produce the energy of tomorrow. Evidence indicates that their countless whirring fan blades produce something else: "blank spots" that distort radar readings. Now government agencies that depend on radar -- such as the Department of Defense and the National Weather Service -- are spending millions in a scramble to preserve their detection capabilities. A four-star Air Force general recently spelled out the problem to Dave Beloite, the director of the Department of Defense’s Energy Siting Clearinghouse. "Look there’s a radar...
  • Why Defense Stocks Could get Crushed in Coming Years

    11/05/2011 3:10:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | November 5, 2011 | David Sterman
    Circle your calendars for Nov. 23. That's the deadline for Congress to pass -- and the President to sign -- major budget changes being drawn up by a bipartisan "super-committee." Recall that the last agreement, struck in early August, tasked this group with a huge challenge: Come up with a wide range of chosen budget cuts, or live with the consequences of automatic spending cuts that leave no stone unturned. That's bad news for investors, as we could see history repeating itself in a very unpleasant way.At this point, Democrats and Republicans are far from an agreement. Democrats have offered...

    10/16/2011 6:22:52 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 169 replies ^ | October 16, 2011 | SeekTheTruth
    "Three Days In August" by Bob McCarty U.S. Army Special Forces Sgt.1st Class Kelly A. Stewart admitted to having a one-night stand with a 28-year-old German woman the night of Aug. 22, 2008. She did, too. Both knew sex was part of the plan when they left the discotheque near Stuttgart. Two months later, however, her story changed and the highly-decorated combat veteran found himself facing rape and kidnapping charges. During court-martial proceedings one year later, Stewart faced an Army court-martial panel comprised of soldiers who had recently returned from a 16-month deployment with the Army attorney serving as Stewart’s...
  • Pentagon error suspends anti-narcotics programs worldwide

    10/15/2011 12:19:48 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner [Washington DC] ^ | 13 October 2011 | Sara A. Carter
    Pentagon counternarcotics and counterterrorism operations around the world were abruptly suspended this month when the Defense Department officials overseeing the programs failed to ensure they were funded by congressional authorizations, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. The lapse has caused serious national security and diplomatic problems for the U.S. military, according to Defense Department officials. The authorizations cover joint counternarcotics operations with foreign governments, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. The mix-up occurred when the anti-narcotics programs were not included on a list provided to Congress of operations that needed to...
  • Gay weddings can be performed by military chaplains, Pentagon says

    09/30/2011 4:34:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/30/2011 | By Ed O'Keefe
    The Pentagon will permit military chaplains to perform same-sex marriage as long as such ceremonies are not prohibited in the states where they reside, it said Friday. Defense Department guidance issued to military chaplains said they may participate in ceremonies on or off military bases in states that recognize gay unions. Chaplains are not required to officiate at same-sex weddings if doing so is counter to their religious or personal beliefs, the guidance said. And regardless of the Pentagon guidance, military chaplains will still need to take cues from their religious order, said Gary Pollitt, spokesman for the Military Chaplains...
  • Now That Homosexuals Can Serve 'Openly' Will They Obey DoD Directives?

    09/23/2011 5:08:35 PM PDT · by RetSignman · 82 replies
    Department of Defense - Directive ^ | Sept. 23, 2011 | RetSignman
    SUBJECT: Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces References: (a) DoD Directive 1344.10, “Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces on Active Duty,” August 2, 2004 (hereby canceled) (b) Sections 973, 888, 101, and Chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (c) DoD Instruction 1334.1, “Wearing of the Uniform,” October 26, 2005 (d) Section 441a of title 2, United States Code (e) through (i), see Enclosure 1
  • Officials Study Cooperation Among Terrorist Groups

    09/15/2011 6:28:38 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 1+ views ^ | Sept 14, 2011 | Lisa Daniel
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2011 – As U.S. and allied forces dismantle the core of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan, intelligence officials are studying the degree to which terrorist splinter groups are working together, Defense Department officials said today. “They’ll remain a concern,” one of three Defense Department officials told Pentagon reporters during an afternoon background briefing to explain the nature of regionalized, radical Islamist groups that have proliferated in the Middle East and North Africa. “There is an element of defeating the organization … that is separate from the ideological component. You can get them to be operationally incapable, but...
  • The Disfranchisement of Our Military Voters

    09/08/2011 7:51:25 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 44 replies
    Eric Eversole and Hans A Von Spakovsky ^ | September 8, 2011 | SeekTheTruth
    The Disfranchisement of Our Military Voters By Hans A. von Spakovsky and Eric Eversole Published September 07, 2011 | Time and again, Eric Holder’s Justice Department and its Civil Rights Division has shown how highly partisan it is. From its dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, to its harassment of jurisdictions with voter ID laws, the Division has proven that its far-left liberal ideology determines whether it will enforce (or not enforce) the law. Now it is ignoring the plight of military voters.
  • DOD Report Highlights Administration Incoherence on China

    08/25/2011 2:32:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies ^ | 8/25/11 | Dean Cheng
    Whether it is the delayed release of the 2011 Department of Defense (DOD) report on Chinese military and security developments or Vice President Joe Biden’s statements regarding Chinese human rights, it is becoming clear that the Obama Administration has an utterly incoherent view of the People’s Republic of China. Biden apparently sees his statement (“Your policy has been one which I fully understand—I’m not second-guessing—of one child per family”) as actually arguing against the Chinese policy. Similarly, even as the Administration was signaling, just before the Vice President’s trip, that it was not going to sell Taiwan badly needed F-16...
  • Budget Buster: Pentagon Unable to Account for “Trillions,” Glain Says

    08/14/2011 10:28:12 AM PDT · by Errant · 37 replies
    Yahoo Daily Ticker ^ | Fri, Aug 12, 2011 | Peter Gorenstein
    The United States military budget accounts for over 40% of the world's annual military expenditures and, at around $700 billion per year, more than 20% of the federal budget. The Federal government wants to curb that spending as part of deficit reduction.
  • Rep. Peter King Asks For Probe Into White House’s Role in Bin Laden Movie

    08/10/2011 10:25:41 PM PDT · by This Just In · 64 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 10, 2011 | Hollywoodland
    BREAKING: Rep. Peter King Asks For Probe Into White House’s Role in Bin Laden Movie Posted By Hollywoodland On August 10, 2011 @ 9:23 am In Featured Story, Military, Politics | 79 Comments Politico: House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday demanded an investigation into a report that the White House is cooperating with a film on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. In a letter to the Defense Department and the CIA, King asked for a probe and classified briefing about any cooperation or consultation between the agencies and the film, set to be directed by...
  • DoD Prepares Follow-Up to $15 Billion Global Counterdrug Contracts

    08/10/2011 12:30:18 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & AId Monitor ^ | Aug. 10, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    DoD Prepares Follow-Up to $15 Billion Global Counterdrug ContractsA privately contracted, five-year global counterdrug program valued upwards of $15 billion is one year away from expiring—and the U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD) wants to assess the capabilities of potential prime contractors in advance of the August 23, 2012, expiration date. The DoD Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office (CNTPO) on Aug. 2 issued a Special Notice (Solicitation # W9113MCNTPO) announcing its intentions to “issue a follow-on procurement” to perpetuate that endeavor. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, on behalf of the CNTPO, in 2007 issued a multiple...
  • Army approves atheism-themed concert at Fort Bragg

    08/08/2011 9:26:40 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 8, 12:51 PM EDT | TOM BREEN
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A concert event organized by atheist, agnostic and other non-theist soldiers has been cleared by the Army to take place next spring at Fort Bragg, concert organizers and a spokesman for the post said Monday. Organizers planned to hold the Rock Beyond Belief event this year, but they canceled after saying Bragg leadership was not providing the same support it gave to an evangelical Christian concert last fall. Supporters hailed the Army's decision
  • Rosa Brooks, Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy

    08/08/2011 3:29:49 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 21 replies
    JessDuntno | Today | Various Sources
    Rosa Brooks serves as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy. In May 2010 she also became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and then Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy. She is running a new Pentagon office dedicated to those issues. She is on leave from her job as a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Brooks is known as a columnist (most recently with the LA Times) and at the Pentagon her portfolio has included both human rights issues and global engagement and strategic communication. Her mother, Barbara Ehrenreich, is...
  • China Attacks US'Debt Addiction'as America Loses AAACredit Rating[misplaced power exists]

    08/06/2011 9:42:35 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 2:25PM BST 06 Aug 2011 | Richard Blackden, New York
    State news agency Xinhua said unless the US cut its "gigantic military expenditure and bloated welfare costs," another downgrade would be inevitable. But other countries, such as Australia, France and Japan, said they retained their faith in US bonds.
  • DOD, DHS Among Agencies Dedicated To Environmental Justice

    08/05/2011 2:57:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch/facebook ^ | 8/5/11 | staff
    Though it is unrelated to their mission, the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Housing are among the federal agencies that will focus on helping minorities get green under an Obama Administration plan that aims to bring “environmental justice” to poor and underserved communities nationwide. The effort was launched by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last fall and the agency has doled out millions of dollars in “environmental justice grants” to dozens of leftwing groups, including some dedicated to helping illegal immigrants. Earlier this year the administration dedicated an additional $7 million to study how pollution, stress and social...
  • U.S. military could be shut down by secret 'back door'

    07/12/2011 6:34:15 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 46 replies
    wnd ^ | 7/12/11 | Joheph Farah
    Sources have confirmed that the U.S. Department of Defense over recent months purchased 59,000 microchips to use in Navy equipment that control everything from missiles to transponders, according to report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. But all of the chips turned out to be cheap knock-offs from China, and they ultimately were not installed, according to sources. Besides being subject to failure, the chips also were designed with a "back door" which would have allowed the chip, and the device it controlled, to be shut down remotely at any time, sources report. Had the flaw not been detected, the chips...
  • UPDATE: Radiation Poisoning Worries Emerge In Billing Fraud Raid

    COAL GROVE, OH (WSAZ) -- Mass radiation poisoning is the overwhelming concern after a state and federal raid today on a local doctor and imaging center. We’re talking about suspected medical insurance fraud on a grand scale - linked to maybe thousands of unneeded cat scans. The raid Wednesday morning involved numerous agencies, everybody from the local sheriff - to the department of defense, because patients connected to the military are involved. Click here to find out more! We’re told the raid on a Coal Grove, Ohio medical center involves multi-millions in suspected Medicaid and Medicare fraud. And agents say...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Coal Grove Office Being Raided in Multi-Million Dollar Billing Fraud Investigation

    A local business is currently being raided for what the Department of Defense tells is a multi-million dollar billing fraud investigation. COAL GROVE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two local business are currently being raided for what the investigators on the scene tell is a multi-million dollar billing fraud investigation. 40 local, state and federal agencies are involved in a raid at Dr. Peter Tsai's Medical Office and the Watkins-Tsai Imaging Center in Coal Grove. Click here to find out more! The two businesses are located just off US 52 at the Coal Grove exit on Marion Pike. Investigators tell...
  • Obama chooses own legal advice

    06/20/2011 11:33:46 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 06/19/11 | POLITICO STAFF
    President Obama overruled top Defense and Justice Dept. lawyers in his interpretation of legal authority to continue the U.S.’s role in the war in Libya, the New York Times reported late Friday citing sources familiar with the deliberations. Obama chose to adopt the advice of senior members of his own legal team over top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Dept., arguing that U.S. involvement in the NATO operation fell short of “hostilities,” which would have resulted in Obama having to seek congressional approval to continue American participation in the conflict.
  • (Homosexual) group honors Collins for 'don't ask' role

    06/18/2011 7:38:53 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies
    The Press-Herald, Portland, Me. ^ | 2011-06-18 | Beth Quimby
    PORTLAND - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was approached at a reception Friday by several veterans who were eager to thank her for her role in helping to repeal the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy, which banned openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving. Collins said their gratitude was misplaced. "It is I who thank them for serving our country," said Collins. The Maine Republican made her remarks as the guest of honor at EqualityMaine's celebration of the repeal of the policy, one of the events in the 25th Southern Maine Pride Week.
  • Panetta’s duty to the Constitution

    06/15/2011 3:42:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/14/11 | Jamie M. Fly and William Kristol
    At his confirmation hearing Thursday, Secretary of Defense nominee Leon Panetta faced questions from Democrats and Republicans alike about President Barack Obama’s intention, hastily announced in April, to cut $400 billion from national security spending over the next 12 years. Unfortunately, Panetta seemed to have little concrete information about the president’s plans. What Panetta was willing to say, however, was that such defense cuts should not be undertaken lightly. Asked whether he agreed with outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about their potential impact, Panetta said: “I share his concerns about the possibility of hollowing out our force. I think...
  • Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored

    06/13/2011 8:53:22 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Renew America ^ | 6-13-2011 | Wes Vernon - Commentary
    Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored Wes Vernon June 13, 2011 If you have been depending on the mainstream media for your news the past few days, you are probably learning here for the first time that CIA Director Leon Panetta has been called out for his links to an important open member of the Communist Party. Some background When this writer first arrived in Washington, D.C., as a reporter in 1968, one of my assignments was to cover the congressional delegation from Washington State. Occasionally, both Democrat and Republican members of...
  • Red Lines

    06/12/2011 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies ^ | June 12, 2011 |
    SNIPPET: "There are some good reasons for allowing at least a few jihadi forums to operate." SNIPPET: "However, there are limits to our ability to exploit all the intelligence opportunities a forum may present. To put it another way, jihadi forums contribute to future terrorism in ways that are unpredictable and/or beyond our ability to control. This would be the view held by those other government agencies who prefer to seek out and destroy forums and to take down forum activists. For my part, I can live with keeping online those forums we have sufficient access to monitor and resources...
  • Gates Pitches Military Pay Cuts

    06/12/2011 4:30:21 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 105 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-05-25 | Julian E. Barnes & Nathan Hodge
    WASHINGTON—The coming round of Pentagon budget cuts will force lawmakers to consider reducing military pay and benefits, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday, raising an issue that could prove politically sensitive in a time of war In what was billed as Mr. Gates's last major policy speech, the outgoing Pentagon chief said the government would have to "re-examine military compensation," consider altering the retirement system to bring down costs, and address spiraling health-care costs. Trimming Pentagon spending, Mr. Gates said, "will entail going places that have been avoided by politicians in the past."
  • AP sources: White House set to unveil cyber plan

    05/12/2011 3:41:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/12/11 | Lolita Baldor
    The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation's cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, financial systems and nuclear power plants. The Obama administration also is insisting that companies tell consumers when their personal information has been compromised. According to cybersecurity experts familiar with the plan, the administration's proposed legislation also would instruct federal agencies to more closely monitor their computer networks. Several House and Senate committees have been working on cybersecurity legislation for the past two years, while waiting for...
  • Can the FAA Be Trusted to Fix Air Traffic Control?

    05/17/2011 6:05:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | May 17, 2011 | JOHN MERLINE
    Five years ago, a Comair flight taxied onto the wrong runway at the airport in Lexington, Ky., and crashed on takeoff, killing 49 of the 50 people aboard. It turned out that the lone air controller on duty who should have caught the mistake was operating on two hours of sleep. Two years before that, a tired controller nearly let two commercial jets collide on an LAX runway. Now, in the wake of a raft of air traffic controllers caught sleeping on the job, the Federal Aviation Administration issued new rules to combat fatigue. But this problem has dogged the...
  • DOD nixes fast review of bid for bin Laden photos

    05/14/2011 2:29:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP/Albany Times Union ^ | 5/14/11 | Richard Lardner
    The Defense Department is refusing to do a speedy review of a Freedom of Information Act request for graphic photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse, setting the stage for a protracted battle over access to the images. In a letter to The Associated Press, the department said the AP did not demonstrate an urgent or compelling need for the photos or show that the information has a particular value that would be lost if not provided in an expedited manner. As a result, it is not clear when or if the photos will be provided. The AP received the letter...
  • Meeting the needs of the warfighter from the air

    05/04/2011 7:52:45 AM PDT · by DefenseMatters · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/4/2011 | James H. Flatley, IV
    Meeting the needs of the warfighter from the air By James H. Flatley, IV - 05/04/11 08:59 AM ET Over the past four years much has been written, debated and proposed about the need for a light attack turboprop aircraft that’s ideally suited for irregular warfare in Afghanistan. Yet here we are four years later without a deployable solution. The leading contenders from day one have been the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6. And, they are today, both vying for the contract to supply aircraft and training for the Air Force’s Light Air Support program in...
  • Obama Sending Panetta To Pentagon, Petraeus To CIA

    04/27/2011 7:34:17 PM PDT · by Justaham · 15 replies
    In a major national security reshuffle, President Barack Obama is sending CIA Director Leon Panetta to the Pentagon to replace Robert Gates, a widely praised Bush holdover, and replacing Panetta at the spy agency with Gen. David Petraeus, the high-profile commander of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Obama's changes, expected to be announced at the White House on Thursday, also will include a new ambassador and war commander in Afghanistan. However, they don't signal any major adjustment in the president's Afghan strategy or the fight against violent extremism. The moves cement a planned drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan in...
  • Pentagon: Mexican Drug Cartels Threaten Entire U.S.

    04/14/2011 12:09:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 14, 2011
    Should Americans believe Janet Napolitano’s rosy picture of a U.S.-Mexico border that’s “as secure as it has ever been” or a Pentagon assessment that it’s actually a gateway for Mexican criminal organizations that have infiltrated the entire country and joined forces with terrorist groups? For months the nation’s Homeland Security Secretary has repeatedly insisted that everything is hunky dory on the southwest border, even as violence escalates and overwhelmed federal agents are increasingly attacked by heavily armed drug smugglers. Just last month Napolitano declared that violence along the Mexican border is merely a mistaken “perception” because the area is...
  • CIA's Leon Panetta not eager to swap jobs as Obama reshuffle looms

    04/07/2011 8:27:43 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/8/2011
    Leon Panetta is happy as CIA director and has not been asked by President Barack Obama to consider changing jobs, the agency said on Thursday, as speculation swirled over changes in top U.S. security posts. Robert Gates has made clear he plans to step down as defense secretary this year and the military's top officer is expected to retire, prompting speculation about who will move where in Mr Obama's impending reshuffle of military and intelligence chiefs. One scenario being speculated has Mr Panetta – who turns 73 in June – replacing Mr Gates and the director's office on the seventh...
  • DOD to Drop Social Security Numbers from ID Cards

    04/01/2011 4:14:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 – Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Air Force Maj. Monica M. Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman. The effort is part of a larger plan to protect service members and other DOD identification card holders from identity theft, officials said. Criminals use Social Security numbers to steal identities, allowing them to pillage resources, establish credit or to hijack credit cards, bank accounts or debit cards. Currently, the Social Security number is printed on the back of common access cards, and on the front of cards issued to dependents...
  • Huge Effort Cannot Halt Soldier-Killer

    03/29/2011 7:23:28 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 14 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | March 28, 2011 | Peter Cary and Nancy A. Yousseff
    In February 2006, with roadside bombs killing more and more American soldiers in Iraq, the Pentagon created an agency to defeat the deadly threat and tasked a retired four-star general to run it. Five years later, the agency has ballooned into a 1,900-employee behemoth and has spent nearly $17 billion on hundreds of initiatives. Yet the technologies it has developed have failed to significantly improve U.S. soldiers’ ability to detect unexploded roadside bombs and have never been able to find them at long distances. Indeed, the best detectors remain the low-tech methods: trained dogs, local handlers and soldiers themselves. A...
  • Department of Defense orders GE, Rolls-Royce to stop F-35 production

    The U.S. Defense Department ordered GE and Rolls-Royce to stop production on a second engine for the F-35 joint strike fighter Thursday. The government said they want them to wait until the fiscal 2012 budget is complete and there is a better direction of how the project will look. Hundreds of employees in Indiana are directly tied to the project. Rolls-Royce is the city`s second largest manufacturer behind Eli Lilly. In a statement from the fighter engine team they said they are "disappointed with the U.S. Department of Defense decision which goes against the precedent to continue funding for this...
  • P.J. Crowley resigns over Manning remark

    03/13/2011 4:40:52 PM PDT · by keat · 13 replies ^ | 3/13/11 | Mike Allen & Josh Gerstein
    State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has resigned after publicly crossing swords with the Pentagon over the treatment of an Army soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military reports and sensitive diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. The chain of events that led to Crowley’s exit was set in motion Thursday when Crowley appeared at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology seminar and called the Pentagon’s handling of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is detained at the brig at Quantico, “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” Crowley’s public criticism angered some at the Pentagon and others across the administration because it put him...
  • Economic Warfare: Risks and Responses

    03/04/2011 7:40:54 PM PST · by combat_boots · 3 replies
    DoD Consultant's Report, now on SCRIBD for all to view ^ | Originally, June 2009 | Kevin Freeman
    Analysis of Twenty-First Century Risks in Light of the Recent Market Collapse
  • Gay Sensitivity Training for Units in Combat?

    02/25/2011 11:58:59 AM PST · by Bumpus2 · 15 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | 2/25/11 | Blind Blueberry
    Combat troops to get gay sensitivity training—The Washington Times, Feb. 25 From: Commander U.S. Forces, Afghanistan To: All Officers Re: Homosexual Sensitivity training As everyone by now knows, the president has signed the order rescinding Defense Directive 1304.26 – “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” As the DOD implements this policy change, all U.S. forces in every theater must receive integration training, otherwise known as “sensitivity training.” This training will be immediately and will include every unit in this theater, including combat units, wherever they are operating.
  • Combat troops to get gay sensitivity training

    02/24/2011 9:39:57 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 92 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb. 24, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    American combat troops will get sensitivity training directly on the battlefield about the military’s new policy on gays instead of waiting until they return to home base in the United States, the senior enlisted man in Afghanistan said Thursday. The Pentagon is launching an extensive force-wide program to ease the process of integrating open homosexuals into the ranks, including into close-knit fighting units. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, the top enlisted man in Afghanistan where 100,000 U.S. troops are deployed, said that the sessions on respecting gays’ rights will go right down to the forward operating bases, where troops...
  • DOD Proposes Tricare Increases

    02/18/2011 9:15:41 AM PST · by katiedidit1 · 64 replies
    VFW Washington Weekly ^ | Feb. 18, 2011 | Teresa Morris
    DOD Proposes Tricare Increases: As expected, the Defense Department FY 2012 budget recommendation contains plans to raise Tricare enrollment fees for working-age military retirees — first by 13 percent, then by linking future increases to double-digit medical inflation. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is against both plans. "Asking someone to voluntarily give up 20 or more years of their youth on the simple promise of a pension and lifelong medical care for themselves and their spouses is a cost this nation and our government should be more than willing to bear," said VFW National Commander Richard Eubank....
  • Drumming Up More Addresses on the Internet

    02/15/2011 5:43:09 PM PST · by La Lydia · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 15, 2011 | Laurie Flynn
    Who could have guessed that 4.3 billion Internet connections wouldn’t be enough? Certainly not Vint Cerf. In 1976, Mr. Cerf and his colleagues in the R.& D. office of the Defense Department had to make a judgment call: how much network address space should they allocate to an experiment connecting computers in an advanced data network? They debated the question for more than a year. Finally, with a deadline looming, Mr. Cerf decided on a number — 4.3 billion separate network addresses, each one representing a connected device — that seemed to provide more room to grow than his experiment...
  • Pentagon Loses War to Zap Airborne Laser From Budget (Thank God)

    02/12/2011 3:56:34 PM PST · by pissant · 47 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/11/11 | Nate Hodge
    The Airborne Laser is the pursuit of a military Holy Grail—a workable ray gun. But there may be only one thing harder than trying to perfect it: Trying to kill it. The futuristic weapon, conceived to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles not long after they blast off, stayed on the drawing board in the early 1990s. Then, it survived an effort to slash its funding at the end of the Clinton administration. And in 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates gutted the program, telling Congress, "There's nobody in uniform that I know who believes that this is a workable concept."
  • Sweetheart deal for billionaire could cut off GPS service

    02/10/2011 12:20:19 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 69 replies
    FCC bending the rules for obama's internet service. Throw your GPS's in the trash.
  • Lieberman: Fort Hood Massacre Could Have Been Prevented; Government Officials Guilty of ‘Negligence'

    02/03/2011 11:02:10 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 03, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    ( - Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said on Thursday that his committee's review of the Fort Hood massacre that left 13 dead and 32 wounded demonstrated that the killings could have been prevented if the Defense Department and FBI had acted in an appropriate and timely manner, but that instead government officials had been guilty of "negligence." “Throughout our investigation the victims of this attack and their families have weighed heavily in our minds because our report’s painful conclusion is that the Ft. Hood massacre could have and should have been prevented,” Lieberman said as he and...
  • Warning signs missed in Fort Hood killings (Fort Hood probe report .. "NSS" Alert!)

    02/03/2011 1:16:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/3/11 | JoAnne Allen and Thomas Ferraro - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal authorities ignored warnings that could have prevented a 2009 massacre at an Army base, two U.S. senators said in a report on Thursday that outlined intelligence failures similar to those in the September 11, 2001, attacks. Major Nidal Malik Hasan -- an Army psychiatrist who had been dubbed by two colleagues as "a ticking time bomb" -- was charged with murder in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas that killed 13 and wounded 32. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, and Susan Collins, the panel's top Republican, said in the probe that authorities had...
  • Probe: Army ignored warnings over soldier [PFC Bradley Manning]

    01/28/2011 11:30:57 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 23 replies
    The Miami Herald/McClatchy News ^ | January 28, 2011 | Nancy A. Youssef
    Probe: Army ignored warnings over soldier Supervisors unwisely sent to Iraq an Army private later accused of spreading sensitive information to WikiLeaks, an investigation has concluded. WASHINGTON -- Investigators have concluded that Army commanders ignored advice not to send to Iraq an Army private who is now accused of downloading hundreds of thousands of sensitive reports and diplomatic cables that ended up on the WikiLeaks website in the largest single security breach in American history, McClatchy has learned. Pfc. Bradley Manning's direct supervisor warned that Manning had thrown chairs at colleagues and shouted at higher ranking soldiers in the year...
  • The Air Force Needs a Serious Upgrade

    01/24/2011 10:27:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/10/2010 | Noah Shachtman
    The United States Air Force has long been the envy of the world's militaries—sleek, high-tech and lethal to all who opposed it. Now, at a clandestine military base that serves as the headquarters for the Afghanistan air war, you stare at the rows and rows of decades-old planes and wonder how those things manage to make it into the sky. A maintenance crew works on a rusting, Reagan-era B-1B bomber, its black, bird-like frame soaking in the desert sun. These days the plane has to spend 48.4 hours in the repair shop for every hour it's in the air. Even...
  • Tea Party: Defense Spending Not Exempt From Cuts

    01/23/2011 11:59:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1/24/2011 | CBS News
    Back home, supporters of the conservative tea party movement clamoring for the debt-ridden federal government to slash spending say nothing should be off limits. Tea party-backed lawmakers echo that argument, and they are not exempting the military's multibillion-dollar budget in a time of war. That demand is creating hard choices for the newest members of Congress, especially Republicans who owe their elections and solid House majority to the influential grass-roots movement. Cutting defense and canceling weapons could mean deep spending reductions and high marks from tea partiers as the U.S. wrestles with a $1.3 trillion deficit. Yet it also could...