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  • Outrage: Pentagon Grants Five States Waivers from MOVE Act

    08/27/2010 1:42:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 27, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    Protecting the rights of active duty military to have their vote counted is apparently not a priority for this administration. In Washington, politicians always like to release bad news on a Friday, as fewer people notice. Today, the Pentagon announced that it had granted the waiver requests of five states seeking to escape requirements to protect military voters. I have written previously here at PJM that all waiver requests should be denied. Unfortunately, if you are an overseas servicemember from Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington, the protections in the MOVE Act aren’t going to apply to you...
  • Islamic extremists in the workplace--Defense Secretary Gates ignores the homegrown Muslim threat

    08/26/2010 5:09:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2010 | Editorial
    Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 14 and wounded 30 in his jihad at Fort Hood in November. According to the Defense Department, the incident wasn't a terrorist attack but merely a case of workplace violence. This is typical of government efforts to paper over the growing domestic Muslim threat. On Aug. 18, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates released the final Fort Hood follow-on review, in which he proposed initiatives to "mitigate internal threats, ensure force protection, enable emergency response and provide care for victims and families." Radical Islam is nowhere to be found. Some passages hint at the nature...
  • Update:13 Soldiers Killed 31 Wounded Fort Hood Shooting [Muslim terrorist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan]

    11/05/2009 12:18:55 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 2,869 replies · 134,525+ views
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  • Eying the Pentagon, Gates considers three changes

    08/17/2010 10:08:04 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | Walter Pincus
    If you need further guidance about how far Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is preparing to go in his effort to change the Pentagon culture and to cap spending, take a look at three new targets he identified last week that have all been "third rail" issues for his predecessors. Last Thursday, before San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Association, Gates raised questions about the Marine Corps' future and said he had ordered the new commandant, Gen. James Amos, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to define "the unique mission of the Marines going forward." He said it after noting that the Corps...
  • Gates wants to retire in 2011

    08/16/2010 8:11:12 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | August 16, 2010 10:43 a.m. EDT | Chris Lawrence and Ed Henry
    Washington (CNN) -- Defense Robert Gates is expected to leave his post in the spring of 2011, a senior administration source told CNN on Monday. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that Gates wants to retire some time next year. Gates was quoted in an article in the magazine Foreign Policy published Monday saying he wanted to step down before the end of 2011. ... In addition, the senior official said, Gates does not want a potentially difficult confirmation battle for his successor to take place in the presidential election year of 2012.
  • Sailors press Gates on how defense budget hits them

    08/13/2010 10:56:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/13/10 | Reuters
    SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) – For sailors aboard the USS Higgins docked in San Diego, a popular question for visiting Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday was how the austerity drive he announced this week would affect them. "We are fighting two wars and so the budget is a huge deal for us," said Naval Petty Officer Michael Allen after Gates gave him and the rest of the crew aboard the guided-missile destroyer a commemorative coin. "On our level there are things we can do (to cut costs) but we don't make the decisions about it," Allen said. Gates was...
  • Officials: Belt-tightening will cut Joint Forces Command

    08/10/2010 3:09:03 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 9, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON— The Defense Department plans to shed one of its 10 major military commands as Defense Secretary Robert Gates tries to pare billions from the Pentagon budget, officials briefed on the plan said Monday. Gates wants to eliminate the Joint Forces Command, long a presumed target for belt-tightening, and will also announce Monday that he wants to cut the Pentagon's use of outside contractors by 10 percent next year, The Associated Press has learned. The Virginia-based command trains troops from different services to fight together. Military and other officials described the planned cuts on condition of anonymity because they were...
  • America's First Black President Seriously Damaging Race Relations

    08/01/2010 2:34:58 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 3+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 01, 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    On March 18, 2008, Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a speech in Philadelphia about race relations in America. It was hailed by many as one of the most honest discussions on this subject since Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination four decades ago. As a result, it was believed his election would dramatically improve a condition that has plagued this country since its founding. Despite the build up, when faced with racial issues, President Obama, rather than solving anything, has actually inflamed the situation. After five such challenges in his brief presidency -- the Henry Louis Gates, Jr. affair, revelations...
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal retirement

    07/24/2010 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, awards the Distinguished Service Medal to U.S. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as he stands with is wife, Annie, during a retirement ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., July 23, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry D. Morrison Looks like Gen. McChrystal and his wife are really trying hard to hold the emotions inside. Awkward moment. Defense Secretary Robert Gates summed it up: We bid farewell to Stan McChrystal today with pride and sadness. Pride for his unique record as a man and soldier; sadness that our comrade...
  • Defense board to recommend that Gates eliminate Joint Forces Command

    07/23/2010 9:37:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1+ views
    the hill ^ | 7/23/10 | Roxana Tiron
    A Pentagon advisory board is expected to recommend that Defense Secretary Robert Gates eliminate the Joint Forces Command as part of a drive to cut Pentagon bloat. The Defense Business Board (DBB), the Pentagon’s independent board of economic and business advisers, has been tasked by Gates to recommend options for reducing the Pentagon’s overhead, or indirect operating expenses. The board is also expected to offer recommendations on making the Pentagon’s business operations more efficient.
  • Buffett Secretly Spending Millions on Abortion Med-School Scheme: NY Times

    07/21/2010 5:15:45 AM PDT · by rhema · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Lifesite News ^ | July 19, 2010 | Patrick B. Craine
    Billionaire investing mogul Warren Buffett has been secretly backing a campaign to combat the decrease in doctors who are training as abortionists and to bring abortion into mainstream medicine, revealed the New York Times this week. In her NYT magazine cover story, journalist Emily Bazelon describes how abortion “rights” activists are working to “recast doctors, changing them from a weak link of abortion to a strong one.” The piece, entitled “The New Abortion Providers,” claims that abortionists and the pro-abort lobby are trying to dispel the image of the “greedy, butchering ‘abortionist’.” “The bold idea at the heart of this...
  • Acquisition Reform Plays Key Role in Pentagon's Cost Savings

    07/16/2010 12:16:12 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | July 15, 2010 | Lisa Daniel
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Acquisition Reform Plays Key Role in Pentagon’s Cost Savings By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 15, 2010 – The Defense Department has the opportunity to save billions of taxpayer dollars through acquisitions reform, but only if it grows its workforce with the right federal workers in place to oversee contracts, a senior Pentagon official said today. “There is a significant opportunity to save billions of dollars, but only if we have a well-trained and sufficient workforce,” Shay Assad, the acting director of the department’s procurement and acquisition policy, said during...
  • Gates, Mullen Urge Participation in Survey

    07/08/2010 3:34:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 – Noting the importance of getting the opinions of those who would be most affected by a possible repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged servicemembers to provide their input. About 400,000 servicemembers are receiving an e-mail survey seeking their opinions, and the department has an online inbox at https://dadt.csd.disa.mil/ for additional feedback from common access card holders. “I think it is very important for us to understand from our men and women in uniform the...
  • Gates Emphasizes Media Engagement Rules

    07/08/2010 1:16:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 – The Defense Department needs to cooperate with the media, but needs to clean up its act in how it goes about it, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. During a Pentagon news conference, Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the secretary’s recent memo to the department’s civilian and military leaders on interaction with the media. “In my approach to media relations, I’ve attempted to be as straightforward and cooperative as possible and encouraged this department’s leaders to do the same,” Gates said. “None of that has...
  • Gates Recommends Mattis for Central Command Job

    07/08/2010 12:47:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today recommended Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended to President Barack Obama that he nominate Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, to succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as commander of U.S. Central Command. DoD photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. If confirmed by the Senate, Mattis will succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who now commands U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Mattis currently is commander...
  • Gates Issues Memo to Leaders on Media Engagement

    07/06/2010 1:34:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    WASHINGTON, July 6, 2010 – In a memo to senior civilian and military leaders, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reiterated the need for leaders to take media engagement seriously, and to stay within their levels of knowledge. The memo, issued the afternoon of July 2, was the culmination of weeks of discussion within the Pentagon on leader interaction with the media. In the memo, the secretary said he is concerned that the department has grown lax in following long-established rules and procedures for engagement with the media. “We have far too many people talking to the media outside of channels,...
  • Panel’s report on Skip Gates’ arrest flawed

    07/03/2010 7:01:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 3, 2010 | Joe Fitzgerald
    It came as no surprise when a Cambridge Review Committee concluded Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose combative behavior and mouthiness led to his arrest last summer, was provoked by an overly aggressive and culturally insensitive cop. Even by Cambridge’s hare-brained standards, that’s unconscionable. Sgt. James Crowley, believing he was responding to a break-in when he arrived at the professor’s door, had every reason to suspect he was in harm’s way. So he encountered Gates in a highly charged atmosphere, which the latter then intensified by becoming belligerent when asked to produce identification.
  • Gates Tightens Rules for Military and the Media

    07/02/2010 6:59:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 3+ views
    nyt ^ | 7/2/10 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — Nine days after a four-star general was relieved of command for comments made to Rolling Stone magazine, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates issued orders on Friday tightening the reins on officials dealing with the news media. The memorandum requires top-level Pentagon and military leaders to notify the office of the Defense Department’s assistant secretary for public affairs “prior to interviews or any other means of media and public engagement with possible national or international implications.” Just as the removal of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal from command in Afghanistan was viewed as President Obama’s reassertion of civilian control of...
  • Robert Gates: David Petraeus can make changes

    06/24/2010 1:09:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | June 24, 2010 | Gordon Lubold
    Gen. David Petraeus will be given the “flexibility” to submit recommendations on the Afghanistan strategy once he arrives there, but he is on board with the overall approach, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today. “The president has established the strategy, but from my perspective, General Petraeus will have the flexibility to look at the campaign plan and the approach and – and all manner of things when he gets to Afghanistan, assuming Senate confirmation,” Gates said at the Pentagon Thursday. Any new commander can make changes as he sees fit, he said. “And so my expectation is, certainly, that...
  • Future of C-17 looks shaky

    06/24/2010 3:28:11 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies · 2+ views
    politico ^ | Jun 24, 2010 | JEN DIMASCIO
    The Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster cargo jet once had a comfortable ride as a project the Defense Department rarely requested but Congress continued to fund — an arrangement that allowed the military, lawmakers and lobbyists to share in the largesse year after year. But the terrain appears much rockier for the Boeing-made plane in fiscal year 2011, as Congress looks for ways to trim the deficit and, more important, Defense Secretary Robert Gates digs in hard against the plane, securing a veto threat against funding for it from President Barack Obama. “He’s made this a manhood issue,” a defense industry...
  • Keep McChrystal

    06/23/2010 3:04:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 23, 2010 | Editorial
    Will Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan, still have his job this afternoon, after today's all-but-certain dressing-down from President Obama? "All options are on the table," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said yesterday. There's no denying that Obama would be justified in relieving McChrystal of command as a result of intemperate remarks he and his top aides made to a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine. But that would be a huge mistake. McChrystal, to put it bluntly, is a great general who is uniquely suited to the demands of an unconventional war that -- sadly but obviously...
  • Angry pols targeting war chief

    06/23/2010 2:59:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 23, 2010 | Charles Hurt
    WASHINGTON -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal's comments about President Obama and other administration officials went off like a roadside bomb at the highest levels of Washington yesterday. Defense Secretary Robert Gates blasted the general for "poor judgment" and ordered him to return immediately to Washington to discuss the matter face-to-face today. Gates said McChrystal had apologized to him and others named in the Rolling Stone article -- but Gates declined to let him off the hook. "I believe that General McChrystal made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment in this case," he said in a statement. Wisconsin Democrat Rep. David...
  • New Study Justifies Arrest of Henry Louis Gates (Beer summit)

    06/22/2010 3:01:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 2+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 22, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
    Could the headline-making arrest last July of Harvard African-American Studies Professor Henry Louis Gates by a white Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer be justified? While the official civil-rights narrative continues to cast Gates as a victim, the facts, as National Legal and Policy Center reported in detail at the time, appear to vindicate Police Sergeant James Crowley. Now a new report by a Boston University-affiliated journalism think tank is providing even more fuel for that view. The study, which examined arrests for disorderly conduct in Cambridge over several years, concludes that local police have not engaged in a pattern of racial...
  • Europe Could Face Hundreds Of Iranian Missiles - Gates [Obama's Deadly Legacy!]

    06/17/2010 1:27:27 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 342+ views
    NYTimes ^ | June 17, 2010
    Europe Could Face Hundreds Of Iranian Missiles - Gates By REUTERS June 17, 2010 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence showing Iran likely would have the capability to attack Europe with "scores or even hundreds" of missiles factored into the Obama administration's decision to overhaul missile defenses, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday. Citing the growing Iranian missile threat, the United States announced plans last September to integrate sea- and land-based missile defenses in and around its NATO allies in Europe, referred to as the "phased adaptive approach." "One of the elements of the intelligence that contributed to the decision...
  • Gates Concerned About Pessimism on Afghanistan

    06/17/2010 3:53:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 192+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is concerned about emerging public pessimism and cynicism regarding the outcome of U.S. operations in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said here today. Gates says Americans need to remember what was happening in Afghanistan a year ago to appreciate how far the country has progressed since then, Morrell said. “I don’t know that he’s laying the blame with anyone in particular,” the press secretary said. “It just seems as though there is a great deal of not just skepticism, but cynicism about … our operations there, and an effort...
  • The $600 billion challenge(Bill Gates & Warren Buffett feeling generous?)

    06/16/2010 8:31:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 314+ views
    Fortune ^ | 06/16/10 | Carol J. Loomis
    June 16, 2010, 7:00 am The $600 billion challenge Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett are asking the nation's billionaires to pledge to give at least half their net worth to charity, in their lifetimes or at death. If their campaign succeeds, it could change the face of philanthropy. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates figuring out how to get billionaires to give half. Flying cross-country in March, Bill Gates stopped in Omaha to lunch near the airport with Warren Buffett at a Hollywood Diner, giving it a small place in history as one venue where the two made plans...
  • Gates, Buffett Goad Peers to Give Billions to Charity

    06/16/2010 8:22:24 PM PDT · by chickadee · 17 replies · 466+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 17, 2010 | ROBERT A. GUTH And SHELLY BANJO
    Warren Buffett and Bill Gates called Wednesday on their billionaire peers to give away half of their wealth. The pronouncement by Messrs. Buffett and Gates stems from a series of dinners the two men held over the past year to discuss the effects of the recession on philanthropy with some of the nation's richest people, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, investor Ronald O. Perelman and David Rockefeller, his family's patriarch. The result of the dinners is an invitation, called the Giving Pledge, which asks the nation's billionaires to publicly commit to give at least half of their wealth to...
  • The 'Bring Back the Draft' Act (DADT repeal)

    06/14/2010 4:09:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 701+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2010 | Frank Gaffney
    As early as this week, the United States Senate may turn to the annual legislation known as "The National Defense Authorization Act" (NDAA) that is supposed to provide the Pentagon what it needs to defend our nation. Unfortunately, thanks to an amendment added in the Senate Armed Services Committee that would impose the radical homosexual agenda on the U.S. military, a more appropriate title for this bill would be "The Bring Back the Draft Act." Mind you, none of the bill's sponsors would want it given such a descriptor. Nor are they likely to own up to the reality that...
  • Gates: More Trainers Would Speed Afghanistan Transition

    06/11/2010 3:16:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 116+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 11, 2010 – Support for the mission in Afghanistan from allies and partners has increased steadily in the past year, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. At a news conference following the conclusion of two days of meetings with his fellow NATO defense ministers, Gates said the alliance’s defense leaders generally agree that the effort in Afghanistan is moving in the right direction and that they realize the road ahead will be long and hard. They also believe the elements of success – troops, civilians, strategy, growing Afghan security forces’ capacity – are in place...
  • Gates: Turkey 'pushed eastward' by Europe

    06/11/2010 7:03:27 AM PDT · by throwback · 5 replies · 237+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | 06.09.10 | Unknown
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates voiced concern Wednesday about Turkey's breakdown in relations with Israel and signs that Ankara – pushed, he said, by some in Europe – may be drifting "eastward". "The deterioration in the relationship between Turkey and Israel over the past year or so is a matter of concern," Gates told reporters in London. "I think the two had a pretty constructive relationship and one that contributed to stability in the region, and I hope that, over time, that kind of constructive relationship can be reestablished," he added. Relations between Israel and Turkey broke down after a...
  • Gates: Nuclear Weapons Would Make Iran Less Secure

    06/11/2010 2:20:34 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 380+ views
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCS PRESS SERVICE) ^ | LONDON, June 8, 2010 | By John D. Banusiewicz
    Note: The following text is a quote: Gates: Nuclear Weapons Would Make Iran Less Secure By John D. Banusiewicz American Forces Press Service LONDON, June 8, 2010 – If Iran were to succeed in acquiring nuclear weapons, the subsequent chain of events would make that country less secure, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. During a news conference, both Gates and British Defense Secretary Liam Fox expressed confidence that the United Nations Security Council soon will pass a new resolution imposing sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program and that more unilateral sanctions could follow from countries concerned...
  • SecDef Hillary Rodham Clinton

    06/10/2010 7:25:53 PM PDT · by SCPatriot77 · 40 replies · 815+ views
    More: For Women of Style and Substance ^ | June 2010 | Susan Toepfer
    Is Hillary Changing Jobs? Rumors are ricocheting through Washington that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wants to retire--and that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may soon replace him as Secretary of Defense. And why not? The woman who campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination with a TV ad declaring her “readiness” to fight has more than proven her grit in the last year. She stood up to Korea, blasted Pakistan, got pissed at Israel, came to terms with China.
  • Gates offers strong support to Clapper

    06/06/2010 11:21:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 421+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2010 | Roxana Tiron
    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Sunday strongly backed the nomination of James Clapper as the new Director of National Intelligence. Seeking to ease congressional concern over the nomination, Gates called Clapper "the consummate intelligence professional who has the respect of virtually everybody in the community." "The President could not have found a better person, a more experienced person, or with a better temperament to do this job and actually make it work, than Jim Clapper," Gates told reporters en route from Singapore to Baku, Azerbaijan. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who heads the Senate Intelligence panel, expressed concern about naming...
  • Military chiefs split with Mullen on gays--Deal rushes repeal of ban (Mullen flipped)

    06/02/2010 9:10:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 571+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2010 | Rowan Scarborough
    The debate over gays in the military has driven an extraordinary public wedge between the nation's highest-ranking military officer and the four service chiefs who collectively make up the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs chairman, in February first broke with the chiefs of the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps by endorsing President Obama's campaign pledge to end the military's ban on open homosexuals. The gap widened last week. Adm. Mullen approved a White House deal for Congress to go ahead with a vote on repeal of the law barring openly gay members from the...
  • China says no thanks to US defense chief

    06/02/2010 6:53:41 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 12 replies · 558+ views
    Google News/AP ^ | June 2, 2010 | ANNE GEARAN
    China has ruled out a stopover by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who had hoped to make improved military ties with Beijing the centerpiece of his trip to Asia this week. Gates leaves Wednesday for an around-the-world trip that will take him to countries in Asia and Europe, but aides said China has explained that this is not a convenient time.
  • Obama Backs Gates in Budget Debate

    05/31/2010 2:47:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 452+ views
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Obama Backs Gates in Budget Debate American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 28, 2010 – President Barack Obama today promised to veto any legislation that includes funding for an alternate engine for the F-35 joint strike fighter or more C-17 cargo jets, expressing his “strong support” for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ budget-reform effort. “As the Congress continues its work on funding bills for the Department of Defense, I want to reiterate my strong support for the reforms Secretary Gates is advancing at the Pentagon,” Obama said in a written statement the White...
  • Armed Services chairman opposes DADT repeal plan

    05/25/2010 4:13:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 414+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 25, 2010 | Jordan Fabian
    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday said he opposes a deal struck between the White House and Congress to allow gays to serve openly in the military. On Monday, Congress and the White House reached a deal on repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell policy" against openly gay service members. The compromise would allow legislation to be passed, but implementation would only occur once a Pentagon panel concludes a study of the repeal. But Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) said he would prefer that the Pentagon finish its review before moving any legislation. “My position on this...
  • Gates gives nod to Don't Ask repeal deal

    05/25/2010 10:47:42 AM PDT · by pissant · 25 replies · 552+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/25/10 | Laura Rosen
    After a conspicuous silence overnight in the wake of the Senate Armed Services Committee reaching a compromise on repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, Defense Secretary Robert Gates weighs in today with a somewhat muted endorsement: he can live with it. "Secretary Gates continues to believe that ideally the DOD review should be completed before there is any legislation to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell law," Gates' spokesman Geoff Morrell emailed journalists this morning.
  • White House backs compromise on gays in military

    05/25/2010 3:43:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 455+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 24, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- A proposal to step up the repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military but still allow the Pentagon time - perhaps even years - to implement new policies won the White House's backing on Monday after administration officials met with gay rights activists. The White House budget office sent a letter supporting the proposal to remove the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" law even as the Pentagon continues a review of the system. Implementation of policy for gays serving openly would still require the approval of President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert...
  • Did the Harvard Professor Write “Stupidly”?

    05/24/2010 9:34:34 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 22 replies · 1,704+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-23-10 | Wordsmith
    A month and a day ago, Henry Louis Gates wrote a remarkable op-ed for the NYTimes, "How to End the Slavery Blame-Game". "Remarkable" because of who wrote it (and I suppose remarkable whenever the NYTimes prints something that actually makes us believers in American exceptionalism stand up and cheer). If the Nation of Islam is booing it, then you know the Harvard professor must have said something right. Here's part of what he wrote: While we are all familiar with the role played by the United States and the European colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain, there...
  • Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation

    05/18/2010 4:15:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 1,099+ views
    Times ^ | 24 May 2009 | John Harlow
    Some of America's leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world's population and speed up improvements in health and education. The philanthropists who attended a summit convened on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change. Described as the Good Club by one insider it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America's wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah...
  • Great power no more?

    05/17/2010 4:07:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 363+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 16, 2010 | ARTHUR HERMAN
    It seems Barack Obama has a new presidential role model, at least as far as national de fense is concerned: Dwight Eisenhower. But the Ike that Obama likes isn't the easy-going golfing geezer -- and certainly not the grim Cold Warrior who promised massive nuclear retaliation on the enemy if they started any serious trouble. No, this is the Ike who slashed America's defense budget by more than a quarter after the Korean War, and who, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, was willing to "make hard choices" about where American military might should be used, and where it shouldn't....
  • Pentagon must cut overhead, restrain spending

    05/09/2010 2:50:02 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 24 replies · 791+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/9/10 | CNN Wire Staff
    The Pentagon must hold down its spending and make choices that will anger "powerful people" in an era of economic strain, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a weekend speech in Kansas. Increasing health care costs, a top-heavy uniformed and civilian management force, and big-ticket weapons systems are swelling the military's budget at an "unsustainable" rate, Gates said. In response, Gates said, he has ordered the Defense Department's military and civilian leaders to find savings of 2 to 3 percent -- more than $10 billion of the Pentagon's roughly $550 billion base budget -- and shift spending toward war-fighting costs.
  • Gates To Navy: Anchors Away

    05/07/2010 5:30:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies · 2,553+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 7, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Military Advantage: Our defense secretary proposes doing what no other foreign adversary has done: sink the U.S. Navy. We don't need those billion-dollar destroyers, he says. Meanwhile, the Chinese navy rushes to fill the vacuum. Once Britannia ruled the waves, later to be replaced by America and its Navy. From the Battle of Midway to President Reagan's 600-ship fleet that helped win the Cold War, naval supremacy has been critical to the protection and survival of our nation. Which is why we find the recent remarks of Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the Navy League at the Sea-Air-Space expo so...
  • Gates to Brief Senate on New START Treaty

    05/06/2010 11:38:45 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 326+ views
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | May 6, 2010 | By Elaine Wilson
    Note: The following text is a quote: Gates to Brief Senate on New START Treaty by Elaine Wilson American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 6, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is slated to go to Capitol Hill today to brief the full Senate on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed last month, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters today. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also are slated to...
  • Gates Fires At Carriers, Subs, EFV

    05/06/2010 5:46:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 62 replies · 1,254+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | 5/6/10 | Clark
    In his first speech to the Navy League, Defense Secretary Robert Gates laid out a grim portrait of a smaller fleet, one with fewer aircraft carriers, few or no new submarines and a sharply curtailed expeditionary capability for the Marines. Gates told a somber audience today that he did “not foresee any significant top-line increases in the shipbuilding budget beyond current assumptions. At the end of the day, we have to ask whether the nation can really afford a Navy that relies on $3 to $6 billion destroyers, $7 billion submarines, and $11 billion carriers.” On top of that, as...
  • Gates satisfied with US planning to counter Iran threat

    04/27/2010 9:21:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 259+ views
    reuters ^ | 4/27/10 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday he was very satisfied with Pentagon planning to counter the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program.
  • Gates Satisfied With U.S. Planning to Counter Iran

    04/27/2010 5:23:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 172+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 27, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed satisfaction with the level of planning by the Defense Department and other elements of the U.S. government to counter threats from Iran. “I'm very satisfied with the planning process both within this building and in the interagency,” Gates told Pentagon reporters. “We spend a lot of time on Iran, and we'll continue to do so.”Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, appearing alongside Gates after a meeting at the Pentagon, endorsed diplomatic efforts and sanctions to steer Iran away from its nuclear ambitions.“We think that they should be blocked,” Barak...
  • The Gates Memo-one of the most significant developments in the Obama presidency

    04/25/2010 10:43:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies · 1,428+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | Apr 21 2010
    It was one of the most significant developments in the Obama presidency. We refer to the leak last week of an explosive top secret memo sent in January by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to President Obama's national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, deploring the lack of planning concerning Iranian nuclear aspirations should the administration's much ballyhooed outreach approach fail. In itself, the memo's conclusion is nothing less than stunning - a senior official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, characterized the document as "a wake-up call." Yet the very fact that this highly classified analysis was leaked...
  • Ending the Slavery Blame-Game

    04/23/2010 12:08:14 AM PDT · by lbryce · 35 replies · 1,323+ views
    NewYork Times ^ | April 22, 2010 | Henry Louis Gates Jr
    THANKS to an unlikely confluence of history and genetics — the fact that he is African-American and president — Barack Obama has a unique opportunity to reshape the debate over one of the most contentious issues of America’s racial legacy: reparations, the idea that the descendants of American slaves should receive compensation for their ancestors’ unpaid labor and bondage. There are many thorny issues to resolve before we can arrive at a judicious (if symbolic) gesture to match such a sustained, heinous crime. Perhaps the most vexing is how to parcel out blame to those directly involved in the capture...