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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
    ABC ^ | 05 NOV 09
  • 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 (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 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...