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  • Pentagon Pulls Security Clearance of Trump White House Aide: Political retribution by anti-Trumpers

    05/07/2017 10:09:33 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 4, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon this week suspended the security clearance of a White House National Security Council analyst that U.S. officials say was the target of political retribution by government bureaucrats opposed to President Trump's appointees. Adam S. Lovinger, a 12-year strategic affairs analyst with the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment (ONA), has been on loan to the NSC since January when he was picked for the position by then-National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn. Lovinger was notified in a letter from the Pentagon on Monday that his Top-Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) clearance had been suspended and that he had to...
  • Senators Told North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Urgent

    04/26/2017 3:46:40 PM PDT · by rxsid · 56 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 04/26/2017 | Bill Gertz
    "Senators Told North Korea Nuclear Threat Is UrgentBY: Bill Gertz - April 26, 2017 5:57 pm The Senate took part in a rare White House briefing on Wednesday to hear what senior leaders described as "an urgent national security threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. The hour-long secret session for all senators was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, and included a brief appearance from President Trump who made short, introductory remarks. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also took part in the session. His...
  • Pentagon: Russia, China Able to Launch Catastrophic Cyber Attacks on U.S. Infrastructure...

    03/10/2017 5:52:24 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/10/17 | Bill Gertz
    Critical American infrastructure like the electric grid will remain vulnerable to catastrophic cyber attacks from Russia and China for at least 10 years, according to a Pentagon study.A report by a Defense Science Board task force concludes that the decade-long cyber vulnerabilities must be mitigated while the Pentagon quickly creates new cyber deterrence capabilities, including offensive cyber weapons designed to inflict damage on adversaries and their leaders.The 44-page report, "Task Force on Cyber Deterrence" was made public Feb. 28. It is based on a two-year study by a panel of military and defense experts.The report presents a dire picture of weaknesses...
  • Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

    08/18/2016 1:04:23 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood is outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11. The directive was produced in 2011 and outlines administration support for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, according to officials familiar with the classified study. Efforts to force the administration to release the directive or portions of...
  • Pentagon Not Targeting Islamic State Training Camps

    08/29/2015 5:48:24 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/28/2015 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials. The camps are spread throughout Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria and are off limits in the U.S.-led international bombing campaign because of concerns about collateral damage, said officials familiar with planning and execution of the yearlong bombing campaign. Additionally, the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) camps have been so successful that Islamic State leaders are considering expanding the camps to Libya and Yemen....
  • Obama Goes to War

    09/11/2014 8:33:05 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | September 10, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Nearly six years into a presidency devoted to ending wars, President Obama on Wednesday announced he is launching a new global war against the ultra-violent al Qaeda terror group known as the Islamic State. The president’s new strategy of conducting U.S. airstrikes combined with foreign military ground operations against IS in Iraq and Syria, however, will be limited to the terror group, and lacks what analysts say is a broader ideological offensive against Islamist terror of all stripes.
  • SEAL Team 6 member becomes Pentagon’s poster girl in transgender recruiting

    06/26/2014 6:32:43 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 97 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 6/26/2014 | Bill Gertz
    A former member of SEAL Team 6 has become the poster girl for a Pentagon effort to include transgenders — people who have undergone sex-change operations — in the ranks. Kristin Beck, formerly Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Beck, spoke recently at several high-profile events at intelligence agencies and the Pentagon to promote the integration of transgenders. “Transgender service in the armed forces, yes it will happen soon,” she said on Twitter. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, among the most politically correct Pentagon chiefs of the past several decades, fueled the effort within the Pentagon to integrate transgenders in May when...
  • CIA official dies in apparent suicide

    04/05/2014 1:54:03 PM PDT · by mgist · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/5/13 | Gertz
    A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D., Calif.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has said the CIA has blocked efforts by the committee to investigate harsh interrogation of terrorists. Committee staff members working at a CIA facility in Northern Virginia to investigate agency interrogation practices also have charged that the CIA covertly searched the agency’s computers that were being used in the investigation. The agency subsequently reported that several Senate...
  • Iran-North Korea Missile Cooperation Undermines Recent Geneva Nuclear Deal

    11/27/2013 5:49:29 AM PST · by Innovative · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Nov 27, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Iranian collaboration with North Korea on a new rocket booster for long-range missiles undermines the deal with Tehran on its nuclear program, key Senate and House Republicans said on Tuesday. “While the president was undertaking his secret negotiations—which Congress wasn’t informed of—he had to know Iran and North Korea were testing new engines for ballistic missiles to target the United States,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces. Reports of Iran-North Korea ICBM collaboration follow new anti-America and anti-Israel outbursts from the Islamist regime in Tehran, Cruz said. “The Iranian regime...
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner-Gertz

    03/05/2013 10:15:43 AM PST · by Syncro · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 4, 2013 7:00 pm | Bill Gertz
    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Chinese general who threatened nuclear strike on U.S. visits Washington this week Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerBy Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon A Chinese general who once threatened to use nuclear weapons against hundreds of U.S. cities will visit the Pentagon this week as part of a U.S.-China military exchange program. Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu, who is head of China’s National Defense University, will take part in a  “familiarization exchange,” Maj. Catherine Wilkinson, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told the Free Beacon. “The delegation will visit Hawaii and D.C.,” she said. “A military delegation from the U.S. Pacific...
  • Former Security Officials to Obama: Cancel Nuke Cuts

    02/22/2013 2:47:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/22/13 | Bill Gertz
    A group of 18 former military and national security officials wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday urging the administration to cancel plans for further cuts in United States nuclear warheads, warning that new arms reductions would undermine U.S. security. The ex-officials, including two former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in the letter to Obama that North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test, and concerns about growing Pyongyang-Tehran nuclear arms cooperation, undermines any further disarmament sought by the president. “In our professional judgment, born of decades of experience with national security policy and practice, America’s ‘triad’ of nuclear-armed...
  • Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers

    01/25/2013 9:55:17 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | February 28, 2012 | Joe Newby
    In an effort to cut defense spending, the Obama Administration plans to cut health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while not touching the benefits enjoyed by unionized civilian defense workers. The move, congressional aides suggested, is to force those individuals into Obamacare, Bill Gertz reported at the Washington Beacon. Gertz added: The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and...
  • Anti-Terror Exercises Planned for D.C. Skies

    08/20/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    free beacon ^ | August 20, 2012 5:09 pm | Bill Gertz
    Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft will fly “intercept and identification” exercises over Washington tonight as part of efforts to prevent suicide aircraft attacks or other threats to the capital, a military spokesman said. The latest exercise of what the North American Aerospace Defense Command calls “Falcon Virgo” involves Civil Air Patrol Cessna-182 light aircraft and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, NORAD said in a statement. “We want to make sure people seeing these planes aren’t concerned,” said NORAD spokesman John Cornelio. “One of the reasons we put out notice of...
  • OBAMA TO SHARE SECRETS (Will give Russians top secret missile data, if they promise to be good!)

    01/09/2012 12:30:22 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 52 replies
    WT ^ | Bill gertz
    President Obama signaled Congress this week that he is prepared to share U.S. missile defense secrets with Russia. U.S. officials are planning to provide Moscow with the SM-3 data, despite reservations from security officials who say that doing so could compromise the effectiveness of the system by allowing Russian weapons technicians to counter the missile. The weapons are considered some of the most effective high-speed interceptors in the U.S. missile defense arsenal. There are also concerns that Russia could share the secret data with China and rogue states such as Iran and North Korea to help their missile programs defeat...
  • Spy swap puts halt to fact finding

    07/14/2010 7:37:04 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | By Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration's rapid release of 10 Russian intelligence officers removed the prospect of a public trial revealing embarrassing facts about Russian influence operations, like the targeting of a key Democratic Party financier close to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Current and former national security officials critical of the speedy exchange with Moscow also said trading the 10 spies for four Russians less than two weeks after their arrest also limited U.S. counterspies from learning important details of Russian espionage and influence operations. Questions about the handling of the case were raised Tuesday during a closed-door briefing of the...
  • Biden seeks test ban and end to all U.S. nukes

    02/19/2010 12:22:06 AM PST · by SmartInsight · 34 replies · 1,048+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 19, 2010 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration will move ahead with Senate ratification of a treaty banning nuclear tests that was voted down by Republicans more than a decade ago, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. said Thursday. In a speech setting out the administration's arms-control agenda, Mr. Biden also said the United States will continue to pursue President Obama's call for the elimination of all U.S. nuclear arms, but defended spending $7 billion in the coming year to repair an aging arsenal.
  • Obama Wants To Make Global Warming Key Element In US Defense Strategy! (new headline)

    02/10/2010 10:05:01 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 44 replies · 1,224+ views
    WashTimes ^ | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon's new four-year strategy review seeks to advance the Obama administration's effort to make climate change a key element of its domestic and international policies. The Quadrennial Defense Review report, which is meant to guide defense and military policies and weapons purchases, lists global warming and energy security as among the four most important security priorities, despite recent reports suggesting the science behind climate change has been skewed. Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, presented a less alarming view in his statement to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday. He noted that U.S. intelligence...
  • Muslim question persists in Army shooting--Signs missed at Fort Hood

    01/18/2010 9:38:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 370+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2010 | Bill Gertz
    Fear of offending Muslims or being insensitive to religion was likely a key factor to why Army supervisors missed signs that the suspect in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage was a Muslim extremist, according to national security experts. Senior Pentagon officials last week sought to play down or sidestep questions about why Army supervisors and FBI counterterrorism officials missed warning signs or failed to take action against Army Maj. Nidal Hasan before the Nov. 5 attack, which killed 13 people — all but one them soldiers. Rep. Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee,...
  • Inside the Ring: North Korean leadership (Chia Head given up on Western medicine)

    07/10/2009 2:28:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 504+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 07/09/09 | Bill Gertz
    Inside the Ring Bill Gertz INSIDE THE RING (Contact) North Korean leadership New reports from U.S. and diplomatic sources say that the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il continues to decline and that he may have only one more year to live. A U.S. official who is familiar with the Korea situation but spoke on condition that he not be named said there are signs that Mr. Kim is still not well nearly a year after he suffered a stroke. "Kim Jong-il certainly hasn't been in good shape since his stroke last year, and, as time wears on, it's...
  • U.S. 'Ready' for N. Korean Missile [NK Wouldn't Have Dreamt Of A Missile Firing Under Reagan!]

    07/01/2009 8:58:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,043+ views
    U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile Pyongyang expected to test ICBM By Bill Gertz July 2, 2009 COLORADO SPRINGS | U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times. "The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened by a long-range ICBM that I've...