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  • Graham: Trump citing cost for end of war games is 'ridiculous'

    06/13/2018 5:10:12 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 43 replies
    cnn ^ | 06/13/2018 | Sophie Tatum
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's reasoning for the United States stopping war games on the Korean Peninsula because of cost is "ridiculous," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday night. "It is ridiculous," Graham told CNN's Anderson Cooper. Graham continued by saying he did support stopping the drills, but in order "to give North Korea some breathing space to see if we can get a deal," noting that "the money we spend training with our allies is money well spent." "It's not a burden onto the American taxpayer to have a forward deployed force in South Korea. It brings stability. It's a warning...
  • Struggling Russia cuts military spending — and it could weaken its forces worldwide

    05/02/2018 1:38:26 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com/ ^ | 5/2/18 | Daniel Dickson and Jack Stubbs
    Russian military spending fell by a fifth last year, its first decline in nearly two decades, with tighter purse-strings likely to affect Moscow's military activity ahead. But while global military spending rose one percent to $1,739 billion last year, Russia's fell 20 percent in real terms to $66.3 billion. Russia's finances are still fragile following a two-year economic downturn brought on by Western sanctions and a collapse in global oil prices.STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Russian military spending fell by a fifth last year, its first decline in nearly two decades, with tighter purse-strings likely to affect Moscow's military activity ahead, a...
  • Pentagon To Sell-Off Its AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter Fleet

    01/23/2018 7:50:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | January 19, 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg—Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Co The Department of Defense plans on putting its surplus fleet of AH-1W Super Cobras up for sale on the international arms market. The news comes as the USMC continues to outfit its light attack helicopter squadrons with new-build AH-1Z "Viper" derivatives of the Bell design, which traces its roots directly to the iconic UH-1 Iroquois/Huey. A recent business opportunity posting over at Fedbizops.gov describes the need for flight and maintenance training, sustainment, and refitting "Whisky Cobras" with new commercially available off-the-shelf avionics upgrades in preparation for foreign transfers of the type...
  • Banning Transgender Troops Could Cost U.S.$960 Million, Report Says

    08/15/2017 12:03:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 92 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 15, 2017 | by MEDARDO PEREZ
    A new report estimates banning transgender service members would set the U.S. back $960 million, challenging President Donald Trump's pro-ban argument about "the tremendous medical costs" associated with permitting transgender people to serve in the military. The report, co-authored by the Palm Center and current and retired professors at the Naval Postgraduate School, estimates the cost to replace transgender service members would be 100 times greater than current estimates for the annual cost of providing them transition-related care. "President Trump said that he wants to fire honorably serving transgender troops in order to save money, but that begs the question,...
  • Robert Gates disarmed America, dares to attack Trump (Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady)

    09/26/2016 6:30:45 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    WND ^ | Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady
    President Obama held Gates over from the Bush era probably to tout his bipartisan credentials. Gates was listed as a Republican. He is as much a Republican as is Colin Powell – or as Obama is bipartisan. Obama knew Gates would be a willing ally in fundamentally transforming the military (as part of transforming America) from the ass-kicking outfit he inherited to the girly men can kickers it has become. Obama promised to disarm America to a level acceptable to Islam! He did, and Gates was a willing ally. Gates immediately fell in line with Obama’s anti-military, anti-American, pro-Muslim programs....
  • Pentagon can’t account for $6.5 trillion of taxpayer money – IG report

    08/20/2016 1:18:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    RT ^ | 08/20/16
    The Pentagon failed to account for $6.5 trillion in its financial statement, a recently-recovered Inspector General’s report on the 2015 fiscal year said. It reveals the audit of the Department of Defense was “materially misstated.” The army failed to provide “accurate, complete, timely and well-supported” documents that could have explained the use of trillions of dollars in quarterly and yearend adjustments. The US military made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year, but could not provide anything that would detail what it spent the money on. There were a total...
  • Plans in place for former bombing site clean-up, funds lacking

    07/22/2016 9:35:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | karen.schaffner@svherald.com
    SIERRA VISTA — A representative from the Army Corps of Engineers revealed the findings Wednesday of a four-year munitions study of more than 1,500 acres in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area (SPRNCA), southeast of the San Pedro House. The study was looking for live munitions or other environmental factors from World War II Army use that would impact the acreage. Two live explosives and fragments of explosives in the dense, thorny acreage were discovered. A third live explosive was carried out by a hiker and turned over to tlocal authorities. “It is not a hospitable site,” said 1st Lt....
  • Bernie Sanders versus the Pentagon

    06/22/2016 10:22:52 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 7 replies
    POLITICO ^ | February 18, 2016 | Michael Crowley
    In 1995, he introduced a bill to terminate America’s nuclear weapons program. As late as 2002, he supported a 50 percent cut for the Pentagon. And he says corrupt defense contractors are to blame for “massive fraud” and a “bloated military budget.” Since he arrived in Congress, Bernie Sanders has been a fierce crusader against Pentagon spending, calling for defense cuts that few Democrats have been willing to support. Should he defeat Hillary Clinton, analysts say, he will likely be the biggest critic of the Pentagon to win a major party nomination since World War II. Story Continued Below “He...
  • America’s Worn-Out "Arsenal of Democracy" Looks More Like an Antiques Roadshow

    06/10/2016 3:28:16 PM PDT · by Smittie · 18 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 10, 2016 | Loren B. Thompson
    Chinese fighter pilots trying to enforce Beijing's control of nearby airspace must be confused about the U.S. military. They have been trained to expect the latest in military technology from the world's sole superpower. But the U.S. planes they intercept look more like exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum. Earlier this month, two Chinese jets intercepted a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the East China Sea. The RC-135 is based on an airframe developed in the 1950s; the last military version of the airframe was assembled in 1965. In May, the Chinese intercepted a U.S....
  • Saudi Arabia passes Russia as world’s third biggest military spender

    04/06/2016 12:50:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 05, 2016 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Global military spending reached almost $1.7 trillion in 2015, marking a year-on-year increase for the first time since 2011, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks arms expenditure around the world. The United States remained far and away the top spender, which despite a dip from 2014, accounted for more than a third of total global spending. It was followed by China and then, perhaps surprisingly, Saudi Arabia, which supplanted Russia in third place.
  • Obama wants to quadruple military spending in Europe to counter Russian aggression

    02/02/2016 5:42:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    In another acknowledgment that sanctions and diplomacy haven't deterred Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, the Obama administration said Tuesday it wants to quadruple military spending in Europe to reassure NATO allies still anxious over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. The spending would increase to $3.4 billion under the new plan, which will be introduced next week as part of Mr. Obama's final budget. Having been unable to dislodge Russian President Vladimir Putin's proxy forces from Ukraine through diplomacy, Mr. Obama now wants to spend the extra money on "continuous U.S. armored brigade rotations" through stations in Central and Eastern Europe, beefed-up...
  • Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent

    03/03/2015 8:00:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2015 10:58 PM EST
    China’s legislative spokeswoman says the country’s military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year. […] Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the National People’s Congress, says this year’s military budget figure—to be confirmed Thursday—is in line with an overall increase in government spending of about 10 percent. …
  • U.S. Army wants a new gun

    12/04/2014 8:47:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 109 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Aaron Smith
    After about 30 years of using the Beretta as the primary sidearm pistol for the U.S. military, the Pentagon is seeking a new gun contract. For gun manufacturers, this kind of a contract is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While the Beretta lasted three decades, the U.S. military's first semiautomatic standard-issue sidearm, the M1911 from Colt, lasted nearly 90 years. It was issued during the U.S. war in the Philippines through the World Wars to Vietnam and beyond.
  • Army can't track spending on $4.3b system to track spending, IG finds

    09/04/2014 10:05:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    wa ex ^ | September 4, 2014 | Mark Flatten
    More than $725 million was spent by the Army on a high-tech network for tracking supplies and expenses that failed to comply with federal financial reporting rules meant to allow auditors to track spending, according to an inspector general’s report issued Wednesday. The Global Combat Support System-Army, a logistical support system meant to track supplies, spare parts and other equipment, was launched in 1997. In 2003, the program switched from custom software to a web-based commercial software system. About $95 million was spent before the switch was made, according to the report from the Department of Defense IG. As of...
  • Military Spending to be Gutted Under Obama and Hagel

    02/24/2014 3:27:21 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 23 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 24, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    Liberals love spending money, especially when that spending is done by big government using taxpayer dollars. However, there is one area where liberals, who throw out gobs of cash for every breath they seem to take, always find themselves cost-conscious and frugal: the military. Yep, government can spend like a drunken sailor on shore leave, but once the military comes into the equation, liberals act like coupon-cutting housewives. It was announced earlier today that Chuck Hagel has plans to shrink the size of the Army down to pre-World War II levels. It's not just the Army getting whacked as the...
  • Ft Hood Soldier Charged For Gear After IED Blast

    10/21/2013 10:39:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    kcentv ^ | 10/21/13 | Sophia Stamas
    You can't put a price tag on surviving a deadly attack overseas, but one Fort Hood soldier knows the cost of the helmet that saved his life all too well. "I had a couple shrapnels in my side plates and in my helmet," Army Sergeant Michael Williams said about the gear that protected him on June 13, 2011. Now, more than two years after the day he was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Iraq, he got a "bill" for his shrapnel-pierced helmet. "I automatically assumed that, you know, that's the gear that I got blown up in, that...
  • Angry Obama orders GI death benefits restored

    10/09/2013 10:50:26 AM PDT · by abb · 271 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    <p>A "very disturbed" President Obama has ordered his top aides to restore death benefits today for families of military service members killed in action.</p> <p>"The president was very disturbed to learn of this problem," said White House press secretary Jay Carney. "The president expects this to be fixed today. He was not pleased."</p>
  • In about-face, Walter Reed opens dining hall to wounded warriors after Fox News reporting

    08/15/2013 12:26:16 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8/15/13 | Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin
    The U.S. military has reversed a string of decisions that would have restricted access for severely wounded troops to a popular dining hall at Walter Reed hospital, after Fox News began reporting on complaints from veterans and their families. The military earlier this month decided to invalidate meal tickets and reduce hours for the Warrior Cafe, the sole dining facility in building 62 -- home to all multiple amputees and long-term, recovering patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The wife of one of the veterans affected by the decision told Fox News on Thursday that...
  • Air shows, tourism big losers as budget cuts ground Blue Angels, other military stunt flyers

    03/12/2013 7:38:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    570 News ^ | Mar 10, 2013 | Russ Bynum
    Air shows, tourism big losers as budget cuts ground Blue Angels, other military stunt flyers Russ Bynum, The Associated Press Mar 10, 2013 01:29:06 PM SAVANNAH, Georgia – Deep budget cuts in Washington mean military flight teams will likely be no-shows at air shows across the U.S. starting this spring, leaving dozens of host cities bracing for thinner crowds and lost tourism dollars. When $85 billion in automatic cuts kicked in March 1, the Air Force cancelled shows at bases from Florida to Arizona and grounded its formation-flying pilots, the Thunderbirds. The Army’s Golden Knights parachute team also cancelled performances....
  • Automatic budget cuts to happen: Senator McConnell

    02/13/2013 6:48:12 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 Feb 13 | David Lawder
    The Senate's top Republican predicted on Tuesday that automatic spending cuts will take effect on March 1 as scheduled. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he did not expect some last-minute deal to materialize that would avert the cuts, known in budget jargon as a "sequester." "Read my lips: I'm not interested in an 11th-hour negotiation," McConnell told reporters. "It's pretty clear to me that the sequester's going to go into effect," McConnell said. "I have seen no evidence that the House plans to act on this matter before the end of the month." The across-the-board cuts were set in...