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  • 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 ^ |
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • The Backbone Of America's Bomber Force Is Getting A Massive Upgrade (B-1B Lancer)

    02/02/2013 7:14:50 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI - The Aviationist ^ | 2-2-2013 | David Cenciotti
    The Backbone Of America's Bomber Force Is Getting A Massive Upgrade (B-1B Lancer) David Cenciotti, The AviationistFebruary 2, 2013, 4:30 AM The U.S. Air Force is about to further upgrade its fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers. With what the service announces as “the largest B-1 modification in program history” the supersonic swing-wing bomber will get several improvements as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 (SB-16) upgrade aimed to provide B-1 aircrews with a higher level of situational awareness and a faster, secure digital communication link. SB-16, includes a Vertical Situation Display Upgrade in the cockpit that will...
  • ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ dischargees to receive full back pay from DOD

    01/07/2013 6:34:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/7/12 | Carlo Muńoz
    In a landmark settlement, the Pentagon has agreed to give full back pay to U.S. service members who were discharged due to their sexual orientation under the military's “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The payouts will be granted to service members dismissed from the military under the now-repealed policy on or after November 2004. “This means so much to those of us who dedicated ourselves to the military, only to be forced out against our will for being who we are,” former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins said in a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought...
  • WI Senate: Dem Baldwin Wanted to Block Body Armor Funding for Troops

    10/19/2012 9:40:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-19-12 | Rebel Pundit
    It is always stunning to learn the truths about certain elected officials in our government. In a startling revelation from Media Trackers Wisconsin, Rep. Tammy Baldwin co-sponsored legislation to block funding of body armor and medical supplies to our troops in combat. She did this during each of her terms in congress from 2003-2009. At least four times Baldwin co-sponsored the legislation, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. It was only in 2011 when Baldwin was considering her possible run for the U.S. Senate that her name does not appear as a co-sponsor on this legislation. From Media Trackers: The...
  • Obama Administration to Defense Contractors: No Layoff Notices Until After Election, Please

    09/29/2012 4:07:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | September 29, 2012 | Kate Hicks
    In an effort to make the economy look a little rosier than it is, the Obama administration is basically coercing defense contractors so as to prevent news of layoffs hitting voters before the election. With sequestration about to result in some major cuts to the defense budget, contractors will lose government business -- and that means, employees will lose jobs. But to prevent poor numbers ahead of the November election, the Obama administration has made it very, well, fiscally unwise for companies to issue layoff notices too early. The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be “inappropriate”...
  • Sikorsky to close in Big Flats; 570 jobs gone (the Obama economy strikes again)

    09/25/2012 4:18:09 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies
    Citing cuts in the federal defense budget and a continuing weakness in its military helicopter business, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced Monday it will close its military completions center in Big Flats at the end of the year.
  • Sequestration: How a Spending Stalemate Would Affect the States

    09/23/2012 6:08:58 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 28 replies ^ | By Jake Grovum, Staff Writer
    “A self-inflicted wound” to a struggling economy. “Ham-handed cuts” nobody thought would actually happen. “The big, dumb spending cuts that no one wants.” Those are just three descriptions given to the looming federal budget reductions that are scheduled to take effect Jan. 2, 2013, unless Congress stops them. If they are enacted, more than $1.2 trillion would be cut from federal spending in the next ten years, including nearly $110 billion next year alone. The specter has produced jitters around the country. Heightening anxiety is the broader, so-called “fiscal cliff,” a term that adds in the tax cuts also set...
  • Why is the Pentagon spending billions on breast-cancer research?

    08/06/2012 7:59:49 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/5/2012 | John Morris
    July was a tough month for the Pentagon. The Washington Post revealed that three U.S. special-operations soldiers died in Mali when their vehicle plunged off a bridge with three Moroccan prostitutes in the vehicle at the time. The special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction issued one of his final reports on U.S. reconstruction efforts in that country and estimated that $6 billion to $8 billion of the $51 billion spent on reconstruction was likely wasted, embezzled or misplaced. The inspector general’s investigations have produced 90 indictments, 72 convictions and $177 million in fines and other penalties, with the highest percentage...
  • Marines Pick Colt for New Pistol

    07/23/2012 8:20:45 PM PDT · by Bringbackthedraft · 71 replies ^ | 7/20/12 | Matthew Cox
    The Marine Corps has tapped Colt Defense LLC to make more than 10,000 new Close Quarter Battle Pistols for the service's elite special operations troops. The July 19 contract, which has a total value of $22.5 million, brings an end to the Corps' exhaustive search for the top .45 caliber, 1911-style pistol to replace the fleet of worn-out Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, M45 pistols
  • Army pulling out of NASCAR at end of season

    07/10/2012 7:36:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/10/12 | Jenna Fryer - AP
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Army will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season, effectively ending its sponsorship in NASCAR altogether after a decade. SHR said Tuesday it is pursuing a new sponsor. ... The Army has been in NASCAR for 10 seasons, .. ... The decision to leave NASCAR comes as Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota and Rep. Jackson Kingston of Georgia are pushing an amendment that would prohibit military sponsorship of sports. McCollum lost a House vote a year ago to end military sponsorships of NASCAR, professional wrestling and fishing, but is trying again to have the...
  • Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansion ($140 million mega-hangar - V-22 Osprey)

    03/06/2012 1:56:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 3/05/12 | Ryan Sullivan
    Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansionPosted on: 10:05 am, March 5, 2012, by Ryan Sullivan MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — The military’s big expansion in North Carolina continues as the Marine Corps builds a $140 million mega-hangar to hold four squadrons of a revolutionary aircraft. **SNIP** ...preparing to break ground on one of the Marine Corps’ largest single structures. The super hangar will house dozens of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
  • 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>
  • The Defense Death Spiral: Why is the Pentagon Underfunded?

    07/20/2011 6:04:08 AM PDT · by Bobibutu · 20 replies
    Time ^ | July 19, 2011 | CHUCK SPINNEY
    The courtiers in the Hall of Mirrors that is Versailles on the Potomac are lining up to give Leon Panetta advice on how to manage the Pentagon in the coming era of budget “constraints.” Most of this wisdom takes the form of platitudes of how important it is to have a strategy and to make the hard choices needed to budget for that strategy. Duh! My current favorite is Dr. Daniel Goure's recent blog on the web page of the Lexington Institute, a pro-defense “think tank.” Goure starts his advisory by saying: Let's be honest. The current U.S. defense program...
  • ABC News: Troops Won't Receive Paycheck if Government Shuts Down

    04/06/2011 10:45:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 04/06 | Huma Kahn
    Federal Agencies Prepare for Shutdowns, No Hints of a Deal Between Republicans and Democrats. Soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan will not receive paychecks next week if the government fails to come together on a resolution to keep the government funded and avert a shutdown, senior government officials said today. Military personnel will be paid eventually but not until Congress appropriates money to the Department of Defense. "Our military men and women put their lives on the line and sacrifice every day to ensure our security. They should not have to worry about getting paid on time," said Sen. Bob...
  • Va. Guard faces funding loss if it sticks with 'don't ask

    01/29/2011 9:23:27 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 29, 2011 | By JIM NOLAN
    The Virginia National Guard could still exclude gays from service once federal regulations repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy are issued, but it would likely lose its lifeline of federal funding, according to an opinion issued by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The opinion, released Friday, came in response to a request by Del. William R. Janis, R-Henrico, and on the heels of House Bill 2474, submitted by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, that would keep in force the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the Virginia National Guard. Cuccinelli issued another opinion Friday advising that two...
  • Defense Department officials to prune senior ranks, freeze staffing

    01/16/2011 12:57:24 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 15 replies
    1/6/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Defense Department officials will reduce senior ranks and freeze civilian staffing levels, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Jan. 6. "The monetary savings from ... reductions in senior personnel will be relatively modest, and mostly consist of the extra staff and amenities that, by tradition, follow high rank," Secretary Gates said. The secretary and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to reporters at the Pentagon on the results of defense efficiencies initiatives begun in May to trim support costs and ensure funding for military modernization. The primary purpose of...
  • NATO chief urges Europe to boost defence spending

    03/27/2010 10:14:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 387+ views
    AFP via Bangkok Post ^ | 3/27/2010 | AFP
    NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Saturday urged "paper tiger" Europe to ramp up investment in a costly missile defence umbrella. The alliance chief's remarks at a security conference in Brussels were largely aimed at the likes of EU heavyweights Germany, Italy and Spain, who fall substantially short of NATO military spending targets. Britain and France, whose budgets are under ferocious pressure over the coming years having dug deep in a bid to insulate citizens from the worst economic slump since the 1930s, were also clearly in the Dane's sights. "The Lisbon treaty provides the EU with a stronger...
  • Secret U.S. Military Spending Surpasses Entire Military Budget of Russia

    05/10/2009 5:30:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies · 1,139+ views ^ | May 10, 2009
    The Obama administration plans to spend more money than ever on secret military projects, commonly referred to as the Defense Department’s “black budget.” Just over $50 billion will be allocated, which representing a 3% increase over last year’s total and the highest amount any administration has budgeted for classified programs. To give it some perspective, the U.S. black budget will consume more money than all defense spending in Russia, the U.K., France or Japan. All in all, about 7.5% of the Pentagon’s total spending is now classified. Although the total amount for the black budget is revealed, its specifics are...
  • Gates to Cut Several Major Weapons Programs

    04/06/2009 3:32:28 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 71 replies · 1,082+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | April 6Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Obama's plan to weaken America continues to move forward at a record pace. Obama will continue to spend our money like a drunken sailor on his things like his 9000 earmark "stimulus' plan, illegals and increasing foreign aid. But when it comes to keeping America's military strong he will be making making massive cuts.
  • McCain throws support behind defense budget shifts

    04/06/2009 1:34:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 1,441+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-04-06
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Monday threw his support behind Defense Department plans to refocus spending for key defense programs. "I strongly support (Defense) Secretary (Robert) Gates' decision to restructure a number of major defense programs," McCain said in a statement.
  • Gates to Reveal His Plans to Reshape the Military (Major Defense cuts and massive job losses)

    04/06/2009 4:16:41 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies · 2,172+ views
    wall street journal ^ | 4/6/2009 | AUGUST COLE
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday will unveil his latest initiatives to reshape the U.S. military into a force better suited to today's unconventional wars. Mr. Gates has warned for months that the Defense Department would face "hard choices," and he is expected to announce that several major weapons programs need to be cut or curtailed. His 2010 budget proposal is expected to be Mr. Gates's boldest move yet in reshaping the priorities and capabilities of the U.S. military. He has argued that the military is still too oriented toward fighting a peer nation like China and hasn't devoted enough...
  • America 'to slash military spending'

    04/05/2009 1:52:31 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 75 replies · 2,699+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 5, 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, will on Monday offer proposals to slash spending on major military projects in what aides called a "fundamental shift in direction". Mr Gates, who spent the weekend finalising his budget plans for 2010, is expected to take aim at several major weapons conventional warfare programmes, in favour of spending on technologies more useful to the "asymmetrical" wars that US forces are embroiled in. After eight years in which the defence budget doubled, and with the economy in deep recession, Mr Gates is targeting systems that have gone way over both budget and schedule. The...
  • Crisis could crimp defense spending, now at World War II levels

    10/08/2008 9:34:25 PM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 24 replies · 661+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 10-8-08 | Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON — With the U.S. economy in crisis and military spending at its highest level since World War II, military officials and experts are worrying that America may have to start reining in defense spending. In the fiscal year that just ended, the U.S. spent $694.2 billion on defense, up 52 percent from the 2000 defense budget in constant dollars. (That year, the department spent $292 billion .) The fiscal 2008 total includes $514.2 billion in the defense budget and another $180 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan , which have been financed through so-called "supplemental"...
  • McCain Campaign is on a roll, McCain calls out Obama for this dangerous comment on defense spending.

    09/08/2008 6:27:00 PM PDT · by · 30 replies · 130+ views ^ | September 8, 2008 | to the McCain campaign for bringing this out, video at the above link, I can't believe that any of the conservative talk show radio hosts or other conservative media have not highlighted this "Obama Doctrine", this is huge and it would reverse over fifty years of American defense policy. Can one useless reporter ask Barack Obama about these statements, the Great O'Reilly failed to address this, and another rant, can one reporter ask Obama what he and Jeremiah Wright discussed after 9/11, how is it possible they did not have a conversation about 9/11, obviously Obama knows Wright believes...
  • Don't Bash the President

    01/05/2008 3:37:48 PM PST · by kathsua · 2 replies · 161+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 01/04/07 | YVONNE WITTIG
    Americans have much to be thankful for. We take our safety for granted, it is our right. But 9/11 changed all that, our right was shaken to the core. We were attacked on our sacred soil, by a group of people who's only goal in life is to see us all dead. This enemy has attacked other countries, they even kill their own, all in the name of Allah. Lt. General Pacepa, an ex-KGB, who came to our country, given asylum by President Jimmy Carter, spoke with such eloquence and love for his new country, the U.S. He explained how...
  • Pentagon tracks global buildup in China's military

    05/26/2007 7:24:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 1,035+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    China's military buildup is moving beyond countering Taiwan to global operations from the Middle East through Southeast Asia, according to the Pentagon's annual assessment of Chinese military power. "China's military acquisitions and strategic thinking suggests Beijing is also generating capabilities for other regional contingencies, such as conflict over resources or territory," the report to Congress said. The statement, released yesterday, contradicts assessments of some pro-China analysts and intelligence officials who have said the nation's military buildup is relatively benign and limited to resolving the sovereignty issue of Taiwan, which was separated from China in 1949 during a civil war. China...
  • French war chest may have gone on 'dancing girls'

    11/12/2006 2:29:07 AM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 737+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | November 12, 2006
    French intelligence chiefs yesterday faced embarrassment after it emerged that ?18m from a secret emergency war chest had gone missing and that some of it may have been spent on what one spymaster called ?dancing girls?, writes Matthew Campbell.Judges investigating a separate affair learnt of the missing funds from a note written by General Philippe Rondot, a former intelligence chief, to Mich?le Alliot-Marie, the defence minister, in 2002. It mentions a ?serious breakdown in the management of special funds allotted to the service?. The money was part of a fund established secretly after the second world war. It was maintained...
  • Senate Approves Bush Defense Spending Bill

    10/02/2006 11:41:56 PM PDT · by DTAD · 2 replies · 338+ views
    CAPITOL HILL: The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a $447 billion defense spending bill that includes money to continue military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite their support of the bill, Senate Democrats continued their criticism of Bush administration policy on Iraq. The bill, which funds defense department programs for the next budget year beginning Sunday, includes $70 billion for the military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senator Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, praised the legislation. "We believe it addresses key requirements for readiness, quality of life and transformation of the force," said Mr. Stevens. "It honors the commitment we...
  • Front Line Views on Iraq/Afghanistan War Situation, No. 2

    04/07/2006 11:01:38 AM PDT · by gleeaikin · 18 replies · 709+ views
    emails from Afghanistan | 4/7/06 | gleeaikin
    Since Front Line Views....No. 1 was posted at FR on 3/12/06, my son in Afghanistan who also served 8 months in Gulf War I in Saudi Arabia and Iraq has emailed additional observations. Subjects include: real casualty rates (KIA) vs. press reports, "appearance" of soldiers vs. actual military skills/performance, soldiers as civil servants vs. being warriors, and official prohibition against unapproved body armor. Remember, he is in Afgh. so some observations may not fit Iraq, but others do. Some of what he says is harsh, he never was one for pussyfooting. Paragraphs in quotes are HIS words. The rest is...
  • US places guns before butter

    02/07/2006 5:01:49 PM PST · by mylife · 55 replies · 703+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 2/8/06 | Jim Lobe
    US places guns before butter By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON - Despite his administration's growing concerns about preventing the collapse of states in strategic parts of the world, US President George W Bush has proposed cuts in development and disaster assistance while increasing the defense budget by almost 7%. Under his 2007 budget request submitted to Congress on Monday, Pentagon spending next year would rise to some US$440 billion, not including another $120 billion that the administration is expected to ask for as a supplemental appropriation to fund US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through September, when fiscal 2006 ends....

    05/10/2005 6:11:01 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 302 replies · 5,723+ views
    LA NUEVA CUBA ^ | June 2005 | Robert D. Kaplan
    The Middle East is just a blip. The American military contest with China in the Pacific will define the twenty-first century. And China will be a more formidable adversary than Russia ever was For some time now no navy or air force has posed a threat to the United States. Our only competition has been armies, whether conventional forces or guerrilla insurgencies. This will soon change. The Chinese navy is poised to push out into the Pacific—and when it does, it will very quickly encounter a U.S. Navy and Air Force unwilling to budge from the coastal shelf of the...
  • Raytheon Awarded $266 Million Standard Missile-2 Production Contract

    03/23/2005 11:41:17 PM PST · by Righty_McRight · 3 replies · 275+ views
    Yahoo ^ | March 23, 2005 | Raytheon
    TUCSON, Ariz., March 23, 2005 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN - News) has been awarded a $265.9 million contract from the U.S. Navy for fiscal year 2005 Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) production. Under the firm fixed-price contract, Raytheon will deliver to the Navy 75 Block IIIB missiles; 79 Block IIIB ordnance alteration kits to upgrade older SM-2 missiles to the Block IIIB configuration; and telemeters, spare sections and rocket motors. The contract also calls for producing 64 Block IIIB rounds, and 99 Block IIIA rounds, telemeters and shipping containers for foreign military sales. Work on the contract will be performed...
  • CA: Immigrant ID bill tied to military spending

    03/16/2005 8:59:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 446+ views ^ | 3/16/05 | Edward Epstein
    Washington -- The House Tuesday tacked on a provision to President Bush's emergency $81.3 billion war spending legislation that would make it all but illegal for California to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. By voice vote, the Republican-led House added the driver's license provision -- and the other immigration security measures it had approved as a separate bill in February -- to the spending legislation that will help pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House is expected to approve the war spending bill today and send it to the Senate, where the immigration provisions create a...
  • A refresher course on John Kerry's key Senate votes

    02/25/2004 9:41:49 AM PST · by rightcoast · 5 replies · 303+ views
    Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has voted for: Authorization for use of force against Iraq (2002, Iraq War - Op. Iraqi Freedom) Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Dept. of H.S.) Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Motion to dismiss impeachment of Clinton (motion failed, nonbinding vote) Authorization for air operations & missile strikes against Yugoslavia (Serbia) Welfare reform NAFTA Resolution supporting Pres. George H.W. Bush's actions against Iraq in Gulf War Kerry has voted against: Supplemental funding for Iraq/Afganistan military & humanitarian efforts (2003) Medicare Prescription Drug & Modernization Act of 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003 Jobs and Growth...
  • A new push to meet UN's antipoverty goals

    01/03/2004 4:26:32 AM PST · by johnny7 · 11 replies · 306+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 1/3/2004 | Gunnar Stalsett
    <p>WITH THE HUGE amounts of money appropriated by Congress and additional billions pledged by international donors to address the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is now evident that if an issue has priority, money can be located. Without question, Iraq and Afghanistan must be rebuilt, but other pressing human needs cannot be forgotten. As World Bank President James Wolfensohn recently emphasized, the world devoted about $800 billion to military expenditures in 2002, compared with $56 billion in development assistance. To put it another way, UNICEF's annual budget is being spent on military purposes every 15 hours, even as 1.3 billion people, half of them children, live on less than $1 per day, in almost unimaginable conditions of deprivation.</p>
  • Fat Jerry Nadler Accuses Jewish Press Of 'Distortion'

    09/05/2002 7:41:54 AM PDT · by alan alda · 5 replies · 290+ views
    The Jewish Press ^ | 9-5-02 | Jason Maoz
    A Case Study In Distortion...Or Justified Criticism? Taking Issue With Media Monitor In a recent Media Monitor column("Dems Throw Stones From Glass Houses," May 31), Senior Editor Jason Maoz cited a handful of my votes on defense and intelligence over the last ten years to suggest that I have never much cared for supporting our nation`s military or intelligence agencies. The column was a case study in how one can selectively pull certain votes to distort the voting record of a Member of Congress. Another writer could have just as easily made the case that I was an irresponsible "hawk"...
  • Laid-Off Workers Swelling the Cost of Disability Pay

    09/03/2002 4:57:16 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 362+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/3/02 | LOUIS UCHITELLE
    Millions of low-skilled workers have turned to federal disability pay as a refuge from layoffs in recent years, doubling the benefit's cost and, with little notice, making it by far the government's biggest income-support program. Most of those qualifying for the benefits, part of the Social Security system, never got past high school and held jobs like factory worker, waitress, store clerk, laborer or health care aide. Their numbers have grown to 5.42 million today from 3 million in 1990, swelling the program's costs to $60 billion last year. That far surpasses unemployment insurance or food stamps or any other...