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  • Woman who caused Ebola scare at Pentagon admits she made up story about traveling to West Africa

    10/17/2014 3:17:14 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 85 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/17/
    A woman who caused an Ebola scare Friday and caused police to shut down a Pentagon entrance and a portion of the parking lot later confessed to hospital officials she had fabricated a story about recently traveling to West Africa, multiple government sources told Fox News.
  • Possible Ebola Patient Who Recently Traveled to Africa Isolated at Inova Hospital in Virginia

    10/17/2014 1:39:30 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 32 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Aurelius
    A woman who recently returned from Africa and was found vomiting today has been transferred to and isolated at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. Officials are scrambling to find everyone the woman has had contact with recently. The woman became sick at approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, and started to vomit near the Pentagon. She was on a tour bus and, if found to have Ebola, could have potentially exposed dozens to the extremely deadly virus. The most recent reports state that hazmat teams belonging to Arlington County were at the scene of where the woman started vomiting on the...
  • Vomiting Woman At Pentagon Sparks Ebola Alert

    10/17/2014 12:53:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Staff
    The Department of Defense incident comes as a US cruise ship is forced to skip a Mexican port because of a passenger ebola scare.The Pentagon shut down a building entrance and part of a car park after a woman was sick and told police she was in Liberia two weeks ago. Hazmat-suited crews from Arlington, Virginia, descended on the scene as the woman was taken to hospital as a possible ebola case. She began vomiting after she got off a shuttle bus that was taking guests to a high-level Marine Corps ceremony. The other passengers were released and advised to...
  • Woman Who Had Been to West Africa Vomits on Bus Near Pentagon

    10/17/2014 11:24:15 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-17-2014 | Breitbart via WUSA
    WUSA in Washington DC reported that a woman who claimed she had recently been to West Africa vomited in a bus inside the Pentagon parking lot on Friday. According to WUSA, the woman vomited in the parking lot around 9:10 a.m. in the Pentagon’s parking lot. Officials in Arlington said that “the individual allegedly indicated that she had recently visited western Africa. Out of an abundance of caution, all pedestrian and vehicular traffic was suspended around the South Parking lot, while Arlington County responded to the scene.” The woman was taken to the Virginia Hospital Center, but did not exit...
  • Possible Ebola Case at the Pentagon (Arlington Now)

    10/17/2014 10:33:56 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 93 replies
    Arlington Now newspaper website ^ | 17 October 2014 | Arlington Now (Virginia)
    Arlington Now seems to be the best / original news source of this story: BREAKING: Possible Ebola Case at the Pentagon News by ARLnow.com — October 17, 2014 at 10:05 am 48,316 195 Comments (Updated at 12:30 p.m.) Arlington County’s hazmat team is on the scene at the Pentagon due to an possible Ebola case on a tour bus. Medics responded to the Pentagon this morning for a report of a woman on a bus who was sick and vomiting. When they learned that she had recently arrived from Africa, the hazmat team was called out of “a complete abundance...
  • Breaking: Ebola Scare at the Pentagon

    10/17/2014 8:06:49 AM PDT · by petro45acp · 151 replies
    Vox News, Google News via ARLNow.com ^ | October 17, 2014 at 10:05 am
    Medics responded to the Pentagon this morning for a report of a woman on a tour bus who was sick and vomiting. When they learned that she had recently arrived from Africa, the hazmat team was called out of “a complete abundance of caution,” Pentagon Force Protection Agency spokesman Chris Layman told ARLnow.com. A large portion of the Pentagon south parking lot has been cordoned off with crime tape, and police are telling those who don’t work at the Pentagon to avoid the immediate surrounding area. The woman has been transported via ambulance to Virginia Hospital Center. The county’s medical...
  • Pentagon hid info on thousands of chemical weapons in Iraq for years

    10/15/2014 8:06:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/15/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This story is disturbing on multiple levels. It has been revealed that stockpiles of expired or degraded chemical munitions were discovered in Iraq during the initial years of the war and both American and Iraqi forces were exposed to them in more than twenty instances. This information was never revealed to the public. American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report. The New York...
  • Will Obama Only Fight Carbon-Neutral Wars?

    10/15/2014 4:50:36 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/14/2014 | IBD Staff
    Has anyone at the Pentagon determined the carbon footprint of our war on IS? Because if a Defense Dept. global warming report is right, we could be doing more harm than good to our national security. The 20-page report — the cover of which includes a cute picture of baby sea turtles along with tanks and battleships — says climate change "poses immediate risks to U.S. national security."
  • Hagel Unveils Pentagon Global Warming Strategy, Warns Climate Change Is ‘Threat Multiplier’

    10/14/2014 9:50:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/13/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a new Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Peru today, saying the Pentagon has “nearly completed a baseline survey to assess the vulnerability” due to global warming of more than 7,000 bases, installations, and other facilities.The 20-page document details three “broad adaptation goals”: “Identify and assess the effects of climate change on the Deparment,” “integrate climate change considerations across the Department and manage associated risks,” and “collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on climate change challenges.”“Initial analysis indicates that four primary climate change phenomena are likely...
  • Pentagon Says Global Warming Presents Immediate Security Threat(Not Russia, Iran, ISIS)

    10/13/2014 12:49:18 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 57 replies
    nyt ^ | 10/13/14 | c davenport
    The Pentagon released a report Monday asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster response as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises. The report lays out a road map for how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic defense planning situations to a rethinking of the...
  • Hagel: Climate change will challenge US military

    10/13/2014 5:05:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 13, 2014 4:02 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America's military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. […] “Climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’ because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we already confront today—from infectious disease to armed insurgencies—and to produce new challenges in the future,” Hagel said. He spoke during the opening session of the conference, which was attended by defense ministers and military chiefs of more...
  • Pentagon to release secret anti-ISIS codename

    10/13/2014 4:08:27 PM PDT · by PROCON · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 13, 2014
    Official says military has made sure name is acceptable in languages other than EnglishWASHINGTON (CNN) —The military operation against ISIS now does have a name but the Pentagon is not expected to reveal it until later this week, a U.S. official confirms to CNN. The name will not be made public until a formal "execution order" covering the entire mission against ISIS is published by the Defense Department's Joint Staff, perhaps as soon as Wednesday.
  • Probe of silencers leads to web of Pentagon secrets

    10/13/2014 9:35:38 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 21 replies
    the Washington Post ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | Craig whitlock
    The mysterious workings of a Pentagon office that oversees clandestine operations are unraveling in federal court, where a criminal investigation has exposed a secret weapons program entwined with allegations of a sweetheart contract, fake badges and trails of destroyed evidence. Capping an investigation that began almost two years ago, separate trials are scheduled this month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., for a civilian Navy intelligence official and a hot-rod auto mechanic from California who prosecutors allege conspired to manufacture an untraceable batch of automatic-rifle silencers. The exact purpose of the silencers remains hazy, but court filings and pretrial...
  • The Coming Stock Market Crash and The Death of Money with Jim Rickards

    10/13/2014 4:37:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    Youtube ^ | 09/18/14
    Jim Rickards, the Financial Threat and Asymmetric Warfare Advisor for both the Pentagon and CIA. Recently, all 16 branches of our Intelligence Community have come together to release a shocking report. These agencies, that include the CIA, FBI, Army, and Navy, they've already begun to estimate the impact of the fall of the dollar as the global reserve currency. And our reign as the world's leading super power being annihilated in a way equivalent to the end of the British Empire, post-World War II. And the end game could be a nightmarish scenario, where the world falls into an extended...
  • Remember the traitor Bowe Bergdahl? Obama’s waiting until after the election to declare him a POW

    10/10/2014 9:31:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/10/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Here we go. It looks like Barack Obama is getting ready to double cross us again. According to a report on the site militarycorruption.com Obama is waiting until after the mid-term election to declare the traitor Bowe Bergdahl a Prisoner of War. This designation would change him from a traitor who should be executed to a “hero” POW who is eligible for back pay, a promotion and an honorable discharge which will entitle Bergdahl to a variety of benefits that have been designed for genuine heroes. In spite of the mountain of evidence proving he is a deserter, Militarycorruption.com has...
  • Pentagon: US troops to have contact with Ebola virus (The Administration lied again)

    10/07/2014 12:12:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 7, 2014 | Kristina Wong and Sarah Ferris
    U.S. General: Troops Fighting Ebola Will Be SafeSpecialized U.S. troops setting up mobile labs in Africa to test for Ebola are likely to come into contact with the deadly virus, the Pentagon said Tuesday. U.S. troops already have set up three mobile labs, and there are plans to set up four more. The Pentagon said the troops are highly trained and that those working in the laboratories will wear protective suits. They will also receive pre-deployment training and be constantly monitored, Army Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said at a Pentagon briefing. “I am confident that we...
  • U.S. Troops Fighting Ebola in Africa Will Be Safe: Pentagon

    10/07/2014 9:50:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 90 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 7, 2014 | by Erik Ortiz
    Only a small number of highly trained U.S. troops among the thousands bound for West Africa will have direct contact with potential Ebola patients, military leaders said Tuesday. Those soldiers will be posted at testing labs to help identify people showing Ebola-like symptoms. They “meet the highest level of standards” and are already trained to deal with major crises, including nuclear disasters, said U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Rodriguez also pledged during a Pentagon news conference that the 4,000 service members deployed to the ravaged region will be kept safe — and won’t...
  • Pentagon Says It’s Ready for Audit After Years of Delays

    10/04/2014 7:59:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    Well that’s great. The question is how useful will this audit actually be, and how truthful? In the 3 years since the birth of this site we have chronicled plenty of examples of waste in the military. It is PERVASIVE. The level of waste speaks frankly to a culture of accounting negligence at the Pentagon which is perhaps only rivaled by the chicanery at the Federal Reserve. Heads (and many many heads at all levels) should have rolled long ago. But, because a large portion of the American people have given the US military a pass on waste (Republicans) nothing...
  • Pentagon to deploy 12 A-10s to Middle East

    09/24/2014 9:19:48 PM PDT · by NYFreeper · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/22/14 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon is deploying 300 airmen and 12 A-10 combat jets to the Middle East in early October, according to the Indiana Air National Guard.
  • ALAS, BABYLON, Post your "post-attack" conditions of YOUR CITY here. Thread 01

    09/11/2001 12:33:38 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 131 replies · 1,553+ views
    AP, UPI, CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC ^ | 11 SEP 01 (PEARL HARBOR PART 2) | DCBRYAN1
    Post your conditions or noticable behavior of your city officials here. Little Rock-
  • Pentagon Warns Of Islamic State Obama Once Downplayed

    08/24/2014 11:36:30 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    IBD ^ | August 22, 2013 | EDITORIAL
    To get an idea of why this White House has placed America in what Senate Armed Services Committee ranking Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma calls "the most dangerous position we've ever been in as a nation," we turn to one of Obama's biggest mainstream media devotees. In "The Promise," the fawning book about Obama's first year in office by ex-Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, we read of a May 2009 meeting with the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan on how to "Disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida." Alter writes, "Nothing much concrete was accomplished ... . The session was kicked off not...
  • Chinese Top Gun 'Barrel Rolled' Over US Plane

    08/22/2014 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 50 replies
    http://news.sky.com/ ^ | August 22, 2014 | Sky News Team
    The US has lodged a formal protest with Beijing after a Chinese fighter jet conducted a barrel roll "very, very close" over an American Navy plane this week, the Pentagon has said. Rear Admiral John Kirby said the Chinese plane exposed its undercarriage to show that it was armed to the P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft during Monday's incident in international airspace near Japan. He said the Chinese aircraft came within 30ft (9 metres) of the American plane, while the wing tips of the two aircraft were just 20ft apart.
  • U.S. Calls on Russia to Remove Convoy

    08/22/2014 12:19:29 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    DoD News ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | DoD News
    Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby says Russia must remove a convoy from Ukraine immediately. VIDEO
  • Wow: Senior intelligence officer says mission to save James Foley failed because of Obama

    08/21/2014 5:29:24 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 73 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 8/21/2014 | Joshua Riddle
    Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) is a CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer and he says that the rescue operation for American journalist James Foley wasn’t successful because President Obama “dragged his feet”. "Thursday morning, Shaffer appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ISIS execution of American journalist James Foley earlier this week. He told me and co-host Brian Wilson that the recently revealed rescue attempt led by Special Forces earlier this summer failed because President Obama was slow to give the go-ahead: I’m hearing from my friends in the Pentagon, they are giving him every single option...
  • Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear

    08/17/2014 5:18:52 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8-15-2014 | Unknown
    State and local police departments obtain some of their military-style equipment through a free Defense Department program created in the early 1990s. ..... detailed data from the Pentagon illustrates how ubiquitous such equipment has become. Highlighted counties have received guns, grenade launchers, vehicles, night vision or body armor through the program since 2006. (Interactive Map at the linked source)
  • Pentagon contradicts Obama, says they’ve been “very clear” about ISIS threat in Iraq all along

    08/11/2014 7:02:27 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 50 replies
    http://therightscoop.com/ ^ | August 11, 2014 | Joe Guest
    On Saturday, President Obama said the intelligence community underestimated the threat by ISIS which is why he did not act until now: There is no doubt that their advance, their movement over the last several months has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates and I think the expectations of policymakers both in and outside of Iraq. Aside from the fact that advances by ISIS has been known to anyone who’s had access to YouTube or Twitter, the Pentagon, when asked if they were caught off guard by ISIS today, tells a completely different story. They responded that the US...
  • Pentagon Announces U.S. Air Strike on ISIS Artillery

    08/08/2014 5:52:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 94 replies
    DoD via Twitter ^ | Friday, August 8, 2014 | Rear Admiral John Kirby
    US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.
  • Pentagon Denies Report US Is Bombing ISIS Targets In Iraq

    08/07/2014 2:33:47 PM PDT · by Kaosinla · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/7/14 | Brett LoGiurato
    The Pentagon moved swiftly to shoot down a New York Times report Thursday afternoon that American military forces had bombed at least two places in northern Iraq targeting fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). "Press reports that US has conducted airstrikes in Iraq completely false. No such action taken," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, wrote on Twitter. President Barack Obama is preparing to make a statement Thursday evening, the Times reported. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The Times reported, citing Kurdish officials, that U.S. military forces...
  • Newt Gingrich: ‘Turn the Pentagon Into a Triangle’

    07/25/2014 7:10:34 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 24, 2014 | Natalie Johnson
    Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he would like to “turn the Pentagon into a triangle.” “I always tell people I’m a hawk,” Gingrich said. “But I’m a cheap hawk.” Gingrich honored the 20th anniversary of his “Contract with America” by pointing conservatives back to a key point in his Republican blueprint, arguing that federal bureaucracy cannot simply be “fixed” but must be overhauled and replaced. The Pentagon, Gingrich stressed, must be included in this overhaul.
  • The Gender Confusion Challenge to Army Recruitment

    07/17/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    One thing that you can say for ISIS, the Middle-East terrorist army, is that it doesn’t have a recruitment problem. Young men are streaming to Syria and Iraq from all over the world to join the cause. And they come not just from the Muslim world, but also from England, France, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S.Perhaps hoping to put a dent in the appeal of ISIS, some Western newspapers have made much of the expensive stolen watch visible on the wrist of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during his first public appearance at the Grand Mosque in Mosul. According to...
  • Pentagon told lawmakers that it plans to move six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

    07/17/2014 7:02:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/17/2014 | By Ernesto Londońo
    The Pentagon recently notified members of Congress that it intends to transfer six low-level detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Uruguay soon, including a Syrian man who is legally challenging the manner in which the military force-feeds some prisoners, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The men — four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian — are among the more than 70 detainees who have long been cleared for release from the U.S. detention facility because they are not deemed an ongoing threat. The move would mark a significant step in the Obama administration’s long-stymied quest to shut down Guantanamo Bay, where...
  • Military, Pentagon Want To Hire Muslims But Fire Captains On The Battlefield

    07/12/2014 9:44:36 AM PDT · by drypowder · 20 replies
    Independent Centinal ^ | July 12, 2014 | Sara Noble
    In a callous and unreasonable act of complete disregard for our military, Obama’s Defense Department has sent pink slips to military officers serving on the battlefield in Afghanistan. This reminds one of the treatment of victims of Nadal Hassan in Ft. Hood, but it gets even more intriguing. While this is going on, the Pentagon and the military are looking to keep and employ more Muslims. According to a report by the World Tribune, officials said the ‘Defense Department has been keeping records and tracking Muslims so they can encourage their presence and continued advancement in the military.’
  • Pentagon Official: The Obama Drone Kill Memo Is Out And Libertarians Were Right — It’s Murder

    06/25/2014 5:53:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/24/2014 | Joseph Miller
    On Monday, the White House memo used to justify drone attacks on U.S. citizens was released, and it appears to confirm the worst suspicions of its libertarian critics. The Obama administration had sought to keep the memo secret, and now we know why: Because there are no checks and balances; there are no classified courts. Indeed, the memo reveals that the president of the United States ordered the targeting killing of U.S. citizens overseas — in violation of their constitutional right to due process — sans any type of oversight outside of the executive.
  • Pentagon studying protesters to prep for ‘mass civil breakdown’

    06/15/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Department of Defense has disbursed some funds to universities so that scientists might study the dynamics of civil unrest — and how the U.S. military might best respond. It’s called the “Minerva Research Initiative,” and it’s a program that was kicked off in 2008 to “improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S.,” The Guardian reported. ~snip~ Those individuals targeted for questioning include political activists and members of non-governmental organizations — something that The Guardian pointed to as potential for concern. ~end snip~
  • Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

    06/14/2014 9:37:06 AM PDT · by Alyoshak · 67 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 12, 2014 | Nafeez Ahmed
    "Last year, the DoD's Minerva Initiative funded a project to determine 'Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?' which, however, conflates peaceful activists with "supporters of political violence" who are different from terrorists only in that they do not embark on "armed militancy" themselves."
  • I’m an Army veteran, and my benefits are too generous (You knew they'd get to this)

    06/08/2014 6:29:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2014 | Tom Slear
    Tom Slear, who retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2001, is a freelance writer in Annapolis. A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a receptionist in a physical therapist’s office that I was covered by Tricare, the military’s health-care program for service members, retirees and their families. (It has nothing to do with the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital system.) “Good deal,” I said. “You deserve it,” she responded. Really? If she only knew. Though I spent more than five years on active duty during the 1970s as an Army infantry officer and an additional 23 years in...
  • Bergdahl and Pentagon loyalty: a disturbing connection

    06/05/2014 10:05:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Allen West ^ | June 5, 2014 | Allen West
    While many focus their disgust for the federal government towards the occupants housed in the IRS, DoJ, VA, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this latest deserter-for-Taliban trade puts the spotlight on another particular building. ... It was the late Army Colonel David Hackworth who bestowed the title of “perfumed princes” on senior military leaders who stood not for the men and women in uniform but rather for their own career advancement. As we live through the decimation of our armed forces it’s difficult to say Vaughn doesn’t have a point. Vaughn believes “There is no way that the White House could...
  • A Five-Sided Kennel of Cowardice

    06/05/2014 9:58:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 3, 2014 | Russ Vaughn
    That lukewarm reception Barack Obama received at West Point last week was indicative of the widely held view among the troops that the man is a truly incompetent commander in chief, or as the language-mangling Al Sharpton might say, “the Commander of the Chiefs.” Notice that I said the troops, not their senior leadership. If our Pentagon weren’t currently occupied by the perfumed princes of political correctness, we might be seeing some courageous generals and admirals falling on their swords and exposing this failure of leadership instead of enabling it. Those ambitious cowards should ponder the reality that neither “I...
  • White House Overrode Internal Objections To Taliban Prisoner Release

    06/03/2014 3:29:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies
    Time ^ | 6/3/2014 | Massimo Calabresi
    To pull off the prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House overrode an existing interagency process charged with debating the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and dismissed long-standing Pentagon and intelligence community concerns based on Top Secret intelligence about the dangers of releasing the five men, sources familiar with the debate tell TIME. National Security Council officials at the White House decline to describe the work of the ad hoc process they established to trade the prisoners, or to detail the measures they have taken to limit the threat the Taliban officials may pose....
  • US lawmakers vote to double funding for Iron Dome

    05/23/2014 8:16:53 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 19 replies
    A White House veto threat — reiterated just hours before the vote — had little impact in an election year as lawmakers embraced the popular measure that includes a 1.8 percent pay raise for the troops and adds up to hundreds of thousands of jobs back home. The vote was 325-98 for the legislation, with 216 Republicans and 109 Democrats backing the bill. The National Defense Authorization Act calls for the addition of $175 million in funding for the Iron Dome system, which currently gets $176 million annually from the Pentagon. Much of the funding would be tied to a...
  • Pentagon eyeing immigrants who arrived illegally

    05/21/2014 11:30:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 119 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Pentagon is weighing allowing some immigrants brought illegally to the country as youths to serve in the military, a unilateral step by the Obama administration as immigration legislation remains stalled in the Republican-led House. The announcement came Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defended his election-year decision to rebuff a narrow immigration measure pushed by a GOP congressman to achieve a similar goal. The Pentagon consideration would apply to immigrants who arrived illegally as kids but already have received work permits and relief from deportation under a program President Barack Obama announced two years ago, called Deferred Action for...
  • While the bodies of ignored veterans pile up, Obama’s Pentagon to buy Bradley Manning a sex change

    05/21/2014 8:59:30 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/21/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Shame on Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama and Eric Shinseki. While honorably discharged veterans are dying from neglect in Veteran’s Administration hospitals, the Regime response is a sex change for Bradley Manning and new furniture for Veteran’s Administration headquarters. Last week, quisling Chuck Hagel spit in the face of sick and injured veterans throughout the country. In an insult to all of America’s veterans, Hagel has approved sending the traitorous Army Private Bradley Manning, now known as “Chelsea Manning,” to a civilian prison that will see that he gets a sex change operation. Manning was convicted of stealing and distributing classified...
  • PLA chief blames Obama’s focus on Asia for stirring trouble at sea

    05/17/2014 8:12:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    Shanghai Daily ^ | May 17, 2014
    CHINA’S top general blamed the Obama administration’s new focus on Asia for various disputes in the East and South China seas, claiming that “some neighboring countries” were using it as a chance to provoke problems. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday, the People’s Liberation Army’s Chief of the General Staff General Fang Fenghui also warned that the US must be objective about tensions between China and Vietnam or risk harming relations between Washington and Beijing. He defended China’s deployment of an oil rig in the South China Sea and said China had no intention of abandoning drilling despite...
  • Pentagon Cuts Military Raises And Benefits, Spends $150 Per Gallon In Green Jet Fuel

    05/08/2014 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:57 PM 05/07/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of Defense was put in the awkward position of having to defend cuts to military pay raises and housing allowances as well as increasing health care fees just one day before a report saying the Pentagon spent $150 a gallon on green jet fuels. Defense officials spent $150 on jet fuel made from algae that is approved for civilian and military use, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office. […] HEFA, or Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids, comes from “renewable oil (e.g., vegetable oils, animal fat, waste grease, and algae oil) … processed using...
  • Report: Pentagon Paid $150 Per Gallon for Green Jet Fuel

    05/07/2014 6:34:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    The Washinton Free Beacon ^ | May 7, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    The Department of Defense (DOD) paid $150 per gallon for alternative jet fuel made from algae, more than 64 times the current market price for standard carbon-based fuels, according to a report released on Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in its report that a Pentagon official reported paying “about $150 per gallon for 1,500 gallons of alternative jet fuel derived from algal oil.” GAO’s report examined the financial challenges facing increased purchases and use of alternative jet fuels by federal agencies. “Currently, the price for alternative jet fuels exceeds that of conventional jet fuel,” the report noted. The...
  • House panel backs Pentagon on sex assault cases

    05/07/2014 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2014 10:48 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    The Pentagon posted a narrow win Wednesday as a House panel endorsed leaving the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders. In an emotionally charged debate, the House Armed Services Committee rejected a measure that would have stripped the long-standing authority to decide whether to pursue a case, especially those related to sexual assault, and hand the job to seasoned military lawyers. The vote was 34-28. …
  • Pentagon Police Agency Hit by 'Catastrophic' Network Outage

    05/06/2014 1:13:57 PM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    netgov ^ | May 6, 2014 | Bob Brewin
    The agency that manages the Pentagon Police Department and also runs networks and computers for the Office of the Secretary of Defense experienced a “catastrophic network technological outage” on Jan. 3, and repairs may not be complete until January 2015, an obscure document on the Federal Business Opportunities website revealed. A Defense Department spokesman attributed the outage to the failure of a legacy component. The contracting document, posted on May 2, said the outage experienced by the Pentagon Life Safety System Network and Life Safety Backbone left the Pentagon Force Protection Agency “without access to the mission-critical systems needed to...
  • Head of Pentagon intelligence agency forced out, officials say

    04/30/2014 7:28:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/30/14 | Greg Miller and Adam Goldman,
    The top two officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency said Wednesday that they will retire from those positions in the coming months, part of a leadership shake-up at an agency that is under pressure to trim budgets and shift focus after more than a decade of war, current and former U.S. officials said. Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn is expected to end his tenure as DIA director this summer, about a year before he was scheduled to depart, according to officials who said Flynn faced pressure from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and others in recent months....
  • Pentagon says Hagel told that Russia won’t invade

    04/28/2014 6:12:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 5:48 PM EDT
    The Pentagon says Russia’s defense chief has assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russia will not invade Ukraine. […] Hagel also asked for Russia’s help in gaining the release of seven inspectors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who are being held in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. …
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can't Hide From Russian Radar

    04/28/2014 5:34:34 AM PDT · by Strategy · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 28, 2014
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - the jet that the Pentagon is counting on to be the stealthy future of its tactical aircraft - is having all sorts of shortcomings. But the most serious may be that the JSF is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars. Nor it is particularly good at jamming enemy radar. Which means the Defense Department is committing hundreds of billions of dollars to a fighter that will need the help of specialized jamming aircraft that protect non-stealthy - "radar-shiny," as some insiders call them -...