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  • Pentagon crafting plan to scrutinize potential military recruits with foreign ties, green cards

    01/16/2019 5:02:41 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/16/19 | Michael Burke
    The Pentagon is crafting a plan to scrutinize potential military recruits with green cards or other foreign ties, The Washington Post reported, citing internal memos. The process likely would include screening recruits whom the Pentagon deems "foreign nexus" risks, according to the Post. That would include Americans who have spouses from other countries and Americans who have family members with dual citizenship. The memos reviewed by the Post reportedly cited "counterintelligence or terrorism risks" as the Pentagon's reasoning behind the new vetting system. “One primary concern associated with qualifying for these positions relates to the potential counterintelligence or terrorism risks....
  • Pentagon Must Put Up or Shut Up After Audit Failure

    12/26/2018 6:05:00 PM PST · by bitt · 13 replies ^ | 12/26/2018 | Fergus Hodgson
    Delinquency is no joke, shames proud military tradition “Duty, honor, country” is the motto of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Contrast that with the Pentagon’s response to its first attempted audit after almost three decades of requests: “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it,” said Patrick Shanahan, the current deputy secretary of defense who will assume the title of acting defense secretary starting Jan. 1. This nonchalant, arrogant dismissal of gross accounting errors and fraud is an embarrassment to American exceptionalism and the proud history of the U.S. armed forces. Shanahan’s glib...
  • Who is Patrick Shanahan? A look at Trump’s new acting secretary of defense

    12/24/2018 11:37:00 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Dec 2018 | Frank Miles
    President Trump on Sunday said deputy defense secretary Patrick Shanahan will take over as acting secretary of the department on Jan. 1 to cover the accelerated departure of Jim Mattis — after a string of disagreements between Trump and Mattis. The Hill reported that Shanahan wasn’t close with Mattis; however he is liked by the White House. “He’s not a policy or geopolitics guy. He’s a business guy,” a source told Defense News. “But he’s spent the last year learning from the best. And Shanahan is known for having a good relationship” with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The...
  • Rolling Thunder comes to an end; 2019 will be last ride

    12/13/2018 10:08:31 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 7 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | December 13, 2018 12:23 pm | William Vitka | @vitkaWTOP
    The key issues cited by the group are costs and communication problems with the Pentagon Police Department. WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s most iconic displays of support for military veterans, those missing in action and prisoners of war is coming to an end. The annual Rolling Thunder ride — which has brought thousands of bikers to the D.C. area for decades — is putting the brakes on. They won’t be riding after their May 2019 run, group officials confirmed to WTOP. The key issues cited by the group are costs and communication problems with the Pentagon Police Department. “We...
  • Mattis Erupts Over Niger Inquiry and Army Revisits Who Is to Blame

    12/07/2018 2:25:28 PM PST · by Theoria · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Dec 2018 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was livid last month when he summoned top military officials to a video conference at the Pentagon to press them about an investigation into a 2017 ambush in Niger that killed four Americans on a Green Beret team. His anger, Pentagon officials said, came from seeing news reports that junior officers were being reprimanded for the botched Niger mission while the officers directly above them were not. Days later, a senior officer who had largely escaped punishment was told he would be reprimanded. Another senior officer’s actions before and around the time of the mission were...
  • WaPost fact-checker gives Ocasio-Cortez four Pinocchios for Pentagon claim

    12/04/2018 2:29:57 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/04/18 | Joe Concha
    The Washington Post "Fact-checker" column awarded Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) "four Pinocchios" on Tuesday after she said in a tweet that a "$21 trillion mistake" by the Pentagon could have paid for about two-thirds the cost of a Medicare for all bill. “$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained.’ $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon," she wrote to her 1.46 million followers. The column said the tweet was wrong on a couple of counts. First,...
  • 3 charged including exec with past ties to Clintons in alleged scheme to defraud Pentagon billions

    12/03/2018 3:11:43 PM PST · by detective · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/3/2018 | Edmund DeMarche
    Shortened title. Full title: 3 charged-- including exec with past ties to Clintons-- in alleged scheme to defraud Pentagon billions, DOJ says Three Northern Virginia men --including one who reportedly celebrated New Year's Eve in 1999 with the Clintons-- were charged last week for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud the Pentagon after receiving an $8 billion contract in 2012 to provide food and supplies to troops in Afghanistan, the Department of Justice announced. Federal prosecutors said the three—all executives connected to Anham FZCO, a defense contractor based in the United Arab Emirates--- knowingly gave false estimates of...
  • Northern Virginia Men Accused Of Swindling Billions From Pentagon

    12/03/2018 10:00:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    WTOP ^ | 12/02/2018 | Keara Dowd
    WASHINGTON — Three men from Northern Virginia have been charged with defrauding the Department of Defense of nearly $9 billion in contracts. Abdul Huda Farouki, 75, of McLean, his brother Mazen Farouki, 73, of Boyce and Salah Maarouf, 71, of Fairfax all pleaded not guilty to eight counts each of fraud and violating sanctions against Iran. Federal prosecutors say the three men — all executives connected to defense contractor Anham FZCO based in the United Arab Emirates — were awarded an $8 billion contract to provide supplies and food to American troops in Afghanistan in 2012. The indictment says that...
  • Ocasio-Cortez: We Could Pay For 2/3 Of Medicare For All With $21 Trillion We Spent On The Pentagon

    12/03/2018 9:11:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/03/2018 | AllahPundit
    Even some lefties on Twitter are giving her the side-eye for this. Imagine how wrong you’d have to be on the numbers for defense spending for liberals to say, “You’re exaggerating the problem.” $21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions “could not be traced, documented, or explained.”$21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T.That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.And that’s before our premiums.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 2, 2018 Note: She’s not suggesting that we’ve spent “merely” $21 trillion on defense. Clearly she’s suggesting that we’ve spent waaaaaay...
  • Pentagon fails first-ever audit, and that’s a good thing!

    11/16/2018 3:18:17 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 16, 2018 | Jamie McIntyre & Travis J. Tritten
    FOLLOW THE MONEY: The Pentagon has done what for years seemed impossible — it dispatched more than 1,200 auditors to examine hundreds of thousands of items at over 600 locations to figure out if taxpayer money was being used wisely. And the auditors examined if systems were effective in tracking inventory and ensuring they followed proper security practices. With approximately $2.8 trillion in total assets, accounting for over 70 percent of the U.S. government’s total, the FY 2018 DoD consolidated audit includes over 20 standalone audits. It’s arguably one of the largest and most complex financial statement audits ever undertaken....
  • Memo to incoming Democrats: Now is NOT the time to be cutting defense spending

    11/16/2018 6:57:07 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 29 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 11/16/18 | USA Features
    Threats rising: Earlier this week, a bipartisan committee appointed by Congress released a report that should chill all Americans to the bone. The National Defense Strategy Commission, an independent entity whose board is appointed by the House and Senate Armed Services committees, concluded in a 116-page report that the United States’ military superiority advantages have so eroded over the past decade that it’s very possible and, in some scenarios even likely, America could lose a war to a major power competitor like Russia or China. That’s largely because the U.S. military has focused on fighting small, brush-fire wars like those...
  • Pentagon sending 5,200 troops to border week before midterms

    10/29/2018 10:07:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 29, 2018 10:55 PM EDT | Robert Burns, Collen Long and Jill Colvin
    The Pentagon said Monday it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has put a sharp focus on Central American migrants moving north in slow-moving caravans that are still hundreds of miles from the U.S. The number of troops being deployed is more than double the 2,000 who are in Syria fighting the Islamic State group. Trump, eager to keep voters focused on illegal immigration in the lead-up to the elections, stepped up his dire warnings about the caravans, tweeting, “This...
  • Chinese Micro-Chips Installed in Hardware Pose a Threat to Our National Security

    10/23/2018 11:45:03 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/23/18 | Megan Barth
    There are plenty of cloud providers that are equipped to bid for the Pentagon’s contract This year, hackers seem to be having a field day accessing our personal data. Google exposed hundreds of thousands of users data on its Google+ social network. Facebook was attacked and hackers gained access to the personal data of some 30 million users. Yet, these strikes pale in comparison to what is perhaps the most serious concern: Chinese manufacturers has been installing micro spy chips inside servers. This recent discovery raises many red flags as to China’s ability to hack into our secret government computers...
  • Google drops out of Pentagon cloud computing competition

    10/10/2018 7:18:45 AM PDT · by bitt · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/8/2018 | michael burke
    Google is no longer competing for a Pentagon cloud-computing contract worth up to $10 billion, saying in a statement that the contract may conflict with company principles. A Google spokesman said in a statement obtained by Bloomberg that the company is "not bidding on the JEDI contract because first, we couldn’t be assured that it would align with our AI Principles." "And second, we determined that there were portions of the contract that were out of scope with our current government certifications," the spokesman added.
  • Weekly Update: Urgent Kavanaugh News

    10/06/2018 10:09:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 5, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    The Rule of Law Versus Mob Rule The ATF Is Still Hiding the Truth About Obama’s Anti-Gun Agenda Judicial Watch Uncovers Soros / State Department Collusion! Judicial Watch Sues to Uncover Pentagon Cash Tied to Spygate Targeting of Trump The Rule of Law Versus Mob Rule As I sat in the Senate conference room watching the Brett Kavanaugh hearing last week, I had the sense that we are entering into an entirely new era in our politics. Rabid leftists have thrown all decency to the winds, and we’re now facing a dire threat from a corrupt ideology which would...
  • Pentagon: Suspicious substance in envelopes was castor seeds, not ricin itself

    10/03/2018 11:54:36 AM PDT · by SaxxonWoods · 17 replies
    AP ^ | October 3, 2018 | Robert Burns
    A Pentagon spokeswoman says the suspicious substance found in envelopes turned over to the FBI contained the substance from which the poison ricin is derived, but not ricin itself. Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, told reporters traveling with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Brussels that the substance was castor seeds. ADVERTISING
  • News Summary At This Hour-Wednesday 10/3/2018

    10/03/2018 5:01:11 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/3/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump was on the stump for Republican candidates in Mississippi last night...... Trump said that a vote for Cindy Hyde-Smith is a vote for him, but many in the crowd at the rally wore red T-shirts saying "Trump Voters for Chris McDaniel" in support of the conservative state senator..... President Trump also made a comment about Saudi Arabia at the Mississippi rally...... Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said that the United States can blockade Russian energy production to prevent its export..... And the United States Ambassador to NATO, former Republican Senator from Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchison, says that a...
  • Envelopes sent to Mattis, Navy chief test positive for ricin

    10/02/2018 12:13:28 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 2, 2018 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Two envelopes addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson have initially tested positive for the deadly poison ricin at the Pentagon’s mail facility, according to a report. The packages, which were delivered Monday, were intercepted before making it into the sprawling headquarters of the Defense Department in Virginia near Washington, DC, spokesman Chris Sherwood said Tuesday.
  • Letter containing ricin found at Pentagon

    10/02/2018 9:25:11 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 32 replies ^ | 10/2/2018 | KFI AM radio Los Angeles
    Just reported on KFI Los Angeles AM640 via radio broadcast.
  • Problems for Pentagon’s immigrant recruit program

    10/01/2018 8:04:32 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 10 01 2018 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    Stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens, according to several U.S. officials. The decade-old program has been on hold since 2016 amid concerns that immigrant recruits were not being screened well enough, and security threats were slipping through the system. Defense officials shored up the vetting process, and planned to relaunch the program earlier this month. But there was an unexpected barrier when Homeland Security officials said they would not be able...