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  • Experts See No Logic in Air Force Mothballing New Global Hawks

    02/26/2012 11:16:43 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | Sandra I. Erwin and Dan Parsons
    Buried in a long list of Pentagon budget proposals for the next five years is the Air Force’s recommendation to retire a fleet of 18 brand-new Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned surveillance aircraft. Four of them haven’t even been delivered yet, and are already destined for the boneyard. Air Force leaders have defended their decision, contending that the $67 million apiece Global Hawk has become too pricey, and that the Cold War era U-2 spy aircraft can still do the job. Further, they insist that axing the Block 30 version of the Global Hawk hardly means the end of the...
  • Military preparedness does not come cheap

    02/25/2012 7:26:44 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/5/2012 | Gordon England
    Here’s something for critics of the country’s defense budget to ponder: After I was confirmed as secretary of the Navy in May 2001, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asked me and the other service secretaries to work with Congress to gain approval for a pending supplemental appropriation to the defense budget. This was not a war supplemental; it was still four months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Pentagon was simply running out of money. The Navy did not have enough funding to steam ships or to fly airplanes for the rest of the fiscal year. Submarines were being...
  • U.S. Bulks Up Iran Defenses

    02/24/2012 10:28:56 PM PST · by U-238 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/22/2012 | Fox News
    The Pentagon is beefing up U.S. sea- and land-based defenses in the Persian Gulf to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. military has notified Congress of plans to preposition new mine-detection and clearing equipment and expand surveillance capabilities in and around the strait, according to defense officials briefed on the requests, including one submitted earlier this month. The military also wants to quickly modify weapons systems on ships so they could be used against Iranian fast-attack boats, as well as shore-launched cruise missiles, the defense officials said. The readiness push is spearheaded by...
  • Air Force F-35s, Drones May Square Off in Budget Battle

    02/23/2012 4:38:32 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/1/2012 | Dan Parsons
    Unmanned aerial vehicles have become a potent portion of the U.S. Air Force inventory and an indispensable weapon in the global war on terror. But a budget crunch and turf wars with old-guard pilots could threaten progress made during 10 years of combat, experts said. “There’s not going to be a way of putting this genie back in the bottle,” retired Navy Vice Adm. Joseph W. Dyer told National Defense. “The world has changed. That doesn’t mean advocates of today’s manned aircraft won’t try to put it back in the bottle. But it ain’t going.” The Defense Department is aiming...
  • Project Avatar: U.S. military researches ways for soldiers to control robots

    02/19/2012 11:42:57 PM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 2/17/2012 | Damien Gayle
    The U.S. military is researching ways for its troops can use their minds to remotely control androids who will take human soldiers' place on the battlefield. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the Pentagon's hi-tech research arm, has earmarked $7million for research into the project, nicknamed Avatar. In the James Cameron movie, set far in the future, human soldiers use mind control to inhabit the bodies of human alien hybrids as they carry out a war against the inhabitants of a distant world. According to the Darpa's 2013 budget: 'The Avatar program will develop interfaces and algorithms to enable...
  • Pentagon announces Europe force cuts, relocations

    02/16/2012 1:54:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Derek Turner ^ | 2/16/16 | Chris Caroll
    WASHINGTON – A senior defense official announced a planned series of changes to U.S. force posture in Europe on Thursday that would reduce the number of U.S. troops on the continent by more than 11,000 by 2017. Families of affected troops are being notified Thursday, the officials said. INACTIVATED 170th Infantry Brigade: The unit’s 3,850 soldiers, currently redeploying to Baumholder, Germany, from Afghanistan, will begin moving with their families this summer, the Pentagon said. 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade: 3,850 soldiers, currently in Afghanistan, will redeploy this summer to Germany. Soldiers and their families will begin to move in summer 2013....
  • Pentagon, Lockheed see price of F-35 going up

    02/15/2012 1:10:09 AM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/14/2012 | Walter Gibbs and Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Delays in U.S. and international orders for Lockheed Martin Corp's new F-35 fighter jet will increase its total cost, Lockheed and U.S. officials said on Tuesday, as Italy announced a cut in spending on the warplane. On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed plans to put off orders for 179 F-35s over the next five years to save $15.1 billion and allow more time for testing, a third restructuring in recent years. U.S. officials insist they have not changed their plans to develop and buy 2,443 jets at a cost of $382 billion over the next few decades. Continued schedule delays and...
  • F-22 Fighter Crash Questions Linger: Pentagon Reviews Air Force Report

    02/10/2012 12:46:55 AM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    ABC ^ | 2/10/2012 | Lee Ferran
    The Department of Defense is reviewing the Air Force's investigation into a deadly F-22 jet crash that claimed the life of fighter pilot Capt. Jeff Haney -- a crash that the Air Force blamed on Haney, despite a malfunction that caused his oxygen system to shut off mid-flight. Launched by the Pentagon's Inspector General, the assessment aims to make sure the Air Force adhered to proper procedures during their investigation of the 2010 crash in the Alaskan wilderness and "will also verify that [the Air Force's] conclusions are supported by evidence of record consistent with standards of proof," according to...
  • At the Pentagon and in Israel, plans show the difficulties of an Iran strike

    02/09/2012 7:37:13 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2012 | Walter Pincus
    If you are not prepared to go to war, you cannot threaten that “nothing is off the table” as you search for diplomatic solutions. Thus there are completed plans, updated daily, at Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv and at the Pentagon for carrying out attacks on Iranian facilities in a last-ditch effort to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Israel has a plan to go it alone. So does the United States. And there may even be a plan for the two countries to collaborate. On Dec. 20, the Joint Chiefs chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, told CNN: “We...
  • Missing Iraq $100 million: Pentagon Unable to Account for Missing Iraqi Millions

    01/30/2012 2:40:50 PM PST · by opentalk · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 30, 2012 | Eamon Javers
    The Pentagon doesn’t know what happened to more than $100 million in cash held at Saddam Hussein’s palace in Baghdad during the Iraq war, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.What’s more, the Pentagon can’t find documents to explain what it spent as much as $1.7 billion on from funds held on behalf of the Iraqi government by the New York Federal Reserve, the report says. The missing records raise new questions about how the US government handled billions of dollars in Iraqi funds during the war. The new report, the latest in a...
  • Pentagon Unveils New Plan for Conventional Submarine-Based Ballistic Missiles

    01/30/2012 8:38:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | : January 27, 2012 | Elaine M. Grossman
    Pentagon Unveils New Plan for Conventional Submarine-Based Ballistic Missiles The U.S. Defense Department plans to develop a new conventional ballistic missile for fielding on attack submarines, according to major budget decisions announced on Thursday at the Pentagon (see GSN, Dec. 23, 2011). “The Navy will invest in a design that will allow new Virginia-class submarines to be modified to carry more cruise missiles and develop an undersea conventional prompt strike option,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at a press conference. Obama administration national security leaders -- like their Bush administration predecessors -- have touted the idea of developing conventional military...
  • Pentagon budget: top 3 winners and losers

    01/28/2012 7:41:57 AM PST · by SteelToe · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 27, 2012 | Anna Mulrine
    Pentagon budget: top 3 winners and losers As the Pentagon rolled out its budget preview Thursday, it stressed the tough work involved in cutting $487 billion over the next decade. But in Pentagon parlance, the word “cut” is a relative term. While the Defense Department’s base budget initially decreases from $553 billion this year to $525 billion in fiscal year 2013, it is still more than its $480 billion base budget in 2008, when US troops were in the midst of two wars. The budget will then rebound steadily to $567 billion in fiscal year 2017. With this in mind,...
  • German Angst as U.S. troops bid "Auf Wiedersehen"

    01/27/2012 10:31:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    -excerpt- "We Germans fought for the Russians to go, now we are fighting for the Americans to stay," jokes Brunner, chairman of the German-American contact club in Grafenwoehr, whose lifeblood is its U.S. military base. -excerpt- News that the 172nd infantry brigade, with its 3,500 soldiers and 8,000 family members, is being pulled from Grafenwoehr to return to the United States has hit this town hard. After 67 years of living together, locals in Bavaria say the Americans are not just their employers and customers, but also close friends. -excerpt- Under the new strategy, two combat brigades, one in Grafenwoehr,...
  • With a Leaner Military, a Long List of Potential Threats

    01/27/2012 9:32:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    America's Election Headquarters ^ | January 26, 2012 | Justin Fishel
    Following his long-awaited announcement detailing a proposal for massive defense spending cuts and an overall reduction in military personnel, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed his list of the risks and the most pressing threats to America's security. "This is going to be tough," Panetta told reporters Thursday. "Obviously it will be a smaller force, and when you have a smaller force there are risks associated with that in terms of our capability to respond." So in the near future where will the world’s strongest military need to respond? Panetta says there's a long list of potential problems. Among his top...
  • Drive-by jihadi pleads guilty to shooting at Pentagon (remember that domestic terrorist?)

    01/26/2012 7:51:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 1/26/12 | Warren Richey
    Drive-by jihadi pleads guilty to shooting at PentagonBy Warren Richey, Staff writer / January 26, 2012 An Alexandria, Va., man admitted in federal court Thursday that he fired live rounds into the Pentagon and three other government buildings and planned to desecrate graves at Arlington National Cemetery in support of Islamic militants overseas. Yonathan Melaku pleaded guilty to damaging government property, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and attempting to damage a veterans’ memorial. Under the terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors will request a 25-year prison sentence. In addition, Mr. Melaku faces up to $750,000 in fines...
  • Noon speech may impact Fort Huachuca [More BRACs]

    01/26/2012 1:12:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — At noon, Arizona time, the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chefs of Staff, the top uniform officer in America’s armed forces will be holding a press conference to discuss proposals to reduce the military budget. Part of the proposals include the potential of having two Base Realignment and Closure rounds, one starting in 2013 and the other in 2015 Pentagon sources said. The Defense Department has to reduce its budget, as part of the overall reduction of federal spending to lower the nation’s growing deficit, which currently exceeds $15 trillion. There have been...
  • Pentagon to take F-35B off "probation": sources

    01/19/2012 9:31:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2012 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Pentagon to take F-35B off "probation": sources WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected on Friday to remove the threat of termination that has been looming over the Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet, according to multiple sources. Panetta will announce on Friday that he is taking the B-model of the stealthy F-35 fighter off "probation" a year ahead of schedule, given the plane's progress on resolving technical issues, the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, told Reuters. The announcement will come during Panetta's visit on Friday to Naval Air Station...
  • Pentagon-backed 'time cloak' stops the clock (briefly makes an event undetectable)

    01/04/2012 1:36:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/4/12 | AFP
    Pentagon-supported physicists on Wednesday said they had devised a "time cloak" that briefly makes an event undetectable. The laboratory device manipulates the flow of light in such a way that for the merest fraction of a second an event cannot be seen, according to a paper published in the science journal Nature. It adds to experimental work in creating next-generation camouflage -- a so-called invisibility cloak in which specific colours cannot be perceived by the human eye. "Our results represent a significant step towards obtaining a complete spatio-temporal cloaking device," says the study, headed by Moti Fridman of Cornell University...
  • Pentagon trimming ranks of generals, admirals

    12/28/2011 7:35:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/28/11 | Greg Whitlock
    With the Iraq war over and troops in Afghanistan on their way home, the U.S. military is getting down to brass tacks: culling generals and admirals from its top-heavy ranks. Pentagon officials said they have eliminated 27 jobs for generals and admirals since March, the first time the Defense Department has imposed such a reduction since the aftermath of the Cold War, when the collapse of the Soviet Union prompted the military to downsize. The cuts are part of a broader plan to shrink the upper ranks by 10 percent over five years, restoring them
  • Real cost of gas at Afghan bases

    12/06/2011 8:00:47 PM PST · by MadJack · 4 replies
    cbs news ^ | 6 December 2011
    Keeping American vehicles rolling in Afghanistan while avoiding the perils of hauling in fuel via ground transportation is costing the military big time. Frosty relations between the U.S. and Pakistan - which led to Pakistan closing its border to Afghanistan-bound truck traffic- haven't helped, either. The Pentagon is increasingly relying on parachute drops of fuel and other supplies to bases in remote parts of Afghanistan, and as Nathan Hodge of the Wall Street Journal reports, the military estimates such deliveries are spiking the ultimate price of a gallon of fuel to as much as $400 per gallon.
  • At Pentagon, COIN Losing Currency

    12/04/2011 7:06:42 AM PST · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 15 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | December 4, 2011 | David Ignatius
    As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta prepares his recommendations for Pentagon budget cuts, he is likely to reduce the military's resources for future, large-scale counterinsurgency operations of the sort that were ballyhooed just a few years ago in Iraq and Afghanistan. The boom in "COIN," as these operations are known, has proved to be something of a bubble. Budget pressures have curbed the appetite for the ambitious, "protect-the-population" missions that were promoted with such enthusiasm by Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The focus increasingly is on raids by the tighter, more kinetic Special Operations Forces, which are seen as...
  • Pentagon budget cuts almost certain to affect F-35

    12/01/2011 8:56:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | Dec. 01, 2011 | Bob Cox
    Pentagon budget cuts almost certain to affect F-35 By Bob Cox rcox@star-telegram.com The stealth design of the F-35 joint strike fighter is supposed to make it nearly invisible to enemy radar, but the super high-tech combat aircraft may not be able to avoid the bull's-eye of Pentagon budget-cutters. Congress' failure last month to agree on $1.2 billion in additional deficit reduction measures means the Defense Department is facing enormous funding cuts mandated by law. Without new congressional action to restore funding, experts say, the Pentagon will be forced to make big cuts in spending on new weapons. And the F-35...
  • Need for Brazil Debt Kills US Defense Company

    11/30/2011 8:59:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2011 | Political Calcululations
    How dependent has the United States government under President Barack Obama become upon borrowing money from foreign sources to support its spending? Would you believe the answer is: "enough to exclude a long-time U.S. manufacturer from consideration for a defense contract in favor of a foreign-based manufacturer, despite the U.S. manufacturer having invested considerable time and profits earned from their other products to develop a product that specifically satisfies the government's needs?" AINonline's Chris Pocock reports: The U.S. Air Force has apparently chosen the Embraer Super Tucano to meet the Light Air Support (LAS) requirement. Hawker Beechcraft's AT-6 was the...
  • UK defence industry faces squeeze as US debt failure triggers Pentagon cuts

    11/22/2011 2:36:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | 21 Nov 2011 | Richard Blackden
    UK defence industry faces squeeze as US debt failure triggers Pentagon cuts Britain's defence industry faces a squeeze from across the Atlantic, as renewed gridlock in Washington over the US deficit looks set to trigger automatic cuts in military spending. The failure on Monday of the Congressional super-committee - established in August as part of the deal that raised America's debt ceiling - to agree on how to axe $1.2trillion (£766bn) from the country's deficit means that a similar amount will now be automatically cut from US government spending. As part of the original deal in August, the Pentagon is...
  • US Air Forces Get Super-Heavy Bunker Buster Bombs

    11/15/2011 10:43:38 AM PST · by Fennie · 42 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | November 15, 2011
    US Air Forces have received super-heavy bunker buster bombs, a spokesman with Pentagon lieutenant-colonel Jack Miller told reporters Tuesday. He said that Boeing, had begun to supply the bombs to the Air Force Global Strike Command in September. The bombs will be carried by B-2 bombers. Each bomb weights 13.6 tons and has a built in satellite navigation system. Some experts note that this type of bomb which is capable of breaking a 18 meter thick concrete walls, is perfect weapon for attacking nuclear facilities in Iran. (TASS)
  • One Day in the Life of a Jew in France

    11/10/2011 7:21:49 PM PST · by george76 · 68 replies · 2+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Nov 9th, 2011 | Brenda H. Mitchell
    Once again, the real news in France is conveniently not being reported as it should. To give you an idea of what’s going on in France where there are now between 5 and 6 million Muslims and about 600,000 Jews, here is an email that came from a Jew living in France. Will the world say nothing – again – as it did in Hitler’s time? “I am a Jew — therefore I am forwarding this to everyone on all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing. Nowhere have the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously...
  • Pentagon mulling ‘feasible’ designs for flying Humvee

    10/27/2011 4:29:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/27/11 | Liz Goodwin
    The high-tech researchers at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) say they're reviewing two "feasible" designs for a flying Humvee vehicle called the "Transformer." The tank-like machine is supposed to be able to take off and land vertically. The plan is for it to be operated by a person without flight training--or by no one at all, Aviation Week reports. AAI and Lockheed Martin have each submitted potential designs, in tandem with Piasecki Aircraft. AAI's prototype would weigh 7,500 pounds and combine traditional plane wings with a helicopter rotor on top. Lockheed Martin's design, above, is 500 pounds...
  • Comic Tells Pentagon Troops to ‘Git ‘er Done’

    10/21/2011 5:10:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2011 – In his signature baseball cap and wearing a shirt with the sleeves cut off, the comedian known as Larry the Cable Guy gave a shout-out to the troops today while on location at the Pentagon to shoot an upcoming segment of his History Channel show, “Only in America.” Comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney -- known as Larry the Cable Guy -- steps up to the podium in the press briefing room during a Pentagon tour for an upcoming segment of his History Channel show, “Only in America,” Oct. 21, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo  (Click...
  • Pentagon error suspends anti-narcotics programs worldwide

    10/15/2011 12:19:48 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner [Washington DC] ^ | 13 October 2011 | Sara A. Carter
    Pentagon counternarcotics and counterterrorism operations around the world were abruptly suspended this month when the Defense Department officials overseeing the programs failed to ensure they were funded by congressional authorizations, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. The lapse has caused serious national security and diplomatic problems for the U.S. military, according to Defense Department officials. The authorizations cover joint counternarcotics operations with foreign governments, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. The mix-up occurred when the anti-narcotics programs were not included on a list provided to Congress of operations that needed to...
  • 2,000 Evangelical, Orthodox Chaplains Join Catholics in Opposing Pentagon Directive on SSM

    10/06/2011 1:11:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    CNS ^ | October 5, 2011 | Pete Winn
    Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. (AP Photo.) (CNSNews.com) – A national group representing more than 2,000 military chaplains from evangelical Christian and Orthodox backgrounds said on Wednesday that the Pentagon has launched a “direct assault” on marriage, and the chaplains they endorse will not be allowed to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies under any circumstances.Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the newly formed Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said his 2,000-plus membership is concerned about a Sept. 30 Pentagon memorandum that authorizes chaplains and military chapel facilities to be used for “any private ceremony,”...
  • Rep. Akin: DOD Instructing Military 'To Do Things Which Are in Fact Illegal to Do'

    10/04/2011 12:18:16 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/30/2011 | Pete Winn
    (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) said the Obama administration was "bordering on lawlessness" with Friday’s Pentagon announcement that military chaplains may officiate in same-sex wedding ceremonies of service members in states where gay marriage is legal. “One of the things that’s increasingly alarming to many Americans is the nature of various agencies of the federal government that either make up their own laws or try to create their own law when they do not have law-making authority,” Akin told CNSNews.com on Friday. “In this case, it appears that the Department of Defense under Obama – and probably at Obama’s...
  • Justice for USS Cole (Pentagon wants death penalty for al-Nashiri)

    10/02/2011 12:35:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/30/11 | Arthur Herman
    Justice for USS ColeBut why did it take so long? Last Updated: 3:48 AM, September 30, 2011 Before 9/11, there was USS Cole. On Oct. 12, 2000 terrorists loaded a small boat with explosives and set it off next to the US Navy destroyer as it sat peacefully in the Yemeni port of Aden, killing 17 American sailors and wounding 39 more. The alleged mastermind of the attack, Saudi-born Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, was captured in 2002. Since 2006, he’s been sitting in Gitmo, untried and unpunished. Now, more than a decade after the crime, the families of the Cole...
  • Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage

    09/30/2011 7:58:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage mug.cnn By: CNN Wire Staff (CNN) - Ten days after the military dumped its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians in the military, the Pentagon has issued new rules allowing military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages....
  • US Citizen Arrested For Terror Plots Against US Capitol, Pentagon

    09/28/2011 7:09:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2011 | Guy Benson
    A 26-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested and charged today in connection with a plot to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol, the Justice Department announced.  Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen, is accused of planning to use a remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives to attack the buildings. He was also charged with attempting to provide support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization — specifically al-Qaida, the organization behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I know what you're thinking, PC police: "That's unfair, you Islamophobe!  Just because his name is Rezwan doesn't mean he's a Muslim, or that his planned attacks were...
  • Ashland Terror Suspect: Who Is Rezwan Ferdaus?

    09/28/2011 4:47:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    ASHLAND (CBS) – Rezwan Ferdaus had run into some minor trouble in the past, but neighbors in his quiet Ashland neighborhood are terrified to hear the disturbing accusations he’s currently facing. The 26-year-old Ferdaus was arrested on Wednesday and charged with plotting to crash explosive-laden remote control planes into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol. According to neighbors, the home that federal agents raided belongs to Ferdaus’ parents. They moved in 14 years ago and Rezwan still lived with them.
  • Feds: Mass. man planned to blow up Pentagon [ROP alert]

    09/28/2011 4:09:52 PM PDT · by Enchante · 11 replies
    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man was arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting to destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol by attacking the buildings with large, remote-controlled aircraft armed with lethal amounts of explosives.... According to a federal affidavit, Ferdaus said he wanted to deal a psychological blow to Americans, the "enemies of Allah," by hitting the Pentagon, which he called "head and heart of the snake."
  • Man Planning to Attack Pentagon Arrested

    09/28/2011 1:01:25 PM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    Fox News Channel (no link) | 9/28/11
    On Fox. Man arrested for trying to bomb Pentagon with a UAV. US citizen. Not identified. Was going to pack model F-86 RC model with explosives and hit Pentagon. Also bought six AK-47s (this sounds wrong as machine guns cannot be purchased witout a special license and someone buying six at a time would send up red flares). Developing.
  • Inspector general: Bush-era Pentagon officials cleared of wrongdoing

    09/24/2011 7:45:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    A three-year government investigation has found no wrongdoing by Bush-era Pentagon officials when they gave war briefings to retired military analysts who served as TV and radio commentators. The probe by the Pentagon inspector general was a response to a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning article in the New York Times that implied the former military officers, some of whom worked for or were defense contractors, received financial favors in return for their commentary and that they were tools in a propaganda campaign. Sources familiar with the IG’s final report said it will say officials broke no rules or laws when they...
  • Changing America: Reflections on September 11, 2001 [VIDEO]

    09/10/2011 10:16:22 AM PDT · by martosko · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/10/2011 | Sean W. Malone
    The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks saddens us, inspires us, and steels our collective national resolve. The Daily Caller invites you to share in a gripping portrait of reflections on this somber and universally stirring occasion. Created by Daily Caller multimedia producer Sean W. Malone, this documentary film short captures the essence of the American character: the courage to emerge from tragedy, the strength to maintain focus through ten years of recovery, and the resolve to make sure 9/11 never happens again. The film features Tucker Carlson, Angela Keaton, Christopher Preble, James Carafano, Benjamin Friedman and Congressman Allen West....
  • The Air Force’s sky-high hopes for the F-35

    08/31/2011 9:16:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | August 31st, 2011 | Philip Ewing
    The Air Force’s sky-high hopes for the F-35 By Philip Ewing Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 Newspaper editorial boards, white-paperists and blue-ribbon panels all have called for the F-35 to be cancelled, but as we’ve seen many times, it’s so big and expensive it stands a very good chance of surviving in Austerity America. Here’s another reason to throw on the pile: If you cancelled it, you’d be canceling a lot of the Air Force. The service’s almost complete dependence on its F-35A Lightning II was driven home again last weekend when Gen. Edward Rice, head of Air Education and Training...
  • Chinese see weaknesses in U.S. military (FR Archive Dive)

    08/26/2011 7:56:02 PM PDT · by danielmryan · 10 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | Sept. 19, 1997 | John Diamond
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the top echelons of the U.S. and Chinese military get together, they exchange smiles, handshakes and photographs. Behind the scenes, lower-ranking officers are planning for possible conflict. A laborious Pentagon translation of hundreds of books and journal articles by mid-level Chinese military officers shows that Beijing's future military leadership sees U.S. military power as waning and plans to exploit weaknesses in U.S. weaponry and supply lines should conflict occur. The Pentagon analysis of Chinese military writings was disclosed Thursday[, September 18 1997,] to the Senate Intelligence Committee in a hearing on intelligence challenges posed by China....
  • China Media Dismiss Pentagon "Cock-and-Bull" Report

    08/24/2011 11:49:04 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 25, 2011 | Staff
    China's state news agency on Thursday condemned a Pentagon report on China's growing military might, calling its account of Beijing's weapons modernization drive an alarmist "cock-and-bull story." The Pentagon's annual assessment of China's military strength, which was released on Wednesday, said Beijing appeared to be on track to forge a modern military by 2020, a build-up that could destabilize the Asia-Pacific region. The Chinese government has yet to give its official response, which is likely to be tersely dismissive, but the state-run Xinhua news agency made a starting shot. "The allegation is an utterly cock-and-bull story about the Chinese military...
  • Pentagon Considering Scrapping Traditional Pensions ....

    08/16/2011 6:57:09 AM PDT · by clove · 41 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | August 15, 2011 | Jim Crogan
    A Pentagon task force is proposing the largest overhaul of the military retirement system in 50 years that will do away with a traditional pension system, opting instead for a 401(k)-style contribution program. Under the newly proposed Defense Business Board plan, all troops would receive yearly retirement contributions if they served at least 20 years -- a stipulation of the existing system. The money, however, would not vest until service reached at least three to five years and would then be payable at retirement age. If personnel left before that three- to five-year mark, the time served would be rolled...
  • Pentagon Considering Scrapping Traditional Pensions in its Proposed Retirement Program Overhaul

    08/15/2011 11:35:27 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 55 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Aug 15 2011 | By Jim Crogan
    A Pentagon task force is proposing the largest overhaul of the military retirement system in 50 years that will do away with a traditional pension system, opting instead for a 401(k)-style contribution program. Under the newly proposed Defense Business Board plan, all troops would receive yearly retirement contributions if they served at least 20 years -- a stipulation of the existing system. The money, however, would not vest until service reached at least three to five years and would then be payable at retirement age. If personnel left before that three- to five-year mark, the time served would be rolled...
  • Pentagon Considers Scrapping Traditional Military Pensions

    08/15/2011 4:20:01 PM PDT · by Newbomb Turk · 106 replies
    Fox News Online ^ | 8/15/2011 | Jim Crogan
    A Pentagon task force is proposing the largest overhaul of the military retirement system in 50 years that will do away with a traditional pension system, opting instead for a 401(k)-style contribution program
  • Budget Buster: Pentagon Unable to Account for “Trillions,” Glain Says

    08/14/2011 10:28:12 AM PDT · by Errant · 37 replies
    Yahoo Daily Ticker ^ | Fri, Aug 12, 2011 | Peter Gorenstein
    The United States military budget accounts for over 40% of the world's annual military expenditures and, at around $700 billion per year, more than 20% of the federal budget. The Federal government wants to curb that spending as part of deficit reduction.
  • SUPER COMMITTEE: A VERY BAD IDEA (VANITY/RANT)

    08/14/2011 8:23:20 AM PDT · by SERKIT · 24 replies
    Self | August 14, 2011 | SELF
    Two main concerns (and there are many more): 1) If 535 people in Congress are given the task of running the country under the Constitution, why is the abdication of those duties and powers over to a "Gang of 12" considered Constitutional? 2) There is a not-so-concealed dirty joke to the 50/50 cut guidelines of the Super Committee. If cuts can't be derived from their smoky back room chin-wagging, "automatic cuts" are imposed. Cuts will come from the Pentagon and from entitlements. * As for the Pentagon, cuts would be "real". * As for entitlements, Washington has already proven that...
  • Pentagon to Release Names of Service Members Killed in Chinook Crash

    08/10/2011 11:42:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/10/11 | Staff
    After a delay of more than two days, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has "decided to follow the law" and release the names, ranks, hometowns and units of those killed in the Aug. 6 Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Wednesday. The names will be released in the next 24 hours. Panetta "never intended not to release the names," Lapan said, explaining that a delay in their release was the result of a request from military commanders in the Special Operations community who wanted to review the policy of releasing names "because of possible (security) implications
  • Leon Panetta: Pentagon will cut carefully

    08/03/2011 10:00:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/3/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Cuts to Pentagon spending won’t be done in a “hasty, ill-conceived way,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a letter to reassure to his department’s staff Wednesday. Acknowledging that defense cuts “must be” part of the solution to trim the national debt, Panetta said military leaders will be able to make $350 billion in cuts over the next decade that were laid out in the compromise bill to raise the debt ceiling “while maintaining the excellence of our military.”
  • Pentagon and its supporters brace for deeper cuts

    07/22/2011 4:20:41 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 22, 2011 | David Alexander
    The Pentagon and its supporters are bracing for the likelihood of much deeper reductions in the U.S. military's budget, as budget negotiators now eye defense cuts of $800 billion or more over the next decade. With talks intensifying ahead of an August 2 deadline to raise the debt limit, lawmakers hoping to shape an overall budget deal have advanced proposals that would cut defense spending by more than double the $400 billion President Barack Obama proposed just three months ago. Some proposals call for as much as $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade.