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The Pentagon’s Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General confirmed it has launched an investigation into whether Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has violated any ethics rules by promoting his former employer Boeing while serving in the Trump Administration. The investigation comes a week after a government watchdog group, called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics…
Tags: News, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Boeing, Trump Administration, Patrick Shanahan, Citizens for Responsibility, Boosted Boeing, Department of Defense Office of Inspector General


Theranos and the cult of personality in science and tech

Elizabeth Holmes was a chemical engineering student who dropped out of Stanford to found Theranos: a silicon-valley start-up company that, at one point, was valued at US$9 billion. Her plan was to be another Steve Jobs and, for a while, it looked like that would happen. She made the cover of magazines like Forbes, Fortune, and even Glamour, wearing black polo-neck shirts and was touted as being the next big thing. Former President Clinton was a fan. Former Secretary-of-State George Schultz was a...
Tags: Apple, Books, Technology, Featured, Law, Steve Jobs, Stanford, Defense, US, Fraud, Engineering, Silicon Valley, Wall Street Journal, Biotechnology, Theranos, Clinton


A look at how the number of women in the military has steadily grown

Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell, 28, was awarded the Coast Guard Air Medal for operations. (Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video) Last month, Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell, 28, was one of eight pilots to be awarded the prestigious Coast Guard Air Medal for operations after the deadly hurricane that hit Houston in 2017. She is the first African-American woman in the branch to receive the Air Medal. The Women in Aviation International Conference ends Saturday, March 16 in Long Beach. Nine C...
Tags: News, Navy, Washington, Iraq, Defense, Infographic, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Military, International Space Station, Army, Marine Corps, Va, Pentagon, Houston


The Trump Administration’s Relationship With Boeing Is Under Scrutiny After Crashes

Patrick Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense, told Congress that he welcomes an inspector general investigation into whether he violated any ethics rules by promoting Boeing Co. products while serving in the Trump Administration. Shanahan, who came to the Pentagon after spending more than three decades at Boeing, has routinely fended off questions about potential conflicts…
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Boeing, Boeing Co, Shanahan, Trump Administration, Patrick Shanahan


Fort Trump? The Pentagon Takes a Step Toward Establishing Base in Poland

The Trump Administration has drawn criticism for considering U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, but it’s considering at least one new permanent military base overseas. It even has a suggested name: “Fort Trump.” Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is in Warsaw, Poland this week to discuss the proposed base, which would…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Syria, Afghanistan, Military, Foreign Policy, Poland, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Warsaw Poland, Trump Administration, John Rood, Fort Trump


New Pentagon Policy Requires Most People To Serve In Their Birth Gender

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender. The memo outlining the new policy was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, and it comes after a lengthy and complicated legal battle. It falls short of the all-out transgender ban that was initially ordered by President Donald Trump. But it will likely force the mili...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Defense, Ap, Military, House, Pentagon, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Ash Carter, Trump


Congressional Responses to Emergency Declarations

     As sixteen states and a host of private parties challenge President Trump’s emergency declaration in court, it seems timely to consider the other avenue for reversing his decision:   congressional override.   Although the odds likely are against such an override, the threat of one could affect how the Administration chooses to implement the President’s declaration.   It also could significantly alter other aspects of the legislative process.      To appreciate how Congress might inte...
Tags: Congress, Senate, Defense, Military, House, Pentagon, Branding, Administration, Trump, McConnell, INS, Congress Most, Chadha, David Super


U.S. commander: IS hold in Syria, Iraq on verge of collapse

By MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned. IS militants have lost territory since Trump’s surprise announcement in December that he was pulling U.S. forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup...
Tags: New York, Isis, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Sport, World news, Syria, Afghanistan, Soccer


Justices to review New York gun rights case

In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to have a handgun at home for self-defense. Two years later, the justices made clear that this right also applies against state and local governments. Since then the Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to say anything more about how far states and cities can go in restricting gun rights, but today it granted a plea to weigh in, this time in a case from New York City. The request for review came from the N...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, California, Washington, New York City, Defense, United States, Donald Trump, Ash Carter, Kennedy, Trump, Carter, 9th Circuit


"The Supreme Court on Tuesday revived the Trump administration’s policy of barring most transgender people from serving in the military."

"In a brief, unsigned order, the justices temporarily allowed the ban to go into effect while the case moves forward. The vote was 5 to 4. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented. The policy, announced on Twitter by President Trump and refined by the defense secretary at the time, Jim Mattis, generally prohibits people identifying with a gender different from their biological sex from military service. It makes exceptions for several hundred tra...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Defense, Transgender, Trump, Elena Kagan, Ann Althouse, Jim Mattis, Trump And The Military


Did Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Criticize ‘Pantyhose-Wearing’ Politicians for Gun Restrictions?

A widespread meme attributes some colorful criticisms of pro-gun-control lawmakers to the legendary retired Marine Corps general.
Tags: News, Defense, Military, Marine Corps, Gun Control, Jim Mattis, Mad World News


U.S. military says American troops killed in Syria blast claimed by IS

By BASSEM MROUE BEIRUT — The U.S. military says a number of service members were killed Wednesday in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria — the first instance of U.S. casualties since President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the country last month. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rare morning attack in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij in northern Syria, saying one of its members carried out a suicide attack and detonated hi...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Defense, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Turkey, Syria, Britain, Soccer, Military, Terrorism, Donald Trump, Beirut, Trump, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Read Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ Farewell Message

Retired Gen. Jim Mattis, the outgoing Secretary of Defense, told staff at the Department of Defense to “keep the faith in our country” in a farewell message sent on Monday. The short letter came on Mattis’ last day as Secretary of Defense, after he was forced out of the post following a clash with President…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Department Of Defense, Military, Mattis, Onetime, Jim Mattis, Read Defense, Retired Gen Jim Mattis


Retired Gen. David Petraeus Says He Wouldn’t Serve in the Trump Administration

Retired Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA director and commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, poured cold water on Monday on rumors he would come out of retirement to become President Trump’s new Secretary of Defense. Petraeus, a friend of outgoing Defense secretary Jim Mattis, told the the BBC he “cannot envision returning to government…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Bbc, Afghanistan, Military, Cia, David Petraeus, Trump, Trump Administration, Onetime, Jim Mattis, Defense Petraeus


"The press reports he watches television for hours, is inattentive to briefings, doesn't read, rants, rages, nurses petty resentments..."

"... doesn't listen to those with expertise, doesn't understand the constitutional limits on his office, is increasingly alone and paranoid. Are these things true? What else is true?... Why do those who have worked with Mr. Trump so rarely if ever speak in any depth, in public, of their experience?... Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said a great deal in his resignation letter... But one letter isn't enough. The Trump supporters I know are motivated by patriotism, not spleen, bigotry or bitterness. ...
Tags: Law, Defense, New York Times, Rats, Peggy Noonan, Trump, Omarosa, Mattis, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, President Trump, Jim Mattis, the anonymous NYT op-ed


"How about you just admit you hate the President, love war and have been wrong for the last twenty years on every part of foreign policy?"

Rand Paul put in a strong performance on "Face the Nation" this morning. Here's the full transcript. Excerpt:MARGARET BRENNAN: You've been on a tweet storm this morning saying, President's decision to pull out of Syria and cut our troop presence in Afghanistan in half, you said "the entire foreign policy establishment of Washington, DC, who two years ago were swearing Trump was going to start multiple nuclear wars. Now they're mad because he is stopping two wars. How about you just admit you hat...
Tags: Isis, Law, Congress, Washington, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, Defense, America, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Taliban, Washington Dc, Middle East, Rand Paul


My Friend Jim Mattis Is Gone From the Pentagon, and the U.S. Is One Step Closer to Chaos

His call sign was never “Mad Dog.” That was but one of the many, many things President Donald Trump got wrong about retired four-star Marine general and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. His actual call sign is, believe it or not, “CHAOS” – an appropriate sobriquet for all that is unfolding in the White House…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Onetime, Jim Mattis


‘The Building Is in Shock.’ The Pentagon Braces for Life After Mattis

Not long after Defense Secretary James Mattis returned to the Defense Department Thursday afternoon after a contentious meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, he convened a meeting of his closest staff and advisers. His team knew something was amiss. Morale had been sinking at the Pentagon, following recent revelations that Trump had…
Tags: News, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Trump, Mattis, James Mattis


I'm trying to read "Pre-Christmas Trump: Rebuked, rampaging"...

... which went up 3 hours ago at Axios. The bottom line: Unlike most others, who pretended to leave on fine terms, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis bailed with a sharp, specific, stinging rebuke of Trump and his America-first worldview....It was a historic letter and a historic moment capping a historic day, one you could easily see filling a full chapter of future books on the Trump presidency. The wheels felt like they were coming off the White House before Mattis quit. • The spiral began Wednesda...
Tags: Law, White House, Defense, America, Syria, Metaphor, Afghanistan, Grammar, Trump, Mattis, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump's wall, Trump derangement syndrome, Jim Mattis, Trump And The Military


"Jim Mattis, the four-star Marine general turned defense secretary, resigned on Thursday..."

"... in protest of President Trump’s decision to withdraw 2,000 American troops from Syria, where they have been fighting the Islamic State," the NYT reports.Officials said Mr. Mattis went to the White House on Thursday afternoon in a last attempt to convince Mr. Trump to keep American troops in Syria. He was rebuffed, and told the president that he was resigning as a result....“One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our uniq...
Tags: Isis, Law, White House, Islamic State, Defense, Syria, Marine, Nyt, Pentagon, Trump, Mattis, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, Jim Mattis, Trump And The Military


21st Century Air National Guard

Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice is the Director, Air National Guard (ANG), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 107,600 Air Guard members and civilians in more than 90 wings and 175 geographically separated units across 213 locations throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. Rice is a command pilot with more than 4,300 hours in the F-1...
Tags: Europe, Leadership, Congress, California, Washington, Germany, Russia, Defense, US, America, Department Of Defense, Ukraine, People, Canada, Military, United States


Government asks justices to intervene in dispute over transgender service members

It is rare to ask the Supreme Court to hear a case before a federal appeals court has had an opportunity to weigh in. But yesterday the Trump administration made its second such request in less than 20 days, this time urging the justices to take up three cases (here, here and here) challenging the government’s ban on service in the military by most transgender individuals. The solicitor general argues that the issue is so important and time-sensitive that the government should be allowed to bypa...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington, Defense, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Francisco, Ashton Carter, Trump, Carter, Mattis, Everything Else, Noel Francisco, James Mattis, U S Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit


The British Military Is Launching a Major Test of Unmanned Vehicles and Surveillance Drones

The British Army is carrying out a major, four-week test of 70 new technologies, “including unmanned vehicles and surveillance drones,” as part of its “Autonomous Warrior experiment,” the MIT Technology Review reported this week.Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, Defense, Military, Drones, Robots, British Army, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, MIT Technology Review


313th Brigade’s Remote SVD mount in Syria (FSA)

Welcome to another installment about some of the armaments in the Syrian war theater; specifically around locally made, and improvised, firearms and equipment.  This latest is a video released from the 313th Brigade demonstrating their locally made and assembled SVD Remote Controlled mount.  The 313th Brigade is one of the Free Syrian Army divisions that […] Read More … The post 313th Brigade’s Remote SVD mount in Syria (FSA) appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Defense, Syria, Military, Militia, Editorial, Misc, Sniper, Free Syrian Army, Syrian Civil War, SVD, AK-47 / AK-74 / Everything AK, Rifles, Other Gear & Gadgets, Dragunov, Remote Controlled


Changing The Story

In October 2016, Dr. Eric Schmidt, then the Executive Director of Alphabet, Inc., Google’s parent company, and chairman of the Defense Innovation Board (DIB), independent technology and capability advisors to the Secretary of Defense, were touring the Combat Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. jQuery(document).ready(function($){ // If multiple elements are selected, it will use the first element. ...
Tags: Isis, Congress, Nsa, Boston, Iraq, Defense, San Francisco, Qatar, Military, Silicon Valley, John, Opsec, Air Force, Eric Schmidt, Henry Ford, Pivotal


Trump says border troops could hit 15,000, surprising Pentagon

By ZEKE MILLER and ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump says the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexican border could reach 15,000 — roughly double the number the Pentagon said it currently plans for a mission whose dimensions are shifting daily. The Pentagon says “more than 7,000” troops were being sent to the southwest border to support the Customs and Border Protection agents. Officials said that number could reach a maximum of about 8,000 under present plans. The ...
Tags: Politics, News, Obama, Congress, Abc, Washington, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Military, United States, House


Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar will house troops in preparation for arriving migrant caravan

CAMP PENDLETON — Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar have been designated as base support installations to house active-duty troops assisting U.S. Customs and Border Protection in enforcing security at the southeastern border, military officials announced Wednesday, Oct. 31. The two Marines Corps bases will serve as landing spots for additional personnel that may be needed at the U.S.-Mexico border, said Major Mark Lazane, spokesman for the United States Northern Command, a joint...
Tags: News, Mexico, Defense, Department Of Defense, Sport, Soccer, Military, Kansas, Pentagon, North Carolina, Local News, Department Of Homeland Security, Central America, Southern California, Trump, Colorado Springs


Defense Secretary Approves President Trump’s Request for Additional Troops at the Mexico Border

The action comes as Trump has spent recent days calling attention to the caravan
Tags: News, Defense, Immigration, Uncategorized, Military, Trump, Mexico Border, Onetime


Defense Secretary Expected to Send 800 Troops to U.S. Border After Request From President Trump

Mattis is responding to a request from President Donald Trump
Tags: News, Defense, Immigration, Uncategorized, Military, Trump, Mattis, Onetime



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