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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


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


Pentagon reassures public that its autonomous robotic tank adheres to "legal and ethical standards" for AI-driven killbots

The Pentagon is seeking bids to improve its Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS) so that it can "acquire, identify, and engage targets at least 3X faster than the current manual process." When this public tender sparked concern that the Pentagon's autonomous tanks were gaining automated targeting and firing capabilities -- that is, that they would be autonomous killbots -- the Pentagon updated the tender to reassure critics that "development and use of autonomous and se...
Tags: Post, News, Department Of Defense, Atlas, Military, Pentagon, Ai, Weapons Of Math Destruction, Ai And Ethics, Killbots, Lethal False Positives, Matt Novak Gizmodo


Elon Musk Could Lose His Pentagon Security Clearance Over Video of Him Smoking Pot

The Pentagon is reviewing Elon Musk’s federal security clearance following the billionaire’s marijuana toke on a California comedian’s podcast in September, according to a U.S. official. Musk has refiled his SF-86 security form, which requires a federal employee or contractor seeking a clearance to acknowledge any illegal drug use over the previous seven years, according…
Tags: Elon Musk, News, California, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Military, Pentagon, Musk, Onetime, Elon Musk Could Lose His Pentagon


Trump Administration Will Ask Military to Shelter Up to 5,000 Migrant Children

Federal officials intend to ask the Pentagon for help sheltering up to 5,000 migrant children crossing the U.S. southern border without a parent, marking an expansion of the Defense Department’s role in the Trump Administration’s hardline policy toward undocumented immigrants. The request is expected to come not long after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…
Tags: News, Immigration, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Defense Department, U S Customs, Trump Administration, Trump Administration Will Ask Military


Here’s what 2,400 Marines and sailors were doing during an eight-month deployment to the Middle East

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Abner Mauncio is hugged by his three children as marines and sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit return from their successful, eight-month deployment to the Indo- Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions, on Feb. 28, 2019 at Camp Pendleton. The end of this deployment is uniquely significant, as it was the inaugural combat deployment of the Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II fighter jet. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer) ...
Tags: Isis, News, Navy, Africa, Sport, Syria, Soccer, Military, Philippines, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Marine Corps, Marines, San Diego, Pentagon, Air Force


Pentagon Inspector General reveals widespread retaliation against whistleblowers with impunity for the retaliators and the wrongdoers

Last November, the Pentagon's Inspector General presented Congress with a "little-noticed" report on whistleblowing in the US military, revealing that those who come forward with claims of misconduct including sexual harassment and safety problems face a "culture of retaliation" including black marks on their service records, demotion, and suspension of security clearance; the IG also reported that in nearly every case, the officers who retaliated against whistleblowers faced no consequences fo...
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Fcc, Congress, US, Military, Pentagon, Impunity, Defense Department, Whistleblowers, Glenn Fine, Dwrena Allen, John M Donnelly Roll Call


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


Space Force will be a Marines-like branch under Air Force authority

President Trump is expected to sign into creation the Space Force today, as a special branch of the military overseen by the Air Force Department, according to a report in The Washington Post. The President’s decision is considered a win for the Air Force and Defense Department broadly, which had argued against setting up an independent military department based on their concerns that it would add new layers of bureaucracy, according to the Pentagon . Speaking at an event at The Brookings Inst...
Tags: TC, Star Wars, Post, Navy, Washington Post, US, America, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, President, Army, Marine Corps, Pentagon


Pentagon Sends Troops to Texas Border as Trump Again Raises Fears About Caravans

The Defense Department said Wednesday it sent about 250 troops to the southern border in Texas ahead of the arrival of a migrant caravan currently in Mexico. The deployment comes a day after President Donald Trump raised fears over “large, organized caravans” currently “on the march to the United States” in his annual State of…
Tags: Texas, News, Mexico, Immigration, Uncategorized, Military, United States, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Defense Department, State Of The Union, Texas Border


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


Pentagon Warns ISIS Could Resurge in Syria Within Months

Despite President Donald Trump’s assertions, ISIS is not defeated and could re-emerge without continued military engagement in Syria, according to candid assessments from the Pentagon and the State Department released this week. The U.S. military said “absent sustained pressure,” the Sunni Muslim extremist group would re-emerge in Syria within six to 12 months, according to…
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Foreign Policy, Pentagon, State Department, Donald Trump, Sunni Muslim, Pentagon Warns ISIS


Pentagon Will Send 3,750 More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border to Install 150 Miles of Wire

The additions will bring the total number of active-duty troops on the border to 4,350
Tags: News, Immigration, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, U S Mexico Border, Onetime


President Trump’s Plans to Boost Missile Defense Could Spark an Arms Race

President Donald Trump ripped yet another page from Cold War strategy books Thursday by directing the Pentagon to look into developing a constellation of space-based sensors and interceptors that could stop missiles before they reach the United States. “We will de­stroy every type of mis­sile at­tack against any Amer­i­can tar­get, whether before or af­ter launch,”…
Tags: News, China, Russia, Uncategorized, Military, United States, Foreign Policy, Nuclear Weapons, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump


‘Star Wars’ returns: Trump calls for space-based missile defense

The President has announced that the Defense Department will pursue a space-based missile defense system reminiscent of the one proposed by Reagan in 1983. As with Reagan’s ultimately abortive effort, the technology doesn’t actually exist yet and may not for years to come — but it certainly holds more promise now than 30 years ago. In a speech at the Pentagon reported by the Associated Press, Trump explained that a new missile defense system would “detect and destroy any missile launched against...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Government, China, Russia, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, Pentagon, Defense Department, Trump, Associated Press Trump


Hundreds More Active-Duty Troops May Be Sent To U.S.-Mexico Border

Military Times: U.S. officials say the Pentagon is finalizing plans that would send hundreds of additional active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border for several more months to support the Department of Homeland Security. The troops would install another 160 miles of concertina wire in Arizona and California. Details are being worked out, but the plan likely would extend the military’s border mission though the end of September. The mission is separate from President Donald Trump’s...
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The Syria Withdrawal Shows the Problem With Trump Going Off-Script

After more than two weeks of contradictory statements regarding when he would pull American troops from Syria, the Pentagon has been left guessing. U.S. military commanders don’t know what strategy to pursue, Administration officials told TIME. Should they intensify operations on the remaining ISIS fighters holed up in a stretch of desert near the Iraq-Syria…
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Foreign Policy, Pentagon, Donald Trump


"[S]uch gratuitously negative reporting undermines the credibility of the press without Mr. Trump having to say a word."

Writes the Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal.They are talking about the first 2 paragraphs of the Washington Post's report on Trump's trip to Iraq:President Trump touched down Wednesday in Iraq in his first visit to a conflict zone as commander in chief, a week after announcing a victory over the Islamic State that his own Pentagon and State Department days earlier said remained incomplete.The president’s visit to Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, which was shrouded in secrecy, follows ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Islamic State, Iraq, Journalism, Middle East, Pentagon, State Department, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Trump, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump And The Military, Al Asad Air Base


"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


The Pentagon Is Planning to Withdraw Up to 7,000 Troops From Afghanistan, Officials Say

U.S. officials say the Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Afghanistan, Military, Pentagon, Overnight, Onetime


"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


Trump suggests U.S. troops no longer needed in Syria; withdrawal uncertain

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump says U.S. troops do not need to remain in Syria. Trump tweeted Wednesday: “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” His tweet followed a series of news reports that the U.S. is preparing to withdraw its troops from Syria. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Responding to the reports, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning issued a statement, saying: “At this time, we continue to work by, wit...
Tags: Isis, News, Washington, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Syria, Soccer, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, National News, Syria Trump, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Persistent Engagement

In October 2018, Airman Magazine sat down for a conversation with Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Twenty-fourth Air Force commander; Air Forces Cyber commander and Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber commander, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He is responsible for providing Air Force component and combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces to plan, direct and execute global cyberspace operations. jQuery(document).ready...
Tags: Texas, Navy, Washington, Department Of Defense, Chicago, Dave, Military, United Kingdom, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, Air Force, Department Of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, Rhode Island, Hunter, Raymond


Here's how the Pentagon swindled Congress with $21 trillion worth of undocumented, untraceable, unaccounted for expenditures

Remember when the Department of Defense's own internal auditor revealed that the agency had committed $6.5 trillion in accounting fraud in just one year? Now, an in-depth investigation into the Pentagon's crooked accounting in The Nation hints at the full extent of the accounting frauds deployed by the agency that already absorbs two-thirds of all of America's federal tax revenue, and delves into the methods used by the Pentagon's bagmen to hide their financial sleights of hand. The Pent...
Tags: Post, News, Congress, Finance, US, America, Department Of Defense, Fraud, Military, Hud, Pentagon, Military-industrial Complex, Eisenhower, Dod, Dwight D Eisenhower, Jack Armstrong


Exhibit explores vastly different views on war memorials this Veterans Day

A display case with items related to World War II are just part of the exhibit, Remembering War in Southern California, done by Chapman UniversityÕs MA Program in War and Society Studies, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. The exhibit is on display at Chapman University’s Argyros Forum. It shows a history of American wars through monuments in Southern California, artifacts and photographs. It is on display to the public through January. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) Cam...
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