Tuesday, July 25, 2017


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Pentagon Spending
If we really want to make a difference - we have to go after the CONTRACTORS!

Following recent reports that the Department of Defense wasted up to $28 million on uniforms for the Afghan army that don’t even suit the country’s geographical requirements, Defense Secretary James Mattis slammed Pentagon officials for their carelessness and “cavalier” spending.

In a memo released to reporters on Monday, Mattis expressed concerns regarding a June report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The report determined that the department of Defense bought the camouflage uniforms back in 2007, after the then Afghan defense minister saw them on the Internet and apparently liked them.

The uniforms were allegedly bought without any testing or research, to be used in Afghanistan by Afghan military forces. The forest patterned uniforms were recently found to be useless in the largely mountainous terrain of the country, since they are best suited for woodlands – which only account for about 2 percent of the entire landscape.

“Buying uniforms for our Afghan partners, and doing so in a way that may have wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars over a 10-year period, must not be seen as inconsequential in the grand scheme of the Department’s responsibilities and budget,” Mattis wrote in the memo. He addressed the memo to undersecretaries for comptroller and acquisition, policy, and technology and logistics.

“Cavalier or casually acquiescent decisions to spend taxpayer dollars in an ineffective and wasteful manner are not to recur,” he continued.

According to Mattis, a significant finding of the SIGAR report claimed that Pentagon personnel are at high risk of a  “complacent mode of thinking” if not cautious.

“The report is an indication of a frame of mind — an attitude that can affect any of us at the Pentagon or across the Department of Defense — showing how those of us entrusted with supporting and equipping troops on the battlefield, if we let down our guard, can lose focus on ensuring their safety and lethality against the enemy,” he wrote.

The report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an office created by the Congress to provide an independent and objective oversight of reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, also caught several lawmakers’ attention.

Last week, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.) sent a letter to the Pentagon, looking for answers regarding the findings of the report, by August.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa) also called the findings “embarrassing and an affront to U.S. taxpayers.”

In a hearing with Inspector General John Sopko on Tuesday, the House Armed Services panel will address concerns regarding the report.

Mattis further said that the findings of the reports should be used as motivation to prevent careless spending in the future.

“Rather than minimize this report or excuse wasteful decisions, I expect all DoD organizations to use this error as a catalyst to bring to light wasteful practices — and to take aggressive steps to end waste in our Department,” he wrote.

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An earth-shattering report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found proof that the Pentagon paid a half a billion dollars to fake Al-Qaeda videos.

The BIJ found that the Pentagon paid a business in a foreign country to do the work.

U.K. based public relations firm, Bell Pottinger worked with the military to create fake news segments that looked and sounded like insurgents filmed them.

One employee of the company said that General David Petraeus signed off on a lot of the work, but occasionally approval came from the White House as well.

The operation to make the fake videos employed nearly 300 Iraqi and British workers all paid by the US government.

$540 million is a lot of money that could have been spent in America.

The PR firm claims that it only kept $15 million annually and the rest went to expenses and distribution.

One disturbing piece of information that came out in the report is that the PR firm helped to make propaganda videos and put them on discs that would be handed out in cities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those discs were coded in a way that Google Analytics could help figure out who is watching the video, where and the users IP address.

Not only is the government paying a foreign company to make fake propaganda video to be distributed in the Middle East, but they are tracking each person that views it.

The fact that Google is involved is another example how the tech giant has morphed into an important military asset.

What is still unclear is the president’s involvement. Was this his idea or did he just sign off on it and not really know what was going on?

If things were going really well in the Middle East nobody would question these kind of tactics, but things are not going well.

The money could have been spent better, obviously, but it wasn’t and now the Middle East is a bigger mess now than it was when Obama took office. Clearly he and the Pentagon need to come up with a new plan.

What do you think about Obama paying to make fake Al-Qaeda propaganda videos?

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The Pentagon announced on Monday that they’re looking into lifting the ban on transgenders serving in the military.

calling the ban on transgender troops “outdated,” Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, ordered a six-month study which would determine if removing the ban would impact the military’s effectiveness.

But Carter seemingly supports lifting the ban: the survey will begin with the assumption that transgender people should be able to serve openly, and will instead look for actual “objective, practical impediments.”

“The Defense Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions,” Carter said in a statement his office released on Monday.

“At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they’re able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite.”

Over the next six months, transgender people will not be able to enlist in the military. But transgender troops already in the military would not be discharged, which is the current rule.

Currently, it’s estimated that more than 15,000 transgender people are serving in the military, most of them not openly. Much like “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which kept gay men and women out of the military until 2011, it has forced certain groups underground, but hasn’t deterred them from joining the military.

If the Defense Department overturns the ban on transgender troops–which it looks likely to do, at the end of the six month study–it’ll remove one of the last specific bans on certain people serving in the military.

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It used to be the mission of our nation’s military to defend the country and its interests overseas by breaking things and killing the enemy – goals left out of recently discovered Pentagon training courses to increase the “sensitivity” of military personnel on issues that include “sexism”, “racism” and other isms that have nothing to do with victory on the battlefield.

To make matters worse, these Pentagon approved training courses blame an issue like sexism in the United States military on subversive documents that include the Bible, U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence – documents that advocates say form the foundation of “modern sexism” in today’s military.

The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), a Department of Defense joint services school based in Florida, offers these training courses to mitigate the “historical influences that allow sexism to continue” reports Jessica Chasmar for The Daily Caller.

According to course materials:

“Quotes from the Bible can be misinterpreted as having a sexist influence when brought out of context and not fully understood…” “In 1776, ‘We the people…’ only included white men: Slaves and women were not included until later in history.”

The course also cites the Declaration of Independence as a historical cause of sexism for referring to only “all men” being created equal.

“The content of the lesson is provided to generate academic discussion concerning how these historical documents have been included in discussions about the topic of sexism,” Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman, told The Daily Caller.

A check of the DEOMI website showed that teaching materials for the “Sexism” course as well as courses on “Prejudice & Discrimination” and “Racism” had been taken down following a request for comment by The Daily Caller.

In response to a question as to why the course materials were removed from the website, Cmdr. Christensen explained that the DEOMI’s:

“…online materials are periodically pulled to review to ensure accuracy and relevance. The Racism, Sexism and Prejudice & Discrimination are currently undergoing that review process.”

Some suspect that these leftist progressive courses imposing liberal dogma on military members have been instituted because military members can be ordered to participate. Speaking to this point, Cmdr. Christensen adds:

“While there is no DoD Policy that requires persons to take these online courses”…
”2,075 Department of Defense personnel have taken the “Sexism” course since 2011.”

While it is impossible to prove, some suspect that the absence of “voluntary” politically correct sensitivity training from ones military record might be a factor in military promotions and advancement – so take the course because it is better to be safe than sorry.

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Barack Obama is reported to have handpicked Ashton Carter co-director of Harvard’s “Preventative Defense Project” as the next Secretary of Defense, replacing former Senator Chuck Hagel.

Carter can be described as a “nerd’s nerd” holding a doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Oxford along with is undergraduate degree from Yale in Medieval History.

The new SecDef pick is also a money-maker having advised investment funds for Global Technology Partners and consulted for Goldman Sachs.

While Ashton Carter may seem like a logical pick for the Secretary of State, a department with the responsibility of fostering international relations and peace, his placement as head of the Department of Defense may set a tone that undermines warfare capabilities.

The Department of Defense was originally established in 1789 as the United States Department of War.

The cornerstone at the Pentagon still displays the original name of the department. Pentagon visitors can find the inscription at the Mall Entrance of the building.

At the time of establishment and for decades after, the Secretary of War was a civilian position with limited oversight over military affairs. Instead, the original SecDefs were penny pinchers responsible for finance.

Today, the Secretary of Defense serves as the President’s primary advisor on military affairs, typically while holding no military command or even field experience.

The outgoing Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, served as a Sergeant in the Army during Vietnam. Hagel volunteered for the draft and was awarded several medals of commendation including two Purple Hearts.

Ashton Carter is expected to be unanimously confirmed for the position by Congress.


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