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U.S. Eavesdropping Program Goes Silent

U.S. Eavesdropping Program Goes Silent BETSY WOODRUFF 04.21.17 4:05 PM ET By The Daily Beast, View Original April 21st, 2017 It’s long been considered one of the most important ways American spies gather information overseas. But in 2016, it apparently went dark. Something a little funny might be going on in America’s most secretive court. According […]

Pentagon Drumbeat: Military Sharply Warns Congress Against Punting On Spending

For Immediate Release:March 31, 2017 Contact:HASC Communications (202)-225-2539 DEFENSE DRUMBEAT: MILITARY SHARPLY WARNS CONGRESS AGAINST PUNTING ON SPENDING By Jeremy Herb, CNNMarch 30, 2017Washington (CNN) The Navy will cancel ship deployments and shut down carrier air wings. The Air Force will ground all non-deploying squadrons in the US. Blue Angel shows will be scrapped, and […]

Hill Republicans Say They’re Growing Frustrated With Mattis

But Republican lawmakers and senior congressional aides said in recent interviews they’re running out of patience with Mattis’ staffing decisions, which have disappointed Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee hoping to see their ideological allies elevated to senior levels in the Defense Department. Others are grumbling about Mattis’ refusal to advocate a bigger […]

Pentagon: ‘Play Hardball’ Against Ryan Plan

Excerpt: The memo is more evidence of frayed ties between Congress and the Pentagon’s civilian leaders. Key lawmakers and their aides have been complaining for months about their toxic relationship with the Pentagon under Carter. “We have less communication than any secretary of defense that I’ve ever been associated with,” Senate Armed Services Chairman John […]

‘DNC Hacker’ Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say ‘DNC Hacker’ Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say by Shane Harris,Nancy A. Youssef  July 26, 2016  3 min read  original The hacker who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian. But new research shows he worked directly for the Vladimir Putin government in Moscow. The hacker who claims to have stolen emails […]

More On The Concealed Provisions Of The Iran Nuclear Deal: Less Limits On Nuke Development AP Exclusive: Document Shows Less Limits On Iran Nuke Work July 18, 2016 View photos FILE — In this July 14, 2015 file photo, young Iranian men cheer and show victory signs while holding a picture of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, reading “Zarif is Mosaddegh of our time,” comparing Zarif to Mohammad Mosaddegh, […]

What’s Eating Bill McRaven: Is Congress Too Ignorant Of The Military? What’s Eating Bill McRaven: Is Congress Too Ignorant Of The Military? by James Kitfield  8 min read  original The US military is still at war but Washington is not. The resulting tensions are eroding the fundamental compact between America’s warrior and political classes. The recent op-ed by retired Adm. William McRaven, former head of Special Operations Command and the man […]

Obama Admin Hiding Info On $1.7B ‘Ransom Payment’ To Iran From Congress Obama Admin Hiding Info On $1.7B ‘Ransom Payment’ to Iran From Congress   Lawmakers working to force full disclosure about taxpayer cash for Tehran BY:  Adam Kredo              June 30, 2016 1:35 pm The Obama administration is withholding from congressional leaders documents and information related to a $1.7 billion U.S. taxpayer funded payout to Iran […]

Intelligence Oversight: Forewarned Is Forearmed

In their report on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization bill that the House passed overwhelmingly by a 371-35 vote Tuesday night, members fenced off $20 million in next year’s spending bill until the Department of Defense (DoD) certifies it is “in compliance with intelligence notification requirements as established” by law. The committee (referred to informally as […]

McCain Panel Makes Ambitious Attempt To Streamline Balkanized Military Chain Of Command

Seven key points summarized below:   National Security Council.  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  Combatant Commands. General and Admirals. Office of the Secretary of Defense. Staffs and Headquarters.  Strategy Documents.   Conclusion: Collectively, the strategic-integration proposals contained in the Senate Armed Services Committees 2017 authorization bill would simplify and improve the functioning of a byzantine military system […]