Category Congress

Lawmakers Block Mini-Satellites That Could Spy On North Korea

Excerpts: The proposal from the Joint Chiefs of Staff was greeted with enthusiasm by some lawmakers as the Trump administration works to counter North Korea’s push to develop nuclear warheads and missiles that could hit the U.S mainland. “It’s something that we really need for many places, particularly Korea,” for constant surveillance, Senator Jack Reed, […]

Rep. Hunter Calls For Pre-Emptive Strike Against North Korea

Rep. Hunter calls for pre-emptive strike against North Korea By Joshua Stewart, www.stripes.com View Original September 22nd, 2017 SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — Rep. Duncan Hunter said that the United States needs to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea in order to prevent the rogue nation from harming the U.S. first. “You could assume, right […]

The Air Force Needs A Budget That Aims Higher

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-air-force-needs-a-budget-that-aims-higher-1505171248 The Air Force Needs A Budget That Aims Higher A return to sequester-level funding would inhibit our ability to fly, fight and win America’s wars. By  Heather Wilson and  David Goldfein Sept. 11, 2017 7:07 p.m. ET   We recently stood on the tarmac at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and watched as the brothers-in-arms of a […]

2018 Budget Fight Delayed, Pentagon Pivots To 2019 Request

2018 Budget Fight Delayed, Pentagon Pivots To 2019 Request By Sandra Erwin, www.realcleardefense.com View Original September 8th, 2017 The deal that President Trump cut with congressional Democrats this week — to fund the government until December, expedite disaster relief for Texas and raise the debt ceiling — has set the stage for all-out war later in the […]

Mattis’ Plan To Modernize Military Faces Uncertain Future

U.S. Air Force SSgt Jette Carr Mattis’ Plan To Modernize Military Faces Uncertain Future  RealClearDefense By Sandra Erwin September 05, 2017 It’s the story line of the Trump agenda: Everything keeps getting pushed further and further back as priorities pile up and infighting escalates. This will no doubt complicate Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ plan to modernize […]

Investigators Repeatedly Warned Navy Ahead Of Deadly Collisions

https://www.wsj.com/articles/investigators-repeatedly-warned-navy-1503703292 Investigators Repeatedly Warned Navy Ahead Of Deadly Collisions Overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budgets cuts have long been cited as problems The USS John S. McCain, with a hole after a collision, was being escorted to Singapore earlier this week. PHOTO: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES By   Nancy A. Youssef,  Ben Kesling and  Jake Maxwell Watts Aug. 25, 2017 7:21 […]

Federal Officials Say Privately They Are ‘Pretty Certain’ Layoffs Are Coming

David Maxwell’s comment:  Note the planning timeline.  We are probably two years from implementation.  I imagine we might see federal employees start leaving for other civilian non-government jobs before this is implemented (unless they expect that there will be some kind of attractive severance package that employees might wait for). OMB is reviewing the preliminary agency reform […]

Lockheed Martin Wins $8B Contract For U.S. Special Forces Support

Lockheed Martin Wins $8B Contract For U.S. Special Forces Support By Carl Surran, seekingalpha.com View Original August 12th, 2017 Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is awarded an $8B contract for global logistics support services for special operations forces including the U.S. Army’s Green Berets and Rangers as well as the Navy SEALs, the Department of Defense announces. The 10-year award will extend […]

Trump White House Weighs Unprecedented Plan To Privatize Much Of The War In Afghanistan

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this email.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell:  Wow. Just wow.  I just cannot imagine Congress authorizing the funding for this.  I wonder if Congress can issue a letter of Marque and Reprisal (though we are […]

The Coming Kaspersky Crackdown: Congress Targeting Popular Anti-Virus Company Over Links To Russian Intelligence

https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/656208?unlock=DY1BK172XKOH83W6&mref=homepage-free&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTURZMk1tSmhZV1ZpT0RFeCIsInQiOiJYS1pUcmFOMWRiYXJtblA1UFBoZXJMSnFOVVZXblRtUXY2TkpONGF0SkU5cEg1ODJkY0ozSmpoZlJoNkZ0bGpmZWRDZ0wrc1VNOVlud1o4TmNzOVAzSTNiVWpLWXdKYmNRZkhya1J5dGlnNlwvb3MybEtzZjNpTWZoSHpWYVFtbSsifQ%3D%3D The Coming Kaspersky Crackdown Congress is targeting the popular antivirus company over its rumored links to Russian spies. And there’s more than federal contracts at stake for Kaspersky. Brendan Bordelon @BRENDANBORDELON  Aug. 2, 2017, 8 p.m. Dogged by rumors of a nefarious relationship with Russia’s intelligence services and reeling from its removal as a General […]