Category Congress

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 […]

POTUS Trump To Nominate Key Admin Personnel — Including USD(I)

Note VADM Kernan for USD(I) President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent To Nominate Personnel To Key Administration Posts https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/07/17/president-donald-j-trump-announces-intent-nominate-personnel-key President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Peter Henry Barlerin of Colorado to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America […]

House Proposes Cuts For Key Cyber Security Agency

Excerpts: House Cuts NIST Funding, But Not As Much as White House   Also on Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee forwarded a Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill that cuts money for the government’s main cyber standards agency but by less than President Donald Trump requested.   The National Institute of Standards and Technology will […]

Mattis Opposes Plan To Create New Military Branch For Space

Mattis Opposes Plan To Create New Military Branch For Space By Rebecca Kheel, thehill.com View Original July 12th, 2017 Defense Secretary James Mattis opposes a provision in the House’s version of the annual defense policy bill that would create a new military branch dedicated to space, a development congressional opponents of the move are hoping will bolster […]

House Armed Services Panel Unveils $696.5 Billion Defense Authorization Bill

House Armed Services Panel Unveils $696.5 Billion Defense Authorization Bill By: Joe Gould, for Defense News // July 10, 2017     WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its $696.5 billion defense policy bill on Monday, which reflects an emerging deal among House Republican leaders but falls short what pro-defense lawmakers sought.  The committee’s draft 2018 National Defense […]

A Shaky Hand But Steady Heart

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/3/declaration-of-independence-signer-elbridge-gerry-/ A Shaky Hand But Steady Heart How one of the Founding Fathers overcame infirmity to sign the Declaration of Independence By Thomas C. Stewart – – Monday, July 3, 2017       Hard copy July 4, 2017 ANALYSIS/OPINION: Have you ever looked at the signatures of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Yes, it’s difficult to […]

House Lawmakers Demand Accountability Review For U.S. Special Operations Forces

House Lawmakers Demand Accountability Review For U.S. Special Operations Forces By Carlo Muñoz, www.washingtontimes.com View Original June 28th, 2017 House defense lawmakers are demanding U.S. special operations command and the head of the Pentagon’s special operations directorate conduct an accountability review of the military’s elite units, amid reports of heavy drug abuse within the teams. The legislative […]