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Aug 11 07:45

Buchanan: Is America Becoming A Failed State?

Suddenly, Sunday, a riveting report came over cable news:

The U.S. embassy was urging all Americans to “leave Afghanistan as soon as possible.” Message: Get out while you can.

Adding urgency was news that three northern provincial capitals, including Kunduz city, had fallen to the Taliban, making it five provincial capitals overrun since Friday.

The huge investment in blood and treasure by the United States over two decades to remake Afghanistan appears about to be wiped out, whole and entire, and we appear about to sustain our worst diplomatic and political defeat since the fall of Saigon.

Not once in this century has the U.S. decisively won one of the wars it launched - in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or Libya. And the sole superpower status we enjoyed as the 21st century began is gone with the wind.

Aug 11 06:59

Israel, US air force hold first-of-kind aerial drill

Israeli Air Force pilots flew alongside their counterparts from the United States Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) in the first-of-a-kind aerial drill Tuesday.

Dubbed “Desert Eagle,” the drill was led by the IAF’s 133rd Knights of the Twin Tail Squadron flying F-15s along with the USAF’s 494th Squadron. Jets from the 115th Flying Dragon Squadron simulated enemy jets.

According to a statement released by the IAF, the “aircrews practiced various operational scenarios in the air, including joint exercises against ground, aerial and combined threats while striking designated targets.”

Aug 11 06:57

Here’s what will happen to US troops who refuse mandatory COVID-19 vaccines

Once vaccines for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) become mandatory, U.S. service members could face a range of punishments including administrative separation and court-martial for refusing to get inoculated, legal experts said.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin plans to ask President Joe Biden by mid-September for a waiver that would allow the Defense Department to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for U.S. troops, but service members could be required to be vaccinated sooner than that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approves one of the three COVID-19 vaccines within the next few weeks,

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby noted on Tuesday that the FDA could fully approve the vaccine made by Pfizer before mid-September.

Aug 11 06:28

60 years after use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, US still fails to recognize all its victims even among own troops, veteran tells RT

Decades after the US dropped millions of gallons of the toxic chemical Agent Orange on Vietnam, it still fails to apply “common sense” even to the plight of American veterans exposed to it, the head of an advocacy group told RT.

In August 1961, exactly 60 years ago, the US started its massive herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam war. Tens of thousands of square kilometers of the Vietnamese territory were defoliated with some 20 million gallons of so-called “rainbow herbicides,” which included the infamous Agent Orange.

Aug 10 09:52

Was the Tanker Attack an Israeli False Flag?

In the United States we now live under a government that largely operates in secret, headed by an executive that ignores the constitutional separation of powers and backed by a legislature that is more interested in social engineering than in benefitting the American people. The US, together with its best friend and faux ally Israel, has become the ultimate rogue nation, asserting its right to attack anyone at any time who refuses to recognize Washington’s leadership. America is a country in decline, its influence having been eroded by a string of foreign policy and military disasters starting with Vietnam and more recently including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Ukraine. As a result, respect for the United States has plummeted most particularly over the past twenty years since the War on Terror was declared and the country has become a debtor nation as it prints money to sustain a pointless policy of global hegemony which no one else either desires or respects.

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Aug 10 06:03

US has NO mandate to keep troops in Syria & America’s interpretation of international law is ‘ridiculous,’ says Russian ambassador

Washington has no legal mandate to keep its armed forces in Syria, and the presence of American soldiers in the country contradicts the 2015 UN Security Council resolution that called for a ceasefire and a political settlement.

That’s according to the Russian embassy in Washington, which responded to a tweet by Wayne Marotto, the official military spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the American campaign in the Middle East to defeat ISIS.

Writing on social media, Marotto said that the US has a “clear mandate under international law” to keep boots on the ground in Syria.

On Monday night, the Russian Embassy publicly disagreed.

Aug 09 21:42

Taliban Rapidly Taking Over Afghanistan Amid U.S. Surrender

I guess you don't need "F-15s and nuclear weapons" to take on the US government after all!

Aug 09 05:31

US Army to Keep 6 Sites in Europe, Nixing Transfer Plan

The U.S. Army in Europe and Africa said Friday it will retain six sites that were previously scheduled to be returned to Germany and Belgium amid growing demand for facilities on the continent.

A seventh site, in Germany, will be transferred to the Air Force, it said.

The sites were originally announced for closure in 2015 and, in one case, 2010. But the decision was reassessed as demand for facilities outgrew construction and renovation.

The sites being retained in Germany are the Barton Barracks, Ansbach; Pulaski Barracks, Kaiserslautern; Coleman Barracks, Mannheim; Weilimdorf Warehouse, Stuttgart and Amelia Earhart Center, Wiesbaden.

In Belgium, the Army is holding on to the Daumerie Barracks, it said.

Aug 09 05:30

Conflicts of Interest: Biden’s Endless War Games and Sanctions Set the US on a Path to War

On COI #145 Connor Freeman, writer at The Libertarian Institute, returns to the show to discuss recent attacks on ships near the Persian Gulf. The first attack saw two drones hit a cargo ship, killing two. The US, UK, and Israel have pointed the finger at Iran, claiming to have evidence. However, the governments have yet to present any, and Iran is denying the charges.

The second attack was alleged to be an attempted hijacking. Again, Iran was blamed with no evidence yet presented. The attack was thwarted after the crew disabled the ship. The timing of the incident raises suspicions of a possible false flag to fuel tensions between Washington and Tehran. Kyle and Connor break down the motives of the possible actors, including Israel and Iran.

Aug 09 05:22

DSCA Looking At ‘Creative Financing’ For Future Foreign Military Sales

Spurred in part by a potential sale to Columbia of F-16 fighters, the Defense Department is considering novel ways for cash-strapped allies and partners to finance a buy US weapon systems — by bolstering the ability of domestic industry to compete, an Air Force international sales expert said today.

Although she hasn’t “finalized her thinking,” Heidi Grant, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), “is looking at ways that we can compete … more creative financing options for for partners,” said Col. Anthony Walker, senior materiel leader in the International Division of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate (AFSAC). AFSAC, part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, is one of three implementing agencies for DoD Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

Aug 09 05:21

Congress Tried To Force Trump to End the Yemen War. Now They’ll Have To Do the Same With Biden.

“Yemen is in a catastrophic state,” says Kawthar Abdullah, an organizer with the Yemeni Alliance Committee. ?“I have family there. Every day when I call and talk to them, the reality on the ground is far worse than it is ever portrayed.”

Abdullah, who is based in New York, is part of a network of grassroots organizers across the country calling on Congress to force an end to U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war, using the same War Powers Resolution vetoed by former President Trump in 2019. These organizers are asking lawmakers to go head to head with the Biden administration, which announced in February it was halting U.S. support for ?“offensive operations” but, nearly six months later, has failed to fully extricate itself from the military intervention.

Aug 08 06:21

Why Hypersonic Missiles Are Real Game Changers

The Americans are now crying ‘uncle’ about Russia’s hypersonic weapons. After the most recent flight test of the scramjet-powered Zircon cruise missile, the Washington Post on July 11 carried a Nato statement of complaint:

"Russia’s new hypersonic missiles are highly destabilizing and pose significant risks to security and stability across the Euro-Atlantic area," the statement said.

At the same time, talks have begun on the ‘strategic dialog’ between the US and Russia, as agreed at the June 16 Geneva Summit of the two presidents. The two sides had already agreed to extend the START treaty on strategic weapons that has been in effect for a decade, but, notably, it was the US side that initiated the summit—perhaps spurred by the deployment of the hypersonic, intercontinental-range Avangard missile back in 2019, when US weapons inspectors were present, as per START, to inspect the Avangard as it was lowered into its missile silos.

Aug 07 05:19

The US-Japanese Alliance Against China Risks World War

In 2003, when several lawyers, including myself, visited North Korea to learn more about socialism there, we were shown US Army documents captured in 1950 by the communist forces when they seized control of Seoul and overran the American Army headquarters. The documents confirmed that it was the US and its puppets in South Korea that invaded the north, not the other way round, with the objective of crushing the local communist forces and then attacking China. Their plan failed and ended in an American rout. But what did surprise me was the evidence in the documents that the Americans also had the help and advice of Japanese Army officers who had remained in Korea at the end of the war between the US and Japan that ended in 1945.

Aug 06 13:21

The Stage Is Being Set For A War Between Israel And Iran To Potentially Begin Before The End Of 2021

The clock has been ticking for a long time, and now Israel is telling us that Iran is “only around 10 weeks away from acquiring weapons-grade materials necessary for a nuclear weapon”.  The Israelis have always been very clear about the fact that they will never, ever allow the Iranians to get to that point, and so that would appear to leave only 10 weeks remaining to avert a major war in the Middle East.  And let us certainly hope that war can be averted, because a major war in the Middle East could easily spark a full-blown global war.  U.S. relations with both Russia and China continue to deteriorate very rapidly, and the Biden administration is being very aggressive with both of them.

Aug 06 13:01

New Russian ICBM to enter combat service in 2022: 208-ton Sarmat can carry 16 warheads and has operational range of 18,000km

Russia is poised to begin test flights of a new liquid-fueled, super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has confirmed. The missiles are expected to enter service in 2022.

“Flight tests [will begin] this year and should be completed in 2022. In 2022, the first batch should enter service with the strategic missile forces,” Shoigu said on Friday while visiting Krasmash, a machine-building plant in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

The new RS-28 Sarmat ICBM is capable of carrying 16 warheads. The advanced silo-based system features a heavy liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile, and is to replace the R-36M/R-36M2 Voevoda ICBM.

The new missile will be capable of hitting targets using either the North Pole or South Pole route, effectively bypassing any defense system employed by a potential enemy.

Aug 06 06:05

NATO is ‘provoking conflict’ in Black Sea, top Russian diplomat warns, saying confrontation could be on cards over naval drills

Russia's Foreign Ministry has hit out at a series of military exercises staged by the US and its partners in the sensitive Black Sea region, off the coasts of both Russia and Ukraine, warning of the potential risk of escalation.

Yuri Pilipson, the director of the Ministry's Fourth European Department, told RIA Novosti on Thursday that recent NATO manoeuvres risked creating tensions. "It is quite obvious that this kind of 'training' provokes, rather than prevents, conflict situations," he said.

The diplomat added that Russia will do whatever it takes to ensure its national security, and views the buildup of troops in the region as a threatening gesture. "We have repeatedly warned that the escalation of military-political conflict directly on our borders carries with it a confrontational charge."

Aug 06 06:01

Rejection of US Hiroshima Myths Long Overdue

Hiroshima was "a military base." The US atomic bombings "ended the war," and they "prevented an invasion and saved lives." Our government’s tests of atomic weapons on people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 76 years ago were rationalized using these myths which transformed indiscriminate destruction into a "good thing." This mythology stands as a roadblock to the elimination of nuclear weapons.

The "good bomb" story is still believed by many in the United States because of decades of deliberate myth-making started by President Truman. He announced after Hiroshima, "The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians." Some 140,000 people were killed in Hiroshima, another 70,000 in Nagasaki. Almost all were civilians. The bombs were dropped miles from the nearest military base in both cases.

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Aug 06 06:00

America Has Deployed Chemical and Biological Weapons on the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, China, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and More

The US experimentation with bio-weapons goes back to the distribution of cholera-infect blankets to American Indian tribes in the 1860s. In 1900, US Army doctors in the Philippines infected five prisoners with a variety of plague and 29 prisoners with Beriberi. At least four of the subjects died. In 1915, a doctor working with government grants exposed 12 prisoners in Mississippi to pellagra, an incapacitating disease that attacks the central nervous system.

After World War I, the United States went on a chemical weapons binge, producing millions of barrels of mustard gas and Lewisite. Thousands of US troops were exposed to these chemical agents in order to “test the efficacy of gas masks and protective clothing”. The Veterans Administration refused to honor disability claims from victims of such experiments. The Army also deployed mustard gas against anti-US protesters in Puerto Rico and the Philippines in the 1920s and 1930s.

Aug 05 10:54

Israeli defense minister threatens Iran with military action

Israel's defense minister warned Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his nation blamed on Tehran.

The comments by Benny Gantz come as Israel lobbies countries for action at the United Nations over last week's attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street that killed two people. The tanker, struck off Oman in the Arabian Sea, is managed by a firm owned by an Israeli billionaire.

The U.S. and the United Kingdom also blamed Iran for the attack, but no country has offered evidence or intelligence to support the claim. Iran, which along with its regional militia allies has launched similar drone attacks, has denied being involved.

Speaking to the news website Ynet, Gantz responded to whether Israel was prepared to attack Iran with a blunt “yes.”

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Here's your rifle, Benny.

Aug 05 10:00

America R.I.P.

Mark Twain, once a celebrated American Author, now cast into the Memory Hole as the author of “racist” Huckleberry Finn, opposed American hegemony and warned Americans, usually a useless and unprofitable task, that Washington’s lust for conquest would destroy the American republic. He wrote that Washington’s “trampling upon the helpless abroad” would teach Americans, “by a natural process, to endure with apathy the same treatment at home.” Americans who had applauded the crushing of other people’s liberties would live to suffer the same fate.

The problem with Americans is that they only learn of their peril when it is too late to do anything about it. America, like Humpty Dumpty, has fallen off the wall, and it will take more than all the king’s men to put America back together again.

Aug 05 09:40

Navy could return to using photos for promotions, personnel chief says

The Navy could include service photos in promotion packages again after data suggested minorities are less likely to be selected blindly in some situations by promotion review boards, the service’s chief of personnel said Tuesday.

Diversity among leadership dropped after photos were removed last year from Navy promotion packages, Vice Adm. John Nowell said during a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference.

“I think we should consider reinstating photos in selection boards,” he said. “We look at, for instance, the one-star board over the last five years, and we can show you where, as you look at diversity, it went down with photos removed.”

Aug 05 07:15

Germany needs answers before selling weapons to Turkey, says official

Germany's informal hold on defence exports to Turkey remains in place over concerns about the destination of arms, a European official told journalists on Wednesday.

According to the official, Turkey has so far failed to explain the purpose of the hundreds of defence exports it has requested from Germany, and no serious conversation is taking place between the two countries to respond to Berlin's concerns over their final destination.

Even though there is no formal arms embargo enforced by Germany against Turkey, Ankara says Berlin has put an informal hold on a large number of defence industry products that are crucial to the country’s defence capabilities.

Aug 05 07:14

US Navy, Marine Corps Launch Largest Amphibious Exercise in 40 Years

The US Navy and Marine Corps launched a naval exercise this week that is being billed as the largest US amphibious exercise in 40 years. The Large Scale Exercise 2021 (LSE) launched August 3rd and will run until August 16th, spanning 17 time zones and involving five numbered fleets.

US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/US 6th Fleet said in a statement that the LSE is a return to similar Cold War exercises that were held in the 1980s. The drills are another example of the US military shifting its focus towards so-called “great power competition” with Russia and China.

“LSE 2021 provides our Navy-Marine Corps team the opportunity to plan, direct and establish full spectrum naval operations. We must build naval readiness and advance the art and science of naval warfare to be ready to fight tonight — the stakes could not be higher,” said Adm. Samuel Paparo, the commander of US Pacific Fleet.

Aug 05 07:14

U.S. F-16s arrive in Poland for anti-Russian maneuvers

U.S. Air Force and Illinois Air National Guard Airmen and aircraft arrived in Poland to participate in Aviation Detachment Rotation 21.3, a bilateral training exercise with the Polish to enhance partner interoperability, maintain joint readiness, and assure our regional allies.

F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, arrived Friday at the 32nd Tactical Air Base, ?ask, Poland….

Aug 05 07:13

First test launch of Sarmat ICBM due this fall — source

The first launch of Russia’s advanced Sarmat silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is scheduled to take place this fall, a defense industry source has told TASS.

"The first launch of Sarmat as part of flight development tests will presumably take place this fall, the second one - in late 2021," the source said.

TASS did not receive an official confirmation of this information at the time of the publication.

Krasmash plant Director General Alexander Gavrilov told TASS in June that Sarmat flight tests had been scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.

Aug 05 07:05

US Navy, Marine Corps Launch Largest Amphibious Exercise in 40 Years

The US Navy and Marine Corps launched a naval exercise this week that is being billed as the largest US amphibious exercise in 40 years. The Large Scale Exercise 2021 (LSE) launched August 3rd and will run until August 16th, spanning 17 time zones and involving five numbered fleets.

US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/US 6th Fleet said in a statement that the LSE is a return to similar Cold War exercises that were held in the 1980s. The drills are another example of the US military shifting its focus towards so-called “great power competition” with Russia and China.

“LSE 2021 provides our Navy-Marine Corps team the opportunity to plan, direct and establish full spectrum naval operations. We must build naval readiness and advance the art and science of naval warfare to be ready to fight tonight — the stakes could not be higher,” said Adm. Samuel Paparo, the commander of US Pacific Fleet.

Aug 05 05:58

Biden Approves First Taiwan Arms Sale Of Presidency, Ratcheting China Tensions Further

After a series of US-backed arms sales packages to Taiwan during Trump's last year in office, severely ratcheting tensions to where they are now, President Biden's administration on Wednesday approved its first arms sale to the island claimed by China.

Bloomberg is describing the potential $750 million deal as including 40 new M109 self-propelled howitzers, essentially a highly maneuverable tank-like military vehicle with a giant gun, and some 1,700 kits designed to convert projectiles into more precise GPS-guided munitions.

The contract by BAE Systems must first pass through congressional review, which is expected, and while it's not a large number for a foreign country sale at less than one billion dollars in weaponry, the symbolism is huge and will be seen as a provocation surely to be loudly denounced by China.

Aug 04 13:18

PRICK WAVING : Biggest US Navy war games in 40 years to prepare for WW3 across 17 times zones amid tensions with Russia, China and Iran

THOUSANDS of Marines and sailors are taking part in the US Navy's largest war games in 40 years as Washington "prepares" for a future world war amid rising tensions with Russia and China.

Aug 04 11:32

US lawmakers approach crunch vote to restrain presidents from launching never-ending wars

A near two-decade old act authorising US military intervention across the Middle East and beyond will appear before the Senate for a critical vote today, which could have a huge bearing on America's capacity to launch wars in the future.

Known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), the bill passed in 2001 to provide the legal basis for the so-called "war on terror" has been used to justify American military intervention, which critics say went way beyond its original target which was Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Both Republicans and Democrats have been accused of stretching interpretation of AUMF to include the ever-growing list of America's enemies.

Aug 04 11:28

Soldiers Come Forward To Speak Of The Unthinkable

Think with me, if you would for a moment, please: We have 737 military bases across the world in 148 countries.

Can these politicians show me where in the US Constitution that they have delegated authority in establishing bases in foreign countries? Of course, not(Psalm 94:20)!
Out of the 245 years that we have been a country, did you know that 222 years have been spent in wars (Ephesians 4:14)?

Aug 04 11:20

Why Are So Many of Our Military Brothers and Sisters Taking Their Own Lives?

In what seems like another life, I used to interview American veterans of the Vietnam War. Over the course of a decade, I spoke with hundreds of them, mostly about one topic: war crimes. Some were unrepentant. An interrogator who had tortured prisoners, for instance, told me that such actions – beatings, waterboarding, electric shock – were standard operating procedure in his unit and that, faced with the same situation again, he would do exactly the same thing. Others were ambivalent. But many were wracked with deep regret.

Aug 04 11:19

Biden officials back repealing Iraq War authorization

Biden administration officials on Tuesday argued in favor of repealing the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War, saying doing so would not have an effect on ongoing military operations or the ability to protect U.S. troops in Iraq.

Testimony from Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and the top lawyers at the State Department and Pentagon reiterated the stance on repealing the 2002 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) the White House laid out in a written statement earlier this year.

But the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Tuesday provided lawmakers with their first opportunity to publicly question administration officials on the issue.

Aug 04 09:53

Israel Says Military Action May Be Needed to Stop Iran Attacks

Military action may be needed to stop further attacks by Iran, Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, days after a deadly drone strike on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman.

“Now is the time for deeds -- words are not enough,” Gantz said on Wednesday. “It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds. Otherwise the attacks will continue.”

Iran denies involvement in the assault.

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Aug 04 09:47

Critical Fix Will Take Years To Reach All Navy Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ships

The U.S. Navy is rebuilding the Littoral Combat Ship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS-21) after a retrofit of a critical component in the ship’s propulsion system. The same issue that was repaired on the Minneapolis-Saint Paul affects the propulsion systems on all twelve of the other Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that have been launched to date. The problem-prone ships are now facing a lengthy and costly design fix process in addition to some being decommissioned far earlier than projected. To make matters worse, the Navy announced this week that it will likely take years to make the planned fixes on the rest of the Freedom-class LCSs.

Aug 04 09:45

US Military to Conduct Clinical Trial of Anti-Aging Pill Next Year

The US Special Operations Forces Command (SOCOM) plans to conduct clinical trials of an oral anti-aging drug next year, Breaking Defense reported, citing service officials.

The command has spent $2.8 million in a joint effort with a private biotech laboratory, Metro International Biotech, LLC (MetroBiotech), since 2018 to develop the pill.

Lisa Sanders, director of science and technology for Special Operations Forces, acquisition, technology & logistics (SOF AT&L), told the outlet that SOCOM has completed pre-clinical safety and “dosing studies in anticipation of follow-on performance testing” of the drug, which has the potential to “delay aging” and “prevent onset of injury.”

Aug 04 09:45

A US Navy carrier strike group is deploying with advanced 5th-generation F-35C stealth fighter jets for the first time

A US Navy carrier strike group deployed Monday, the Navy said in a press release, adding that the carrier was deploying with the service's most advanced fighter jets.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego carrying the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter squadron, the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron 147. The deployment is a first for the carrier-based variant of the fifth-generation stealth fighter.

The Carl Vinson carrier strike group's Carrier Air Wing 2 is the Navy's first integrated air wing with both the fourth-generation F/A-18 Super Hornets and the newer F-35Cs to deploy overseas.

Aug 04 09:43

Shocked After Losing in Pentagon Wargame to China US Plans to Deploy Hypersonic Missiles to Pacific

Aug 04 05:21

IDF Responds With Artillery Fire After Three Rockets Launched From Lebanon Into Israel

According to Israel's army, the sirens sounded in at least three communities.

Rocket warning sirens sounded in northern Israel close to the Lebanese border on Wednesday, the Israeli military said.

No injuries or damage have been reported so far.

Aug 04 05:18

Rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel, IDF responds with artillery fire

Three rockets were fired from Lebanon towards Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel on Wednesday afternoon, setting off rocket sirens in Kiryat Shmona, Kfar Giladi and Tel Hai, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Two rockets fell near Kiryat Shmona and one fell within Lebanese territory.

The IDF responded shortly afterwards with tank fire towards the site where the rockets were fired from. No special instructions have been issued to residents of northern Israel. The mayor of Kiryat Shmona ordered shelters to be opened.

Lebanon's National New Agency reported that three rockets fired from Lebanon fell within Lebanese territory and two rockets fell within Israeli territory.

Aug 04 05:17

Lapid, Gantz join push for UNSC to sanction Iran

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz plan to present intelligence on Iran’s attack on an Israel-linked ship to ambassadors of UN Security Council member states on Wednesday.

The meetings come as part of a push by Israel for the UNSC to sanction Iran for its maritime attacks, after its attacks on the vessels Mercer Street, which is managed by an Israeli-owned company, and Asphalt Princess in the Gulf in the past week.

Israel has already presented the information to the US, as well as the UK and Romania, a citizen of each having been killed in the drone attack on Friday. The three countries expressed confidence that Iran was behind the bombing of Mercer Street and said they would coordinate a response.

Aug 04 05:17

Israeli officials meet with US deputy Sec. of State, discuss Iran

Israeli National Security Advisor-designate Dr. Eyal Hulata and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister Shimrit Meir met on Tuesday with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, as part of a series of meetings that the two are holding in Washington, DC.

According to a State Department press release, the three discussed regional issues, including Iran. “They also discussed concerns regarding the attack on the Mercer Street vessel,” the statement read.

According to the State Department, Sherman “emphasized the strong partnership between the United States and Israel, US support for the normalization agreements between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world, as well as the US government’s unwavering support for Israel’s security.” They also discussed “the need to take steps related to the Palestinian people that are critical to advancing freedom, security and prosperity for all.”

Aug 03 13:05

Warship positions faked including UK aircraft carrier

A carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth had its automatic identification system (AIS) position faked, researchers discovered.

AIS is a key maritime safety system used to track vessel movements.

Nearly 100 naval ships may have had their AIS position altered, environmental groups SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch found.

The ships included vessels from European and US navies, including 11 from the Royal Navy.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) said there was no "operational impact" on the strike group, which also featured smaller vessels from the Dutch and Belgian navies, but any manipulation of AIS "could result in a serious incident".

"We are aware of manipulation of AIS tracking data placing carrier strike group vessels in areas where they were not", the MOD said.

Aug 03 11:52

Warship positions faked including UK aircraft carrier

A carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth had its automatic identification system (AIS) position faked, researchers discovered.

AIS is a key maritime safety system used to track vessel movements.

Nearly 100 naval ships may have had their AIS position altered, environmental groups SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch found.

The ships included vessels from European and US navies, including 11 from the Royal Navy.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) said there was no "operational impact" on the strike group, which also featured smaller vessels from the Dutch and Belgian navies, but any manipulation of AIS "could result in a serious incident".

"We are aware of manipulation of AIS tracking data placing carrier strike group vessels in areas where they were not", the MOD said.

Aug 03 10:14

How deploying hypersonic weapons to counter China creates a collision course to war

One purpose of Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s meetings in China on Monday was to place “guardrails” on the deteriorating relationship. She told her counterparts that the United States welcomes “stiff competition” but “we do not seek conflict.” During a tour across Southeast Asia the next day, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reiterated that point: “We will not flinch when our interests are threatened. Yet we do not seek confrontation.”

But this is all easy talk. No two countries in history have ever had deeper pockets, and both are digging deep to wire up Asia with the most powerful and sophisticated weaponry to ever exist. Only deliberate and decisive political leadership from both sides — not platitudes — can bring this death spiral to a halt.

Aug 03 09:13

Religious affairs minister dismisses women in army combat roles as ‘a mistake’

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana said Sunday that he opposes the integration of women into combat roles, and in particular elite units, because there are so few who have the physical ability to serve alongside their male counterparts, and because of the religious hurdles involved.

Kahana, a former soldier in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit who went on to become a fighter pilot in the air force, made the remarks at a conference organized by the B’Sheva weekly, which has a largely religious readership.

He said it was “a mistake” to include women in combat “maneuvering units,” meaning those that are tasked with entering deep into enemy territory.

Aug 03 07:15

UK Tabloids Raise Alarm Over Russian Nuclear Subs Conducting ‘Sinister’ Deep Dive Ops in Atlantic

The Borei-class submarine is a nuclear-powered ballistic missile-carrying boat with up to 16 Bulava nuclear missiles onboard. Russia currently has four of these subs in its arsenal, with a fifth expected to be commissioned in October and at least five more to be completed after that.

British tabloid outlets The Mirror and The Sun have expressed hyperbole-filled concerns about the significance of Russian Borei-class subs’ alleged deep-dive operations in the far north.

In a piece about the “mysterious ‘deep penetration’ missions” on Sunday, The Mirror reported that “large numbers of Borei-class subs were diving to depths greater than 500 metres in the Norwegian Sea in a possible “bid to enter the Atlantic undetected.”
The Sun was even more alarmist in its reporting, calling the alleged missions “sinister.”

Aug 03 06:41

House panel demands another investigation into F-35 pilot breathing system problems

A subpanel of the House Armed Services Committee wants the Pentagon to take a second look at the F-35 jet’s pilot breathing systems, which may be contributing to physiological episodes where pilots reported oxygen deprivation.

Last week, the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee released its portion of the fiscal 2022 defense policy bill, which contained a provision requiring the Defense Department to investigate and implement corrective actions for the F-35?s pilot breathing system.

Although the FY21 version of the National Defense Authorization Act required the Pentagon to assess the root causes of physiological episodes occurring inside the Lockheed Martin-made aircraft, a report by NASA published in November 2020 has raised further concerns that the F-35?s breathing systems may not meet pilot needs, said a congressional aide who spoke with reporters July 28.

“They had some pretty concerning findings,” the aide said.

Aug 03 06:16

Pentagon is using artificial intelligence to predict the future and give it 'days of advanced warning' on attacks on sensitive sites like the Panama Canal

The Pentagon is stealing a page from Minority Report with an experimental artificial-intelligence program that can look 'days in advance' and predict possible attacks on vulnerable locations.

The Global Information Dominance Experiments, or GIDE, use machine learning to sift through vast amounts of data to notice tiny changes that humans might miss - such as the number of cars increasing or decreasing in a parking lot - which might indicate an evolving threat.

The program can then alert human agents who can take a closer look at the location.

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So, all the enemy has to do is set the date for the attack with a pair of dice and the system breaks down?

Aug 02 06:52

You've Gotta be Kidding!! Everything in This Video Comes from Mainstream Sources?!

Aug 02 06:47

Western Socialism & Eastern Capitalism

There has been a significant shift in geopolitics in recent months, with the US consciously deciding to withdraw from Asian conflicts, notably in Afghanistan. But the diplomatic war against Iran also appears to have been downgraded and the US presence in Iraq is to be wound down. Furthermore, President Biden has downplayed his objections to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany.

In this, the greatest of Great Games, America has seen the strategic advantage move to the China—Russia partnership, which probably explains why the US is backing off from Asia. Meanwhile, China’s production-based economy is strong while that of the US remains weak, a weakness only disguised by monetary inflation.

China will accelerate her policy of encouraging domestic consumption and trans-Asian trade expansion to become increasingly independent from US markets, which are likely to be hampered by a renewed bout of trade protectionism.

Aug 02 06:39

Air Force's Second Attempt To Air-Launch Hypersonic Weapon Fails 

For the second time in months, the US Air Force has unsuccessfully tested a prototype hypersonic weapon.

The Air Force's AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, separated from the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber during an air-launch test on July 28 when the rocket motors failed to ignite. This test follows the first unsuccessful flight test in April.

Testing was conducted over Point Mugu Sea Range in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. The Air Force explains what went wrong this time:

The missile cleanly separated from the aircraft and successfully demonstrated the full release sequence, including GPS acquisition, umbilical disconnect and power transfer from the aircraft to the missile. The missile also demonstrated fin operation and de-confliction maneuvers which ensures a safe operation for the aircrew.

Aug 02 05:22

Foretaste of war in the Baltic

The leaders of a group of 15 Hampton Roads-based Navy ships are set to command even larger formations in line with the Navy’s latest thinking on how sailors and Marines should work together — and did so in an annual NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea.

That exercise involving Expeditionary Strike Group 2, known as ESG-2, was meant to test NATO’s ability to operate in the close quarters of those waters. The strike group’s commanding officer, Rear Adm. Robert Katz, directed 40 ships, 60 aircraft and 4,000 personnel from 18 nations.

Aug 02 05:21

U.S. airborne troops on Russia’s southern border: Our forces are ready, they’re interoperable and they have the mobility to respond when needed

For the first time in the history of multinational exercises in Georgia, a demonstration exercise of a joint airborne component was held with the participation of the Georgian and American military. The exercise underscores the partnership between two countries – Georgia and the United States. In the framework of Agile Spirit 2021, airborne exercises were held at Vaziani Military Airfield with the joint participation of the Georgian Defense Forces, the US Army in Europe and Africa, and the US Air Force in Europe.

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Hundreds of Ranger Special Operations Battalion (Western) Rangers of the Georgian Defense Forces Special Operations Battalion, members of the US Army 1-91 Cavalry Regiment 1-5 in Europe and Africa, and two of the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade participated in the Joint Rapid Reaction Force Exercise.

Aug 02 05:17

US, UK Reportedly Greenlight Israeli 'Response' to Iran Over Mercer Street Tanker Attack

Tehran has denied involvement in an offensive against the oil tanker Mercer Street in the Arabian Sea on Thursday, condemning accusations rolled out by the Israeli government following the attack.

Tel Aviv has reportedly received a "green light" from Washington and London to carry out a "response" to Iran for a Thursday attack against the Mercer Street, an oil tanker, in an incident attributed by all three countries to the Islamic republic, Israel's Kan reported Sunday.

According to the report, Israeli officials are currently discussing how and when to respond, with possibilities arising that an Iranian port or a military ship could be targeted.
Israel also plans to share additional intelligence with other countries in the region to "bring condemnation" on Iran. It is noted, however, that Tel Aviv believes the deaths of the two sailors in the attack were not intentional.

Aug 02 05:00

CHECKMATE: THE DETAILS ON RUSSIA’S NEW STEALTH FIGHTER REVEALED

On Tuesday Morning, Russian aircraft manufacturer UAC unveiled the nation’s newest stealth fighter, the LTA Checkmate, at the MAKS air show at Ramenskoye airfield near Moscow. While information about this new 5th generation platform has steadily made its way to the media in recent months and some images even found their way onto the internet last week, we know have the most complete vision of this budget-friendly entrant into the stealth competition yet.

Aug 01 11:56

Biden Isn’t Withdrawing Troops From Iraq, He’s Relabeling Their Mission

Op-Ed by Annelle Sheline

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Biden announced last week that Washington will end its combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year. However, these long-serving U.S. soldiers are not coming home: many of the 2,500 American service members are expected to remain in the country for “training and advisory” purposes.

The United States and Iraq had issued a joint statement in April that the U.S. combat mission would be ending, but the timeline remained unclear. The timing of the recent announcement appears intended to boost Kadhimi’s prospects in October’s parliamentary elections — he faces domestic demands to oust U.S. forces, yet remains dependent on American support to maintain some semblance of control...

Aug 01 06:06

Navy decommissions littoral combat ship Independence

The Independence, which was commissioned in 2010, was one of the test and training vessels for the littoral combat ship program, along with the Freedom, Fort Worth and Coronado.

But then-Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget at the time, said in February 2020 that the early versions of the littoral combat ship needed major, expensive upgrades, and it was better for them to be mothballed.

As such, the Navy said in a news release that decommissioning the Independence “supports department-wide business process reform initiatives to free up time, resources, and manpower in support of increased lethality.”

Jul 31 09:48

The Theft Of The Hesse Crown Jewels

In 1944, Prince Wolfgang of the House of Hesse was forced to flee his family's ancestral palace outside Frankfurt for fear of it being taken by force by Allied forces. This was a valid concern: the US military had a habit of seizing European palaces and using them as rest and health centers. However, before leaving, he ensured the safety of the family's treasure, most notably the Hesse Crown Jewels, a collection that included dozens of rings, bracelets, tiaras, necklaces and more than 500 carats of loose diamonds. After placing the jewels in a zinc-lined box, he burrowed them deep into the dirt floor of the castle's basement, poured concrete on top, then built an entire secret room around it. You can't say they didn't try.

American woman

Jul 31 08:21

US Military Hypes Up Reports on China’s Nuclear Missile Silos

Recent reports have claimed China is massively expanding its nuclear arsenal based on what is said to be satellite images of missile silos. The latest report was published Tuesday by The New York Times and showed pictures that the Federation of American Scientists say are 110 nuclear missile silos being constructed in the desert of eastern Xinjiang.

Earlier in July, The Washington Post published satellite images that it claimed were over 100 missile silos being built near the northwestern Chinese city of Yumen. Some Chinese media outlets dismissed the report and said the picture was of windmills, and the image published at the top of the Post article has the words “Yumen Gansu Windfarm.” But since the report was published, the Chinese government has not confirmed or denied it.

Jul 31 07:41

US Military “Interventions” and “Withdrawals”

What we are witnessing nowadays proves that the US withdrawal from the countries they intervened in may be just as dangerous as the invasion itself, because it was designed to ensure that the country continues, yet in the form mapped out for it.

Jul 31 07:25

Ex-USSR Leader Gorbachev: Russia and US Need to Agree on Lower Nuclear Weapons Level

Washington and Moscow previously agreed to extend the New START Treaty, also saying in a joint statement that both sides are committed to nuclear arms control, stressing that "a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought".

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has expressed hope that neither Russia nor the US will drag out their stability dialogue, noting that the two nations should agree on reducing their nuclear arms.

The ex-president also noted that other members of the big five, who also possess nuclear weapons - China, France, and Great Britain - may also be invited to the negotiations.

Jul 31 07:10

A ‘New Cold War’ has already started, but Russia & China are winning against a ‘weakening’ West, says former Kremlin adviser

The Soviet Union might have lost the first Cold War, but Russia is ahead in the rematch with the US and, this time, has every chance of coming out on top. That's according to one well-known Moscow scholar, Sergey Karaganov.

Speaking to Russian newspaper Argumenty I Fakty, the academic argued that Moscow is now much stronger than it was during the late Soviet period, and the West has weakened in that time.

Karaganov has been one of Russia’s top foreign-policy theorists for decades, and has also advised President Vladimir Putin in the past. He is currently the head of the World Economy and International Affairs faculty at the Higher School of Economics (HSE), a prestigious university in Moscow. He is also well-known for the eponymous ‘Karaganov doctrine,’ which states that Moscow should act as a defender of human rights for ethnic Russians living in the near abroad.

Jul 31 07:09

Thirty years ago, the START-1 nuclear deal made the world a safer place: Now, the US & Russia risk returning to an atomic standoff

As of Saturday, 30 years have passed since the US and the Soviet Union signed the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I). Given the world has not yet descended into nuclear war, the weapons deal seems to have done its job.

When it entered into effect three years later, there was no USSR left. Nevertheless, its ambitious terms sought to draw a line under the steady increases in long-range nuclear weapons that had characterized the Cold War. Even more importantly, the pact actually reduced their numbers significantly, as cooler heads prevailed after the tumultuous years from 1979 to 1983, when the world seemed to tumble toward World War Three.

START I was not only ambitious, but also fully implemented within one decade, long before its official expiration in 2009. No mean feat, if you consider that one of the two contracting parties ceased to exist a few months after the signing of the treaty, leaving its commitments to be taken up by the new state of Russia.

Jul 30 14:19

For What Will We Go to War With China?

By what yardstick would we threaten war for the independence of Taiwan but continue to tolerate 60 years of totalitarian repression in Cuba, 90 miles away?

Jul 30 11:50

How Amazon’s $10 Billion Contract Squabble with the Pentagon Reveals the Shady Nature of Military Contracts

By Peter Jacobsen

Earlier this month the US Department of Defense (DOD) canceled a $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract awarded to Microsoft in 2019. The goal of the contract was to modernize the Department’s IT operations using cloud computing.

The JEDI cancellation occurred following a lawsuit from Amazon after the company was denied the contract. Amazon alleges that they were rejected because the Department of Defense was pressured by then President Donald Trump to “screw Amazon.” The motivation for this move, it was claimed, was driven by Trump’s personal animus for then-CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.

Jul 30 10:23

Biden Government Just Keeps Sailing Warships Through Chinese Waters

You’re probably not paying much attention to geopolitics. And that’s fair enough. We’ve all got a lot going on domestically, with the vaxxers breathing down our throats and the economy turning upside down.

But you might be interested to know that the Joe Biden government is aggressively pursuing a policy of war with the Chinese.

Jul 30 09:56

St. Francis Dam Disaster

In 1926, the St. Francis Dam began providing water to the growing city of Los Angeles, but the glory of the engineering feat was short-lived. On March 12, 1928, the dam burst, releasing billions of gallons of water, wiping many small towns off the map.

St. Francis Damo
At the turn of the 20th century, Los Angeles moved from a small village to an emerging metropolis, and William Mulholland, chief engineer and general manager of the Department of Water, quickly realized that the Los Angeles River could never meet the water demand of the drought-prone region. Won't do . He proposed an aqueduct to transport water from Lake Owens, about 200 miles away, and a series of reservoirs near the town, the last of which was the St. Francis Dam. Construction of the dam, which was the largest arch-supported dam in the world and held more than 12 billion gallons of water, was completed on May 4, 1926.

Jul 30 06:26

BIDEN IS NOT ENDING THE 'FOREVER WARS’. HE IS PREPARING THE PATH TO NEW ONES.

Daniel Larison writes that Joe Biden’s foreign policies are probably worse than Trump’s:

Joe Biden’s foreign policy record as president in his first six months has been as bad as his non-interventionist and antiwar critics feared it would be. Biden has made one significant and correct decision that he appears to be following through on, and that is the withdrawal of the last remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but even here there is reason to worry that US forces may be relocated to other nearby countries and the war against the Taliban will continue from afar. On almost every other front, Biden has not only failed to undo some of his predecessor’s worst and most destructive policies, but in many cases he has entrenched and reinforced them.
Biden has failed to stop the U.S./Saudi war on Yemen. He is keeping troops in Iraq and Syria. His retreat from Afghanistan turns out to be fake. He is sabotaging a return to the nuclear with Iran.

Jul 30 05:54

Over 10,000 Troops To Take Part In Major Joint China-Russia War Drills

China's defense ministry on Thursday unveiled that the PLA military is set to host major joint military drills with Russia in early August - to include more than 10,000 troops from both countries in China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, in the north-central part of the country.

"The purpose of this exercise is to consolidate and develop a comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Russia," defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian announced in a press briefing.

At a moment both countries are experiencing deteriorating relations with the United States, including Beijing increasingly in a sanctions tit-for-tat battle with Washington over Hong Kong, the spokesman additionally said, "It will also further demonstrate the determination and ability of both sides to combat terrorist forces and jointly maintain regional peace and security."

Jul 30 05:44

Britain inks $200 million contract with Team Tempest for future fighter jet

The British Defence Ministry has signed a £250 million (U.S. $199 million) deal with Team Tempest, a group of companies working on the country’s future combat jet, to provide digital and physical infrastructure to develop the aircraft.

The ministry said the latest contract is part of the government’s investment of more than £2 billion on the project, which will be spread out over the next four years.

With the contract signed between the government and BAE Systems — one of the four founding members of Team Tempest that also includes Leonardo UK, Rolls-Royce and MBDA UK — the Future Combat Air System program has entered its concept and assessment phase.

Jul 30 05:43

Elta and Hensoldt team up for German ballistic missile defense radar

Germany’s Hensoldt has won a contract to supply new radars to the country’s military, according to a July 26 statement from the sensor specialist, with Israel Aerospace Industries also contributing toward the ultimate goal of modernizing Germany’s ballistic missile defense capabilities.

The €200 million (U.S. $236 million) contract comes in the wake of a June deal with IAI subsidiary Elta Systems to supply 69 tactical mobile radars to Germany’s land forces. Both deals were signed with the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support.

The latest contract is for four long-range radars as part of the Hughes Air Defence Radar Nachfolgesystem program.

Elta and Hensoldt previously cooperated on submarine capabilities, but this is the first time they have worked together on radars, said Amir Dan, Elta’s naval radars marketing team lead.

Jul 30 05:34

Pivoting the Military to America

Seven years after the Soviet Union collapsed in a heap of post-Afghan-War rubble and seven years after President George H.W. Bush fought the First Gulf War against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to what looked like typical all-American success, we were on a planet that seemed unimaginably all-American. That February of 1998, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was interviewed by NBC’s Matt Lauer on the Today show. She had just returned from a trip to the Middle East where she was once again dealing with a possible Iraqi war involving, of all people, Saddam Hussein.

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We are the indispensable nation? Hardly.

Jul 29 12:23

WAR DRUMS : Map reveals where WW3 could break out in 2021 as experts warn about next big frontier of warfare

SPECULATION is growing about where the next world war may break out in 2021 as global powers modernize their nuclear arsenals and tensions between nations mount.

Jul 29 05:14

Pentagon chief ‘deeply concerned’ by alarming surge in suicide deaths among US troops-

The Pentagon chief has expressed serious concern about an alarming spike in suicide deaths among US forces.

“I’m deeply concerned about the suicide rates, not only here but across the force,” Lloyd Austin said on a visit to the Eielson air base in Alaska.

“One loss by suicide is too many. While we’re working hard on this problem, we have a lot more to do,” he added.

In 2020, 385 active-duty soldiers died by suicide, marking a sharp increase from the 326 cases reported by the Pentagon in 2018.

A USA Today report said more than 90% of those US forces who died by suicide were men, especially those who serve combat units, such as infantry. And, most of them are young, aged 18 to 26.

The Pentagon said stressors typically challenging military personnel were augmented by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic last year, adding that it necessitated some changes in the mental health services offered.

Jul 29 04:28

Is This Country Heading for the Exit?

The real question may be this: Three decades after the Soviet empire headed for the exit, is it possible that the far more powerful American one is ever so chaotically heading in the same direction? And if so, what does that mean for the rest of us?

Jul 28 11:41

What It Takes For U.S. Jets To Keep Fighting In Afghanistan From "Over The Horizon"

s the Taliban continues to make significant gains against government security forces in Afghanistan, the U.S. military has indicated that it will continue to support the latter with airstrikes indefinitely, despite previously saying it would halt these operations by the end of August. However, the ongoing drawdown of American forces in the country, which has included completely vacating major air bases, has raised questions about how difficult it may be to provide robust and persistent airpower from "over the horizon." Now, an official U.S. Air Force news item has offered specific details about the significant logistical hurdles to carrying out such strikes going forward.

Jul 28 11:40

Joint Chiefs Seek A New Warfighting Paradigm After Devastating Losses In Classified Wargames

The Joint Chiefs of Staff are rethinking the United States’ warfighting concepts after failing “miserably” in a wargame that simulated a variety of scenarios. Many of the Pentagon’s core strategies for conducting warfare proved themselves futile in the face of modern threats and capabilities, forcing the Joint Chiefs to explore a warfighting concept known as “Expanded Maneuver.” While the overall concept is new, many of the ideas in Expanded Maneuver build on the overarching focus on distributed operations and information-sharing networks the Pentagon has been pursuing in recent years.

Jul 28 06:34

Senate Committee Adds BILLIONS To Already Bloated Military Budget

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Just imagine what that $3 trillion wasted in Afghanistan could have done if spent here in ths US!

Jul 28 06:29

Russian EW System has Disabled NATO Military Satellite ''SENTINEL-1''

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If true, Russia just sent a message. Remember the USS Donald Cook incident?

Jul 28 06:21

U.S. leads multinational military exercise with East African, Indian Ocean nations

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, North America, and several international organizations began the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2021 (CE21) with an opening ceremony held at the Doraleh Coast Guard Training Center in Djibouti, Djibouti, July 25, 2021.

CE 21, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. Sixth Fleet…increases interoperability between the U.S., African nations and international partners.

Jul 28 05:43

Women Are on the Verge of Being Forced Into Military Conscription Due to a Perverse Notion of 'Equality'

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved a language change in the $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would expand the "Selective Service"—the oxymoronically named requirement under threat of imprisonment for 18-year-old males to submit their names to a national registry of potential military conscripts—to include the female of the species.

As Ella Lubell noted here yesterday, among those cheering this development is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose lawsuit challenging the male-only draft was denied a hearing last month by a Supreme Court that nonetheless signaled its potential interest should Congress decline to change the law. "Men-only registration actually impedes women's full participation in civic life," the ACLU maintains.

Jul 28 05:43

A Failing Empire With a Flailing Military

It was all so long ago, in a world seemingly without challengers. Do you even remember when we Americans lived on a planet with a recumbent Russia, a barely rising China, and no obvious foes except what later came to be known as an “axis of evil,” three countries then incapable of endangering this one? Oh, and, as it turned out, a rich young Saudi former ally, Osama bin Laden, and 19 hijackers, mostly of them also Saudis, from a tiny group called al-Qaeda that briefly possessed an “air force” of four commercial jets. No wonder this country was then touted as the greatest force, the superest superpower ever, sporting a military that left all others in the dust.

Jul 28 05:41

DoD dragged its feet on toxic chemical exposure prevention and clean-up, IG finds

Back in 2011, the Defense Department’s Emerging Chemical Program issued a “risk alert” detailing the hazards of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS, found in aqueous film-forming foam used to fight vehicle and aircraft fires. Then nothing happened.

Due to a tricky bit of bureaucracy, that risk alert had no muscle behind it, because it wasn’t endorsed by the Pentagon’s Emerging Chemicals of Concern Governance Council, according to an inspector general report released Friday. In short, they could put out the alert, but there was no accompanying instruction to allow them to do anything about it.

“Therefore, DoD officials were not required to plan, program, and budget for any actions in response to the 2011 risk alert,” according to the IG report. “EC Program officials did not require proactive risk management actions for PFAS?containing AFFF until 2016.”

Jul 28 05:30

Russia Producing Two New 'Doomsday Planes' As Mobile Command Centers In Event Of Nuclear War

Meet Russia's state of the art, currently in development, 'Doomsday plane', which is intended to transport the country's senior political and military leadership in any future instance of a nuclear attack:

The Russian Air Force and Space Forces will receive two airborne commanding posts based on the Il-96-400M plane, according to Russian government news agency RIA Novosti, citing a source in the country’s defense sector.

The Il-96-400M is the modernized version of the Il-96 long-haul, wide-body civilian jetliner. An Il-96 variant currently operates as President Vladimir Putin’s primary means of travel by air, similar to that of the United States’ Air Force One.

Jul 27 13:37

Researchers find 110 more secret Chinese nuclear missile silos under construction

New satellite images analyzed by nuclear arms researchers revealed that China is preparing a second field for up to 110 new missile silos capable of housing nuclear-capable weapons. The discovery adds to another 119 silos discovered earlier this year, and form what researchers described this week as “the most significant expansion of the Chinese nuclear arsenal ever.”

Matt Korda and Hans Kristensen, researchers with the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), wrote in a paper published Monday that recent satellite images show China is in the early stages of constructing a new missile silo field about 60 miles southwest of the Chinese city of Hami, in the Xinjiang Province of western China.

Jul 27 09:28

US ‘failed miserably’ in wargame reportedly against China attack on Taiwan

The U.S. military “failed miserably” in an October wargame scenario reportedly involving a battle for Taiwan, and now military leaders are looking at how to change the U.S. joint warfighting strategy, a top U.S. general revealed for the first time this week.

During a Monday speech before the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) newly-formed Emerging Technologies Institute (ETI), Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman and U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten said, the U.S. tested out its joint warfighting strategy in a wargame scenario in October of last year.

Jul 27 05:49

Warmongers should be treated like serial killers and child rapists

California Representative Ro Khanna announced on Monday that he’d just hung out with Iraq war architect Bill Kristol and had a wonderful exchange of ideas, fully discrediting the myth of the progressive Democrat with a single tweet.

“Bill Kristol is one of the most thoughtful voices in defending liberalism and democratic institutions in our country,” Khanna tweeted. “Learned a lot in our conversation about shaping also an inclusive narrative around American patriotism.”

When Khanna’s Twitter followers began reacting with shock and disgust at a congressman who is generally regarded as one of the most progressive elected officials on Capitol Hill saying sweet things about a murderous arch-neocon, he added:

“I was a strong and early critic of the war in Iraq, and Kristol and I have very different worldviews on foreign policy. But to have a discussion about strengthening liberalism and liberal institutions with people you disagree is in my view needed in a pluralistic democracy.”

Jul 27 05:17

Twitter wars: US Army general mocked after accusing critic of being ‘shill for Putin’ in ‘embarrassing’ outburst

A US Army major general is facing backlash after accusing one of his fellow countrymen of being a “shill” for Russian President Vladimir Putin upon being asked on social media how many wars he had won.

Major General Patrick Donahoe found himself embroiled in a Twitter argument on Friday after warning young people that their “youth” would not protect them from Covid-19 in an attempt to convince young people to get vaccinated “right now.”

Conservative writer Josiah Lippincott pointed out to Donahoe that there have only been 26 Covid-19 deaths in the US Department of Defense overall – far less than the number of DoD suicides in just the fourth quarter of 2020 – and suggested lockdown and “liberty restrictions” were doing more damage than the virus.

At that point the major general began to lash out at critics on Twitter.

Jul 27 05:04

America deserves better than its current military leadership.

On July 22, Major General Patrick Donahoe, the Commanding General of Fort Benning, reported from his official Twitter account that he was seeing a “surge” in ICU visits among young soldiers due to Covid. He reported that he would mandate the vaccine if he had the power to do so.

I replied, pointing out that the DOD has lost a total of 26 out of over 2 million personnel in the last year and a half to the virus. In the fourth quarter of 2020, there was a 25 percent surge in suicides across all services. In those three months alone, 26 additional servicemembers took their lives compared to the prior year.

Jul 27 04:48

‘One Loss by Suicide is Too Many’: Pentagon Concerned Over Rise in Cases Among Active-Duty US Troops

Last year, stressors typically challenging military personnel were augmented by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, said the US Defense Department, adding it necessitated some changes in the mental health services offered.

The US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, has voiced concern regarding the surge in suicides among US troops.

"I'm deeply concerned about the suicide rates, not only here but across the force. One loss by suicide is too many. While we're working hard on this problem, we have a lot more to do," he said during a press conference at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.

Jul 27 04:29

Biden Promised Diplomacy, But He’s Overseeing Military Buildup Against China

Shortly after Joe Biden took office, the president delivered a speech at the U.S. Department of State, declaring, “I want the world to hear today: America is back…. Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy…. By leading with diplomacy, we must also mean engaging our adversaries and our competitors diplomatically, where it’s in our interest, and advance the security of the American people.”

Instead of de-escalation with China, we are witnessing an enormous U.S. military buildup through massive military exercises in the Pacific.

Jul 26 19:41

China Escalates Global Threats, Saying It Will “Nuke Japan” If The Nation Interferes With Taiwan; Gets Flooding In Return

By Aaron Kesel

China has been very active lately against other nations but it may have recently crossed the line, and in doing so was gifted with flooding in a modern 21st-century Operation Popeye...

Jul 26 11:27

Militaries Plunder Science Fiction for Technology Ideas, But Turn a Blind Eye to the Genre’s Social Commentary

By Will Slocombe, University of Liverpool

Military planning is a complicated endeavour, calling upon experts in logistics and infrastructure to predict resource availability and technological advancements. Long-range military planning, deciding what to invest in now to prepare armed forces for the world in thirty years’ time, is even more difficult.

One of the most interesting tools for thinking about future defence technology isn’t big data forecasting and the use of synthetic training environments, but narrative and imagination. And we get this from science fiction.

Jul 26 10:17

E-4B “Doomsday Plane” Just Made A Highly Unusual Visit To Secretive Tonopah Test Range Airport (Updated)

In a highly unusual move, one of the U.S. Air Force’s E-4B Nightwatch aircraft, also known as National Airborne Operations Centers, or NAOCs, touched down today at Tonopah Test Range Airport (TTR), one of the most famous secretive aircraft operating locations in the United States, only surpassed by nearby Area 51. What might have triggered this highly unusual visit is puzzling, to say the least, but it seems it could (me must stress could)have been related to a possible visit to the facility by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III.

Confirmation of the E-4B’s arrival into TTR was provided using data available from open-source flight data website ADS-B Exchange, with the jet, serial number 74-0787, using the TITAN25 callsign usually assigned when the Secretary of Defense is onboard.

Jul 26 09:56

Visualizing Asia's Slide Into A Dangerous New Ballistic Missile Race

The last couple years of military build-up and standoff between China and the United States in the South China Sea has resulted in fears of a new dangerous arms race, as smaller nations in the region rapidly bolster their defenses in order to avoid being "caught in the middle" which would result in having to be overly dependent on one side of the tensions.

A new Reuters report chronicling the growth in regional missile stockpiles says China is "mass producing its DF-26, a multipurpose weapon with a range of up to 4,000 kilometres, while the United States is developing new weapons aimed at countering Beijing in the Pacific."

Jul 26 09:40

China Panic: US First Time Fires Patriot Missile in the South China Sea as a form threat to China

Jul 26 09:25

US military carries out SECOND AIRSTRIKE in Somalia this week

Jul 26 09:25

A Bunch of F-35s Are Just Sitting Around Without Their Engines

The U.S. Air Force is down dozens of flyable F-35s due to a maintenance and spare parts crunch. An official in charge of the F-35 program says nearly one in seven of the Air Force’s F-35s can’t fly at all, with some planes awaiting engines that need to be refurbished sooner than anticipated.

Air Force Lt. Gen Eric Fick, the head of the F-35 program office, says 46 F-35s worldwide are in “Mission Impaired Capability Awaiting Parts” (MICAP) status, meaning they’re unable to fly missions until fixed. The breakdown, according to Military.com, includes 41 U.S. Air Force F-35As, one Navy F-35C, and one Marine Corps F-35. Three more aircraft belonging to international F-35 customers are MICAP.

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The ‘Harm Reduction’ President Keeps Killing People: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Boy this US-led world order sure is working out great. This was definitely worth killing millions of people in imperialist wars for.

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The “harm reduction” president just bombed Afghanistan and Somalia and added further sanctions to Cuba.

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As total mass media blackouts on important news stories become more common, the challenge increasingly is not just obtaining newsworthy information about the powerful via whistleblowing, investigative journalism etc, but also finding ways to get that information seen by people. Which is awful, but it also means people like you now play a much more important role in the media, because you don’t need to be an investigative journalist or whistleblower to find fun and creative ways to get important critical information in front of people’s eyes.

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