18 Nov 2014 The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says he is investigating the Pentagon’s efforts to spark that country’s economic development, which cost between $700 million and $800 million and “accomplished nothing.” SIGAR’s chief, John Sopko, told reporters Tuesday, that the agency has opened an “in-depth review” into the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), a Defense Department unit aimed at developing war zone mining, industrial development and fostering private investments…More broadly, Sopko faulted the US government’s economic development efforts in Afghanistan as “an abysmal failure,” saying it lacked a single leader, a clear strategy or accountability.
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Posted in foreign policy, government, military, tagged American service members, chemical warfare agents, chemical weapons, Iraq, military medical staff members, pentagon on November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
6 Nov 2014 More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and treatment to those who may have been injured, defense officials say. The Pentagon’s disclosure abruptly changed the scale and potential costs of the United States’ encounters with abandoned chemical weapons during the occupation of Iraq, episodes the military had for more than a decade kept from view. This previously untold chapter of the occupation became public after an investigation by The New York Times revealed last month that although troops did not find an active weapons of mass destruction program, they did encounter degraded chemical weapons from the 1980s [provided to Saddam Hussein by the CIA] that had been hidden in caches or used in makeshift bombs.
The United States Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have struck a deal worth about $4 billion, sources say.
The contract signed for an eight batch of 43 F-35 fighter jets will lower the cost of the radar-evading warplanes by 3 percent, the sources stated on Thursday.
Lockheed Martin will undertake to build jets for both the US and its allies.
According to one of the sources, the US can reduce the cost of the Air Force model of the plane by approximately 4 percent. The cost includes the expenses for 17 of the total 43 aircraft.
After an engine on Air Force jet failed on June 23, the entire F-35 fleet was grounded for weeks and this slowed the negotiations between the two sides.
An official at the Martin corporation said on Tuesday that the company could reach a deal with the Pentagon which would encompass weapons program worth $399 billion.
“We are encouraged by progress taking place and look forward to an agreement in the near future,” said Lockheed spokesman Mike Rein.
In January, the White House gave the Pentagon its budget guidance for 2015 through 2019, calling for more military spending than Congress currently allows.
The fund would add to the $498 billion military base budget for 2015 which was agreed on in last year’s bipartisan budget deal.
The $498 billion budget includes $9 billion in relief from 2011 congressional budget caps, known as sequestration, which cuts the military spending by almost $50 billion in a decade.
Posted in foreign policy, government, history, media, military, tagged American history, American soldiers, anniversary commemoration, pentagon, The Pentagon, Vietnam war, Vietnam War History on October 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
‘In case you weren’t aware, the Pentagon is set to roll out a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. Personally, it’s hard to get excited about commemorating an event that led to the death of over 58,000 American soldiers and more than a million Vietnamese, particularly since much of it was the direct result of well documented lies and deception, such as the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
What’s worse, the Pentagon intends to rewrite history by whitewashing this period of civil unrest and government shame from American history. The propaganda is so blatant that it has resulted in many of the era’s most well known protestors and activists to come together in order to stop it.’
Virus ‘returning to sender?’
17 Oct 2014 A woman who said she had recently returned from Africa vomited outside the Pentagon on Friday, prompting police to close a parking lot and entrance amid concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus. The incident occurred about 9:10 a.m., said Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman. The officers found the woman in the Pentagon’s south parking lot, and the Arlington County Fire Department was notified…UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: A source familiar with the investigation told Checkpoint that the woman does not own a passport and it is not believed she left the United States. The source acknowledged the contradiction between that and the Pentagon’s previous statement that the woman told police she had recently traveled in Africa, but it is not believed that is the case.
[See how this works? First, the U.S.-patented disease arrives–then comes the U.S. troops.]
DOD: 1,400 troops to deploy to Liberia to fight Ebola, starting in October 1 Oct 2014 Deployments of U.S. troops to ‘fight the Ebola outbreak’ in West Africa will accelerate this month when 1,400 soldiers are dispatched to Liberia, the Pentagon announced. The troops are expected to arrive in late October, joining nearly 200 Department of Defense personnel on the ground there, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday. Half of the soldiers are from the headquarters element of the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and will form the headquarters staff of a joint forces command led by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky.
Posted in climate change, economics, enviroment, global warming, government, media, science, tagged Climate change, elephant, greenhouse gas emissions, international negotiations, pentagon, The Pentagon on September 10, 2014 | 3 Comments »
There is an elephant in the climate debate that by U.S. demand cannot be discussed or even acknowledged. This agreement to ignore the elephant is now the accepted basis of all international negotiations on climate change.
It is well understood by every possible measurement that the Pentagon, the U.S. military machine, is the world’s biggest institutional consumer of petroleum products and the world’s worst polluter of greenhouse gas emissions and many other toxic pollutants. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.
Ever since the Kyoto Accords or Kyoto Protocol negotiations in 1998, in an effort to gain U.S. compliance, all U.S. military operations worldwide and within the U.S. have been exempt from measurement and from agreements on reduction. The U.S. Congress passed an explicit provision guaranteeing U.S. military exemptions. (Interpress Service, May 20, 1998)
The complete U.S. military exemption from greenhouse gas emissions calculations includes more than 1,000 U.S. bases in more than 130 countries around the world, its 6,000 facilities in the U.S., its aircraft carriers and its jet aircraft. Also excluded are its weapons testing and all multilateral operations such as the giant U.S.-commanded NATO military alliance and Africom, the U.S. military alliance now blanketing Africa. The provision also exempts U.S./U.N.-sanctioned activities of “peacekeeping” and “humanitarian relief.”
–Since 16 June, panoply of US operations in Iraq have expanded to include around 60 surveillance flights over Isis territory
29 Aug 2014 America’s newest war in Iraq has cost over half a billion dollars so far, according to Pentagon estimates, all before President Barack Obama decides upon a strategy against Islamic State (Isis) militants. Rear Adm John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters on Friday that daily military operations in Iraq since 16 June, when the White House informed Congress it had ordered up to 275 US troops to bolster embassy security in Baghdad, have cost on average $7.5m. Those operations stretched into their 75th day on Friday, suggesting a cost of around $562.5m.
Posted in government, military, tagged Defense Logistics Agency, Department of Defense, Ferguson, Ferguson Police Department, pentagon, Pentagon Gave Ferguson Police Department Military-Grade Weapons, The Pentagon on August 14, 2014 | 1 Comment »
–In 2013 alone, $449,309,003.71 worth of property was transferred to law enforcement,’ the agency’s website states.
13 Aug 2014 The local community of Ferguson, Missouri, may not look like a war zone, but and the Pentagon has helped the police treat it like one. According to Michelle McCaskill, media relations chief at the Defense Logistics Agency, the Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033, in which the Department of Defense distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus military equipment to civilian police forces across the U.S. That surplus military equipment doesn’t just mean small items like pistols or automatic rifles; towns like Ferguson could become owners of heavy armored vehicles, including the MRAPs used in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Posted in government, health, tagged diagnostic test, Ebola, Ebola outbreak, emergency responders, pentagon, Pentagon Ebola, The Pentagon, U.S. Food and Drug Administration on August 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
6 Aug 2014 U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the use of an Ebola diagnostic test developed by the Pentagon to help ‘contain’ the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus. The diagnostic test was authorized for use abroad on military personnel, aid workers and emergency responders in laboratories designated by the Department of Defense to respond to the Ebola outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The test, called DoD EZ1 Real-time RT-PCR Assay, is designed for use on individuals who have symptoms of Ebola infection, who are at risk for exposure or who may have been exposed. The agency can evoke emergency authorization for a medical product it has not approved when there are no adequate alternatives.
[Too bad they all didn’t crash.] 20 Jun 2014 While unmanned drones have become a popular weapon of choice during the United States’ wars in on Iraq and Afghanistan, a new report reveals that hundreds of them have been involved in major accidents around the world. Following an investigation into more than 50,000 pages of federal and military records, the Washington Post found that more than 400 large American drones have crashed since 2001, with almost half of the accidents each causing millions of dollars in damages.
Posted in foreign policy, government, media, military, tagged Africa, counterterrorism, Green Berets and Delta Force, pentagon, Train Elite Antiterror, United States Special Operations troops on May 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
‘Bring Back Our Girls’ false flag bearing fruit:
28 May 2014 United States Special Operations troops are forming elite counterterrorism units in four countries in North and West Africa. The secretive program, financed in part with millions of dollars in classified Pentagon spending and carried out by trainers, including members of the Army’s Green Berets and Delta Force, was begun last year to instruct and equip hundreds of handpicked commandos [death squads] in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali…For the aborted training outside Tripoli, the Defense Department also tapped into a classified spending account called Section 1208, devised to aid foreign troops assisting American forces conducting counterterrorism missions.
Clip from news channel on september 11th 2001, clearly stating that no plane hit the pentagon. Strange? Not really.