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The Pentagon reportedly plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next few years developing advanced robots for military applications that are expected to complement soldiers on the battlefield, and potentially even replace some of them. As the US government uses $1,000,000,000 of your tax dollars to build killer robots, a new report just showed that forty percent of adults in America would have had to borrow money or sell something to pay an emergency expense of just $400.

The government’s war spending has reached epic proportions and all Americans have to show for it is poverty, less freedom, and now, a potential Terminator-esque future in which to look forward.

Army Project Manager Bryan McVeigh told Bloomberg that over 800 robots have already entered the ranks in the past two years.

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That said, as we highlighted, the U.S. said while there growing indications, there was no official proof that Houthi fighters, or forces aligned with them, were responsible for the attempted strikes which targeted US ships. Still, the lack of concrete proof did not bother the US which, cavalier as usual, unleashed the missile assault on Yemeni territory, breaching the country’s sovereignty and potentially killing an unknown number of people.

However, today – four days after the US “counterattack” – the story changes. According to Reuters earlier today the Pentagon declined to say whether the USS Mason destroyer was targeted by multiple inbound missiles fired from Yemen on Saturday, as initially thought, saying a review was underway to determine what happened.’

Read more: The Story Changes: The Pentagon Is No Longer Sure Yemen Fired Missiles At US Warship

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Pentagon to hike spending request by 35 percent to over $7 billion to fund ‘fight against’ Islamic State

| 01 Feb 1016 |President Barack Obama’s administration will seek a significant increase in funding for the ‘fight against’ Islamic State [I-CIA-SIS] as part of its 2017 defense budget request, U.S. officials say, in another possible sign of U.S. efforts to intensify the campaign. The fiscal year 2017 Pentagon budget will call for more than $7 billion for the fight against Islamic State, a roughly 35 percent increase compared with the previous year’s request to Congress, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to disclose his spending priorities for the $583 billion 2017 defense budget on Tuesday in an address to the Economic Club of Washington.

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‘Congress is asking the Pentagon’s watchdog for another probe into how the military racked up 5,000 charges at casinos and strip clubs totaling more than $1 million over the course of a year – and whether the government footed the tab.

In a memo released on Monday, the Pentagon inspector general said the Senate Armed Services Committee has requested an additional probe into the department’s excessive spending.

“Our objective is to determine whether (Defense Department) cardholders who used government travel cards at casinos and adult entertainment establishments for personal use sought or received reimbursement for the charges,” the memo said, according to Reuters.’

Read more: Congress demands probe into Pentagon’s $1 million strip club and casino bill

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The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials.

The camps are spread throughout Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria and are off limits in the U.S.-led international bombing campaign because of concerns about collateral damage, said officials familiar with planning and execution of the yearlong bombing campaign.

Additionally, the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) camps have been so successful that Islamic State leaders are considering expanding the camps to Libya and Yemen. Both states have become largely ungoverned areas in recent years.

The failure to target the training camps with U.S. and allied airstrikes is raising questions among some defense and intelligence officials about the commitment of President Obama and his senior aides to the current anti-IS strategy of degrading and ultimately destroying the terror group.

“If we know the location of these camps, and the president wants to destroy ISIS, why are the camps still functioning?” one official critical of the policy asked.

The camps are regarded by U.S. intelligence analysts as a key element in the terror group’s successes in holding and taking new territory. The main benefit of the training camps is that they are providing a continuous supply of new fighters.

IS training camps

An additional worry of intelligence analysts is that some of the foreign fighters being trained in the camps will eventually return to their home countries in Europe and North America to carry out terror attacks.

more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/pentagon-not-targeting-islamic-state-training-camps/
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Service members and other Pentagon employees used Defense Department credit cards for thousands of unauthorized transactions at casinos and strip clubs across the country, according to an audit released Tuesday by the Pentagon’s internal watchdog.
The report by the department’s Office of Inspector General found that misuse of the official credit cards was highest in the Air Force, followed by the Army, the Navy and the Marine Corps, for the one-year period investigated, July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.
The locations where Defense Department credit cards were used for personal transactions included the VIP Room of theSapphire Gentlemen’s Club and Vegas Showgirls in Las Vegas, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in Baltimore, and Dreams Cabaret in El Paso, Texas.
“DOD cardholders improperly used their government travel charge card for personal use at casinos and adult entertainment establishments,” Michael J. Roark, assistant inspector general for contract management and payments, wrote in the report.
The head of the Defense Travel Management Office acknowledged the abuses, but protested that they represent a tiny fraction of overall use of the Pentagon’s travel credit cards.
“The report language applies a very broad stroke against all cardholders when, in reality, personal use of the Government Travel Charge Card is negligible when compared to the size and scope of the program,” Harvey W. Johnson, the office director, responded in a letter provided along with the report.
He noted that a total of $3.4 billion in legitimate expenses were charged to the cards in the same time period.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the report is its identification of over $2.2 million in charges for what it described as “official use” at casinos and adult establishments.
The finding suggests that Pentagon personnel are permitted in some circumstances to dine and drink or entertain at casinos and strip clubs.
The inspector general’s office found weak internal controls in Pentagon accounting systems and failures to report suspicious charges to the Defense Department by Citibank, which provides the travel cards. Several Pentagon financial agencies and Citibank agreed to implement stronger controls, such as using codes to ferret out casinos and strip clubs that use innocuous-sounding names to disguise the nature of their business.
The Pentagon also agreed to be on the lookout for red flags such as ATM cash withdrawals that exceed travel amounts allowed for meals and incidental expenses and multiple ATM withdrawal rejections.
In one example cited in the report, a petty officer first class with the Navy Special Warfare Group spent six times his allotted meal and incidental expense money while visiting four different adult establishments in El Paso, spending $1,116 during 17 days of travel.
After an appearance before a Disciplinary Review Board, that officer completed Travel Card 101 training, signed a new statement of understanding on how to use the cards and provided a training session to his peers.

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Pentagon documents: Obama to request big defense budget hike

| 27 Jan 2015 | President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian ‘rebels’ to fight create more Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama will ask for $534 billion for the core budget of the Defense Department — a $38 billion increase — according to “pre-decisional” Pentagon documents obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. That means there could be some slight changes when the budget actually comes out Monday…Another $51 billion would go for overseas military missions, including $43 billion for ongoing operations in Afghanistan [to protect the CIA’s opium production] and $3.8 billion to ‘train’ Afghan security forces

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‘According to the group which identifies itself as Anonymous, the ISIS hack of the Pentagon’s Twitter accounts traces back to Maryland – home of the National Security Agency.

Twitter and YouTube accounts belonging to the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were reportedly hacked by ISIS sympathizers earlier today, with messages being sent out for almost an hour before the accounts were temporarily shut down.

“American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS,” the hackers posted on the U.S. Central Command Twitter feed.’

Read more: ISIS Hack of Pentagon Twitter Accounts Traced Back to Maryland

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Pentagon requests $1.2B for Iraqi army as investigation reveals Iraqi army paying at least 50,000 soldiers who don’t exist

30 Nov 2014 The Iraqi army has been paying salaries to at least 50,000 soldiers who don’t exist, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Sunday, an indication of the level of corruption that permeates an institution that the United States has spent billions equipping and arming. A preliminary investigation into “ghost soldiers” — whose salaries are being drawn but who are not in military service — revealed the tens of thousands of false names on Defense Ministry rolls, Abadi told parliament Sunday…The Pentagon has requested $1.2 billion to train and equip the Iraqi army next year. The United States spent more than $20 billion on the force from the 2003 invasion until U.S. troops withdrew at the end of 2011.

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Under pressure, Lockheed opens up about secret weapons unit

10 Dec 2014 Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon’s No. 1 weapons supplier, has rarely felt the need to blow its horn about its secrecy-shrouded crown jewel – until now. “Skunk Works,” Lockheed’s business for developing weapons outside the company’s main chain of command, is starting to lift the veil in a sign of fierce pressure to win new orders and protect its brand as military budgets shrink…Most of the 100 buildings and 3 million square feet of floor space at the site are off-limits, and photography and audio recordings are strictly forbidden, but a tour last month offered a glimpse of some projects.

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‘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.’

Read more: Propaganda 101 – How The Pentagon Is Trying To Rewrite Vietnam War History

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Virus ‘returning to sender?’

Ebola scare closes Pentagon entrance, keeps bus passengers quarantined for hours

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.

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Pentagon sending 1,400 troops to Liberia

[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.

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By on September 4, 2014

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.”

more @ http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/09/04/pentagon-climate-elephant/

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Pentagon Gave Ferguson Police Department Military-Grade Weapons

–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.

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