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April 10, 2013

Pentagon seeking Congressional approval to dismiss civilian workers

  • 40k-50k civilian jobs would be shed by the Pentagon over the next five years, as the Department of Defense moves forward with plans to close several bases and healthcare facilities across the country. source The cuts represent roughly 5% of the Pentagon’s 800,000 civilian workforce. source
16:24 // 1 year ago
January 15, 2013
We suspect this will be less shocking to those of you already familiar with the violent crackdowns taking place in Bahrain, but most will likely find it discomforting nonetheless. Government officials from both the United States and Bahrain have insisted that the ordinance being sold by the Department of Defense couldn’t/wouldn’t be used against the Persian Gulf nation’s civilian population; however, some reports suggest that attacks with American weaponry have already occurred. source

We suspect this will be less shocking to those of you already familiar with the violent crackdowns taking place in Bahrain, but most will likely find it discomforting nonetheless. Government officials from both the United States and Bahrain have insisted that the ordinance being sold by the Department of Defense couldn’t/wouldn’t be used against the Persian Gulf nation’s civilian population; however, some reports suggest that attacks with American weaponry have already occurred. source

16:43 // 1 year ago
November 13, 2012

Gen. William Ward demoted, fined thousands for improper spending

  • $82,000ordered to be repaid by General William Ward to the U.S. government. Ward 63, had a planned retirement in 2011 derailed by a 17 month Defense Department investigation into his spending habits. They found that he’d misspent thousands on travel and other expenses, earning him (in addition to the demanded repayment) demotion from his four-star rank. Now, Ward will retire as a three-star general, yet another military figure fallen by scandal, alongside the rapidly widening and attention-consuming Petraeus investigation. source
20:01 // 1 year ago
July 16, 2012
12:39 // 2 years ago
May 10, 2012

Crunching the numbers on Romney’s defense spending plan

  • $2 trillion added to Defense budget under Romney proposal source
  • currently Defense spending is roughly equivalent to 3.5 percent of the United States’ average GDP. Romney’s been critical of the Obama Administration’s plan to cut $487 billion in spending over the course of the next ten years.
  • new plan Romney’s proposal calls for tying the Pentagon spending to the nation’s GDP, and guaranteeing a budget equal to 4% of GDP. To meet that goal, defense spending would have to increase by $100 billion in 2013. source

» And that’s just the low-end estimates. Analysts estimate that a gradual increase in the Pentagon’s budget to 4% of GDP would cost the United States roughly $2.1 trillion over the next decade. Should Romney win the election, and immediately push spending up to 4%, the subsequent spending could cost an additional $200 billion or more. While Romney is hardly the first to suggest such a plan, with past notable proponents including former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, some have been quick to condemn any plan tying the budget to GDP in any way. “GDP rises and falls. Do you really want your defense budget falling in a recession?” said Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments’ Todd Harrison, adding, “spending should be determined by the security environment — not the size of your economy.”

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15:53 // 2 years ago
producermatthew:

One Step Back: Just hours after President Obama voiced his support of same-sex marriage, the House Armed Services committee approved a measure that would ban gay marriage ceremonies on U.S. military bases. The measure was approved late on Wednesday, The Hill reports. The measure was included in the committee’s defense authorization bill for 2013, which now goes to the Republican-led House of Representatives for approval. [Photo: AP]The Hill: Committee votes to ban gay marriage on military bases

Actions speaking louder than words?

producermatthew:

One Step Back: Just hours after President Obama voiced his support of same-sex marriage, the House Armed Services committee approved a measure that would ban gay marriage ceremonies on U.S. military bases. The measure was approved late on Wednesday, The Hill reports. The measure was included in the committee’s defense authorization bill for 2013, which now goes to the Republican-led House of Representatives for approval. [Photo: AP]

The Hill: Committee votes to ban gay marriage on military bases

Actions speaking louder than words?

11:18 // 2 years ago
January 29, 2012

The Department of Defense can’t account for a crapload of Iraq War spending

  • $2 billion of DoD’s Iraq War spending unaccounted for (oops) source

» Audit time! With the Iraq War’s chapter effectively closed, now’s apparently a good time to look back at all the money we spent there. There’s a problem, however: Of the $3 billion the Iraqi government set aside for the Department of Defense to use for reconstruction between 2004 and 2007, approximately two-thirds of that is unaccounted for. Worse, auditors can’t even find most of the documents: ”From July 2004 through December 2007, DoD should have provided 42 monthly reports,” an audit says. “However, it can locate only the first four reports.” Ever lose track of like $2 billion bucks? It’s fun, right?

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11:26 // 2 years ago
September 15, 2011
pol102:

Employment: Defending jobs | The Economist
Looking for a job? These are the world’s top ten employers. Welcome to the new global economy.

So, to put this another way: Pick your poison — communism, socialism, military, Big Macs or iPhones. (Hon Hai is better known as Foxconn, the company that builds many of Apple’s products.) It’s fascinating to see this in perspective.

pol102:

Employment: Defending jobs | The Economist

Looking for a job? These are the world’s top ten employers. Welcome to the new global economy.

So, to put this another way: Pick your poison — communism, socialism, military, Big Macs or iPhones. (Hon Hai is better known as Foxconn, the company that builds many of Apple’s products.) It’s fascinating to see this in perspective.

19:51 // 3 years ago
May 4, 2011
12:37 // 3 years ago
February 3, 2011

Senate report criticizes govt. agencies over Ft. Hood shootings

  • YES the FBI, DoD should’ve discharged Nidal Hasan source

» Specific and systemic failures: So says a new Senate report investigating the FBI and Department of Defense’s handling of former Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, prior to his executing the Ft. Hood shootings in 2009. The report, authored by Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, accuses the agencies of failing to link the information they had between them, and of being negligent of Hasan’s transition to violent Islamic extremism, which they say was “on full display to his superiors and colleagues during his military medical training.”

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14:58 // 3 years ago