We do not have, at 12 o’clock today, a Secretary of Defense.Harry Reid, revealing today that Senate Republicans have rounded up the 41 votes necessary to block the nomination of Chuck Hagel to the Defense Department. Today is outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s last day on the job; if Republicans make good on their threats during Hagel’s confirmation vote tomorrow—and this is certainly a big “if”—it will be the first time a nominee for Secretary of Defense has been filibustered, and the country will be left without a Defense Secretary. A couple of Republican senators have threatened to block Hagel’s nomination unless the Obama Administration releases more information about the attack last year on the American consulate in Benghazi, an incident with which Hagel was wholly uninvolved. A Hagel spokesman said today that despite the threats of his former colleagues, the Nebraska Republican is not withdrawing his nomination. source
I think what SEALs are good at is what I consider pickup basketball. We all know how to play the game. You know, our- you hear the saying in the team says can you shoot, move, and communicate? So we all know how to shoot. We all know how to move efficiently and tactically. And we can communicate clearly. So when something goes sideways, we’re able to play the pickup basketball and just kind of read off each other.“Mark Owen” • Describing what makes a Navy SEAL team efficient under pressure, such as in the shooting of of Osama bin Laden, which he took part in. The pseudonymed Owen, who is facing the threat of a lawsuit from the Pentagon over his book “No Easy Day,” showed up on “60 Minutes” for the full hour this evening — and CBS has a massive interview to prove it. Thirteen pages. That should keep you defense nerds busy for a while.
» Those far away can make more. Hardly seems fair, right? That’s what the Pentagon thought too, and in a new review, officials recommended wages be increased for soldiers on the front lines — with more going to those in danger zones — as well as offering them more tax breaks on their income, which is already not very highly taxed. But even that is fraught with issues — high-ranking soldiers can make $15,000 per year in refundable tax breaks, while army privates would make just $1,000 per year. Either way, the topic is a touchy subject for soldiers — especially those off the front lines, who would likely protest a cut in pay. As a result, that’s not on the table.