The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are set to be the most expensive military conflicts in history and are expected to cost the U.S. as much as $6 trillion, a new report by Harvard public policy professor Linda J. Bilmes estimates.
So far, $2 trillion has been spent for Operation Iraqi Freedom (referred to as Operation New Dawn since August 2010) and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan since the conflicts began [...]
It was really, really bad aboard the USS Ronald Reagan during its Fukushima Mission.
Today they went on a press conference to remind us how bad it was, living in fear every day, some tried to commit suicide.
Over 150 U.S. service members say Fukushima radiation has triggered medical issues — Now Defense Department abandons medical registry, leaving them on their own.
A sailor’s testimony: I was treated as if I had the [...]
February 22nd, 2013
In a prelude of what’s likely to become the norm as government sponsored healthcare is implemented across the country, nameless bureaucrats in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have begun issuing warning letters to veterans which claim that service members who are deemed by the agency to be incompetent or mentally ill will be required to surrender their rights as protected under the Second Amendment.
In a letter highlighting the government’s [...]
December 11, 2012
Fifteen times more troops were discharged from the US Army this year due to obesity than five years prior. With scores of recruits unfit to serve due to the extra pounds, the country’s top brass have deemed it a national security concern.
The American Army is discharging servicemen in an attempt to cut its budget, and the first to be given their walking papers are those who have failed [...]
Congressional Hearing – July 14, 2012
Just found this clip this morning. We covered this story in more detail here and here.
A Chase official tells NBC that 4,000 U.S. service members may have been illegally overcharged on their mortgages.
Read more here…
On August 6, 2011, 30 US service members were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter they were being transported in crashed in Wardak province, Afghanistan. It was thedeadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. 17 membersof the elite Navy SEALs were killed in the crash.
Yesterday, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at theDefending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the RNC Convention in Tampa. [...]
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A newly recruited Afghan village policeman opened fire on his American allies on Friday, killing two U.S. service members minutes after they handed him his official weapon in an inauguration ceremony. It was the latest in a disturbing string of attacks by Afghan security forces on the international troops training them.
As many as a dozen U.S. service members brought women, likely prostitutes, to their hotel rooms in Colombia and also allowed dogs to soil bed linens and building grounds shortly before President Obama arrived in the country for an April summit, according to a military investigation.
The report revealed new details about the conduct of the service members during the prostitution scandal that engulfed both military and Secret Service personnel and [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as a dozen U.S. service members brought women, likely prostitutes, to their hotel rooms in Colombia and also allowed dogs to soil bed linens and building grounds shortly before President Barack Obama arrived in the country for an April summit, according to a military investigation.
The Department of Defense is allowing service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in U.S. history.
The Pentagon on Thursday issued a military-wide directive saying it was making an exception to its policy that generally bars troops from marching in uniform in parades.
The exception is being made for San Diego’s Gay Pride Parade that will take place Saturday.
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Long before President Obama’s security detail was scandalized in Colombia and new revelations emerged last week about the Secret Service, members of the elite team earned an “Animal House” reputation at the blueblood vacation mecca of Martha’s Vineyard.
Local residents say wild parties, fights and late-night carousing involving Secret Service members have become commonplace in recent years at the Vineyard, a favorite getaway for the First Family and longtime destination for [...]
There appears to be little doubt China steals both U.S. commercial and military secrets through hacking in addition to selling counterfeit electronic parts to customers of U.S. companies and to the Department of Defense (DoD).
But the adverse affects of these practices, both financially and militarily, seem both substantial and largely unknown.
We spoke with Louis P. Feuchtbaum, a former assistant district attorney in the Bronx who has worked extensively with electronic fraud, and represents large IT companies to help them deal [...]
Amid the bustle of President Obama’s surprise stop for barbecue Wednesday the White House apparently overlooked one key detail: the bill.
Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.
As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.
The bill for the president and [...]
Dr. Drew on “Bath Salts” in the military: “the end game is to prevent from detection”
Another day, another zombie – two more cases of cannibalistic behavior linked to the dangerous drugs known as “bath salts” have been reported this week.
In Florida, 21-year-old Brandon Deleon tried to bite a police officer in a drug-fueled rage, and in Louisiana, 43-year-old Carl Jacquneaux attacked another man and bit his face. Police suspect that [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
U.S.A. 2012: Is This What We’ve Become?
Incentivize victimhood, fraudulent accounting of income/collateral and gaming the system, and guess what you get? A nation of liars and thieves.
Memorial Day is traditionally a day to speak of sacrifices made in combat. Like much of the rest of life in America, it has largely become artificial, a hurried “celebration” of frenzied Memorial Day marketing that is quickly [...]
Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill are challenging theU.S. military to rethink how it classifies terrorist attacks on U.S. soil after the Defense Departmentdecided the 2009 attack at Fort Hood and the attack on a recruiting office in Arkansas were domestic killings rather than flash points in the global war on terrorism.
Those classifications mean the dozens who were wounded or killed at Fort Hood, Texas, and those killed or injured in Little Rock, Ark., were not [...]
President Obama today announced that he now supports
same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure
from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president
described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place,
based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian
service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.
“I have to tell you [...]
Most Americans realize that today marks the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of courageous Navy SEALs. Yet many of the same citizens, conditioned by a national media that pays scant attention to the military’s daily sacrifices, probably don’t realize that 2012′s bloodiest month of fighting in Afghanistan has just concluded.
As this blog and others discussed all month, April was difficult for our troops in Afghanistan and their families at home. [...]
(CNN) – A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform killed a U.S. coalition service member, the U.S. military said Thursday. It was the latest in a string of such attacks.
The incident took place late Wednesday when the person “turned his weapon against coalition service members,” the U.S. military said. The person who opened fire was killed by coalition forces who returned fire, the military said.
A U.S. Defense official said the [...]
SAN DIEGO – The Marine Corps said Wednesday it has decided to discharge a sergeant for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook.
The Corps said Sgt. Gary Stein will be given an other-than-honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of service members.
The San Diego-area Marine has served nearly 10 years in the Marine Corps. He has said he was exercising his free-speech rights.
The discharge will mean he loses all benefits.
Washington (CNN) – A member of the U.S. military assigned to the White House Communications Agency is under investigation in connection with alleged misconduct in Colombia, bringing to 12 the total number of military personnel being reviewed, officials said Monday.
One Defense Department official said the military member admitted to his leadership that he was involved in misconduct “of some kind” while in Colombia for the recent Summit of the Americas attended [...]
Leah Marquet, 20, and Anne Kendzior, 22, are suing military officials for ‘systematically’ ignoring sexual assaults
Last month eight other female service members filed a lawsuit saying they were raped or abused
One former U.S service member alleges she was raped by a fellow cadet and then forced to take out her attacker’s trash as punishment for reporting the assault to the military school.
Another service member claims she was raped twice by [...]
Five U.S. Service members are suspected of “inappropriate conduct” related to the Secret Service unit providing security at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia.
“The conduct is alleged to have occurred in the same hotel where the recalled United States Secret Service agents were staying,” said a Saturday release by U.S. Southern Command, out of Miami. The members of Joint Task Force “violated the curfew established by the United States [...]
The case of a Marine who is facing discharge for posting disparaging comments about President Obama on Facebook has renewed a debate about free speech rights for members of the military.
A review board on Thursday recommended that Marine Sgt. Gary Stein be discharged for comments on his “Armed Forces Tea Party” site, where he called Obama “the domestic enemy,” superimposed his face on a “Jackass” movie poster and said he [...]
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A Marine facing dismissal from the military for his Facebook comments went as far as posting superimposed images of President Barack Obama’s face on a donkey, a prosecutor said Thursday.
The prosecutor, Capt. John Torresala, said the behavior by Marine Sgt. Gary Stein repeatedly violated Pentagon policy that limits the free speech rights of service members.
The comments came at a military administrative hearing where Torresala described [...]
With women being denied roles in Army combat units, they have sought out an alternative way to showcase their strength and training: cage fighting.
And they are not just competing against their own – they are taking on men in a battle to prove they are just as worthy fighters both in the field and away from it.
One competition, held at Ford Hood in Texas last month, saw 300 men and [...]
WASHINGTON — Eight current and former members of the U.S. military allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were raped, assaulted or harassed during their service and suffered retaliation when they reported it to their superiors.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, accuses the military of having a “high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks” and fostering a hostile environment that discourages victims of sexual assault [...]
The Huffington Post
March 5, 2012
U.S. military personnel traveling out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will now be able to skip long security lines as part of the Transportation Security Administration’s expansion of its trusted traveler program known as Pre-Check.
Under the pilot program, which could eventually be adopted at other U.S. airports, active-duty service members with a military identification known as a Common Access Card would be eligible to [...]
Two Nato officers have been killed in the interior ministry in the Afghan capital Kabul, coalition officials say.
The International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said an “individual” had turned his gun on the officers.
Afghan security officials said those killed were an American colonel and major. Local media reports suggest the incident followed a “verbal clash”.
The incident comes amid five days of deadly protests over the burning of copies of the [...]
February 21, 2012
Every year, more than a thousand National Guard, reserve and active-duty troops coming back from Iraq, Afghanistan or other military duties complain of being denied jobs or otherwise being penalized by employers because of their military obligations.
… It is against federal law for employers to penalize service members because of their military service. And yet, in some cases, the U.S. government has withdrawn job offers to service [...]
February 14, 2012
One thousand veterans and active duty troops will shatter the corporate media hoax that insists members of the American military do not support Ron Paul due to his opposition to the unconstitutional forever war agenda of the establishment.
Despite this myth, the New York Times was obliged to admit reality last December, even if the admission wasn’t featured on the front page of the newspaper but instead posted on a [...]
A retired general today assailed the commander of the Navy SEALraid that killed Osama bin Laden for drawing too much media attention to operations that he argued should be kept under wraps.
Special Operations Commander Adm. Bill McRaven was confronted by retired Lt. Gen. James Vaught, who said he didn’t understand why the recent raids by the Navy SEALs, such as the one to killOsama bin Laden or to rescue U.S. hostage Jessica Buchanan, were all over the [...]
Media ignores Paul’s service record and fact he has most donations from military
January 9, 2012
In a forthcoming event dubbed “Ron Paul Is The Choice Of The Troops”, thousands of veterans and active duty military personnel are expected to march on the White House in support of the Texas Congressman’s presidential bid.
The event, to be held on President’s Day, February 20th, is being organized by activist groupVeterans for Ron Paul [...]
By Craig Whitlockand Greg Jaffe, Wednesday, November 9, 6:19 PM
The Dover Air Force Base mortuary for years disposed of some dead troops’ body parts by burning them and dumping the ashes in a Virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burying the remains at sea.
The Dover mortuary, which is the main point of entry for America’s war dead, sent remains to the landfill from 2003 until 2008, according to [...]