Posts tagged as Pentagon

DOD lists domestic, overseas projects defunded by moving of billions to border wall construction

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Pentagon’s move to divert some $3.6 billion from military construction coffers to fund 175 miles of border fencing will defund planned projects in 23 states, three U.S. territories and at bases in 20 other countries, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. The Pentagon is confident that Congress will later provide another $3.6 billion for the 127 planned construction projects worldwide from which funds were diverted to pay for sections of…

US approves Lithuania’s purchase of armoured vehicles to replace ageing Humvees

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Washington on Tuesday approved Lithuania’s purchase of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs), which are also due to replace the iconic ‘Humvees’ in the US military. Pentagon approved the sale of 500 vehicles, even though Lithuania only plans to buy 200. This comes as a “precaution if we decided to buy more, so that a new Congress application would not be necessary,” Vita Ramanauskaitė, spokeswoman for Lithuania’s defence minister. Washington says…

Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change. The announced reason for canceling the Boeing contract, effective Thursday, was that the project’s design problems were so significant as to be either insurmountable or too costly to…

Pentagon launches Catch program to identify serial sex offenders in the military

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Pentagon has launched a new program that aims to find serial sex offenders in the military by compiling information into a database submitted by sexual-assault survivors. The program, called Catch a Serial Offender, or Catch, allows survivors of sexual assault who are submitting a restricted report to provide information confidentially about the sexual assault incident as well as the accused offender to military investigators so they can try to identify…

Secret US weapon out of control

By Jonas Dringelis on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

According to a report released by the Pentagon, sexual assaults across the US military increased by a rate of nearly 38% in 2018. The report which surveyed both men and women from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines estimated that 20,500!!! members of those services experienced “unwanted sexual contact” in 2018, a significant increase from 14,900 when the military last conducted a similar survey in 2016. Unwanted sexual contact…

House Democrats move to pass a trimmed defense bill

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Democratic-controlled House is moving to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy with a $725 billion measure that pares back the Trump administration’s defense request and its authority to make war against Iran. Democratic leaders hoped to regain their balance as their caucus still smarts from a fight between moderates and progressives over last month’s $4.6 billion border bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took heat over her handling…

The price of NATO-Russia contention

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nowadays, tensions between the main political forces of the world are growing. Tightness in relations between the United States and Russia is observed in the political, economic and military spheres. So, many experts call the Baltic region the most verisimilar place of an “explosion” (beginning of large-scale military conflict between NATO and Russia). To achieve its goals in Eastern Europe, the United States uses military, economic, informational and other instruments…

Cracks, confusion in US approach to North Korea as Trump openly defies advisers

By Conor Finnegan on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Three months after the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, cracks and confusion are starting to show in the administration’s approach. President Trump said he views recent missile launches by Kim’s regime “differently” than his advisers. The State Department declined to call those launches “ballistic missiles” or say they violated United Nations Security Council resolutions, even after the Pentagon used the term “ballistic missiles”…

Pentagon plan could send up to 10,000 more troops to the Mideast

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials said the move is…