07.07.2018 - 14:41 [ Japan Times ]

Pompeo ends ‘productive’ Pyongyang visit with commitments for talks on denuclearization

Pompeo said that a Pentagon team plans to meet with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working level talks will be held soon on the destruction of North Korea’s missile engine testing facility.

20.06.2018 - 01:27 [ Verteidigungsministerium der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ]

DoD Halts Planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise, Spokesperson Says

There will be a meeting on this issue at the Pentagon later this week with the defense secretary, secretary of state and the national security advisor, she said. “There is no impact on Pacific exercises outside of the Korean Peninsula.”

19.06.2018 - 10:31 [ New York Times ]

Trump Orders Establishment of Space Force as Sixth Military Branch

During a speech at a meeting of the National Space Council, Mr. Trump announced plans to protect American interests in space through monitoring commercial traffic and debris, initiatives he said would be “great not only in terms of jobs and everything else, it’s great for the psyche of our country.”

Minutes later, the president zeroed in on Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and tasked him with the undertaking of creating another branch of the military.

05.06.2018 - 12:42 [ War is Boring ]

The Trillion-Dollar Military Budget: The hidden costs of ’national security‘

(26.7.2017) You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon.

Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year and counting. Adjusted for inflation, that means it’s higher than at the height of Pres. Ronald Reagan’s massive buildup of the 1980s and is now nearing the post-World War II funding peak.

And yet that’s barely half the story. There are hundreds of billions of dollars in “defense” spending that aren’t even counted in the Pentagon budget.

Under the circumstances, laying all this out in grisly detail — and believe me, when you dive into the figures, they couldn’t be grislier — is the only way to offer a better sense of the true costs of our wars past, present and future, and of the funding that is the lifeblood of the national security state.

02.06.2018 - 09:39 [ Common Dreams ]

Following Worker Revolt, Google to End Drone Technology Contract with Pentagon

Following outcry from thousands of employees and the resignations of several over its work on drone and artificial intelligence (AI) technology with the U.S. military, Google announced Friday that it would not renew its contract on the Pentagon program known as Project Maven.

27.05.2018 - 18:03 [ ]

US Officials Visiting North Korea to Prepare for Kim-Trump Summit: Report

The Washington Post, citing a person familiar with the arrangements, said Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, was leading the preparations on the U.S. side.

27.05.2018 - 17:55 [ Washington Post ]

U.S. officials hold summit preparation talks despite uncertainty surrounding Trump-Kim meeting

A team of U.S. officials crossed into North Korea on Sunday for talks to prepare for a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, as both sides press ahead with arrangements despite the question marks hanging over the meeting.

Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, has been called in from his post as envoy to the Philippines to lead the preparations, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.

25.05.2018 - 13:09 [ Jason Ditz / ]

Pentagon Uses ‘New Authority’ to Speed Up Arms Exports to Saudis, Others

In 2017’s military spending bill, the Pentagon was given increased authority to directly write up arms exports abroad as “domestic” sales contracts with an export component to them. This was intended to allow the Pentagon to rush certain deliveries.

23.05.2018 - 20:51 [ Lee Camp / ]

Das Pentagon kann 21 Billionen Dollar nicht rechtfertigen (das ist kein Tippfehler)

Wenn die Medien nicht gerade aktiv für den Krieg werben, füllen sie die Funkwellen mit Scheiße, so dass sich das ganze Land nicht einmal selbst denken hören kann. Unsere ganze Gedankenwelt ist bis zum Rand gefüllt mit Unsinn und leerer Promiidiotie. Dann, während niemand hinschaut, geht der größte Diebstahl, den die Menschheit je gesehen hat, hinter unserem Rücken weiter – unter dem Deckmantel der „nationalen Sicherheit“.

21 Billionen.

Vergiss das nicht.

23.05.2018 - 20:45 [ Forbes ]

Has Our Government Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Money Without Telling Us?

(8.12.2017) First, what is the source of the additional $794 billion in the Army’s Fund Balance? This adjustment represents more than six times appropriated spending. Second, do these transfers represent a flow of funds to the Army beyond those authorized by Congress? Third, were these funds authorized and if so when and by whom? Fourth, what is the source of these funds?

20.05.2018 - 16:29 [ ]

Global Warfare: “We’re Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”

(14.5.2018) Originally published in March 2007.

GR Editor’s Note:

This interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of America’s hegemonic project.

It is worth noting that 6 out of these 7 countries (with the exception of Lebanon) identified by General Wesley Clark “to be taken out” are now the object of President Trump’s ban on Muslims’ entry to the US: Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Iran and Yemen.

All of these countries are on the Pentagon’s drawing board. These countries have been directly or indirectly been the object of US aggression.

04.05.2018 - 09:29 [ Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post ]

There’s no stopping the American forever war

Trump has championed American hard power and his ability to launch punitive missile strikes on enemy targets, be they militant redoubts in Afghanistan or the airfields of the Syrian regime.

Under his watch, coalition forces unleashed a relentless air campaign against the Islamic State, pulverizing the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa. Months later, volunteers are still digging bodies out of the rubble, while rights groups point to an untallied civilian death toll that may number in the hundreds, perhaps thousands.

14.04.2018 - 04:27 [ Michael Carpenter ‏/ Twitter ]

Dunford: Only contestation of these strikes was from Syrian air defense systems. No mention of Russian A2/AD. The deconfliction channel with Russia was used, but Dunford says no “prenotification” of Russia. So targets were presumably not shared but perhaps airspace boxes were.

10.04.2018 - 09:29 [ ]

CIA inszeniert Gasangriff als Vorwand für Eskalation in Syrien

Es gibt keinen glaubwürdigen Beweis für den mutmaßlichen Angriff in Duma bei Ost-Ghuta, wenige Kilometer von der syrischen Hauptstadt entfernt. Es gibt einige Videoclips, die jedoch nichts beweisen, da sie zu jeder Zeit aufgenommen und entsprechend bearbeitet worden sein könnten. Die einzigen Schilderungen vor Ort stammen von den Weißhelmen, die von den Medien als Hilfsorganisation dargestellt werden, in Wirklichkeit jedoch mit den „Rebellen“ gegen Assad verbündet sind und größtenteils von den USA, Großbritannien, Deutschland und anderen imperialistischen Mächten finanziert werden. Die Organisation hat u.a. dreiundzwanzig Millionen Dollar von der US Agency for International Development (USAID) erhalten, die seit langem als Tarnorganisation der CIA bekannt ist.

Die Trump-Regierung hat das angebliche Verbrechen verurteilt und ihre Vertreter drohen, wie üblich vor einer Militäraktion, es läge „alles auf dem Tisch“. Am Montag trat der Nationale Sicherheitsrat der USA (NSC) erstmal unter dem Vorsitz seines neuen Leiters John Bolton zusammen, der eine wichtige Rolle im Irakkrieg gespielt und sich öffentlich für Luftangriffe auf den Iran und Nordkorea ausgesprochen hat. Der NSC wird dem Präsidenten militärische Optionen empfehlen.

09.04.2018 - 09:59 [ New York Times ]

Will Congress Ever Limit the Forever-Expanding 9/11 War?

(28.10.2017) The law, commonly called the A.U.M.F., on its face provided congressional authorization to use military force only against nations, groups or individuals responsible for the attacks. But while the specific enemy lawmakers were thinking about in September 2001 was the original Al Qaeda and its Taliban host in Afghanistan, three presidents of both parties have since invoked the 9/11 war authority to justify battle against Islamist militants in many other places.

08.04.2018 - 20:24 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wag the Russki

(11.4.2017) Am Abend des 6. April streut die U.S.-Regierung höchstselbst Gerüchte über mögliche Luftangriffe gegen die syrische Regierung und ihr Militär.

Offensichtlich für diese ein Grund von den nun kommenden Ereignissen total überrascht zu werden, genauso wie die Russische Föderation.

Noch in der Nacht zum 7. April starten U.S.-Luftangriffe von Kriegsschiffen im Mittelmeer aus gegen den syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunkt Al-Shayrat. (Luftangriff: U.S.-Imperium nimmt Einladung Russlands und Syriens dankend an)

Von den vom Pentagon vermeldeten 59 Marschflugkörpern treffen bemerkenswerterweise angeblich nur 23 das Ziel und haben bei ihrem Einschlag nach Angaben vom russischen Verteidigungsministerium eine „extrem niedrige“ Effektivität, was Landebahnen, Zubringer und Stellplätze des syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunktes in Takt lassen.

Vor dem Angriff informierte das Pentagon den russischen Generalstab. Nach Angaben des syrischen Generalstabes, der nichts darüber sagt ob auch er vom Angriff vorab informiert wurde, sterben bei dem U.S.-Angriff sechs syrische Soldaten.

Anschließend sondern die Propagandaschleudern „Sputnik“ und „RT“ allerlei Erklärungen für ihre offensichtlich irritierte Kundschaft ab, was es denn mit der Vorabinformation vom „massiven“ Angriff der vermeintlichen Gegner im U.S.-Militär so auf sich hatte, warum keine russischen Soldaten getötet wurden, warum auf dem syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunkt nichts von Bedeutung zerstört wurde, warum von 59 Marschflukörpern nur 23 ihr Ziel getroffen haben sollen, etc, etc.

Nach viel Gewimmer und Gebrumm rückt die russische Staatspresse endlich damit heraus:

Es gibt schlicht keine Vereinbarungen über eine Verteidigung syrischer „Militärobjekte“ durch die russischen Streitkräfte – also weder so etwas wie einen Verteidigungs-, noch einen Bündnispakt zwischen Syrien und Russland.

Und noch viel „besser“:

Russland weigert sich auch zukünftig einen syrischen Stützpunkt oder gar Syrien insgesamt zu verteidigen, ausdrücklich auch im Falle von neuen U.S.-Luftangriffen. Das bestätigte gestern der Vize vom Auswärtigen Ausschuss des Föderationsrates.

08.04.2018 - 11:55 [ New York Times ]

Spy Contractor’s Idea Helped Cambridge Analytica Harvest Facebook Data

(27.3.2018) As a start-up called Cambridge Analytica sought to harvest the Facebook data of tens of millions of Americans in summer 2014, the company received help from at least one employee at Palantir Technologies, a top Silicon Valley contractor to American spy agencies and the Pentagon.

It was a Palantir employee in London, working closely with the data scientists building Cambridge’s psychological profiling technology, who suggested the scientists create their own app — a mobile-phone-based personality quiz — to gain access to Facebook users’ friend networks, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.

08.04.2018 - 11:46 [ Politico ]

Palantir goes from Pentagon outsider to Mattis‘ inner circle

(11.6.2017) At least three Pentagon officials close to Mattis, including his deputy chief of staff and a longtime confidante, either worked, lobbied or consulted for Palantir Technologies, according to ethics disclosures obtained by POLITICO. That’s an unusually high number of people from one company to have such daily contact with the Pentagon leader, some analysts say.

08.04.2018 - 11:37 [ ]

Während Du schliefst: Peter Thiels Security-Startup Palantir ist bald 20 Milliarden US-Dollar wert

(24.6.2015) Der Datenanalyse- und Security-Software-Anbieter Palantir Technologies sammelt Berichten zufolge derzeit 500 Millionen US-Dollar ein. Mit einer Bewertung von 20 Milliarden US-Dollar wäre das Startup eines der drei wertvollsten in den USA. Das 2004 von Peter Thiel mitgegründete Unternehmen zählt unter anderem das US-Verteidigungsministerium zu seinen Kunden.

08.04.2018 - 03:26 [ Newsweek ]

Trump’s National Security Aides Unanimously Oppose His Syria Withdrawal Plan

(6.4.2018) President Donald Trump’s announcement that „it’s time“ to rapidly pull U.S. soldiers out of Syria within the next five to six months was met with opposition from every one of his top national security aides, according to the Associated Press.

05.04.2018 - 04:16 [ The Verge ]

Google employees demand the company pull out of Pentagon AI project

Last month, it was announced that Google was offering its resources to the US Department of Defense for Project Maven, a research initiative to develop computer vision algorithms that can analyze drone footage. In response, more than 3,100 Google employees have signed a letter urging Google CEO Sundar Pichai to reevaluate the company’s involvement, as “Google should not be in the business of war,” as reported by The New York Times.