Archiv: US department of defense (Pentagon / DoD)


13.02.2019 - 23:43 [ Brown.edu ]

Indictments and Pleas: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ELLIOTT ABRAMS, Defendant.

(7. Oktober 1991) From July 1985 through 1988, ELLIOTT ABRAMS was Assistant Secretary of State and headed the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.

As Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, MR. ABRAMS chaired a Restricted Interagency Group („RIG“) comprised of, among others, representatives of the United States Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Central Intelligence Agency („CIA“), the National Security Council („NSC* 1 ), and the Department of State. During 1985 and 1986, the RIG met regularly to coordinate the activities of these agencies in Central America.

13.02.2019 - 23:33 [ New York Times ]

Elliott Abrams Admits His Guilt On 2 Counts in Contra Cover-Up

(8. Oktober 1991) As the State Department’s point man on Latin America, Mr. Abrams headed the Restricted Interagency Group, a panel that coordinated the Administration’s Central America policy among officials at the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon.

Other members included Mr. North, the Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and White House aide who managed the day-to-day operations of secretly aiding the Nicaraguan rebels, and Alan D. Fiers Jr., who supervised Central Intelligence Agency activities in Central America.

In this capacity, Mr. Abrams operated as a high-visibility figure who seemed to relish his combative public role in defending Administration policy in Central America, while at the same time working closely with officials who were engaged in secret efforts to supply the rebels with arms after Congress barred direct military assistance in late 1984.

10.02.2019 - 17:20 [ CNN ]

Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy

(6.2.2019) The US shipped weapons and secrets to the Saudis and Emiratis. Now, some are in the hands of fighters linked to al Qaeda and Iran.

26.01.2019 - 02:05 [ Granma ]

Warum Venezuela?

Ich stelle mir vor, dass bei diesem medialen Schauspiel, mit dem man die Welt vergiften möchte, die großen transnationalen Ölkonzerne bereits Gewehr bei Fuß stehen, um ihre Krallen auszufahren und sich des Erdöls zu bemächtigen.

25.01.2019 - 19:20 [ Spectator ]

The internet was never intended to spy on us

Fortunately, I know one of the people who helped develop the ARPANET, Professor Peter Kirstein. For more than a decade, starting in 1973, Kirstein ran the UK’s connection to ARPANET out of his office at University College, London (where he remains a professor of computer communications). So I phoned him, and he told me:

„Unless everyone’s been lying to me for 40 years, the ARPANET was not intended as, or used as, a surveillance system. The 1966 concept could never include more than 64 locations, with four computers in each location. It took the invention of the Internet Protocols a decade later to envisage a capacity of millions of locations and billions of devices.“

07.01.2019 - 07:10 [ eccouncil.org ]

Top British Intelligence Agency, GCHQ, Recognizes EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Security Analyst Training Programs

(21.8.2018) In a showcase of trust and confidence, GCHQ provided the GCT (GCHQ Certified Training) accreditation to EC-Council’s globally renowned Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) and Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) programs. This recognition is a feather in the cap for EC-Council’s much sought-after credentials, which are among the most comprehensive programs in the field of Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing.

Many intelligence agencies including the Pentagon, FBI, the US Army, and most Fortune 500 companies prefer the C|EH program to enhance the knowledge and skills of their security personnel. Over the years, more than 200,000 cyber professionals were trained and certified with what has become the standard norm for hiring authorities as well as security champions.

02.01.2019 - 15:17 [ FOCUS Online TopNews ‏/ Twitter ]

US-Politik im News-Ticker – „Totale Pleite“: Trump schießt auf Twitter gegen Vier-Sterne-General

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02.01.2019 - 12:47 [ BILD Politik / Twitter ]

„großes und dämliches Maul“ – Trump wettert gegen Vier-Sterne-General

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02.01.2019 - 12:43 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die Hersh-Bombe

(3.Juli 2008) Nun ist aber innerhalb des US-Militärs und in den Fluren von Washington bekannt geworden, dass ausser den CIA-geführten Einheiten auch hochgeheime Spezialkommandos des US-Militärs vom „Joint Special Operations Command“ (JSOC) auf direkten Befehl von Präsident Bush und unter direkter Kontrolle von US-Vize Dick Cheney im Iran operieren.

Diese Einsätze wurden in den letzten Monaten massiv ausgeweitet und erfolgten ohne Wissen, Zustimmung oder Kooperation von Kongress, US-Zentralkommando CENTCOM und sogar US-Verteidigungsminister Robert Gates.

Hintergrund ist die Rechtsauffassung des Weissen Hauses, dass nur für Einsätze der CIA das Parlament hinzugezogen werden muss, nicht aber für Einsätze des Militärs.

Erläuterung:

Dazu muss man die Struktur des US-Militärs kennen. Die Befehlskette geht vom Präsidenten, dem Vizepräsidenten, dem US-Verteidigungsminister im Pentagon über die Kontinentalkommandos zu den Oberkommandierenden in den einzelnen Ländern, wie z.B. in Irak oder Afghanistan.
Der „Joint Chiefs of Staff“, der „Vereinigte Generalstab“ hat operativ nichts zu melden.

Die US-Kontinentalkommandos haben sich quasi als „Verantwortungsbereiche“ den Planeten aufgeteilt. NORTHCOM für Nordamerika, SOUTHCOM für Südamerika, CENTCOM für den arabischen Raum mit den Kriegszonen Afghanistan und Irak, EUCOM für Europa, Russland und Nordpolregion und das neue AFRICOM für Afrika und PACOM für China, Indien, die Antarktis und den gesamten Pazifik.
Neben den Kontinentalkommandos gibt es aber noch andere, weltweit tätige Kommandoabteilungen des Pentagon, für strategische (also atomare) Kriegführung sowie aus dem Weltraum (STRATCOM), für Transport (TRANSCOM) und Versorgung (JFCOM).

Diese sind den Kontinentalkommandos gleichgestellt.

Ausserdem gibt es da noch das „U.S. Special Operations Command“ (SOCOM), dessen Einsatzgebiet nicht definiert ist und weltweit operiert. Ein klassischer Fall von oben organisierter Kompetenzüberschneidung im US-Militär um Rudelkämpfe hochzuhalten, Spannungen zu erzeugen und um Konkurrenzdruck zu erzeugen, was dann von der Hierarchie zu eigenen Zwecken umgemünzt werden kann.

Ein Unterkommando des SOCOM ist das „Joint Special Operations Command“ (JSOC), welches die Spezialeinheiten des Weissen Hauses führte um die es hier geht.
Bereits 2005 gab es Berichte über ein geheimes Unterprogramm im JSOC namens „Power Geyser“. Darin sollen Spezialagenten in unmittelbarer Umgebung des US-Präsidenten, des Vizepräsidenten und der Führungsebene des Kongresses zu derem Schutz eingesetzt worden sein.
Also Agenten in unmittelbarer Nähe und in unmittelbarer Kommunikation mit den mächtigsten offiziellen Amtspersonen der Welt. Eine ideale Voraussetzung um später mit diesen Agenten die Militärhierarchie zu umgehen.

02.01.2019 - 12:37 [ Seymour Hersh / New Yorker ]

Preparing the Battlefield

(Juli 2008) The covert operations set forth in the Finding essentially run parallel to those of a secret military task force, now operating in Iran, that is under the control of JSOC. Under the Bush Administration’s interpretation of the law, clandestine military activities, unlike covert C.I.A. operations, do not need to be depicted in a Finding, because the President has a constitutional right to command combat forces in the field without congressional interference. But the borders between operations are not always clear: in Iran, C.I.A. agents and regional assets have the language skills and the local knowledge to make contacts for the JSOC operatives, and have been working with them to direct personnel, matériel, and money into Iran from an obscure base in western Afghanistan. As a result, Congress has been given only a partial view of how the money it authorized may be used. One of JSOC’s task-force missions, the pursuit of “high-value targets,” was not directly addressed in the Finding. There is a growing realization among some legislators that the Bush Administration, in recent years, has conflated what is an intelligence operation and what is a military one in order to avoid fully informing Congress about what it is doing.

02.01.2019 - 12:24 [ New York Times ]

Commandos See Duty on U.S. Soil In Role Redefined by Terror Fight

(23. Januar 2005) As part of the extraordinary army of 13,000 troops, police officers and federal agents marshaled to secure the inauguration, these elite forces were poised to act under a 1997 program that was updated and enhanced after the Sept. 11 attacks, but nonetheless departs from how the military has historically been used on American soil.

These commandos, operating under a secret counterterrorism program code-named Power Geyser, were mentioned publicly for the first time this week on a Web site for a new book, „Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operation in the 9/11 World,“ (Steerforth Press). The book was written by William M. Arkin, a former intelligence analyst for the Army.

The precise number of these Special Operations forces in Washington this week is highly classified, but military officials say the number is very small. The special-missions units belong to the Joint Special Operations Command, a secretive command based at Fort Bragg, N.C., whose elements include the Army unit Delta Force.

01.01.2019 - 03:18 [ The Washington Times ]

Shanahan begins as Pentagon ‚CEO‘: ‚Doesn’t have the moral and ethical constraints that Mattis has‘

Defense Department officials said the formal hand-off, done via phone call, took place just before the calendar turned to 2019.

In addition to the time-consuming role as budget point man, Mr. Shanahan also helped get the Pentagon’s first full audit in decades past the finish line. He’s taken the lead role in coordinating a host of competing — and occasionally feuding — interests across the military services in planning and implementing Mr. Trump’s new Space Force.

01.01.2019 - 02:33 [ Reuters ]

As Mattis exits, he tells U.S. military to keep ‚faith in our country‘

Mattis, a retired Marine general who has often shied from the spotlight, did not have any sort of departure ceremony when he left the Pentagon, leaving his farewell memo as his final public remarks as defense secretary. Historically, departing secretaries have had a major ceremony.

27.12.2018 - 10:55 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trump-Besuch im Irak: „Wir können nicht der Weltpolizist sein“

„Wir sind nicht länger die Dummen, Leute“, sagte Trump. „Vor acht Jahren sind wir für drei Monate dahin gegangen und nie abgezogen. Jetzt machen wir das Richtige und werden es beenden.“ Die Vereinigten Staaten könnten nicht weiter Weltpolizist sein.

Für einen US-Truppenabzug aus dem Irak gebe es dagegen „überhaupt keine Pläne“, sagte Trump. Mehr als 5000 Soldaten der USA sind im Irak stationiert.

25.12.2018 - 19:32 [ Dailymail.co.uk ]

Who is Patrick Shanahan? Deputy defense secretary stepping up to replace Jim Mattis is a former Boeing executive nicknamed ‚Mr Fix-It‘

He earned the titled after being crediteed for getting the 787 Dreamliner on track after production problems in the program’s early years.

After holding senior positions in the 767 program and managing the 757 program he was awarded the position of vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia.

Shanahan also headed up U.S. Army Aviation programs, which included Boeing’s ballistic-missile defence program.

24.12.2018 - 11:58 [ BBC ]

Syria conflict: Macron criticises Trump’s withdrawal decision

The US said the Islamic State (IS) group had been defeated, a claim disputed by allies and US politicians.

France, a key part of the US-led coalition against IS in Syria and Iraq, said its troops would remain in Syria.

24.12.2018 - 11:06 [ breakingisraelnews.com ]

‘No Reason to Panic’ Over US Decision to Withdraw Troops From Syria Says Former Israeli General

“Trump’s declaration on US forces withdrawal from Syria is a significant step, but there’s no reason to panic,” posted Yadlin in a Twitter thread. “2000 US troops came to Syria to fight against ISIS and had no authorities to act against Iran.”

The “authorities” Yadlin appears to be referencing is the Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed by Congress that allows the United States to fight those responsible for the 9/11 attacks. It does not include Iran.

24.12.2018 - 10:43 [ Kansas.com ]

Israel confounded, confused by Syria withdrawal, Mattis resignation

Combined with the departures of Chief of Staff John Kelly and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Israeli officials are scrambling to determine who is left in the White House who can convince President Donald Trump to think of Israel before taking such drastic security moves, as Mattis successfully did in the past, U.S. and Israeli officials said.

“There is no question that Israeli officials are concerned about the U.S. pulling out,” said Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel in the Obama administration. “It was done without any meaningful consultation with them.”

23.12.2018 - 20:44 [ theSun.co.uk ]

ISIS FIGHT GOES ON: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson insists fight against ISIS ‘will go on’ in Afghanistan and Syria despite Donald Trump withdrawing US troops

DEFENCE Secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted the fight to secure Syria and Afghanistan would endure – despite Trump’s shock withdrawal of troops from both war zones.

23.12.2018 - 20:04 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!

23.12.2018 - 20:03 [ New York Times ]

Trump, Angry Over Mattis’s Rebuke, Removes Him 2 Months Early

President Trump said on Sunday that he would remove Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who issued a stinging rebuke of the president when he announced his resignation last week, from his post by Jan. 1, two months before he had planned to depart.

23.12.2018 - 14:07 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

US Envoy to ISIS War Resigns, Criticizes Syria Pullout

McGurk was intended to coordinate with the 79 countries involved in the US-led coalition against ISIS. It is not clear who his replacement will be, but with the administration arguing ISIS is defeated, there may be a low priority for this position.

23.12.2018 - 14:00 [ Jason Ditz / antikrieg.com ]

US-Gesandter für den ISIS-Krieg tritt zurück, kritisiert Abzug aus Syrien

Nach Mattis und jetzt McGurk gibt es Spekulationen, dass weitere in den nächsten Tagen zurücktreten werden, weil sie auch gegen Trumps Befehl sind, Syrien zu verlassen. Es wird angenommen, dass es im Pentagon eine breite Einheit in Richtung Aufrechterhaltung des Krieges gibt, was durch die Anzahl der Pentagon-Beamten belegt wird, die die letzten zwei Jahre damit verbracht haben, die langfristige Präsenz dort zu besprechen.

23.12.2018 - 12:29 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

If anybody but your favorite President, Donald J. Trump, announced that, after decimating ISIS in Syria, we were going to bring our troops back home (happy & healthy), that person would be the most popular hero in America. With me, hit hard instead by the Fake News Media. Crazy!

23.12.2018 - 12:29 [ Josh Rogin / Washington Post ]

Trump is leaving 50,000 Syrian civilians to die

President Trump’s surprise decision to rapidly withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria is meeting with intense criticism by foreign policy experts, who denounce it as strategically stupid, reckless for national security and a blow to America’s global credibility. But inside Syria, the consequences are even more serious. For one example, 50,000 Syrian civilian refugees living under the direct protection of the U.S. military are suddenly fearing for their lives.

22.12.2018 - 21:43 [ Rudaw ]

US envoy to anti-ISIS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move

Taking over for now for McGurk will be his deputy, retired Lt. Gen. Terry Wolff, who served three tours of active duty in Iraq.

Jim Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was appointed special representative for Syria engagement in August, is expected to stay in his position, officials said.

22.12.2018 - 18:09 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Jeremy Scahill’s Top 10 Takeaways on Mattis Exit and Possible US Withdrawal From Syria and Afghanistan

„This is an opportunity for progressive forces to assert an alternative vision for U.S. foreign policy.“

22.12.2018 - 18:01 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

War In Afghanistan Ending?

Is the war in Afghanistan about to be over? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

22.12.2018 - 15:15 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

The hysterical reaction to the decision to withdraw troops from Syria is astonishing & shows just how attached to war some are. Lindsey Graham & others want us to continue our regime change war in Syria and to go to war with Iran. That’s why they’re so upset.

22.12.2018 - 15:08 [ Brasco_Aad ‏/ Twitter ]

Wow “All US State Department personnel are being evacuated from Syria within 24 hours.“ | US official. The CIA is also leaving Syria.

(19.12.2018)

21.12.2018 - 15:49 [ Antiwar.com ]

Jimmy Dore Slams Liberal Hawks on Syria

Jimmy Dore is fantastic! Listen to him skewer liberal hawks on Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria:

21.12.2018 - 15:46 [ Antiwar.com ]

Trump To End Unconstitutional Syria War – Washington Heads Are Exploding

The warmongering Left has joined forces with the neocons to demand that President Trump reverse course in his recent decision to pull US troops from Syria. Neocons claim that ISIS will increase with the US absence, but it was the very US intervention in the region – that they supported – that led to the rise of extremist and terrorist groups. Meanwhile, some principled progressives are putting politics aside to praise the president’s move.

21.12.2018 - 15:36 [ New York Times ]

U.S. to Withdraw About 7,000 Troops From Afghanistan, Officials Say

President Trump made the decision to pull the troops — about half the number the United States has in Afghanistan now — at the same time he decided to pull American forces out of Syria, one official said.

The announcement came hours after Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense, said that he would resign from his position at the end of February after disagreeing with the president over his approach to policy in the Middle East.

21.12.2018 - 05:20 [ theglobalcoalition.org ]

79 Partners united in defeating Daesh.

The Global Coalition against Daesh was formed in September 2014 and is unique in its membership, scope and commitment.

21.12.2018 - 05:12 [ Newsweek.com ]

Who Is U.S. Bombing in Syria? Government, Activists Accuse Coalition of Attacking Army Instead of ISIS

(3.12.2018) Nevertheless, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitor with ties to the Syrian opposition, appeared to corroborate the government with its own account published Monday. The report claimed that about 15 missiles had been fired from Al-Tanf, where the U.S. base was located, toward pro-government positions.

21.12.2018 - 04:51 [ CNN ]

READ: James Mattis‘ resignation letter

„Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO’s 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.“

21.12.2018 - 04:43 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years.

During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting….

11.12.2018 - 03:26 [ ZeroHedge ]

Free Gas Over Yemen’s Skies: Saudi Jets Refueled By American Taxpayers Due To „Accounting Errors“

“It is clear that the Department has not lived up to its obligation to keep Congress appropriately informed or its responsibility to secure timely reimbursement,” Sen. Reed told The Atlantic. “U.S.-provided aerial refueling assistance was provided to the Saudi-led coalition for more than 3.5 years, activities that likely cost tens of millions of dollars. We must ensure that U.S. taxpayers are fully reimbursed for that support.”

So it’s clear that not only has the United States given the Saudis a „free pass“ politically while tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians have been massacred over the years, but has literally been funding the Saudi military machine for free, despite Riyadh’s immense oil wealth.

07.12.2018 - 12:38 [ Reuters ]

Top U.S. general urges Google to work with military

“We are the good guys and it’s inexplicable to me that we would make compromises in order to advance our business interests in China where we know that freedoms are restrained, where we know that China will take intellectual property from companies,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an event.

25.11.2018 - 15:47 [ Montain XPress ]

Letter: We don’t need the Pentagon’s weapons here

Our communities are looking more like war zones every day, thanks to the Pentagon’s 1033 program that authorizes transfers of surplus military equipment from the Department of Defense to domestic law enforcement agencies free of charge. Buncombe County has received at least 74 military articles through the 1033 program, including assault rifles and an armored vehicle.

19.11.2018 - 21:02 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Pentagon Fails First Audit, Neocons Demand More Spending!

The Pentagon has finally completed its first ever audit and the results are as many of us expected. After spending nearly a billion dollars to find out what has happened to trillions in unaccounted-for spending, the long look through the books has concluded that only ten percent of all Pentagon agencies pass muster. I am surprised any of them did.

19.11.2018 - 20:55 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Pentagon scheitert beim ersten Audit, Neokonservative fordern mehr Geld!

Das Pentagon hat endlich seine erste Revision hinter sich und die Ergebnisse sind so, wie viele von uns erwartet haben. Nachdem es fast eine Milliarde Dollar gekostet hat, um herauszufinden, was mit Billionen von nicht verrechneten Ausgaben geschehen ist, ist der lange Blick durch die Bücher zu dem Ergebnis gekommen, dass nur zehn Prozent aller Abteilungen des Pentagons die Prüfung bestehen. Ich bin überrascht, dass es auch nur eine von ihnen geschafft hat.

12.11.2018 - 19:42 [ CNN ]

Pentagon rejects request for additional military resources in Persian Gulf

It also comes as Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, are engaged in high-level classified discussions with senior commanders around the world about how to allocate military resources for the next two years, officials say.

12.11.2018 - 14:37 [ theconversation.com ]

How the US military is using ‘violent, chaotic, beautiful’ video games to train soldiers

(7.3.2017) As part of a study, we interviewed 15 current and former members of the U.S. military who were between 24 and 35 years old to understand the role violent first-person shooter games played in their recruitment and training.

The majority of interviewees told us it was important to stay in the mindset of a soldier even when not on duty. To them, first-person shooters were the perfect vehicle for doing this.

12.11.2018 - 14:24 [ NBC News ]

Pentagon and CIA enlist video games

(10.3.2003) With “Full Spectrum Warrior,” currently in testing at Fort Benning, Ga., squad leaders learn how to command nine soldiers in complex, confusing urban warfare scenarios. The game isn’t not about sprinting, “Rambo”-like, through alleys with guns blazing.

“It’s not really about shooting at things,” Macedonia said. “Learning how to shoot your weapon is easy. The challenging thing is leading.”

The game the Institute for Creative Technologies has been working on with the CIA for about a year — at a cost of several million dollars — will let agency analysts assume the role of terror cell leaders, cell members and operatives.

“Our analysts would be accustomed to looking at the world from the perspective of the terrorists we are chasing, and learn to expect the unexpected,” CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said.

12.11.2018 - 01:32 [ Arnold R. Isaacs / antikrieg.com ]

Amerikas Kriege wieder großartig machen

Der Vietnamkrieg war offensichtlich einer der katastrophalsten Fehler dieses Landes in der Vergangenheit – und das „Gedenken an den 50. Jahrestag des Vietnamkriegs“ des Pentagons ist ein nahezu perfektes Beispiel dafür, wie sowohl nationale und militärische Führer als auch eine willige Öffentlichkeit es seitdem vermieden haben, sich wichtigen Wahrheiten über Vietnam- und amerikanische Kriege zu stellen. Das ist nicht nur eine Frage des ungenauen Erzählens von Geschichten. Es ist gefährlich, weil die Weigerung, Fehler der Vergangenheit zu erkennen, es einfacher macht, zukünftige Fehler zu begehen. Aus diesem Grund ist die selektive Geschichte, die das Pentagon seit mehr als sechs Jahren über Vietnam erzählt, und was diese Geschichte uns über das institutionelle Gedächtnis der Militärführung erzählt, einen kritischen Blick wert.

06.11.2018 - 22:49 [ Space News ]

As satellites become targets, U.K. military seeks closer ties with space industry

During Air Force Space Command’s recently concluded Schriever Wargame 2018 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, the U.K. was put in charge of the so-called Special Capabilities Integration Cell. This cell is where commanders simulated how the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada would combine their space capabilities to fend off attacks in a potential conflict.

“In this game, we had the first ever high-level coalition cell,” Air Force Brig. Gen. DeAnna Burt, director of operations and communications at U.S. Air Force Space Command, said last week in Washington. “Partners brought future capabilities they’d like to build at the SAP [special access program] level,” she said. “Britain ran the cell.”

04.11.2018 - 12:57 [ LA Times ]

Secret Plan Outlines the Unthinkable

(10.März 2002) WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, in a secret policy review completed early this year, has ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the „axis of evil“–Iraq, Iran, and North Korea–but also China, Libya and Syria.

In addition, the U.S. Defense Department has been told to prepare for the possibility that nuclear weapons may be required in some future Arab-Israeli crisis. And, it is to develop plans for using nuclear weapons to retaliate against chemical or biological attacks, as well as „surprising military developments“ of an unspecified nature.

20.10.2018 - 05:19 [ Guardian ]

John Bolton pushing Trump to withdraw from Russian nuclear arms treaty

Bolton, Donald Trump’s third national security adviser, has issued a recommendation for withdrawal from the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty (INF), which the US says Russia has been violating with the development of a new cruise missile.(…)
Former US officials say Bolton is blocking talks on extending the 2010 New Start treaty with Russia limiting deployed strategic nuclear warheads and their delivery systems.

14.10.2018 - 10:00 [ Wired.com ]

How the Tech Giants Created What Darpa Couldn’t

(29.5.2018) The William Safire column, „You Are a Suspect,” was published in the Times in 2002—two years before Facebook was created. And Safire isn’t talking about social networks or digital advertising—he’s discussing Total Information Awareness, a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) program that proposed mining vast amounts of Americans’ data to identify potential national security threats. The virtual grand database was to belong to the Department of Defense, which would use it to identify behavior patterns that would help to predict emerging terrorist threats.

10.10.2018 - 18:46 [ Rubikon ]

Die Propaganda-Fabrik: 27.000 Menschen arbeiten im Auftrag des Pentagons daran, die öffentliche Meinung im Sinne der US-Eliten zu manipulieren.

Wenn jemand glaubt, dass die Mainstream-Medien unabhängig über militärische Konflikte der USA – wie aktuell etwa in Syrien – berichten, dann sollten Sie ihm diesen Beitrag zu lesen geben. Tatsächlich beschäftigte das Pentagon schon 2009 sage und schreibe 27.000 Mitarbeiter, die ausschließlich für das mediale Aufpolieren der US-Kriege zuständig waren. Und nein, das ist keine Verschwörungstheorie, die Tatsachen sind belegt, geraten jedoch erstaunlich schnell in Vergessenheit.

08.10.2018 - 05:18 [ ORF.at ]

Hype um „chinesische Spionagechips“ kommt vom Pentagon

Die Sensationsmeldung des Wirtschaftsportals Bloomberg über manipulierte Hardware für Cloud Computing stellt sich im FM4-Faktencheck als fast völlig faktenfrei heraus. Am Freitag kam ein langerwarteter Bericht des Pentagon heraus, der vor der Elektronikfertigung in China warnt.

30.08.2018 - 23:46 [ Common Dreams ]

Plan to Train Saudi Pilots on US Soil Undermines Pentagon Denial of Complicity in Yemen Carnage

„Federal procurement documents reviewed by TYT show that the U.S. Air Force is actively soliciting private contractors for training of Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) personnel to be ‚conducted in the U.S. at contractor’s facility,'“ Klippenstein reported.

Klippenstein noted that if the training of Saudi pilots to fly F-15 fighter jets takes place, it would appear to be the first such activity on American soil since the U.S.-Saudi coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015.

24.08.2018 - 17:40 [ tampabay.com ]

CentCom’s Votel: U.S. will stay in Syria to fight ISIS and keep an eye on Iran

(22.5.2018) In March, President Donald Trump said he would be pulling U.S. troops out of Syria „very soon.“ But they’re still there, and will stay there, to defeat what’s left of the so-called Islamic State, says the man in charge of military efforts in the region.

Despite the commander-in-chief’s comments, Army Gen. Joseph Votel said it didn’t require much pushback to convince Trump to stay the course.

24.08.2018 - 17:29 [ cbn.com ]

ISIS 2.0: Islamic State Launches Massive Attack in Syria, Resurging in Iraq

(24.7.2018) Seven months after routing ISIS from large swaths of Iraq and Syria, the Department of Defense says a coalition of 77 nations and numerous international organizations remains determined to keep the terror group from resurfacing.

24.08.2018 - 17:22 [ Charles Bybelezer, The Media Line / Jerusalem Post ]

Analysis: The Islamic State’s push for a new caliphate

(16.8.2018) According to findings by the Lead Inspector General of Operation Inherent Resolve, the United States-led military coalition against the Islamic State, the terror group is much larger than previously thought and still poses a significant threat.

03.08.2018 - 01:31 [ Japan Times ]

Congress passes bill forcing tech firms to disclose foreign access to software sold to U.S. military

The U.S. Congress is sending President Donald Trump legislation that would force technology companies to disclose if they allowed countries like China and Russia to examine the inner workings of software sold to the U.S. military.

02.08.2018 - 05:15 [ CBS News ]

Defense Department says Iran conducting naval exercises in the Persian Gulf

The Defense Department says the Iranian Navy is conducting a military exercise in the Persian Gulf. The exercise appears to include a scenario for closing the Strait of Hormuz. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports from the Pentagon.

24.07.2018 - 13:48 [ Radio Utopie ]

TOP SECRET AMERICA (II): „Nationale Sicherheit AG“

(24.Juli 2010) Die Recherchen der „Washington Post“ ergeben eine zweite Landkarte von Amerika, eine Welt des „Top Secret“ die nach dem 11.September erschaffen wurde. Diese wird effektiv nicht kontrolliert, während der eigentliche Nutzen dieser geheimen Welt ebenfalls nicht mehr feststellbar ist.

Gleichzeitig sind Privatfirmen so „durch und durch verstrickt“ in die „prekärsten Aktivitäten“ der US-Regierungsapparate, dass ohne sie wichtige militärische und geheimdienstliche Missionen eingestellt werden müssten oder gefährdet wären. Beispiele:

– Von den 854.000 Personen mit dem Sicherheitszugang „Top Secret“ sind 265.000 kommerzielle Vertragsnehmer, rund 30 Prozent des Arbeitspersonals im Spionage-Komplex.

– Im „Ministerium für Heimatschutz“ („Department of Homeland Security“ DHS) arbeiten genauso viele staatliche Beamte wie Vertragsnehmer, in der Spionageabteilung stellt das „private“ Personal sogar 60 Prozent. Das Heimatschutz-Ministerium hat Verträge mit 318 Konzernen, von denen allein 19 sich ausschließlich mit der Rekrutierung neuer Vertragsnehmer beschäftigen.

– 56 Firmen im Spionage-Komplex sind nur damit beschäftigt, ständig neue Linguisten, Sprachwissenschaftler und Dolmetscher zu rekrutieren. Anschliessend werden sie an die US-Regierungsbehörden weitervermietet, um auf dem ganzen Planeten abgehörte Telefonate und Gespräche, sowie abgefangene emails und Telekommunikation zu übersetzen und zu interpretieren.

17.07.2018 - 05:29 [ Junge Welt ]

Es geht um Vorherrschaft: Die Bundesregierung fördert tatkräftig die Nutzung künstlicher Intelligenz für Wirtschaft und Militär

Ein solches neues Instrument wird die unter der Überschrift »Für eine modern ausgerüstete Bundeswehr« angekündigte »Agentur für Disruptive Innovationen in der Cybersicherheit und Schlüsseltechnologien« (ADIC) sein. Das sieht der Koalitionsvertrag der Bundesregierung vor und entstehen soll sie unter gemeinsamer Verantwortung des Innen- und des Verteidigungsministeriums. Die Führung des Aufbaustabes der neuen Agentur, als deren Vorbild die DARPA als Forschungsbehörde des Pentagon gilt, wurde an Oberst Frank Werner Trettin aus dem 2017 gegründeten Kommando »Cyber- und Informationsraum« der Bundeswehr delegiert.

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.

14.06.2018 - 05:08 [ UPI ]

House committee approves $674.6B Pentagon spending bill

„Funding is targeted to programs that will help boost economic growth and opportunity. This includes providing stability for our financial system and ensuring consumers and investors are protected, while also stopping burdensome regulations,“ committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., said.(…)
Defense Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger, R-Texas, said. „This bill does what General Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff has asked, it ‚ensures the joint force has the depth, flexibility, readiness and responsiveness that ensures our men and women will never face a fair fight.'“

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 [ News18.com ]

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 / antiwar.com ]

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 / Antikrieg.com ]

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 - 16:40 [ Foreign Policy in Focus ]

The Pentagon Is Planning a Three-Front ‘Long War’ Against China and Russia

(4.4.2018) If you thought the „global war on terror“ was a significant overreach for a single power, just wait.

Think of it as the most momentous military planning on Earth right now.

20.05.2018 - 16:29 [ GlobalResearch.ca ]

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.

17.05.2018 - 09:23 [ KBS ]

Pentagon: Kein Plan für Entsendung von B-52-Bombern zu Max Thunder-Manöver

Nach Angaben des US-Verteidigungsministeriums hat es keinen Plan gegeben, strategische Bomber des Typs B-52 für das Luftverteidigungsmanöver Max Thunder mit Südkorea zu schicken.

Das sagte Pentagon-Sprecher Christopher Logan am Mittwoch im Interview mit Voice of America angesichts Medienberichten, nach denen Südkorea gebeten habe, keine B-52 an der Übung teilnehmen zu lassen.

Der südkoreanische Sonderberater für Sicherheitsfragen Moon Chung-in sagte am Mittwoch, dass Verteidigungsminister Song Young-moo eine entsprechende Bitte an den Kommandeur der US-Truppen in Korea, Vincent Brooks, gerichtet habe.

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 [ wsws.org ]

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.