Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Military

Do Overseas Military Base Closures Mean a Shrinking U.S. Empire?

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 12, 2014:

When the Department of Defense issued its annual Real Property Inventory, Dmitry Orlov, an investigative reporter and author of The Five Stages of Collapse, was curious to see how the American empire was doing. To his astonishment, looking back as far as 1957, Orlov discovered that it is shrinking, declining sharply last year and continuing a trend of shrinkage going back for more than a decade:

The US may still have control of its domestic and territorial bases, but it has suffered huge losses of foreign military bases and acreage. Since reaching “peak foreign military bases” in 2004, the US now has just 64% of them — a loss of over a third in a decade! In the case of acreage the US retains 69% of its peak acreage in 2006, so it has lost 31% of its foreign military acreage — also close to a third. If you want to guess at what’s behind these numbers, you might want to look at them as the fallout from disastrous US foreign policy,

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Sanctions Boomerang, Threaten U.S. Supply of Russian Rocket Engines

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 4, 2014:

In response to sanctions announced by President Barack Obama in March against Russian Premier Vladimir Putin and some of his associates, and an escalation of those sanctions announced by the president in July, Russian Deputy Minister Dmitry Rogozin threatened to cut off all supplies of its RD–180 rocket engines to the United States. The engines are critical

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New Black Panthers Arrive in Ferguson, Missouri

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 15, 2014:

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When Martha MacCallum got word that members of the New Black Panther Party had arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, she went to their Facebook page and was astonished at what she found: “The FBI is very concerned about this and when I went on their Facebook page today of the leader of the group, Chawn Kweli, it was astonishing to me the things that he is saying.” She then read excerpts from it:

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Presidential Helicopter Upgrades to cost $20 Billion!

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky VH-34D presidenti...

A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky VH-34D presidential helicopter (BuNo 147201) on the South Lawn of the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 12, 2014:

When Ike occupied the White House, he asked his staff about using a military helicopter to fly him to his summer home in Pennsylvania. A Sikorsky UH-34 Seahorse was selected as the aircraft of choice: no creature comforts, no air-conditioning, no toilet.

In 1958, the helicopter was upgraded, and then again in 1961. By 1978, the Marines and the Army were flying VH-3As, which were further upgraded in 1987. By 2000, even these upgrades were falling behind the technology curve, and by 2009 the White House helicopter stable included 11 VH-3Ds and eight VH-60Ns (the V stood for VIP).

The 9/11 attacks changed everything.

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Defense Department Announces Latest Presidential Helicopter Contract

UTC Sikorsky logo

UTC Sikorsky logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It didn’t take long for the skeptics to scoff at the costs of the latest effort to upgrade the fleet of presidential helicopters announced by the Defense Department on Wednesday, May 7. They say the $1.2 billion contract awarded to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation will be just the beginning.

There are at least two reasons to be skeptical: the open-ended nature of the White House requirements and recent history. The Department of Defense outlined its requirements, stating that Marine Helicopter Squadron One which currently operates 19 presidential helicopters, must provide

 

Safe and timely transportation for the President and Vice President of the United States, heads of state and others as directed by the White House Military Office.

In addition, each aircraft must be equipped with various self-defense features such as bullet-proof glass and body panels and specialized communications equipment that allows the president to maintain “critical command functions” while airborne. Each needs to be large enough to carry up to 14 passengers and several thousand pounds of baggage while being small enough to operate from the White House lawn.

Each must have a minimum range of 300 miles and carry a full complement of defensive countermeasures to thwart heat-seeking and radar-directed missiles and also be hardened against an EMP (electromagnetic pulse), either from an enemy or from the sun. It must be able to send and receive encrypted communications and hold secure teleconferences while in flight.

And each must have air-conditioning and a toilet.

Under the contract Sikorsky promises to deliver two prototypes by 2016, with another 21 fully operational aircraft six years later.

Several questions arise. First,

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$100 Billion in Improper Welfare Payments Uncovered

News that the federal government spends $100 billion improperly caused barely a ripple in light of its enormous budget and the continuous flow of revelations of such waste and corruption that have provided journalists with full-time careers in tracking them down and writing about them.

$100 billion is less than 3 percent of the federal government’s annual budget and most observers are probably happy that it isn’t any worse than that. Two such journos at National Review uncovered

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Half of Female Marines Fail Pull-up Test, reigniting Military Gender Issue

The brief announcement on the U. S. Marine Corps social networking site was enough to set off another round in the gender wars: “Corps postpones pull-ups for women & female Marines…”

The reason was simple: despite being given more than a year’s warning that pull-ups would be the only option testing females’ upper body strength in the Corps’ Physical Fitness Test (PFT) starting on January 1, only 45 percent of those testing at Paris Island, S.C., met the bare of minimum of

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“Historic Deal” with Iran met with praise, grave concerns and sadness

Early Sunday morning, following four days of heavy negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the US, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and France – plus Germany), an agreement was announced which was touted as lifting sanctions against Iran in exchange for a reduction in Iran’s efforts to build their nuclear capability.

The deal was praised as a breakthrough 

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Drug Cartel Is Being Pushed Back by Fuerzas Autodefenses – Self-Defense Forces – In Mexico

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013:

 

For Hipolito Mora, the owner of a lime plantation in Michoacán, one of Mexico’s 32 states, the final straw was the refusal of a packing company to buy his fruit because he wouldn’t pay a 10% kickback to the drug cartel that owned it. For Miguel Patino Velaquez, it was the sight of others in his town taking up arms and joining forces to fight the cartel. For Leticia, a lime picker, her tipping point came when she and her two children witnessed the

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More Good News: The Failing Syrian Strategy is Weakening the Imperial Presidency

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 9th, 2013:

A remarkable change is taking place, and most “conservative” pundits are failing to see it. As Obama stumbles determinedly forward in promoting his Syrian strategy while his supporters bail out along the way, few are seeing any benefits.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough admitted, after some tough grilling, that

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Why Does Obama Want to Start a War?

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 30th, 2013:

 

With President Obama isolated in his quest to justify his pending attacks on Syria, why would he press on? Why would he incur the wrath not only of an increasing percentage of the American people, but his supporters as well?

Everywhere one looks, people are running away from Obama. In Canada,

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Spending on Surveillance by US Spy Agencies is Vastly Larger than Previously Thought

Thanks to the efforts of whistleblower Edward Snowden and the reluctant cooperation of the Washington Post, American citizens are now able to see just what their half-trillion dollars have bought them over the last ten years:

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Obama Ready to Launch Unilateral Military Assault on Syria

US Military preparations are underway for a limited, two-day, surgical strike aimed at “punishing” Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons – nerve gas – in last Wednesday’s attack on civilians in 9 cities in the Ghouta region east of Damascus, killing an estimated 1,300 people.

According to senior officials in the Obama administration, the attack “would probably last no more than

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Predictable War Hawks Urge Military Intervention in Syria

Following the ghastly chemical attacks on civilians in the Ghouta region just east of Damascus early in the morning of Wednesday, August 21st, preparations for intervention by the US military have begun, urged on by predictable war hawks in Congress and the media.

Estimates of casualties from Doctors without Borders to the Free Syria Army (FSA) range from a few hundred to

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Costs, Frustrations Mount as Fort Hood Shooter Trial Opens

After nearly four years of delays, the military trial of Nidal Malik Hasan, the accused Fort Hood Shooter, begins today with Hasan representing himself against charges of 13 counts of premeditated murder and another 32 counts of attempted murder stemming from the attack on November 5th, 2009.

The costs, estimated to be $5 million and counting, are compounded by the

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Another bad day for Haliburton

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 26th, 2013:

In its announcement that Haliburton, the huge international oilfield services company, was found guilty of destroying evidence and is being fined $200,000, the New York Times mentioned in passing that,

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Blurring the Line between Police and Military

The Mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, Cheye Calvo, was taking a shower in his home late Tuesday afternoon, July 29th, 2008 in preparation for a meeting he had that night. He heard a loud explosion at the front door of his home followed by the screaming of his mother-in-law who

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Surveillance State to be Extended Nationally if NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly Replaces Napolitano at DHS

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013:

 

Although President Obama says he has many strong candidates to replace Janet Napolitano as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, it’s clear that NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has the inside track. If Obama is determined to complete building the surveillance state nationally, Kelly is just the man

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Michael Hastings, author of The Runaway General that ended McChrystal’s career, dead at 33

Most obituaries about Hasting’s untimely death in a high-speed fiery single-car crash at 4:30AM on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles dwelled on his primary and most visible contribution to investigative journalism, his authorship of The Runaway General in Rolling Stone magazine which led almost immediately to the

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One Second After: some thoughts

Someone recommended that I read this book by William Forstchen, whose resume is breathtaking:

WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN has a Ph.D. from Purdue University with specializations in Military History and the History of Technology. He is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College.  He is the author of over forty books, including

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.