Annoucements, Defense & Military Briefs, Department of Defense (DoD), United States

2015 In Review: A Start of Something Great

Headshot__George_McGinn.jpgEditor’s Note: This blog was started late in 2015 (October), and was actually mixed in with my personal blog before I split all the blogs out into their own, with their own Facebook and Twitter accounts.

So while the numbers seem low, I can tell you from looking at the stats for 2016 we are setting records and WordPress has noticed us quite a few times this year.

Splitting the four blogs at the time was a wise decision. It was a lot of work, but we succeeded and now we can expand this blog without it affecting the others.

Take for instance the Cosmology and Space Exploration blog. We have created pages where you can find apps, links to journals and news feeds, dedicated pages to projects and even a page for the media when a press release crosses our desk.

I wanted to test this idea there first, and it has been received favorably. So this year I have been working on doing the same for Daily Defense News. One thing I am struggling is putting up news from other countries. My struggle isn’t in providing the news, it is whether I should give each country its own page or mix them in with the main blog.

I am leaning towards individual pages per country. My reason is that right now the only news being reported are from US-Based defense organizations. And while they may contain news about other countries, there is a US slant to them (hey, the organization is writing and supplying the news). It would be logical that news coming from, say a British defense group would have a slant towards their country. That’s only fair.

Some of the other plans are also providing a list of apps for those wanting more defense and military news that we may not yet have. And I am working on a web-based CIA book of all countries, and many other features.

Some, do to the complexity of getting them done, will be implemented in 2017. Others before the end of this year, maybe even sooner.

I also want to hear from you. What would you like me to provide to you? My goal is to bring all the defense and military news here in one place so you do not have to visit a dozen websites and only get part of the story. Which is why I am going to include the news as reported from within other countries. It would be nice to know what the other countries are saying about, say, the same operations we are involved in.

If President Barack Obama says we are succeeding and all the other countries say something else, that may be something important to know about. Same if it is in reverse. Countries may say the US isn’t doing its part, yet you might find a story or series of stories that same something different. This is when news become really important.

Notice that none of the news comes from any organization that reports just the news. To me, with all the papers slanting their stories towards their reader’s political belief, that is not the inention of this site. The news should come from the men and women who are there, in the field, and not in some studio worrying if they have too much hair gel and are ready to give you their view of the news.

So remember, while looking at these summaries, when the 2016 numbers come out, you will see a drastic difference in the popularity, who in what countries are reading our stories, and what stories most readers find important.

So, if you have any suggestions to what you would like me to add to this site, either fill out the “Contact Us” page or send me an email to

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Annoucements, Department of Defense (DoD), Site Administrative Notices

SITENEWS: New Twitter Account Effective May 1st


Since starting this site more than 6 months ago, I wasn’t sure how successful it was going to be.

Well, it has been huge, and I have all my dedicated followers to thank for that.

First, I need to inform everyone that a transition phase will begin tomorrow where posts will appear both on my personal Twitter account, @GJMcGInn, to the blog’s new home, @D_DefenseNews.

Please make sure that you follow @D_DefenseNews as the daily posts will stop on my account sometime in the beginning of May.

As a journalist, I have multiple blogs and two columns in the works, and I fear that my other work will get lost among the posts from this blog.

To explain, let me share with you the success that has occured so rapidly that it overwhelmed me, and I had to put my other plans on hold until I can get the posts over to a new account.

For some reason I do not post on my personal Facebook account. I think I anticipated that I would loose all my friends, as my Facebook account is used so my family, friends, and past coworkers can have a place and not bombarded by posts.

However, I do seem to post news from my Cosmology and Space Exploration blog on my Facebook page. I guess the difference is that I am very picky on what I want posted on that blog, and this blog (DDN) is mostly submitted by the services themselves and aggregated from some media outlets.

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Annoucements, Articles, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Defense News Report, DoD, Executive Branch, President Barack Obama, Senate, Site Administrative Notices, US Military

Daily Defense News Is Up and Running


During the past several days you may have gotten Word Press’s Suspended Account screen while trying to access this site.

I have contacted support and they said that this site was “mistakenly flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. We have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice.”

So we are back up and running, and will continue to gather defense and military news from all over the country (soon to be worldwide) as I add other countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, ISL, India, and other’s who provide news about their defense programs and military capabilities.

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Afghanistan, Air Force, Annoucements, Death of Armed Forces Soldier in Combat, Department of Defense (DoD), Kabul

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties


DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties
Press Operations

Release No: NR-396-15
October 13, 2015

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Oct. 11 in the crash of a British Puma Mk2 helicopter in Kabul, Afghanistan. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

Killed were:

Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information, media may contact the U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs Office at 719-333-7731.

Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse, 38, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. For more information, media may contact the 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office at 618-256-4241.

Air Force, Annoucements, Branch of Service, Department of Defense (DoD), Europe, Geographical Regions, US Military

NATO program develops tactical leaders

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NATO program develops tactical leaders
10/09/2015 10:00 AM CDT

Fighter pilots from seven allied countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland and Italy, completed the NATO Tactical Leadership Programme, Oct. 9, in Albacete, Spain.

Six F-15C Eagles and more than 100 personnel from the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, contributed to the program.

“I think it’s important for our graduates to be well versed in the capabilities of NATO partners,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Stratton, 493rd Fighter Squadron commander. “For us to remain ‘Forward, Ready, Now!’ it requires the entire team to be efficient in deploying, executing the mission and redeploying to any location at any time.”


“About” Page has been Updated (Daily Defense News)

Written by George McGinn
Daily Defense News

After starting this blog in full speed, a week had gone by and I decided to check the stats. WOW!

But what caught my eye were the number of people who wanted to know “About” the site and probably me (you know, those CIA types) so about two hours ago, I created it,

I gave very little about me other than I was a Combat Military Police (SRT) and a veteran. Oh, I put a photo too. One thing I didn’t mention which all Army MP’s know is that the Army and Marines train Military Police together, so you future MP’s, unless it changed since the 80’s, even though they call it basic training, it is really “Boot Camp” and they used to by DI’s impersonating Drill Sergeants!

Any the page is there, and in a half a sentence, the goal is to provide defense and military news “as-it-happens” and not to publish classified news. We are going to go to each country with a military or defense program and try to get news from them. We will even try to get foreign news agencies reports on their military.

That’s the future, but right now I am concentrating on all US Defense affairs, even if the Veteran Affairs blocked me out! You can’t stop the Fourth Estate!

Enjoy the site, and I hope it educates, even if some of the posts are PR pieces.

More is to come!


What to Expect After South Carolina Survivors Call FEMA

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What to Expect After South Carolina Survivors Call FEMA
10/11/2015 02:58 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency is the first step to getting federal disaster assistance.

After you apply, FEMA will send you a copy of your application and a copy of “Help After a Disaster: Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals and Households Program,” which will answer many of your questions.

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