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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.
April 30, 2015
NASA Administrator Statement on House Authorization Bill
For decades, the world has known that the massive Israeli facility near Dimona, in the Negev Desert, was the key to its secret nuclear project. Yet, for decades, the world—and Israel—knew that Israel had once misleadingly referred to it as a “textile factory.” Until now, though, we’ve never known how that myth began—and how quickly the United States saw through it. The answers, as it turns out, are part of a fascinating tale that played out in the closing weeks of the Eisenhower administration—a story that begins with the father of Secretary of State John Kerry and a familiar charge that the U.S. intelligence community failed to “connect the dots.
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By Aaron Mehta
Defense News (A Gannett Company)
1:48 p.m. EDT April 8, 2015
WASHINGTON — An Egyptian procurement of 356 AGM-114K/R3 Hellfire II missiles has been cleared by the State Department, the first new procurement since the White House lifted a freeze on weapon sales to that nation.
The sale also comes as Egypt takes part in anti-militant operations in Yemen, which the US is indirectly aiding with logistical support.
If the sale is given the OK by Congress and details are worked out between the two governments, it would represent the first sale of the R model of Hellfire to Egypt. Egyptian military forces currently operate the F and K variants.
The sale, with a projected cost of $57 million, would occur under a Foreign Military Sales agreement. Lockheed Martin would be the prime contractor, with work occurring at its Orlando, Florida, facility.
The announcement of the sale, posted on the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s website, noted that it would help “improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
“Egypt will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense,” the notice reads.
While the justification statement on weapon sales notifications are usually bland, those two statements are notable, given current events.
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TODAY’S TOP 5
1. The Pentagon’s $10-billion bet gone bad
(Los Angeles Times) Trying to fashion a shield against a sneak missile attack, military planners gambled on costly projects that flopped, leaving a hole in U.S. homeland defense.
2. Obama Calls Preliminary Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Our Best Bet’
(New York Times) “This is our best bet by far to make sure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with Thomas L. Friedman, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, published on Sunday. “What we will be doing even as we enter into this deal is sending a very clear message to the Iranians and to the entire region that if anybody messes with Israel, America will be there.
3. Veterans’ health records lost in VA-Department of Defense divide
(Washington Times) Both Carter, who became the leader of the Defense Department in January, and Bob McDonnell, who took over the VA in August, have inherited an ages-old problem that has haunted their predecessors: how to restructure their departments to better work with each other and provide veterans with a world-class health service.
4. Special ops troops doubt women can do the job
(Associated Press) Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.
5. Task Force Violent: The unforgiven, Part 5
(Military Times) The final installment in a five-part series. | The betrayal from within shattered their trust in the institution. It defied the core values instilled in these men from the moment they joined the Corps: honor, courage, commitment. “This still haunts us,” one of those Marines explained, “because no one has publicly acknowledged we did the right thing that day. We did our jobs – and we were crucified for it.”