Steven Aftergood: Defense Intelligence Expands — PBI: Spending More While Doing Less

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Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

Defense Intelligence Mission Expands

On October 24, the Pentagon issued an updated version of DoD Directive 5143.01 defining the role of the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence), the Department’s principal intelligence advisor and manager of military intelligence programs.

The new directive is about 30% longer than the 2005 version that it replaces.

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Oct 27

Berto Jongman: Ebola On Top of Diamonds, Security Force “Coincidentally” Locking Down Both Ebola AND the Diamonds

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Huge Liberia DIAMOND Find Months Before EBOLA Outbreak

Troops are already forcing quarantine and have occupied the area surrounding the disovery:

http://www.liberianewsagency.org/pagesnews.php?nid=2749

Is this purely a coincidence?

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Oct 25

Berto Jongman: Obama’s Nuclear Hypocrisy – Spend One Trillion — Never Mind the Promise of a World Without Nuclear Weapons

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Obama Promised a “World Without Nuclear Weapons,” But May Now Spend $1 Trillion on Upgrades

A recent New York Times investigation found the United States is on pace to spend as much as $1 trillion over the next three decades to modernize its nuclear arsenal and facilities. This week, more than 150 countries at the United Nations signed a joint statement calling on nuclear powers to attend the third major conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons scheduled this December in Vienna. The United States has yet to attend one of the meetings.

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Oct 25

Berto Jongman: German Government Paper on Known US / CIA, USN, US Army Proliferation of Ebola in Africa and Asia

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

America’s Weaponization of Ebola

Wayne MADSEN | 24.10.2014 | 00:00

Evidence has recently surfaced in a 2009 U.S. embassy Berlin cable to the U.S. State and Defense Departments that German authorities hesitated to send hemorrhagic fever cultures to the suspected biological warfare laboratory at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland because the Germans feared the Army might «weaponize» the cultures.

The cable, classified as «Sensitive», is dated December 15, 2009 and states:

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Oct 24

Marcus Aurelius: Daniel Goure on Needing an Army — Robert Steele on Irresponsible Government

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

I think article below is spot on, but I also don’t think it will matter.  Given the current national trajectory, it will take another Kasserine Pass, another Task Force SMITH, to get America to pay attention to T.R. Fehrenbach (“… young men in the mud. …”), to the eternal truth that the ultimate arbiter of foreign policy and international diplomacy is a man with a rifle and bayonet.  And then, the refresher learning will only be transient.  I hate to be present Santana as an inviolable sage with respect to history, but I’s sure this is one of those cases where he is right. And, in the interim, funds and focus will be diverted to trendy left-wing social issues. …

When America Realizes It Needs the Army, It’ll Need It Really Bad

A small Army is smart until it’s not

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Oct 17

Steve Aftergood: US Army Says “Disenchanted Idealists are … a fertile source of information for adversaries.”

Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

“Disenchanted idealists are… a fertile source of information” for adversaries, according to Army Regulation 530-1 on Operations Security, updated 26 September 2014.

Phi Beta Iota: We don’t make this stuff up. “Cognitive dissonance” is the canary in the coal mine.

See Also:

Cognitive Dissonance @ Phi Beta Iota

 

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Oct 9

SchwartzReport: $26 Billion Later, Iraqi Military a Disaster — the True Cost of US Government Corruption and Idiocy

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

As you read this think about how many schools this money would have built and staffed. How many elder care facilities could have been built. How much prenatal care this would have paid for. All lost on a losing strategy, that has failed over and over, and will fail again.

$26 Billion in US Aid Later, the Iraqi Military Is a Total Disaster

Alex Park  –  Mother Jones

As US bombs rain down on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, analysts agree that this war will ultimately be won on the ground. Too bad the Iraqi defense forces are a shambles. The New York Times reports that the United States still has to train the country’s 26 “intact and loyal” brigades. And the Iraqi government has yet to recruit and set up national guard units. “It is not going to be soon,” says a State Department official.

Sound familiar? Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the US government spent billions trying to rebuild Iraq’s security forces so they could fight insurgents such as ISIS. By the fall of 2012, about a year after the full withdrawal of American troops, this effort had consumed about half the money the US government spent on Iraq’s reconstruction, according to the final report of the Special Investigator General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR).

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Oct 5