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America’s Anti-Missile System…THAAD…

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With all the current talk about North Korea’s ability to launch ballistic missiles?

One should be aware that the American military has the ability to track and shoot down missiles….

The system IS IN Place in South Korea….

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is an American anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediaterange ballistic missiles in their terminal phase (descent or reentry) by intercepting with a hit-to-killapproach.[2][3] THAAD was developed after the experience of Iraq’s Scud missile attacks during the Gulf Warin 1991.[4] The THAAD interceptor carries no warhead, but relies on its kinetic energy of impact to destroy the incoming missile. A kinetic energy hit minimizes the risk of exploding conventional warhead ballistic missiles, and nuclear tipped ballistic missiles will not detonate upon a kinetic energy hit.

Originally a United States Army program, THAAD has come under the umbrella of the Missile Defense Agency. The Navy has a similar program, the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which now has a land component as well (“Aegis ashore”). THAAD was originally scheduled for deployment in 2012, but initial deployment took place in May 2008.[5][6] THAAD has been deployed in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and South Korea….

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The only way on North Korea…Sanctions and Diplomacy ….

A military solution would cost both Korea’s and America something we do NOT want to occur….

President Donald Trump has vowed a “very severe” response to North Korea’s escalating development of missiles and nuclear weapons. But behind closed doors, the Trump administration is pursuing a strategy that’s not all that different from Barack Obama’s.

Administration officials are saying privately that a preventive military attack is “not on the table,” said Bruce Klingner, a veteran intelligence agent who works as a senior research fellow for northeast Asia at the influential Heritage Foundation. Instead, he said, they’re pursuing a five-part strategy similar to what the Obama administration employed — one that includes increasing pressure on both North Korea and the other countries that facilitate Kim Jong Un’s weapons program.

Other elements of the strategy include increasing military readiness and capabilities, building up U.S. missile-defense capabilities and expressing openness to diplomatic discussions with Pyongyang — but refusing to negotiate while North Korea until it accepts the premise it must give up its nuclear program.

Pieces of that strategy played out in recent days — with no sign yet of ending North Korea’s defiance. On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a U.S.-supported sanctions package that threatens to cut off about a third of North Korea’s exports, although questions remain about how strictly countries will enforce the penalties. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opened the door Monday to negotiating a rollback of sanctions if Kim stops his missile testing — but North Korea responded with an aggressive statement that threatened military action against the U.S…..

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The Trump General’s re-emphasize being ready to counter the Russians…

America’s Military has been quite busy in the Middle East and Africa for almost 20 years ( Post 9/11)……..

President Obama worked hard to bring the troops home over his time in office….

And while Trump National Security Advisor McMasters wants to up the fight in Afghanistan?

Sec of Defense mattis has the job of patching up his bosses impression that he was so intent on making things click with Russian President Putin that he would be winning to let the guy have a ‘do-over’ of his taking the Crimea from the Ukraine….

Contrary to the NATO proclamations?

The American military has been showing the East Europeans and Russia that it’s not going anywhere….

Oh, and the North Korea’s and Chinese are flexing militarily n the West….

The days of a two front military like World War II come to mind….

“We have to figure out how to adapt to this new environment,” said Col. Clair A. Gill, a 1994 West Point graduate who commands the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Drum, N.Y., which flies Apache, Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters. “I don’t think we’re there yet.”

To be sure, commanders are expected to argue that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will still require thousands of American troops for the foreseeable future. But the United States and its NATO allies recently completed positioning about 4,500 soldiers in the three Baltic States and Poland, and are preparing to keep several thousand armored troops on the Continent as a deterrent to Russian aggression.

These tensions are part of an expanding rivalry and military buildup, with echoes of the Cold War, between Washington and Moscow.

Moscow is flowing forces for its own exercises along its western border with Europe and also deploying in Syria and eastern Ukraine, and is building up its nuclear arsenal and cyberwarfare prowess in what American military officials say is an attempt to prove its relevance after years of economic decline and retrenchment. Russia has scheduled a major exercise in September that could involve as many as 100,000 troops and other security personnel.

In response, the Pentagon has stepped up training rotations and exercises on the territory of newer NATO allies in the east, such as this base in Bulgaria. The allies have increased air, sea and underwater patrols from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea to counter a similar increase by Russian forces around NATO’s periphery.

The Russian military threat has changed markedly since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has invested heavily in modern infantry forces, tanks and artillery. Moscow has also increased its galaxy of surveillance drones that can identify targets and coordinate strikes launched from other weapons…..

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Congress CAN nullify Trump’s wish for a Transgender ban?…

A counter opinion has surfaced that reasons that Congress CAN block Trump’s actions for a transgender ban in the armed services under it’s authority  to make LAWS for the US Military…..

Hmmmm?

Why do I think Trump’s wishes on this are NOT gonna happen ?

Congress and the military leadership have not been excited by the unexpected move….

“President Trump’s tweets indicate that the accession policy changes that would have allowed transgender individuals to join the military are no longer under consideration,” according to the new Congressional Research Service paper, first obtained by the Federation of American Scientists. “The tweets also imply that there will be a change to the 2016 policy allowing transgender members currently in the military to continue to serve. Given this announcement, Congress may wish to consider the potential effects of the policy shift and whether to take legislative action in response.”

It adds: “Congress may draft legislation to affect such Administration policy, under its authority to make laws governing the armed forces.”….

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Trump to ban transgender US Military service….

He will undo the Obama Admin ok for transgender people serving in the US Military….

Defense Sec Mattis was to give Congress his view on the Obama policy change and he had already put that off for 6 months…

The  military never liked the acceptance of gay’s in the military change Obama made either…..

The decision came by twitter….

President Trump said he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have allowed transgender recruits to serve, he announced on social media on Wednesday.

Citing the need to focus on victory, Trump said that the military cannot accept the burden of higher medical costs and “disruption” that transgender troops would require.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”….

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Trump turns down McMasters effort to grow the Afghan War…

While ALL the national media fawns on every burp from Donald Trump?

The most important story of the last few days has gone almost unnoticed …..

Last week President Trump sat down with his National Security people to discuss Afghanistan….

What should the US do?

National Security Advisor it is reported went to bat for an expanded effort in the country that the French and Russian left and the US has tried to extract itself rom recently ….

The scoop is Defense Sec Mattis and Sec of State Tillerson came out against any escalation that McMaster advanced….(A small increase in troops was given an Ok)

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Trump , it is reported, took the two  guys side against McMaster, asking a question the French, Russians , Bush Admin and Obama Admin have ALL asked….

Essentially , WTF are we doing there and Why?

I don’t think much of Donald Trump…But on this one?…

He’s Right…..

…….the session of the National Security Council Principals Committee, described by two sources briefed on it as a “s*** show” that featured what a third source, a senior White House official, confirmed was a heated debate where “words were exchanged,” proved no more successful than months’ worth of previous Afghan policy debates.

Trump refused to sign off on the plan they approved, the sources said, instead sending it back to his national security team demanding more work. And on Tuesday, the president made clear just how dissatisfied he was. In what were pretty much his first public comments on Afghanistan during his six months in office, he told reporters before a White House lunch, “I want to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years.” On Thursday, headed into a Pentagon meeting, he was similarly cagey. Asked about more troops for Afghanistan, he replied only, “We’ll see.”

Trump’s equivocation reflects the difficulty of figuring out what to do about an unceasing war that is once again at an impasse without an influx of new troops. “We are not winning in Afghanistan,” Defense Secretary James Mattis testified last month.

But the president’s hesitation is also, according to multiple current and former senior U.S. officials I’ve spoken with in recent days, a striking vote of no-confidence in his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who has been trying and failing for months to sell the president on a new plan for Afghanistan.

McMaster has made a major policy review of America’s long, failed war there his personal mission, according to the sources, and he pushed hard to get a new strategy that would include the relatively modest troop increases and a commitment to at least another four-year timeline approved in advance of Trump’s May summit with NATO allies.

But instead, the sources said, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson teamed up with Mattis to block McMaster’s initial version, which they believed Trump and political advisers wary of the war, notably chief strategist Steve Bannon, would not support without clearer markers of success. “Tillerson says, ‘I’m not selling this to the president,’” a senior administration official who was present recalled. “They believed McMaster was not reading the West Wing very well,” added another former senior U.S. official briefed on the process…..

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The US Navy launches it’s newest Aircraft Carrier…The USS Gerald Ford…

While the media focused on Trump ‘s asking the sailors on board the launch to help HIM out on the budget?….

The fact is the Billion dollar ship (we the taxpayer paid for) CVN-78,  is a showcase for military technology …..

USS Gerald R. Ford Begins Builder's Sea Trials

The U.S. Navy on Saturday with the help of President Donald Trumpcommissioned its most powerful warship yet: the USS Gerald Ford.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is rigged with state-of-the-art technology with a capacity for more aircraft and weaponry than ever before.

It features an electromagnetic launch system and advanced arresting gear for faster and more efficient take-offs and landings. The vessel is outfitted with touchscreen navigation display in place of a traditional throttle and is equipped with a reactor plant that can power the ship for up to 20 years without refueling.

The USS Ford is also massive, with its length of 1,106-feet comparing to the size of about three football fields. The extra room allows for an expanded flight deck that’s easier for jets and drones to maneuver around. Additionally, it features a better-positioned “island” structure, giving the captain of the ship improved visibility.

More than double the electrical capacity and automated equipment means the ship can sail more efficiently with at least 600 less crew members. Once officially deployed in 2020, it will house 2,600 sailors, which the Navy says will save more than $4 billion over the ship’s 50-year lifespan,according to the Associated Press…..

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A separate US Space Corps Command in the US Military?

Unlikely…..

Some are pushing for it….

But the Air Force, where the command would be, doesn’t want it….

(It actually existed from 1985 to 2002…)

Look past whether a proposed U.S. “Space Corps” — which survived the House version of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday — eventually becomes a fully functional military branch, a US Air Force general said Thursday.

What’s more important is the fact that the military and Congress are working to get more focus and resources for the space domain, which has been growing more contested for years, said Brig. Gen. Mark A. Baird, director for space programs at the Air Force’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition.

It’s “a good sign because people are now focusing on this problem that we have that we are recognizing across all sectors of the government, that we need to be ready and we need to be poised and postured and budgets need to be put in place to make the right changes so that we protect the nation,” he said.

“The organizational ‘what boxes go where’ — that’s going to be decided and debated … but I’m excited to see we have so much focus on, ‘We have got to address this issue coming up,’ ” Baird said at the Defense One Tech Summit in Washington, D.C.

He added, “I’ll salute and drive on whatever they go tell us to go do, but at least the focus is what’s exciting … on this issue.”

Opponents to the proposed Space Corps, such as Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, lost their argument late Wednesday after the House Rules Committee struck down an amendment to study the language further. In June, the House Armed Services Committee voted 60-1 to move forward with a separate Space Corps branch within the FY18 NDAA.

However, the proposal may not see the light of day in the Senate, where lawmakers aren’t as eager to push it through…..

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There WILL be another ‘Top Gun’ Movie from Tom Cruise …

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It will be called ‘Top’ Gun: Marverick’  indicated the star….

Although Paramount listed the title simply as “Top Gun,” on Friday, June 30, Cruise has previously said that the long-awaited sequel will be titled Top Gun: Maverick. “It’s not going to be called ‘Top Gun 2,’” the actor, 54, told Access Hollywood in June. “I didn’t want a number. You don’t need a number.”

Cruise went on to explain that the sequel will feel similar to fans of the 1986 classic, which also starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan and Val Kilmer.“We’re going to have the same tone that we had from the first,” he said. “Stylistically, it’s going to be the same.”

Cruise will be reprising his role as aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the modern world of drone technology. “When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored,” Skydance CEO David Ellison told Collider of the film in 2015. “It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.”…

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Lockheed Martin hints about a Mach 6 SR-71 replacement Spy Plane…

‘Skunk Works’  IS closing in on a warp speed reconnaissance aircraft for the US Air Force…..

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Four years after revealing plans to develop a Mach 6 strike and reconnaissance aircraft, Lockheed Martinsays hypersonic technologies are now sufficiently mature to enable progress towards a flight demonstrator.

The company’s secretive Skunk Works unit has been working since at least the early 2000s on the basic building blocks for an operational hypersonic vehicle and in 2013 revealed to Aviation Week it was developing a scaled demonstrator for the SR-72, a proposed successor to the U.S. Air Force’s long-retired Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.  However, details on any subsequent progress have been scarce since this initial plan was unveiled.

“We’ve been saying hypersonics is two years away for the last 20 years….

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Trump to NATO Maybe…Depends on if you guys bring the check….

While White House aides peddled the line that President Trump would echo the pledge of EVERY President since the North American Treaty Organization was born ….To back the organization regardless….

Donald Trump has gone back on his campaign feeling that the America wants the countries to shoulder more of the money ….(At least 2% of their GDP which would give the organization more than $100 Billion more in spending)

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Several countries  have spent more…Most have not…

Trump’s failure to strongly back NATO can only be looked at with smiles by the Russians and worry by the Europeans who are NOT happy with Trump’s position…

Mr. Trump’s refusal to say he supports NATO’s common defense provision, known as Article 5, left European diplomats dismayed. Mr. Trump spoke Thursday at the dedication of a NATO memorial devoted to Article 5. He previously raised questions about the U.S. commitment to the provision during his campaign.

Mr. Trump Thursday said allies “owed massive amounts of money” for past years and they have failed to live up to the alliance spending guideline of 2% of gross domestic product.

“We have to make up for many years lost,” Mr. Trump said. ”If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today.”

Had all NATO members spent 2% on defense last year, the alliance would have another $119 billion…..

While European allies regard the NATO guideline as a rough goal to move toward, the U.S. under Mr. Trump has considered it a much firmer requirement.

“2% is the bare minimum for confronting today’s very real and very vicious threats,” Mr. Trump said.

He said 23 of NATO’s 28 members are below the 2% level.

While Mr. Trump didn’t voice unequivocal support for NATO’s common defense provision, he did say the U.S. wouldn’t forsake its allies….

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Will the Pentagon do it’s required review of its finances ?

The American military budget is up around  $500 Billion…..

But NO one has ever let the bean counters find where ALL the money is spent….

What has prevented the Pentagon from being examined this way before? The answer lies somewhere “between lethargy and complexity,” said Gordon Adams, a distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center who was the top budget official for national security in the Clinton White House. “It hasn’t been done ever,” he told me, “partly because it’s incredibly complicated to do and also because there’s not a great, powerful will in the building to do it.”

The complexity of the project dates back to the Civil War, Adams said, when the Army and the Navy set up their own separate accounting systems. The Air Force also went its own way after its creation following World War II, and the military build-ups of the last four decades scrambled the department’s financial records many times over. The explosion of military contractors since 9/11 has made scrubbing the books harder still. Adams estimated that an audit would have to account for 15 million to 20 million contracting transactions each year. The Pentagon has spent several billion dollars over the last seven years just trying to consolidate its accounting systems in preparation for a potential audit.

Despite the ramp-up costs, the project has never risen to be a top priority; the Pentagon has simply been too busy fighting wars. “The military has repeatedly argued that they need to focus on the war effort and accountability can come later,” said Kori Schake, a fellow at the Hoover Institution who previously served in a variety of national-security positions in the government. That excuse carried more weight with lawmakers in the years when the United States had hundreds of thousands of troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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NATO moves more military might to the Baltic States ….

While Donald Trump tried to jawbone more money for Defense out of NATO countries?

His Defense Dept. has quietly moved more NATO air assets , troops and heavy weapons to the bordering countries of the Baltic and Russia …..

Sidewinder- and AMRAAM-armed Dutch F-16s and German Typhoons are handing over Baltic Air Policing duties to Polish F-16s and Spanish EF-18 Hornets.Eastern Europe, including ……Lithuania, Poland , Estonia, and Latvia…..to counter a build of Russian military units….

The concern that the US would not support NATO was another one Donald Trump’s campaign stories that rings untrue…

It should be noted that Defense Sec Mattis did a tour as the American military boss in the organization as the commander of American European Forces….

The sight of heavily armed NATO fighters in the skies over the Baltic States is one that the alliance hopes will continue to deter aggression in the region.

Every few months, member nations take turns policing the skies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as the international airspace over the neighboring Baltic Sea.

The three tiny nations—bordering Russia, its exclave Kaliningrad or long-term ally Belarus—are spending heavily on their defense, but their small size makes a fighter-equipped air arm something of a luxury. Therefore, they remain heavily reliant on fellow NATO members for air defense.

The alliance is further increasing its presence both here and in other areas of Eastern Europe. The Enhanced Forward Presence, a plan outlined by NATO leaders at the Wales summit three years ago, is taking shape, putting battalion-sized army formations in place in an attempt to deter regional aggression. Hundreds of troops, armored vehicles and equipment have been arriving since in the Baltic States and Poland, by sea and air. NATO is also reinforcing air policing measures for countries on the Black Sea….

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The U.S. Marines are back in Helmand province Afghanistan…

President Obama got them out in 2014….

Donald Trump has reinserted American regular American combat troops back….

Spec Ops guys have been increased in number there also…

American troops may never leave…

Almost 4,000 Marines, backed by helicopter gunships, pushed into the Helmand River Valley on the morning of July 2 as part of an effort to regain control of the region from the Taliban.

The U.S. Marine Corps has returned to Helmand, the restive province in southern Afghanistan where it fought years of bloody battles with the Taliban, to help train Afghan forces struggling to contain the insurgency.

Many of the 300 Marines coming to Helmand as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support training mission are veterans of previous tours in the province, where almost 1,000 coalition troops, mostly U.S. and British, were killed fighting the Taliban.

When they left in 2014, handing over the sprawling desert base they knew as Camp Leatherneck to the Afghan army, the Marines never expected to return. The fact that they are back underlines the problems Afghan forces have faced since being left to fight alone….

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The F-35 Fighter Jet continues to cost MORE money…

The jet has had a major problem with keeping its cost’s down and has some US  military service considering keeping their legacy Fighter Jets in service for decades more and requesting less F-35’s….

The ‘one size fits all’ thing has been expensive…

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The F-35’s development program will wrap up one year late in May 2018 and require $1.7 billion more than planned, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

A full-year delay poses a risk to the U.S. Navy’s timeline to declare initial operating capability (IOC) on its F-35C carrier variant and the program’s full-rate production decision planned for April 2019, the government watchdog wrote in an April report. GAO urged the Pentagon to finish development before making “significant new investments” in the aircraft.

GAO’s estimate is a significant departure from the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO). The JPO estimates development will be delayed just five months, wrapping up in October 2017, and require only $530 million extra.

The JPO took issue with the GAO’s estimate for the cost and timeline of the F-35 development program….

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CNN announces the use of 21,000lb massive MOAB bomb in Afghanistan..

CNN’s Barbara Star  breaks out that the bomb was dropped  in Nangahar Providence, Afghanistan by a US Air Force Spec Ops C-130….

The main effect of the weapon is the concussive air blast….

The effect of the bomb is widespread…(Up to a mile)

It has not been used in combat previously….

The target was a remote ISIS or other base or training camp close to Pakistan…

The Trump Admin led by the General’s are moving to be more aggressive military….

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB pronounced /ˈm.æb/, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory.[1] At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed.[2] The bomb was designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants….

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