Posts Tagged ‘defense’

Israeli Defense Ministry to Dedicate Monument in Honor of South Lebanon Army Soldiers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu observes an IDF exercise near the border with Lebanon, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO. – Twenty-one years after the Israel Defense Forces withdrew from Lebanon, the Israeli Defense Ministry has announced plans to commemorate the soldiers of the South Lebanon Army. The monument, set to […]

US pledges ‘rock-solid’ commitment to Taiwan’s defense after island reports incursion of Chinese bombers & fighter jets

The US has promised to continue aiding Taiwan’s “self-defense capability,” after Taipei reported a flyby involving 13 Chinese military planes. Beijing has been saying the US uses Taiwan to meddle in its domestic affairs. US State Department spokesperson Ned Price demanded that Beijing “cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan,” and engage in […]

Israel allows U.S. to deploy Iron Dome missile defense in the Gulf

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The Defense of Mr. Trump

January 21, 2021 By Sushi for the Saker Blog The header picture shows the rotunda dome of the People’s House as first seen by me in a video captured on 1/6. I had been to Washington years before. I had viewed the Jefferson Memorial through the cherry blossoms, attempted to enter the Washington Monument (the […]

Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin as First Black Defense Secretary

The Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd Austin as the Pentagon’s first black defense secretary in a bipartisan 93-2 vote. Only two Republicans, voted no — Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Mike Lee (UT). Those not voting included Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC); Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV); Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS); Jerry Moran (R-KS); and Thom Tillis (R-NC). […]

Tom Cotton Announces He Will Not Support Waiver for Biden Defense Nominee Lloyd Austin

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) announced Tuesday he will not support a waiver to allow President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, to serve in the position. Cotton made the announcement during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to vet Austin for the position. “Unfortunately I must announce that I oppose the waiver of […]

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller Announces Troop Levels Down to 2,500 in Iraq and Afghanistan

President Donald Trump’s acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, announced Friday that United States troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan have now reached 2,500 in each country — the lowest levels since either war began nearly two decades ago. On Afghanistan, Miller said in a statement: Today, U.S. force levels in Afghanistan have reached 2,500. Directed […]

Israel, Slovakia to Sign $180 Million Defense Export Agreement

The logo of state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country’s biggest defense contractor, is seen at its offices next to Ben-Gurion International airport, near Or Yehuda, Israel, Feb. 27, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Baz Ratner. – The Slovak government has approved the purchase of 17 radar systems produced by Israel Aerospace Industries, Israel’s Defense […]

Israeli Defense System Delivered to US Army to Shield Abrams Tank

An Israeli tank equipped with the Trophy Active Protection System. Photo: Israel Defense Forces. A new defense system for armored vehicles, developed in part by a top Israeli defense company, was delivered in full to the US Army on Wednesday, according to an American contractor. The Trophy Active Protection System (APS) was jointly developed by […]

Greece, Israel to Sign Largest-Ever Defense Procurement Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, hold a virtual toast to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic ties between their countries, May 21, 2020. Photo: Kobi Gideon / GPO. – Greece has approved Israel’s bid for a 20-year, $1.68 billion defense contract for the establishment […]

US Congress hands Trump ‘resounding rebuke’ as it overrides his defense bill veto

The US Congress on Friday overrode President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago. The measure, backed on Monday by the House of Representatives, will now become law. The vote in an extraordinary New Year’s Day session saw the Republican-controlled Senate deliver […]

Gaza projects, Israeli defense deals and young millionaires: Meet the UAE’s movers and shakers

The Instagram account of Ahmed bin Sulayem, executive chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, during his visit to Israel last month proved just how much Israelis consider him a key to opening the Gulf to entire Israeli industries. His trip here, during which he was photographed in the company of both political and business […]

Killer drones for German army? Defense minister pushes for combat UAVs, splits coalition, as MPs call for broader public debate

Germany’s defense minister insists combat drones are crucial for defending soldiers on the battlefield. SPD politicians, meanwhile, argue there has not been a meaningful public debate. “We want combat drones to protect the lives of our soldiers,” Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition partner the Social […]

Trump vetoes defense bill, setting up possible 1st override vote of his term

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the annual defense policy bill, following through on threats to veto a measure that has broad bipartisan support in Congress and potentially setting up the first override vote of his presidency. The bill affirms 3% pay raises for US troops and authorizes more than $740 […]

Breaking: President Trump Vetoes ‘Unconstitutional’ Defense Bill

President Trump vetoed the annual $740 billion defense bill and sent it back to Congress. The bill included a number of partisan amendments, including a block on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Last week Trump said he would veto the bill because it would not allow for the removal of US military from other […]

Sloup Castle: Bohemia’s Salt Trade Defense, Hermitage and Tourist Spot

Sloup Castle is a rock castle located in the northern part of what is today the Czech Republic. The castle dates all the way back to the 14th century AD, when the area it is in was part of the Kingdom of Bohemia. Due to its strategic position, Sloup Castle was a formidable stronghold. Nevertheless, the […]

Children’s Health Defense News

TOP NEWS OF THE DAY Pathologist Petitions FDA to Halt Pfizer Emergency Use Authorization Until Vaccine Efficacy ConfirmedBy Informed Consent Action NetworkConnecticut pathologist Dr. Sin Hang Lee and Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) have petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require accurate counts of COVID-19 cases in the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine trial.  Make Amazon Pay: […]

Major Exercise Said to Prove ‘Interoperability’ of Israel’s Missile Defense Systems

An missile is launched during a test of Israel’s aerial defense network. Photo: Israeli Defense Ministry’s Twitter account. Israel has completed a major exercise involving its multi-tiered aerial defense network, the Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday. Israel Missile Defense Organization & the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully completed a series of intercept tests of an […]

Israel Signals Openness to Future Joint Missile Defense With Gulf Partners

An IDF soldier stands next to an Iron Dome aerial defense battery, near Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, July 27, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Amir Cohen. Israel could be open to future cooperation on missile defense with Gulf Arab states that share its concerns about Iran, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday. But Moshe Patel, who […]

Secretary Of Defense Lloyd Austin: A Certain Kind Of Diversity

Above photo: In this Sept. 16, 2015, photo, U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin III, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Biden is nominating the retired four-star Army general to be secretary of defense. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais. That a black man might helm the horrendous war machine that so effectively chews up black […]

Workers Speak Out In Defense Of COVID-19 Whistleblower Rebekah Jones

By Renae Cassimeda, WSWS. December 13, 2020 Above photo: Police raid the home of Rebekah Jones. FDLE. “We need more people in society to stand against these ‘leaders’ and speak the truth.” On Monday, Florida state police forcefully entered the home of Rebekah Jones with guns drawn at her and her family. Jones is a […]

Senate backs NDAA defense bill, defying Trump veto threat

The US Senate on Friday threw its weight behind the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a $740 billion bill setting policy for the Department of Defense, passing the bill with a margin large enough to overcome President Donald Trump’s promised veto.The vote in the Republican-controlled Senate was 84 to 13, more than the two-thirds […]

Statement On The Defense Of Chi’chil Bildagoteel, Oak Flat

Statement On The Defense Of Chi’chil Bildagoteel, Oak Flat By the Alliance for Global Justice, Popular Resistance. December 11, 2020 The Alliance for Global Justice stands in solidarity with Apache Clans and over 300 Native Nations who seek to protect the Oak Flat site of south-eastern Arizona from devastating copper mining extraction. For over ten […]

The Red House And The Future Of Eviction Defense

As I entered what has arguably now become a sort of gated community in reverse, I was welcomed everywhere I went, whether with words of greeting or just the sorts of eye contact that says more than enough.  Not to extend the previous analogy with Palestine too much here, but the feeling is a bit […]

Biden goes to bat for Defense secretary nominee Austin

President Donald Trump needed to secure a similar waiver for his first Defense secretary, Jim Mattis, though several lawmakers did so reluctantly and said they were unlikely to do so again anytime soon. Biden and his transition team have leaned on a number of former military officers to serve in high-ranking positions, echoing a theme […]

Biden to pick former general Lloyd Austin as US secretary of defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President-elect Joe Biden will nominate retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin to be secretary of defense, according to four people familiar with the decision. If confirmed by the Senate, Austin would be the first Black leader of the Pentagon. Biden selected Austin over the longtime front-runner candidate, Michele Flournoy, a […]

Why Jeh Johnson Would Be a Better Defense Secretary Than Michèle Flournoy

 Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies CODEPINK protests killer drones at DC home of Jeh Johnson Credit: CODEPINK President-elect Biden’s choice for Secretary of Defense has turned out to be one of the most controversial and difficult of his Cabinet appointments. The early front-runner, Michèle Flournoy, was originally seen as a shoo-in […]

Biden Will Not Commit to Naming Person of Color as AG, Defense Secretary

Joe Biden is refusing to commit to appointing a person of color as either attorney general or secretary of defense amid anger from diversity groups, who claim his transition team is ignoring core constituencies within the Democrat Party. Biden, who has been declared president-elect by multiple media outlets, was asked during a press conference in […]

Biden faces pressure from competing factions over pick for secretary of defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary of defense. Black leaders have encouraged the incoming president to select an African American to diversify what has so far been a largely white prospective Cabinet, while others are pushing […]

‘Dark Winter’ Was The Name Of A 2001 Department Of Defense War Game Of A Viral Bio-Terror Attack

Designed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies (now called the Center for Health Security) and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the day-and-a-half-long “Dark Winter” simulation was conducted to gauge how senior leaders would respond to such an attack and included such high-level participants as Sen. Sam Nunn (who […]

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