Pentagon solicits virtual reality tech to prep soldiers for ‘battlefield nuclear warfare’


09-07-19 09:51:00,

The Pentagon has put out a call for virtual reality training environments with “radiological/nuclear considerations” – another sign that the US’ unhealthy obsession with nuclear warfare isn’t going away anytime soon.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a Department of Defense division focused on countering weapons of mass destruction, is looking for virtual reality systems it can use to train combat forces in a “battlefield nuclear warfare environment.” The agency issued a “sources sought notice” last week, seeking technical specs and other market information on “virtual training and testing programs” for combat troops “performing radiological threat objects find and interdict operations” – as well as fighting on the nuclear “battlefield.”

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“AR/VR capabilities will not replace field training requirements,” the notice states, adding that its “purpose is to test warfighter scenarios and decision-making to provide users realistic outcomes to support training and course-of-action selection when faced with radiological/nuclear threats.” It may also be used for “planning training scenarios” and “equipment testing events.” While the addition of a realistic VR overlay of post-nuclear devastation could make soldiers more reluctant to push the big red button, that decision has never been left to the rank-and-file, and it’s unlikely their commanders will be lining up to experience even the most high-tech post-apocalyptic training module.

The US military is increasingly relying on training simulators, which carry obvious advantages including cost – avoiding the need to transport troops to the countries they’re training to occupy – and safety. The army awarded two contracts for training simulators last month with the goal of ultimately generating 400 different location-specific training environments. And virtual reality is the only way to provide soldiers with training in a post-nuclear scenario – for now, at least.

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Das Pentagon im Beeinflussungs- oder Influencer-Krieg


02-07-19 07:28:00,

Nato-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg droht Russland wegen des von den USA aufgekündigten INF-Vertrags und erweist sich als durchsichtiger Beeinflussungsstratege. BIld: Nato

Ein Pentagon-Bericht über die “Strategischen Ziele Russlands” sieht den russischen Einfluss weltweit durch “Grauzonen-Aktivitäten” wachsen, den USA fehle ein Narrativ

Das Pentagon hat einen Bericht über die “Strategischen Ziele Russlands” vorgelegt. Interessant an dem Bericht für den Gemeinsamen Generalstab ist nicht nur, wo die Autoren, vorwiegend aus dem Pentagon, Schwächen sehen oder konstruieren, die natürlich ausgeglichen werden müssen, sondern wie insgesamt der seit Jahren eskalierte Konflikt wahrgenommen wird, der zu einem neuen Wettrüsten geführt hat.

Gerade hat die Nato Russland vor dem Auslaufen des INF-Vertrags in 5 Wochen gewarnt. Russland habe bis heute Zeit, seinen Verpflichtungen nachzukommen. Sollte es das nicht tun, werde man, sagte Nato-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg, darauf angemessen, aber “glaubwürdig und effektiv” reagieren, Schuld trage allein Russland, das mit den SSC-8- bzw. 9M729-Raketen den Vertrag über die Begrenzung von Mittelstreckenraketen angeblich verletzt habe. Man wolle kein Wettrüsten und werde keine landgestützten Mittelstreckenraketen in Europa stationieren, aber das Wettrüsten findet auch unabhängig vom INF-Vertrag schon längst statt.

Angekündigt werden nach dem Treffen der Nato-Verteidigungsminister mehr Militärübungen, Ausbau der Beobachtung, der Luft- und Raketenabwehr und der konventionellen Kapazitäten. Verlangt wird eine Unterwerfung Russlands, an einer Diskussion war man von Seiten der USA, die den Vertrag zuerst am 1. Februar aufgekündigt hatten, und der Rest-Nato nicht interessiert.

Russland wirft den USA ebenfalls seit Jahren eine Verletzung des Vertrags durch die Installation des landgestützten Aegis-Raketenabwehrsystems vor, mit dessen modular konfigurierbarem Abschusssystem MK-41 sich auch Mittelstreckenraketen des Typs Tomahawk abfeuern lassen, was der Hersteller Lockheed Martin bestätigt bzw. anpreist. Landgestützte Tomahawk-Raketen fallen unter das Verbot des INF-Vertrags. Die Nato sieht sich nicht einmal genötigt, den Vorwürfen zu begegnen. Stoltenberg: “Russia’s choice is simple: Return to compliance and uphold its arms control commitments, or continue its irresponsible and dangerous behaviour and bear the full responsibility for the demise of the Treaty.”

Die russische Regierung folgte prompt der amerikanischen Aufkündigung des Vertrags. Beide Ländern haben kein großes Interesse daran, die Reichweite von langestützten Raketen in einem Vertrag zu regeln, der nur für Russland und die USA gilt, aber nicht für andere Staaten wie China. Zudem gilt der Vertrag nicht für see- und luftgestützte Raketen.

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Pentagon, NATO and Israel’s IDF Operate as an Air Force for Jihadists in Syria and Elsewhere – Global Research


01-07-19 02:17:00,

Trump escalated Obama’s war in Syria. Endless conflict rages in its ninth year with no prospect for resolution because bipartisan US hardliners reject restoring peace and stability to the country.

US-led aggression is all about wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing Syrian sovereign independence, eliminating an Israeli rival, isolating Iran, while pushing to return the country to US client state status — along with gaining control over its vast oil and gas resources.

The US, NATO, and Israel are waging war on Syria without declaring it, their warplanes aiding ISIS and other terrorists, proxy forces serving their interests — heavily armed, funded, trained and directed by the US and its imperial partners.

According to a Syrian military source on Monday,

“(o)ur air defenses intercepted hostile missiles fired by Israeli warplanes from the Lebanese airspace towards some of our military positions in Homs and the surroundings of Damascus.”

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said

“four civilians, including a baby, were martyred and 21 others, including children, were injured in Sahnaya town in Damascus Countryside due to the aggression,” adding:

“(M)aterial damage was inflicted on a number of civilians’ houses in Sahnaya,” injuries sustained by occupants.

Other reports indicated that powerful blasts struck Homs and the Damascus countryside, causing “material damage.”

AMN News reported that Israeli warplanes struck “a number of sites near the capital city and Lebanese border.”

Southfront reported that “most (IDF) missiles (fired from Lebanese airspace) were able to hit their targets,” adding:

“(M)ilitary positions in the districts of al-Mazzeh, al-Dimass and Jomrayah north and northwest of Damascus, as well as three bases in the outskirt of the city of Homs were hit.”

The large-scale attack suggests more of the same coming, the Pentagon and IDF likely coordinating their aggression at designated targets.

Along with the US and NATO, Israel has been waging war on Syria for years without declaring it.

Last September, an IDF statement said it conducted hundreds of airstrikes on Syrian targets in the last 18 months alone, some near Russia’s Khmeimim airbase, Lebanese airspace most often used to launch attacks.

A Lebanese source said “10 or more Israeli military aircraft entered the (country’s) airspace” ahead of the latest attack,

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Brains for hire: Pentagon spends millions researching explosives & whale detection at German unis


23-06-19 12:46:00,

Universities all across Germany have been engaged in dual-purpose and military-related projects for the Pentagon, which has reportedly poured millions into the work, sometimes in violation of local laws that promote non-violence.

The US Department of Defense seems to have outsourced some of its scientific efforts to dozens of German universities, according to Der Spiegel. The magazine scrutinized a database on US government acquisitions and found out that $21.7 million of taxpayers’ money was spent on hundreds of scientific research grants since 2008.

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Most of the projects, predictably, revolved around technology and natural sciences, and didn’t immediately relate to the military. But some of them were, indeed, eye-catching.

One grant, worth $1.72 million, was given to Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich to find a replacement for RDX, an explosive widely used since as early as 19th century. LMU, one of Germany’s best technology hubs, also received $3.7 million for 23 separate projects. 

Another center, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Polar and Marine Research, got $973,000 between 2013 and 2017 to develop infrared-based system allowing for whale detection. Der Spiegel believes that this technology – useless for the military at first glance – could be employed in submarine operations, calling it “a classic example of the dual-use thing.”

The Pentagon itself left no doubt as to why it was spending that money on German brains and know-how. Their research was crucial for “improvement of army programs or operations,” and helped ensure that there will be no “technological surprises for our nation,” according to some of the project descriptions.

Some of the funding came in violation of local laws, Der Spiegel writes. The western state of North Rhine-Westphalia requires that scholars contribute to “a sustainable, peaceful and democratic world” as well as to be “committed to peaceful goals.”

Nevertheless, many universities did engage in Pentagon-funded projects that had clear military applications.

Back in the US, the military also invests sizeable amounts of money in hi-tech projects, benefiting from its giant $686-billion budget. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the most talked-about area where the Pentagon has been offering generous contracts to top companies like Google,

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Ecuador Just Gave the Pentagon Permission to Use Galapagos Island as an Airstrip


17-06-19 08:39:00,

By Eoin Higgins

The Galapagos Islands archipelago in Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse regions in the entire world, home to a number of species found nowhere else on the planet, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

So, naturally, the U.S. military wants to use one of its islands as an airstrip.

Ecuadorian defense minister Oswaldo Jarrín announced President Lenín Moreno’s administration’s decision to allow the Pentagon to expand an existing airfield on San Cristobal Island for U.S. spy planes targeting drug traffickers in comments to Telesur on June 12. The airport is at the southwest end of the island in the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

According to The Independent, “a U.S. air force Boeing 707 plane carrying radar surveillance and a Lockheed P-3 Orion plane will patrol the Pacific Ocean, using the Galapagos as a launching off point.”

The Ecuadorian National Assembly isn’t sold on the proposal. In a vote on June 13, El Universo reported, 106 of the assembly’s 137 members cleared the way for calling on Jarrín and environmental minister Marcelo Mata to appear before the chamber’s Commission of Sovereignty and International Relations.

Carlos Viteri, an assembly member from the southern region of Sarayacu, Pastaza, and a member of the Revolución Ciudadana party, said that allowing the U.S. to operate off of the airstrip was “vassalage.”

“What is being proposed by the government through the Ministry of Defense is unacceptable,” Viteri told El Universo, “and the fact that it intends to cede an inch of Ecuadorian territory should be prohibited.”

In his remarks, Jarrín said that the Galapagos Islands are a “natural aircraft carrier because it ensures permanence, replenishment, interception facilities, and is 1,000 kilometers from our coasts.”

That aircraft carrier could have an extended landing strip built on it to accommodate U.S. planes. Jarrín said that the Pentagon would pay for any needed “readjustments” to the airfield, raising concerns that Galapagos will be used as a permanent base for the U.S. military—a violation of Ecuador’s constitution, which says in Article Five that “the establishment of foreign military bases or foreign installations for military purposes will not be allowed.

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Pentagon seeks to build global ‘consensus’ on Iran. Is it time to worry?


15-06-19 08:24:00,

The Trump administration is looking to “build international consensus” against Iran following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. But what does that actually mean? And to what end is it used?

“The focus for myself and Ambassador Bolton and Secretary Pompeo is to build international consensus to this international problem,” acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters outside the Pentagon on Friday.

Shanahan went on to say that the Pentagon would contribute to this effort by sharing intelligence with allies, as it did Friday when it released a video it claims shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) removing an undetonated mine from the hull of one of two tankers attacked that morning.

For National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, consensus-building will likely take a different shape. Pompeo has already blamed Iran for the attack, citing non-specific “intelligence” and Tehran’s alleged history of “unprovoked attacks” in the region. The State Secretary has jetted off in search of consensus before; taking a tour of the Middle East at the beginning of the year to unite the US’ Arab allies against Iran.

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Bolton has been clamoring for war with Iran for over a decade, advocating pre-emptive strikes on the Islamic Republic since 2008. Shaping consensus for him will likely entail more beating of the war drums on the international stage.

Rallying allies

Why build consensus at all? There are two reasons: moral and material.

The US paints itself not as the “world police” but as a moral beacon, an exemplar for “democracies” to aspire to and follow, so the more allies sign on to its cause the more legitimate it looks.

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On a more practical level, going against Tehran is not an endeavor the US can do alone. Iran has a population of nearly 90 million people, the world’s 14th-most powerful military,

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Teufelskreis: Pentagon erschafft IT-Riesen und kauft anschließend deren Dienste


27-05-19 02:37:00,

Tyler Durden

Mit seinen gewaltigen Finanzmitteln hat das amerikanische Verteidigungsministerium – unterstützt durch Risikokapital der CIA – beim Aufbau diverser Riesen der Informationstechnologie mitgeholfen, unter anderem bei Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google und PayPal. Später kaufte der Staat diese Firmen dann ein, damit sie ihn bei Militär- und Geheimdienstaktivitäten unterstützen. Auf diese Weise werden auch die Riesen größer und größer.

Traditionell wird der Börsenindex Fortune 500 von Unternehmen aus dem Bankenwesen, dem Energiesektor und der Industrie dominiert. Doch in den vergangenen Jahren haben Technologieriesen wie Apple und Facebook alteingesessene Konzerne vollkommen abgehängt. Deren Erfolgstechnologie beruht allerdings auf der mit Steuergeldern finanzierten Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeit vergangener Jahrzehnte.

Das Internet begann als Arpanet, eine Erfindung von Honeywell-Raytheon, das damals im Auftrag des US-Verteidigungsministeriums arbeitete. Dieselben Satelliten, über die moderne Internetkommunikation abläuft, machen es US-Kampfflugzeugen möglich, Feinde zu bombardieren, dasselbe gilt für GPS, mit dessen Hilfe Online-Einzelhändler Produkte punktgenau zustellen können. Apples Touchscreen-Technologie war ursprünglich bei der US Air Force im Einsatz. Und die Drohnen, die heute so atemberaubende Videos aus der Luft schießen, sind abgewandelte Versionen von Reapers und Predators.

Steuerfinanzierte Forschungsarbeit des US-Verteidigungsministeriums bildet das Rückgrat der modernen Hightech-Wirtschaft. Doch diese Technologien erfüllen einen doppelten Zweck. Die Unternehmen, die bei vielen von uns fester Bestandteil des Alltags geworden sind – Firmen wie Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft und PayPal –, sind indirekt und teilweise auch sehr direkt mit dem militärischen und nachrichtendienstlichen Komplex in den USA verbunden.

Open the Government, eine überparteiliche NGO, die sich für mehr Transparenz einsetzt, hat kürzlich in einem Bericht aufgedeckt, wie umfangreich die Zusammenarbeit von Amazon und Pentagon ist. Das 1994 von Jeff Bezos gegründete Unternehmen wird inzwischen mit 1.000 Milliarden Dollar bewertet, das Privatvermögen von Bezos beliefe sich demnach auf 131 Milliarden Dollar. Im Bericht von Open the Government heißt es, weite Teile der US-Regierung würden mittlerweile auf Amazon laufen, was dazu führt, das Amazon in der Nähe der US-Hauptstadt Washington einen neuen Standort eröffnet.

Amazon bietet unter anderem Clouddienste, maschinelles Lernen und Systeme für biometrische Daten an. Mehr noch: Amazon steht kurz davor, aus dem 10 Milliarden Dollar schweren Programm Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) einen lukrativen IT-Vertrag des Pentagons einzustreichen.

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Pentagon sounds alarm over military ‘expansion’ of China… which only has one base abroad


03-05-19 03:35:00,

The Pentagon, whose military installations abroad dwarf those of China, is deeply worried about Beijing conspiring to build up such facilities across the world in order to protect the global One Belt, One Road project.

The Chinese military is hastily working to project power overseas, the US Department of Defense warned in a comprehensive report to Congress. Rising global ambitions have increasingly propelled China’s military “to think about how it will operate beyond China’s borders and its immediate periphery,” the paper alleges.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) currently has one overseas facility in Djibouti but Pentagon analysts believe they are eyeing others, possibly in Pakistan, the Middle East or Western Pacific. China’s projects such as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) “will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects.”

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That aside, the report stoked fear of China using submarine patrols and developing an icebreaker fleet as a bulwark of spreading influence in the Arctic.

Authors of the publication also voiced concerns that Beijing’s “more robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure would allow China to project and sustain military power at greater distances.”

The US has the largest and the most powerful military in the world. It is estimated to have as many as 800 bases in more than 70 countries and territories, ranging from huge air bases in Europe to small radar facilities in the Pacific.

China, along with Russia, has been named one of America’s greatest military challenges. It’s unsurprising that the Pentagon’s report minced no words to blame Beijing for using “coercion” and employing “tactics short of armed conflict.”

Such activities “are calculated to fall below the threshold of provoking armed conflict with the United States, its allies and partners, or others in the Indo-Pacific region,” it claimed, habitually mentioning the rising tensions in the South and East China Seas as an example.

The document laments Chinese maritime and aircraft patrols in the contested waters, but again, the mention of Washington’s naval deployments in the area – seen as provocative in Beijing – is nowhere to be found.

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Pentagon books so wrong on every level it’s impossible to detect fraud – Matt Taibbi


15-04-19 11:26:00,

The US Department of Defense’s (DoD) finances are so labyrinthine and full of invented numbers that it’s impossible to detect cases of rampant fraud and criminality from the books, journalist Matt Taibbi told RT’s Lee Camp.

Taibbi recently delved into the intricacies of the Pentagon’s finances to find out how a much-lauded audit of the organization, which receives half a trillion dollars a year, failed to give the DoD either a pass or fail. What he found was a system that is inherently unable to provide financial accountability, he said during an interview on Redacted Tonight.

“It’s organized so badly that when the Pentagon at the end of every year goes to ask for more money for the next year… they invent the numbers because they have no audit trail. They submit all those numbers to the Congress, saying we spent this on that, but they don’t actually have the documents,” he said. “The sheer quantity of the numbers makes it impossible to detect anything like fraud or theft because the books are all wrong at every single level of the system.”

The journalist believes the Pentagon cannot be reformed in this area until the way it gets its financing is reformed to cut off the influence of weapons contractors.

The people who sit on the Armed Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee are going to be primarily funded by military contractors. Which means that none of those people are ever going to approve any measure that threatens to stop funding of the Pentagon until they get their books in order. And the only way you can make the Pentagon to make their books in order is to yank the money.

Taibbi and Lee also discussed the collapse of the Russiagate conspiracy theory and why Taibbi considers it a worse blow to the credibility of the US press than the Iraqi WMDs fiasco under George W. Bush.

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Pentagon Audit: Evidence Proving $21 Trillion Unaccounted For – Opening Statement – Global Research


29-03-19 08:39:00,

According to United States government documents, since 1998, the Office of the Inspector General has reported $21 Trillion in unaccounted for money.

As unbelievable and absurd as that sounds, the actual total of unaccounted for money at the Pentagon is most likely significantly more than $21 trillion.

Researchers are unable to get data for every year of military spending, many Pentagon agencies do not have any publicly available records, hundreds of thousands of transactions have been erased, and an estimated millions of transactions do not have any traceable record.

As you will see in detail throughout this series of reports, not only have trillions of taxpayer dollars been knowingly dumped into a shockingly unaccountable black hole, Congress is not even sure how much money has been appropriated and given out in the first place.

United States government officials who work for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have been reporting on this stunning issue for years.

The fact that this mind-blowing amount of missing tax money has not been a lightning rod for mainstream media coverage, congressional investigations, and a lead issue for all political representatives, particularly those who claim to care about our skyrocketing national debt, calls into serious question the integrity and legitimacy of all leadership and responsible parties.

Beyond the outright disregard for the rule of law and lack of consequences for ignoring an annual audit legal requirement, the Pentagon is also flagrantly in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. Constitution in Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 specifically states:

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”


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Pentagon Helped Make ‘Captain Marvel’ Blockbuster, Case Study in Neocon War Propaganda


18-03-19 02:30:00,

The Pentagon was deeply involved in the production of the hit Hollywood film Captain Marvel, and is using the movie to spread recruitment propaganda.

The superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel is a perfect case study for how the United States military uses Hollywood to spread propaganda.

The US military is at the center of the plot of Captain Marvel. The film’s protagonist, Carol Danvers, is a former US Air Force pilot who becomes a superhero after absorbing the powers of an advanced technology created by another US military scientist. (That scientist happens to be a member of the advanced alien race known as the Kree, who for unexplained reasons decided to do groundbreaking military research for, of all the myriad places in the universe, the US of A).

As soon as the film opens, it bombards viewers with two hours of non-stop US military propaganda. And it is not even subtle; at the plot’s climax, Captain Marvel changes the colors of her suit to match those of the American flag.

But the US military is not only part of the story of Captain Marvel; as The Grayzone details below, the Pentagon was deeply involved in the production of the film itself.

The cast and directors of Captain Marvel worked closely with the United States military, relying on US military officers as consultants and advisers, employing dozens of active-duty US soldiers as extras. Several scenes were shot on a US military base. And since its release, the US Department of Defense has promoted the film relentlessly on its website and social media accounts.

Progressive cultural representation + militarist propaganda

Captain Marvel was marketed as a feminist blockbuster, a rare superhero movie featuring a female lead. As the women-centered magazine Elle trumpeted, “Captain Marvel Is Now the Highest Grossing Movie With a Female Lead Ever.”

As is so often the case in Hollywood, however, ostensibly progressive breakthroughs in cultural representation were seamlessly blended with US militarist propaganda.

Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson) has two close allies: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), a former CIA agent who finds himself directionless in life after successfully defeating communism in the Cold War; and Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), another fighter pilot in the US military.

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Pentagon releases blueprint for accelerating artificial intelligence | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


09-03-19 10:27:00,

Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: AP, Patra Kongsirimongkolchai/EyeEm/Getty Images

The Pentagon made public for the first time on Feb. 12 the outlines of its master plan for speeding the injection of artificial intelligence (AI) into military equipment, including advanced technologies destined for the battlefield.

By declassifying key elements of a strategy it had adopted last summer, the Defense Department appeared to be trying to address disparate criticism that it was not being heedful enough of the risks of using AI in its weaponry or not being aggressive enough in the face of rival nations’ efforts to embrace AI.

The 17-page strategy summary said that AI — a shorthand term for machine-driven learning and decision-making — held out great promise for military applications, and that it “is expected to impact every corner of the Department, spanning operations, training, sustainment, force protection, recruiting, healthcare, and many others.”

It depicted AI’s embrace in solely positive terms, asserting that “with the application of AI to defense, we have an opportunity to improve support for and protection of U.S. service members, safeguard our citizens, defend our allies and partners, and improve the affordability and speed of our operations.”

Stepping back from AI in the face of aggressive AI research efforts by potential rivals would have dire — even apocalyptic — consequences, it further warned. It would “result in legacy systems irrelevant to the defense of our people, eroding cohesion among allies and partners, reduced access to markets that will contribute to a decline in our prosperity and standard of living, and growing challenges to societies that have been built upon individual freedoms.”

The publication of the Pentagon strategy’s core concepts comes eight months after a Silicon Valley revolt against the military’s premier AI research program. After thousands of Google employees signed a petition protesting the company’s involvement in an effort known as Project Maven, meant to speed up the analysis of videos taken by a drone so that military personnel could more readily identify potential targets, Google announced on June 1 that it would back out of it.

But the release of the strategy makes clear that the Trump administration isn’t having second thoughts about the utility of AI.

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Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis – Global Research


25-01-19 01:57:00,

The U.S. Department of Defense produces more hazardous waste than the five biggest U.S.-based chemical companies combined and is the biggest contributor to global pollution in the world.


This week, the Department of Defense released a report to Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jim Inhofe (R-OK) detailing the threat climate change poses to U.S. national security. Not only does the report fail to mention U.S. bases that have been destroyed or evacuated recently due to natural disasters, it completely omits the outsized role the Pentagon plays in furthering climate change, as the number one polluter in the world.

Inhofe is perhaps most famous for throwing a snowball on the Senate floor in an attempt to disprove climate change, which might be the most spectacular instance of a Republican official invoking cold or snowy weather to delegitimize science to date.

But the meme itself runs contrary to science. The warming of the atmosphere causes the temperature of surface water to get hotter, thereby releasing more moisture in the air, thereby creating more snowfall.

Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019

The reports were delivered to Inhofe and President Donald Trump, who also denies the existence of climate change. Two months ago, Trump said that he didn’t believe a study on climate change involving 13 federal agencies.

Congress had compelled the Pentagon to conduct the assessment on managing “effects of a changing climate” in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018.

Report ignores billions in damage

The report studied 79 military complexes, finding that most are, or will be, at risk of becoming severely vulnerable to climate change manifest as flood, wildfires, thawing permafrost, desertification, drought and more.

The report does mention two wildfires in Colorado in March 2018 that hampered training exercises, and discusses flood at the Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. There, the sea level has risen 14 inches since 1930 and flooding has become “more frequent and severe.”

But the report doesn’t rank the 10 most vulnerable military bases,

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Pentagon Wants Big War Funding – Now | New Eastern Outlook


15-01-19 06:20:00,


We are off to a huge news cycle for 2019, with everything from shifting sands in the Mideast, to what some say could be a growing class rebellion in the EU, which might tip its house of cards over.

The Trump White House interprets its Syria policy differently day after day. More countries state their intentions to resume ties with Syria, including many in Europe. And the same EU has left Iran standing at the altar over its phantom Special Purpose Vehicle that Mogherini said would be ready by year end, but which appears to have morphed into a “dark project”.

Lost among all the current high profile stories was a Pentagon report that slipped by getting much news coverage, but continues the US long march from a new Cold War to a hot one. The US Defense Science Board issued a report titled Task Force on Survivable Logistics. Although it has a somewhat innocuous title, it is a message in a bottle to us all.

In short, the report was a maximum effort to sell a US military logistics crisis to fight a World War with a “strategic adversary”. And “crisis” was used in describing the situation, indicating that the US has allowed the military logistics supply chain to deteriorate badly, due to funding going into other things.

But there was no mention in the report of our fighting new fake wars after blowing trillions in failed and dead-end US military adventures in the Mideast that have left a wide path of destruction in their wake; and all this was done when no real war had been declared.

Wading through the report, I got the feeling that, after Trump had rolled out his nuclear modernization program with its big price tag and bragged he was going to build the biggest and best military machine on the planet, these logistics chiefs wanted to get in on the action. Dear Mr. President, when we outspend everyone else put together, just who did you have in mind to use this big bad machine on?

And as to the drafters of the report, I would ask them, if we do have crises logistics problems when we have over 700 bases worldwide, with members of NATO creeping up to the Russian and Chinese borders to be able to threaten them with a quick delivery first strike,

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Pentagon Rings In New Year With Heinous Joke on Twitter


01-01-19 04:50:00,

A Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. (William Brawley / Flickr)

While people across the world celebrated the dawning of the New Year overnight, the U.S. military thought it would be funny to celebrate and make light of one of the things they do best: dropping massive bombs on people and places.

In a since-deleted, U.S. Strategic Command (StratCom), which controls the nation’s strategic missile systems and coordinates offensive nuclear capabilities worldwide, joked that while people in New York City enjoyed the dropping of “the big ball” during the countdown to midnight, “we are ready to drop something much, much bigger.”

Beneath the message was a video (see below), as the New York Times describes it, of “a B-2 stealth bomber soaring across the sky before releasing two GPS-guided bombs that exploded into a giant ball of fire after hitting the ground below.”

While Stratcom deleted the tweet after about three hours—issuing an apology that the message “was in poor taste & does not reflect our values”—plenty of people had already taken screenshots of the message:

Among the reactions of outrage on social media, Walter Schaub, former head of the Office of Government Ethics, simply asked: “What kind of maniacs are running this country?”

What kind of maniacs are running this country?

— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 31, 2018

He was far from alone.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” said Derek Johnson, executive director of the anti-nuclear weapons group Global Zero, “I present to you @US_Stratcom, the stoic guardians of several thousand nuclear missiles who definitely don’t think raining death and destruction from above is some kind of joke.” Johnson then added:

#ICYMI: Here’s STRATCOM’s now-deleted NYE tweet. Because apparently this is what peace looks like.

— Derek Johnson (@derekjGZ) January 1, 2019

“Oops, bad call,” say the bros responsible for civilization-ending nuclear weaponry.

— Derek Johnson (@derekjGZ) January 1, 2019

Here’s a tweet that contains a full version of the video Stratcom deleted:

… and here’s the tweet’s video (2/2)

— Bernard WERLÉ (@BeWerle) December 31,

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Pentagon: EU-Armee soll NATO zur Verfügung stehen


22-12-18 07:25:00,

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‘The Pentagon Has Steadfastly Stonewalled Against Making Its Budget Auditable’


17-12-18 09:30:00,

Janine Jackson interviewed Dave Lindorff about Pentagon budget fraud for the December 7, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.


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Janine Jackson: For those of us who remember the $640 toilet seat, the unbelievable absurdity of Pentagon spending has long been—while unbelievably absurd—taken for granted: The Department of Defense spends billions and billions on we know not what, year after year, tra-la.  Elite media reported that Congress passed a $700 billion Pentagon bill—more than Trump even asked for—and that was a blip, unchallenged, although the same press corps, faced with a proposal for healthcare, see themselves in the business of grilling proponents on how on Earth they would pay for it. Pentagon spending is untethered, unaccountable. And no one complains too loudly, because “national security”—magic words that shut down any critical conversation.

But, you know, things are changing, and people are reviving questions that have been shrugged or laughed off, like, why can’t we know what the Defense Department is doing with what, if it were a matter of a few dollars for food stamps, would be importantly described as “our taxpayer dollars.”

The Nation: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed

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Our next guest has been examining that set of questions, resulting in an exclusive for The Nation magazine. The story’s called “The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed: How US Military Spending Keeps Rising Even as the Pentagon Flunks Its Audit.

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Pentagon will mit Insekten Ernte-Ausfälle verhindern


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The Nation: The Pentagon’s Massive Fraud


04-12-18 11:47:00,


The Pentagon’s

 Massive Accounting 
Fraud Exposed
How US military spending keeps rising even as the Pentagon flunks its audit.

By Dave Lindorff
NOVEMBER 27, 2018

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On November 15, Ernst & Young and other private firms that were hired to audit the Pentagon announced that they could not complete the job. Congress had ordered an independent audit of the Department of Defense, the government’s largest discretionary cost center—the Pentagon receives 54 cents out of every dollar in federal appropriations—after the Pentagon failed for decades to audit itself. The firms concluded, however, that the DoD’s financial records were riddled with so many bookkeeping deficiencies, irregularities, and errors that a reliable audit was simply impossible.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan tried to put the best face on things, telling reporters, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” Shanahan suggested that the DoD should get credit for attempting an audit, saying, “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial.” The truth, though, is that the DoD was dragged kicking and screaming to this audit by bipartisan frustration in Congress, and the result, had this been a major corporation, likely would have been a crashed stock.
As Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, a frequent critic of the DoD’s financial practices, said on the Senate floor in September 2017, the Pentagon’s long-standing failure to conduct a proper audit reflects “twenty-six years of hard-core foot-dragging” on the part of the DoD, where “internal resistance to auditing the books runs deep.” In 1990, Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act, which required all departments and agencies of the federal government to develop auditable accounting systems and submit to annual audits.  » Lees verder

Pentagon Audit, 9/11 Grand Jury, Emergency Alerts – New World Next Week : The Corbett Report


30-11-18 09:45:00,

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Pentagon Fails First Audit, Neocons Demand More Spending! – Global Research


19-11-18 01:55:00,

The Pentagon has finally completed its first ever audit and the results are as many of us expected. After spending nearly a billion dollars to find out what has happened to trillions in unaccounted-for spending, the long look through the books has concluded that only ten percent of all Pentagon agencies pass muster. I am surprised any of them did.

Even the Pentagon is not surprised by the failure of the audit.

“We failed the audit. But we never expected to pass it,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.

Can we imagine any large US company subject to the prying eyes of the IRS being so unfazed by the discovery that its books have been so mis-handled?

As with all government programs, but especially when it comes to military spending, the failure of a program never leads to calls for funding reductions. The Pentagon’s failure to properly account for the trillions of taxpayer dollars shoveled in year after year only means, they say, that we need to send more money! Already they are claiming that with more resources – meaning money – they can fix some of the problems identified by the audit.

If you subsidize something you get much more of it, and in this case we are subsidizing Pentagon incompetence. Expect much more of it.

Outgoing chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry, warned against concluding that this mis-handling trillions of dollars should make us hesitant to continue sending trillions more to the Pentagon.

The failed audit “should not be used as an excuse for arbitrary cuts that reverse the progress we have begun on rebuilding our strength and readiness,” he said.

The neocons concur. Writing in the Free Beacon, editor Matthew Continetti (who happens to be Bill Kristol’s son-in-law) warns that now is “the wrong time to cut defense.”

But I agree with the young neoconservative Continetti. I would never support cutting a penny of defense. However the Pentagon’s lost trillions have nothing to do with defense. That is money propping up the high lifestyles of those connected to the military-industrial complex.

Continetti and the neocons love to throw out bogeymen like China and Russia as excuses for more military spending,

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Pentagon Fails Its First-Ever Official Audit


16-11-18 08:09:00,

Authored by Jason Ditz via,

After generations of being a black hole down which money goes, never to return, a team of 1,200 auditors tried to give the Pentagon its first ever comprehensive audit, just to see where all that money went. Unsurprisingly, it went poorly, and was declared a failure.

How bad the failure was is something of a mystery at this point, with officials refusing to disclose the exact results, or even ballpark how much money is unaccounted for. The only clue to the sheer scope of the matter is that they believe it will take “years” to sort out.

And if there was one thing more dependable than the Pentagon failing an audit and missing an undisclosed, but vast, amount of money, it’s officials downplaying the matter. Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told reporters that the Pentagon “never expected to pass it” in the first place.

Indeed, Shanahan insisted that even though the Pentagon failed the audit, the fact that they even bothered to do an audit at all “is substantial,” and shows effort toward compliance.

That said, he said the issue of audits is “irritating to me.”

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Jeff Bezos Puts The Pentagon On His Monopoly Board


03-11-18 07:43:00,

Authored by Jason Ditz via The American Conservative,

While employees at Google and Microsoft are wary of collaborating with the military, Amazon revels in it…

Speaking at the Wired 25th anniversary last month month, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that his company will continue to accept Pentagon contracts. That includes a very controversial cloud-computing contract that Google and Microsoft have already backed out of due to vocal employee opposition to working with the U.S. military.

Amazon was long considered the front-runner for this contract, but Bezos’s rationale for taking it goes well beyond its being low-hanging fruit. He’s argued that the government’s job is to “make the right decision, even when it’s unpopular,” and that large tech companies should support those decisions irrespective of politics.

The $10 billion tied to the contract can’t hurt either. Whatever his motivation for sucking it up and taking one for team tech, Bezos’s public justification is a poor one, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Pentagon has a long history of immoral and reckless behavior, actions that objectively aren’t beneficial to the defense of the United States. Any company that blindly works with them does so at its own peril.

Employees at Google and Microsoft have already made a powerful case for why tech giants shouldn’t collaborate with the Defense Department. They don’t want to be responsible for developing technology that causes substantial harm, surveils others in violation of international norms, or contravenes human rights. The Pentagon can be counted on to do all three, and more.

Furthermore, the Pentagon’s growing interest in artificial intelligence (A.I.), particularly as it relates to warfighting, sounds out of the preamble for a dystopian novel. Hence why Google employees forced their company not to renew a controversial Pentagon contract in June involving A.I. While Amazon will be signing on to cloud computing, not A.I., it’s still more than a little concerning that Bezos was so adamant about the virtues of the DoD. (For what it’s worth, Amazon already works with the CIA.)

But Amazon has an interest that extends far beyond this single deal. The real prize is to become the military’s sole procurement source for off-the-shelf components.

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Pentagon Socialism: Militarizing the Economy in the Name of Defense


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Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan. But in at least one area — reshaping the economy to serve the needs of the military-industrial complex — he’s (gasp!) a socialist in the making.

His plan is now visibly taking shape — one we can see and assess thanks to a Pentagon-led study with a distinctly tongue-twisting title: “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” The analysis is the brainchild of Trump’s adviser for trade and manufacturing policy, Peter Navarro, who happens to also be the key architect of the president’s trade wars.

Navarro, however, can hardly take sole credit for the administration’s latest economic plan, since the lead agency for developing it was also the most interested of all in the project, the Pentagon itself, in particular its Office of Defense Industrial Policy. In addition, those producing the report did so in coordination with an alphabet soup of other agencies from the Department of Commerce to the Director of National Intelligence. And even that’s not all. It’s also the product of an “interagency task force” made up of 16 working groups and 300 “subject matter” experts, supplemented by over a dozen industry “listening sessions” with outfits like the National Defense Industrial Association, an advocacy organization that represents 1,600 companies in the defense sector.

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Why Is Pentagon Weaponizing Insects? | New Eastern Outlook


29-10-18 08:35:00,


There is strong evidence that the Pentagon, through its research and development agency, DARPA, is developing genetically modified insects that would be capable of destroying agriculture crops of a potential enemy. The claim has been denied by DARPA, but leading biologists have sounded the alarm on what is taking place using new “gene-editing” CRISPR technology to in effect weaponize insects. It’s like a 21st Century update of the Biblical plague of locusts, only potentially far worse.

The Pentagon Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, is funding a program with the bizarre name “Insect Allies.” Dr. Blake Bextine of DARPA describes the program as “leveraging a natural and efficient two-step delivery system to transfer modified genes to plants: insect vectors and the plant viruses they transmit.” DARPA claims the program is to provide “scalable, readily deployable, and generalizable countermeasures against potential natural and engineered threats to the food supply with the goals of preserving the US crop system.” Check the language: scalable, readily deployable…

Under the DARPA project, Genetic Alteration Agents or viruses will be introduced into the insect population to directly influence the genetic makeup of crops. DARPA plans to use leaf hoppers, white flies, and aphids to introduce select viruses into crops. Among other dubious claims they say it will help farmers combat “climate change.” What no one can answer, especially as neither the Pentagon nor the US FDA are asking, is how will the genetically engineered viruses in the insects interact with other microorganisms in the environment? If crops are constantly being inundated by genetically modified viruses, how could this could alter the genetics and immune systems of humans who depend on the crops?

Bio-warfare alarm

Since most of the present US food supply is contaminated with toxic Roundup and other herbicides and pesticides along with GMO plants, one might doubt the honesty of the Pentagon statements of concern for the present US crop system. A group of European scientists have published a scientific paper in the October 5 issue of Science magazine, whose lead author is Dr. Guy Reeves of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany.

The paper notes that the DARPA “Insect Allies” program, “aims to disperse infectious genetically modified viruses that have been engineered to edit crop chromosomes directly in fields.” This is known as “horizontal inheritance,” as opposed to the dominant vertical method of GMO alteration that make laboratory-generated modifications into target species’ chromosomes to create GMO plant varieties.

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Das Pentagon will Getreidefelder in GVO verwandeln

Das Pentagon will Getreidefelder in GVO verwandeln

14-10-18 08:37:00,

Die Zeitschrift Science veröffentlicht eine Studie über die Forschungsarbeiten der Darpa (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) über die “Verbündeten Insekten.” [1]. Es scheint, dass das Pentagon Insekten mit Viren infizieren will, die dann Gene in reifen Getreidefeldern einpflanzen können, d.h. um normale Pflanzen in GVO zu verwandeln.

Nach Angaben der Forscher des Max-Planck-Institut (Deutschland) und der Universität von Montpellier (Frankreich) könnte diese Technik auch als Waffe verwendet werden, um Ernten zu vernichten, ohne dass man heute weiß, wie man die Ausbreitung des Virus stoppen kann.

Auf jeden Fall kann die Ausbreitung des Virus durch infizierte Insekten nicht kontrolliert werden. Ihre Verbreitung würde die Pflanzen rein zufällig modifizieren.

Horst Frohlich

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Pentagon Report Points to US Preparations for Total War – Global Research

Pentagon Report Points to US Preparations for Total War – Global Research

12-10-18 10:40:00,

Over the past two weeks, with next to no media coverage, the United States has moved substantially closer toward open military confrontation with both Russia and China, the second- and third-ranked nuclear powers in the world.

On October 3, the United States threatened, for the first time since the Cold War, to directly attack the Russian homeland. UN Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison accused the country of violating the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by developing a nuclear cruise missile and said that Washington was preparing to “take out” the weapon with a US strike.

This statement came just three days after a Chinese warship set a collision course with a US destroyer carrying out a so-called “freedom of navigation” operation in the South China Sea, forcing the American ship to maneuver to avoid a collision and the potentially deadliest military clash in the Pacific in decades.

Behind such hair-raising incidents, the United States is undertaking serious, long-term preparations to restructure the American economy to fight a major war with a “peer” adversary, entailing radical changes to American economic, social and political life.

This is the essential content of a 146-page document released by the Pentagon last Friday, titled “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” It makes it clear that Washington is preparing not just for isolated regional clashes, but rather for a massive, long-term war effort against Russia and China under conditions of potential national autarchy.

Martin employees work on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter production line in Fort Worth, Texas (Source: Defense Contract Management Agency)

The document made clear that a major restructuring of the American economy will be necessary to reach the United States military’s stated goal of being prepared to “fight tonight” against a “peer adversary.” The United States must “retool” for “great-power competition,” the document declared.

“America’s manufacturing and defense industrial base,” observes the report, creates the “platform and systems” upon which “our Warfighter depends.” This complex encompasses not just the government, but the private sector, as well as “R&D organizations” and “academic institutions.” In other words, the entire economy and society.

It warns that “The erosion of American manufacturing over the last two decades… threatens to undermine the ability of U.S.

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Pentagon Warned President Bush Global Warming Was Bigger Threat Than Terrorism | Armstrong Economics

Pentagon Warned President Bush Global Warming Was Bigger Threat Than Terrorism | Armstrong Economics

19-09-18 08:54:00,

A secret report by the US defense chiefs warned President Bush that Global Warming was such a great threat that it would destroy the United States and major European cities. They told the President that cities would sink beneath rising seas and Britain would be plunged into a “Siberian” climate by 2020. They warned that mega-droughts, famine, and widespread rioting will erupt across the world. The document warned that the planet would fall into anarchy and the nuclear threat would rise as countries then sought to defend themselves in the face of declining food, water, and energy supplies.

I remember as a child going to Washington with my father when he would report at the Pentagon for some reason I never knew. I do remember walking down the halls with my father when I was less than 10 years old. I do remember people running around all serious with stacks of papers. After this report was leaked and reported on back in 2004 by the Guardian, it makes you wonder about how these people conduct long-range forecasts. I do not think London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, or Sydney will sink below the waves. It is just another example of how one-dimensional analysis is our doom. We are now only two-years from 2020 when Britain was supposed to be the new Siberia.

The Washington Post tells everyone Climat Change is real because of Hurricane Florence – a Category 1 event. You really have to wonder why these newspaper put out such lies and make no effort to do any research. The list of North Carolina hurricanes prior to 1900 yields a list of 139 tropical cyclones/hurricanes. In fact, North Carolina was hit by 7 storms during 1893 ALONE!!!!! During 1893, BEFORE the combustion engine, that remains the record for the most hurricanes to his North Carolina in a single season. On August 27th, 1893, a major hurricane which came to be known as the Sea Islands Hurricane which hit Georgia and went up through North Caroline killing they believe around 2,000 people. There was the category 3 Charleston Hurricane of 1893 and came ashore near McClellanville, SC with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph.

It really does not take much of an effort to report the truth just for once.

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Meet the Pentagon employee who exposed CIA spy inside Trump campaign (Video)

Meet the Pentagon employee who exposed CIA spy inside Trump campaign (Video)

03-09-18 12:59:00,

A former Pentagon employee uncovered a long history of questionable behavior by an FBI informant deeply tied into the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.

The FBI informant was Stefan Halper, who was also a CIA spy charged with infiltrating the Trump campaign while working as a professor in the UK…and who was also getting paid one million dollars to write foreign policy papers for the US Department of State.

Those must have beed some valuable foreign policy papers to be worth a cool $1 mil.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss an explosive report from journalist Sara Carter, which exposes the deep state’s secret weapon, Stefan Halper, and a whistleblower in the Pentagon who threatened to expose the truth about the Trump-Russia collusion narrative being plotted…it was all a set-up to frame Trump.

Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI’s handling of President Donald Trump’s campaign and alleged Russia collusion.

Lovinger, a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career. The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports, his attorney Sean Bigley said. Before Lovinger’s clearance was suspended he had taken a detail to the National Security Council as senior director for strategy. He was only there for five months before he was recalled to the Pentagon, stripped of his prestigious White House detail, and ordered to perform bureaucratic make-work in a Pentagon annex Bigley calls “the land of misfit toys.” His security clearance was eventually revoked in March 2018, despite the Pentagon “refusing to turn over a single page of its purported evidence of Lovinger’s wrongdoing,” Bigley stated. Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, recently filed a federal lawsuit against the Defense Department to obtain the withheld records.

Lovinger also raised concerns about Halper’s role in conducting what appeared to be diplomatic meetings with foreigners on behalf of the U.S. government because his role as contractor forbids him from doing so, according to U.S. federal law.

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Pentagon will wissenschaftliche Forschung durch KI-Systeme ersetzen

Pentagon will wissenschaftliche Forschung durch KI-Systeme ersetzen

27-08-18 11:50:00,


Die Darpa sucht nach Vorschlägen, wie KI-Systeme selbst Daten sammeln, Hypothesen entwicklen, Modelle erzeugen und überprüfen können – und das möglichst schnell

Während die einen hoffen, dass die Einführung von KI-Anwendungen in vielen Bereichen zwar Jobs auch für Akademiker kosten, dafür aber neue schaffen wird, warnen die anderen vor massiver Verdrängung menschlicher Arbeit, deren Wert in Konkurrenz mit KI-Systemen in vielen Bereichen noch weiter sinken wird. Wie andere Verteidigungsministerien auch setzt das Pentagon auf schnelle Entwicklung und Verwendung von militärischen KI-Systemen. Man sieht sich vor allem in Konkurrenz mit China, aber auch mit Russland.

In dem technischen Wettrennen hat nun die Darpa, die Forschungsbehörde des Pentagon, die nach dem Sputnik-Schock 1959 gegründet wurde, um durch innovative Projekte die technische Überlegenheit der USA zu sichern, eine interessante Idee ausgebrütet. Sie soll die wissenschaftliche Innovation beschleunigen und könnte dazu dienen, auch gleich auf menschliche Wissenschaftler zu verzichten.

Es ist das erste Projekt des neuen KI-Erforschungsprogramms, das KI-Systeme der “Dritte Welle” schaffen soll, die die Grenzen des bestehenden Maschinenlernens und de regelbasierten KI-Systeme überwinden. Ganz allgemein geht es bei der Ausschreibung um Einreichungen von Vorschlägen, wie sich wissenschaftliche Entdeckungen und deren Anwendung automatisieren lassen.

Es gäbe bei der Erstellung von Computermodellen komplexer Systeme Probleme, notwendige Informationen von Experten einzuholen und in diese einzubauen, deswegen würden sie die Begrenzungen des Wissens und der Vorannahmen des Herstellers enthalten: “Zudem ist es selten, dass Wissenschaftler und Themenexperten gleichzeitig auch Programmierungsexperten sind, daher gehorchen die umgesetzten Modelle oft nicht den besten Praktiken von Softwareprogrammierern, wodurch sie Fehlern unterworfen sind und es schwierig, sie zu verifizieren oder zu verbessern, wenn neue Informationen entstehen.”

Fehler kommen also durch die Unvollkommenheit, Subjektivität und mangelnden Programmierkenntnissen der Wissenschaftler herein. Die gewünschten KI-Systeme sollen daher Wissenschaftler ausschließen und umfangreiche Modelle komplexer Systeme selbst bilden und aufrechterhalten, überdies sollen sie auch über diese nachdenken können, “indem sie wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse und Annahmen in den bestehenden Codes der Modelle herausarbeiten und interpretieren, neue Daten und Informationsquellen automatisch erkennen, nützliche Informationen herausholen, sie in die von Maschinen betreuten Expertenmodelle integrieren und diese auf robuste Weise ausführen”.

Letztlich geht es der Darpa um ein KI-System, das sich selbst Daten und Quellen sucht, nach nützlichen Informationen durchsucht und neue Modelle erstellt.

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Pentagon Documents Detail Dystopian Dangers That Never Happened

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For almost 20 years, US drone warfare was largely one-sided. Unlike Afghans and Yemenis, Iraqis and Somalis, Americans never had to worry about lethal robots hovering overhead and raining down missiles. Until, that is, one appeared in the skies above Florida.

But that’s a story for later. For now, let’s focus on a 2017 executive order issued by President Trump, part of his second attempt at a travel ban directed primarily at citizens of Muslim-majority nations. It begins: “It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks.”

That sentence would be repeated in a January report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Meant to strengthen the president’s case for the travel ban, it was panned for its methodological flaws, pilloried for its inaccuracies, and would even spur a lawsuit by the civil rights organization, Muslim Advocates, and the watchdog group, Democracy Forward Foundation. In their complaint, those groups contend that the report was “biased, misleading, and incomplete” and “manipulates information to support its anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim conclusions.”

To bolster the president’s arguments for restricting the entry of foreigners into the United States, the DOJ/DHS analysis contained a collection of case summaries. Examples included: the Sudanese national who, in 2016, “pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS”; the Uzbek who “posted a threat on an Uzbek-language website to kill President Obama in an act of martyrdom on behalf of ISIS”; the Syrian who, in a plea agreement, “admitted that he knew a member of ISIS and that while in Syria he participated in a battle against the Syrian regime,

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Pentagon Spends $1 Billion To Acquire More War Robots

Pentagon Spends $1 Billion To Acquire More War Robots

22-05-18 06:32:00,

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the Pentagon is spending approximately $1 billion over the next several years for a variety of robots designed to complement combat troops on the modern battlefield.

In addition to scouting and explosives disposal, these new war robots will reportedly be able to perform more complex tasks, including surveillance missions, detection of chemical or nuclear agents, and even have the ability to transport soldiers’ rucksacks.

“Within five years, I have no doubt there will be robots in every Army formation,” said Bryan McVeigh, the Army’s project manager for force protection. He applauded the efforts of the Pentagon to field more than 800 robots over the past 18 months.

“We’re going from talking about robots to actually building and fielding programs,” he said. “This is an exciting time to be working on robots with the Army,” McVeigh added.

Bloomberg says the Pentagon has classified its robot platforms into light, medium and heavy categories.

Last month, the Army awarded a $429.1 million contract to two Massachusetts robotic defense companies, Endeavor Robotics and QinetiQ North America, for miniature size war robots weighing less than 25 pounds. Not too long ago, Endeavor Robotics was awarded two other contracts worth roughly $34 million from the Marine Corps for medium size robots.

Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System. (Source: QinetiQ) 

In 4Q17, the Army awarded Endeavor a $158.5 million contract for 1,200 medium size war robots, called the Man-Transportable Robotic System (MTRS), Increment II, weighing around 165 pounds. Bloomberg said the MTRS is designed to detect “explosives as well as chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats,” with a deployment date set for the second half of 2019.

Endeavor Robotics Product Overview. (Source: Endeavor Robotics)

“It’s a recognition that ground robots can do a lot more, and there’s a lot of capabilities that can and should be exploited,” said Sean Bielat, Endeavor’s chief executive officer. He points out “the dull, the dirty and the dangerous” infantry tasks are being supplemented by war robots.

The introduction of war robots onto the modern battlefield is undoubtedly intended to streamline tasks in combat situations for infantry troops,

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Pentagon: “Geen bewijs van Syrische gifgasaanval”

Pentagon: “Geen bewijs van Syrische gifgasaanval”

14-02-18 04:11:00,

De VS heeft toegegeven dat er geen bewijzen zijn voor het inzetten van het uiterst giftige, kleur- en reukloze Sarin gas door het Syrische regime.

“De VS beschikt over geen bewijzen die de berichten van hulporganisaties en anderen bevestigen dat de Syrische regering het dodelijke chemische Sarin tegen haar eigen bevolking heeft gebruikt”, aldus defensieminister Jim Mattis afgelopen vrijdag.

Het is niet duidelijk of het enkel over het dodelijke incident gaat in het plaatsje Khan Sheikhun, waarbij 86 mensen zouden zijn omgekomen. Washington beschuldigde het Syrische regime eerder al van achter een aanval met Sarin gas te zitten in augustus 2013 in Ghouta (ten oosten van Damascus), de plek die het tot vandaag hevig bombardeert waarbij al vele honderden burgers zijn omgekomen. Ook daar is de ‘bewijslast’ over de daders ervan tot vandaag behoorlijk twijfelachtig, maar het leidde er wel toe dat Syrië uiteindelijk zijn chemisch wapenarsenaal moest ontmantelen onder internationaal toezicht.

Met de bekentenis van Mattis erkent hij dat de kans op ‘Fake News’ – de term waar president Trump zich zo graag van bedient – bijzonder groot is. Het hinderde niet dat Trump in april 2017 als reactie een aanval liet uitvoeren op een Syrische luchtmachtbasis met 59 kruisraketten. Zo’n kruisraket kost 832.000 dollar het stuk. Er is dus voor 49 miljoen dollar munitie afgeschoten louter op basis van een gerucht. Raytheon, de Amerikaanse producent van het wapen, heeft er dus een mooie cent aan verdiend.

De Amerikaanse officiële verklaring is in het media-jargon ‘breaking news’, maar een bericht van het Amerikaanse persbureau AP daarover werd amper door een medium opgepikt. De mogelijk reden is klassiek: het past niet binnen het opgelegde oorlogs’frame’ van de mainstream over dit conflict.

In een reactie op de Amerikaanse aanval schreef ik hoe gemakkelijk media zich laten vangen aan oorlogspropaganda en hoe de journalistieke code die ze geacht worden te respecteren geweld wordt aangedaan. Dat geldt ook voor de propaganda van deze regering dat bij de tientallen luchtaanvallen boven Irak en Syrië geen enkele dode is gevallen.

In oorlog gaat de kritische zin verloren. het verhaal wordt gebracht volgens de eigen overtuiging. Wat daar niet in past, wordt gediscrediteerd of gewoon genegeerd.

In een ander opiniestuk na de Amerikaanse aanval,

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