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    The Oklahoma National Guard will not enforce the US Defense Department's Covid-19 vaccine mandate after a change in commanding officers.  Army Brigadier General Thomas Mancino will be the new adjutant general, Governor Kevin Stitt said. He has yet to be confirmed by the state senate.   His predecessor, Army Major General Michael Thompson, said that he found out he'd lost his job via social media.  Thompson was scheduled to transition out of the job in favor of Mancino on January 15, but these changes will now take place as soon as possible.   Thompson is a public supporter of the vaccines, and posted a picture of himself receiving a COVID booster shot in late October on Twitter.  Army Brigadier General Thomas Mancino (pictured right) replaces Army Major General Michael Thompson, who found out he'd lost his job via social media Governor Kevin Stitt (pictured above) announced that Mancino would be taking over two months earlier than previously expected Mancino sent out a memo on his first day on the job saying the state would not enforce Covid-19 vaccine mandates He was asked...
    An X-61 Gremlin Air Vehicle (GAV), an unmanned reconnaissance vehicle developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has been recovered while in mid-flight for the first time, DARPA announced Friday. During the demonstration held last month, two of the drones performed autonomous formation flying positions before one GAV was recovered by a C-130 – the other drone was destroyed during flight.   DARAP, which is the research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, conducted another testing with the remaining GAV, which was recovered and flown again in 24 hours. The demonstration is a major milestone in the U.S. military's work toward using a mothership to deploy swarms of drones over a battlefield. Scroll down for video  An X-61 Gremlin Air Vehicle (GAV), an unmanned reconnaissance vehicle developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has been recovered while in mid-flight for the first time Lt. Col. Paul Calhoun, program manager for Gremlins in DARPA's Tactical Technology Office, said in a statement: 'This recovery was the culmination of years of hard work and demonstrates the...
    The past few months have been particularly difficult for the members of our military. The disastrous withdrawal in August of U.S. forces from Afghanistan was a devastating blow to the men and women in uniform who fought so valiantly to keep the Taliban from controlling the nation. President Biden’s rejection of the advice from his military advisors led to the collapse of the country and all the progress our military has made over twenty years. To add to this debacle, our military family had to endure the loss of thirteen service members who were killed while trying to evacuate people during the chaos. As if this was not demoralizing enough, ten days later U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a department-wide memo mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all members of the military. This sweeping mandate is rather aggressive considering covid mortality rates in the military are a minuscule 0.02 percent. As we have learned, healthy young adults like our soldiers are not primary candidates to die from covid, and the data supports this. Although the vaccine should be encouraged, a...
    Former chief of staff to the acting Defense Secretary Kash Patel called an independent commission to investigate Gen. Mark Milley an "outstanding idea" Sunday on "Life, Liberty & Levin," and called the embattled chairman’s actions "egregious conduct that violates the Constitution."  Host Mark Levin believes when Milley allegedly spoke on the phone with Nancy Pelosi about protecting the nuclear codes from then-President Donald Trump, he was "violating the Constitution."  "First of all, Trump didn’t call for any attack," Levin said. "Number two, who the hell is this head of the joint chiefs now politically working with the head of the opposition party…I think we need a commission to investigate exactly what took place here."  TRUMP ACTING DEFENSE SECRETARY MILLER SAYS HE ‘DID NOT’ AUTHORIZE MILLEY CHINA CALLS, SAYS HE SHOULD RESIGN Patel said that the president of the United States and the secretary of defense are the "only two human beings on planet earth who are mandated with the rights to execute the nuclear command authority" and that "the Chairman is not."  Milley’s actions, though, represent a "pattern of behavior...
    Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin refused to allow her colleague Pete Hegseth to malign the men and women who just flew the last U.S. plane out of Kabul, ending America's longest war ever, and reminding him that they just evacuated 122,000 Afghans and Americans out of Afghanistan. "A lot of people feel like the way that we left in the last couple of weeks was not honorable," said Hegseth, who was on Trump's short list to run the VA until veterans groups objected, "that it was a retreat, that it was at the behest of the Taliban." "We just saw the press conference from the Department of Defense, we will soon see a press conference for the Department of State. Do you feel like this is the moment with all our troops home that the finger pointing begins, because ultimately it was not a process handled properly," Hegseth decreed. "Do you get a sense that, from DoD and State, there's going to be an attempt to rewrite the narrative of who's to blame for what didn't go right?"...
    The State Department sent a statement denying the facts. Photo: Alastair Pike / . / . The Department of State he would have been the victim of a cyber attack reported by the Cyber ​​Command of the Department of Defense, which allegedly notified a possible serious infraction in this regard. The information was released this Saturday by the Fox News reporter Jacqui heinrich, explaining via a Twitter thread that it is not known when the incident occurred, but is thought to have happened a couple of weeks ago. He added that the intrusion into the department’s database “It has not affected the mission of course to evacuate Americans and refugees from Afghanistan”. A Senate Security committee report released this month rated the security of the general information covered by the State Department a “D”, which is the lowest possible in the survey and cataloged it as “ineffective” in four of five functional areas, Heinrich tweeted. However, the possible attack can be inferred, to some extent, by the notification requirements of Congress, adding that under...
    The bill, which seeks to combat what Roy describes as a "progressive agenda at the Department of Defense," would nix the Defense Department's chief diversity officer post and also ditch senior adviser for diversity and inclusion positions appointed by the secretary of each military department. The legislation would also bar the utilization of federal funds to create the same or similar posts. The bill is backed by several GOP representatives, including Dan Crenshaw of Texas, Brian Mast of Florida, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Matt Rosendale of Montana, Bill Johnson of Ohio, and Lauren Boebert of Colorado. "We need to stop the politicization of the Department of Defense and keep our Armed Forces focused on their goal of defending our national security. The Restoring Military Focus Act is an important and necessary step to push back against the progressive agenda at the Department of Defense," Roy said in a statement. "The Department of Defense's top priority should be to develop our men and women in the Armed Forces into a united, lethal, and battle-ready force primed to defend the...
    A composite image of former Santa Rosa, California, police officer Barry Brodd testifying at Derek Chauvin's trial (left) and some of the vandalism at Brodd's old house. AP/Santa Rosa Police Former police officer Barry Brodd testified for Derek Chauvin's defense last week.  He said Chauvin's actions while arresting George Floyd were "objectively reasonable." On Saturday, vandals splashed red liquid and left a pig's head outside Brodd's former home, police said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Four days after the use-of-force expert Barry Brodd testified that Derek Chauvin's actions arresting George Floyd were "objectively reasonable," his former home in California was vandalized.  According to a press release from the Santa Rosa Police Department, the current residents of Brodd's former home were awakened shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday "by a group of subjects who threw a pig's head on their front porch and plastered blood on the front of their house."  Police believe the group, dressed all in black, went on to vandalize a statue at the Santa Rosa Plaza mall with a similar substance, believed to...
                        Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed author and The Washington Times correspondent on national security Bill Gertz to the newsmakers line to discuss Biden’s recent decision to leave Afghanistan, the U.S military, and the continued threat of China. Leahy: We are joined on a newsmaker line, our good friend, Bill Gertz the well-known Washington columnist, an expert on National security, and an expert on China. Good morning, Bill. Gertz: Hi. Good to be on the show. Leahy: Well, we’re three to four months into the Biden administration. How is the Biden administration doing in terms of foreign policy? Gertz: Well, it’s still a work in progress. They’re kind of getting their people in positions. They’ve got Tony Blinken the Secretary of State is kind of leading the foreign policy effort there Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon. I think it’s they’re battling now. The...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden has picked Christine Wormuth to be the next secretary of the Army, the White House announced Monday, making her the first woman to hold the position if confirmed by the Senate.Wormuth previously served as under secretary of defense for policy, where she worked on the Defense Department's counter-ISIS campaign."Christine is a true patriot with a dedicated career in service to America and our nation's security. As the former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Christine advanced the department's counter-ISIS campaign and the rebalance to Asia, and her deep expertise will be critical in addressing and determining today's global threats, including the pacing challenge from China and nation-state threats emanating from Russia, Iran, and North Korea," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement.Austin said that he has "no doubt" that Wormuth "will lead our soldiers and represent their families with honor and integrity" if confirmed by the Senate.The administration also announced two other key positions on Monday.Read MoreSusanna Blume has been picked as the department's director of cost assessment and program evaluation, and Gil Cisneros has been...
    (CNN)The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General found that former Auditor General of the Navy Ronnie J. Booth "engaged in a pervasive and egregious pattern of sexual harassment toward multiple female employees over a period of more than 20 years," a release of the investigation's findings states. The report "substantiated the allegations" that Booth had sexually harassed 12 women who were Naval Audit Service employees.The Defense Department's inspector general opened an investigation into claims that Booth had sexually harassed employees after the internal watchdog received 10 anonymous complaints alleging "sexual harassment or waste of government funds" by Booth between February and July 2019. The office also received information from a Naval Audit Service employee through Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier's office. The IG opened an investigation into Booth in July 2019."He propositioned five female employees -- four of which propositions were clear examples of quid pro quo, requesting sexual favors in exchange for career advancement, all under the guise of professional career 'mentoring' that the employees expected from a senior leader," the report states.The report found that Booth...
    March 15, 2021 11:56 AM | By DPA 15 minutes. Xiaomi celebrated the decision of a court in the United States (USA) last Friday that temporarily paralyzed the order to veto the Chinese company for alleged ties with the Chinese army, carried out in the last days of the administration of former President Donald Trump , and asked to be removed permanently. Washington State Federal Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled on Friday a temporary blockade against the measure of the Department of Defense that prevented the investment of US companies in Xiaomi, after the Chinese company presented an appeal, as stated Bloomberg. Irreparable damage Contreras estimated that Xiaomi had a high probability of winning the litigation against the US Department of Defense. In that sense, it considered that the permanent blockade would suppose an “irreparable damage” for the technological manufacturer “. This Sunday, Xiaomi shared on Twitter a statement in which it celebrates the US judge’s decision against its consideration as a “communist Chinese military company”, thus avoiding receiving investments from the North American country. The technology manufacturer again recalled that...
    (CNN)The Department of Defense inspector general on Wednesday released a scathing review of Rep. Ronny Jackson's conduct during his time serving as the top White House physician during the Obama and Trump administrations.Read the findings, first reported by CNN, below:
    Although our Founders correctly recognized that the overriding responsibility of the president is to secure our liberties by “protect[ing] and defend[ing] the Constitution,” in this modern era most Americans likely would consider that the most important job of the president is to serve as “commander-in-chief” of the armed forces, and thereby protect the nation’s security. If so, the new Biden administration is establishing a rather odd vision for how the Department of Defense will meet its responsibilities in this regard. The national defense priorities of this administration, as revealed in public documents issued already by the president and his chosen Secretary of Defense, retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, reflect a sharp departure from his recent predecessors and from historic norms. In one of his first executive orders, Biden chose to exercise his power as commander-in-chief not to affirm or reaffirm the need for a strong military defense against our nation’s adversaries or to announce an important national security initiative as a way to send a message to a particular adversary. No, the most important national security issue on the mind...
    They claim not to be affiliated with the Chinese army. After the US Department of Defense put Xiaomi on its blacklist, the brand comes out to clarify about the serious accusations that fall on them. If at first it seemed to have an effect similar to what happened with Huawei, we have been quick to clarify that the Defense Department’s blacklist prevents US investment, which could be even worse than what the other Chinese giant suffers from having prohibition of working with North American brands. Not long ago, Qualcomm, which is one of the largest players in the field of mobile processors, put its chips in Xiaomi and since November that money will not be available, at least by law. Being on the Pentagon’s list of entities means that, for the United States, Xiaomi is a « Chinese Communist Military Company », and this is what they say about it in their latest statement issued today: Dear colleagues and My Fans, The company noted that the United States Department of Defense issued a press release on January 14, 2021 (US time)...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) disagreed with the push by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to block the vote on the veto override for the National Defense Authorization Act unless there is a vote on $2,000 direct payments. Durbin stated, “I don’t want to use this defense bill, for the national security and for the men and women in uniform as part of this strategy. It is going to pass. I can tell you, knowing the Senate rules as I do, it is going to pass. Let’s put the pressure on Sen. McConnell to call the measure that passed the House for 2,000 bucks. It got a bipartisan roll call there. I think it’s got enough votes to pass here. We’ll never know until we try. So, I’d say to Bernie, I’m with you on the goal of $2,000. Let’s not do it at the expense of the Department of Defense.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    September 16, 2020 – A group of congressmen led by Jackie Speier and Mark Mullin presented the bill “I am Vanessa Guillén Act” in honor of the soldier who died on April 22 at Fort Hood and the many survivors of sexual violence who have bravely emerged in the wake of the disappearance and brutal murder of the 20-year-old military woman. The legislation, which has bipartisan support and could be put to a vote in a matter of weeks or by November. If passed, the law “will provide survivors with independent investigations into reports of both sexual harassment and sexual assault. It would also make sexual harassment a criminal offense in the military, helping to get to the heart of a problem that is far too far away. It often leads to violence and destroys careers and lives. The Guillén family and current and former military legions demand bold change, “said Speier, president of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the Armed Forces Service in the House of Representatives. Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced supplemental...
    Aerial view of the Pentagon building photographed on Sept. 24, 2017.Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call Group | Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Tuesday elevated three Trump loyalists to powerful positions a day after the sudden termination of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and following the resignations of multiple senior officials in the Defense Department. In a lengthy statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Pentagon said that Anthony Tata, Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Kash Patel had been promoted to key roles. Tata is now working as the senior official performing the duties of the under secretary of Defense for policy, following James Anderson's resignation. Tata, a retired Army general who became a pro-Trump pundit on Fox News, joined the Defense Department earlier this year. Trump had nominated him to a role that required Senate confirmation, but lawmakers opposed Tata in the role, and the president instead named him to an acting role that didn't require confirmation. Tata has a history of Islamophobic comments and has called President Barack Obama a "terrorist leader." Cohen-Watnick is set to take over as the new acting...
    The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) military and veteran non-profit organization is responding to the Department of Defense ban on certain flags at military installations. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper issued an order on flags displayed at military installations, stating that only the American flag, flags of the U.S. States, territories and D.C. along with military flags are allowed. While this ban includes the controversial confederate flag, it also includes any LGBTQ flags. “He went about it in a roundabout way that effectively bans the pride flag as well. The very symbol of inclusion and diversity,” said Jennifer Dane, Interim Executive Director of the Modern Military Association of America. She says that by not outright banning the Confederate flag, the Pentagon is attacking the LGBTQ community. “By banning the Pride flag, secretary Esper is essentially saying it is divisive and he is essentially telling thousands of LGBTQ service members and their families who have served this country that their very existence is divisive,” Dane said. Dane said that if Esper does not change the policy, “then...
    HOUSTON – 89 congressmen, including the top heads of the Democratic Party on committees dealing with issues of the Armed Forces in the Senate and House, asked the inspector general in charge of the Department of Defense to launch an independent investigation into the disappearance and death from soldier Vanessa Guillén. Senator Kirsten Gilibrand and Representative Jackie Spier asked Inspector Sean O’Donnell to initiate a full and independent investigation into this case. In a letter signed by 87 more congressmen, among them, the representative Sylvia García, they express their support for the call made by Gillibrand and Spier and present the complaint of the Guillén family, who would have made it known that he was subject to sexual harassment, which she did not report as she did not feel safe at the Fort Hood military base. According to the letter from the congressmen, in the case of Guillen, the army failed the original Houston soldier. According to the letter signed by Congresswoman García, representative of Houston, during fiscal year 2019, a 3% increase in the number of complaints of...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Boston will not have its typical Fourth of July celebration this year, but a patriotic display is still planned for the skies. The Department of Defense has announced the schedule for the “Salute To Great Cities Of The American Revolution” flyover on Independence Day. The Pentagon says the flyover will take place over downtown Boston at about 4 p.m. Aircraft will approach from the northeast at about 1,000 feet. They’ll fly over the U.S.S. Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard before heading to Fenway Park and then leaving the city. “U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly over in five waves,” the Department of Defense said in a statement. “The flyover will be led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.” Boston is the first stop of the flyover. The aircraft will proceed to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. The flyover is contingent on weather and air traffic control, officials note.  
    Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday that it received $ 71 million from the United States Department of Defense to expand the manufacturing of its own device to inject its candidate for the covid-19 vaccine into the skin. The company began phase 1 of human clinical trials in April for its DNA-based vaccine, with results expected later this month. Inovio is based in Pennsylvania, but developed his covid-19 vaccine in his San Diego research lab. It is expected to enter phase 2 of 3 of the vaccine trials in July or August. Dozens of companies, research institutions, and governments around the world are also working on coronavirus vaccines. Neither has yet received regulatory approval, and it remains unclear which potential vaccines will be widely adopted. Inovio, a small biotech, was among the first covid-19 vaccine developers to take her candidate for human clinical trials. This spring, the company said the experimental vaccine produced protective antibodies and immune responses in mice and guinea pigs, validating its platform. Defense Department funding is focused on the company’s Cellectra 3PSP smart device, which delivers the Inovio...
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