Our new Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis has never been known to mince words. And that fact has once again been confirmed after the statement he made when asked who is the biggest threat to the security of America and it’s people.
He warned of emerging threats to the United States and its national security from Islamic terror groups, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and even went as far as to make a reference to climate change. But his harshest criticism was for the US Congress, for failing to pass budgets on time year after year and refusing to repeal the arbitrary budget caps that legislators passed into law during the 2011 budget deadlock as part of the Budget Control Act. More widely known as sequestration.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, it refers to a legal clause that goes into effect when our federal government doesn’t pass a budget in a timely manner. It caps the spending across the board and has translated into lower budgets than the Defense Department deems necessary to pay our troops, keep our military hardware running, research and develop, and to buy new military technology.
This is what sequestration does according to Yahoo New:
What is sequestration?
Let’s get the pedantry out of the way, shall we? It’s sequestration. Sequester is a verb. Everyone from Obama on down has used “sequester” as a noun, but lest you suffer the wrath of your nit-picking friends, call it sequestration. Learn it, love it, let’s move on.
Sequestration is $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts due to go into effect over the next 10 years, with roughly $85 billion slated for this year. Make no mistake, a lot of people in both parties want to cut spending. The reason so many people hate sequestration, though, is that agencies and departments don’t have any input on how it goes into effect—the spending cuts are implemented across the board.
Whose idea was it anyway?
It’s been widely reported that the idea for sequestration came from Jack Lew, who was Obama’s budget director at the time and went on to become his chief of staff and is now his Treasury secretary nominee. But to stop there misses the point, many argue.
Sequestration was put into effect as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Both parties had already agreed to about $1 trillion in cuts, but couldn’t agree on what to do next to get the nation’s fiscal house in order. They were also desperate to raise the national borrowing limit to prevent a default—an occurrence that would arguably inflict more damage than sequestration. To achieve both goals—raising the borrowing limit and improving the nation’s fiscal standing—they borrowed from a Reagan-era law.
The idea was simple: schedule automatic cuts for the future that were so bad to everybody that Congress would be compelled to implement better, smarter cuts before they hit. Sequestration was initially scheduled for the start of the year. Lawmakers delayed it then, but it now seems unlikely that anything will be done before it goes into effect on March 1 (though it could be addressed retroactively).
OK, So how will it affect me?
Sequestration could affect you if you fit any of the following profiles:
Ms. Defense Department Employee
Do you work for the Pentagon? If so, you may be one of 800,000 civilian employees who face possible unpaid leave after sequestration goes into effect. “There is no mistaking that the rigid nature of the cuts forced upon this department, and their scale, will result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told employees in a memo last week.
Mr. Airline Passenger
Are you a fan of flying? Well, if nothing is done, airline passengers could start seeing meaningful delays by April 1 under sequestration. That’s because the Federal Aviation Administration, which is facing $600 million in cuts, may have to start furloughing thousands of employees, Transportation Secretary and former Republican lawmaker Ray Lahood said on Friday. The cuts could also lead to the closing of hundreds of air traffic control towers, making it harder for planes to land and take off.
Ms. Jane Q. Public and little Jonny Doe.
Are you a woman (or infant or child) who receives assistance through the government’s Women, Infants and Children program? If so, you may become one of the 600,000 dropped from the program after sequestration goes into effect. The federal Head Start program, which seeks to prepare young low-income children for school, also faces cuts. Up to 70,000 of those kids could lose access to the program, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Are you a military veteran or a dependent of an active service member? If you are and rely on the military’s Tricare health insurance program, your benefits could be affected. The program faces a possible $3 billion shortfall under sequestration and, as The New York Times’ editorial board put it, “could lead to denial of elective medical care” for those two groups.
If you’re an educator your job might be affected by sequestration. The White House on Sunday outlined how sequestration could affect individuals in each state. Nationwide, 10,000 teachers and 7,200 special education teachers, aides, and other staff could be dropped as a result of cuts to federal spending on local education. Huffington Post made a handy chart depicting the state-by-state data:
Do you love the outdoors? Hope you like garbage. And bears. Park administrators in Yosemite National Park say the coming spending cuts could lead to less trash collection, which could lead to more bears at campgrounds. The Cape Cod National Seashore plans to shutter a visitor center, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close five campgrounds. The way each park will deal with sequestration varies, according to Time magazine, but there is one constant: it’s going to affect the visitor experience.
Mr. Economic Participant
You don’t need to be in any of the above categories to feel the impact of sequestration. You simply have to be a participant in the economy. (Which you are if you have a job or spend money on things.) That’s because sequestration would slow down economic growth, according to various projections. And economic growth has a far-ranging impact on everything from how much consumers spend to how much businesses hire and invest. Of course, it’s highly unlikely lawmakers will let things get to that point. Then again, sequestration was never expected to go into effect in the first place.
If you recall during the October of 2013 Budget showdown, former President Barack Hussein Obama, being the anti-American punk that he is, decided it would be a great idea to close down the WW2 memorial. Where he purposely kept WW2 veterans, who are all in their late 80’s to mid 90’s, from visiting what to them, and to many of us who support them, is a very important monument.
Mad Dog Mattis is 100% right on with his statement. When we have a pro-American President like Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or Donald J. Trump we can rest assured the military will get the funds it needs to keep us, and American interests, safe across the world. But we can never be sure when will be the next time the American populace, led by the low information voter, will decide it’s a good idea to “make history” by voting info office a president because of the color of his skin, plumbing, or race, instead of the content of his character.
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Wow! Here Are Our Military’s Newest And Planned Vehicles
Some badass gear right here!
We recently reported on our military’s new weapon systems. So let’s look at our military’s newest and upcoming vehicles.
Planes and Helicopters
There are two types of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone at the moment: the Arcturus T-20 and T-16 have vertical lift motors and rotors of a quadcopter. And the Martin UAV takes off vertically like a Harrier jet.
A variant of the F/A-18F Super Horne, this is an airborne electronic attack (AEA) jet that
Provides tactical jamming and electronic protection to U.S. military forces and allies around the world.
The DP14 Hawk Drone resembles a miniature CH-47 Chinook helicopter and can carry 430 pounds in its six-foot by 20-inch cargo space for about 2.4 hours.
A prototype of the TERN is due by November, 2017, and will be
Able to operate from small forward-deployed ships and is expected to combine vertical takeoff and landing with the ability to fly long distances like fix-winged UAVs.
This is a tiltrotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft. It is the
First new American tiltrotor since the MV-22 Osprey and a candidate to replace the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter
The hoverbike is basically a re-supply drone that looks similar to that flown in George Lucas’ movie, “Return of the Jedi”.
This new multi-purpose truck has a
Hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered chassis that executives say could allow the U.S. military to move equipment and supplies around the battlefield more efficiently and safely.
And it will be flexible enough to be driven by remote control, human, or become a “autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) or drone!
This innovative multi-purpose vehicle is designed to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps. It will operate with six different mission roles: ‘Anti Tank, command and Control, Mortar, Recovery, Logistics, and Electronic Warfare).”
This unique vessel is a 40-meter trimaran designed to conduct antisubmarine warfare. Although its capability is not fully released, it is
Said to be capable of patrols of up to seventy days at a bewildering distance of ten thousand nautical miles.
This vessel is a
Stealthy multi-role watercraft designed to replace U.S. Special Operations Command’s smaller MkV Special Operations Craft and Naval Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boats for “inserting and extracting SOF in low-to-medium threat environment.”
Here's a cool video of Barracuda undergoing high speed boarding trials at over 20kts alongside an Irish Naval ship, special thanks to IMERC and the Irish Naval service for their collaboration.
Posted by Safehaven Marine on Thursday, September 28, 2017
This class of submarines has replaced the decommissioned Los Angeles-class submarines. It is planned to be built
Through 2043, and expected to remain in service past 2060. Based on recent updates to the designs, some of the Virginia-class submarines are expected to still be in service in 2070. So there you have it.
It’s kind of exciting, isn’t it?
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BREAKING: Homeland Security On HIGH ALERT After Who Just Went Missing Within The U.S. And It’s BAD
One-hundred-and-fifty people brought to the U.S. for military training have gone absent without leave (AWOL) and they could be dangerous. Over ten of them are missing and could be lurking anywhere in America. The people brought over are Afghan troops who were supposed to receive training, but since arriving as far back as 2005, they’ve gone AWOL or vanished completely. Some live as illegal immigrants. Other’s haven’t been found at all. There’s at least 13 still missing and it doesn’t seem like anyone has any leads on their whereabouts.
A major part of the problem is that the imported soldiers don’t go through an interview process nor are they required to register as an alien upon their arrival in the United States. It’s reported, by Washington Post, that people usually go through the interview and alien registration process, but it seems like the Afghan troops are exempt from both procedures.
More than 150 Afghan troops brought to the U.S. for military training have gone AWOL since 2005, with 13 of them still unaccounted for and perhaps living as here illegal immigrants now, an inspector general said in a new report Friday.
Part of the problem is that the U.S. never puts the trainees through an in-person interview and exempts them from registering as aliens when they arrive — both steps that other visitors would normally have to go through.
In-person interviews and requiring the troops to register beforehand would help the government gauge whether someone is likely to go absent without leave, and would give immigration officers information about relatives in the U.S. as starting points when someone does go AWOL, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said.
But the State Department rejected those suggestions.
The audit said that while no acts of terrorism have yet been traced to the trainees, immigration agents say they’re worried because a number who go AWOL end up trying to claim asylum in the U.S., stymieing any national security investigation into their behavior.
Beyond the potential danger, American taxpayers also miss out on the investment in the troops
There’s two main concerns when troops from other countries go missing without leave. The first problem is that they could be dangerously lurking in the country and no one really knows who they are or where they’re at. That’s potentially dangerous in terms of terrorism or other forms of attacks. It’s quoted above as there not being any acts of terrorism linked to trainees, which is good. It makes sense for the trainees who went AWOL to not commit any crime if they simply came here to secretly start a new life in asylum.
The second problem is that money has been wasted bringing them here and then needing to find replacements as necessary. It’s not cheap to fly people from Afghanistan to America, so imagine how many extra flights there may have been thanks to people going missing and our government not having much of an idea of where they are, who they’re with, or what they’re doing.
Investigators identified 152 Afghan trainees who have gone absent without leave under the training program. Seventy of them fled the U.S., 39 managed to obtain legal status here, three returned to duty, 27 were arrested and put in deportation proceedings, and 13 remain unaccounted for.
The largest number disappeared from training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, but four went AWOL from training in D.C., three disappeared from Quantico, Virginia, and one from Arlington.
The State Department and Homeland Security said they don’t think there’s a reason to be concerned.
State officials said they don’t want to do in-person interviews before issuing visas to Afghan troops, and said they’re not convinced of the importance of full registration either.
It’s slightly bizarre to see Afghan soldiers fly to America, then flee the country. Almost 40 Afghan troops gained legal status in America, which is great because they followed the laws – thank you for that. Learning that 3 soldiers returned to duty is very noble and let’s hope they remain loyal to the job they signed up for.
What is definitely alarming is that State officials do not want interviews or full registration. That doesn’t make much sense if you ask a regular everyday person. When your country brings soldiers from another country over for training, and they start disappearing, then it’s time to take roll more effectively than ever. One simply does not permit random people into their country and not keep tabs on them.
Call it crazy, but they may want to consider the interviews and full interviews with which one might determine the soldier is bound to haul off once they hit pay dirt in America.
Should there be more strict vetting upon everyone entering the country? For the people who are against extreme vetting – how would you ensure someone entering American is safe to have as an overnight guest?
BREAKING: Trump Just ENDED It For Every NASTY Liberal Who Crossed Him In One INCREDIBLE Call
Liberals’ latest attack on President Donald Trump in a desperate effort to take him down was to claim that he made insensitive remarks to a Gold Star family after their black soldier son was killed in the line of duty. The left has reached such a level of depravity that they are actually using this family as their political tools, who they will soon toss to the side as soon as they get their mileage out it. That family could soon be learning how liberals really feel about their pain and loss, now that Trump has just ended this fake controversy that liberals created with the release of a leaked call he recently made to the family of a Special Forces soldier.
It’s very clear who has no respect for our military and it’s not Trump. Leave it to liberals to use tragedy to their advantage and this case is no different. Trump just proved how he really feels when a soldier’s life is lost while fighting for our country and it’s nothing like what his detractors have been saying about it over the last week.
Natasha De Alencar tragically lost her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar back in April while he was in the line of duty. After hearing what happened, Trump picked up the phone to reach out to the widow, in the same way he did with this Gold Star family at the center of liberal’s controversy. While the twisted what the president said as being insensitive and rude, simply so they could have something to be used against him, another family in this same situation had a much different reaction to what he had to say to them, and it’s not what liberals want to hear right now.
De Alencar released the footage which proves what an incredible president we now have, especially compared to his predecessor who didn’t make time to share his condolences with Gold Star families.
“I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a, what a horrible thing – except that he’s an unbelievable hero. You know, all of the people that served with him are saying how incredible he was,” Trump told Natasha during the exchange shared with the Washington Post. “Everyone tells me how great he was,” Trump added. “He was the boss … He was their friend. They all loved him.
“I’m glad that you got to hear a little bit about him, sir, Natasha replied to the president. “My husband is, to me, he was already my hero. We’ve been together 15 years, five children.”
This wasn’t all the widow had to say. She was so deeply touched by the fact that he took the time to call her and what he had to say during that conversation, that she wanted to set the record straight to all who say otherwise.
The Daily Mail reports:
When the mother of five went into detail discussing the successes of her children, the President inquired further and asked about her eldest son’s scholarship and experience playing football for Missouri Valley College.
The conversation also led to the commander-in-chief offering Natasha an invitation to the Oval Office.
The seemingly pleasant interaction was filmed by one of Natasha’s children, while Trump told the widowed mother to tell the rest of the kids in the room that ‘their father was a great hero’ who he greatly ‘respected’.
After their lengthy call where the president was far more involved and interested in her husband, her family, and their lives, De Alencar said that Trump “was a great guy, he was a boss.” This is a long shot from what the left has claimed of him, perhaps in part to cover up Barack Obama’s constant lack of compassion for fallen soldiers and their families.
“On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, defended Trump after he received criticism from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson – who listened in on another one of the President’s phone calls with a Gold Star family,” Mail Online reported. “Wilson accused the President of making ‘insensitive’ remarks during the condolence call.”
“Kelly, who lost his own son in Afghanistan back in 2010, appeared somber while speaking on the matter at a press conference. ‘It stuns me that a Member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me. I thought at least that was sacred,’ Kelly said in the statement.”
Nothing is “sacred” to liberals who will kneel for our flag that these soldiers died defending. They will invade other people’s privacy, like this congresswoman did, just to get one over on Trump. The loss that the Gold Star family is suffering right now is not even respected since it’s being used for their gain and that’s what’s truly sick and disrespectful…not what they twisted about what Trump said in a compassionate call to them and all other families of fallen soldiers.
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