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RT : The is happy with countries investing more money and building more capabilities, but as long as t…
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A. Ernest Fitzgerald, Exposer of Pentagon Waste, Dies at 92
A. Ernest Fitzgerald, a tenacious Air Force cost expert who was fired after testifying to Congress in 1968 that a new fleet of aircraft had soared $2 billion over budget but who regained his job and continued to uncover waste at the Pentagon, died on Jan. 31 in Falls Church, Va. He was 92.
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32 minutes ago by noiseguy
Christopher Hasson, Coast Guard Officer, Plotted Attacks at His Desk, Filings Say
Sitting in an office in Coast Guard headquarters, where the mission is to ensure the safety of the nation, Lt. Christopher P. Hasson took illicit opiates and plotted terror attacks that he hoped would spark a race war, according to the authorities.

To outward appearances, the 49-year-old lieutenant was a suburban father with a desk job supplying Coast Guard ships, who was glimpsed by neighbors coming and going in uniform or walking his dogs with his wife.
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36 minutes ago by noiseguy
Coast Guard Officer Plotted to Kill Democrats and Journalists, Prosecutors Say
A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist who was arrested in Maryland last week was plotting to kill a long list of prominent journalists and Democratic politicians, as well as professors, judges and what he called “leftists in general,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Tuesday.
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yesterday by noiseguy
The U.S. Has Wasted Billions of Dollars on Failed Arab Armies – Foreign Policy, Jan 31, 2019
The Arab world never really industrialized, and this relative underdevelopment meant that many Arabs came to the military without much understanding of advanced machinery. As a result, Arab personnel often failed to get the full potential out of their weapons and invariably failed to maintain them properly, with the result that the real numbers of tanks, planes, and artillery pieces they could field were far fewer than what they had purchased.

But the most critical factor is that Arab cultural-educational practices conditioned too many of their personnel to remain passive at lower levels of any hierarchy and to manipulate information to avoid blame. In modern combat—where the difference between victory and defeat is often aggressive, innovative junior officers able to react to unforeseen circumstances and take advantage of fleeting opportunities—these tendencies proved devastating time and again.
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yesterday by elizrael
Brexit won't necessarily lead to an EU army
With the Brexit deadline fast approaching, there's a growing belief that the U.K.'s exit from the EU could galvanize calls for a European army. President…
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yesterday by jtyost2

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