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Trump NOT Briefed By Navy On Ford Catapult; Loves ‘Goddamned Steam’ Anyway

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump may have a clear preference for a “goddamned steam” catapult on the USS Ford and its successors, but his opinion is not based on any detailed Navy briefing about the ship, according to Sean Stackley, acting Navy Secretary. Trump may have derived his remarkably insightful observations about the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System… Keep reading →

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Trump WH Makes It Official: Bigger Navy, Air Force & ‘End’ To Sequestration:

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WASHINGTON: Soon after President Donald Trump took the oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” the White House posted two documents declaring they would boost the size of the Navy and Air Force, increase our offensive and defensive cyber capabilities and end sequestration. In the first document, Making Our Military Strong Again, the Trump Administration… Keep reading →

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Is Trump, Information Warrior, Key To Defeating Daesh (ISIL)?

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President-elect Trump has promised to destroy Daesh. If Trump wants to avoid being the third Administration in succession to sink into the morass of the Middle East, it is essential to first ask what declaring victory would look like. Part of the West’s challenge is rooted in that Daesh is a brand inside a religion and… Keep reading →

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Forbes Falls Off SecNav Wagon; Hedge Fund Guy From Hong Kong Next

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WASHINGTON: After almost two decades in Hong Kong riding the Chinese economic buffalo, a man little known in Washington is apparently the frontrunner for Navy Secretary in the Trump administration. One source with deep knowledge of the Navy and GOP politics called the pick of Philip Bilden “f**ing ludicrous.” Another, with similar credentials, called it “crazy.”… Keep reading →

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Strip Trump’s NSC Spox Of Her Thesis: Open Letter To Columbia University

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UPDATED: Crowley Will Stay In NYC, Per Request She Withdraw; Jan. 16 This is a little out of of our usual lane, but the controversy about Monica Crowley’s apparent plagiarism, both  in large sections of her Ph.D thesis and in a recent best-selling book of hers, raises troubling issues of truthfulness and personal integrity, values one hopes… Keep reading →

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