Defense

China's New Defense Law Gives Military More Control Of War Powers

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, A new amendment to China’s defense law gives more control of the military to Beijing’s Central Military Commission (CMC), a defense body that oversees the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and is chaired by President Xi Jinping. The amendment came into effect on January 1st and weakened the role of China’s State…

House Votes To Override Trump Veto On Defense Bill

As expected, the House on Monday overwhelmingly voted to override Trump’s veto of the sweeping defense policy bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act. The final vote was 322-87, receiving the two-thirds majority it required with 109 Republicans voting to override Trump’s veto while 20 Democrats voted to sustain it. Some Republicans, including House…

PPP Loans Can Now Be Used To Fix Riot Damage, Pay For Defense Against Looters

We previously discussed the billions of dollars worth of pork in the combined $2.3 trillion government spending/covid-19 relief package. As it turns out, there is another way this stimulus is a Krugman’s Keynesian’s wet dream: according to the NYT the grants loans can be used to fix damage from riots which now are such a…

DHS To Collect DNA, Eye Scans Via Defense Contractors

The problem is that private defense contractors don’t give a rat’s whisker about privacy, citizens’ rights or the U.S. Constitution. This is the greatest danger when forming public-private partnerships (p3) that bind private entities to government authorities. ⁃ Technocracy News & Trends Editor Patrick Wood By Filipe De La Hoz via The Intercept Through a…

Glenn Greenwald Opines On Ilhan Omar’s Misguided Defense Of John Brennan

Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com The right to dissent from, and to work against, the official foreign policy of the U.S. Government is vital: foundational to Constitutional liberties. There is very little such dissent in the U.S. Congress, where many of the core tenets of the Foreign Policy Community (from CIA drone warfare and…

New Defense Chief Puts DoD On Notice: “All Wars Must End”

Trump’s new Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller sent a late Friday memo to the entire Department of Defense workforce signaling what the administration will be up to in Trump’s last weeks in office — a likely major US troop reduction, especially from the Middle East.   “We are not a people of perpetual war – it is…

Iran to Support Syria with Air Defense to Repel US, Israeli Attacks

  Iran will help to strengthen Syrian air defense capabilities as part of a wider military security agreement between the two countries, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on July 8. The statement was made after the signing of a new military cooperation agreement in…