Pentagon officials could be responsible for up to 50,000 publicly accessible websites, according to Stars & Stripes, which is both hilarious and extremely disturbing when you consider that this is the same Pentagon that once claimed it could keep track of every rifle fielded to partner forces in Syria.
Stars & Stripes' Chad Garland reports that acting Defense Media Activity chief Army Col. Paul Haverstick told a town hall of public affairs employees that the Pentagon runs an "undefined" family of websites estimated at "between 2,000 and 5,000" total, even though the DMA officially maintains around 825.
"There's just that many and we don't know where to begin," Haverstick said, per Garland. "It's an elephant and we're the size of a fly."
To be clear: lol. A 2016 investigation into 14 years of Pentagon weapons contracts by the weapons proliferation non-profit Action on Armed Violence revealed that of the nearly 1.5 million firearms the Pentagon provided to security forces — including 978,000 M16 and M4 assault rifles — DoD officials only had records for around 700,000 weapons, or 48% of the total small arms detailed in open source U.S. government reports.
And unfortunately, it's not like these missing guns are some small price to pay in the course of building up local security forces. A May 2018 Government Accountability Office assessment of the $4.1 billion Global Train and Equip found that in only 8 out of 21 training-and-equipping projects executed in 2016 and 2017 did partner nations experience an improved capacity, while " only some of the remaining 13 projects produced some positive results."
Websites are easy to track and inventory; firearms a little bit harder. If the DoD can't even bother keeping a close eye on the former, how are we ever to believe they can do so for the latter?
A 70-minute video of Afghanistan Taliban training exercises released in 2017 appears to show a fighter with a FN SCAR (Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle) 7.62mm rifle. Other fighters are recorded carrying M4 and M16 assault rifles. (Screenshot via Al Emarah Studio)
SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean military fired two warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul said, and Chinese military aircraft had also entered South Korean airspace.
It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, a ministry official said.
First, America had to grapple with the 'storm Area 51' raid. Now black helicopters are hovering ominously over Washington, D.C.
Bloomberg's Tony Capaccio
first reported on Monday that the Army has requested $1.55 million for a classified mission involving 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" at Fort Belvoir, Va.
In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."
"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."