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Jamie McIntyre’s Daily of Defense

DEATH BY HELLFIRE: The Pentagon has disclosed that last Sunday U.S. drones unleashed a furious fusillade of Hellfire missiles at two compounds in a remote area of Afghanistan’s Kunar province. The targets were al-Qaida’s two most-senior leaders Faruq al-Qatani and Bilal al-Utabi. “This is the most significant al-Qaida strike in Afghanistan in several years,” a senior Pentagon official tells us. “Al-Qatani was the number one al-Qaida official in Afghanistan, and al-Utabi was number two or three.” The Pentagon has not pronounced them dead yet, but its overhead imagery indicated both compounds were leveled. Al-Qatani, who at the time was known as Nayf Salam Muhammad Ujaym al-Hababi, figures prominently in declassified files recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. The Treasury Department has a dossier on him here. Meanwhile, … Read entire article »

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Carfentanil: Chemical Weapon for Sale

As if the presidential election cycle doesn’t give us enough to worry about comes a story by the Associated Press out of China that talks about the ease in which someone, anyone can buy his own chemical weapon capable of killing thousands for about the price of a very used car. The story below was taken down almost as quickly as it was put up. No doubt someone thought better of it or the authorities made someone think better of it. Of course the bad guys already know about this. Don’t worry about this giving someone with bad intentions bad ideas, worry that something might already be afoot.  SHANGHAI (AP) — For a few thousand dollars, … Read entire article »

Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense — The Best Military Aggregation Around

AROUND THE WORLD WITH CLAPPER: The nation’s top spymaster sat down with Charlie Rose yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations, and gave what was probably very close to the intel briefings provided to both of the major presidential candidates. It’s a grave new world out there, according toJames Clapper, the director of National Intelligence. Here’s Clapper’s take: North Korean Nukes: “I think the notion of getting the North Koreans to denuclearize is probably a lost cause. They are not going to do that. That is their ticket to survival. … They are under siege and they are very paranoid. So the notion of giving up their nuclear capability, whatever it is, is a nonstarter with … Read entire article »

Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

A FIRESTORM OF OUTRAGE: “This has the attention of our leadership,” was the succinct response from Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis Monday to the rapidly mounting outrage over the revelation that some 10,000 California National Guard troops are being forced to repay enlistment bonus that they were given a decade ago. The payments, $15,000 or more, were made to soldiers to go back to war who had no idea they didn’t actually qualify for the bonuses. Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter’s reaction was typical. “Disgraceful and insulting,” he wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. “I find it difficult to believe that either you or your leadership team was aware that such a boneheaded … Read entire article »

Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

THIS WEEK: The Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia, and based on the list of speakers, it looks like some national security heavy-hitters will be striding to the podium later in the week. On Wednesday, we’ll hear from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and retired Rear Adm. John Hutson. And on Thursday, retired Marine Gen. John Allen will speak. ALSO THIS WEEK: Defense Secretary Ash Carter is hitting the road to focus on three of his top priorities: innovation, defeating the Islamic State and recruiting the best possible troops. The three-day trip, which starts on Tuesday, includes stops at Boston, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., and Fort Bragg, N.C., where he will meet with Lt. … Read entire article »

For All You Military Aviation Buff Out There

For All You Military Aviation Buff Out There

Even if you are not into this, you might want to pass this treasure trove on to others who are. Aviation Pioneers World War I Aces Hall of Fame of the Air WW2 European Theater ( ETO ) WW2 Pacific Theater (PTO) WW2 US Marine Corps WW2 US Navy Aces WW2 Mediterranean ( MTO ) WW2 German Aces Korean War Aces Russian Aces Vietnam Era Aces Airplanes World War I Planes 1930s Aircraft photos WW2 Fighters WW2 … Read entire article »

Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

TRUMP AS PROTECTOR IN CHIEF: Declaring “I am your voice,” and “I will win for you, ” Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination in Cleveland last night casting himself as the protector of ordinary Americans. “My plan will begin with safety at home, which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order.” Trump laid out his three-point strategy to “quickly” defeat the Islamic State: 1) Gather “absolutely the best” intelligence. 2) Abandon “the failed policy of nation-building and regime change,” while working “with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terrorism.”  3) Suspend immigration “from any nation that … Read entire article »

New Strategy to Recruit Military Patriots

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Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

ANTI-ISLAMIC STATE WAR COUNCIL CONVENES: This morning at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, defense and foreign ministers from more than 30 members of the counter-Islamic State coalition meet to plot the next steps in the war on the self-proclaimed caliphate. Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosts the defense ministers, while Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with foreign ministers tomorrow in Washington. Carter will brief reporters at the end of today’s session and can be seen live at www.defense.gov 1:45 p.m. White House Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition Brett McGurk told reporters on a conference call yesterday that the ministers will be looking ahead to the liberation of Mosul, which now seems much more doable … Read entire article »

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Give it look and tell me what you think! Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoHealthWealth/ Drop me a line. Ask me a question. Best,   Rick     … Read entire article »