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EXCLUSIVE: Trump Admin Inflated Iran Intel, U.S. Officials Say

On Sunday, the National Security Council announced that the U.S. was sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf in response to troubling and escalatory warnings from Iranan eye-popping move that raised fears of a potential military confrontation with Tehran. Justifying the move, anonymous government officials cited intelligence indicating Iran had Gen. Qasem Soleimanithe head of the Quds Force, Irans covert action armhas told proxy forces in Iraq that a conflict with the U.S. will come soon, this source noted. I would characterize the…

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Under Trumps Ban, Transgender Troops Must Decide: Come Out or Hide

The gender dysphoria and keeping their jobs. Mental health experts warn that will be a terrible double bind for transgender troops. We certainly have data to suggest that living with gender dysphoria or any kind of distressjust the day in, day out chronic stress of having an incongruence between ones identity and ones biological sex at birthcauses a range of physical and mental health problems, Dr. Ashli Owen-Smith, a behavioral scientist at Georgia State Universitys School of Public Health, told The Daily Beast. Those problems include depression, anxiety, and increased…

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NORAD Santa tracker will stay on even if the government shuts down

For more than 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight around the world on December 24. And it will continue this year, even if there’s a government shutdown, the operations center said Friday in a tweet.

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Aerial Refueling Looks as Cool as It Sounds (10 Photos)

Aerial refueling is exactly what the name suggests: the transfer of fuel from one aircraft to another so said aircraft does not need to land. According to Wikipedia, it’s also commonly known as air refueling, in-flight refueling (IFR), air-to-air refueling (AAR), and tanking. There are two main refueling systems: probe-and-drogue, which is simpler to adapt to existing aircraft, and the flying boom, which offers faster fuel transfer, but requires a dedicated boom operator station. Since this is mostly a military process there are some cool (mostly US) photos online of…

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Mueller’s Latest Charges Bring Together Trump Campaign, Russia

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment is significant beyond the new charges, in that it links senior officials on President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to Russian intelligence in a criminal matter. Mueller’s indictment released Friday against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, adds witness-tampering charges to allegations that Manafort did illegal lobbying work for Ukraine and laundered millions of dollars in proceeds. It also included an allegation that a fixer described by the FBI as a former Russian spy, Konstantin Kilimnik, helped Manafort obstruct justice. "This is the first…

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Israel’s Self-Flying ‘Cormorant’ Whisks Wounded Soldiers to Safety

Five men in white overalls lifted the stretcher off the ground, one of them taking care to lay a clear plastic IV bag that’s connected to the patient onto his stomach. They marched him toward what looks like a black inflatable dinghy on small wheels, crossed with a fly. The stretcher was loaded in through a hatch on the side, and then the men stood back. The patient was actually a medical training mannequin, but that didn’t stop him (it, rather) from taking part in the first “mission representative” demonstration…

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U.S., France, U.K. Launch Strikes on Syria After Chemical Attack

Missile strikes targeted chemical weapons facilities in Syria Trump condemns Russia and Iran for supporting Syria’s Assad statement posted on Twitter. “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.” Syria said its air defenses were “confronting the U.S.-French-British aggression,” according to the state-run SANA news agency. Syria’s Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the conflict, reported that the strikes targeted several military bases, Republican Guards locations and the Scientific Studies Research Center. "Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming…

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Army of 01101111: The Making of a Cyber Battalion

Satellite dishes mark the main gate of Fort Gordon, eggshell white and lasering up at the moon. It’s a modest shrine, as these things go. Many military bases put machines of might on the front porch—tanks or helos or jumbo artillery guns—but the dishes fit Fort Gordon just fine. They’re subtle. They’re quiet. Inside the gates it’s more of the same. Fort Gordon sits in a soft Georgian basin, the traditional home of the US Army Signal Corps. Signal has been around since the Civil War and has long been…

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Its Our Duty To Support The Troops And The Second Amendment In Case We Ever Need To Kill Them All

These days, America faces its most troubling threats, both from the outside and the inside. Between terrorist groups like ISIS vowing daily to attack our citizens and our own government seemingly hellbent on infringing on our civil liberties, the American way of life as we know it is in constant danger. That’s why I believe that, regardless of politics, it’s everyone’s duty to support the troops, and also to support the Second Amendment should the day come when we need to overthrow the government and kill those troops. At the…

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