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Pentagon proposes slashing funding for Stars and Stripes – Task & Purpose

Posted by M. C. on February 11, 2020

Lederer said in a Stars and Stripes story that the Pentagon plans to cut $7 million from the newspaper’s budget, or about 35% of its annual expenses.

That is just a handful of big bombs. May S & S got too close to the truth too many times for it’s own good.

Nip it!

https://taskandpurpose.com/pentagon-cuts-stars-stripes-funding

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The Defense Department plans to cut funding for Stars and Stripes, the editorially independent newspaper for U.S. troops and their families overseas.

“We essentially decided that — kind of coming into the modern age — that newspapers are probably not the best way that we communicate any longer,” the Pentagon’s acting comptroller Elaine McCusker said during a briefing Monday about the Defense Department’s budget request.

The decision to cut funding for Stars and Stripes came as a result of a Defense Department wide review that looked at trimming costs, said McCusker, who could not say exactly how much the Pentagon wants to cut the newspaper’s subsidy by.

(Disclosure: This reporter worked for Stars and Stripes from August 2005 until December 2011).

Stars and Stripes publisher Max Lederer said he was notified on Monday that the Defense Department plans to eliminate all appropriated funding for the newspaper starting in fiscal 2021.

“Consequently, I have just begun to evaluate the impact to operations,” Lederer told Task & Purpose. “The loss of funding to support the Stripes mission around the world will definitely reduce the ability of the Stripes staff to gather, produce, and deliver the content needed and desired by the military community. The men and women who sacrifice every day for the safety of our nation deserve the objective and balanced unique content produced by Stars and Stripes.”

Lederer said in a Stars and Stripes story that the Pentagon plans to cut $7 million from the newspaper’s budget, or about 35% of its annual expenses.

Stars and Stripes is often the only source of information to deployed service members, especially since the Defense Department has begun preventing troops from taking their cell phones with them when they go downrage.

The newspaper first published during the Civil War and it has served troops continuously since World War II. It is available both in print and online.

Past defense secretaries have tried to phase out Stars and Stripes but the newspaper has traditionally enjoyed strong support in Congress.

Wall Street reporter Gordon Lubold first reported on Sunday that the Defense Department plans to cut Stars and Stripes’ funding as part of an effort to transfer $5 billon to higher priority projects.

“There were no previous discussions with the organization before today’s announcement,” Stars and Stripes editor Terry Leonard told Task & Purpose. “We have not had time to do an assessment. But it seems likely it will have a large impact on our ability to provide the fair, balanced and often unique content about and for our military audience that our readers have a right to expect.”

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Pentagon racks up $35 trillion in accounting changes in a year

Posted by M. C. on January 22, 2020

The Defense Department acknowledged that it failed its first-ever audit in 2018…

FIRST EVER!

While auditors found no evidence of fraud…

Of course not. The government is auditing itself. Like when the justice department investigates the (justice department’s own) FIB.

All that money and we haven’t won a war since 1945 and have been in a stalemate with a couple of almost stone age countries since 2002.

Pentagon: The definition of failure…is rewarded more money by Government: The definition of failure.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/pentagon-racks-up-dollar35-trillion-in-accounting-changes-in-a-year/ar-BBZcVdy

Tony Capaccio

The Pentagon made $35 trillion in accounting adjustments last year alone — a total that’s larger than the entire U.S. economy and underscores the Defense Department’s continuing difficulty in balancing its books.

The latest estimate is up from $30.7 trillion in 2018 and $29 trillion in 2017, the first year adjustments were tracked in a concerted way, according to Pentagon figures and a lawmaker who’s pursued the accounting morass.

The figure dwarfs the $738 billion of defense-related funding in the latest U.S. budget, a spending plan that includes the most expensive weapons systems in the world including the F-35 jet as well as new aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines.

“Within that $30 trillion is a lot of double, triple, and quadruple counting of the same money as it got moved between accounts,” said Todd Harrison, a Pentagon budget expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The Defense Department acknowledged that it failed its first-ever audit in 2018 and then again last year, when it reviewed $2.7 trillion in assets and $2.6 trillion in liabilities. While auditors found no evidence of fraud in the review of finances that Congress required, they flagged a laundry list of problems, including accounting adjustments.

Although it gets scant public attention compared with airstrikes, troop deployments, sexual assault statistics or major weapons programs, the reliability of the Pentagon’s financial statement is an indication of how effectively the military manages its resources considering that it receives over half of discretionary domestic spending.

The military services make adjustments, some automatic and some manual, on a monthly and quarterly basis, and those actions are consolidated by the Pentagon’s primary finance and accounting service and submitted to the Treasury.

There were 546,433 adjustments in fiscal 2017 and 562,568 in 2018, according to figures provided by Representative Jackie Speier, who asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate. The watchdog agency will release a report on the subject Wednesday after reviewing more than 200,000 fourth-quarter 2018 adjustments totaling $15 trillion.

‘Sloppy Record-Keeping’…

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When did it become acceptable to kill a top leader of a country we aren’t even at war with?

Posted by M. C. on January 11, 2020

How did it become acceptable to assassinate one of the top military officers of a country with whom we are not formally at war during a public visit to a third country that had no opposition to his presence?

Mr. Webb has the question wrong. When hasn’t it been acceptable?

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Jim Webb, a Democrat from Virginia, served in the U.S. Senate from 2007 to 2013 and was secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan from 1987 to 1988.

Strongly held views are unlikely to change regarding the morality and tactical wisdom of President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani as he traveled on a road outside the Baghdad airport after having arrived on a commercial flight. But the debate regarding the long-term impact of this act on America’s place in the world, and the potential vulnerability of U.S. government officials to similar reprisals, has just begun.

How did it become acceptable to assassinate one of the top military officers of a country with whom we are not formally at war during a public visit to a third country that had no opposition to his presence? And what precedent has this assassination established on the acceptable conduct of nation-states toward military leaders of countries with which we might have strong disagreement short of actual war — or for their future actions toward our own people?…

Now, despite Trump’s previous assertions that he wants to dramatically reduce the United States’ footprint in the Middle East, it seems clear that he has been seduced into making unwise announcements similar to the rhetoric used by his immediate predecessors of both parties. Their blunders — in Iraq, Libya and Syria — destabilized the region and distracted the United States from its greatest long-term challenge: China’s military and economic expansion throughout the world…

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