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Ex-U.S. intelligence officer pleads guilty to attempted espionage for China

“In 2014, a Chinese intelligence service recruited Hansen, the Justice Department said” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The officer, Ron Rockwell Hansen, was accused of trying to transmit classified U.S. national defense information to China and receiving “hundreds of thousands of dollars” while illegally acting as an agent for the Chinese government.Hansen started working at the DIA, which specializes in military intelligence, in 2006 after his retirement from the U.S. Army, and held a top-secret security clearance for many years, according to the Justice Department. Source: 95kqds.com

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From NATO, new proof that Belgium and Germany are pathetic allies

“In 2014, Belgium spent 0.98 percent of GDP on defense, and Germany spent 1.18 percent” writes Screenshot Nato for washingtonexaminer.com. In 2018, Belgium spent an insane 72.06 percent of its defense budget on personnel, and Germany spent 46.97 percent.The leader of Europe’s largest economy is happy with the current status quo, in which the U.S. accounts for 50.1 percent of total NATO GDP and 70 percent of total NATO defense spending. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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The US sees Turkey’s purchase of Russia’s advanced missile system as a big problem for NATO, but Turkey says it can’t quit the deal

“NATO member Turkey has repeatedly said it is committed to buying the Russian missile defense system, despite warnings from the United States that the S-400s cannot be integrated into the NATO air defense system” writes Steve Holland for businessinsider.com. Disputes over strategy in Syria, Iran sanctions and the detention of U.S. consular staff remain unresolved, and the issue of missile defense threatens to widen the rift again.FILE PHOTO: Russian servicemen drive S-400 missile air defence systems during the Victory Day parade at the Red Square in Moscow Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters)…

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US senators say the Pentagon’s budget plan would use a ‘slush fund’ for Trump’s border wall

“The Pentagon’s budget request included $165 billion in OCO funding” writes Mike Stone for businessinsider.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic US senators berated top Defense Department officials on Thursday over the Trump administration’s plan to sidestep Congress by using money intended for ongoing wars to finance the president’s long-desired border wall with Mexico.Last year’s OCO request was only $69 billion with no separate funding broken out.On top of the extra OCO request, another $9 billion would be put in an “emergency” account that could be used to fund a US-Mexico border…

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2019 C-USA power rankings: Half the conference might win it

“Projected conference wins, with overall wins in parentheses” writes Mar Edt for sbnation.com. Three teams within 0.9 conference wins of each other, and the defending champ not far behind.At the end of each conference previews run-through, I take a look at how I perceive the conference’s balance of power heading into the season.C-USA defenses ran the gamut last year, from all-or-nothing (UAB) to massively bend-don’t-break (FIU) to, well, nothing-and-break, I guess. Source: sbnation.com

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Pentagon on new transgender policy: ‘This is not a ban’

“The Pentagon released its guidance on service by transgender persons Wednesday, which grandfathers current troops under a 2016 policy that allows them to serve openly in their preferred gender” reports washingtonexaminer.com. New troops will come under a policy drafted by former Defense Secretary James Mattis in 2018, which is facing court challenges.Pentagon officials said the policy is based on the ability of troops to perform their duties.Transgender troops who were at any time subject to the 2016 policy instituted by former President Barack Obama’s Defense Secretary Ash Carter fall under…

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A troubling trend is developing at the Pentagon after Mattis’ sudden exit

“The number of empty posts is alarming veteran defense officials, who fear too many vacancies are grinding down the Pentagon’s effectiveness” writes Foreign Policy for businessinsider.com. However, Mattis’ departure and questions about Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s management style, along with the administration’s delay in nominating a permanent secretary, has exacerbated the problem, experts say. Source: businessinsider.com

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Elon Musk’s defense of his Tesla tweet will get U.S. SEC response

“The settlement between Musk, Tesla and the SEC resolved an SEC lawsuit over claims Musk made on Twitter in August that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private at $420 per share” reports autoblog.com. The top U.S. securities regulator received permission from a federal judge on Tuesday to respond to Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk’s arguments that his Twitter post about the electric vehicle maker’s production volume did not violate his recent fraud settlement. Source: autoblog.com

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