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I am reading a book that I should have read in high school. It falls into line behind another book I should have read in high school, and a third one in which I am making slow progress. (I’m listening.) 

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I went to a very good high school and had one very very good teacher for AP English who was an Army veteran and who introduced me to writing, literature, and World War One war poems in a way that no one else did.

My AP History teacher was a veteran of World War One (his arm was permanently damaged in battle and he wore an early prosthetic forearm in a sling, inert and dysfunctional, perhaps for me the next level in empathy after Farragut’s Theorem).

Either one of these live human beings who taught me on a daily basis might have stood in for the fictional high school instructor of History and Moral Philosophy described in Starship Troopers.

The author described high school classes I wish were available to me, but weren’t. The course in survival preparation described in Tunnel in the Sky is unlike anything offered even today by small companies of preppers and former soldiers; the final exam was its climax.

 

Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is topically resurgent online today and has also spin off movies, role-playing games, and more.  But here today I’m focused on the book and the philosophies.

And the reason that I’m reading this book and looking at the phenomenon of its resurgence is simple: we’re going to war.

And we have not yet begun to even glimpse the final exam for that course.

We’ve been at war for a long time. We are a warring nation.  We like war.  Many of our elite get rich through war.  They foster and incite violence, conflict and hatred regularly. There is a long tradition among the extremely wealthy of funding both sides of a war at the same time. They probably get some form of perverse enjoyment out of the sacrifices of humans to their fantasies of power. Henry Kissinger has a quote or two about these things. Mike Rivero has published an article on war and bankers. Today’s alternative news will bring you forecasts of impending war with Russia (and perhaps China, or both).  Many people are aware of and concerned about the Soros-driven waves of Islamist refugees into Europe. The EU and NATO are described as the modern-day version of the Third Reich.

Others are concerned about waves of immigrants from various countries and cultures arriving via the US southern border. Imigration out of Asia into the Pacific Northwest has been forecast. War, weather and color revolutions have put a lot of peole on the march.

Civil war is forecast; the CONUS military exercises like Jade Helm have been widely discussed. Political change and degradation of rights enumerated under the Constitutiuon, itself widely degraded and no longer deemed worthy of protection by many, will be visible on the streets of the nation’s Capitol as a new President is inaurgurated (or perhaps assassinated, if you read some people).

So an old piece of science fiction that isn’t much younger than I am and that describes political and other virtues of military discipline and training comes into sharp focus for an individual concerned about the well-being of his family.

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“… Science fiction is a useful tool of cultural criticism in that it posits future worlds so as to reflect contemporary social concerns.”

Masters’ thesis in literature

http://scholarworks.uno.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2322&context=td 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYFcV004RfU

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“War is not violence and killing, pure and simple; war is controlled violence, for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your government’s decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him . . . but to make him do what you want him to do. Not killing . . . but controlled and purposeful violence. But it’s not your business or mine to decide the purpose of the control. It’s never a soldier’s business to decide when or where or how–or why–he fights; that belongs to the statesmen and the generals. The statesmen decide why and how much; the generals take it from there and tell us where and when and how. We supply the violence; other people–“older and wiser heads,” as they say–supply the control.”

Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

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“LANCE CPL. STEVEN West steps into a remote enemy hideout clad in a 350-pound exoskeleton, sensors piercing the darkness and displaying digital info on his helmet visor, until a shock of static feedback knocks him to the dirty floor. A band of locals surround him with pipes and rebar. “The feedback stopped, leaving his ears ringing, and grainy video feed warped back into view as he was struck again. And again.”

This scene isn’t pulled from the latest Clancy-esque techno-thriller, but a short story written as part of a new Marine Corps exercise using science fiction to think about possible threats 15 to 30 years in the future.

“Water’s a Fightin’ Word” recounts what happens when a squad of Marines on a humanitarian mission in Africa gets surrounded during a global freshwater shortage. The author slips in glimpses of military technology in its infancy today, such as the exoskeleton, electromagnetic pulse weapons, and combat-ready robots, and combines it with likely geopolitical scenarios, such as conflict over water and other environmental resources.

Officers at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory/Futures Directorate in Quantico, Va., came up with the idea last year to host a sci-fi contest to spur creativity, as well as get uniformed Marines to conceive of threats in a different way. A total of 84 entries were narrowed down to 18 finalists, who were paired with professional sci-fi writers—including “World War Z’s” Max Brooks—during a workshop co-hosted by the Atlantic Council. After months of editing, the top three stories were collected in “Science Fiction Futures: Marine Corps Security Environment Forecast 2030-2045″ and published online [ http://www.mcwl.marines.mil/Portals/34/Documents/FuturesAssessment/Marine%20Corps%20Science%20Fiction%20Futures%202016_12_9.pdf?ver=2016-12-09-105855-733 ].

The stories share common themes of political chaos, a rising China, a less-powerful and more inward-looking United States, conflicts over environmental resources, and the growth of megacities in the developing world. For Marines, who are the first US boots on the ground in the toughest situations, the toughest challenges may stem from the latter.

“It will not be like Fallujah or Hue City,” said Marine Lt. Col. Patrick Kirchner, citing intense block-by-block conflicts in Iraq 2004 and Vietnam 1968. “But more like Manhattan, and not on a weekend.” Kirchner’s comments came at a panel on the sci-fi Marine warfighting project at the Atlantic Council in Washington. “You can’t pick out the enemy and you can’t just shoot him. You’ve got to figure out how to clear a skyscraper. You can’t just hang green t-shirts or chem-lites in the window and say it’s clear. We have to find out how to figure out this kind of situations.”

More:

https://www.wired.com/2017/01/better-way-marines-prepare-future-wars-sci-fi/ 

 

Music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onGWF8mz1Zw 

 

“Robert Heinlein’s ‘Starship Troopers’ is the only novel on the required reading list at the Army War College and Annapolis for the study of small force tactics.” 

“Small Unit Tactics” by Will Serwetman is available as a free download on the Internet.

On YouTube, you can find hours of assessment by major national think tanks on Russian military capabilities, hybrid warfare, urban warfare and the growth of mega-cities, and I probably only scratched that surface

YouTube is also resplendent with videos on squad tactics, urban warfare techniques, land navigation, and more.  Books and classes are available on community squad formation, how to conduct local “intel”, etc.  In today’s world, whether in the military or on the home front, we must consider the role and presence of women.

Preparing for war has become part of our culture. 

Somebody wants to bring combat upon you.

Are you ready for it?

Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is a story about boot camp and military duty.

“COMBAT – that means life and death with people actively seeking to destroy you.”  Learning how to survive combat  is a serious business involving “the teaching of serious skills in a dynamic, live-fire environment. It takes tough men [and women[ to have first acquired the skills in order to teach them and it takes tough men [and women] to maintain order, discipline and safety in an environment to teach those skills.”

Starship Troopers: Thoughts #1

Note that I am not an expert in, nor have I ever experienced combat. 

 

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“… Advanced sensors, air/land/sea vehicles that can stay on alert for extended periods of time, and immediate battle damage assessment have changed the rules of warfare — as well as what is considered acceptable collateral damage.

All these factors make it easier to control violence. But it’s up to the politicians to tell the military what purpose the violence serves, and that hasn’t gotten any easier. Sun Tzu himself warned about it, saying, “He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.” However, Sun Tzu never had to deal with satellite communications, a 24-hour news cycle, or a pesky thing called democracy.”

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a13103/starship-troopers-is-the-new-the-art-of-war/ 

[Ed.: But we don’t have a democracy, and never did; we have what’s left of a constitutional republic….]

 

Heinlein’s tidy piece of science fiction offers lessons in civilian leadership.

 

8 Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Tips from Starship Troopers

Oct 21, 2015

Robert Heinlein’s science fiction classic Starship Troopers, published in December 1959, is a permanent fixture on military reading lists among the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Starship Troopers describes how Johnnie Rico starts as a private in the Mobile Infantry, an Earth-based military force that serves as a galactic and heavily armed raiding force. The Mobile Infantry was similar to a WWII Marine Raider force or the Army Rangers of WWII – high on firepower, shock tactics, and infantry force.  The essence of Starship Troopers was a fight for survival of the human race across the galaxy.  Humans were threatened by a race of intelligent, highly skilled, and ferocious spider-like creatures (“Bugs”).  Standing in their way, the front line of Earth’s defense forces, was the Mobile Infantry.  The Mobile Infantry could be considered as interstellar Marines, transported from plant to planet in huge starships and then “parachuted” from planetary orbit.  On the ground, the Mobile Infantry fought in incredible, 2,000 lb, powered, armored suits.

Starship Troopers showed us that, despite the technology, being in the Infantry was still the Infantry with constant hard work, impossible odds, and zero thanks.  The Mobile Infantry fought and trained as Infantry has always done: outnumbered, in the cold and dark, and against incredible odds to save the human race and each other.  Starship Troopers made its way into the modern military lexicon more than a decade ago, most notably during the U.S. involvement in Somalia, where local Somali militia were referenced as “Skinnies” in comparison to one of the antagonist militaries that the Earth forces fought against in the opening chapters of the book.

Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is a great refresher on some of the truly vital and critical skill sets that veterans bring to organizations in their post-military careers. If you are on the first day or your 10th year of your military transition, be sure to look down this list to contribute all you can.  There are 8 key insights that matter to how effective military veterans can be in business and their second careers.

1  The Entire Team Works On The Primary Mission.

The motto of the Mobile Infantry is, “Everybody drops and everybody fights.” On numerous drops, all of Rico’s unit went into combat.  Regular soldiers, but also cooks, administrative personnel, and even Chaplain’s – everyone fought.  From an organizational standpoint, this was the sheer genius from the Mobile Infantry. Literally, 100% of the organization was dedicated to its primary purpose of combat. The concept of “everybody fights” was a simple and valuable reminder that the majority of your organization should be dedicated to its mission.

Relevance to Military-To-Civilian Career Transition.  When you come into a new company or organization, how much of your job should be dedicated to doing what your company does for its customers? If your primary job reinforce safety standards on oil rigs, then how much of your time do you actually spend enforcing and training on oil rig safety standards? In the military and in the corporate world, it can be very, very easy to be distracted by activities that take time and effort, but do not contribute to the primary purpose of your organization towards its customers.

1  Performance in The Present, Not In The Past, Is All Important

Every person in the mobile infantry, and society at large, was judged by what they did, how they performed, and how well they followed orders. This focus on performance as the sole benchmark of personal value weas refreshing. In Heinlein’s sci-fi future, you could be rich or poor, from a great family or a questionable one, or have a PhD or a high school degree, and the only thing that mattered in the mobile infantry was well you performed.  In business, you can have a great corporate culture but if the product was bad, the customer service ineffective, or the company was not innovative, then you failed.  For both business and the military, performance was everything.

Relevance to Military-To-Civilian Career Transition.  Performance was a central driving criteria for veterans because no matter that you were a crewmember on a destroyer or an Apache Helicopter pilot, what mattered was how well you performed your current job. Don’t worry about how your background compares to others in your organization. Worry about how well you perform and always seek to improve.

1  Difference And Diversity Is A Non-Issue In The Modern Workplace

Starship Troopers gets some diversity and gender issues right and others completely wrong.  Gender, physical disability, and race played significant roles throughout the book. Women were allowed to perform all combat roles, even direct ground combat. However, there were barely any women in the Mobile Infantry because they were better suited for more vital military roles, like being starship pilots, serving in military intelligence, or weapons development. Women, it turns out, were even more valuable than men in effective combat performance and outcomes. The most important, strategic positions were reserved for women.

What Heinlein missed was the concept that a woman would want a direct combat position?  If Heinlein had ever met Ronda Rousey, then the whole Mobile Infantry might have been women.  The vast majority of Rico’s teachers were disabled combat veterans.  His Strategy instructor was the best military strategist who only happened to be blind. If anything, according to Rico, it made him a better strategist. Based on the concept of superior job performance that permeates the book, disability was an illogical reason to exclude anyone, because everyone’s value was based on how they performed.

Relevance to Military-To-Civilian Career Transition.  For military veterans, we are used to dealing with gender, diversity, and other issues on a daily basis.  Military members, like the Mobile Infantry, are used to dealing with different races and religions.  Veterans will need to work with other non-veteran civilians to have their military service fully understood and how it contributes to their current workplace.  Veterans will need to strive at times to be open and understanding with others as they explain and demonstrate the value of their service for their employer’s success.  The lesson from Starship Troopers was that when an organization unites under a compelling mission, truly focuses on performance, then difference does not apply.

5 More Lessons at Military One Click.  Content Provided Courtesy of Military One Click: http://militaryoneclick.com/8-military-to-civilian-career-lessons/ 

http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/famous-veteran-robert-a-heinlein.html 

“… A scientifically verifiable theory of morals must be rooted in the individual’s instinct to survive–and nowhere else!–and must correctly describe the hierarchy of survival, note the motivations at each level, and resolve all conflicts. We have such a theory now; we can solve any moral problem, on any level. Self-interest, love of family, duty to country, responsibility toward the human race . . . . The basis of all morality is duty, a concept with the same relation to group that self-interest has to individual.”

Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

 

 

 

 

If it is true, as Heinlein says, that “The noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body between his loved home and the war’s desolation”, then a lot of us have a lot of thinking and work to do, even those of us who are physically impaired, elderly, or otherwise not inclined to sign up for some physically-punishing romp up and down some hills in the Appalachians, the Rockies, or even the flatlands.

With or without training, with or without armaments, in forthcoming wars, civil or otherwise, you will have to be mindful, self-aware, alert, prepared, and trained in the use and maintenance of your arms, your legs, your heart, your lungs, and your brain.

“It is a basic function of self defense and your job as an adult member of your family/ community. It is not a responsibility to be handed off the the police, or the State. When you do, it is all too easy to take that responsibility and capability away from you entirely, by disarming you and making you incapable of self defense. Whether by physically disarming you, or brainwashing your mind, you are gelded.”

https://www.maxvelocitytactical.com/2015/04/starship-troopers-thoughts-1/ 

Isn’t that in parallel with one of my most favored quotes from Tim Gallwey in Summon The Magic ?

One’s true capacity for moving,

or being moved, can be achieved

only when one’s commitment to others

is in fact connected to and derived from

his primary commitment to himself. 

When we find this kind of alignment of purpose,

there is a harmony of motivation

that can provide the fuel and clarity

to overcome great obstacles

in the pursuit of great challenge.

from The Inner Game of Work, by W. Timothy Gallwey

 

If your nation unleashes an environment — whether or not you are its target or merely it witness — of engineered super-soldiers, the use of drones, EMP and other directed-energy weapons, artificial intelligence and cyberwar, robotic military vehicles, drones and neuroweapons, are you ready?

Are you left of bang ?

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“… To permit irresponsible authority is to sow disaster; to hold a man responsible for anything he does not control is to behave with blind idiocy….”

Resources:

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2534973-starship-troopers 

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Starship_Troopers 

https://www.part-time-commander.com/17-quotes-and-leadership-lessons-from-the-book-starship-troopers/ 

https://www.abebooks.com/products/isbn/9780425071588 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starship_Troopers 

http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Robert_Heinlein 

http://www.heinleinsociety.org 

http://www.thesullenbell.com/2016/05/26/reverse-engineering-humanity/ 

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engineering human evolution

engineering human evolution

Several weeks ago, a book about recipes for summoning demons and the agendas of those who practice alchemy arrived on my doorstep.

Music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs-23ALB_Tw

It was an explanation by several advanced students of deep theologies of the depths and depravities of attempts to improve the human condition by radically modifying and tinkering with the human condition.

Such experiments and theories, the authors explain, are apparently as old as the ages and show up dominantly in the hidden depths.  They are also present, though large hidden on purpose from our view, in today’s society and culture.  Like most of Joseph Farrell’s books, this is not light reading. Some call this kind of stuff alternative history, but that’s a kind brushing aside of the importance of the deep research that has been done and which he brings to the surface. On the timeline of history, Farrell and his co-author go way way back in order to help you see the trends into the future.  I highly commend the book to your bookshelf so that you may peer into the past, but I am going to zero in on a phrase or term he used on page 136 and discussed for another six or seven pages as the vehicle to assist you in seeing more clearly what’s happening right now and what it’s implications are for the future. [See also http://www.lulu.com/shop/joseph-p-farrell-and-scott-d-de-hart/dialogues-1-transhumanism-in-dialogue/paperback/product-21238670.html ]

Farrell was brought to my attention because I regularly read the blog over at the Solari Project, Catherine Austin Fitts’ private enterprise that teaches people to see and track where the money goes. I got very interested in what Fitts had to say after I’d read her on the topic of 9/11 (she was saying “follow the money” before all the dust had settled in Manhattan), on the topic of narcodollars, and most notably her treatise on the politics of the recent past known as Dunwalke.  As part of her development work, she once hired me to help her think through the possibilities of developing a board game, maybe a latter-day version of Monopoly in which people could see how bankers and others extracted financial value from a community and to teach them how to spend, act and shape their own home towns in an assertive and protective manner.  I failed that assignment though she paid me the $500 fee anyway, and I turned that money into a life-changing trip down the backside of the Appalachian ridge where I discovered much. She however went on more deeply into Solari Circles, the “Coming Clean” campaign and has since worked with others (including Farrell)  to to track covert budgets, an effort that gets updated under the term “Space-based Economy”.

See http://investmentwatchblog.com/catherine-austin-fitts-ufo-economy-3-0-the-black-budget-rockets-into-space/

http://www.educatinghumanity.com/2016/03/the-ufo-economy-black-budgets.html

http://www.darkjournalist.com/rpt-darkeconomy.php

http://thephaser.com/2015/11/the-breakaway-civilization-joseph-p-farrell-catherine-austin-fitts-richard-dolan/

http://awakeningdisclosure.com/category/secret-space-program-conference-2015/

and especially

https://secretspaceprogram.org/media/catherine-austin-fitts-4/.

 

The concept of a breakaway civilization is discussed on page 147 in Farrell’s “Transhumanism”, but we really need to step back at least one or two steps for the idea of a “breakaway civilization” comes into focus.

It’s the section of the book that runs from page 135 to 147 that will form the fuel of this blog entry.

The key phrase in particular?: The “GRIN technologies”. I was skimming when I encountered that and immediately went back to find the first reference: what are the GRIN technologies? The acronym stands for Genetic, Robotic, Information, and Nanotechnology.

Genetic technologies, the manipulation by humans of an organism’s genome, have exploded onto the scene in the fields of medicine, food, warfare, the development of laboratory chimera.

Robotics are transforming industry and warfare, aeronautics and space travel, health services including surgery, terrestrial and extra-terrestrial exploration and mining, and in the home environment.

Information technologies have been with us for decades and are now foreseen within a digital revolution including “algorithms, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, statistical probability matrices and” the acceleration of learning, the “smartness” inherent in the “evolving nexus of forces” (‘clouds’, social, mobile and information all coming together). “Desktop” has given way to ‘smart’ phones, androids, pads,  and similar devices and social media wherein information will become a commodity like electricity. Learning about data mining has been a growth industry for years.

Nanotechnology is, according to Wikipedia, the “manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale”. “Nanotechnology as defined by size is naturally very broad, including fields of science as diverse as surface science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics, microfabrication, molecular engineering, etc.”

… While the international transhumanist movement has existed for decades, it’s been growing like wildfire in the last 18 months. Media coverage of transhumanism has tripled in the last year according to the Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Transhumanism is featured in a number of recent blockbuster Hollywood movies, including Transcendence, Lucy, and Oscar-winning Her. And a younger generation—many in high school and college—appear to be embracing it….

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/transhumanist-a-conspiracy-theory-problem

If your brain can’t get its synapses around the convergence of these four concepts/technologies, then you surely can understand the concept of a “breakaway civilization” and the fact that some current corporations and governments will work very hard to inform, educate, train and harness financial and other energies and to prevent others from knowing about them and what the powers that be are doing and plan to do with them. That’s why you should be interested in what Fitts and Farrell have to say. The powers that be hasten to effect their escape, leaving the less-fortunate, the not-wealthy, the less informed, the “useless eaters”, to face a world that they have set on a course toward self-destruction.

In Neal Stephenson’s 2015 novel Seveneves, survivors of a worldwide holocaust are tasked with seeding new life on a dormant Earth. Rather than create specific breeds of animals to be hunters, scavengers, or prey, species like “canids” are developed with mutable epigenetic traits, with the intention that the animals would quickly transform into the necessary roles that would be required for an ecosystem to rapidly evolve. Additionally, a race of humans, “Moirans,” are created to survive in space, with the hope that this subspecies of human would be able to adapt to unforeseeable dangers and circumstances, via an epigenetic process called “going epi”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epigenetics

Two important references noted by Farrell and de Hart in their book are Joel Garreau’s Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies — and What It Means to be Human, and Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.

Garreau notes that the GRIN technologies overlap and intermingle to create a “curve of change unlike anything we humans have ever seen and that each of them, taken individually, are transformative and “each hold the potential to change human nature itself.”  Farrell and de Hart cite Kurzweil when they say that “taken together, or engineered or employed in various combinations, the transformation is even more sweeping”; it is alchemical.

The target, says Garreau, is the very essence of man’s nature. “The goal is to seamlessly merge mind and machine, engineering human evolution so as to directly project and amplify the power of our thoughts throughout the universe.”

 

Are you a transhumanist?  Take the test here:

http://indiafuturesociety.org/transhumanist-take-test/

 

The leading transhumanist might once have been thought to be Ray Kurzweil, computer scientist, inventor and futurist involved in fields such as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He has written books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism. Says Wikipedia: “Kurzweil is a public advocate for the futurist and transhumanist movements, and gives public talks to share his optimistic outlook on life extension technologies and the future of nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology…. Kurzweil has authored seven books, five of which have been national bestsellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in science. Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near was a New York Times bestseller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy…. He maintains the news website KurzweilAI.net …. he is quoted in the documentary Transcendent Man as saying that the household always produced discussions about the future and technology…. In December 2012, Kurzweil was hired by Google in a full-time position to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing”. … Kurzweil’s book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, was released on Nov. 13, 2012.”

But Ray isn’t running for President under the banner of the transhumanist party; that honor goes to Zoltan Istvan, “an American journalist[2] and transhumanist. He writes transhumanist-themed columns: “The Transhumanist Philosopher” a blog for Psychology Today and “Transhumanist Future” for Vice’s Motherboard. He has also worked as a reporter for the National Geographic Channel and is a blogger of futurist, transhumanist, and atheist topics for The Huffington Post.  He is the author of The Transhumanist Wager, a philosophical science fiction novel….”

Note the backgrounds and histories of both Kurzweil and Istvan and their self-proclaimed spiritual/religious identities, as well as their personal perspectives and approaches to immortality.

relevant graphic:

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theme music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy4HA3vUv2c

 

“… the ultimate goal of transhumanism is nothing less than the scientific and technological reversal of the Tower of Babel Moment of History, of The Fall of Man, and the alchemical ascent back up the scala caeli, the ladder to heaven…. The implications of this are … breathtaking.  At the head of the list is the alchemical fusion of man and mineral in the form of implanted computer chips to “enhance” the abilities of humans to interface directly with computers…. Any human being — a microcosm — will be capable of becoming a macrocosm, of literally stretching out to control [something millions of miles away.]. The next step is toward true computer-enhanced telepathy and interface…, to seamlessly merge mind and machine, engineering human evolution so as to to directly project and amplify the power of thought throughout the universe.” [page 138, Farrell and de Hart]

It is, according to Kurzweil, tantamount to reverse-engineering the human brain. “Indeed, as he points out, the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, based in Munich, has already engineered a computer chip that allows human neurons to be grown on a computer chip, directly interfacing with it, [as well as] technologies that allow it to detect when specific neurons are fired [and] allow them to cause or prevent certain neurons from firing, in short, to modify human consciousness and behavior directly via computer implants.” [page 139, Farrell and de Hart]

In the transhumanist theory, the world-wide web will become a super-brain or super-consciousness long ago envisioned by Nicola Tesla. “[H]ow does one maintain one’s individuality and freedom in such a world, given the ability of these technologies to directly modify memory, behavior, and individual consciousness? [See BoyDownTheLane.com/metabolization.] And who will be the “system administrators” and “operators” in this brave new world? What is being engineered, in other words, is literally the technological version of the corporate person, where it is no longer a legal metaphor, but a technological reality, a single “distributed and interconnected brain…”. The referenced source is the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Commerce [where Penny Pritzker is the chief]. [The book notes the afore-mentioned Garreau book which in turn references Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance [http://www.wtec.org/ConvergingTechnologies/Report/NBIC_report.pdf ]as well as Gregory Stock’s Redesigning Humans and Metaman.]

The potential military applications are discussed by Farrell and de Hart, especially DARPA’s Continuous Assisted Performance component of their “super-soldier” program, on page 141 through 143. The mission brief of the Defense Sciences Office, described as the DARPA inside DARPA, a coordinating think tank not unlike those used by Nazi Germany, a “secret community of interaction between scientists secretly investigating radical concepts”, in some senses a “breakway civilization” itself, the enhanced isolated from the rest of us, is this: The elite engineered group of new humans will be able to think faster an more creatively, have near-photographic memories, read books with total recall and comprehension in minutes, repair their own bodies and maintain peak health, live longer, require less sleep, and communicate more quickly with greater clarity to allow coordinated action in shorter time periods.

Three scenarios are envisioned [page 145]  in the long run:

  1. The “Heaven” scenario, in which the emerging technologies portend a being and blissful future of longevity, of work as play, of sweeping extensions of human group consciousness not only globally but on a cosmic scale;
  2. The “Hell” scenario, in which the same technologies lead humanity to a cart strophic end, due to accidental leaks of deadly viruses, or cataclysmic wars utilizing new weapons, or through simple inability of human society and humans to cope with the sweeping changes as old institutions break down under th technological weight, and crumble into anarchy;
  3. The “Prevail” scenario is, as might be expected, a mixture of the previous twp, full of promise, to be sure, but also of reverses and setbacks, until ultimately, humanity makes choices regarding the technologies, and “muddles through”.

There is much much more in the book; I highly recommend your reading it and/or learning as much as possible as soon as possible about its topics.

For more on the concept of a Breakaway Civilization:

http://authors.exopaedia.org/edkomarek/chapter-03.html 

http://breakawaycivilization.com 

http://breakawaycivilization.com/2016/01/08/the-end-goal-of-the-breakaway-civilization/ 

Joseph P. Farrell on Funding Black-Budget Exotic Technology and Breakaway Civilization

Posted on April 24, 2014

https://amunaor.com/2014/04/24/joseph-p-farrell-funding-black-budget-technology-breakaway-civilization/ 

http://gizadeathstar.com/2011/05/darpa-nasa-and-the-breakaway-civilization/ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoXxqdg4gl8 80 minutes, left on auto-play for the 100-minute Part Two

 

Transhumanism in the Business World

The top ten seed companies: http://gmwatch.org/gm-firms/10558-the-worlds-top-ten-seed-companies-who-owns-nature

The top 20 pharmaceutical companies are noted here:

http://www.contractpharma.com/issues/2011-07/view_features/the-top-20-pharmaceutical-companies/

The fifty most influential scientists:

http://www.thebestschools.org/features/50-influential-scientists-world-today/

Here’s FastCompany’s look at the ten most innovative companies in robotics.

RoboticsTrends notes the top 50 companies in the world for 2016 based on based on their innovation, groundbreaking application, commercial success and potential, and represent many different levels and facets of the robotics ecosystem.

This international compilation spans 11 countries and in addition to the large conglomerates, 20% of the list is comprised of lesser-known startups.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOqEk440JZ8

I’ve left this in autoplay: there are two documentaries which follow totaling 80 minutes.

Here’s a map showing “the locations (by zipcode) of companies, universities, government laboratories, and organizations working in nanotechnology around the United States.”

Information technologies will not be covered in detail here; you could probably make your own list, starting with the NSA, including IBM, Apple, et al.  If you need further help, here’s Fortune’s list for 2015.

What are the psychic, cognitive and spiritual energies for scientific development of transhumanism?

A slow and reading of Transhumanism by Farrell and de Hart will give you the deep history from past millennia.  I would also recommend the books by Antony C. Sutton and the edited tome by Kris Millegan on Skull & Bones, as well as Terry Melanson’s detailed and footnoted book called “Perfectibilists”. Jonathan Moreno’s book “Mindwars” is noted in “Alarumed” below under Further Reading.

Who provided the venture capital? Other than business off-shoots created by the CIA, you’ll likely find billionaire transhumanists who are into eugenics, starting with the Rockefellers, and Bill Gates, the very rich fellow who climbed to the top of the information technology heap.

I don’t have a list of the definitive and unbleached histories of the Rockefellers and others of their era and ilk, but the reading list at the bottom of a llong excerpt from Eustace Mullins’ book “Murder by Injection” also notes Tarbell, Coleman, Sutton and others.  Here is Chapter ten of that book: http://fr.bio.medecine.narkive.com/pfIwt9hY/murder-by-injection-the-rockefeller-syndicate

According to Wikipedia, transhumanism is sometimes abbreviated as H+ or h+.

 

 

Hillary Clinton’s collegiate breakout:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hillary-clintons-breakout-moment-at-wellesley-college/

via

http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2016/08/gordon-p-and-althea-p-lang-26.html

Further reading:

The Secret Space Program and Breakaway Civilization

Authored by Mr. Richard M. Dolan 

Edition: First

https://www.createspace.com/6505003 [just ordered]

http://gizadeathstar.com [Farrell’s own home web site]

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/technology/lee-hood-bill-gates-and-a-kick-in-the-teeth/

http://www.thesullenbell.com/2015/05/12/alarumed/

http://boydownthelane.com/tag/bourne-legacy/

“TransEvolution: The Coming Age of Human Deconstruction” by Daniel Estulin

http://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/transhumanism-psychological-warfare-and-b-e-p-s-imma-be/

https://richardedmondson.net/2016/08/14/tyrannogenic-a-new-word-to-describe-threats-caused-by-government/

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/08/14/tim-cook-says-ai-augmented-reality-are-core-technologies-in-apples-future

http://www.joshuapress.com/key-issues/52-the-faces-of-origins-a-historical-survey-of-the-underlying-assumptions-from-the-early-church-to-the-twenty-first-century-9781894400589.html

” xBML (extended Business Modelling Language) is an intuitive graphical language that unlocks the DNA of a corporation using a system of diagrams based on five Ws (Who; What; Which; Where; When). xBML gives companies an complete and accurate map of their enterprise, that can then be re-used repeatedly to describe, plan and create improvement.”

 

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2016/08/swiss-central-bank-holds-5-3-billion-in-amazon-apple-google-facebook-and-microsoft-stocks/

http://opentranscripts.org/transcript/war-inside-human-body-enhanced-for-war/

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200:

How the Destruction of Political Will Doomed a U.S. Population Policy

http://www.population-security.org/index.html

http://rockefeller100.org/exhibits/show/health/family-planning

http://www.blacklistednews.com/10_Things_We_Know_About_The_Mock_Human_Sacrifice_That_Was_Just_Conducted_At_CERN/53589/0/38/38/Y/M.html

http://img.new.livestream.com/events/000000000041e3e6/dd9bf920-e942-4cb0-9920-8781537608b8.png

debate season

debate season

How many of these topics will be the focus of questions by the mainstream media during the debate season?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aLQmh240Xs

The Kolkvovo Report, on the transfer of US military technology to the Russians by Hillary and friends…

Executive Summary

• A major technology transfer component of the Russian reset overseen by Hillary Clinton substantially enhanced the Russian military’s technological capabilities, according to both the FBI and the U.S. Army.

• Russian government officials and American corporations participated in the technology transfer project overseen by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that funnelled tens of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

• A Putin-­‐‑connected Russian government fund transferred $35 million to a small company with Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta on its executive board, which included senior Russian officials.

• John Podesta failed to reveal, as required by law on his federal financial disclosures, his membership on the board of this offshore company.

• Podesta also headed up a think tank which wrote favorably about the Russian reset while apparently receiving millions from Kremlin-­‐‑linked Russian oligarchs via an offshore LLC.

http://www.g-a-i.org/u/2016/07/Report-Skolkvovo-.pdf

h/t to Mickey

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilZWthTVZpE

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http://breakingdefense.com/2016/07/marines-nsa-to-bring-smartphones-to-rifle-squad/ 

[Do you think he is playing POKEMON GO?]

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$13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Struggles with Air Operations, Can’t Defend Itself, Systems ‘Likely Require Redesigning’

July 21st, 2016 by Kevin

Well, the good news is that $13 billion looks like pocket lint compared to the cost of the F-35 catastrophe.

Have a nice day.

Via: Bloomberg:

The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier isn’t ready for warfare.

The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford — the most expensive warship ever built — may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defense and move munitions, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester. On-board systems for those tasks have poor or unknown reliability issues, according to a June 28 memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

“These four systems affect major areas of flight operations,” Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, wrote Pentagon and Navy weapons buyers Frank Kendall and Sean Stackley. “Unless these issues are resolved, which would likely require redesigning” of the aircraft launch and recovery systems “they will significantly limit the CVN-78’s ability to conduct combat operations,” Gilmore wrote, using a technical name for the carrier.

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Navy’s $12.9 Billion Carrier Isn’t Ready for Warfare, Memo Says

The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford — the most expensive warship ever built — may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defense and move munitions, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester. On-board systems for those tasks have poor or unknown reliability issues, according to a June 28 memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

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The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford — the most expensive warship ever built — may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defense and move munitions, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester. On-board systems for those tasks have poor or unknown reliability issues, according to a June 28 memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

“These four systems affect major areas of flight operations,” Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, wrote Pentagon and Navy weapons buyers Frank Kendall and Sean Stackley. “Unless these issues are resolved, which would likely require redesigning” of the aircraft launch and recovery systems “they will significantly limit the CVN-78’s ability to conduct combat operations,” Gilmore wrote, using a technical name for the carrier.

The reliability woes mean that delivery of the Ford — the first of three carriers ordered up in a $42 billion program — will probably slip further behind schedule. The Navy announced last week that the ship, originally due by September 2014, wouldn’t be delivered before November this year because of continuing unspecified testing issues.

More:

http://www.stripes.com/news/navy/navy-s-12-9-billion-carrier-isn-t-ready-for-warfare-memo-says-1.419991 

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WASHINGTON — A wearable device designed to better stimulate brain function during athletic and, perhaps, military training could soon be adopted by American special operations troops, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

The Pentagon’s start-up Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, recently entered into its first official partnership with a commercial technology firm to develop or adapt projects to help American troops on future battlefields, Carter announced in Boston, where he formally opened the Silicon Valley-based DIUx’s East Coast office. The agreement with that firm, Halo Neuroscience, will allow the military to explore uses for the company’s headphone-like brain stimulator designed for elite level professional athletes.

DIUx has created teams to scout and directly engage with commercial technology organizations to identify technologies that the Pentagon might be able to adopt or co-develop with the firms to increase servicemembers’ warfighting capabilities, Carter said. It is also using new authorities granted by Congress last year that drastically reduce the amount of time needed for the Defense Department to partner with a tech firm.

Using those authorities, DIUx entered into the partnership with San Francisco-based Halo in only about 30 days. Such an agreement could have taken months, if not years, in the past.

“This new approach is already generating lots of enthusiasm,” Carter said. “Our military services, combatant commands, and defense agencies like the speed and agility it affords.”

The partnership with Halo is among 15 initial commercially developed projects DIUx aims to adapt to military use in the coming months. Other programs include developing a tiny drone with the ability to perceive its environment to map out tightly confined spaces such as caves, tunnels or ships, and an artificial intelligence machine that can automatically sift through millions of Internet posts to identify extremist material.

Halo Neuroscience was founded in 2013 by a team of doctors, neuroscientists and engineers to develop technology to improve brain function. Its first commercially available product, Halo Sport, uses energy pulses that the company claims speed up the brain’s ability to develop new neural pathways, better connecting brain function to the body. The company calls the process “neuropriming,” and claims research shows athletes who have used it develop “more precise, coordinated, and … explosive movement.”

The device has been championed by several athletes training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and is in use by athletes in professional baseball, football and basketball, according to a Halo statement.

“These headsets will be used by teams from our special operations forces, who will work with Halo to gauge how effective their device might be at improving marksmanship, close-quarters-combat skills, and overall strength training,” Carter said.

[See prior riffs on the Bourne Legacy.]

 

During his stop in Boston, Carter also announced he increased the size of the Defense Innovation Board to include 15 high-level advisers from leading private and public innovation and technology organizations.

The board, led by Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will also include Jeff Bezos, the president, chairman and CEO, Amazon Inc. and the owner of the Washington Post; Marne Levine, the chief operating officer of Instagram, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, the renowned astrophysicist and author. Carter had previously announced it would include Schmidt, retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, who is a former Special Operations Command chief, and biographer and Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson.

The board is expected to make its first round of recommendations concerning the Pentagon’s innovation tactics by the fall, Carter said.

“I’ve given them the very specific task of identifying innovative private sector best practices that could be of use to [the Defense Department] — not unlike our recent Hack the Pentagon pilot program, which invited hackers to help find vulnerabilities in our networks,” Carter said. “It’s a perfect example of the kind of thing I’m looking for the Innovation Board to recommend.”

dickstein.corey@stripes.com
Twitter: @
CDicksteinDC

 

http://www.stripes.com/news/brain-stimulator-used-by-athletes-among-tech-devices-touted-for-troops-1.421070 

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All Cards on the Table: First-Use of Nuclear Weapons War on the Rocks (resilc). Today’s must read. As we’ve said for some time, the reason the US has been putting “defensive” missiles all over Eastern Europe.

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Tomgram: William Hartung, How to Arm a “Volatile” Planet

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176169/tomgram%3A_william_hartung%2C_how_to_arm_a_%22volatile%22_planet/#more

Posted by Michele Kearney at 9:13 AM

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos, Cass Sunstein Join Pentagon’s ‘Defense Innovation Board’

July 26th, 2016 by Kevin

See: Cass “Cognitive Infiltration” Sunstein

Also, this sounds like the group described in Ernest Cline’s Armada, which I would only recommend to absolute diehard sci-fi and gaming nerds who are between the ages of about 40 and 50 years old.

My guess, however, is that Cline got the idea for the group in his book from the Jasons.

Via: DefenseNews:

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Amazon head Jeff Bezos and former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein are among the newest names to join Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s new Defense Innovation Advisory Board.

Carter announced those names as part of a list of ten new members for the board, which he created in March to advise the Pentagon on technology innovation issues. The board is headed by Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the Google parent company.

Posted in Books, Dictatorship, Economy, Elite, Social Engineering |

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A US-developed weapon system that strikes the atmosphere with a focussed electromagnetic beam may cause global warming, the government today said and acknowledged that climate change is likely to reduce the yield of major crops like wheat and maize in India.

“The US has developed a type of weapon called High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme. HAARP strikes the upper atmosphere with a focussed and steerable electromagnetic beam,” Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

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In the video above, Dane Wigington delivers a presentation on geoengineering which took place last September in Redding, California. Wigington maintains the GeoengineeringWatch.org website, and he has gotten together with a team of lawyers to form the Legal Alliance to Stop Geoengineering, or LASG.

On Monday of this week, the LASG filed a “US 60-Day Notice of Legal Action”–basically giving notice to a number of named individuals that they are about to become defendants in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the illegal spraying taking place in our skies.

The suit is expected to be filed in federal court in California within the next 60 days.

A PDF file of the “Notice of Intent to File Citizens’ Suits” can be found here. The individuals named as “violators” in the document include Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter; Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, chief of staff of the US Air Force; Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., administrator of NASA; Louis W. Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service; and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

More:

https://richardedmondson.net/2016/07/27/legal-suit-being-readied-to-challenge-geoengineering/ 

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DARPA SPENT $62 MILLION CREATING MICROCHIPS FOR HUMANS

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is in the process of making a neural-coding device capable of controlling artificial limbs when seeded in the brain. The device has had success in animal studies and the first human trials are set for 2017. The Pentagon has subsidized the institution $62 million to help foster this mind-control technology. Meanwhile, the mainstream media is pushing for the micochipping of children sooner rather than later. During a recent televised report by NBC News, the news station purported the micro-chipping of children by the state was as normal as bar codes for consumers: “When barcodes first came out in the late 1960s, people were appalled. They were wary of them and did not understand the concept. Today, it is so commonplace, we don’t even notice it. A microchip would work much in the same way.”

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https://twitter.com/betsy_klein/status/758686831441567744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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‘US deliberately destroyed CIA black site used for torture’ –Defense teams: Black site they believed was under protective order as a crime scene has been destroyed without their knowledge. | 28 July 2016 | Ammar al Baluchi was brutally tortured in CIA custody, along with other detainees, but now it is reported that the black site where Baluchi was held has been destroyed, Alka Pradhan, defense attorney for Gitmo detainee Ammar al Baluchi, told RT. The September 11 mass murder trial has yet to begin at Guantanamo Bay detention facility for several detainees prisoners who, in the government’s opinion, are guilty enough to be charged. However, the legal proceedings are being held up by the prosecution’s evidence…And then there’s the question of one specific piece of evidence not sent back that pertains to a secret CIA black site where most of the defendants were reportedly tortured.

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http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160722/1043454942/kosovo-daesh-training-camps.html

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http://breakingdefense.com/2016/07/diux-funds-brain-hacking-headset-boston-branch-opens/ [Run, Aaron, run!]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_parentheses ((()))

Perhaps our world could identify some marca registrada  to document anti-New World Order authors and sites, and/or the regular and repeated expression of wisdom, authenticity, insight and truth.

oh, wait

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The Addiction Conspiracy: How Government and Big Pharma Created an Epidemic

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1,000s Turkish forces surround NATO’s Incirlik air base for ‘inspection’ amid rumors of coup attempt | 31 July 2016 | Some 7,000 armed police with heavy vehicles have surrounded and blocked the Incirlik air base in Adana used by NATO forces, already restricted in the aftermath of a failed coup. Unconfirmed reports say troops were sent to deal with a new coup attempt. Hurriyet reported earlier that Adana police had been tipped off about a new coup attempt, and forces were immediately alerted. The entrance to the base was closed off.

[Ed.:Aside from humanity, who benefits by having a significant nuclear arsenal effectively locked down?]

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The Obama Administration Has Brokered More Weapons Sales Than Any Other Administration Since World War II

July 31st, 2016 by Kevin

Via: The Nation:

The numbers should stagger anyone. According to the latest figures available from the Congressional Research Service, the United States was credited with more than half the value of all global arms transfer agreements in 2014, the most recent year for which full statistics are available. At 14 percent, the world’s second largest supplier, Russia, lagged far behind. Washington’s “leadership” in this field has never truly been challenged. The US share has fluctuated between one-third and one-half of the global market for the past two decades, peaking at an almost monopolistic 70 percent of all weapons sold in 2011. And the gold rush continues. Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, who heads the Pentagon’s arms sales agency, euphemistically known as the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, estimates that arms deals facilitated by the Pentagon topped $46 billion in 2015, and are on track to hit $40 billion in 2016.

Research Credit: Jb

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Electronic Voting Systems and Security

July 30th, 2016 by Kevin

Of course, it’s worse than Bruce admits: Clinton Foundation and Electronic Voting Machines

Via: Bruce Schneier:

Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack.

But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have thrown up enough obfuscating babble that election officials are largely mollified.

We no longer have time for that. We must ignore the machine manufacturers’ spurious claims of security, create tiger teams to test the machines’ and systems’ resistance to attack, drastically increase their cyber-defenses and take them offline if we can’t guarantee their security online.

Longer term, we need to return to election systems that are secure from manipulation. This means voting machines with voter-verified paper audit trails, and no Internet voting. I know it’s slower and less convenient to stick to the old-fashioned way, but the security risks are simply too great.

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https://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/turkish-prosecutor-charges-gulenist-terrorists-were-trained-by-cia-and-fbi/ 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23203136-the-lone-gladio 

conciliating a tiger

conciliating a tiger

 

“It started innocuously enough. The prime minister-for-life never missed the annual “Liberation Day” parade. With the drums and platoons thundering, nobody noticed as the quadcopter, barely larger than a sparrow, floated down toward the dais, its faint whirr drowned out by the industrial machinery rolling by in formation.

It was at once a child’s birthday present and the summation of millennia of military science. A flying machine postulated long ago by Michelangelo, now equipped with a vial of biological toxin, a GPS chip, microprocessors, and facial recognition software.

The attackers had uploaded the prime minister’s face to the quadcopter’s onboard processor, given it a rough search grid where they expected the target to be located, and then let it loose. The drone found its target, quickly zoomed within a few inches of the man’s face, deployed its payload, and self-destructed. The prime minister and his coterie were dead within the hour….”

{*music*}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peTnXmZxuZQ&list=RDpeTnXmZxuZQ#t=5 

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“His remaining lieutenants were at each other’s throats by the end of the day. Their respective clans lobbed accusations at one another on social media, live-streamed protests, and employed smartphone-wielding teenagers as spotters.

By week’s end the country was awash in blood, thrown into a full-scale civil war. Community centers equipped by aid organizations with 3D printers quickly turned into weapons-printing armories. An enterprising college student, sent away to the University of London by her urban middle-class parents, translated a copy of the U.S. Army’s Ranger Handbook into the local dialect and uploaded it to a well-known file-sharing website clandestinely built by locals on top of Wikipedia.

Cryptocurrency donations flowed in from diaspora communities in Europe, funding ad hoc logistics networks ferrying supplies by the pound across the border. It was a 21st-century Berlin Airlift of apocalyptic know-how. Thumb drives with videos describing how to mix explosives from household goods were passed around like candy. Mobile phone-towers, once symbols of modernity (and, to the discerning observer, the reach of domestic and foreign intelligence services) were quickly destroyed. In their place, ad hoc wireless mesh networks popped up around the country built with old 802.11n routers strung up to the sides of buildings, operating without the need for satellite connectivity.

Back in the United States, at the urging of members of the Congress whose districts had similar ethnic constituencies, the American president huddled his advisors. Eight days later, he gave a widely lauded speech announcing critical aid for key ethnic groups simply defending themselves against attempts at cleansing. Help would arrive in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, the Theater Special Operations Command was directed to mobilize a small “advise and assist” team. Its partner on the ground was unknown. By the time this team actually arrived 96 hours later, the war was nearly over. The government-in-exile, operating for years over private chat servers in Europe, had traveled into the country clandestinely via micro-submarine and quickly established a new government in the mineral-rich northern region.

What happens when the capabilities that we give to special operators can instead be deployed by amateurs? How will the special operations community respond?

We propose the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) initiate a formal, biannual training event that invites competition between cutting-edge special operations forces and creative members of the public. By allowing technologists to compete against and alongside premier special operators in closed training exercises, we can begin to draw tactics, techniques, technologies, and procedures currently in development in the academic and private sectors into premier special operations units in the U.S. military.

To complete its missions in an increasingly chaotic world, U.S. special operations forces (SOF) must learn to rapidly adopt technologies that may only be months old. Just as machine intelligence transformed the professional chess circuit — today’s top chess teams are human-machine hybrids — so too must SOF evolve and drive emerging capabilities more deeply into its operational elements.

Fortunately for those involved in planning, training, and executing sensitive and special operations, no nuanced actor has yet synthesized all of these new tools into a precise instrument. But there are signs of experimentation by America’s potential adversaries, most notably in the special operations campaign run by the Russian government during its annexation of Ukraine.

Why are current SOCOM operational constructs considered “special,” and how can we ensure they remain so in the future? Portions of the SOF mandate are about asymmetrically denying the enemy operational access to technology. The converse is true, too. SOCOM’s dominance relies on its ability to asymmetrically use technology to achieve traditional political and military aims faster and more efficiently. One need look no further than CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology or other special mission units supporting SOCOM. Colonel John Boyd explained that the ability to cycle through the process of observation-orientation-decision-action faster than the other side often leads to military victory. In many cases, the speed of that loop is increased with technology.

For years we’ve been seeing an exponential increase in computer and communication capabilities. Exponential growth looks linear until it hits an inflection point. Are we there? Perhaps. The iPad 2, released in 2011, was more powerful than the 1985 Cray-2 Supercomputer, which cost $35 million in today’s dollars.

This comparison illustrates the commoditization of so-called “national technical means.” What was once the sole provenance of nation states can now be purchased at the corner store, and the downward price pressure on these capabilities is not limited to the digital spectrum. Unmanned aerial vehicles with cutting-edge optics, built and used by nation states for over half a century, are now available for the cost of a meal at a modest restaurant.

Combining sensors, actuators, transducers, and other analog and digital components hereto unknown provide a potential generational leap in asymmetric capability by non-state actors and non-elite units of potential competitor nations. How can we continue to man, train, and equip the best special operations forces in the world when the same capabilities they employ, which cost us billions of dollars to acquire and train up, are available to a weekend hobbyist for a few hundred dollars?

For SOF, this logically leads to the relatively unexplored frontier of human-machine capabilities. The way we interact with computers today bears no practical difference from the way a person interacted with a computer in 1985, when the Cray-2 was the gold standard. Is it possible to learn new ways to take advantage of the best humans have to offer and combine it with the best that machines can offer?

Gary Kasparov thinks so. In an article titled “The Chess Master and the Computer,” he writes about “freestyle” chess competition where players were allowed to work with computers for a substantial prize:

The teams of human plus machine dominated even the strongest computers. The chess machine Hydra, which is a chess-specific supercomputer like Deep Blue, was no match for a strong human player using a relatively weak laptop. Human strategic guidance combined with the tactical acuity of a computer was overwhelming.

The lesson here is that human and machine, working in concert, are much more powerful than either, alone:

The surprise came at the conclusion of the event. The winner was revealed to be not a grandmaster with a state-of-the-art PC but a pair of amateur American chess players using three computers at the same time. Their skill at manipulating and “coaching” their computers to look very deeply into positions effectively counteracted the superior chess understanding of their grandmaster opponents and the greater computational power of other participants. Weak human + machine + better process was superior to a strong computer alone and, more remarkably, superior to a strong human + machine + inferior process.

Kasparov had elite training in chess, yet lost to Deep Blue in 1997 because computer could calculate millions of potential outcomes in real time. But when Kasparov worked together with a great computer, he regained the advantage. Today’s SOF are Kasparov’s peers — elite warriors. SOCOM must now leapfrog the potential loss to “Deep Blue” by examining how it can drive technology more deeply into the fabric of SOF operating structures. Do current SOF have the best process of interacting with computers? How would they know until it’s too late? What are the ramifications of losing to some poorly funded, poorly trained terrorists who stumble on a much better process?

Our proposed biannual “freestyle” SOF competition would award significant prizes to the winners, and would initially be held in the San Francisco Bay area, where many avant-garde engineering and technology minds hang their hats at the major companies and smaller startups pushing the envelope. Our idea is to draw elite and the amateur technologists into a competition of technologies and wits against U.S. Special Operations Forces in a training environment as unconstrained as modern battlefields. Over the course of 72 hours, the teams will compete to complete various tasks and then debrief each other on the tactics, technologies, and procedures employed. At the end of each competition, we will issue write-ups of who won and why — a 21st century corollary to Admiral Sims’ continuous-aim fire exercises that promulgated best practices throughout the Navy. Finally, while the long weekend will prove to be both challenging and rewarding, we also hope it will be fun.

Technology has always dictated the way in which nations prepare their soldiers for war. In ancient times, the combat tools (horses, infantry formations, trebuchets) dictated how militaries trained for battlefield efficiency. The industrial age of war changed these dynamics to focus on unit efficiency and dispersed coordination. The digital age ought to drive a similar revolution.

Isn’t it time we start?”

 

Joshua Steinman is a former member of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Rapid Innovation Cell, and recently left active duty to join ThinAir, a digital security startup in Palo Alto, California. He is a reservist with the Defense Innovation Unit, and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at National Defense University

Joshua Kvavle is a former member of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Rapid Innovation Cell, and a research scientist at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, soon to be embedded at the Office of Naval Research Global, where he specializes in next-generation optical technologies, including augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality. He holds a PhD from Brigham Young University in Electrical Engineering.

These views are those of the authors alone and do not represent the positions of any part of the U.S. government.

http://warontherocks.com/2016/05/diy-insurgency-emerging-technologies-threaten-the-sof-mission/ 

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“In the spirit of early Tom Clancy, Ghost Fleet is a page-turning imagining of how World War III might play out. But what makes it even more notable is how the book smashes together the technothriller and nonfiction genres. It is a novel, but with 400 endnotes, showing how every trend and technology featured in book— no matter how sci-fi it may seem — is real. It lays out the future of technology and war, while following a global cast of characters fighting at sea, on land, in the air and in two new places of conflict: outer space and cyberspace. Warship captains battle through a modern day Pearl Harbor; fighter pilots duel with stealthy drones; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; American veterans are forced to fight as low-tech insurgents; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on who can best blend the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future.

The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, Ghost Fleet is a unique read, a grabbing summer thrill ride but also an informing guide to the future, As such it has drawn praise from an equally unique group, ranging from the Commander of NATO to the writer of HBO Game of Thrones and the producer of The Hunger Games.”

Link to Ghost Fleet flyer.

Article on Ghost Fleet’s impact on the real world: A Novel About War With China Strikes a Chord at the Pentagon (Foreign Policy, 5/15/16)

http://www.ghostfleetbook.com/multimedia/trailer/ 

Ghost Fleet

http://www.ghostfleetbook.com/ 

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What do robotics and artificial or machine intelligence do to the speed of decision making? Militaries insist there will be a man in the loop when it comes to unmanned or semi-autonomous systems but does that man, in fact, become the weak link because he can’t make decisions fast enough to respond?

It both exponentially speeds up, but also time still matters. Let me explain that Buddha sounding statement. In whatever domain of conflict you care about, the OODA loop (observe, orient, decide, act) is shrinking to almost infinitesimal scale. In cyber conflict, for example, the speed is digital speed and the human role is moved into a managerial one. It is the same when we look at something like air defence: 30 different nations have systems that are somewhat autonomous in that they automatically shoot down incoming rocket or mortar fire. When you have speed combined with the diversity of data that is coming in, the model of the commander on a bridge of a warship receiving information and delegating responses – a model that has been the way of naval warfare for hundreds of years and it is equally the vision of the Starship Enterprise – that, frankly, may not be possible in real conflict moving forward.

http://www.ghostfleetbook.com/multimedia/questions-and-answers-about-ghost-fleet/ 

Wars reflect the worlds and technology around them, so a war in the 2020s – heck, a war today – would see the digital side of conflict. There might be changed coverage of it, whereby a witness with a smartphone might post online news of an attack before the president even knows the nation is at war.

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There’s never been more surveillance and data gathered on us, not just in our online behavior but in the real world. They include high altitude drones that carry not one camera that can pick Waldo out of crowd from a mile overhead, but systems like Gorgon Stare that the military first used in Iraq that do wide area surveillance able to track 92 different Waldos at once. Or it might be tracking not just your visuals, but your very genetic makeup, such as rapid DNA readers, again first used by Navy SEALs and now coming to police departments.

It’s like the Panopticon and Orwell crossed with William Gibson. But despite all this technology, there are still workarounds, still ways to trick the system, to use the assumptions of machine intelligence, or even more so, the assumptions of its designers and users, against it.

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Court’s Denial in Machine Gun Case Ignores Second Amendment Purpose

Posted on May 23, 2016 by David Codrea

A panel for the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court ruling and sided with the government against a man who was authorized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to manufacture a post-1986 machine gun through a trust, only to have the permission rescinded and his property confiscated. In doing so, and by ignoring founding intent behind the Second Amendment, the panel ruled the right of Americans to own militia-suitable firearms can not only be infringed, but that it’s not even a right.

The case pits the Ryan S. Watson “Individually and as Trustee of the Watson Family Gun Trust” against the Department of Justice.  This column reported on the appeal filing in December, noting Watson’s claim against the Attorney General and the acting director for ATF is being represented by attorneys Alan Beck and Stephen Stamboulieh, with fundraising coordinated through the Heller Foundation.

The basis for attempting such a build after the ban on ban on civilian ownership of machine guns manufactured after 1986.was precipitated by ATF’s documented contention “the term ‘person’ in the [Gun Control Act of 1968] does not include an unincorporated trust [and] such a trust is not subject to the prohibition.” “Watson was given permission by [ATF] to make a machine gun by approving his ATF Form 5320.1 (‘Form 1’). Watson subsequently made the authorized machine gun,” the appeal brief explains. “BATFE later revoked the approved Form 1 and mandated that Watson surrender the machine gun, which he did under protest.”

The panel opinion provides a glimpse of the tortured legal reasoning an agenda- motivated court must go through to deny both the function of the militia as well as the clear proscription that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

“We reiterated that ‘[a]t its core, the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding citizens to possess non-dangerous weapons for self-defense in the home,’ and thus, under Heller, ‘restrictions on the possession of dangerous and unusual weapons are not constitutionally suspect because these weapons are outside the ambit of the amendment,’” the opinion states. “[G]overnments may restrict the possession of machine guns.”

If we’re to believe these elite vetted and confirmed top legal scholars, the Founders conceived of a militia system where members would take to the field — to engage professional soldiers equipped with military weaponry “in common use at the time” — bearing “non-dangerous weapons for self-defense in the home.”

“The Third Circuit’s opinion in Watson v Lynch made several errors,” Stamboulieh and Beck told AmmoLand in a joint statement. “First, it failed to look at the historical analysis we provided regarding what the phrase ‘dangerous and unusual’ actually means.

“[T]he Court was able to uphold the Hughes Amendment via a circular logic; arguing that the ban is constitutional because machine guns fall within a category invented by the court,” Beck and Stamboulieh explained. “In doing so, the Court could simply ignore the arguments we presented to it. We plan on seeking rehearing by the entire Third Circuit Court in the near future.”

Additionally, the attorneys filed an appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court for Hollis v Lynch, a case out of Texas that also involves an approved Form 1 machine gun on a trust after which ATF revoked the issued tax stamp, something they have no statutory authority to do. A quick distinction between the two cases is that in Hollis, ATF approved the Form 1, but he did not build a machine gun.

Source of featured image of tiger:

http://www.bailiwickexpress.com/jsy/life/animals/try-slipping-these-tiger-related-quotes-conversation-international-tiger-day/ 

 

“…Foreign Policy magazine released an article describing the U.S.-China predicament as ‘riding the tiger.’….”

 

Ares Phobos Deimos

Ares, Phobos and Deimos

In ancient Greek mythology there were two twin boys, the sons of the fierce warrior Ares and a most appealingly beautiful and graceful woman with whom he’d had an affair.  This warrior loved war for its tumult, confusion and destruction and when he went off to war, his two sons Phobos and Deimos went before him to spread fear, dread, terror and panic.

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http://www.blacklistednews.com/Secrecy_and_willful_ignorance_at_DOJ_are_laying_the_groundwork_for_future_torture_crimes/ 

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Egypt and Syria and the Escalating American Proxy War Against Russia

Thu, 11/12/2015 – 04:24 — james

Below is an excellent discussion found at Stop Imperialism. The three-way talk is on the manoeuvring going on in the Middle East and in Vienna. What a difference it makes to have three reasonable people who listen to each other and allow each other to speak. Interruptions are minimal and there are no neocons to scuttle any intelligent analysis.

http://www.winterpatriot.com/node/956 

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“Jihadi John” goes down?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-drone-strike-targeted-jihadi-john-the-briton-linked-to-hostage-beheadings/ 

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‘Assured unacceptable damage’: Russian TV accidentally leaks secret ‘nuclear torpedo’ design –Sub apparently designed to bypass NATO radars and any existing missile defense systems | 12 Nov 2015 | The Kremlin has confirmed “some secret data” was accidentally leaked when Russian TV stations broadcast material apparently showing blueprints from a nuclear torpedo, designed to be used against enemy coastal installations. During President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with military officials in Sochi, where the development of Russia’s military capabilities were being discussed, a number of TV crews were able to capture footage of a paper that was certainly not meant for public viewing. The presentation slide titled “Ocean Multipurpose System: Status-6” showed some drawings of a new nuclear submarine weapons system.

[Ed.: Is everyone playing pong-pong agitprop?]

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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-may-planning-develop-nuclear-172645192.html 

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Vineyard of the Saker,

12 November, 2015

“… And just to make sure that everybody got it, RT wrote a full article in English about this in an article entitled “‘Assured unacceptable damage’: Russian TV accidentally leaks secret ‘nuclear torpedo’ design“….. such ideas are nothing new.  The late Andrei Sakharov had already proposed a similar idea to basically wipe out the entire US East Coast.  The Russians have also look into the possibility to detonate a nuclear device to set off the “Yellowstone Caldera” and basically destroy most of the USA in one shot. … This so-called “leak” of “secret documents” is, of course, no leak at all.  This is a completely deliberate action.  To imagine that a Russian journalist could, just by mistake, film a secret document (helpfully held up for him by a general) and then just walk away, get it passed his editor and air it is laughable.  Any footage taken in a meeting of the President with his senior generals would be checked many times over.  No, this was a deliberate way to remind the USA that if they really are hell-bent on spending billions of dollars in a futile quest to create some kind of anti-missile system Russia could easily develop a cheap weapon system to still threaten the USA with total annihilation. ….”

http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2015/11/russian-tv-accidentally-leaks-secret.html 

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CHINESE SCIENTISTS UNVEIL NEW STEALTH MATERIAL BREAKTHROUGH 

Planes and warships just got a lot harder to see with microwave radar. A group of scientists from China may have created a stealth material that could make future fighter jets very difficult to detect by some of today’s most cutting-edge anti-stealth radar. The researchers developed a new material they say can defeat microwave radar at ultrahigh frequencies, or UHF. Such material is usually too thick to be applied to aircraft like fighter jets, but this new material is thin enough for military aircraft, ships, and other equipment.

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Four chunks from the day’s D-Brief:

China just unveiled a new breakthrough in stealth technology. Beijing’s researchers developed a new material they say can defeat microwave radar at ultrahigh frequencies, or UHF, writes Defense One Tech Editor Patrick Tucker. “Such material is usually too thick to be applied to aircraft like fighter jets, but this new material is thin enough for military aircraft, ships, and other equipment.”

How this changes the game: “Today’s synthetic aperture radar use arrays of antennas directing microwave energy to essentially see through clouds and fog and provide an approximate sense of the object’s size, the so-called radar cross section. With radar absorbent material not all of the signal bounces back to the receiver.”

Which means a deadly, screaming jet can appear on radar as an innocent old bird in the sky.

How might this affect U.S. military technology like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter? Tucker has more, here.

Can the U.S. Defense Department ditch the password and finally embrace the “Internet of things,” potentially saving close to $700 million in the process? That’s what a new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies asserts. NextGov’s Mohana Ravindranath has more, here.

Get your hands on the latest Defense One eBook that digs into the highlights from this year’s Summit, which featured U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, U.S. Army chief Gen. Mark Milley, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, and many more—plus the eBook is free of charge—right here.

After the tragic Kunduz bombing, America’s advise and assist mission in Afghanistan slides under the microscope. More than a month after Afghanistan’s national security adviser reportedly “told a European diplomat his country would take responsibility because ‘we are without doubt, 100 percent convinced the place was occupied by Taliban,’” the AP’s Ken Dilanian and Lynne O’Donnell report “no evidence has emerged to support that assertion.”

Citing new evidence, AP reports the “U.S. special forces unit whose commander called in the strike was under fire in the Kunduz provincial governor’s compound a half-mile away from the hospital, according to a former intelligence official who has reviewed documents describing the incident. The commander could not see the medical facility—so couldn’t know firsthand whether the Taliban were using it as a base—and sought the attack on the recommendation of Afghan forces, the official said.”

The bottom line at this juncture: “The strike raises questions about whether the U.S. military can rely on intelligence from Afghan allies in a war in which small contingents of Americans will increasingly fight with larger units of local forces. Also at issue is how the target was vetted. American commanders, with sophisticated information technology at their disposal, allowed the strike to go forward despite reports in their databases that the hospital was functioning. Even if armed Taliban fighters had been hiding inside, the U.S. acknowledges it would not have been justified in destroying a working hospital filled with wounded patients.” Read their report in full, here.

Your #ThrowbackThursday read—tinfoil hat edition: Do America’s spies need psychics? Time magazine is running a cover story on Edwin May, a former Pentagon scientist who found himself involved in a CIA-funded program at the Stanford Research Institute 40 years ago, three years after “the CIA had embraced ESP,” Time’s Jim Popkin writes. Two years later, in 1977, Langley cut its funding—but “the Air Force, Army and Defense Intelligence Agency kept writing checks.” To follow the entire fairly epic and bumpy story that’s not all that far off from the 2009 film “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” click here.

http://www.defenseone.com/news/2015/11/the-d-brief-november-12-2015/ 

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BreakingDefense.com, the PR/information outlet centered in the Pentagon, brings its own look into current nuclear postures and policies with two articles:

“… Even with the recent budget agreement, the Defense Department faces a number of fiscal challenges, including rising spending on health care and other benefits, rising acquisition costs for a number of weapons systems, and the increased prospect of the reduction or elimination of the Overseas Contingency Operations account. DoD faces serious choices about whether or not to invest in the maintenance of the nuclear triad, the revitalization of tactical aircraft and long-range bombers, and the size of the Army and the Marine Corps…..”

http://breakingdefense.com/2015/11/is-winter-coming-or-our-russia-strategy/ 

by 

Michael Spirtas, an associate director for the defense and political sciences department at the RAND Corporation.

http://www.eastwest.ngo/sites/default/files/events-images/ThinkAgain_Nukes.jpg 

“… in addition to the Long Range Strike Bomber, the Pentagon’s plans to rebuild the “triad” of nuclear delivery systems over the next 20 years include nearly $140 billion to design and build a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines (Ohio Replacement Program), at least $62 billion on a replacement for the Minuteman III ICBM system, $20 billion to $30 billion on a new fleet of nuclear-capable Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM), and additional tens of billions on improved nuclear command and control systems and refurbished nuclear warheads and their infrastructure…. Some observers argue that Russia’s increasingly reckless nuclear rhetoric and actions means the United States shouldn’t consider altering its current nuclear force posture and planning. However, both the United States and Russia maintain more nuclear weapons than they need for their security. Small numerical advantages by either side would not change the fundamental deterrence equation.

Moreover, every dollar Washington spends to maintain a bloated nuclear arsenal is a dollar that can’t be spent on military capabilities more relevant to countering Russia and assuring U.S. allies. It is not in the U.S. interest to engage in a tit for tat race with the Russians to rebuild an excessively large nuclear force….

Prioritizing the nuclear mission could thus do serious damage to conventional capabilities and other national security programs. For example, the Navy is fretting that without supplemental funding from outside its budget, the cost to develop and build the next generation ballistic missile submarine (ORP) fleet will crater the rest of its shipbuilding budget. Advocates of the new bomber are also worried about funding the program, and have begun to echo the Navy in calling for a special funding stream separate from the Air Force budget.

Now is the time for the White House and Congress to chart a more realistic path for our nuclear arsenal. New START is scheduled to expire in 2021. It’s likely that Washington and Moscow will seek an arrangement to replace it. Given the need for a follow-on pact that will coincide with the projected emergence of the nuclear budget bow wave, it would be unwise to proceed full steam ahead with the current plans, which would constrain the force sizing options available to the next president.

As the Arms Control Association highlighted in our October 2014 report, “The Unaffordable Arsenal: Reducing the Costs of the Bloated U.S. Nuclear Stockpile,” there are numerous options to responsibly reshape current plans….

The Pentagon has failed to provide compelling reasons why it needs a new penetrating bomber armed with both a nuclear gravity bomb and standoff missile in order to meet the nuclear deterrence requirements of the United States and its allies. This requirement is redundant and unnecessary.

Despite warnings from senior officials that the current modernization plans are unsustainable, the Obama administration and Congress have for the most part failed to make common-sense adjustments. They can and should trim back, and in some cases, forgo redundant and costly systems.”

http://breakingdefense.com/2015/11/lrs-bomber-shows-failings-of-obamas-nuclear-strategy/ 

by

Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association.  

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http://sputniknews.com/russia/20151113/1030012346/radiological-chemical-biological-defense-equipment.html 

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Ted Koppel Is Buying Freeze-Dried Food For The Day When A Cyberattack Takes Out The Power Grid

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/ted-koppel-is-buying-freeze-dried-food-for-the-day-when-a-cyberattack-takes-out-the-power-grid

Posted by Michele Kearney at 9:56 AM

“… What Koppel found out during the course of his investigation freaked him out so much that he actually decided to buy freeze-dried food for himself, his children, and even his grandchildren. ….”

http://www.tedkoppellightsout.com/ 

“He is convinced that a massive cyberattack could take down our entire electrical grid for an extended period of time, and he was horrified to learn that the Department of Homeland Security really doesn’t have a plan for how to deal with this kind of a scenario…..”

http://a.abcnews.go.com/images/Nightline/abc_ntl_archive_19791129_091110_wmain.jpg

[Ed.:  … which rules out Ted doing a Nightline show on the topic… Day 24… tonight we’re having powdered potato-and-cheddar soup with a garnish of chives and dried kosher pork sausage and some powdered sour cream ….  the most frequent guest on Nightline was Ted’s friend Henry Kissinger ]

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Europe’s Mass Migration Crisis of 2015

PDF: Europe’s Mass Migration Crisis 2015

an original research project by Silvija Germek

originally posted at Wayne Madsen Reports

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Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has demanded that the Obama administration return to his committee every copy of the 6,700-page torture report compiled by his predecessor, Senator Dianne Feinstein.

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Slovenia Erects Razor-Wire Fence On Croatian Border As Denmark Moves To Make Deportation Easier

Migrants Go On Hunger Strike At Czech Detention Center

Sweden: Border control to prevent illegal stays

David Cameron: We must ‘smash’ criminal gangs of human traffickers

EU Pledged to Relocate 160,000 Refugees in One Year – Results So Far, 147 in Three Months

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http://boydownthelane.com/2015/11/13/thought-control/ 

tags: psychiatry, psychology, thought control, submission, confession, torture, conditioning, medication, brainwashing, menticide, totalitarianism, words, semantics, interrogation, courage, morale, treachery, treason

 

society battlefield update

 

18 July, 2015
Retired US Army General and the former Supreme Allied Commander of Europe for NATO Wesley Clark advocates rounding up “radicalized” and “disloyal” Americans and putting them in internment camps for the “duration” of the war on terror.

“In World War II if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war,” Clark told MSNBC.
The difference is that World War II was a war declared under Article I, Section 8, Clause II of the Constitution whereas the war on terror is undeclared and thus illegal.
Clark is in essence advocating a life sentence for people who have not committed a crime but merely engaged in speech — often reprehensible, yet constitutionally protected — the government considers radical and in opposition to its foreign policy.
The Bush administration declared the war on terror would last a generation or more. Senior officials with the Obama administration meanwhile have said — when formulating “disposition matrix” to determine how terrorism suspects will be disposed of — they had reached a “broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade” or more.
The Edward Snowden “leaks reveal that the war on terror at home continues to grind on, capturing in its dragnet millions of Americans and foreigners, many of them innocent of any crime. The war on terror has become institutionalized, and the domestic costs of this war continue to mount: privacy is being eroded; communications are being monitored; and dissent is being cracked down on. The primary targets of the domestic war on terror continue to be Muslims and Arabs, though it is now clear that the sweep of the domestic war has ensnared millions of other Americans. And there is no end in sight to this domestic juggernaut,” writes Alex Kane.
Clark’s remarks reveal the mindset of the upper echelon of government. Those who disagree with the government are now to be rounded up and shut up indefinitely in political internment camps.
Mass internment of official enemies on par with Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union is now “on the table” and openly discussed as suspicious attacks and FBI orchestrated and grandstanded terror plots continue to grab headlines and build a reactionary consensus as the designed result of an incessant, decades-long propaganda campaign.
More of a different nature:

http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2015/07/wesley-clark-calls-for-indefinite-detention-of-dissidents.html 

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Operation Jade Helm and Texas “Paranoia”

By Jacob G. Hornberger

“… In the midst of a real war, what are the chances that the Supreme Court is going to stand up the Pentagon and the CIA? Nil. After all, if they wouldn’t stand up to them with respect to things like torture, undeclared wars, secret surveillance schemes, and other programs that are inherent to totalitarian regimes during the U.S. government’s much-vaunted “war on terrorism,” there is no reasonable possibility they would stand up to them on concentration camps, round-ups, and incarcerations in the midst of a real war…..”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42412.htm

society as the battlefield

society as the battlefield

Zen Gardner has a number of posts with long videos, one a compilation, that extend the prior discusions here and elsewhere about Jade Helm, artificial intelligence, etc.

I haven’t yet mastered the art of condensing a 3.5-hour audio/video but I’ve watched the ones I’ve described as important and uploaded here.

http://www.zengardner.com/jade-helm-madness-unleashed/ has a fifteen-minute video, a few short paragraphs of text, and then what I assume are the old videos featuring D.J. but which have been taken down. Many of the links no longer work.

Research Links:

Official US Defense Department Science Blog

http://science.dodlive.mil/2015/03/16

DTIC News Wire 10 April 2015

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/pdf/longrang

Raytheon BBN Technologies

http://www.raytheon.com/ourcompany/bbn/

JADE Program continuation paper – Tuesday Presentation Details

http://www.dodccrp.org/files/13th_icc

Mega Data Collection – GWEN Towers

http://www.trunews.com/local-police-d

NSA Decryption Multipurpose Research Facility

http://censored31.blogspot.com/2012/0

Is “The Cloud” an Integral Part of the NSA Data Center and Project Bumblehive…??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZYeK

Recommended viewing on the subject:

Jade Helm – An Expose-Part 2-Infiltration

http://www.watchmanscry.com/News_aler

 

But these videos remain available:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=81&v=vN7cXj8-cGA

Jade Helm 15: Covert Skynet (14:59)

[very important]

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blrIW2k8HrE Jade Helm and The Tavistock Timeline (1:39:40)

 

 

Related:

http://www.zengardner.com/virtually-giving-humanity-away/

[contains two important videos:

  1. the first  sixteen minutes in length about IBM’s Watson on cognitive computing, machine learning and more, and
  2. the second (2:45) about the automation of command intent.

 

 

http://www.zengardner.com/technocracy-rising-patrick-wood/ [in case you missed it]

 

Also in case you missed them elsewhere:

http://www.cjournal.info/2015/07/16/technocratic-elite-domination-via-mind-control-and-mass-surveillance-brzezinski-called-it-45-years-ago/ 

[&&]

http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-liberal-totalitarian-state.html 

[&&]

17 July 2015

1.7 billion “anonymous” comments from 5% of the internet

A sends:

1.7 billion “anonymous” comments from 5% of the internet

All in one searchable database:

https://archive.org/details/2015_reddit_comments_corpus_sqlite

Cryptome: What will this be used for?

A:

It depends on who the user is. Law enforcement and private investigators will use the information to try to:

1. Identify individuals based on behavioral analysis of comments, etc.

2. De-anonymize individuals and leverage this information on other platforms, i.e. checking identical/similar usernames and using the behavioral analysis to predict other (online or offline) hangouts and activities in order to build a more complete picture.

Sociologists and psychologists will use it to build behavioral models for individuals acting as individuals and for ad-hoc groups of individuals without any external organization, goal, etc.

Members of the public and historians will use it to look at and for public figures and to better understand them. More importantly, the public should use this database as a wake-up call that the driving force behind Big Data isn’t Big Brother – it’s the masses. Between this and the Dark Net Market archives and some other releases in the last few weeks, it’s becoming more apparent that the “right to be forgotten” may be recognized by some governments but private individuals and researchers, not just megacorps, remain major obstacles to it.

This is, simply put, the biggest example of open source SIGINT to date. The fact that it was done legally and openly, and not as the result of a hack or data leak, may make it seem less newsworthy – but if anything, it makes even more alarming to privacy advocates. It’s not a one-off either, it’s just one of the biggest signposts we’ve seen so far.

http://cryptome.org/2015/07/1-7B-anonymous-comments.htm 

 

 

Of interest to me is the Raytheon link, from which I borrowed the featured image.

Raytheon is at the epicenter of the military-industrial complex, headquartered — arrogantly, in my mind — in close proximity to the iconic history of Lexington and Concord. Bolt, Beranek and Newman was very involved in the creation of the linked simulator systems used to teach American armor tactics and strategy (TraDoc) how to fight with its new Abrams tanks and supporting equipment in a desert environment in the run-up to Desert Storm.

You can read about commander’s intent in the book “Into The Storm” by Tom Clancy and General Franks.

I wrote and circulated a proposal for the use of such technology to teach civilian mass casualty incident management “training and doctrine” to local civilian teams and, within a few days, received a call from someone at Langley; this was way back in 1981 wanting to know how I knew about that top-secret project. I pulled my source book off the bookshelf, one I found through a display in the window of the library at my graduate school in Boston — I never got the degree — and gave him the author, chapter title, book title and ISBN number.

BBN’s software engineering team broke off and formed a new company which was active in creating desktop computer-based simulation games to teach military tactics and strategy (one example was MAGTF for Marine amphibious Group Task Force) but which was dominantly focused on creating the supporting backbone or network on which virtually any military official with proper clearance could engage in such simulation gaming from the platoon level on up to grand strategy; dubbed DarWars, it was for DARPA and worked with a number of other vendors as well as training and evelopment centers in Orlando and elsewhere. I worked briefly for that company as a subject matter expert in civilian emergency management and incident command systems before that project was terminated.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51rQrsbpZkL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

GEO-INT

Currently sitting on my desk, not yet completely read and annotated, is a copy of Weaponizing Maps, which opens up the door to two previous books on the power of maps as well as War, Violence, and Population: Making the Body Count. [“,,, this book offers a spatial perspective on how and why populations are regulated and disciplined by mass violence—and why these questions matter for scholars concerned about social justice. James Tyner focuses on how states and other actors use acts of brutality to manage, administer, and control space for political and economic purposes. He shows how demographic analyses of fertility, mortality, and migration cannot be complete without taking war and genocide into account. Stark, in-depth case studies provide a powerful and provocative basis for retheorizing population geography.”]

I’ve barely cracked the book Weaponizing Maps but what I see there is at least tangentially related to the topic of what is going on with Jade Helm 15. Here are some excerpts (emphases added):

On the third page of the book (actually xv in what they call “A narrative table of contents”):

“… in what follows, we trace the links among these seemingly disparate contexts in terms of the tactics and strategies of counterinsurgency. In all of them, the US military is confronted this series of unconventional armed threats, both real and potential, post by rebel organizations, criminals, and others not content to simply bow before the demands of US security. Throughout, the US military has been at pains to define the terrain of struggle, one that too often spills off the battlefield into the forests, fields, in cities where people make their everyday lives. Under such conditions, all society becomes a potential battlefield.

Maps have long been an important means of knowing this terrain, showing the locations of towns, where people farm and obtain food, and the trails and waterways they used to move from place to place. To borrow Mao Zedong’s aphorism, the insurgent must move in this every day landscape “the way the fish swims in the sea,” But this means being intimately acquainted with it. Counterinsurgency relies on the same approach to identify threats to security and to manipulate the vulnerability of life in settings where the battlefield is everywhere.…”

Later, in chapter 7, in a description of mapping in Central America and later in Afghanistan and Iraq,” the Army incorporated this approach into its new Counterinsurgency Field Manual, compiled by Gen. David Petraeus and published in 2007. Among other points, the manual highlighted the importance of mapping the “human terrain” as a critical aspect of counterinsurgency, revising”Red Mike” Edson’s vision of the battlefield [“Small Wars Manual”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Wars_Manual ] in the face of an expanding”war on terror”.

Having read this, I leapt ahead to page 138 to read the following: “… Field Manual 3–24 wasn’t the only thing Petraeus was overseeing during his tenure at Fort Leavenworth. There was also the human terrain system (HTS). Like the new field manual, the HTS was another response to the situation in Iraq that had been begun deteriorating in 2003. [See also the book “Weaponizing Anthropology” by David Price.] In the summer of 2004 Maj. Gen. Robert Scales testified before the House Armed Services Committee:

“… consensus seems to be building… that this conflict was fought brilliantly at the technological level but inadequately at the human level. The human element seems to underlie virtually all of the functional shortcomings chronicled in official reports in media stories: information operations, civil affairs, cultural awareness, soldier conduct… and most glaringly, intelligence, from national to tactical.”

 

[Petraeus, of course, was recently in the news for sharing secrets with his lady friend and is speculatively involved in the accidental death of a journalist whose car suddenly veered off the road into a tree and exploded.]

 

The lessons were clear, Scales insisted in his testimony, that “computers and aerial drones are no substitute for human eyes and brains,” and this led him to propose emulating the late 19th century British practice of immersing bright officers in the cultures of, for example, China (Charles George “Chinese” Gordon) or Arabia (T.E. Lawrence).

“At the heart of a cultural-centric approach to future war,” Scales concluded,”would be a cadre of global scouts, well-educated, with a penchant for languages and a comfort with strange and distant places.”…

 

On page 157, in a discussion of a trip made to the indigenous areas of Mexico in 2007 and 2008:

“Two staff from the Foreign Military Studies Office made the trip, as did the US State Department Geographer and a representative from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency team supporting the Army’s new reformed African Command, AFRICOM.”

 

 

 

“So, there you go….”, as the IBM lady said.

Point and poke.

 

“Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for January 2014”

BoilingFrogPost Exclusive Report

A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for January 2014

CHRISTIAN SORENSEN | FEBRUARY 13, 2014

DOD spent $15,530,647,963+ on 186 individual contracts in January 2014 

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $15,530,647,963 on 186 individual contracts during January 2014.

SALIENT CONTRACTS

Agentase LLC received $11,206,720 to support DARPA’s In Vivo Nanoplatforms program (IVN), which seeks to develop new classes of adaptable nanoparticles for persistent, distributed, unobtrusive physiologic and environmental sensing, and treatment of physiologic abnormalities, illness and infectious disease.

Airtec, Inc. received $9,477,860 to provide ISR services (utilizing two contractor-owned/operated aircraft, with government furnished property previously installed on the aircraft) for USSOUTHCOM in Bogota, Columbia.

Conti Federal Services, Inc.; Cosmopolitan Inc.; CT JV; M+W U.S., Inc.; Nibor Enterprises, Inc.; Oxford Construction of PA, Inc. received $24,975,000 for construction projects in Israel.

Foresight Renewable Solutions, LLC (FRSOL) received $7,000,000,000 for use in completing and awarding power purchase agreement task orders.

L-3 received $10,000,000 for commercial tubes to improve USSOCOM lighting capabilities. L-3 received $10,000,000 for commercial lighting tubes for USSOCOM. One bid was solicited with one received.

NEK Services, Inc. received $8,232,079 to provide instructors and role players to support the Joint Exploitation Training Center [PDF, p. 7 of 11], C. Company, 6th Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), Ft. Bragg. This was awarded per FAR 8.405-6.

UNMANNED SYSTEMS

L-3 received $17, 611,443 for supplies and services associated with Surface Terminal Equipment for Hawklink Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) and the LCS configurations, and the Vortex Mini-TCDL Shipset components in support of the VTOL Fire Scout MQ-8B/8C.

Law Company Inc. received $20,078,900 to construct a UAV hanger at Ft. Riley.

Northrop Grumman received $36,294,099 for logistics and engineering support for the Hunter UAS in Afghanistan and Sierra Vista, AZ.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

American International Contractors, Inc. received $9,788,000 for construction of the United Kingdom Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) including a warehouse and HQ at Mina Salman, Bahrain.

AMI Industries, Inc. received $8,817,781 to install aircraft ejection seats for Oman and Iraq. This is a sole-source acquisition.

B3H Corp. received $6,856,100 for English language instructors and training using DLI-ELC courseware and methodology at King Abdul Aziz Air Base, Dhahran.

Lockheed Martin received $48,900,000 to provide Norway with return/repair support, spares, engineering, reps and modification for C-130J aircraft.

Raytheon received $10,510,029 to provide Denmark with 9 multi-spectral targeting systems (MTS) for MH-60R/S helicopters. This was not a full and open competition, per FAR 6.302-1.

United Technologies received $183,000,000 for work on Saudi Arabia’s Air Force DB110 Reconnaissance System [PDF]. This includes in-country setup, installation, ground stations, and pod survey studies.

United Technologies received $33,884,559 to remanufacture F-100-PW-100/200/220/220E/229 engine modules for Chile, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, Taiwan, Greece and Indonesia.

MISSILES, ROCKETS & BOMBS

BAE Systems received $19,273,217 for MK 41 vertical launching system (VLS) canister production, which includes 89 MK 21 MOD 3 (SM-6) canisters, coding plugs, explosive bolts, and impulse cartridges. Lockheed Martin received $9,710,890 to produce MK 41 VLS AEGIS modernization module electronics. Lockheed Martin received $14,432,389 for one Mission Signal Processor suite and two array simulator cabinets for the Aegis Training & Readiness Center (ATRC).

GTI Systems received $78,200,000 for practice bombs and accoutrements.

Lockheed Martin received $31,674,868 to support Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) flight test activities using LMSSC developed target hardware. Lockheed Martin received $20,618,247 for engineering, manufacturing, risk reduction, technical maturity efforts on the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program.

Raytheon received $107,918,011 for work on the Patriot missile system. Raytheon received $156,000,000 for eight SM-3 Block IB missiles and “all up round build up.”

Raytheon received $17,257,960 for 28 LAU-115D/A missile launchers for Australia and 64 LAU-116-B/A missile launchers for the U.S. Navy (34 missiles – $5,819,780; 34 percent) and Australia (30 missiles – $11,438,180; 66 percent) in support of F/A-18E/F and EA-18G.

Raytheon received $52,084,929 for engineering and technical support to Phalanx, SeaRAM, and C-RAM required for maintenance, reliability, and improvements.

TASC Inc. received $6,933,916 for R&D on the Solid Rocket Motor Modernization Study, which includes investigating propulsion options and impacts for replacement or modernization of the Minuteman III.

SPACE, CYBER, IT & COMMS

Ball Aerospace received $9,133,111 for Advanced Laser Effects Research branch (ALTER) to advance laser weapon vulnerability research. Deliverables include: beam train work, test layout design, hardware fabrication, diagnostic instrumentation, raw data collection and documentation, and incidental programming.

Booz Allen Hamilton received $12,502,113 for program and financial management and administrative services in the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Naval Enterprise Networks (NEN) office. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

General Dynamics received $6,886,969 to design and develop a CAROUSEL Applicable Specific Integrated Circuit solution involved in testing of CAROUSEL crypto engines.

Harris Corp. received $13,693,104 for additional labor to provide uninterrupted logistics for Space & Missile Systems Center Space Superiority operational Offensive Counterspace and Defensive Counterspace ground-based systems at Palm Bay, FL.

Jacobs Technology Inc. received $15,215,028, $10,657,764 and $7,712,796 for engineering technical assistance, which consists of disciplined systems/specialty engineering and technical/information assurance services, support, and products. Some work will be performed at Hanscom AFB, Peterson AFB and Dahlgren, VA.

L-3 received $85,485,879 for spare and component satellite terminal parts. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Leidos Inc. received $62,480,000 to perform software engineering, integration, technical support, and training requirements for the Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network quality review.

Lockheed Martin received $8,534,310 to modernize AN/FPS-117 Long Range Radars.

Northrop Grumman received $200,000,000 for acquisition and sustainment of Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI). This is a sole-source acquisition and includes unclassified FMS to Iraq and Thailand (45 percent).

Northrop Grumman received $26,110,000 for Reliability and Maintainability Information Systems (REMIS) Sustainment and Development Services.

Sparta Inc. received $7,310,558 for engineering consulting and technical advisory services including special studies to support existing staff at Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles AFB.

AIRCRAFT

Aerospace Testing Alliance received $22,950,459 for operations, maintenance, information management and support of Arnold Engineering Development Complex.

Affordable Engineering Services, LLC received $20,832,874 to support air vehicle modification and instrumentation efforts.

Azimuth Corp. received $23,734,700 and General Dynamics received $23,734,700 to advance R&D on the Hardened Materials Research & Survivability Studies Program in order to advance technology, which protects Air Force aircrews and systems from a host of threats associated with photonic light and electromagnetic energy sources. Technical areas include optical/hardening materials and processing; electro-optic/infrared sensor protection; structural and warfighter protection; functional materials, proactive threat defeat, and high energy laser source materials.

Bell-Boeing JPO received $10,322,803 for logistics on MV-22 and CV-22 aircraft. Bell-Boeing JPO received $26,682,561 for V-22 flight test management, design and engineering work for Naval Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron. Rolls-Royce received $13,556,862 for 17,226 engine flight hours in support of the MV-22. Rolls-Royce received $90,164,920 for forty AE1107C engines for the MV-22.

Boeing received $10,000,000 for items to ensure uninterrupted support to DOD. This is a sole-source acquisition. Boeing received $17,820,844 for remanufacturing and maintenance on the F/A-18 A-F. This was not competitively procured, per FAR 6.302-1. Boeing received $26,836,716 for F/A-18 parts repair. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). Boeing received $38,103,120 for F/A-18E/F logistics and material. The was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1).

CV International, Inc. received $15,916,531 for a modernized maintenance platform for CH-47, UH-60, AH-64, OH-58 and UAS aircraft.

EADS-NA received $9,454,370 for Lakota helicopter logistics.

EFW, Inc. received $11,666,579 to procure and install helmet display tracker system (HDTS PDF) kits for AH-1W aircraft.

General Electric received $572,500,000 to repair and replace 17 F414 engine components. This was non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

L-3 received $129,000,000 for maintenance and modification of the C-12/RC-12/UC-35 aircraft fleet. L-3 received $13,764,771 for maintenance on F-16, F-18, H-60 and E-2C aircraft at NAS Fallon.

Lockheed Martin received $105,287,400 (P00026) for C-130J Long Term Sustainment Program. Lockheed Martin received $35,781,319 to develop a Universal Armament Interface capability in F-35 software for Small Diameter Bomb II, Mission Systems Integration Laboratory ground test only.

Marvin Engineering Co. received $7,373,028 for 156 BRU-32 Ejector Bomb Racks for F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G aircraft.

Northrop Grumman received $12,083,976 for 11 AN/APR-39D(V)2 test assets. Northrop Grumman received $33,017,449 to design and build operational test program sets in support of the P-8A AN/ALQ 240 electronic repair depot standup at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane. Northrop Grumman received $52,298,661 for tasks, personnel, facilities, aircraft subsystems and equipment for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) E-11A at Kandahar AB, Afghanistan and Wichita, KS.

PLEXSYS Interface Products received $8,254,297 for continued AWACS MTC Block 30/35 CTSS on contractor-owned equipment until the trainers are replaced by Block 40/45 Mission Crew Training Systems.

Raytheon received $36,789,509 for second generation forward looking infrared (2GF) hardware and support to preserve the Army’s 2GF sensor industrial base. One bid was solicited, one received.

Rockwell Collins received $8,022,845 for AN/ARC-210(V) radios and equipment for a variety of aircraft. Rockwell Collins/ESA Vision Systems received $14,666,736 for spare parts for the A/24A-56 (JHMCS). This is a sole-source acquisition. A portion is FMS to Canada, Chile, Pakistan, Portugal, Thailand and Iraq.

Rolls Royce received $182,658,644 for C-130J propulsions sustainment, including logistics, program management, engineering services, spares, and technical data.

SelectTech Services Corp. received $7,680,250 for engineering technical support (preventive and remedial maintenance, inspection, modification, overhaul, fabrication, repair, calibration, certification and transport of experimental/test equipment, and laboratory instrumentation) necessary to perform maintenance and fabrication of experimental processing and test equipment at Wright-Patterson AFB.

Sikorsky received $14,352,600 for helicopter bearing assembly spindles. This is a sole-source acquisition. Sikorsky received $549,905,199 for eighteen MH-60S helicopters and nineteen MH-60R helicopters, including engineering, program management, advanced procurement funding and other logistics.

Textron (Bell Helicopter) received $13,495,182 for repair/overhaul of five high priority items for UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters. Textron received $18,556,810 for logistics support for Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58 helicopters. Work will be performed in Al Taji, Iraq and Piney Flats, TN.

The Entwistle Co. received $10,981,190 to repair 318 trough covers that support the Aircraft Launch & Recovery Equipment Program (ALREP). This was not a full and open competition, per FAR 6.302-1.

Thomas Instrument received $48,702,626 for aircraft winches. This is a sole-source acquisition.

TTT-Cubed received $26,983,588 for services for the development, integration, and operational support of countermeasure and emitter threat simulator systems for the Airborne Threat Simulation (ATS) Organization.

NAVAL CONTRACTS

BAE Systems received $13,895,899 to update and improve the USS Wasp’s (LHD 1) military and technical capabilities. BAE Systems received $37,439,506 for USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) dry-docking, including maintenance and modernization efforts. This was not competitively procured, per FAR 6.302-1.

Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc. (BPMI) received $593,104,854 for naval nuclear propulsion components.

BriarTek Inc. received $8,070,975 for supplies and services to help install the Man Overboard Indicator (MOBI) on various ships. This was non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1) and FAR 6.302-1.

Cortana Corp. received $7,760,214 for R&D on sensors/systems in support of the Advanced Sensor Application Program and the Remote Environmental Sensor Program.

Detyens Shipyards, Inc. received $9,654,055 for overhaul and dry-docking of fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Work includes port main engine clutch and coupling overhaul; antenna cleaning, inspecting and refurbishing; helicopter deck sprinkler and hose reel piping renewal; fall blocks and fairlead sheaves; hull painting and cleaning; and flight deck non-skid renewal.

General Dynamics received $7,475,361 for USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) maintenance. General Dynamics received $15,000,000 for non-nuclear submarine repair work on Groton-based subs under the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative (NEMMI). General Dynamics received $15,035,596 for tube and hull material for the Ohio Class Replacement Program for the U.S. (50 percent) and the UK (50 percent). General Dynamics received $29,848,059 for engineering and technical design services to support R&D of advanced submarine technologies.

Goodrich Corp. received $7,598,764 for engineering design services and fabrication of a full scale prototype submarine rotor component under the Hybrid Demonstration program for DARPA.

Huntington Ingalls received $8,163,923 and $9,800,000 for repair parts for USS Gerald Ford (CVN 78).

Lockheed Martin received $13,188,967 for training and crew familiarization; availability advanced planning; long lead time material; warehousing; logistics; and class sustainment management LCS-1 and LCS-3.

Lockheed Martin received $8,863,977 for Technical Insertion 14 (TI-14) Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems (ISIS) and spares. The ISIS provides mission critical, all weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning, and platform architecture interface capabilities.

Raytheon received $25,485,600 for engineering on the DDG 1000, including engineering, integration, production, and training and life cycle support.

Systems Engineering Support Co. received $18,626,453 for Navigation Sensor System Interface (NAVSSI) hardware. Micro USA Inc. received $17,622,114 for NAVSSI hardware.

Vigor Marine received $6,655,679 for engine overhaul, gyro replacement, diesel generator overhaul, hull cleaning and painting for USNS Yukon (T-AO 202).

Vigor Shipyards received $33,077,000 for repair and alteration of the USS Momsen (DDG 82).

GEAR, EQUIPMENT, TRAINING & SMALL ARMS

AM General, LLC received $48,000,000 for HMMWV parts. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Bluewater Defense Inc. (San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico) received $108,083,360 for permethrin uniform trousers. Bronze Star Apparel Group, Inc. received $11,111,611 for various Navy working uniforms.

Boeing received $7,131,719 for Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) logistics.

Design West Technologies, Inc. received $21,554,266 for 14 suspension lock-out kits and spare parts for the M119 Howitzer.

Garrett Container Systems received $19,541,184 for nine pieces of equipment that security forces use on a daily basis, including concealable body armor, Safariland 6005 SLS M-9 Berretta leg holster, nickel plated steel handcuffs, 21-inch expandable baton, mini-flashlights with holder, and whistle.

General Dynamics received $72,690,235 for twelve M1A2 System Enhanced Package v2 tanks. One bid solicited, one received. General Dynamics received $48,000,000 to “continue the existing project manager for training devices live training transformation product line until the next consolidated product line management award.” General Dynamics received $25,960,947 to develop and produce 468 Seat Survivability Upgrade (SSU) Kits for MRAP vehicles.

Heckler & Koch received $19,647,426 for 12,400 M320/M320A1 grenade launchers. One bid was solicited with one received. [$1,584 a piece]

Kalmar RT received $8,211,055 for diesel engines, transmissions, parts and assemblies. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Robin Industries, Inc. received $10,694,880 for vehicle track shoe assemblies.

Ultimate Training Munitions Inc. received $11,250,000 for the close combat mission capability kit for the M4/M16 and M249.

CONSTRUCTION & DREDGING

Alutiiq received $6,989,861 for Redstone Information Technology Services to maintain operational continuity until the selection board has evaluated contractor proposals.

Arcadis Inc.; Nova Consulting Inc.; CH2M Hill Inc. and Black & Veatch Inc. received $9,900,000 for architectural and engineering services for the Washington Aqueduct.

Baker-AECOM JV received $60,000,000 for architect-engineer services for USCENTCOM. Stanley Consultants, Inc. received $60,000,000 for architect-engineer services for USCENTCOM. These are FMS contracts involving unnamed countries.

C.E.C. Inc. received $7,391,803 for work in and around the Lake Pontchartrain Bayou Bienvenue Swing Bridge.

Eisenbraun & Associates received $9,000,000 for a nationwide survey and mapping of shallow water habitat, floodplain changes and vegetation cover.

Four Thirteen Inc.; Blackhawk Milcon LLC; Altec Inc.; PentaCon LLC; American Contractor & Technology Inc.; Abba Construction Inc.; Jireh Group LLC; LeeTex Construction LLC; Heritage Constructors Inc.; JAM-MAP JV; and Bering Straits Technical Services, LLC received $48,000,000 for construction and rehab of Red River Army Depot (RRAD) property.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock received $28,355,304 for deepening the main channel of the Delaware River.

Martinex Construction, Inc. received $19,244,014 for dredging three-to-six million cubic yards of material from the Savannah and Brunswick inner harbor.

Metals USA, I-Solutions Group received $99,253,923 for metal items.

Nakuuruq Solutions received $21,000,000 for machining, welding, fabrication & painting at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Bering Straits Technical Services (BSTS) received $6,778,700 to demolish, repair, and construct a variety of paving structures and drainage devices at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Pond & Co. and Corrpro Companies, Inc. received $9,999,900 for cathodic protection and corrosion controls.

Tetra Tech/Pond JV received $9,500,000 for architectural and engineering services primarily within the Great Lakes and Ohio River boundaries. One bid was solicited with one received.

Wright & Wright Machinery Company received $776,000,000 for construction equipment.

Zyscovich, Inc.; Reynolds, Smith & Hills; and Schenkel & Shultz, Inc. received $10,000,000 for architectural/engineering to support DOD elementary and secondary schools within the U.S., overseas territories, Europe, Cuba, Japan, and South Korea.

ENVIRONMENTAL

AMEC Environment & Infrastructure; CH2M Hill Inc.; AECOM Technical Services; EA Engineering, Science & Technology Inc.; Earth Resources Technology; J. M. Waller Associates; SAIC; Tec-Weston JV; Tetra Tech, Inc. and URS Group Inc. received a collective $243,000,000 for environmental engineering support.

BOH Environmental LLC received $250,000,000 for containers and container parts. This is a sole-source acquisition.

CDM Constructors Inc. received $77,476,628 to design and build a ‘Class A’ wastewater treatment plant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).

CH2M HILL Constructors received $44,240,000 for design and construction of NAVSEA Headquarters Recovery Restoration at Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW).

Kemron Environmental Services; Inc.; Sovereign Consulting, Inc.; Bhate Environmental Associates, Inc.; North Wind, Inc.; Zapata, Inc.; and PPM Consultants received $25,000,000 for environmental remediation at contaminated sites located primarily within NAVFAC Southeast [SC (40 percent); TX (30 percent); MS (10 percent); AL (5 percent); GA (5 percent), LA (5 percent), elsewhere (5 percent)].

Mississippi Limestone Corp. received $8,751,228 for casting 94,640 squares of articulated concrete mattress, providing all necessary supplies, labor, and transportation to complete the project.

Weeks Marine received $10,592,500 firm for beach restoration of NASA Wallops Island.

Wolverine Services LLC received $6,769,722 for facility maintenance and repair.

BASE SUPPORT & LOGISTICS

Accenture Federal Service received $7,523,792 for general fund enterprise business system onsite support and change requests.

American Water Operations & Maintenance Inc. received $288,021,970 to own and operate the water distribution system and wastewater collection system at Hill AFB.

Booze Allen Hamilton received $16,080,397 for engineering and technical assistance on the integrated personnel and pay system [PDF].

CoSTAR Services, Inc. received $9,865,087 for regional base operations support services at NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, NOSC Atlanta, NOSC Augusta, GA, NOSC Columbus, GA, NOSC Bessemer, AL, NOSC Greenville, SC, NOSC Miami, NOSC Tallahassee, NOSC West Palm Beach, FL and MCRC Jacksonville, FL. Services may include facility investment, custodial, pest control, integrated solid waste management, and grounds maintenance and landscaping.

EJB Facilities Services received $7,261,421 for base operations support at various installations in the NAVFAC Northwest. Work may include management/admin, visual services, security, housing, facilities support, pavement clearance, utilities, vehicle and equipment work, and environmental services.

Five Stones Research Corp. received $43,653,541 for HQ and directorate support services for the ATEC, Redstone Test Center.

General PAE Applied Technologies received $28,070,424 for base operations support at Keesler AFB.

Jacobs & HDR JV received $60,000,000 for analysis of DOD infrastructure for various locations throughout NAVFAC worldwide. Work supports Navy’s Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization.

IBM received $19,905,753 for services supporting Army General Fund Audit Readiness. KPMG LLP received $10,730,426 and $36,243,243 for all necessary management services, personnel and documentation required to support DLA’s financial audit. St. Michaels Inc. received $10,490,323 to support management services, personnel and documentation required to support DLA’s financial audit.

Trax International received $44,113,856 for test support at Yuma Proving Ground.

Wolf Creek Federal Services Inc. received $12,960,577 for housing operations and maintenance services at Naval Base Guam and Andersen AFB in Santa Rita, Guam (60 percent) and Yigo, Guam (40 percent).

FOOD SERVICES

Coast Citrus Distributors received $35,158,808 for fresh fruit and vegetables. Valley Fruit & Produce received $14,691,191 for fresh fruit and vegetables.

Employment Source Inc. received $15,755,197 for dining facility attendant services at Ft. Bragg.

The Merchants Co. received $12,316,254 for food and beverages. This is a sole-source acquisition. Thermo PAC LLC received $20,428,312 for food. This contract is a sole-source acquisition. US Foods International received $42,226,006 for food distribution. US Foods Inc. received $7,232,994 for food distribution. This is a sole-source acquisition.

FUEL & ENERGY

Avfuel Corp. received $7,417,557 and $6,985,104 for jet fuel. Freeman Holdings of California received $28,455,164 for jet fuel. Lancair Corporation received $15,635,562 for jet fuel. This is a sole source acquisition. McClellan Jet Services received $37,307,380 for jet fuel. Signature Flight Support Corp. received $10,936,934 for jet fuel.

Intercomp Co. received $60,000,000 for various weight set commercial scales.

Isometrics, Inc. received $7,100,835 for design/production of A/S32 R-11 fuel trucks.

Middle Atlantic Wholesale Lumber, R.D. Buie Enterprises Inc., S & S Forest Products, and Sylvan Forest Products Inc. each received $51,294,723 for wood products.

Safety Kleen received $12,930,214 for re-refined motor oil program parts.

Transport Systems & Products Inc. received $7,366,373 for self-propelled modular transport equipment manufactured by Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik GmbH in support of the moored training ship conversion project at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Work will be performed in Pfedelbach, Germany. This contract was not competitively procured.

MEDICAL

ABM Government Services LLC received $45,000,000 for operation, maintenance, repair, and minor construction of medical research and materiel command laboratory facilities.

Brit Systems received $20,297,132 for digital imaging network-picture archive communication system.

Dispensers Optical Service Corp. received $17,006,713 for optical lenses. Randolph Engineering received $33,381,996 for optical frames and accessories.

Caduceus received $19,751,538 to provide San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) with 35 certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Esaote North America, Inc. received $7,500,000 for radiology systems, subsystems, accessories, services, manual, and repair parts. Pacsgear, Inc. received $30,000,000 for radiology systems, subsystems, accessories, service, manual, and repair/spare parts. Toshiba America Medical Systems received $187,732,814 for radiology systems, subsystems and components. Vital Images Inc. received $10,017,588 for radiology systems, subsystems and components.

General Electric received $43,200,000 for patient monitoring systems, subsystems, accessories, spare parts, and training.

MIL-Base Industries received $10,000,000 and Voto Manufacturing Sales Company received $10,000,000 for multiple leg slings.

Panakela LLC received $22,988,000 for oxygen system and related accessories.

TRANSPORTATION

Patriot Contract Services LLC received $7,236,660 for operation and maintenance of four large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships worldwide for MSC.

Pontaris, LLC received $85,611,925 for trucking cargo throughout Afghanistan.

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*Editing consolidated similar contracts. Italics indicate notes from the editor.

**Any clerical errors are the editor’s alone. Each month, Boiling Frogs Post presents a distillation of the previous month’s DOD Contracts. Check back regularly.

 

***To avoid competitive bidding, DOD invokes 10 U.S.C. 2304, FAR 6.302, and FAR 8.405-6. DOD also invokes 15 U.S.C. 638 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with small businesses.

Christian Sorensen, a BFP Contributing Author & Analyst, is a U.S. military veteran. His writing has been featured in CounterPunch and Media Roots.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014

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