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Pentagon Wasting $870 Million on ‘Improper Payments’

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of defense, retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, may be inheriting a Pentagon in dire need of at least $88 billion in additional spending to keep the defense apparatus running and much more to pay for trillions in unfunded liabilities for pensions, health, and annual leave of our warriors.

In this March 30, 2010 photo made through one way glass and reviewed by the U.S. military, a handcuffed Guantanamo detainee carries a workbook as he is escorted by guards after attending "Life Skills" class in the Camp 6 high-security detention facility on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. The Obama administration is pushing to close the Guantanamo detention facility by transferring, prosecuting or releasing the remaining detainees. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Gitmo Board Approves Release of Al-Qaeda Bomb Maker

President Barack Obama’s parole-style board has approved the repatriation of an al-Qaeda-linked Saudi bomb-maker — held at the U.S. military detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — who authorities believe may re-engage in terrorism against the United States.

Attendees look at a Lenovo Group Ltd. ThinkPad X1 laptop computer ahead of a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Lenovo posted fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts' estimates as it struggles to revive the Motorola smartphone brand and the personal computer market continues to slide. Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pentagon Warning on Chinese Computer Parts Follows Massive Global Internet Attack

As the private sector grapples with security flaws in wi-fi devices that can be exploited by hackers to whip household gadgets into a zombie cyber army and ponders the role of Chinese manufacturers in creating millions of vulnerable components, the Pentagon has issued a blunt warning that some Chinese-made equipment could compromise military security.

A US soldier from 1-501 Para-Infantry Regiment take up positions moments after dismounting of a Blackhawk helicopter at a drop zone south of Baghdad as part of Operation Gecko, 24 August 2007. Operation Gecko was launched as part of a US military strategy to partner with Iraqi Sunni volunteers, former insurgents who have joined forces with US and Iraqi troops to fight Al-Qaeda, to clear through neighborhoods and farmland previously considered highly violent for US forces. AFP PHOTO/DAVID FURST (Photo credit should read DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Troops ‘In Harm’s Way’ Supporting Liberation of Mosul, Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American troops, including some who are embedded with advancing forces, are “in harm’s way” as they collaborate with troops from Iraq, the Kurdish Peshmerga, and Iran-linked Shiite militias in the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), according to the Pentagon.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen chats with Bundeswehr troops participating in land operation exercises at the Bundeswehr training ground on October 10, 2014 near Bergen, Germany. Von der Leyen is having to deal with revelations that a large portion of Germany's military hardware, including helicopters, jet fighters, transport planes and tanks, are currently inoperable due to a shortage of spare parts and a lack of investment over recent years. In addition a recent independent audit she commissioned claims that all of the nine biggest investment projects in new hardware by the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, over the last few decades have been beset by massive cost overruns and debilitating delays. Critics have called for a total overhaul of the Bundeswehr's procurement process.

Hezbollah, Islamic State Have Weaponized Drones

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and the Iranian terror proxy Hezbollah have reportedly weaponized low-tech drones that can be bought in stores and on Amazon, including Styrofoam model planes, by attaching improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on them and using them for surveillance and reconnaissance.