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CMP Receives First Shipment of Surplus 1911s

The Civilian Marksmanship Program has received the first batch of surplus 1911 pistols. As directed by the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), passed back in November, the US Army has transfered a consignment of 8,000 pistols to the CMP. Show More Summary

The Story Behind a Political Breakthrough

Last month, Congress passed and Trump signed a provision in the Defense Authorization Act that designates climate change a serious threat to national security. That was a historic first. I blogged about the bill last month, but it seemed worthwhile to investigate this surprising development further. Although there’s no direct evidence, there are strong indications […]

US Military Rushes To Study Blockchain As 'Hybrid Wars' Loom

President Trump signed into law the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday, a $700 billion defense policy bill that mandates for a “briefing on cyber applications of blockchain technology.” Language within the bill is part...Show More Summary

Trump Admits Climate Change is Real—But Only So He Can Terrorize the Global South

Last week, Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, authorizing a $700 billion budget for the Department of Defense for the coming fiscal year. Unsurprisingly, the bill calls for an increase in troops and military resources. Show More Summary

CMP Issues Clarification on 1911 Purchase Requirements

TFB have been closely following the news that the Civilian Marksmanship Program is set to obtain as many as 10,000 surplus M1911A1s. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law on 12th December, but the CMP had preempted this, sending out an email to its members on 5th December. Show More Summary

Pentagon to Conduct Its First Agencywide Audit

The Defense Department will conduct an agencywide financial audit for the first time in history, following requirements in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. In a conference yesterday, the Pentagon committed to annual audits, with reports to be issued in November. The Department’s careless approach to finances is notorious. Show More Summary

CMP Set to Receive up to 10,000 Surplus 1911s

Back in July we reported that the Civilian Marksmanship Programme was in line to receive 10,000 newly surplused M1911A1 pistols in 2018. With the United States Senate passing the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the 18th November the bill will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Show More Summary

Surplus 1911s at the Civilian Marksmanship Program?

Awr Hawkins at Breitbart is reporting the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act contains an amendment approving the sales of military surplus 1911 pistols through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The move will defray storage costs of some 100,000 pistols, and perhaps recoup a profit by selling the firearms via the CMP, a program that has […]

Missile Defense in the 2018 NDAA

The United States is poised to significantly expand its ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities in the coming years thanks to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). A compromise version of the bill passed Congress on...Show More Summary

HMM: Monopoly critics decry ‘Amazon amendment.’ The amendment, Section 801 of the National De…

HMM: Monopoly critics decry ‘Amazon amendment.’ The amendment, Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would help Amazon establish a tight grip on the lucrative, $53 billion government acquisitions market, experts say. The provision, dubbed the “Amazon amendment” by experts, according to an article in The Intercept, would allow for the creation of […]

US Army Still Seeking M4A2+ Carbines?

After being cancelled in mid-2016, could the M4 Carbine upgrade program still be alive? That is the suggestion from a line in the US Army’s justification for its research budget in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which references...Show More Summary

US Senate passes $700 bn defense spending bill

The US Senate overwhelmingly authorized $700 billion in defense spending Monday, a substantial increase over 2017 funding and nearly five percent more than President Donald Trump had requested. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 allows for increased spending on new F-35 fighter jets, ships and M1 Abrams tanks, raises military pay by 2.1 percent

Cheers and Jeers: Monday

5 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE … The Week Ahead Monday The Senate votes to invoke cloture and pave the way for a final vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, which will funnel $700 billion to the military-industrial complex.Show More Summary

Bipartisan Effort to Protect Trans Troops in the U.S. Senate

A bipartisan endeavor is progressing in the U.S. Senate to protect transgender troops on the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual must-pass defense bill. On Monday, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME)...Show More Summary

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 12, 2017

SENATORS FILE AMENDMENT TO BLOCK PORTION OF TRUMP-PENCE BAN ON TRANSGENDER TROOPS: The bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) seeks to block any action to remove currently serving transgender troops from the military. Show More Summary

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 7, 2017

SENATORS GILLIBRAND AND COLLINS TO CHALLENGE TRUMP’S TRANS MILITARY BAN: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are preparing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will challenge the White House’s...Show More Summary

Rand Paul Blocks NDAA Over Indefinite Detention

Authored by Jason Ditz via Anti-War.com, Sen. Rand Paul (R – KY) has blocked a motion by majority leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) to advance the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the massive military spending bill, saying...Show More Summary

Republicans Join Democrats To Stop Ban On Gender Reassignment Surgery IN Military

Two dozen backstabbing House Republicans joined forces with the Democrats Thursday in culling an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented the Pentagon from backing gender

U.S. Defense Budget May Help Fund "Hacking for Defense" Classes at Universities

Draft Defense Authorization Act includes $15 million for national rollout of Stanford-originated Hacking for Defense class

Congressman Kevin Cramer: National Defense Authorization Act Continues Reforms, Addresses Readiness

Congressman Kevin Cramer One of the primary obligations of Congress, as set forth in Article I of the U.S. Constitution, is to “provide for the common defense” of our nation. For the past 56 years, Congress has met this obligation primarily through the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Through this bipartisan legislation Congress provides our armed forces...

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