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EGYPTIAN FIGHTER SALE DELAYED

Obama Administration Halts F-16 Delivery
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration is delaying the delivery of F-16C Fighting Falcons to Egypt as violence in that country continues in the wake of Mohammed Morsi’s removal from power. However, a major exercise may proceed as scheduled.

The four fighters were part of a previous sale to Egypt, which receives about $1.3 billion in aid from the United States annually. There is still a debate as to whether the removal of Morsi three weeks ago was technically a coup.

DEADLY CLASH NEAR CAIRO UNIVERSITY

Nine Killed in Violent Protests
By Harold Hutchison

Nine people were killed during violent clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted Egyptian President and opponents of the Islamist organization, with six dying near Cairo University. This puts the death toll at 14 over the last two days.

The clashes occurred near a camp where supporters of Morsi had been staying since the former Egyptian leader was ousted. The Muslim Brotherhood is now urging its supporters to lay siege to the American Embassy.

VENTURA SUIT MOVES FORWARD

Targets Late Sniper Chris Kyle
By Harold Hutchison

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against the late Chris Kyle will be allowed to proceed, a federal judge has ruled. The suit stems from Kyle’s claim in his book, American Sniper, that he decked Ventura after the former governor bad-mouthed Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Kyle, who had over 160 confirmed sniper kills, was killed by a veteran suffering from PTSD at a firing range in February. His widow has been named as a defendant in place of her dead husband.

CHRISTIAN AIRMAN REPRIMANDED FOR QUESTIONING SAME-SEX WEDDING

Targeted for Removal from Service, Wife’s Medical Benefits Cut Off
By Harold Hutchison

An airman who had served for 27 years, and had signed a six-year enlistment renewal was being targeted for departure from the service. Technical Sergeant Layne Wilson had written the chaplain of West Point, protesting a same-sex wedding at the West Point Chapel that he believed was in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act.

ENERGY DEPARTMENT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST VETS

Bonneville Power Administration Retaliated Against Complainers
By Harold Hutchison

An agency of the Department of Energy’s hiring policies placed military veterans at a disadvantage in terms of being hired, an Inspector General’s report revealed. Worse, employees who spoke out about the practices were targeted for retaliation.

FURLOUGH DOD EMPLOYEES, SAVE GOPHERS?

DOD Follows “Green” Agenda Despite Sequester
By Harold Hutchison

The Defense Department has spent over $397 million on environmental protection since 2003 including $3.5 million to protect a gopher, a grant that continued despite the sequester, which has resulted in tens of thousands of DOD employees being furloughed.

The various projects around the country have also been used to protect butterflies and tortoises. Much of this funding has been used to buy up land around military bases. In one case, $12 million has been spent to buy 2,600 acres near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

IS OBAMA WRECKING COURT-MARTIALS?

Statements Complication Sexual Assault Prosecutions
By Harold Hutchison

While dealing with sexual assault has been a priority, and President Obama may have meant well when he said that those military personnel convicted of sexual assault should be “prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged,” but his comments may have made punishing those guilty of sexual assault a much more difficult task.

DRONE LANDS ON CARRIER

X-47B Passes New Test
By Harold Hutchison

A prototype unmanned combat air vehicle landed on the carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) on 10 July, marking the first time any UAV had trapped on a carrier. This development means that carriers could eventually operate drones as part of their air wings. The X-47B also carried out takeoffs from the carrier, following up on earlier successes with carrier takeoffs from USS Harry S Truman.

ANOTHER BECKWITH IN SPECIAL OPS

Charlie’s Granddaughter To Serve as AC-130 Gunner
By Harold Hutchison

Charlie Beckwith became a special operations legend, best known for founding the Army’s Delta Force. His legacy, however, is not ending with him. Now, one of his descendants is joining the special operations community – and it is not where or who you would expect.

MORE SNOWDEN LEAKS

Reveal Intelligence Operations in South America
By Harold Hutchison

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has called for a “strong statement” from South American leaders in the wake of new leaks by self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden is currently contemplating asylum offers from Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Bolivia.

HASAN GOES ON TRIAL

Court-Martial Begins Today
By Harold Hutchison

The court-martial of Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people in a 5 November, 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has begun with the commencement of the military’s equivalent to jury selection. Hasan is defending himself in the court-martial.

Prior to the trial, a military judge ruled that Hasan would be barred from raising arguments claiming that he was acting in defense of the Taliban. Prior to the shooting, Hasan had exchanged as many as 20 e-mails with Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a September, 2011 UAV strike.

SNOWDEN TO VENEZUELA?

NSA Leaker Takes Refuge in Caracas
By Harold Hutchison

Self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly accepted an offer of asylum from Venezuela. The offer reportedly came from Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez as Venezuela’s dictator.

Snowden came forward on 9 June, having fled to Hong Kong. He later left Hong Kong and fled to Moscow, where he remained in the “transit zone” of Sheremetavyo Airport. Snowden refused an asylum offer from Russia that was contingent on him no longer leaking secrets he stole from the NSA.

IS OBAMA SABOTAGING AMERICA’S MISSILE DEFENSE BUILDUP?

Halts American Deployments as Russia Continues Buildup
By Harold Hutchison

Barack Obama is continually delaying deployment of missile defenses for American allies in Europe due to Russian objections, even as Russia is deploying its own missile defenses. The latest development involves a March decision cancelling an alternative promised after the Obama Administration scrapped the Bush Administration’s plans for missile defenses in Europe in 2009.

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