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WIMPIER AMMO FOR THE TROOPS?

“Green” Ammo Less Capable Than Good Old Lead
By Harold Hutchison

Troops still fighting in Afghanistan may be saddled with less-effective ammo – all in the name of protecting the environment. The round in question is the new 5.56mm round being issued, the M855, called the Enhanced Performance Round.

However, past reports have indicated that officials have known for years that the new rounds, which use copper instead of lead, have “not been providing the ‘stopping power’ the user would like at engagement ranges less than 150 yards.”

Air Force's Censorship of Chaplain's Essay Latest Incident of Religious Hostility

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins expressed serious concerns today after learning that the Air Force had censored a chaplain's inspirational website post, entitled "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave it All in World War II." The phrase, which President Eisenhower made famous in 1954, dates back to the Japanese attack at Corregidor during World War II.

Roll Call Vote on the Amash Amendment


FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 412


(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

NSA DEFUNDING DEFEATED

Amash Amendment Defeated on 217-205 Vote
By Harold Hutchison

An amendment to curtail some NSA surveillance programs was defeated by a 217-205 vote. Sponsored by Representatives Justin Amash (R-MI), the amendment would have halted some of the NSA’s collection of telephone metadata. The vote came on the Defense Appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year, which passed by a 319-105 vote.

The vote on the amendment was split on both sides – 134 Republicans voted against the amendment along with 83 Democrats, while 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans voted for the Amendment.

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.