Doomsday on screen: How Hollywood & the Pentagon combine to sell new ‘axis of evil’ (VIDEO)

Within seconds of the opening of the trailer for the popular game’s ‘Doomsday Heist’ add-on, all the usual suspects are named as possible culprits behind a bid to start a war against the US. “It has to be the Russians… or the North Koreans… or the Chinese… or the Iranians,” a billionaire tech mogul tells his crew of true US patriots assembled to save the fictional city of San Andreas from total annihilation.

While the tone of the trailer may be somewhat tongue in cheek, it continues a global trend of presenting whoever happens to be the bogeymen of US foreign policy as the perennial bad guys. And in the eyes of the western entertainment industry, the new axis of evil of Russia, North Korea and Iran, is ripe for picking.

Some of the most successful US TV series’ of recent years were plotted on the concept of the foreign enemy. In the Netflix series ‘House of Cards,’ fictional Russian president Viktor Petrov shares striking similarities to the western media’s characterization of Vladimir Putin.

Similarly, ‘Homeland’ has plots that often run parallel to political goings on while also pushing Islamophobic stereotypes. Meanwhile, ‘The Americans’ bolsters Russian paranoia by  reminding the audience that even your next door neighbour could be a KGB officer.

READ MORE: ‘Google’s plan to isolate Russian media is an act of information warfare’

Dr Matthew Alford, a Teaching Fellow in Politics at the University of Bath, whose research focus is on the relationship between screen entertainment and political power in Western democracies, told RT.com that “popular culture provides mood music for political culture.”

“Collectively our mainstream entertainment provides considerable support for the national security state,” he added.

Earlier this year, Alford co-authored the book ‘National Security Cinema,’ an in-depth analysis of the relationship between the US government and Hollywood. Based on thousands of pages of US military and intelligence documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, the book reveals the power of the Pentagon to stop a film from being made by refusing or withdrawing support.

READ MORE: US military rewrites Hollywood blockbusters to save reputation, research reveals

One such film is ‘The Recruit’, the 2003 film starring Colin Farrell as a CIA agent in the making. Documents reveal the movie, which also featured Al Pacino as Farrell’s mentor, was heavily influenced by the CIA’s long-serving entertainment liaison officer, Chase Brandon.

The blockbuster includes lines about the new threats of the post-Soviet world along with rebuttals of the idea that the CIA failed to prevent 9/11.

“The level of military manipulation on film scripts has been fairly comparable since the early years of Hollywood. Over the last twenty years though, there has been a real spike in the military’s involvement in TV and the CIA has gotten much more pro-active,” Alford said.

The cliché of the Russian baddy has been around so long that it’s perhaps no surprise that recent political allegations against the nation have been so easy to swallow. Is there really a need for concrete evidence of Russian interference in US elections when audiences have been digesting negative propaganda about the country and its people since the height of the Cold War.

However, it’s not just the Russians that get the stereotypical arch-villain treatment. Any one’s game as long as it doesn’t affect box office dollars. The 2012 remake of Red Dawn (originally about a Soviet invasion of the US) intended to pit the Americans against an invading Chinese army, but later the antagonists were changed to North Koreans in order to maintain access to China’s profitable box office.

“The potential influence on the public of military-backed record-breaking blockbusters like Avatar should ring alarm bells in a democracy. This story of censorship has been routinely suppressed and soft-pedaled for decades,” Alford said.

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Pentagon announces first-ever audit to review $2.4 trillion in assets

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The first-ever financial audit in the history of the US Department of Defense will be massive, requiring 2,400 auditors to review the Pentagon’s $2.4 trillion in assets, including personnel, real estate and weapons.

The audit will begin this month, the DoD announced during a news conference Friday.

“It is important that the Congress and the American people have confidence in DoD’s management of every taxpayer dollar,” Comptroller David Norquist told reporters.

He said the DoD’s Office of the Inspector General has hired independent public accounting firms to conduct audits of the Air Force, Army and Navy, as well as a department-wide consolidated audit to summarize all results and conclusions.

“Beginning in 2018, our audits will occur annually, with reports issued on November 15,” said Norquist.

Despite being the largest recipient of government funding annually, the Pentagon has never been audited before. The US government established requirements for each agency to present financial statements back in the ’90s, but for more than 20 years, the Defense Department has lagged behind other agencies in reporting how much it received and how it spends the funds.

That didn’t stop Congress from approving nearly $700 billion for the DoD – some $100 billion more than last year’s budget, and billions more than the $639.1 billion initially requested by President Donald Trump.

A 2015 report commissioned by the Obama administration, found that a quarter of the Pentagon budget was spent on more than a million bureaucrats, and suggested reforms that would save $125 billion, the Washington Post reported at the time.

Roughly one-quarter of the defense budget went to core overheads such as accounting, human resources and other back-office work, far from the battlefield, the report found. That work is completed by about 1,014,000 contractors, civilians and other personnel working to support 1.3 million troops abroad. Of those, only 298,000 were uniformed personnel with desk jobs, 448,000 were civilian defense workers, and the remaining 268,000 were contractors.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who commissioned the report, eventually decided to dismiss much of its recommendations as “unrealistic” amid fears Congress would use the findings as a pretext to slash the Pentagon’s budget.

Earlier this year, the Government Accountability Office said there were “serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense (DoD) that have prevented its financial statement from being auditable.”

In a January memo, incoming Defense Secretary James Mattis requested additional funds for war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), but heralded an “ambitious reform agenda” to make the DoD “as effective and efficient as possible.”

In July, Mattis criticized the Pentagon for spending $28 million on uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers, which featured a camouflage pattern entirely unsuitable for Afghanistan.

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Russian lawmakers blast Pentagon’s latest statement on Syria as ‘lies and lack of principles’

The statement is nothing new, the same typical snobbery. Even with total resistance from the US special services, those who know how much Russia and the Syrian military forces have done, how many lives were lost, simply cannot say that Russia has done nothing,” Senator Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the Upper House Committee for Defense and Security, told RBC in response to remarks by Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon.

Nothing is sacred to these people. Now leading news agencies around the world that are being managed by them will tell us that they are the greatest. And we will disprove this,” Klintsevich added. “I think that, in the nearest future, the Americans will face a great disappointment. They have installed so many time bombs for themselves.”

A member of the Lower House Committee for Defense, Pavel Dorokhin (Communist Party), described the Pentagon’s statement as an attempt to retake the lost initiative in the Middle East. “Of course, the merit of freeing Syria belongs to Russia. We have seen it in the news every day as the land was liberated, piece by piece,” he said.

The American state used special mechanisms to depose the Syrian government and they used other gangs for it, apart from the Islamic State. When it became clear that the plan is going to end in fiasco, they attempted to regain the initiative, but they failed,” Dorokhin told reporters.  

The comments came soon after Pentagon spokesperson Eric Pahon said in an interview with Sputnik that the Syrian government and the Russian Federation had allegedly demonstrated insufficient seriousness or commitment to defeating the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group. “They have only conducted a fraction of counter-ISIS operations, and most of the territory liberated in Iraq and Syria has been liberated through the efforts of the global coalition and its partners,” Pahon said, adding that the US-led coalition would continue to operate in Syria.

On Monday, President Vladimir Putin said that almost all of Syria’s territory has been liberated from terrorists. “The situation in this country [Syria] is gradually changing. The Syrian armed forces, supported by the Russian military, have liberated from terrorists almost the whole territory of the country, including historic Christian regions,” Putin told a major congress of Orthodox Christian bishops in Moscow.

On the same day, a representative of the Russian military group in Syria Major General Yevgeny Poplavskiy said that in the coming days, the whole territory of Syria east of the Euphrates River would be freed from terrorists.

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Pentagon Caught Blocking Report on Child Sex Abuse by US Allies as Troops Forced Not to Report It

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U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan often witnessed acts of sexual abuse committed by US allied commanders against local children. As the Free Thought Project reported at the time, it was later revealed that the soldiers were told to look the other way and keep quiet about it — or face punishment. Now, according to a bombshell report, it appears that the Pentagon was complicit in the cover up too.

According to the NY Times, the Pentagon tried to block an independent assessment of child sex abuse crimes committed by Afghan soldiers and police, instead insisting on the creation of its own report offering a far less authoritative review of human rights violations perpetrated by U.S. allies, according to an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

On November 16, 2017, the DoD Inspector General released a report to evaluate the implementation of the DoD Leahy Law regarding child sexual abuse as it applies to DoD interaction with, and Title 10 support of, the Afghan Security Ministries and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

However, a parallel investigation by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is thought to contain a much more detailed accounting of the problem’s severity, according to the Times. And, it was requested by 93 members of Congress in 2015. However, at the direction of the Pentagon, the report remains classified.

According to the Times:

The Pentagon responded with “resistance” when Congress tapped SIGAR to conduct the probe, said Tim Rieser, an aide to Leahy, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee whose namesake legislation, known as the Leahy Law, requires the U.S. military to halt assistance to foreign military units found to have committed gross human rights violations.

 

Instead, senior Pentagon officials argued that SIGAR, which since 2009 has produced dozens of reports exposing corruption within the Afghan government and incompetence among Afghan security forces, lacked the jurisdiction for this particular task, Rieser said.

 

“It’s fair to say there was an effort to discourage the investigation” by SIGAR, he said, adding that eventually the two agencies agreed to coordinate and release complementary reports, but that the Pentagon’s investigators did not fulfill promises to fully cooperate.

In spite of the 93 Congressional requests for the information, the Kathie Scarrah, a spokeswoman for the Defense Department Inspector General’s office, said that its investigators “heard no complaints throughout the evaluation about coordination” with SIGAR.

When asked why the information is being withheld on the sexual abuse of children by US allies — and condoned by the Pentagon — the Office of the Secretary of Defense declined to comment.

As TFTP reported at the time, scores of witnesses have come forward to report the rampant sexual abuse committed by their Afghan allies. One of these soldiers, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley could hear Afghan boys being sexually abused by Afghan police officers at night on his military base in southern Afghanistan.

“At night we can hear them [Afghan boys] screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr. reportedly told his father prior to his death in 2012.

Gregory Buckley Sr. told his son to report the depraved sexual violence to his commanders, to which his son told him that due to cultural considerations he was told to ignore the abuse.

“My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture,” Buckley Sr. told the Times.

Another U.S. solider spoke to the NYT on the condition of anonymity.

“I’m not a hundred percent sure what was happening under the sheet, but I have a pretty good idea of what was going on,” the former Lance Corporal said.

Former Special Forces Captain Dan Quinn bluntly questioned the credibility of the entire U.S. mission in Afghanistan in light of the character of those we put into positions of power.

“The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights…But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me,” Quinn told the Times.

He raised extremely poignant realities of the American legacy being left in Afghanistan in light of these horrific abuse stories. He claimed to have witnessed numerous cases of local boys and girls being abused by Afghan militia forces aligned with the U.S. government.

Quinn was relieved of his command after a fight with a U.S. backed militia leader that had been keeping a young boy chained to his bed as a sex slave.

According to the exclusive report in 2015 by the New York Times:

Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.

 

The policy has endured as American forces have recruited and organized Afghan militias to help hold territory against the Taliban. But soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages — and doing little when they began abusing children.

As Jay Syrmopolous pointed out, regardless of the cultural history the U.S cannot tacitly approve of pedophilia and sexual slavery. Some actions cannot be allowed to continue to exist in the modern world.

While some would argue that this is Western cultural imperialism, the reality is that stopping violent authoritarian aggression against defenseless children takes moral precedence over some archaic cultural tradition.

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Pentagon’s super-secret research agency DARPA now wants to genetically engineer PLANTS to use as battlefield spying technology

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It seems the Department of Defense wants to get in on the GMO craziness, but not in what you would consider the normal way.

No, the Pentagon has not announced a military-wide transition to genetically modified foods; rather, DARPA— the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency — says it is working on developing a new way to collect battlefield intelligence: Genetically-modified plants.

What could go wrong?

As reported by Futurism, DARPA is calling the project the Advanced Plant Technologies program, and it seeks to transform plants into next-generation surveillance technology.

“The program will pursue technologies to engineer robust, plant-based sensors that are self-sustaining in their environment and can be remotely monitored using existing hardware,” the agency said in a press announcement.

The program’s goal is to increase the natural stimulus-response mechanisms in plants, allowing them to “detect the presence of certain chemicals, pathogens, radiation, and even electromagnetic signals.”

Through the use of ‘gene-editing’ methods which researchers say have already been proven to be effective in plants, the secretive agency wants to make plant-based sensors function as early-warning surveillance devices without altering their ability to grow and thrive.

That said, the plan calls for mutating the plants “far beyond current practice,” altering several complex pathways in order to stimulate “discreet response mechanisms” when certain stimuli are detected.

Much of today’s military technology advances center around things that function or operate mechanically. However, DARPA says it wants to develop some new technologies using natural methods, though obviously genetically altering a plant makes it far less “natural.”

Futurism notes:

Plants seem perfect for this kind of information gathering and would also limit the risks of exposing human operatives to potentially harmful environments. It’s the same principle behind the use of drones. Plus, the technology could easily be converted for non-military use.

Great. So now police departments and federal authorities will also use genetically modified plants to spy on the general public. Perfect.

“Plants are highly attuned to their environments and naturally manifest physiological responses to basic stimuli such as light and temperature, but also in some cases to touch, chemicals, pests, and pathogens,” said Blake Bextine, the APT program manager, in the press release.

“Emerging molecular and modeling techniques may make it possible to reprogram these detection and reporting capabilities for a wide range of stimuli, which would not only open up new intelligence streams, but also reduce the personnel risks and costs associated with traditional sensors,” Bextine added.

Futurism goes on to note that while the whiz kids at DARPA are all a-flutter about this “natural” effort to increase information acquisition on the battlefield, the modification procedures and techniques are drawing some concerns (you think?). For one thing, modifying plants in any way is not “natural” and as such runs the risk of decimating entire plant species, say critics.

For another, the ‘Big Brotherism’ practiced regularly by our government could lead to the development of surveillance plants (there’s two words you never thought you’d read together) that are capable of doing more than just what DARPA is describing.

“There’s no need to panic just yet,” advises Futurism, “but it is somewhat comforting that APT will be monitored by institutional biosafety committees.”

Sure. (Related: DARPA rumored to be genetically modifying humans to create zombie super soldiers.)

We’ve heard this song-and-dance before: ‘Trust us, we’re with the government,’ isn’t cutting it this time. After all, we’re talking about plant modification — and this is on top of social, human, and weather modifications that are currently taking place and which threaten to destroy humankind many times over.

It’s good that our Dept. of Defense is always looking for new (and innovative) ways to defeat our enemies. But we’re not at all confident that altering plant life to develop “sensors” for the battlefield is the way to go.

There’s already been too much “modification” of the human and plant gene pools.

Sources include:

Futurism.com

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Accounting Error: Pentagon Likely to Acknowledge 2,000 U.S. Troops in Syria






Accounting Error: Pentagon Likely to Acknowledge 2,000 U.S. Troops in Syria


November 24th, 2017

I’m so confident that the accurate number is going to be reported now. haha

Via: Reuters:

The Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground.

The U.S. military had earlier publicly said it had around 500 troops in Syria, mostly supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces group of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State in the north of the country.

Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon could, as early as Monday, publicly announce that there are slightly more than 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria. They said there was always a possibility that last minute changes in schedules could delay an announcement.

That is not an increase in troop numbers, just a more accurate count, as the numbers often fluctuate.

An accounting system, known as the Force Management Level (FML), was introduced in Iraq and Syria during former President Barack Obama’s administration as a way to exert control over the military.

But the numbers do not reflect the extent of the U.S. commitment on the ground since commanders often found ways to work around the limits – sometimes bringing in forces temporarily or hiring more contractors.

The force management levels are officially at 5,262 in Iraq and 503 in Syria, but officials have privately acknowledged in the past that the real number for each country is more than the reported figure.















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House to vote on giving Amazon $53 billion deal to become main Pentagon supplier

Members of the US House of Representatives and Senate Armed Services committees announced Wednesday that they have reached agreement on the proposed $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual defense spending bill. This astronomical figure—an $80 billion increase over spending in 2016 and roughly $26 billion more than was requested by President Donald Trump—is a clear signal that the US will expand its ongoing wars around the world and is preparing to engage in far broader conflicts potentially involving North Korea, Iran, Russia, and China.

The NDAA will now be voted on by the House of Representatives, where it has been rubber-stamped every year since 1961, before being signed into law by Trump. While reporting by the bourgeois press on the NDAA has been limited overall, a key section of the bill, titled “Procurement Through Commercial E-Commerce Portals,” has been almost entirely overlooked. This section establishes the framework whereby Amazon will be able to corner the market for Defense Department procurements worth roughly $53 billion, and its inclusion in the NDAA is a product of the direct links connecting Amazon with the state and military-intelligence apparatus.

Already marked as a semi-official wing of the US military-intelligence apparatus by their back-room deal with the CIA, Amazon will likely soon become the primary supplier for numerous items demanded by the Defense Department.

The Pentagon will now purchase office equipment, internet service, and all other equipment needed to direct its out war crimes directly from Amazon, both in the US and at its military bases internationally. In other words, if the bill becomes law, Amazon will be providing hundreds of thousands of CIA agents, military personnel, prosecutors, and immigration agents with their pencils, desks, and chairs.

Section 846 of the NDAA requires the Defense Department to purchase commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products on “e-commerce portals.” While congressmen claim that there will be healthy “competition” between a variety of such “e-commerce portals,” in reality Amazon possesses immense advantages that leave it poised to quickly monopolize the market.

By claiming that the online marketplaces are inherently competitive, Section 846 also enables the federal government to secure no-bid contracts, eliminating the requirement that procurement officers seek competitive bids.

The experience of numerous third-party vendors on Amazon, however, testifies that their online marketplace is the antithesis of a “free market.” Rather, the company is notorious for using the most sophisticated technology to drive out their competition and take over markets for themselves. By using algorithms to track sales data on Amazon, the company determines which products are most profitable, diverts traffic to their own marked-down version of the same product to drive out their competition, and then gouges the price to reap super-profits once they’ve established monopoly control.

Amazon is able to do this in part because they charge third-party companies 15-20 percent of their sales revenue for the ability to sell on Amazon, which impinges on profits and sets a higher price threshold at which companies can sell while still being profitable, thus enabling Amazon to perpetually undercut their competition.

With the establishment of an online marketplace catering to the federal government, Amazon will be able to track the Pentagon’s spending data on everything, and repeat the above process until they control every major market. Very shortly, Amazon could be the sole source of chairs, paper, desks, water bottles, etc. for the entire Defense Department, netting annual revenue of almost the entire apportionment of $53 billion, equal to 38 percent of the company’s overall $136 billion revenue in 2016.

Similar to the 2013 deal between Amazon and the CIA, the current deal gives the company a foot in the door for securing even more lucrative military contracts in the future. If this foray proves successful, the broader intelligence community and other federal agencies could themselves formulate “online marketplace” policies designed to benefit Amazon.

The proposed NDAA budget explicitly states that it will promote “the objective of enabling Government-wide use of such portals,” while making the entire process as seamless as possible for Amazon and the other e-commerce portals. The document states, “The conferees encourage the Administrator, General Services, to resist the urge to make changes to the existing features, terms and conditions, and business models of available e-commerce portals, but rather demonstrate the government’s willingness to adapt the way it does business.”

In 2016, Amazon accounted for 38.1 percent of all online retail sales, followed distantly by eBay at 7.8 percent, Apple at 3.2 percent and Walmart at 2.8 percent. Amazon’s e-commerce sales are projected to grow by 32 percent this year, with their market share ballooning to 43.5 percent. If their growth continues at the same rate, Amazon will control 100 percent of online retail sales in roughly 10 years. With the help of the Pentagon, Amazon could reach this level of monopolization far sooner.


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The True Impact of the Italian Pentagon, by Manlio Dinucci

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The inhabitants of the district of Centocelle (Rome) are quite right to protest about the impact that the construction of the Italian Pentagon is having on their archeological park and their green belt (il manifesto, 29 October). However, another, rather more serious impact, passes uncommented on: the impact on the Italian Constitution.

Earlier this year, we reported the following [1]:

• There was a plan to bring together all the Chiefs of the Armed Forces under a single structure, a mini-copy of the US Pentagon;

• This is an integral part of “revising the operational model of the Armed Forces”; and

• This plan is institutionalized through the “White Book for International Security and Defence” which was signed off by Minister Pinotti.

This plan overrides over the constitutional bases of the Italian Republic and reshapes the Republic into a power that takes military action in areas overlooking the Mediterranean: North Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. And the basis for this action? Well there are two: first to support Italy’s own economic and strategic “vital interests; and second, ”; and second, anywhere in the world – from the Baltic to Afghanistan – that the interests of the West, represented by the US-led Nato, are at stake.

Functional to all this is the 2016 Framework Law. This institutionalizes military missions abroad (which currently total 30 in 20 countries), financing them through a fund granted by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Thus real military expenditure is increasing: with these and the other heads added to the Defence budget, it has risen to around 70 million euro on average per day. As requested by Nato, this will have to balloon further so as to reach around 100 million per day.

Reconfiguring the Armed Forces for offense requires new generation weapons that are even more costly. Italy’s latest purchase: the updated version of the US missile Agm-88E Aargm, the earlier version of which Italy had previously purchased. 25 of these missiles cost 18.2 million dollars and respect previous models that Italy previously purchased. Agm-88E Aargm is a medium range missile launched by bomber fighters to destroy radars at the beginning of an offensive, thus overcoming the defences of the country under attack.

The manufacturing industry, the Orbital Atk, specifies that “the new missile is also compatible with the F-35”. Of course, the F-35 is the US Lockheed Martin’s fighter bomber and Italy is participating in its manufacturing process through Cameri’s Faco plant managed by Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica) and has undertaken to purchase 90 of them. The first F-35 arrived in the base of Amendola on 12 December 2016. This made Italy the first country, after the US, to receive the new fifth generation fighter plane that will also be armed with the new B61-12 nuclear bomb.

However Italy is not only a purchaser but is also a manufacturer of arms. The military industry is defined in the White Book as the “pillar of the Country System” since it “contributes, through exports, to rebalancing the balance of trade”, and to promoting products of national industry in high paid sectors”.

The results speak for themselves. Leonardo has jumped to ninth place in the rankings of the 100 biggest military industrials in the world. Its annual arms sales were around 9 billion dollars in 2016. At the beginning of October, Leonardo announced that it was opening another plant in Australia where it is manufacturing arms and communication systems for the Australian military navy.

In return, to further stimulate production in the military sector which today provides Leonardo with 84% of its turnover, two Finmeccanica companies are being sold to the Japanese company Hitachi. The companies sold are Ansaldo Sts and Ansaldo Breda, global leaders in manufacturing railways.

With funds diverted from the budget of the Stability Law, the Italian Pentagon, the new headquarters of the Ministry of War is built on this “pillar of the Country System”.

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The U.S. Will Invade West Africa in 2023 After An Attack in New York — According to Pentagon War Game

WHEN THE PENTAGON peers into its crystal ball, the images reflected back are bleak.

On May 23, 2023, in one imagining from the U.S. military, terrorists detonate massive truck-bombs at both the New York and New Jersey ends of the Lincoln Tunnel. The twin explosions occur in the southern-most of the three underground tubes at 7:10 a.m., the beginning of rush hour when the subterranean roadway is packed with commuters making their way to work.

The attack kills 435 people and injures another 618. Eventually, we’ll come to know that it could have been much worse. The plan was to drive the trucks to “high profile targets” elsewhere in Manhattan. Somehow, though, the bombs detonated early.

This spectacular attack, which would result in the highest casualties on U.S. soil since 9/11, isn’t the hackneyed work of a Hollywood screenwriter — it is actually one of the key plot points from a recent Pentagon war game played by some of the military’s most promising strategic thinkers. This attack, and the war it sparks, provide insights into the future as envisioned by some of the U.S. military’s most important imagineers and the training of those who will be running America’s wars in the years ahead.

The “5/23” terror attack was a small but pivotal part of a simulated exercise conducted last year by students and faculty from the U.S. military’s war colleges, which are the training grounds for prospective generals and admirals. Sprawling and intricate, the 33rd annual Joint Land, Air and Sea Strategic Special Program (JLASS-SP) brought together 148 students from the U.S. Air Force’s Air War College, the Army War College, the Marine Corps War College, the Naval War College, the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, the National War College, and the National Defense University’s Information Resources Management College. They collaborated for several weeks of remote war-gaming conducted via “cyberspace tools, telephones and video teleconferencing,” according to Pentagon documents obtained by The Intercept. It culminated in a five-day on-site exercise at the Air Force Wargaming Institute at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

The materials used in JLASS-SP — obtained via the Freedom of Information Act — detail the chaotic tenure of an imaginary 46th president, Karl Maxwell McGraw, and offer a unique window into the training of the Armed Forces’ future leaders. The documents consist of hundreds of pages of summary materials, faux intelligence estimates, fictional situation reports, and updates issued while the exercise was in progress — The Intercept is publishing one of these fictional situation updates here. They are highly detailed and, at a time when the press and lawmakers are increasingly asking questions about U.S. military involvement in Africa, offer a stark assessment of the potential perils of armed action there. While it is explicitly not a national intelligence estimate, the war game, which covers the future through early 2026, is “intended to reflect a plausible depiction of major trends and influences in the world regions,” according to the files.

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Attacks in the Pentagon’s JLASS-SP simulated exercise.

Map: The Intercept

MCGRAW, A FORMER independent Arizona senator who rode his populist “America on the Move” campaign to victory in the 2020 election, ushers in a wave of equally independent congressional candidates and the promise of “TRUE change” in Washington. His presidency is, instead, buffeted by a seemingly endless string of crises.

Just after entering office, in February 2021, a cyberattack shuts down the control system of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Berwick, Pennsylvania, “shaking the confidence of the American people in the government’s ability to protect critical infrastructure.” For the next two years, while dealing with the fallout from an Asian economic crisis, state-sponsored cybercrime, and the rise of new anti-globalism and right-wing extremist groups, the McGraw administration claims success in thwarting numerous overseas terror attacks, including a plot to bomb a number of U.S. embassies and consulates throughout Europe. But in West Africa, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is expanding its presence and building on long-running failures of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts in the region, including U.S. support for French and African military operations that began in 2013 and now appear more or less permanent.

By 2021, according to the war game’s scenario, AQIM boasts an estimated 38,000 members spread throughout Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, and a network of training camps in Mauritania, as well as outright bases in Western Sahara. At the same time, AQIM strengthens its ties with the terror groups al Shabaab in Somalia and Boko Haram in Central Africa’s Lake Chad Basin to create a “network of synchronization across the African continent and beyond,” including shared funding, training methods, and IED-making materials. As this pan-African Islamist terror cartel grows, so does AQIM’s global reach, eventually allowing it to carry out the devastating attack on the Lincoln Tunnel and another, that same day, on the Canadian Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania’s capital, killing 135 people including the Canadian Ambassador and his staff.

With near-complete congressional backing and the assent of the government of Mauritania, President McGraw joins forces with Canada to launch Operation Desert Strike. A major U.S. and Canadian ground force, backed by air and sea power, lands in Mauritania on June 15, 2023 with McGraw promising the American people a “well-planned, rapid, and efficient operation that would conclude in three years.” As with so many other American wars and interventions since 1945, however, U.S. military operations do not go as planned and instead seem to follow the well-worn path of America’s many other forever wars.


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Pentagon Accidentally Emails Journalist About Puerto Rico Spin Talks

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

In the age of pervasive media, the primary method of social control is through the creation of narratives delivered to the public through various forms of communication. This reality has given rise to an obsession among the power elite to control as much messaging as possible. The Pentagon’s efforts to spin news of its response to the Puerto Rico emergency situation were revealed when a reporter was accidentally included in a string of emails. Christopher Flavelle, is a Bloomberg climate reporter, has claimed that he was added to an internal email list in late September. Both the Defense Department and Federal Emergency Management Agency  discussed plans to frame its disaster relief response in Puerto Rico in a positive light.

Flavelle alerted officials after receiving the first email, however, he still continued to receive the emails for five days. Flavelle published a bloomberg story in which he wrote: “Those messages, each of which was marked ‘unclassified,’ offer a glimpse into the federal government’s struggle to convince the public that the response effort was going well. That struggle was compounded by the commander-in-chief, and eased only when public attention was pulled to a very different disaster.” Below are passages from the emails:

Sept. 28: Eight days after Maria hit, coverage of the federal government’s response is getting more negative.

The Government Message: Pentagon officials tell staff to emphasize “coverage of life-saving/life-sustaining operations” and for spokespeople to avoid language about awaiting instructions from FEMA, “as that goes against the teamwork top-line message.”

Sept. 29: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz criticizes Washington’s spin, calling Puerto Rico a “people-are-dying story.”

The Government Message: FEMA talking points ignore Cruz, instructing its officials to say that “the federal government’s full attention is on Hurricane Maria response.”

Sept. 30: Trump attacks the mayor’s “poor leadership ability.” The Pentagon worries that Trump’s “dialogue” with Cruz is becoming the story, with “many criticizing his lack of empathy.”

The Government Message: FEMA stresses its success in reaching “all municipalities in Puerto Rico.”

Oct. 1: Trump calls critics of the response “politically motivated ingrates.”

The Government Message: Defense staff admit that “the perception of USG response continues to be negative.” Spokespeople are told to say, “I am very proud of our DOD forces,” before conceding “there are some challenges to work through.”

Oct. 2: The massacre in Las Vegas dominates the headlines.

The Government Message: The shooting “has drawn mainstream TV attention away from Puerto Rico response,” FEMA says. Still, the roundup seems to have lost some of its previous optimism. It concludes, simply: “Negative tonality.”

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