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F-35 costs falling, Pentagon estimates indicate

Acquisition of F-35 fighter planes will be less expensive, with development and procurement costs down 7.1 percent, a Defense Department assessment indicates. The Select Acquisition Report, circulating on Friday but not yet released by the Pentagon, estimates that developing and maintaining the fleet of the planes, built by Lockheed Martin, will cost $1.182 trillion over the planes’ expected 66-year useful lifespan. It is a 7.8 percent increase from last year’s cost estimate of the Defense Department’s costliest program.The assessment also projects that 809 F-35s will be built for the U.S. military and its allies, compared to 764 projected in 2019. ... Read more

Report: Pentagon prepared to send military force to Minneapolis if necessary

Joe Nelson With the rioting in Minneapolis continuing to overwhelm the city and state’s response, the Pentagon has taken a step to ready U.S. military police units to assist if necessary.  According to The Associated Press, soldiers from North Carolina’s Fort Bragg and New York’s Fort Drum are on alert and can be deployed within four hours if instructed to do so. Similarly, soldiers from Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Riley in Kansas can be deployed within 24 hours notice.  The AP says the preparedness puts 800 soldiers on notice for possible deployment to Minneapolis.  Seven-hundred soldiers and airmen ... Read more

Pentagon Begins Testing Troops for COVID-19 Antibodies, Despite CDC Warnings

The military has begun testing troops for COVID-19 antibodies, and might soon ask them to “stick your arm out” to draw blood for possible use as a novel coronavirus therapy, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged caution, warning that current antibody tests can yield false positives. But the military is “doing some antibody testing right now, and we’re expanding that,” Milley said. Read next: Air Force Scrubs ‘Male-Only References’ from its Official Song “We’ll be doing antibody testing for critical Tier One units, such as those who go into ... Read more

Military units placed on four-hour recall status to assist Minnesota authorities with protests

The Pentagon on Saturday announced that it was electing to put select military personnel on a four-hour recall status in case officials in Minnesota need assistance in containing expected protests over the killing of George Floyd. “The Secretary of Defense and the Chairman have personally spoken with Governor [Tim] Walz (D) twice in the last 24-hours and expressed the department’s readiness to provide support to local and state authorities as requested,” Department of Defense spokesperson Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement. Hoffman added: “Currently, the Governor is fully activating the Minnesota National Guard and is working with neighboring states for more ... Read more

Pentagon Puts Military Police On Alert To Go To Embattled Minneapolis

Past Halfway Point, Corrections Commissioner Says Things Remain Under ControlMinnesota Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell provides a post-midnight update on the status of law and order in the Twin Cities (26:16). WCCO 4 News – May 31, 2020 1 hour ago Seward Businesses Standing Their Ground All NightThe owners of businesses that have yet been untouched by fires are committed to staying up and standing their ground against arsonists, Erin Hassanzadeh reports (5:19). WCCO 4 News – May 31, 2020 2 hours ago From The Center Of Solemnity To A Hail Of Rubber Bullets: 38th & Chicago Vigil RaidedJeff Wagner began ... Read more

Pentagon ready to send troops to Minneapolis if state asks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday it was ready to provide military help to authorities scrambling to contain unrest in Minneapolis, where George Floyd’s death has sparked widespread protests, but Gov. Tim Walz has not requested federal troops. Jonathan Rath Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said several military units have been placed on higher alert “as a prudent planning measure” in case Walz asks for help. The Associated Press first reported on the potential deployments and, citing sources with direct knowledge of the orders, named four locations from which soldiers would be drawn. Hoffman did not identify the units, ... Read more

Pentagon orders US Army to prepare its military police for Minneapolis protest duty, according to report

The Pentagon ordered the Army to ready military police for deployment to Minneapolis amid riots incited by the death of George Floyd, a senior Pentagon official told The Associated Press. The protests demanding justice for Floyd turned violent on Thursday when rioters set the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct on fire near where Floyd was detained. A Pentagon spokesman told the AP that Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz did not ask for military police to be deployed to Minneapolis. Alyssa Farah, the White House director of strategic communications, reportedly denied the claim. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The Pentagon ordered ... Read more

Pentagon orders Army to put military police on alert to deploy to Minneapolis

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests. Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told ... Read more

Pentagon puts military police on alert to go to Minneapolis

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests. Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been ... Read more

Pentagon considering military flyovers, bands for July 4 celebration

“It will have a different look than 2019 to ensure the health and safety of those attending,” said White House spokesperson Judd Deere. “The American people have shown tremendous courage and spirit in the fight against this global pandemic just as our forefathers did in the fight to secure our independence, and both deserve celebration on America’s birthday this year.” The defense official said it is “not unusual” for the department to support such requests “with aerial displays, bands or other ceremonial support.” “Any potential support would be in coordination with the White House Military Office, the Department of the ... Read more