Is Trump Planning a Korean Peace Surprise? And Can the Deep State Stop Him?

North Korea’s got nukes.  And it’s got ICBMs.  Even so, US hawks have pushed the Korean peace process into a dead end.  But can they keep it there?  Not just Russia and China want negotiations.  Maybe Donald Trump wants to negotiate too!  Is the deep state going to push back?  What do you think?  It already has!  And why didn’t Seth Rogen melt off Kim Jong Un’s face?

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Show notes

Nikki Haley to UN on North Korea: “Enough is enough”

U.S. Seeks U.N. Consent to Interdict North Korean Ships

Trump may have to settle for deterring, not disarming, North Korea

We’re at the Tipping Point on North Korea…and Who’s Lying About that Aircraft Carrier?

Trump may offer tactical nukes to Seoul, says NBC

Japanese defence figures: US prepared to use military action against North Korea

A grand bargain with China could remove North Korea’s nuclear threat – but it would destroy America’s global influence

How Sony, Obama, Seth Rogen and the CIA Secretly Planned to Force Regime Change in North Korea

How the CIA secretly published Dr Zhivago

U.S. military apologizes for ‘highly offensive’ leaflets it distributed in Afghanistan

Newsbud Exclusive Report- A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for August 2017

DOD Spent $35,654,013,000+ on 306 individual contracts in August 2017

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $35,654,013,000 on 306 individual contracts during August 2017. This amount does not include 18 Foreign Military Sales transactions worth $3,090,162,000.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS)Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.

AM General received $2,205,926,405 for up to 11,560 HMMWV expanded capacity vehicles, equipment, and spare parts for worldwide FMS (first order = Afghanistan). One bid solicited, one received.

BAE Systems received $8,982,981 for FMS (Lebanon): technical support & sustainment for the Bradley family of vehicles.

Boeing received $7,407,625 for FMS (Philippines): six ScanEagle systems, support equipment, training, site activation, technical services, and data.

Boeing received $7,432,771 for FMS (UK): engineering services and technical support. Recently released memos show how the British government viewed the build up to the 1990-1991 Gulf War as a cash cow.

Lockheed Martin received $158,500,000 for Phase 2 mission system refresh efforts on eight P-3C aircraft for Germany.

Wyle Laboratories received $8,201,006 for FMS (Australia): F-18 program management support at NAS Patuxent River (83%); NAS Whidbey Island (7%); NAVSUP Philadelphia (4%); NAS North Island (3%); RAAF Amberley (2%); NAS Oceana (1%). Not competitive, per FAS 6.302-4.

FMS TO UNDEMOCRATIC REGIMES

Armtec Countermeasures Co. received $18,033,583 for FMS (Egypt, Iraq): infrared countermeasure flares (M206; MJU-7A/B; MJU-10/B).

Boeing received $222,549,505 to provide Saudi Arabia’s Land Forces Aviation Command with eight new CH-47F helicopters.

Kratos Technology & Training Solutions Inc. received $46,217,067 for program planning, and technical & instructional services to support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals. Work in Riyadh (30%), Jubail (30%), Jeddah (30%), Ras al Ghar (5%), Saudi Arabia; Orlando, FL (5%). Not competitive.

Lockheed Martin received $21,098,062 to provide USA and FMS (South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan) with PAC-3 contractor field support services.

Lockheed Martin received $47,819,931 for F-16 engineering & technical services. Overseas work in Bahrain, Pakistan, Chile, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco, Taiwan, Oman, Egypt, Iraq, Thailand, Indonesia. Sole-source.

L-3 received $8,889,043 for FMS (Kuwait): maintenance on three KC-130J aircraft. Includes logistics & supply and some equipment repair at Abdullah Al-Mubarak AB, Kuwait. Not competitive, per FAR 6.302-45.

Raytheon received $19,583,689 for FMS (UAE): prime power unit, an outside the continental U.S. trainer extension, and replenishment spares.

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV received $133,910,119 for FMS (Jordan, Qatar, Taiwan): Javelin containerized all-up rounds, command launch units, vehicle launcher-electronics, and engineering.

Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems received $108,649,349 for Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) spares for F-15, F-16, and F-18. Sole-source. Some FMS (Israel).

UNINHABITED VEHICLES & CRAFT

Bethel-Webcor JV-1 received $23,698,000 to design and build a Triton Mission Control Facility at NAS Whidbey Island.

Boeing received $16,880,154 for additional parts & supplies to maintain ScanEagle in support of Navy Special Warfare fleet operations.

General Atomics received $18,772,521 for hardware, software, & documentation to activate the organic depot maintenance capability for software management system computer software configuration item at Tinker AFB. Sole source.

Northrop Grumman received $19,894,544 for MQ-4C Triton engineering & analysis efforts to solve near-term emergent obsolescence issues.

Raytheon received $25,861,271 for Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) modification & Enhanced Electro-Optical Receiver Unit retrofit on Global Hawk Block 30. Sole-source.

Textron and General Atomics received a portion of the shared $499,000,000 (previously issued) contract for the Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program.

COUNTER-UAS

Syracuse Research Corp. received $10,073,000 for Counter-Unmanned Aerial System supplies. Sole-source.

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

McCann World Group Inc. received $524,100,000 for services in support of the Army Marketing & Advertising Program.

USAFRICOM

Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) received $58,336,334 for base operations support [.pdf] services at Camp Lemmonier (92%) & Chabelley Air Field (3%), Djibouti; Camp Simba (5%).

USCENTCOM

 Centerra-Parsons Pacific received $32,716,240 for base operations support services at U.S. Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia.

Dari Concepts LLC received $8,127,889 for line haul services in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) received $29,282,372 for base operations support services at Isa Air Base, Bahrain.

Leidos received $727,689,796 to support the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) aircraft fleets, based in Kabul.

Raytheon received $7,829,640 for Persistent Surveillance & Dissemination System of Systems/Mission Video Distribution System at Shaw AFB and Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Less than a month after leaving office, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work joined the board of Raytheon.

URS Federal Services Inc. received $14,157,454 for maintenance, supply, and transportation logistics services re: Army Prepositioned Stock-5 in Kuwait.

Vectrus received $49,500,000 for base operations support in Qatar.

USEUCOM

URS Federal Services Inc. received $12,138,173 for maintenance, supply, and transportation logistics services re: Army Prepositioned Stock-2 in Germany.

USSOCOM

 Caddell Construction received $42,661,500 for construction of SOF Special Tactics Facility Phase II in Fayetteville, NC.

Jacobs Technologies received $771,331,825 for worldwide enterprise operations & maintenance for SOF Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics – SITEC.

Lockheed Martin received $8,000,000,000 for Special Operations Forces Global Logistics Support Services (SOF GLSS).

SOLPAC Construction received $15,018,500 to design & build a SOF training center at Naval Base Coronado. The center will “support special operator injury prevention, rehabilitation… strength & conditioning, nutrition,” etc.

Trellisware Technologies Inc. received $40,000,000 for Advanced Tactical Scalable Mobile Ad-hoc Network radio systems in support of USSOCOM.

USSOUTHCOM

Xtera Communications Inc. received $36,540,732 for the Guantánamo Bay to Puerto Rico Submarine Fiber Optic Cable System. Not competitive.

USPACOM

Black Construction Corp. (Harmon, Guam) received $78,152,583 to design & build a live-fire training range, Northwest Field, Naval Support Activity Andersen.

Contrack Watts received $41,167,515 for construction upgrades to existing sanitary sewer system across Naval Base Guam and outlying areas (incl. Nimitz Hill, Naval Hospital, Polaris Point, Ordnance Annex, Apra Palms Housing).

Hawaiian Dredging Construction received $60,648,252 to build a two story regimental consolidated communications / electronics facility and a six story multi-level concrete framed parking facility at Marine Corps Base, HI.

Hensel Phelps Construction received $28,500,000 for a power upgrade at Joint Region Marianas, Guam.

Parsons Government Services received $15,000,000 for services to support the Commander Navy Installations Command’s Housing Condition Assessment program. Overseas work in Japan (22%); Anderson & Guam Naval Base (22%).

Tikigaq Construction received $12,841,000 to build a reinforced concrete Pacific Airpower Resiliency dispersed maintenance spares & specialized equipment storage facility at Andersen AFB, Guam.

DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY (DARPA)

Boeing received $7,789,953 for Phase 2 of a DARPA research program. Boeing and DARPA have worked together on many projects.

Northrop Grumman received $7,134,347 to help with Common Heterogeneous Integration & Intellectual Properties Reuse Strategies (CHIPS .pdf).

U.S. ARMY INTELLIGENCE & SECURITY COMMAND (INSCOM)

Leidos received $16,045,939 for command, control, communications, computers & information management (C4IM) services in support of INSCOM and Army G2 worldwide (Fort Belvoir; Arlington; Shaw AFB; Kuwait; Belgium; Huntsville).

DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (DIA)

Parra Consulting Group Inc. received $18,907,017 to facilitate the operations of the DIA Center Processing Center (CPC).

ACADEMIA

Battelle Memorial Institute; CACI; Envistacom; Fulcrum IT Services; Harris; Janus Research Group; Leidos; Manufacturing Techniques Inc.; WinTec Arrowmaker received a shared $480,000,000 for technical development, and technical & operational integration for Research Triangle Park, NC.

Draper Laboratory received $36,913,696 to help MDA evaluate, mature, integrate, test & demonstrate leading edge Guidance, Navigation & Control technologies. One offer solicited, one received.

University of Southern California (USC) received $8,236,324 for Phase 2 of the DARPA CRAFT research program. USC received $9,000,000 for basic research in quantum computing.

INVASIVE ISR PLATFORMS

Northrop Grumman received $116,916,350 for logistics support on government-owned fixed wing special electronic mission aircraft.

JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER (F-35)

Lockheed Martin received $9,419,067 for F-35 milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification kits & installation for USN ($4,589,067, 49%); non-DOD ($2,219,000; 24%); USAF ($1,335,000, 14%); USMC ($1,276,000; 13%).

Lockheed Martin received $24,112,000 for recurring F-35 logistics services in support of USAF ($10,854,795; 45%); USMC ($5,866,310; 24%); non-DOD ($3,267,207; 14%); Navy ($3,014,706; 13%); FMS ($1,108,982; 4%).

Lockheed Martin received $28,784,100 for supplies & services in support of F-35 milestone event capabilities for USAF ($12,800,716; 45%), USMC ($8,617,376; 30%); USN ($5,282,268; 18%); non-U.S. participants ($2,083,740; 7%).

Lockheed Martin received $53,494,475 for supplies & services supporting F-35 milestone capabilities, including retrofit modification kits & installation services for USMC ($26,686,876; 50%); USAF ($11,208,674; 21%); USN ($9,480,536; 18%); non-DOD ($6,118,389; 11%).

Lockheed Martin received $427,088,637 for ancillary military equipment & pilot equipment for LRIP lot 11 F-35 for USAF ($152,080,223; 36%); USMC ($84,392,523; 20%); USN ($53,091,592; 12%); non-DOD ($81,671,979; 19%); FMS ($55,852,320; 13%).

RAPTOR (F-22)

Lockheed Martin received $11,893,495 for F-22 sustainment.  United Technologies Corp. received $149,931,292 for F-119 engine sustainment.

OSPREY (V-22)

 Bell-Boeing JPO received $7,671,686 for MV-22 integrated survivability equipment & CV-22 directional infrared counter measures, computer kits, and non-recurring engineering & installation. Bell Boeing JPO received $31,980,025 to repair various V-22 parts. Non-competitive per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Bell-Boeing JPO received $57,107,283 for engineering & retrofit of one MV-22 in support of Common Configuration Readiness & Modernization (CC-RAM).

Hensel Phelps Construction received $10,417,000 to extend Taxiway C concrete at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, to accommodate MV-22.

EAGLE (F-15)

Boeing received $94,941,782 for F-15 Radar Modernization program (RMP) radar upgrades.

GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics received $10,097,520 for F-100 engine fan duct spares.

FALCON (F-16)

BAE Systems received $8,720,500 for F-16 Advanced IFF systems. Sole-source.

NAVCOM Defense Electronics Inc. received $18,199,727 to repair combined altitude radar altimeter (CARA) radio frequency assembly. Sole-source.

HORNET (F-18)

Boeing received $323,500,000 for F/A-18 spare parts. Sole-source.

General Electric received $11,700,000 for F/A-18 alternating generators. Sole-source. General Electric received $13,515,000 for 369 A51 Aircraft Component Power Plant Change modification kits for F/A-18 C/D F404 engines.

Raytheon received $8,485,823 to repair 331 units across 16 assemblies supporting F-18 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System. Sole-source.

AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING (HAWKEYE & SENTRY)

Lockheed Martin received $7,030,168 to repair 45 E-2D items. Sole-source.

MERCURY (E-6)

IAP Worldwide Services received $22,000,000 for E-6B Mercury TACAMO and Airborne Command Post aircraft parts & equipment at Tinker AFB.

LANCER (B-1)

Universal Propulsion received $23,565,896 for modernized seat sequencer for Advanced Concept Ejection Seats II on B-1 and A-10 aircraft. Sole-source.

STRATOFORTRESS (B-52)

Boeing received $59,489,647 for B-52 Engineering Sustainment Program.

Flight Support Inc. received $7,212,994 for TF33 engine fan blade laser cladding repair.  PAS Technologies received $7,021,603 for TF33 aircraft engine cases.

POSEIDON (P-8) & ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE

Boeing received $11,149,153 for P-8A on ground repair events. Boeing received $14,886,391 to incorporate an Early Warning Self Protection 6th sensor engineering change proposal into 11 P-8A LRIP lot 4.

Industrial Automation Inc. received $23,970,323 for equipment to support P-8A.

STRATEGIC / TACTICAL AIRLIFT

Boeing received $7,127,000,000 for worldwide C-17 sustainment.

Rolls-Royce received $40,024,749 for long-term sustainment (repair, inventory, engineering, technical data) of C-130J propulsion systems.

AERIAL REFUELING

Boeing received $7,685,083 for an air refueling operator instructor override study during KC-46 training.

Rockwell Collins Inc. received $10,653,761 for KC-10 avionics sustaining engineering services.

OTHER FIXED WING AIRCRAFT

Boeing received $10,118,896 for engineering support services for VC-25A to provide automatic dependent surveillance broadcast out capabilities.

L-3 received $24,110,095 for business jet training services supporting maritime air patrol, “low/slow terrorist aircraft,” air interdiction & intercept, anti-submarine ops in Virginia Beach, VA (50%); Coronado, CA (40%); Kauai, HI (10%).

L-3 received $172,984,042 for maintenance, logistics, and engineering on 201 T-45 Goshawk aircraft, systems, and equipment at NAS Kingsville (45.7%); Meridian (41.7%); Pensacola (10.1%); Patuxent River (2.5%).

Rolls-Royce received $12,874,960 to provide AV-8B Harrier & E-2C/D engine systems & equipment with engineering & technical services. Not competitive.

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB (AFRL) & AIR FORCE TEST CENTER

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. and Northrop Grumman received a shared $499,000,000 for work on Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program in Manassas, VA, and Redondo Beach, CA.  Lockheed Martin received $499,000,000 for Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program.

Blacksky Geospatial Solutions received $16,430,993 for software, technical reports, and a demonstration model.

Boeing received $409,000,000 for next-generation thermal, power, and controls (NGT-PAC). Several similar contracts were issued in July 2017.

Teletronics Technology Corp. received $85,500,000 for a high-speed data acquisition system (HSDAS) at Edwards AFB. Sole-source.

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB

SRC Inc. received $7,957,573 to help Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with multi-intelligence swarm sensing re: “Optical Sciences Research & Development.”

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND

Cubrc Inc. received $14,361,831 to help Research, Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM) Communications - Electronics & Engineering Center’s Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate develop & implement common core ontologies. One bid solicited, one received.

REDSTONE ARSENAL

Radiance Technologies Inc. received $13,448,848 for innovative research in Huntsville, AL.

HELICOPTERS

AAR Supply Chain received $12,893,604 for UH-60 turbine disks. Sole-source.

Airbus received $34,473,142 for UH-72 parts support and sustainment.

Boeing received $202,200,000 for 22 AH-64E helicopters.

Honeywell received $13,195,730 for technical, engineering, logistics services & supplies to overhaul / repair T-55 engines & components at Corpus Christi Army Depot.  Honeywell received $46,023,951 for helicopter supervisory control units. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $10,049,166 for UH-60 parts & Corpus Christi Army Depot technical, engineering, logistical, service & supply transition. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $52,901,965 to upgrade & overhaul the main rotor blade.

Lockheed Martin received $303,974,406 for two CH-53K helicopters (LRIP, lot 1), associated aircraft & programmatic support, logistics, and equipment & spares.

L-3 received $69,348,326 for work on AH-64: manned & unmanned teaming hardware and technical & engineering support. One bid solicited, one received.

Parker Hannifin Corp. received $95,828,750 to overhaul & upgrade UH-60 servo cylinder, pumps, assemblies, and hydraulics.

PCX Aerostructures received $7,794,600 for AH-64 right connecting links. Sole-source.

Raytheon received $10,724,180 to repair some H-60 turrets & sensor-sights. Not competitive.

Raytheon received $15,090,453 for 63 Smart Multi-Function Color Display B-kits for the CH-53E helicopter.

Telephonics Corp. received $23,294,344 for Chinook communication equipment. Sole-source.

GENERAL AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE

Benaka Inc. received $7,198,200 for alterations to Squad Operations Facility (Bldg. B-140) and ALIS at the Vermont ANG 158th Fighter Wing.

DynCorp received $53,765,867 for aircraft maintenance, modification & aircrew support for Naval Test Wing Pacific.

Honeywell received $64,862,960 to repair, replace, and support auxiliary power units used on F/A-18, P-3, and C-2, and cover the main fuel controls & electronic control unit used on F/A-18, and the P-3 engine driven compressor. Includes less than $640,000 of support for FMS (Australia) F/A-18. Not competitive.

Mercer Engineering Research Center received $57,500,000 for an “essential engineering capability program” that helps Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins AFB. Sole-source.

Moog Inc. received $48,000,000 for miscellaneous aircraft components in support of various weapon system platforms. Sole-source.

AIRCRAFT INSTRUMENTATION, PODS & SENSORS

Zodiac Data Systems received $20,000,000 for airborne instrumentation modular data recorder system repair (for F/A-18, V-22, F-35, C-130, MQ-4C, MQ-8, and various helicopter platforms) at NAS Patuxent River.

AIRCRAFT COUNTERMEASURES

Alloy Surfaces Co. received $29,000,000, for MJU-66/B countermeasures.

AEGIS

General Dynamics received $12,070,365 for Missile Fire Control System MK 82 director and MK 200 director controller equipment (components of MK99 AEGIS Fire Control System).

Lockheed Martin received $23,418,877 for AEGIS SPY-1 Radar: maintain requisition support and furnish repairs & spares for 1,594 line items. Sole-source.

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP (LCS)

General Dynamics received $24,481,878 to provide LCS planning yard services.

SUBMARINES

General Dynamics received $8,770,000 for progressive dies for prototyping effort in support of the Columbia-class submarine program.

General Dynamics received $9,715,997 for sustainment of the U.S. & UK SSBN fire control system and US SSGN attack weapon control system (AWCS).

General Dynamics received $40,657,000 for Virginia-class main propulsion machinery control systems redesign, phase II.

General Dynamics received $64,217,408 for a large vertical array (LVA) fixture, LVA first article and provisioned items orders.

General Dynamics received $115,310,691 for additional lead-yard services, development studies, and design efforts re: Virginia-class subs. Sole source.

Leidos received $16,962,451 for Synthetic Signature Guidance (SSG)-based systems: ongoing engineering & technical services. Not competitive.

Lockheed Martin received $29,973,243 for two U.S. twin line towed array (TL-29A) systems & spares. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $71,457,135 for electronic warfare equipment for Virginia-class subs.

L-3 received $9,147,202 for TB-34X towed array (.pdf) assemblies, cable assemblies, test sets, engineering services.

SURFACE SHIP MAINTENANCE

BAE Systems received $8,693,823 for FY2017 & 2018 admin planning & program management for maintenance & emergent availabilities at Pearl Harbor.

BAE Systems received $19,542,695 for scheduled selected restricted availability (SRA) on USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). BAE Systems received $23,972,577 for scheduled SRA for USS Port Royal (CG 73). BAE Systems received $33,649,414 for dry-dock SRA repair work onboard USS Lassen (DDG 82).

Delphinus Engineering ($9,782,230); ORBIS Sibro Inc. ($9,003,509); Q. E. D. Systems ($10,806,664); Tecnico Inc. ($11,092,453); Transtecs Corp. ($7,831,541) received funding for shop support, private sector, industrial facility support & capacity for repair, maintenance, alteration, and modernization of equipment, systems, and components onboard vessels, ships, and subs in Bremerton, Everett, Keyport & Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.

DRS Systems Inc. received $32,200,860 for items, engineering, & support for DDG 1000 Integrated Power System Low Voltage Power System.

Epsilon Systems Solutions received $16,995,948 for technical & repair services for Southwest Regional Maintenance Center’s product family divisions.

General Dynamics received $23,931,868 for USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) FY2017 planned incremental availability (PIA).

Global, A 1st Flagship received $11,425,212 for services & material necessary to operate, support, maintain vessels assigned to NAVSEA Inactive Ship Maintenance Office Bremerton, WA (80%) and Guided Missile Cruiser/Dock Landing Ship Modernization Detachment, San Diego, CA (20%).

HECO Pacific Manufacturing received $9,999,999 to refurbish, modify, and manufacture electric winch systems for maintenance platforms, U.S. Navy (82%); UK (18%). Not competitive.

Huntington Ingalls Inc. received $11,204,712 for additional material & advance planning of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) post-shakedown availability / selected restricted availability (PSA/SRA).

Huntington Ingalls received $36,447,717 for maintenance & modernization onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Not competitive.

Lyon Shipyard Inc. and Tecnico Corp. received a shared $7,200,000 for service life extension program of 676-class yard patrol boats.

National Technologies Associates Inc. received $23,437,244 for production support re: maintenance, modernization, repair, & overhaul of Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southwest, NAS North Island, San Diego, CA.

Rhoads Industries Inc. received $49,000,000 to make, install, test, maintain, and remove Navy shipboard machinery systems & components at various test sites at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia.

RIX Industries received $11,868,823 for up to 18 MARC 350A low pressure air plants in support of ship alteration (S/A) 9299K during an upcoming Navy refueling & complex verhaul of CVN-73 in 2017 and CVN-74 in 2020. Not competitive.

Rolls-Royce received $27,270,004 for items and engineering & support on DDG 1000 class turbine-generator sets.

Vigor Marine received $18,067,920 for 76-calendar day shipyard availability for regular overhaul & dry docking of USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).

SHIP WEAPONRY

BAE Systems received $16,825,448 for two 57mm MK 110 Mod 0 gun mounts & hardware to be installed on Coast Guard Cutters. Not competitive.

Leidos received $7,161,834 for spares & hardware for U.S. Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship undersea warfare systems in Norfolk, VA.

NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND (NAVSEA)

L-3 received $7,020,131 for MK 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System and MK 46 Optical Sight System retrofit, refurbishment, and upgrade services & spares for U.S. Navy (93%); Australia (7%).

Phoenix International Holdings received $23,345,713 for continued maintenance, modifications, field changes, and operation of U.S. Navy’s Submarine Rescue Diving & Recompression System in San Diego.

RAMSYS GmbH received €10,570,461 and $5,382,479 to provide the Evolved Radio Frequency Receiver affordability technology refresh in Ulm (94%) and Ottobrunn, Germany (6%). Not competitive.

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION (NAWCAD)

Management Services Group received $11,855,248 to research “Improved, Flexible Infrastructure Compatible, & Open-Loop Air Cooled Computer Rack / Cabinet.”

SPACE & NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS COMMAND (SPAWAR)

Geodesicx Inc. received $11,472,892 for test & evaluation support, verification & validation, configuration, software quality assurance, web site maintenance, and support for SSC Pacific.

Ultra Electronics (ATS) received $12,454,779 to provide SSC Pacific with development / maintenance of Adjunct Processor Multi-Link Interface Unit (MLIU) of Command & Control Processor Common Data Link Management System. Sole-source.

CYBER, SIGINT & CRYPTOGRAPHY

CACI (Six3) received $29,848,193 for life cycle support of Red Falcon systems (e.g. Ship's Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F and Cryptologic Carry On Program) on U.S. Navy ships & stations. Not competitive.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

CACI received $14,940,526 to modify & configure new commercial software for NexGen requirements.

Catapult Health Technology Group received $10,111,130 for IT services / support for Army Research Laboratory, the Adelphi Laboratory Center and Network Enterprise Center. Work in Adelphi, MD; White Sands; Aberdeen; and Durham, NC.

LinTech Global Inc. received $9,493,920 for services assisting DOD Office of the Inspector General with IT support.

COMMUNICATIONS

C4 Planning Solutions received $48,750,000 for engineering support services (incl. technical expertise & support, assistance installing fielded C4 systems, troubleshooting, tactical communications network analysis, maintenance).

Data Link Solutions received $123,446,064; ViaSat Inc. received $123,448,640 for production, development, sustainment of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals for DOD (99%), foreign govs & NATO (1%). Not competitive.

General Dynamics received $37,136,744 for full rate production (4 lots from FY2017-2020) of Common Aviation Command & Control System (CAC2S .pdf).

L-3 received $48,800,000 to inspect, test, and upgrade AN/TSC-156 terminals (U.S. Army and USMC versions). One bid solicited, one received.

Rockwell Collins Inc. received $13,000,000 for scope command program for High Frequency Global Communications System (HFGCS): to help modernize & expand, and help depot-level contractor logistics support. Sole-source.

SATELLITE LAUNCHES

Space Coast Launch Services received $11,387,859 for launch operations support at Cape Canaveral AFS and Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Wolf Creek Federal Services received $26,075,067 for range operations supporting communications at Patrick AFB; Cape Canaveral AFS; Ascension Auxiliary Air Field, Ascension Island.

SATELLITES

Herman Construction Group and J.P. Donovan received a shared $49,500,000 to finish construction at Vandenberg AFB, Cape Canaveral, and Schriever AFB.

Herman Construction Group received $9,433,000 to build Building 3000, an addition to the NRO presence at Vandenberg AFB.

Lockheed Martin received $45,482,492 for military code (M-Code) early use software to enable tasking, monitoring, and signal in space for GPS satellites. Sole-source.

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY (MDA) & ICBM

Boeing received $17,415,508 for ICBM guidance subsystem: sustaining engineering & program management support.

Boeing received $349,159,962; Northrop Grumman received $328,584,830 for Ground-based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).

Booz Allen Hamilton received $91,499,780 for advisory & assistance services on BMDS cyber-security management and computer network defense.

Jacobs Technology Inc. received $4,317,327 for 1) products & services supporting concurrent test, training, and operations for Missile Defense Integration & Operations Center mission execution platform and 2) MDA enterprise communications and IT environment.

Lockheed Martin received $8,770,696 and received $21,858,842 for Trident II (D5) deployed system support. Lockheed Martin received $22,150,000 for long lead material, labor, and planning supporting FY2018 Trident II production schedule. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $9,451,695 to help MDA with development efforts associated with quantifying discrimination performance and evolving threats.

Northrop Grumman received $16,829,971 for ICBM cryptography upgrade.

Raytheon received $66,441,462 for Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) integration, test, and Aegis Ashore support. Sole source. Raytheon received $614,483,341 for 17 SM-3 block IIA, production support, engineering, obsolescence monitoring, tech baseline engineering, containers, etc.

MISSILES, BOMBS, ROCKETS, PROJECTILES

Dynetics Inc. received $93,000,000 for small-glide munitions rounds, air training munitions, and telemetry kits. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $161,433,900 for 150 Army Tactical Missile Guided Missile and Launching Assemblies Service Life Extension Program. One bid solicited, one received.

Lockheed Martin received $547,934,477 for 7,358 Hellfire II tactical missiles in containers, in various air-to ground missiles models.

Lockheed Martin received roughly $900,000,000; Raytheon received roughly $900,000,000 for Long Range Standoff weapon's technology maturation & risk reduction acquisition phase.

L-3 received $28,375,347 for 10,419 FMU-139C/B (.pdf) fuses & accessories for USAF ($14,542,553; 52%); USN ($3,770,094; 13%); Australia ($9,757,255; 34%); Morocco ($305,445; 1%).

Max Gray Construction received $7,200,373 for constructing load crew training and weapons release shops in Duluth, MN.

Orbital ATK received $156,831,389 for full-rate production of Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), lot 6. Not competitive, per FAR 6.302-1.

Raytheon received $32,291,652 for long-lead material for FY2017 Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) full-rate production requirements and spares.

Raytheon received $104,860,386 for Griffin Missiles.

Raytheon received $119,021,912 to help integrate seeker suite technology & processing capabilities into Tactical Tomahawk Block IV system.

SAIC received $9,582,613 for systems & computer resources support for AMRDEC's Software Engineering Directorate.

ORDNANCE DISPOSAL

Bering Sea Eccotech; BERS-Weston Services JVC; Engineering/Remediation Resources Group; USA Environmental shared $235,000,000 to clean up munitions, spruce up ranges, and fix environmental damage in USA & worldwide.

PREPOSITIONED STOCK

Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) received $47,391,270 for maintenance, supply, transportation, and logistics re: Army Prepositioned Stocks-3 (APS-3) Charleston Afloat Program.

MOBILE RADAR

Lockheed Martin received $25,246,336 for development & production of a digital receiver exciter for AN/TPS-59A(V)3 Radar system.

Raytheon received $11,040,205 for NAVAIR Air Traffic, Navigation, Integration, & Coordination System (ATNAVICS) refurbishment & range extension.

LAND VEHICLES

AM General received $14,248,081 for HMMWV engines. Sole-source.

Atlantic Machinery received $31,000,000 for sweeper and scrubber equipment.

Caterpillar received $663,584,042 for commercial construction equipment. Overseas work in Austria, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Japan.

General Dynamics received $310,582,092 for Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3. One bid solicited, one received.

Grove U.S. received $121,890,993 for commercial cranes. Some work in Germany.

Ibis Tek received $18,061,974 for family of medium tactical vehicles 58-gallon and 78-gallon armor B-kits (and painting).

Navistar Defense received $8,129,532 to reset & upgrade U.S. Army’s MRAP MaxxPro family of vehicles. Firetrace Aerospace received $9,514,725 for MRAP vehicle fire extinguishers. Sole source.

Oshkosh Defense received $26,107,953 for various motor vehicle parts and accessories. Sole-source per 10 U.S Code 2304 (c)(1). Oshkosh Defense received $177,577,879 for more Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and kits.

Raytheon received $10,159,456 for Abrams Integrated Display & Targeting System (AIDATS).

Raytheon received $33,100,000 for the Firepower Enhancement Program (FEP), System Technical Support. Sole-source per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

SAIC received $11,269,218 to rebuild 3 command variant prototypes with Assault Amphibious Vehicle Survivability Upgrade (AAV SU .pdf) design. Sole-source.

Skurka Aerospace Inc. received $8,014,400 for direct current motors. Sole-source per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1).

Veyance Technologies Inc. received $17,324,786 for M60 track assemblies and received $24,894,968 for Abrams track assemblies.

SMALL ARMS & LIGHT WEAPONRY (SALW)

AMTEC Corp. received $77,726,075 for 40mm ammunition systems.

Lockheed Martin received $12,933,908 for Squad X Experimentation [.pdf] program to design, develop, and validate system prototypes for a combined-arms squad.

Orbital ATK, Chemring Military Products, Global Ordnance, UDC USA received $500,000,000 for non-standard ammo & non-standard mortar weapon systems.

GEAR & EQUIPMENT

Atlantic Diving Supply Inc. received $14,264,820 for oxygen generator, field portable systems.

Beshenich Muir & Associates received $36,000,000 for contractor logistics support services, Project Manager Close Combat Systems (PM CCS) equipment.

North American Manufacturing Co. received $47,653,125 for military folding cots.

Raytheon received $227,500,000 for horizontal technology integration; 2nd-gen FLIR & independent thermal viewers, and assemblies for servo electronics unit.

Trimble Inc. received $9,860,584 for 95 Laser Leveling systems, 95 GPS systems, four Army 120M road grader kits, installation, and transportation.

RANGE FINDER & TARGET LOCATION DEVICE

Northrup Grumman received $12,439,451 for laser range finders. Sole-source.

CLOTHING

Coachys & Associates received $24,439,800 for USMC combat utility uniform blouses. Puerto Rico Apparel Manufacturing Corp. received $15,773,265 for various types of coats. Tennier Industries received $27,927,844 for camouflage parkas. Valley Apparel received $8,697,775 for men's sage green, fire-resistant and cold-weather flyer jackets.

The Original Footwear Co. received $8,135,490 and received $7,689,600 for temperate boots.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

David Boland Inc., Drace Anderson JV, Fortis SBJV LLC, Sand Point Services LLC received a shared $245,000,000 for two-phase design-build general construction for a trainee barracks upgrade program.

John C. Grimberg Co. received $44,490,000 to repair building systems at Rickover Hall, bldg. 590, U.S. Naval Academy.

Kilgore Flares Co. received $30,792,909 for 1,260,638 (max.) simulator, flare, SM-875/ALE, which is a training flare for pilots and ordnance technicians.

Phoenix Logistics Inc. received $44,472,641 for Common Battle Command Simulation Equipment hardware & software licenses to help U.S. Army land forces train.

Rockwell Collins received $7,441,246 for contractor logistics support on Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircrew training device.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. received $16,401,574 for range facilities safety improvements at Camp Lejeune.

CBRNE

Camber Corp. received $14,958,266 for technical & engineering support for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Consequence Management program.

FORCE PROTECTION

SAIC received $7,638,798 for engineering & test support enhancing counter-rockets, artillery, and mortars (C-RAM) and forward area air defense capabilities. SAIC received $11,285,621 for systems engineering of entry control point systems in Afghanistan.

FUEL & ENERGY

Cape-Burns & McDonnell JV received $8,382,508 for cleaning, inspecting, and repairing of fuel storage tanks at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Pearl Harbor.  Weston Solutions Inc. received $7,204,805 for cleaning, inspecting, and repairing six fuel tanks at the Manchester Fuel Depot, WA.

Constellation NewEnergy ($32,965,603) and Centerpoint Energy Services ($11,846,149) received funding for pipeline quality direct supply natural gas. L.B. Civil Construction received $9,900,000 for natural gas system repair, Travis AFB.

Frontier Technology received $8,578,432 for projects supporting U.S. Navy energy efficiency & conservation, and development of Global Energy Information System.

UTILITIES

American States Utility Services received $192,411,358 for additional utility services for water & wastewater systems at Eglin AFB.

American Water Operations & Maintenance received $22,885,856 to own, operate, and maintain water & wastewater distribution systems, Fort Hood.

National Grid USA Service received $14,235,750 for energy conservation, Watervliet, NY.

RQ-Blackwater JV received $42,372,000 for electrical shore and industrial power systems repair / replacement of Piers 2, 6, 7 and 11 at Naval Station Norfolk.

MEDICAL

Dove Medical Supply LLC received $49,000,000 for commercial lab supplies. Sole-source. Draeger Inc. received $60,000,000 for patient monitoring systems, subsystems, accessories, consumables and training. Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. received $768,000,000 for digital imaging network picture archiving communications system products & maintenance. Medline Industries received $22,324,416 for medical surgical products. MinXray Inc. received $100,000,000 for radiology systems, accessories and training.

National Optronics received $7,000,000 for hospital equipment & accessories for DLA electronic catalog.

RQ Construction received $8,627,801 to replace air handler units, ductwork, infection control measures, and associated repairs in Building 1H at Naval Medical Center, San Diego.

Universal Hospital Services received $64,000,000 for maintenance & repair services on medical devices for Air Force Medical Services and received $84,000,000 for maintenance & repair of medical devices for U.S. Army Medical Command.

DENTAL

United Excel Corp. received $8,943,254 to renew & repair the Roll Dental Clinic at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

TRANSPORTATION 

Mark G. Miller Inc.; Falcona Intuitive Integrated Solutions; Strategic Enterprise Solutions Corp.; Ki Ho Military Acquisition Consulting received a shared $9,750,000 for munitions handling units and trailers.

Sea Box Inc. received $45,000,000 for ammunition grade side-opening intermodal shipping containers.

ENVIRONMENTAL

AECOM Technical Services received $95,000,000 to support U.S. Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program, NAVFAC Pacific.

APTIM Federal Services received $49,000,000 for environmental lab services in NAVFAC Southwest.

Battelle Memorial Institute received $8,000,000 for sampling and testing of dredged material following 2016 USACE New York District / EPA Region 2 guidance re: tests on material for possible ocean disposal.

CH2m Hill Constructors received $10,413,490 for Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) Military Munitions Response Program Remediation in Tyler, TX.

Gilbane received $24,933,072 for Parcel E Remedial Action Phase II at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, aiming to clean contaminants from soil & groundwater.

CULTURAL

New South Associates Inc. received $40,000,000 for archeological investigations & historic services; history, archival & knowledge management services; Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act summary & inventory services; GIS and GPS services & modeling; historic studies; and collections management, rehab, conservation & curation services, & museum support.

FOOD SERVICES

Forestwood Farm Inc. received $72,000,000; HPC Foodservice Inc. received $97,650,000 for fresh fruits and vegetables. Social Services Missouri Dept. received $12,292,000 for full food services at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Sodexo Management Inc. received $13,653,110 for meals for USMC Regional Garrison Food Services program. SOPAKCO Inc. received $19,940,426 for modular operational ration enhancements.

DOMESTIC BASE SUPPORT - Base operations (a.k.a. base support services) usually involve a combination of: facility management, fire & emergency services, grounds maintenance, janitorial services, pavement clearance, pest control, port operations, utilities, vehicles & equipment service, and waste management.

Chugach Federal Solutions received $30,382,518 for installation support at Eareckson Air Station; King Salmon Airport; Wake Island Air Field, Alaska.

Defense Base Services Inc. received $21,486,197 for base operating support at NAS Fallon.

KJS MP JV LLC received $8,825,322 for base operating support services at Naval Support Activity Mid-South.

KJS MP JV LLC received $30,576,580 for base operating support services at Naval Base Ventura County.

CONSULTING, ADMIN & LOGISTICS

Accent Controls received $9,599,688 for maintenance & logistic readiness of Army Reserve equipment / facilities, 99th Regional Support Command (99 RSC).

BAE Systems received $18,347,260 for ongoing supply support of Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) as it migrates supply processes & automated systems to a standard Navy system using Navy Enterprise Resource Planning app.

Summit Technologies received $250,000,000 for Mission Planning Support Contract III, mostly at Hill AFB.

Vanquish Worldwide received $7,125,000 for maintenance, supply, and transportation services at Fort Rucker. Vanquish Worldwide received $22,632,141 for supply, maintenance, and transportation at Fort Stewart.

Z Systems Corp. received $20,165,030 for maintenance, supply, and transportation services at Fort Hood.

FINANCES

CACI-ISS Inc. received $43,252,035 for Integrated Personnel and Pay System, Army: period 2/release 4 of increment II.

Enterprise Services received $7,293,539 for support of Defense Civilian Payroll system.

RMA Associates (partnering with KPMG LLP, Kearney & Co., Ernst & Young) received a shared $12,142,164 for audit finding remediation support.

BUSINESS & OFFICE SUPPORT

Paragon-One Group received $14,061,448 for desktop printers, scanners, toner, and warranties.

OVERSEAS CONSTRUCTION

Cardno-Amec Foster Wheeler JV received $8,133,847 for builder initial & re-inspection assessments at Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Camp Butler, Japan; MCAS Iwakuni, Japan; Camp Mujuk, South Korea.

GPA Technologies Inc. received $23,668,395 for engineering & technical support solutions for Advanced Ocean Technology Program, Naval Facilities Engineering & Expeditionary Warfare Center, Capital Improvements Ocean Facilities Program.

DOMESTIC INFRASTRUCTURE

Eastman Aggregates Enterprises received $8,605,564 for beach erosion control and hurricane protection, Miami Dade County, Florida.

Joseph B. Fay Co. received $7,458,170 to complete the Charleroi Locks & dam river chamber, monoliths M-22 to -27 on the Monongahela River.

Luhr Bros. Inc. received $12,000,000 for stone repairs to revetment and dikes on the Red River (J. Bennett Johnston Waterway).

Trumbull Corp. & Brayman Construction received $71,006,901 to complete the Charleroi Locks & dam river chamber on the Monongahela River.

DOMESTIC AIRFIELD REHABILITATION

A West Enterprise received $14,949,791 for repair circuit 1 and airfield lighting at Sheppard AFB. Sierra Range Construction received $9,900,000 for new paving and preventative maintenance projects at Travis AFB.

ARCHITECT-ENGINEERING SERVICES

Burns & McDonnell, Engineering Co. received $9,000,000 for architect and engineer services for DOD and civil works projects.

BWSC Emersion Design JV received $9,000,000 and received $9,000,000 for architect & engineer services for DOD and civil works projects.

HDR Architecture Inc. received $13,000,000 for architect-engineering services for large projects in NAVFAC Southwest. HDR Engineering Inc.; and R.M. Towill Corp. received $18,000,000 for architect-engineer services design for miscellaneous projects in the Pacific.

Jacobs received $30,000,000 for architect-engineer services at various locations under NAVFAC Pacific.

Pioneering Decisive Solutions; Total Technology Inc.; and McConnell, Jones, Lanier & Murphy LLP received a shared $36,000,000 for basic engineering services at Picatinny Arsenal.

Stantec Consulting Services received $60,000,000 for waterfront architect-engineering services in NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic.

DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Ashford Leebcor JV, Civil Works Contracting, Green-Simmons Co., Rand Enterprises Inc., SmartATI-KMK JV, and Tikigaq Construction received a shared $95,000,000 for construction projects within NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Hampton Roads Integrated Product Team (IPT).

Benaka Inc. received $10,885,000 for renovation of Bldg. 1850 (Wing HQ) at Westover Air Reserve Base, MA.

Bristol Engineering Services Corp.; Nordic Industries; CKY Inc.; Macro-Z Technology Co. received $9,800,000 for design-build & horizontal construction work for USACE Seattle District.

Bristol General Construction received $13,379,398 to design & build a Naval Operational Support Center at NAS Fallon.

  1. Rallo Contracting received $7,984,000 for renovation of hangar (Bldg. 1011) to include demolition, asbestos abatement, fire suppression system upgrades, and a multitude of other renovation procedures in Oklahoma City, OK.

Desbuild Inc. received $10,599,000 for Hangar 124 upgrades at NAS Jacksonville.

Gast Construction Co.; MDM Construction; NNAC Construction; Por-Mark Services; Smithco Inc.; TF Powers Construction; Versacon Inc. received a shared $56,000,000 for maintenance, repair & construction in support of National Guard activities in the state of ND.

Jacobs received $9,500,000 for multi-discipline engineering and design services in support of USACE Northwest.

M.A. Mortenson Co. received $27,780,500 to upgrade the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters Building 3606 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story.

Markon Solutions received $60,000,000 to acquire construction management technical support services for Washington Headquarters Services.

Opus Design Build received $11,089,703 to design & build a new consolidated support functions facility at Iowa Air National Guard Base in Sioux City, Iowa.

PM Jenkins Group-Professional Management Services & Uncle Dave’s Inc. shared $20,000,000 for construction, maintenance, repair at Fort Knox.

RCO-Ross Group JV received $7,184,971 and Tatitlek Construction received $13,920,953 for dormitory renovations at Sheppard AFB.

RCECM-Crawford JV received $7,500,000 for engineering in support of USACE.

Spectrum Services Group Inc. received $9,900,000 for Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) projects for a broad range of construction at Travis AFB.

Veterans Construction Enterprises received $45,000,000 for maintenance, repair, and construction for Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Works and other Seattle District USACE customers.

Woolpert Inc. received $9,000,000 for architect & engineer services for U.S. Army, Air Force, other military, and civil works projects.

12 corporations have received a shared $9,990,000 for multiple trade, general construction services at Scott AFB.

DREDGING

Curtin Maritime received $7,556,430 for maintenance dredging of the Richmond Inner Harbor Channel, California. Marinex Construction received $8,291,476 for maintenance dredging, Savannah Inner Harbor, Georgia. Mike Hooks LLC received $24,000,000 for 27 to 30 inch Cutterhead Pipeline Dredge for dredging in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Mobile Dredging & Video Pipe Inc. received $10,494,329 for dewatering, dechlorinating, cleaning, and disinfecting reservoirs, and waste disposal of lime and sediment residuals. Weeks Marine received $19,000,000 for Atchafalaya Basin, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and miscellaneous projects Cutter Head Dredge Rental.

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Christian Sorensen, a Newsbud Contributing Author & Analyst, is a U.S. military veteran.

A-RCI = acoustic rapid commercial-off-the-shelf

ECP = engineering change proposal

LRIP = low rate initial production

PEO = program executive office, the space where military and civilian officials direct a major acquisition program

SRA = selected restricted availability = implementation of depot-level maintenance and modifications with the goal of updating a ship’s technical and military capabilities

TI = technical insertion

*Editing consolidated similar contracts. Italics indicate notes from the editor.

**Any clerical errors are the editor’s alone. Each month, NEWSBUD presents a distillation of the previous month’s DOD Contracts. Check back regularly.

***To avoid competitive bidding, DOD invokes 10 U.S.C. 2304, FAR 6.302, and FAR 8.405-6. DOD uses 15 U.S.C. 638 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with small businesses. DOD uses CFR 206.302-4 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with treaties and foreign transactions.

Newsbud Exclusive-Trump’s Afghan War: Based on Neocon Lies.

Standing before a podium at the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia, President Donald Trump addressed an audience of soldiers on August 21. Trump said the consequences of an exit from Afghanistan “are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.”

In order to believe this, facts must be put aside and the official version of events be unquestioningly accepted. There is no evidence the attack of September 11 was “planned and directed from Afghanistan.” Then Secretary of State Colin Powell said two weeks after the attack he would “in the near future… to put out… a document that will describe quite clearly the evidence that we have linking [Osama bin Laden] to this attack.”

However, the following day during a press conference in the Rose Garden with President Bush, Powell said the American people would not be permitted to see the evidence. He added the United States had irrefutable proof of bin Laden’s complicity, but “most of it is classified.” Powell’s remark was an effort to conceal the fact the Bush administration had no evidence Osama bin Laden planned and orchestrated the attack from a cave in Afghanistan. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh cited officials from the CIA and the Justice Department as saying there was no solid evidence of this.

In 1998, following the US embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, the Taliban government offered to turn over bin Laden, but the Bush administration refused. Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, the Taliban foreign minister, told Al Jazeera his government had made several proposals to the United States to turn over the Saudi to stand trial.

“Even before the [9/11] attacks, our Islamic Emirate had tried through various proposals to resolve the Osama issue. One such proposal was to set up a three-nation court, or something under the supervision of the Organization of the Islamic Conference [OIC]," Muttawakil said. “But the US showed no interest in it. They kept demanding we hand him over, but we had no relations with the US, no agreement of any sort. They did not recognize our government.”

After the Taliban made the proposals through the US embassy in Pakistan and an informal Taliban office at the UN in New York, the CIA station chief in Pakistan, Robert Grenier, dismissed the offer as a ploy. In mid-September 2001, Grenier had a secret meeting with Mullah Akhter Mohammed Osmani, considered the second-most powerful figure in the Taliban at the time, at a five-star hotel in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. He said if the Taliban were serious about avoiding a US invasion, they would turn over bin Laden immediately for prosecution. Alternatively, as CIA Director George Tenet put it, the Taliban could “administer justice themselves, in a way that clearly [takes] him off the table,” in other words, the CIA wanted the Taliban to assassinate bin Laden.

The ultimatum was rejected by Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Following this, during a second meeting at a villa in Baluchistan, Grenier said Osmani should overthrow Omar and get rid of Osama bin Laden. This was also rejected. Osmani was later killed by a smart bomb during an attack by the US Air Force in Helmand Province.

The reclusive Omar had previously attempted to establish a dialogue with the United States. In response to an inquiry on bin Laden’s alleged terror activities prior to the September 11 attack, a cable sent by the United States to Omar stated: “We have detailed and solid evidence that Osama bin Laden has been engaged and is still engaged in planning, organizing, and funding acts of international terror.” The US did not provide supporting evidence to back up the accusation and this resulted in the Afghan supreme court acquitting bin Laden in October 1998.

A few months earlier, in August 1998, President Bill Clinton ordered the bombing of a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory in retaliation for the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. The US insisted the al-Shifa factory in Khartoum “was actually a disguised chemical weapons factory” that produced VX nerve gas. British engineer Thomas Carnaffin, who worked as a technical manager during the plant’s construction between 1992 and 1996, told reporters he never saw any evidence of the production of an ingredient needed for nerve gas. The attack violated numerous articles of the Hague Conventions.

Moreover, the owner of the Shifa factory gave interviews in which he “emphatically denied that the plant was used for anything other than pharmaceuticals, and there was never persuasive evidence to contradict his assertion. At the same time, members of the administration retreated from claims they made earlier that Osama bin Laden had what [Defense Secretary William] Cohen called ‘a financial interest in contributing to this particular facility.’ It turned out that no direct financial relationship between bin Laden and the plant could be established,” writes Richard Bernstein in his book, Out of the Blue: A Narrative of September 11, 2001.

The factory was Sudan's largest commercial manufacturer of prescription drugs for both medical and veterinary purposes, producing 50 percent of the country's supply. “Probably the most important was an anti-diarrhea remedy. They also made drugs against TB and they brought in the basic stock for antibiotics,” Carnaffin explained. It was estimated the destruction of the plant resulted in the death of tens of thousands of Sudanese. [READ MORE]

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The Deep State Plan to Attack Iran

The Deep State—the merchants of death, the bankers, the national security apparatus and its think tanks—will eventually have its next war. President Donald Trump is setting the stage, despite his promise to rollback interventionism and illegal and unconstitutional wars. On this edition of The Geopolitical Report, we examine the effort to nullify the Iran nuke deal and move toward confrontation. The Deep State—the shadow government, the global elite, the money masters behind the curtain, take your pick—can only sustain itself through war and the conquest of natural resources, primarily oil. Unlike Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Iran isn’t part of the club. The neocon faction of the Deep State has long advocated overthrowing the Iranian government, either covertly or through direct military intervention. Trashing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the first step in an escalation between the United States and Iran that very well may result in open military conflict.

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Show Notes

Trump Seeks Way to Declare Iran in Violation of Nuclear Deal

The Mask Is Off: Trump Is Seeking War with Iran

Iran: Missile tests not in violation of nuclear deal

CFR President Richard Haass: Obama Admin Hoping To "Lock Congress In" To Iran Deal By Holding UN Vote First

Obama’s Nuclear Iran Deal: CFR Globalists vs. Sovereignty & Constitution

Trilateral Commission sees room for Iran dialogue

Are the Iranian Protests Another US Orchestrated "Color Revolution?"

Neocons Still Demanding Regime Change in Iran

Neocons Urge War on Iran

U.S. Navy chopper fires flares in encounter with Iranian forces in Persian Gulf

Iran's IRGC reports 2nd US naval provocation in Persian Gulf in less than a week

White House demands release of US prisoners in Iran or face 'serious consequences'

Neocons Point Housebroken Trump at Iran

How Trump can help cripple the Iranian regime

Has the U.S. Played a Role in Fomenting Unrest During Iran’s Election?

Iranian military blames Saudis after 12 killed in Tehran terrorist attack

Neocons Are Still Writing The Script

Trump is assembling all the pieces he needs to go after Iran

Newsbud Exclusive- “Neocons & Democrats Reunite as War on Russia Intensifies!”_

Perturbed by the outlier Donald Trump, Democrats have circled the wagons and reunited with Bush era neocons under the banner of the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD), a project sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). The organization’s mission is predicated on a baseless presumption that has gone viral—Vladimir Putin and the Russians are actively involved in a nefarious plot to undermine democracy in America and Europe.

ASD’s mission statement avers it will strive to “develop comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. The Alliance will work to publicly document and expose Vladimir Putin’s ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.”

In July, the journalist Glenn Greenwald pointed out ASD is “the ultimate union of mainstream Democratic foreign policy officials and the world’s most militant, and militaristic, neocons. The group is led by two longtime Washington foreign policy hands, one from the establishment Democratic wing and the other a key figure among leading GOP neocons,” to wit Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly. [READ MORE]

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DisInfoWars with Tom Secker- How the Cold War became the War on Terror

This week I present a mini-documentary on the rise of the neocons in the 1970s and how they turned Cold War paranoia into War on Terror paranoia. I look at the people and organisations involved: Henry Jackson and the Coalition for a Democratic Majority, Richard Pipes and Team B, the reformed Committee on the Present Danger and how this all ties in with the Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism in 1979. After the conference, once the neocons had regained control of the White House, the CIA fully committed to the new 'threat from international terrorism' and began cooking the books on the numbers. The mini-documentary rounds off by show how the legacy of the 1970s neocon network still exists, and persists in propagating the politics of paranoia.

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Neoconservatism - The Biography of a Movement
Committee on the Present Danger - Wikispooks
CIA International Terrorism Reports
CIA Special National Intelligence Estimate 11/2-81

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds: Uniting for a Revolution … and the Morning After

Welcome to our second experimental episode of Probable Cause. On this episode we will be delving deeper into our previous topic: clarifying which meaning of the word revolution we are basing this discussion on, using the Iranian Revolution of 1979 as an example and context to illustrate why revolution is not an end unto itself, discussing the upsides and pitfalls of uniting for a revolution both in the short and long term, and much more!

In our previous episode I provided a very brief account of my own direct experience with the Iranian Revolution of 1979. For this episode I will get down and dirty with more details and highly personal experiences, and challenge the USA version of the Iranian Revolution. I’ll talk about the Iranian dissenters during the Shah Regime: the intellectual elites, the workers’ movement, the nationalists, the centrists, and the ultra-religious right. I will tell you how the dissent went from simmering to percolating and boiling, and then reaching the point of radical revolution, and how and why differences were put aside for the common goal during the initial stage. And finally, I will give you the account of what took place the morning after … immediately after the initial objective was fulfilled-the regime change. Get ready, you will be listening to a version that is vastly different from the Hollywood movies and hostage-taking news footage and videos shoved-down your throat by the US media.

We will revisit our previous questions, and then some more. Just like last time, our next episode will be based on your reaction, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Where will the revolution in the USA come from … assuming it will ever come?

Welcome to our first experimental episode of Probable Cause. Our first few podcast episodes will explore different ideas and formats in order to determine how we can make this new podcast series interactive and spontaneous.

On this episode, after a brief introduction and discussion of the objectives behind this new show, we will delve right into our first topic: the likelihood of a revolution here in the United States, identifying (or predicting) the political segment(s) of our population most likely to revolt.

We will also discuss the general notion of revolution and the importance of not viewing a revolution as an end unto itself, together with my own direct experience with the 1979 Iranian revolution.

This episode is only the beginning of our interactive debate and discussion of this particular topic. We have several important questions for you, and our next episode will be based on your responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Hong Kong’s Umbrellas are ‘Made in USA’

The Washington Hong Kong “Democracy” Project

The Washington neo-cons and their allies in the US State Department and Obama Administration are clearly furious with China, as they are with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. As both Russia and China in recent years have become more assertive about defining their national interests, and as both Eurasian powers draw into a closer cooperation on all strategic levels, Washington has decided to unleash havoc against Beijing, as it has unleashed the Ukraine dis-order against Russia and Russian links to the EU. The flurry of recent deals binding Beijing and Moscow more closely—the $400 billion gas pipeline, the BRICS infrastructure bank, trade in rubles and renminbi by-passing the US dollar—has triggered Washington’s response. It’s called the Hong Kong ‘Umbrella Revolution’ in the popular media.   

In this era of industrial globalization and out-sourcing of US industry to cheap-labor countries, especially to China, it’s worth taking note of one thing the USA—or more precisely Washington DC and Langley, Virginia—are producing and exporting to China’s Hong Kong. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China has been targeted for a color revolution, one that has been dubbed in the media the Umbrella Revolution for the umbrellas that protesters use to block police tear gas.

The “umbrellas” for Hong Kong’s ongoing Umbrella Revolution are made in Washington. Proof of that lies not only in the obscenely-rapid White House open support of Occupy Central just hours after it began, following the same model they used in Ukraine.[1] The US State Department and NGOs it finances have been quietly preparing these protests for years. Consider just the tip of the Washington Hong Kong “democracy” project.

Same dirty old cast of characters…

With almost by-now-boring monotony, Washington has unleashed another of its infamous Color Revolutions. US Government-steered NGOs and US-trained operatives are running the entire Hong Kong “Occupy Central” protests, ostensibly in protest of the rules Beijing has announced for Hong Kong’s 2017 elections. The Occupy Central Hong Kong protest movement is being nominally led by a 17-year-old student, Joshua Wong, who resembles a Hong Kong version of Harry Potter, a kid who was only just born the year Britain reluctantly ended its 99-year colonial occupation, ceding the city-state back to the Peoples’ Republic. Wong is accompanied in Occupy Central by a University of Minnesota-educated hedge fund money man for the protests, Edward Chin; by a Yale University-educated sociologist, Chan Kin-man; by a Baptist minister who is a veteran of the CIAs 1989 Tiananmen Square destabilization, Chu Yiu-ming; and by a Hong Kong University law professor, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, or Benny Tai.

Behind these Hong Kong faces, the US State Department and its favorite NGO, the US Congress-financed National Endowment for Democracy (NED), via its daughter, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), is running the Occupy Central operation.  Let’s look behind the nice façade of peaceful non-violent protest for democracy and we find a very undemocratic covert Washington agenda.

Start with Chu Yiu-ming, the Baptist minister chosen to head Occupy Central. The most reverend Chu Yiu-ming is a founder and sits on the executive committee of a Hong Kong NGO-- Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor (HKHRM). HKHRM as they openly admit on their website, is mainly financed by the US State Department via its neo-conservative Color Revolution NGO called National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

They state their purpose: “HKHRM briefs the press, the United Nations, local and overseas governments and legislative bodies on Hong Kong human rights issues both orally and through written reports.” [2] In their 2013 Annual Report, the NED reports giving Rev. Chu Yiu-ming’s HK Human Rights Monitor a grant of US$ 145,000. You can buy a boatload of umbrellas for that. [3]  Chu’s HKHRM also works with another NED-financed creation, the Alliance for Reform and Democracy in Asia (ARDA).[4]

When Occupy Central top honchos decided to (undemocratically) name the very reverend Chu as leader of Occupy Central this past January, 2014, Chu said it was because “I have more connections with different activist groups, and experience in large-scale social campaigns." [5] He could have named NED as activist group and the CIA’s 1989 Tiananmen Square as a ‘large-scale social campaign,’ to be more specific. The Baptist preacher admitted that he was named de facto leader of Occupy Central by two other leading organizers of the civil disobedience movement, Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Dr Chan Kin-man, who wanted him "to take up" the role. [6]

Benny Tai is also familiar with the US State Department. Tai, law professor at the University of Hong Kong and co-founder of Hong Kong Occupy Central, works with the Hong Kong University Centre for Comparative and Public Law which receives grants from the NED subsidiary, National Democratic Institute for projects like Design Democracy Hong Kong. The Centre Annual Report states, “With funding assistance from the National Democratic Institute, the Design Democracy Hong Kong website was built to promote a lawful and constructive bottom-up approach to constitutional and political reform in Hong Kong.” [7] On its own website, NDI describes its years-long Hong Kong law project, the legal backdrop to the Occupy demands which essentially would open the door for a US-picked government in Hong Kong just as Victoria Nuland hand-picked a US-loyal coup regime in Ukraine in February 2014. The NDI boasts,

 The Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) at the University of Hong Kong, with support from NDI, is working to amplify citizens’ voices in that consultation process by creating Design Democracy Hong Kong (www.designdemocracy.hk), a unique and neutral website that gives citizens a place to discuss the future of Hong Kong’s electoral system. [8]

The Hong Kong wunderkind of the Color Revolution Washington destabilization, 17-year-old student, Joshua Wong, founded a Facebook site called Scholarism when he was 15 with support from Washington’s neo-conservative National Endowment for Democracy via its left branch, National Democratic Institute and NDI’s NDItech project. [9] And another Occupy Central leading figure, Audrey Eu Yuet mee recently met with Vice President Joe Biden.[10] Hmmmm.

Cardinal Zen and cardinal sin…

Less visible in the mainstream media but identified as one of the key organizers of Occupy Central is Hong Kong’s Catholic Church Cardinal Bishop Emeritus, Joseph Zen. Cardinal Zen according to the Hong Kong Morning Post, is playing a key role in the US-financed protests against Beijing’s authority. [11] Cardinal Zen also happens to be the primary Vatican adviser on China policy. Is the first Jesuit Pope in history, Pope Francis, making a US-financed retry at the mission of Society of Jesus founder (and, incidentally, the Pope’s real namesake) Francis Xavier, to subvert and take over the Peoples’ Republic of China, using Hong Kong as the Achilles Heel?

Vice President Joe Biden, whose own hands are soaked with the blood of thousands of eastern Ukraine victims of the neo-nazi civil war; Cardinal Zen; Reverend Chu; Joshua Wong; Benny Tai and the neo-conservative NED and its NDI and a bevy of other State Department assets and NGO’s too numerous to name here, have ignited a full-blown Color Revolution, the Umbrella Revolution. The timing of the action, a full two years before the Hong Kong 2017 elections, suggests that some people in Washington and elsewhere in the west were getting jumpy.

The growing Eurasian economic space of China in conjunction with Putin’s Russia and their guiding role in creating a peaceful and very effective counter-pole to Washington’s New World (dis-)Order, acting through organizations such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS, is the real target of their dis-order. That is really quite stupid of them, but then, they are fundamentally stupid people who despise intelligence.

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F. William Engdahl, BFP contributing Author & Analyst
William Engdahl is author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics in the New World Order. He is a contributing author at BFP and may be contacted through his website at www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net where this article was originally published.

Endnotes:


[1] Reuters, White House Shows Support For Aspirations Of Hong Kong People, Reuters, September 29, 2014,     http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/29/white-house-hong-kong_n_5901782.html.

[2] Wikipedia, Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_Human_Rights_Monitor#Officers.2C_founders_and_staff.

[3] NED, 2013 Annual Report, Grants, China (Hong Kong), http://www.ned.org/where-we-work/asia/china-hong-kong

[5] Asia News, Occupy Central chooses Rev Chu Yiu-ming as its new leader, January 3, 2014, http://www.asianews.it/news-en/%27Occupy-Central%27-chooses-Rev-Chu-Yiu-ming-as-its-new-leader-29951.html

[6] Ibid.

[7] Hong Kong University Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Annual Report, 2014, http://www.law.hku.hk/ccpl/Docs/Annual%20Report%202014.pdf.

[8] Tony Cartalucci, US Openly Approves Hong Kong Chaos it Created, September 30, 2014, Land Destroyer Blog, http://landdestroyer.blogspot.de/2014/09/us-openly-approves-hong-kong-chaos-it.html

[9] NDI, In Hong Kong Does Change Begin with a Single Step?, September27, 2012, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, https://www.demworks.org/blog/2012/09/hong-kong-does-change-begin-single-step

[10] Tony Cartalucci, op. cit.

[11] Timmy Sung, Ernest Kao and Tony Cheung, Occupy Central is on: Benny Tai rides wave of student protest to launch movement, September 27, 2014, Hong Kong Morning Post, http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1601625/hong-kong-students-beat-us-it-benny-tai-declares-start-occupy-central

 

What Obama Told Us at West Point

The most militarily aggressive American president in history is considered a wimp by the neoconized American media!

At West Point Obama told us, to the applause of West Point cadets that “American exceptionalism” is a doctrine that justifies whatever Washington does. If Washington violates domestic and international law by torturing “detainees” or violates the Nuremberg standard by invading countries that have undertaken no hostile action against the US or its allies, “exceptionalism” is the priest’s blessing that absolves Washington’s sins against law and international norms. Washington’s crimes are transformed into Washington’s affirmation of the rule of law. Here is Obama in his own words:

“I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being. But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it is our willingness to affirm them through our actions.”

Actions indeed. In the 21st century “American exceptionalism” has destroyed seven countries in whole or in part. Millions of people are dead, maimed, and displaced, and all of this criminal destruction is evidence of Washington’s reaffirmation of international norms and the rule of law. Destruction and murder are merely collateral damage from Washington’s affirmation of international norms.

“American exceptionalism” also means that US presidents can lie through their teeth and misrepresent those they choose to demonize. Listen to Obama’s misrepresentations of the Putin and Assad governments:

“Russia’s aggression towards former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe . . . In Ukraine, Russia’s recent actions recall the days when Soviet tanks rolled into Eastern Europe .” Obama misrepresents Assad as “a dictator who bombs and starves his own people.”

Did any of the cadets in Obama’s West Point audience wonder why, if Assad is a brutal dictator who bombs and starves his own people, the Syrian people are supporting Assad instead of the American-backed “liberation forces,” the combination of imported jihadists and al Qaeda fighters who object to Assad’s government because it is secular? The US military is taught to respect its civilian commander-in-chief, but if West Point cadets actually do obtain an education, it is remarkable that Obama’s audience did not break out in laughter.

The reference to Soviet tanks rolling into Eastern Europe is a reference to the Hungarian (1956) and Czech (1968) “revolutions” when the Hungarian and Czech communist leaders attempted to assert independence from Moscow. It is doubtful that Washington’s response to countries attempting to exit NATO would be any different. A few months ago Washington responded to political talk in Germany and England about leaving the EU by informing both governments that it was not in Washington’s interest for them to depart from the European Union.

Obama used the image of Soviet tanks in order to color Russia with the Soviet Threat, to mischaracterize Russia’s response to the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia, and to misrepresent Crimea’s vote in favor of reunification with Russia as “Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea.” These lies are still a mainstay in the US media and in Washington’s official propaganda.

Obama’s speech is probably the most disingenuous ever given by a Western politician. We could have fun for hours with all the crimes that Washington commits but buries in rhetoric directed at others. Perhaps my favorite is Obama evoking a world in which “individuals aren’t slaughtered because of political belief.” I am sure Obama was thinking of this just world when he murdered without due process of law four American citizens “outside of areas of active hostilities.”

Another favorite is the way Obama flushed the US Constitution of its meaning. Obama said, with reference to bringing the Guantanamo prisoners to the US, that “American values and legal traditions don’t permit the indefinite detention of people beyond our borders.” No, Obama, the US Constitution prevents the indefinite detention of US citizens by the US government anywhere on earth, especially within our borders.

By detaining and by murdering US citizens without due process of law, Obama has violated his oath of office and should be impeached. It was only a short time ago that President Bill Clinton was impeached by the US House of Representatives (the Senate saved him from conviction) for lying about his sexual affair with a White House intern. How times change. Today a president who violates his oath of office to protect the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic gets a free ride. The Constitution has lost its power to protect citizens from the arbitrary power of government. The US is the Constitution. Without the Constitution the US ceases to exist, and the country becomes a tyranny, both at home and abroad. Today the US is a tyranny cloaked in the garb of “freedom and democracy.”

Instead of laughing our way through Obama’s ridiculous speech to what apparently was a dumbed-down West Point graduating class, lets pay attention to Obama’s bottom line: “America must always lead on the world stage. . . . The military is, and always will be, the backbone of that leadership.”

In other words, Washington doesn’t use diplomacy. Washington uses coercion. The favorite threat is: “Do as you are told or we will bomb you into the Stone Age.” Obama’s speech is a justification of Washington’s criminal actions on the grounds that Washington acts for the exceptional Americans whose exceptionalism places them and, thereby, their government above law and international norms. In this way of thinking, only the failure to prevail constitutes failure.

Americans are the new ubermensch, the new master race. Inferior humans can be bombed, invaded, and sanctioned. Obama’s West Point speech asserts American superiority over all others and Washington’s determination to continue this superiority by preventing the rise of other powers. This arrogant hubris was not enough for the Washington Post editorial board. The newspaper’s editorial damned Obama for binding US power and limiting its use to “a narrow set of core interest,” such as direct threats to America.

The American “liberal media” object that Obama’s claim of exceptionalism is not broad enough for Washington’s purposes. Obama’s address, the Washington Post wrote, bound “US power” and “offered scant comfort” to those militarists who want to overthrow Syria, Iran, Russia, and China.

The world should take note that the most militarily aggressive American president in history is considered a wimp by the neoconized American media. The media drives wars, and the American media, firmly allied with the military/security complex, is driving the world to the final war.

 

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Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations. You can visit his website here.

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CIA’s Favorite Channel, New York Times, Lobbies for Mullah Fethullah Gulen

New York Times Comes out of the Closet - Doing the CIA’s Bidding

Last week Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey would officially request the extradition of US-based Mullah Fethullah Gulen- a Turkish preacher in Pennsylvania with a $20+ billion network, whose followers have been accused of trying to eliminate PM Erdogan’s government.

The New York Times began parading various agenda-driven analysts and experts, showcasing Gulen-connected figures, and attacking Turkey’s Erdogan in a one-sided lobbying effort. Before I go any further, allow me to illustrate the New York Times’ vehement, bold and one-sided defense of Gulen with verbatim quotes [All Emphasis Mine]:

Mr. Erdogan’s Islamist government and the supporters of Gulen, who promotes a moderate, pro-Western brand of Sunni Islam that appeals to many well-educatedand professional Turks.

I know our regular readers and supporters here at Boiling Frogs Post don’t need the bold emphases to explain the propaganda with its carefully picked words. For those who are not familiar with our extensive coverage of Mullah Gulen (See here, here, here, here and here), take notice of how Erdogan’s government is being characterized with one word, Erdogan’s Islamist government- a word often used and highlighted by Western propaganda outlets, aka mainstream media, with negative connotations and in close association with global terrorism. Now, please pay attention to all the false positive adjectives and characterization used by NYT to present Mullah Fethullah Gulen: Moderate, Pro-Western, Well-Educated, Professional. Oh, golly- Who is the Mullah here?!

You see, this is such a classic with the US government-fed propaganda outlets, aka US mainstream media. They first set the tone based on the objectives handed to them by their bosses. In this case: The CIA and the State Department. The readers, the uninformed readers, are pointed towards the intended false direction: An Islamist Government versus a moderate pro-Western man with well-educated and professional followers.

Let’s continue [All Emphasis Mine]:

“This extradition request has no legal basis,” said Ergun Ozbudun, a professor of law at Istanbul Sehir University, noting the considerable difficulty surrounding extradition requests even when suspects are charged with serious crimes. “The request for Fethullah Gulen’s extradition therefore would be a political one, and I don’t think would produce any results.”

Lawyers for Mr. Gulen, who has permanent resident status in the United States, agreed. “There is neither an investigation nor an arrest warrant issued by court in place to submit to the U.S. authorities,” said Nurullah Albayrak, an Istanbul lawyer who represents Mr. Gulen. “This is not something that political will can decide.”

A Gulen-affiliated group in New York, the Alliance for Shared Values, on Tuesday denounced Mr. Erdogan’s move, saying, “The prime minister’s talk about demanding the extradition of Mr. Gulen, when there are no charges or legal case against him, is a clear indication of political persecution and harassment.”

           

NYT picks one pro-Gulen legal expert, one lawyer who represents Mullah Gulen, and Gulen’s own organization, and establishes the extradition request as political with no legal basis. Now, let me go over this article for the fifth time, and see whether NYT showcases any so-called legal experts from the other side- one that puts forth the legal basis for this extradition request. I’m looking, looking, looking, and ooops: I have reached the end of the lobby-propaganda piece, and there is not a single legal opinion or analysis from the other side! How amazing is that?!

Finally, after showcasing Mullah Gulen’s confident denial of all documented accusations against him, without showcasing a single analyst or legal expert for the other side, the New York Times concludes its propaganda-lobby piece with the following paragraph:

In general, for the United States to approve an extradition request from another country, the person must be accused of a crime recognized in both jurisdictions, and there must be a reasonable belief that the person did commit the crime. It was not clear whether Turkey’s request would satisfy either requirement.

           

Now that we have established this editorial by the New York Times clearly as a one-sided lobby and propaganda piece for Mullah Gulen, ask yourself the following questions: Why did the New York Times jump to defend the Gülen Movement and the controversial Mullah? Whose interests is the New York Times really representing here? Why?

You see, this propaganda-lobby piece follows another equally propaganda-lobby piece that was published by the Washington Post a few months back:

In January this year, The Washington Post dutifully provided a platform for three outspoken Israel Lobbyists who are jointly calling on the Obama Administration to overthrow the current Turkish Administration. You heard it right. Morton Abramowitz, Eric Edelman and Blaise Misztal jointly penned a hysteria-reeked article to declare Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan a despot, and a great threat to democracy and U.S. interests. Let’s provide a few excerpts from this propaganda-ridden article :

Whatever his achievements over the past decade, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is destroying his country’s parlous democracy. That is a profound problem for Turks and Turkey’s Western allies. Staying silent, out of fear that speaking out would harm some short-term interests, risks Turkey’s longer-term stability.

Turkey’s democratic decline creates a pressing dilemma for the United States. Erdogan’s current course would take Turkey from an imperfect democracy to an autocracy. Such a fate for a close ally and NATO member would have profound implications for our partnership, the United States’ beleaguered credibility and the prospects for democracy in the region.

U.S. policymakers should lay aside their reluctance to confront the disastrous impact of Erdogan’s dictatorial tendencies and remind the Turkish leader of the importance the United States attaches to Turkey’s political stability and democratic vitality. Particularly as their influence is greater than it appears…

Erdogan is doing great harm to Turkey’s democracy. The United States should make clear, privately and publicly, that his extreme actions and demagoguery are subverting Turkey’s political institutions and values and endangering the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

Mort Abramowitz is a known neocon, Israel lobbyist, CIA and State Department Operative, and PNAC signatory, and has been one of Fethullah Gulen’s main handlers and backers. In fact, when the FBI and Homeland Security Department tried to kick the Islamic Mullah out of the United States, Abramowitz was one of the first Gulen CIA-State Department handlers to step in.

As for Eric Edelman? Let’s go back nine years and check him out in my State Secrets Gallery: I presented the State Department-CIA’s Eric Edelman as one of the top culprits in my State Secrets Privilege Case - when the government invoked the State Secrets Privilege and several additional gag orders to cover up the FBI’s investigations and files pertaining to CIA-NATO terror operations in Central Asia & the Caucasus since the mid-1990s. Just like Abramowitz, Edelman is known as an avid Israel lobbyist and a neocon.

If you haven’t already, please refer to my article and interview where I discuss and emphasize the role of Turkish Mullah Fethullah Gulen, who has been residing in the United States since 1998, as a major operative for CIA-NATO operations, not only in Turkey, but also in Central Asia and the Caucasus. During the past few years I have been a lone voice in the United States when it comes to real coverage of Gulen and his operations under the CIA. Here are a few examples of my coverage since 2009:

Boston Terror, CIA’s Graham Fuller & NATO-CIA Operation Gladio B-Caucasus & Central Asia

Turkish Intel Chief Exposes CIA Operations via Islamic Group in Central Asia

Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen Nabs George Bush PR Queen

The Sanitized Gulen Coverage Continues…

As a persistent lone voice I am asking you to pay close attention to these historical facts, the documented incestuous connections including the CIA, State Department and the Israel Lobby, and then go back and read this same New York Times article again. Then, you will be able to answer very quickly and confidently when you are asked: Whose interests is the New York Times serving? Who rules and controls the propaganda channels called US mainstream media outlets?

This is why I always question, and almost always write off, whistleblower cases that become the darling adopted pet cases for publications like the New York Times and Washington Post. You see, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t establish the rulers and ownership and agenda –setters for these publications, aka US media, and then go back and trust them when they begin to sell you a whistleblower or a leak as the real deal. It just doesn’t happen. One thing you can count on when it comes to this puppetry is consistency. If they advocate and report something it has been declared allowable and kosher by their bosses. And as we all know: nothing good or noble exists on the agenda list of the ruling establishment.

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Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman's Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy” Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.

De-Manufacturing Consent- The Killing Business: The Illegality and Immorality of Washington & the CIA

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Philip Giraldi

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent Guillermo is joined by former CIA officer and Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, Phil Giraldi. We discuss Giraldi's latest article, "The Cognitive Dissonance of Spying," and explore the post-9/11 "culture shift" within the CIA, the US government, and the country as a whole. As the "war on terror" rhetoric loses its effectiveness as a propaganda tool, neoconservatives in Washington position a "New Cold War" as the next "just cause" in the killing business.

Also on the program, we discuss the case of Jonathan Pollard, why his proposed release from prison is really more than just a bargaining chip for "Middle East peace talks," and what this may tell us about the current strength of the Israel Lobby in Washington.

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CIA-Gladio’s Zionist Operatives Urge Obama to Overthrow Erdogan’s Administration

Morton Abramowitz, Eric Edelman & Blaise Misztal Demand Immediate Regime Change in Turkey

Earlier this week I wrote a lengthy analysis on the recent political crisis in Turkey- Turkish PM Erdogan:  The Speedy Transformation of an Imperial Puppet and illustrated how U.S.-Installed puppets go from democratic presidents to despots and & terrorists when their time comes. I followed up the analysis with an exclusive interview on this topic: Click Here

Today, Washington Post dutifully provided a platform for three outspoken Israel Lobbyists who are jointly calling on the Obama Administration to overthrow the current Turkish Administration. That’s right. You heard it right. Morton Abramowitz, Eric Edelman and Blaise Misztal jointly penned a hysteria-reeked article to declare Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan a despot, and a great threat to democracy and U.S. interests. Let’s provide a few excerpts from this propaganda-ridden article [All Emphasis Mine]:

Whatever his achievements over the past decade, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is destroying his country’s parlous democracy. That is a profound problem for Turks and Turkey’s Western allies. Staying silent, out of fear that speaking out would harm some short-term interests, risks Turkey’s longer-term stability.

Turkey’s democratic decline creates a pressing dilemma for the United States. Erdogan’s current course would take Turkey from an imperfect democracy to an autocracy. Such a fate for a close ally and NATO member would have profound implications for our partnership, the United States’ beleaguered credibility and the prospects for democracy in the region.

U.S. policymakers should lay aside their reluctance to confront the disastrous impact of Erdogan’s dictatorial tendencies and remind the Turkish leader of the importance the United States attaches to Turkey’s political stability and democratic vitality. Particularly as their influence is greater than it appears

Erdogan is doing great harm to Turkey’s democracy. The United States should make clear, privately and publicly, that his extreme actions and demagoguery are subverting Turkey’s political institutions and values and endangering the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

The article is geared to achieve several objectives by the CIA-State Department connected and avid Israel Lobby operatives: 1- Declare Erdogan as a dictator, despot & a great threat to Turkey’s democracy; 2- Emphasize Erdogan and the AKP administration as a major threat to NATO and the United States; 3-Paint the Obama administration’s lack of overt meddling (because covertly there has been plenty of meddling) as severely weak and consequential; 4- Pressure the Obama Administration for an overt action against Erdogan (Regime Change a la Obama).

In my article and follow up interview I emphasized the role of Turkish Mullah Fethullah Gulen, who has been residing in the United States since 1998, as a major operative for CIA-NATO operations, not only in Turkey, but also in Central Asia and the Caucasus. During the past few years I have been a lone voice in the United States when it comes to real coverage of Gulen and his operations under the CIA. Here are a few examples of my coverage since 2009:

Boston Terror, CIA’s Graham Fuller & NATO-CIA Operation Gladio B-Caucasus & Central Asia

Turkish Intel Chief Exposes CIA Operations via Islamic Group in Central Asia

Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen Nabs George Bush PR Queen

The Sanitized Gulen Coverage Continues…

Now, let’s review the strong ties that exist between the individuals who wrote this propaganda article for the Washington Post and Turkish Mullah Fethullah Gulen.

Mort Abramowitz, a known neocon, Israel lobbyist, CIA and State Department Operative, and PNAC signatory, has been one of Fethullah Gulen’s main handlers and backers. In fact, when the FBI and Homeland Security Department tried to kick the Islamic Mullah out of the United States, Abramowitz was one of the first Gulen CIA-State Department handlers to step in:

After years of investigating him the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, due to his guardian angels in the State Department and the CIA, are prevented from bringing an indictment against him, so they try to kick him out of the US. But once again Gulen’s CIA angels step in and portray Gulen as a scholar, despite the fact that Fethullah Gulen doesn’t even have a high-school diploma and never went beyond the 5th grade. Among his angels who vouched for him were Graham Fuller, George Fidas, and Morton Abramowitz.

As for Eric Edelman? Let’s go back nine years and check him out in my State Secrets Gallery: I presented State Department-CIA’s Eric Edelman as one of the top culprits in my State Secrets Privilege Case when the government invoked the State Secrets Privilege and several additional gag orders to cover up the FBI’s investigations and files pertaining to CIA-NATO terror operations in Central Asia & the Caucasus since the mid-1990s.

Just like Abramowitz, Edelman has been known as an avid Israel lobbyist and a neocon. Here are a couple of excerpts from an article that was written in 2007:

Edelman has close ties to Vice President Cheney and several other administration hardliners. He served under Cheney, then Secretary of Defense, in the first Bush administration. At that time, Cheney set up a “shop” to “think about American foreign policy after the Cold War, at the grand strategic level.” The project also included Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby. [New Yorker, 4/1/02]

From 2001-2003, Edelman served as a national security adviser to Cheney. In 2003, he was named as U.S. ambassador to Turkey, attempting to convince Turkey to cooperate with the Bush administration’s plans to invade Iraq. Turkish columnist Ibrahim Karagul noted, “Edelman is probably the least-liked and trusted American ambassador in Turkish history.”

While not as crusty as Abramowitz and Edelman, Blaise Misztal has also been making a name for himself as a Zionist operative. His recent operations have been mainly geared towards Iran: Click Here

We have three avid Israel lobbyists known as hawks and neocons with backgrounds connected to the CIA-State Department who have upped their operations and propaganda dissemination calling for a “regime change” in Turkey. Neither one has ever been known as pro democratic values, human rights concerns or peace advocacy. Just the contrary: All three have been known as great advocates for wars and regime installations in the Middle East and elsewhere. They are saying it is time for Erdogan to go, and for a new puppet to be installed. Will Americans fall for this; again? Will the people in Turkey counter this, and take matters into their own hands? Time will tell, and not much time is left. And with that I’ll leave you with my in-depth interview on PM Erdogan & the Empire’s Reverse Engineering:

Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman's Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy” Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.

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