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The Cabinet Members And Officials Of A Trump Presidency - Comments

Trumps Plans Within The First 100-days To First Year Of Office As President

Part I of III - 20 to 24 November 2016

Trumps Plans Within The First 100-days To First Year Of Office As President

Part II of III - 25 November to 12 December 2016

Trumps Plans Within The First 100-days To First Year Of Office As President

Part III of III - 13 to 31 December 2016



Trump’s EPA pick is an ardent foe of virtually everything Obama’s EPA has done


“Donald Trump plans to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency — a pro-industry, anti-regulation pick that suggests big, big changes are potenitally in store for environmental policy.

The EPA is in charge of creating and enforcing federal regulations around air and water pollution, largely guided by laws like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, which were originally passed by Congress in the 1970s. Under President Barack Obama, the EPA has been particularly proactive in formulating new rules on coal-fired power plants, cars, trucks, and oil and gas operations — all with an eye toward reducing conventional air pollutants and curbing the greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

Pruitt has been an ardent opponent of these efforts for years.

Ever since becoming Oklahoma’s top prosecutor in 2011, Pruitt has joined or led state lawsuits to block virtually every major federal regulation around climate and air pollution that Obama’s EPA has put forward. He sued to stop a major rule to limit mercury pollution from coal plants. He sued to stop a rule to reduce smog pollution that crossed state lines. (Both efforts to sue were unsuccessful in court.)

At the moment, Pruitt is part of a lawsuit to block the Obama EPA’s efforts to tackle global warming via the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.Pruitt has also questioned and misrepresented the science of climate change.In a piece for National Review this past May, he wrote: “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.” (That isnot really true.)

Pruitt was a private attorney in Tulsa during the 1990s before becoming an Oklahoma state senator from 1998 to 2006, rising to the rank of Republican whip. Hailing from a state with major oil and gas operations — though also a fair bit of wind power — he has generally been far more sympathetic to industry arguments than environmentalist concerns over the course of his career.

Back in 2011, Pruitt wrote a letter to the EPA arguing that federal regulators were overstating the amount of air pollution from natural gas wells. As the New York Times’s Eric Lipton later discovered, this letter was actually written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of the state’s largest oil and gas companies. Pruitt appears to have simply passed it along.

And this wasn’t an isolated incident, Lipton explained: “Devon officials also turned to Mr. Pruitt to enlist other Republican attorneys general and Republican governors to oppose a rule proposed by the Bureau of Land Management that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on federal land.”


Take Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a regulation finalized in 2015 that aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. This rule has been stayed by federal courts, which are still debating its fate. But if it gets upheld, the EPA will be required by law to implement the plan. If Pruitt wants to repeal and replace it, he will have to go through a lengthy new agency rulemaking process.

“The EPA would have to go out for public comment on that — and that usually takes a year or two,” Freeman explained. “The EPA would also have to address the fact that the agency already had decided the Clean Power Plan, so why are they changing their minds now? What is in the record to support that change? They’d have to make an argument for why they’re reconsidering it, and they would have to defend that in court, because any change would get challenged” — either by states or environmental groups.

Pruitt has some options for undoing Obama’s climate rules, though environmental groups are likely to challenge him in court. The new EPA “might try to argue that they don’t think they have the authority to regulate greenhouse gases from existing power plants,” Freeman said. “Or they could argue that even if they do have that authority, they think there’s a better approach to the standard [than the specific regulation Obama’s EPA set up]. They could say they have a narrower approach to setting the standard, and they might get deference from the court. But that would play itself out in years of litigation.”

And that’s just one rule. If Pruitt wanted to undo other Obama-era rules, he would have to go through the same process for each of them — and would continue to face court challenges. “If an agency changes its mind,” Freeman says, “it has to come back in and defend the new rule the way it would defend the original rule. You have to be able to defend it as non-arbitrary. And in cases where industry is already relying on the first rule, or where there’s a really strong scientific record for the first rule, the burden on the agency is a little tougher for changing its mind. So there is a legal standard here.”

That said, a new EPA administrator hostile to federal regulation could certainly work to prevent new rules from being issued — and he could even slow-walk enforcement of existing pollution regulations.

“A very determined administration that really wants to pull back on implementation and enforcement will find ways to pull back,” Freeman said. “They can give more leeway to the states, for example, when the states draft their plans for complying with pollution rules [like the EPA’s ground-level ozone standard]. You can imagine ways of making it easier for states that don’t want to work very hard. Or bringing fewer enforcement actions.”

“The president can also ask for less money [for the EPA],” Freeman added. “And even if he doesn’t, Congress can just cut the budget. Congress can insert, in big omnibus budget bills, little riders that say agencies can’t do specific things. There can be death by a thousand cuts in this way.”

By all appearances, the EPA is set for a major shift in policy direction under Pruitt.




Boeing Signs $17 Billion Deal with Iran, Challenges Republican Effort to Block Sales

24/7 Wall St. - Paul Ausick – December 11, 2016


“Iran's official news agency, IRNA, said this morning that the Islamic Republic has signed an agreement with The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) to purchase 80 aircraft valued at around $16.6 billion. The deal comes less than a month after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would prohibit the Treasury Department from issuing licenses for aircraft sales to Iran thus making it impossible to finance the sales.


The order, which was first revealed in June, comprises 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s.


IRNA's announcement contained just two sentences:


Iran Air and the American Corporation of Boeing signed an agreement on selling 80 aircraft to Iran, managing director of the Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran announced.


On the sidelines of the signing ceremony held in Tehran on Sunday, Farhad Parvaresh said the airplanes will be delivered to Iran during a ten-year period.

In a statement released later Sunday morning, Boeing said:


Today's agreement will support tens of thousands of U.S. jobs directly associated with production and delivery of the 777-300ERs and nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs in the U.S. aerospace value stream for the full course of deliveries. The first airplanes under this agreement are scheduled for delivery in 2018.


If the sale is a metaphorical poker game, Boeing has just seen the last political raise and bumped it by $16.6 billion and 100,000 U.S. jobs. Congressional Republicans want to scuttle the agreement between Iran and the six-nation coalition, including the United States, that relaxed sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for a halt (or at least a slowdown) to Iran's nuclear development program.


Last week President-elect Donald Trump called out Boeing for what he claimed to be an excessive price for two new 747-8s the Air Force has ordered to replace Air Force One. Trump's tweet followed a comment from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg calling for a renewed charter for the U.S. Export-Import Bank or face the loss of sales to foreign countries. The President-elect called for elimination of the bank when he was campaigning for office.


In September Boeing received a license from the Treasury Department to sell up to 109 new airplanes to Iran, the 80 included in Sunday's announcement plus 29 others that Boeing will acquire from leasing companies. That license enables Boeing to assist Iran in lining up U.S. bank financing for the sale.


And because Iran cannot afford (or is unwilling) to pay cash for all of these planes, the country will have to seek financing in order to make the purchases. The Ex-Im Bank figured heavily in that calculation.


Will Congressional Republicans push more chips onto the metaphorical poker table? With the inauguration of President-elect Trump just a few weeks away the likely tactic will be to make some noise now but to wait until Trump is safely in office before tackling the Iran deal again.


One thing Sunday's agreement will do is allow Boeing to add the 80 planes to its order book. That will lift the company's total sales for the year from 468 to 548, still well short of the company's goal of a 1:1 book-to-bill ratio. Boeing expects to deliver around 745 to 750 new planes in 2016.”


"$16.6 billion and 100,000 U.S. jobs." Trump's decision to support tens of thousands of jobs directly by working with Iran and the Ex-Im Bank, a resulting out come of in directly supporting 100,000's jobs, will be a test as the nuclear agreement is as well a huge hurdle to over come.


It looks like our enemy is now our friend, declared by Obama.


CNN's Robert Baer: We Should Have Another Election

“Well, that didn't take long.

Barely a day after the Washington Post's Friday evening story that a "Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House," a "deeply disturbed" Bob Baer, appearing on CNN Newsroom, when questioned as to whether "we should have another election," said that if it's true, "I don’t see any other way than to vote again."

December 12, 2016


Let me try and understand this. The CIC says the Russians hacked the DNC and Hillary Clinton's emails, disclosing on the internet through a site that publishing secrets, secrets that show how corrupt the DNC and Hillary are.


Yet it was the FBI Director that placed the final nail in Clinton's political future when he said the Clinton email case was reopened right before the last month before the election.


Yet their are other hackers, groups of them world wide, but none the less, lets blame Russia instead of the FBI Director for Hillary's loss and not the flame of controversy surrounding Clinton's alleged corruption that includes profiting from a public office and reckless handing of sensitive material.


Now, do we want Russia or any country or group to manipulate our elections, of course not.


One thing for sure, we need a President that can work with Russia.”


With 304 votes, Electoral College seals Donald Trump's election as president

Los Angeles Times - Michael Finnegan - December 19 2016


“They convened amid unusual scrutiny, widespread protests and rafts of speculation about efforts to alter the outcome, but, in the end, the nation's 538 presidential electors mostly stuck to the script Monday, formally sealing Donald Trump's victory with 304 votes in the Electoral College, well above what he needed to capture the White House.


After all the efforts to lobby Republican electors to desert Trump, only two did — a pair from Texas, one of whom voted for former Rep. Ron Paul and the other for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.


Indeed, instead of an uprising against Trump, the day's voting was punctuated more by small, but persistent, gestures of Democratic discontent with Hillary Clinton. A handful of electors deserted her and a few more tried to but were deterred by state "faithless elector" laws.


Some of the Democratic dissenters were supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who lost the primaries to Clinton but galvanized the party's left wing. Others were backers of an abortive effort that had tried to recruit Democrats and Republicans to unite behind a third candidate other than Clinton or Trump.


In the end, seven electors voted for a person other than the candidate who won their states — the largest number of Electoral College desertions in a presidential contest in U.S. history, eclipsing a record set in 1808.


The Electoral College meetings themselves followed rituals carried out every four years for generations. But they convened in a highly unusual environment caused in part by Trump's large loss in the popular vote — Clinton defeated him by almost 2.9 million ballots — as well as by the nature of his candidacy.


All that contributed to the day's other main note — protests, which were spirited, at times, despite few doubts about the eventual outcome.”


Finally, we got us a new CIC. I think the future is bright and once millions of good jobs open up, investment becomes profitable, so folks will see direct benefit, like those college graduates that have a job.


Obama blocks drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

The Hill - Devin Henry - 20 December 2016


“Pesident Obama on Tuesday formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Arctic Ocean, answering a call from environmentalists who say the government needs to do more to prevent drilling in environmentally sensitive areas of U.S.-controlled oceans.


Obama is invoking a 1953 law governing the Outer Continental Shelf to block drilling in federal waters in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea and most of its Beaufort Sea. He also protected 21 underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean from drilling, White House officials said Tuesday.


Canada will block drilling in all of its Arctic Ocean acreage, a moratorium officials will review every five years, the White House said.

"These actions, and Canada's parallel actions, protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region on Earth," Obama said in a statement.


"They reflect the scientific assessment that, even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region's harsh conditions is limited."


In all the Federal lands to soon be exploited for oil and natural gas, there will be balancing force behind Trump’s decisions.


Obama Blocks Offshore Driling In Arctic, Atlantic Oceans

by Tyler Durden - Dec 20, 2016 4:36 PM


“In a move that will likely be overturned promptly by the administration of Donald Trump, president Obama on Tuesday formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, responding to a call from environmentalists who say the government needs to do more to prevent drilling in environmentally sensitive areas of U.S.-controlled oceans.  


The president had been expected to take the action by invoking a provision in a 1953 law that governs Outer Continental Shelf offshore leases, and he did just that to block drilling in federal waters in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea and most of its Beaufort Sea. He also protected 21 underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean from drilling. Furthermore, Canada will block drilling in all of its Arctic Ocean acreage, a moratorium officials will review every five years, the White House said.


Canada Shell Oil transported in a pipe across the U. S., oil from Alaska in sensitive areas, off shore oil rigs in the Pacific and Atlantic, or less sensitive wilderness areas of federal lands will be evaluated and then leases on federal lands will take place.


Trump will however be balanced in what ever approach our new CIC chooses, since economic growth is now the centralized mission of a Trump Administration, our government, focused more on environmental and echo system protection, through pollutant mediation, in order to reduce substantially or eliminate pollutants that endanger the environment as a result of the use of chemicals, heavy metals, contaminates, brown water from 5,000 employees and manufacture usage of water for cleaning and maintenance of building, equipments and vehicles; but not through continued over regulation resulting in business closures and a stagnating economy with less then 1.5% GDP.


Then that Cap and Trade dirty energy charge, billions collected and given away to other countries will no longer be collected, strengthening U. S. Power Plants bottom line, that under Obama has been stretched to the limit, forcing Coal Power Generation Plants to close.


Coal and oil fired Power Plants use fossil fuels, called dirty energy, yet Obama never supported clean coal technologies, while Trump will support  Clean Coal Technologies.


Fracking has unearthed huge supplies of natural gas. Natural gas + Coal = Syngas.


Syngas, or synthesis gas, is a fuel gas mixture consisting primarily of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and very often some carbon dioxide. The name comes from its use as intermediates in creating synthetic natural gas (SNG)[1] and for producing ammonia or methanol. Syngas is usually a product of gasification and the main application is electricity generation. Syngas is combustible and often used as a fuel of internal combustion engines.[2][3][4] It has less than half the energy density of natural gas.

Syngas can be produced from many sources, including natural gas, coal, biomass, or virtually any hydrocarbon feedstock, by reaction with steam (steam reforming), carbon dioxide (dry reforming) or oxygen (partial oxidation). Syngas is a crucial intermediate resource for production of hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, and synthetic hydrocarbon fuels. Syngas is also used as an intermediate in producing synthetic petroleum for use as a fuel or lubricant via the Fischer–Tropsch process and previously the Mobil methanol to gasoline process. Production methods include steam reforming of natural gas or liquid hydrocarbons to produce hydrogen, the gasification of coal,[5] biomass, and in some types of waste-to-energy gasification facilities.”


1. Beychok, M.R., Process and environmental technology for producing SNG and liquid fuels, U.S. EPA report EPA-660/2-75-011, May 1975.


2. Clarke Energy. Retrieved 22 February & 20 December 2016. "Syngas Cogeneration / Combined Heat & Power"


3. Mick, Jason (3 March 2010). "Why Let it go to Waste? Enerkem Leaps Ahead With Trash-to-Gas Plans". DailyTech.

Retrieved Retrieved 22 February & 20 December 2016. 


3. Boehman, André L.; Le Corre, Olivier (2008). "Combustion of Syngas in Internal Combustion Engines".


4. Combustion Science and Technology. Taylor & Francis. 180 (6): 1193–1206. doi:10.1080/00102200801963417. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 


Combustion Science and Technology


“The combustion of synthesis gas will play an important role in advanced power systems based on the gasification of fuel feedstocks and combined cycle power production. While the most commonly discussed option is to burn syngas in gas turbine engines, another possibility is to burn the syngas in stationary reciprocating engines. Whether spark ignited or compression ignited, syngas could serve to power large bore stationary engines, such as those presently operated on natural gas. To date, however, there has been little published on the combustion of syngas in reciprocating engines. One area that has received attention is dual-fueled diesel combustion, using a combination of diesel pilot injection and syngas fumigation in the intake air. In this article, we survey some of the relevant published work on the use of synthesis gas in IC engines, highlighting recent work on dual-fuel (syngas + diesel) combustion.”


5. Beychok, M.R., Coal gasification and the Phenosolvan process, American Chemical Society 168th National Meeting, Atlantic City, September 1974.


I still believe that the smoke chamber smoke 150’ in the air can be channeled into huge above ground tubes a mile long bombarded with freezing cold water, the smoke being pushed through the tubes 150’ above ground with air from outside fans.


The smoke eventually drops into an acre pond in a covered roof and enclosed area, vented at the roof 100’ in the air. Supports for roof are pile driven in the bottom of the constructed pond, that has drains that filter off, the vary same pollutants that return to the earth once the smoke hits rain, returning in the known state as Acid Rain.


There are scrubbers for smoke stacks but there not capturing all the pollutants from burning coal.


Syn gas is the alternative and shut down oil fired power plants in favor of natural gas as a fuel coupled with coal or biomass.


Once Trump is swarm in and takes the oath office, cool things are going to happen.


I can see many things that will happen base on the direction Trump is headed.


Trumps picks for government offices also give a glimpse into the future lead by Trump.


Air Force General Challenges Trump Over the F-35


“Donald Trump isn’t his commander-in-chief quite yet, so on Monday the U.S. Air Force general in charge of the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program pushed back against the president-elect’s comments from last week describing production of the state-of-the-art plane.


Trump had attacked the program on Twitter, saying “The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th.” The tweet came less than a week after the incoming president attacked another major Air Force contract -- the deal with Boeing to upgrade the presidential plane, Air Force One.”


“Speaking to reporters on Monday, Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan said, “This program is not out of control.” He added, “I would like to explain to the new administration this is a vastly different program from 2011.”


Bogdan was referring to a time when many of the cost overruns with the program peaked. While the program still faces considerable criticism from within and without the Pentagon, Bogdan insisted that it has been dramatically reformed in recent years.


“Since 2011 we have basically been on schedule,” Bogdan said. “Since 2011 we have basically been on budget. We are delivering now today 50-plus airplanes a year.”


He went on to predict that when the program is finally operating at capacity (only a relative handful of planes are being produced each year) that they are expected “to come down in price significantly … probably somewhere on the order of six to seven percent.”


Bogdan said he was not upset that the incoming administration would be looking for efficiencies in the Defense Department’s procurement system.


“The new administration I believe is putting everyone on notice, not just industry but the department that it wants better value from its dollar. I applaud the new administration for doing that.”


Also on Monday, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James spoke at a separate event in Washington and said that if Trump thinks he’ll be able to step in and immediately reduce the costs of the F-35 program, he might want to think again.


“It’s not quite as easy as it seems to get these costs down,” James said, a message she indicated her staff is trying to make clear to the Trump transition team.”


The F-35 Just Aced A Big Test -- And Became Much More Dangerous - Comments


The F-35 Just Aced a Big Test -- and Became Much More Dangerous

By Patrick Tucker, - November 25, 2016


“The F-35 now packs more punch: specifically, the 20-foot Standard Missile, or SM-6, complete with a 140-pound warhead. But not fired from under the wing — rather from a nearby Aegis destroyer.


In September, the Marines completed a proof-of-concept test in which a Marine Corps F-35B  detected a cruise-missile decoy (a drone), passed targeting information to a remote sensor, and set up a shot by an Aegis combat system of the sort you’ll find on modern destroyers. A battery controlled by the Aegis fired a live SM-6 missile, which took down the drone.


“It was a metal-on-metal engagement from a significant range. I would say more than a tactically significant range. It was a very, very impressive shot to see,” Lt. Col. Richard “BC” Rusnok told reporters aboard the amphibious assault ship America, where the Marines are conducting tests with the vertical-lift F-35B. The test took place at White Sands, New Mexico, aboard the USS Desert Ship facility that the Navy uses for missile tests there.


The process of selecting the target and then launching a missile to take it out was virtually automatic, said Rusnok.


“It’s super simple,” he said. “It’s targeting the way we target our own ship weapons [aboard the F-35]. There’s really no difference. It becomes a battle management issue as to who is going to engage, but the physical pushing of data is transparent to the pilot because the picture is a common picture.” 


That pushing takes place over the Ku-band multi-function advanced datalink, or MADL: basically, the same encrypted datalink that stealth aircraft use to speak to one another while maintaining apparent radio silence. 


The test shows that the F-35 has effectively become a lot more dangerous (so long as the datalinks are working.) Imagine you’re a radar operator in a country that has just declared war on the United States. Your country has been moving missiles and radars around on the ground, hoping to dodge American satellite cameras before you can get your shots off. You hear a whoosh overhead, a squadron of F-35s electronically surveying the landscape for appropriate targets to take out, and behind them, huge SM-6 missiles are flying at supersonic speeds to hit those targets. The F-35 has become a sort of fighter bomber hybrid.


“Aegis cruisers bring a weapons payload that you just couldn’t fit on an airplane. We’re talking about dozens and dozens of Standard Missiles, SM-6s, that can be targeted by airborne platforms at a much longer distance,” said Col. George “Sack” Rowell.


“Nothing else can do that,” said Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the Marines’ deputy commandant for aviation.


Davis said the Marines are on track to deploy the F-35B to Marine Corps Air Station on Iwakuni, Japan, in January. Japan’s air self-defense forces are also going to acquire 42 F-35s.”


The Pentagon Is Planning a New Super Rival to the Troubled F-35

By Eric Pianin - October 18, 2016


“After years of missteps and ghastly cost overruns, the $1 trillion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is finally coming on line and generating relatively positive reviews by the military and erstwhile critics.


Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning system is a stealthy state-of-the art jet fighter designed to span the military services for the U.S. and its allies. There are three distinct models that take off and land in conventional ways, do short takeoffs and vertical landings, and that are launched from air craft carriers using a catapult.


Last year, a squadron of F-35B fighters tailor made for the Marines was first declared ready for deployment, and this summer those aircraft withstood intensive testing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Also last August, the Air Force declared its F-35A Lightning II fighter jet “combat ready,” marking another important milestone for the controversial aircraft.


“It has been trash-talked a lot, but this is one mean machine and it will prove its combat value,” Rebecca Grant, president of the Washington-based firm IRIS Independent Research and a consultant to the Air Force, told “It’s ready to go to war, it’s ready to keep the peace.”


Ironically, just as the F-35 is getting up to speed, the Air Force and Navy have begun preliminary planning for a long-term successor to the single seat F-35 jet fighter – one that includes futuristic features that once seemed out of reach.


Twenty years from now, fighter jets likely will contain the latest breakthroughs in stealth technology, sophisticated computer processing and algorithms, hypersonic weapons and “smart-skins.” Those smart-skins are sensors that would be built into the aircraft itself to reduce drag assure maximum connectivity with battle field intelligence-gathering technology.


Writing last weekend in the on-line defense systems publication Scout Warrior, managing editor Kris Osborn observed that some of these unique characteristic may already have been on display early this year when Northrop Grumman aired a commercial during the Super Bowl revealing “a flashy first look” at its concept of a new sixth-generation fighter jet.


Northrop Grumman is almost certain to be competing with Boeing-Lockheed and other major defense manufacturer for the contract to build the next generation of fighter jets when the time is ripe.


“Maximum connectivity would mean massively increased communications and sensor technology such as having an ability to achieve real-time connectivity with satellites, other aircraft and anything that could provide relevant battlefield information,” Osborn wrote in assessing the evolving design.


He said that the new aircraft might be equipped to fire hypersonic weapons, although such a design breakthrough would hinge on “successful progress with yet-to-be proven technologies such as scramjets traveling at hypersonic speeds.” So far, early testing of this technology has been a mixed bag. 


The Air Force and Navy reportedly are holding joint conceptual talks about the technologies and capabilities of the future sixth-generation fighter aircraft, according to Scout Warrior. While the Air Force has not yet identified a platform for the new aircraft, the Navy’s new aircraft will at least partly replace the existing inventory of F/A-18 Super Hornets, which will be retired beginning in 2035, according to Navy officials.”


Why the F-35 May Not Be Combat-Ready Until 2022

By Jackie Leo, The Fiscal Times - March 15, 2016


“You were the CEO of an airline business and got a negative report about your new, very expensive aircraft that has been in development for a number of years, what would you say to your engineering and production managers? The report highlights look like this:


Key Tests Have Been Delayed Repeatedly

Flight Controls Impact Maneuverability

Serious Safety Concerns Remain

Significant Logistics Software Problems

Deferring Cyber Security Testing Leaves Aircraft Vulnerable

Maintenance Problems Keep Aircraft Grounded

Simulation Facility Failure Threatens Testing Program


At the very least, people would be fired for incompetence and the contractors would be held accountable.


The details above are not about a commercial aircraft. They are from the latest forensic analysis of the $1 trillion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which has been in flight tests for more than 10 years. Each unit costs about $100 million, and so much is money is riding on this aircraft that it’s been deemed “too big to kill.”


The F-35 was redesigned in 2004 because it weighed too much. So Lockheed Martin put the plane on a diet and shed 2,700 pounds -- at a cost of $6.2 billion. In 2010, the Pentagon admitted that the F-35 program had exceeded its original cost estimates by more than 50 percent.


The delays are especially costly since pre-orders from multiple countries can’t be filled until the aircraft is combat ready.


And now an independent watchdog group is saying that the long list of unresolved problems means that the F-35 won’t be ready for combat until 2022. The watchdog group, the well-respected Project on Government Oversight, is basing its analysis on a recent Department of Defense report that found numerous serious problems with the fifth-generation fighter.


The watchdog analysis comes after one of the three F-35 variants has already been declared combat ready. The F-35B, designed for the Marines, was declared ready to go in July 2015. However, the jet has not been used by the Marines in combat, despite plentiful opportunities in Syria and Iraq. And the Project on Government Oversight maintains that the declaration was premature, and that official testing proves that the jet is not ready for active duty. Some analysts have speculated that the Pentagon is trying to buy hundreds of planes before testing has been completed.


The Joint Strike Fighter Program Office has pushed back against the most recent analysis by the watchdog group, citing a long list of achievements for the program. The office reminded its critics that “the F-35 program is still in its developmental phase” and that there are “known deficiencies that must be corrected.” But that’s exactly the point: The plane that was supposed to be flying combat missions in 2012 is still costing taxpayers billions to develop, with no end in sight.”

After Years of Bad News, the F-35 Proves a Double Threat from the Sky

By Eric Pianin - September 4, 2016


“The $1 trillion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has taken plenty of lumps in recent years, as the DOD’s next-generation stealth fighter aircraft has experienced mind-boggling cost overruns and occasionally less than stellar test runs. 


Despite the Pentagon’s aspirations to develop a truly joint aircraft system that spans the military services, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning system is essentially three distinct aircrafts with different flying capabilities: The F-35A that uses a conventional takeoff, the F-35B with its short takeoff and vertical landing, and the F-35 C that is launched from aircraft carriers with the assistance of a catapult.”


Under New Management? The $1 Trillion F-35 Is Overdue for a Change 


F-35 Nears Production, but It’s Still Having Trouble Booting Up 


The F-35’s Billion-Dollar Brain Fails an IQ Test


Add Yet Another Year to the F-35’s Timeline of Delays


5 Attack Planes That Could Replace the A-10 Warthog


Here are some of the planes that could possibly replace the Warthog:


* Super Tucano. Developed by Embraer in Brazil, the turboprop aircraft has been used by about dozen militaries around the globe. The plane, which can be fitted with a variety of bombs and advanced munitions, might have a leg up in the competition since the Air Force last year bought 20 of the light attack aircraft for Afghanistan’s air force. The first four arrived in that country last month.


Here’s the New, Secret Warplane Everyone Will Soon Be Talking About


Another possible plus for the Super Tucano: It costs about $1,000 an hour to fly, compared to the $11,500 for the A-10 and over $30,000 for the F-35.


* Scorpion. Produced by U.S. manufacturer Textron, the light attack jet has yet to find a single buyer. That may be because the aircraft, which went from the drawing board to a prototype in 24 months, isn’t as big as existing fighters but isn’t as small as some intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes on the market today. Despite its lack of sales, the Scorpion has garnered interest from U.S. military officials and other forces around the globe, and was on display at major international air shows last year, including the Paris Air Show


* AT-6. The single-prop, Beechcraft plane has been integrated with over a dozen weapons, including multiple laser-guided rockets, missiles and bombs. Although the aircraft is typically used as a trainer, more militaries have begun to use it in their operations, including Iraq and Mexico.


* T-X platform. The Air Force is still holding a competition to replace its T-38 training plane. It is possible that a weaponized version of the new T-X trainer could fill the support role. However, the plane isn’t due until 2024, two years after the A-10’s expected retirement.


* T-50 Golden Eagle. The T-50 is a family of supersonic jets produced by Lockheed Martin and Korean Aerospace Industries.


The FA-50 variant is a light attack aircraft that is already in service in the Philippines.


Move Over, F-35: Russia Has Raised the Stakes for Next-Generation Fighters


Why the US Should Stop Building Joint Fighters


Top Gun? The A-10 and the F-35 Will Finally Face Off


F-35 Nears Production, but It’s Still Having Trouble Booting Up


China Is Now the Fastest-Growing Arms Exporter in the World


Chinese Missiles Ratchet Up a Dangerous Game in the South China Sea


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Trump on the future of proposed Muslim ban, registry: ‘You know my plans’

The Washington Post - Abby Phillip – 21 December 2016


“President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to stand by his plans to establish a registry for Muslims and temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from the United States.

Speaking outside of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump did not walk back the proposals after he was asked by a reporter whether he was rethinking or reevaluating them in the wake of a fresh terror attack in Berlin.


“You know my plans,” Trump said.


He went on to add that the attack on a Berlin Christmas market, which was claimed by the Islamic State, had vindicated him. German authorities are seeking a 24-year-old Tunisian migrant who they say has ties to Islamist extremists in connection with the attack, which killed 12 people and injured dozens.


“All along, I’ve been proven to be right. One hundred percent correct,” Trump said.


“What’s happening is disgraceful.”


Trump has long called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and has expressed openness to a registry of Muslims already in the country.


A year ago, in a statement, Trump said he wanted a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.”


The proposal was sharply criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike. And later, Trump's senior aides and surrogates sought to soften the proposal, suggesting that Trump would support a ban on immigration only from countries that had been "compromised by terrorism."


But given an opportunity on Wednesday to clarify his remarks, Trump suggested that his plans stood as he had articulated them early in his campaign. The statement proposing a “complete” shutdown of Muslim immigration remains on Trump's website. And Trump has not clarified how exactly he would address the issue as president.


In response to other questions from reporters outside of Mar-a-Lago, Trump said that he had last spoken to President Obama two days ago.


He was also asked about his characterization of the Berlin attack as an attack on Christians.


“ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad,” Trump had said in a statement issued after the attack on Monday.


On Wednesday, Trump appeared unfamiliar with the statement issued in his name.


“Who said that?” Trump countered, challenging the reporter. “It’s an attack on humanity. That’s what it is. An attack on humanity and it’s got to be stopped.”


Trump taps RNC's Spicer for White House spokesman

Reuters - By David Alexander – 22 December 2016


WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - The Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer will serve as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's press secretary in the White House when he takes office next month, Trump announced on Thursday.

To round out his communications team, the president-elect appointed loyalists from his upstart presidential campaign. Hope Hicks, Trump's sole spokeswoman when he began what was considered a longshot candidacy in June 2015, will be director of strategic communications.


Jason Miller was appointed director of communications and Dan Scavino was named director of social media.


Spicer, 45, served as RNC spokesman during Trump's presidential campaign, alongside party chairman Reince Priebus, who stood by Trump amid furious opposition from establishment Republicans and was rewarded with the chief of staff position.


Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda - The Washington Post - David Weigel - 1 January 2017


“For six years, since they took back the House of Representatives, Republicans have added to a pile of legislation that moldered outside the White House. In their thwarted agenda, financial regulations were to be unspooled. Business taxes were to be slashed. Planned Parenthood would be stripped of federal funds. The ¬Affordable Care Act was teed up for repeal — dozens of times.


When the 115th Congress begins this week, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House and Senate, much of that legislation will form the basis of the most ambitious conservative policy agenda since the 1920s. And rather than a Democratic president standing in the way, a soon-to-be-inaugurated Donald Trump seems ready to sign much of it into law.


The dynamic reflects just how ready Congress is to push through a conservative makeover of government, and how little Trump’s unpredictable, attention-grabbing style matters to the Republican game plan.

That plan was long in the making.






Responding to the Great Recession, they spent the transition and first month of 2009 on a $831 billion stimulus package, with Obama aides openly hoping that they could pass it with bipartisan supermajorities. Every House Republican and all but three Senate Republicans opposed it, and within 20 days of inauguration, the first tea party protests had broken out against it. Protesters twinned their opposition to the stimulus with opposition to the bank bailouts, which had bipartisan backing.




This year’s agenda from House and Senate Republicans has clarity that was often lacking from Trump’s own campaign. Senate Republicans favor using a procedure known as “budget reconciliation,” in which measures can be passed with a simple 51-vote majority rather than a filibuster-proof 60 votes, to tackle the ACA and to undo much of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform.


As part of undoing the financial overhaul law, some GOP leaders have begun planning strategies for how to effectively kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whether by giving Congress control over its budget or finding cause to replace its director, Richard Cordray, with a weaker board.




The reconciliation process is also likely to be used to pass tax changes, which both Trump and congressional Republicans want to use to lower rates and end the estate tax.


Republicans also are examining ways to undo many of the regulations and other orders enacted by Obama and his administration, including ones issued in the weeks since Trump’s victory and designed to solidify the Democratic president’s environmental legacy.


GOP leaders have cited the 21-year old Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to cast simple majority votes of disapproval for regulations, as a way to block anything the administration has ordered since June 2016.


Since its passage, the CRA has been used only once. But in December, the conservative House Freedom Caucus began compiling a list of more than 200 regulations it views as vulnerable to a disapproval vote. They include “burdensome” school lunch standards, tobacco regulations, laws that set higher wages for contractors and elements of the Paris climate-change agreement.




Republicans intend to supplement the CRA by enacting a law that would subject any regulation with an economic impact greater than $100 million to a vote of Congress, a change that would have prevented nearly every climate or employment rule change of the Obama years. The measure, called the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, or Reins, is a conservative priority that passed the Republican House in 2011, 2013 and 2015 with backing from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Republican aides now hope for a vote on Reins in the coming days so it can be sent for Trump’s signature immediately after he is sworn in on Jan. 20.



.........................Legislation to allow concealed weapons to be carried across state lines, a major goal of the National Rifle Association, was endorsed by Trump and may be hard for red-state Democrats to oppose.


A possible Trump-backed stimulus package intrigued even blue-state Democrats when it was floated in November. Interest waned when, in lieu of detailed spending plans, Trump allies suggested the stimulus would consist of tax breaks.


In the short term, Democrats are focused more on Trump’s Cabinet picks and the looming Supreme Court nomination...................................................................


In 2017, thanks to Democrats’ change of the filibuster, Republicans no longer need to get 60 votes for cloture on nominees; they need a simple majority for any administration position or any judicial opening lower than the Supreme Court. .........................................................................................................

On Jan. 15, Democrats will organize rallies in several states to draw attention to Trump’s campaign pledge to leave Social Security and Medicare untouched — a difference with Republicans like Ryan. And the party’s concurrent fight over who will head the Democratic National Committee has focused, in large part, on how the party can draw attention to the fast-moving Republican Congress and promote its own work, something Hillary Clinton failed to do in the campaign.




Trump's Cabinet


U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's appointees include


Gary Cohn, appointed National Economic Council Director; S.C.


Gov. Nikki Haley, appointed Ambassador to the United Nations;


Steven Mnuchin, appointed Treasury Secretary;


Linda McMahon, appointed head of the Small Business Administration;


Rex Tillerson, appointed Secretary of State:


Michael T. Flynn, appointed National Security Advisor;


Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff;


Elaine Chao, appointed Transportation Secretary;


Andrew Puzder, appointed Labor Secretary;


Steve Bannon, appointed chief strategist and senior counselor.  


Wilbur Ross, appointed Commerce Secretary;


Sen. Jeff Sessions, appointed U.S. Attorney General;


James Mattis, appointed Defense Secretary;


Rick Perry, appointed Energy Secretary;


Scott Pruitt, appointed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator;


John F. Kelly, appponted Homeland Security Secretary;


Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services;


Betsy DeVos, appointed Education Secretary;


Ben Carson, appointed Housing and Urban Development Secretary;


Ryan Zinke, appointed Interior Secretary.


Donald Trump announced Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as his Secretary of State. (Reuters)


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