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    Earlier on Friday, President Donald Trump signed an "executive action" to significantly strengthen and rebuild US defense systems.

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis is required launch a 30-day readiness review, effective immediately, to assess the preparedness of all US armed forces, according to the executive order revealed by the White House.

    "The Secretary of Defense shall conduct a 30-day Readiness Review," the order said on Friday night. "As part of this review, the Secretary shall) assess readiness conditions, including training, equipment maintenance, munitions, modernization and infrastructure."

    Mattis was sworn in on Friday at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes. Following the ceremony, Trump signed orders to rebuild the military and to introduce new vetting measures for refugees. "No one will question" that the US is the best military in the world, Trump emphasized. The US is the greatest force for justice "the world has even seen," he said.

    The order will, Trump said, lead to "a great rebuilding of the armed services," including "new planes, new ships, new resources, and new tools for our men and women in uniform."

    On January 20, the White House announced that "state-of-the-art" missile defense systems would be upgraded to account for the theat posed by Iran and North Korea. The 45th President will "pursue the highest level of military readiness," the White House said. Specifically, Trump intends to axe the budget sequestration limiting defense spending in addition to submitting "a new budget to Congress outlining a plan to rebuild our military."


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      If Trump is going to give hand-outs to the military industrial complex, it's better that those hand-outs be under the guise of equipment upgrades rather than wars. Each president has to keep those leeches happy, but there are different ways to do so; some less destructive than others.
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      Excellent. From Reagan to Obama, they all beat the military to death and bloated it with waste and paranoid generals who are like salesmen for the MIC instead of generals looking for a lean and capable military.
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      "state-of-the-art" missile defense systems"!!!

      I like the "Word Defense" unlike "Offense"
    • The Night Wind
      In fairness to Trump, our nuclear missile system is badly obsolete and in need of upgrades. The US even has to import ballistic missile engines because they aren't manufactured in the US anymore. Even for peaceful means, our Space Program has fallen well behind Russia and China.
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      elsa.zardiniin reply toThe Night Wind(Show commentHide comment)
      The Night Wind, Well, right, which is the reason why the administration of President Trump keeps talking about the subject once and again: upgrade the Militar capabilities. They know it far better than Russia and/or China do.
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      ronin reply toThe Night Wind(Show commentHide comment)
      The Night Wind, In fairness? In fairness of not being educated? With over 750 military bases around the world, 2016 US Wasted Funds Report.

      Dude, get off the T.V. and do some reading. link: sputniknews.com/us/201612061048242644-pentagon-wastes-money
    • The Night Windin reply toron(Show commentHide comment)
      ron, And all that wasted money has weakened our military---not made it stronger. Think of the billions we wasted arming and training terrorists in Syria, for example. If we'd invested that in missile technology, our coastal defenses wouldn't be completely vulnerable as they now are. I'd close down CENTCOM if I were Trump, as well as a number of other useless foreign bases. Like the one on Okinawa that serves no purpose and antagonizes the locals. Or the ones in Saudi Arabia and Qatar that prop up the Wahhabis.

      Following that, I'd get rid of all these politically-correct policies imposed on our military and put the saved monetary resources into making better weapons and better soldiers. Hopefully, that's what Mattis will recommend.
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      it's one way to show the contempt held for the previous administration.
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      Peter Ravenscroft
      Those building nuclear missiles are simpletons. you only need a shipping container or a small fishing boat to destroy any port. city. Scrap the lot. Species survival is not compulsory, is my view as a geologist
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