December 7, 2023

Simple Sabotage Circa 1944

The Office of Strategic Services compiled the “Simple Sabotage Field Manual” in 1944 advising citizens to become the most terrible, annoying worker possible to help win World War II. Instructions include how to be a bore at meetings and the kind of employee that causes a minor problem every day.

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DoD Rescinds COVID Vaccine Mandate

The Pentagon has dropped the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops.

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Spending Cuts Worry DoD

The pact House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made with GOP conservatives looks to exact deep spending cuts. The pact does not make a specific commitment on defense spending. Many Republicans have said reductions could come from the non-military side of the ledger. But Pentagon leaders are meeting and preparing a defense of their spending needs, only two weeks after securing a major budget increase.

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Latest US Aid Package to Ukraine Is Largest Yet

Aid Package

The latest package of military aid from the US is the biggest to date for Ukraine. The Defense Department will be delivering Bradleys and other infantry fighting vehicles armed with anti-tank missiles as part of a $3.75 billion assistance package.

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’23 Brings Pay Hike to Federal Workers

This year all federal workers — military and civilian — will receive a 4.6% pay hike, the largest in two decades.

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DoD End-of-Year Contracts for Dec. 27-30

These end-of-the-year Department of Defense contracts were awarded in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, from December 27-December 30, 2022.

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DoD End-of-Year Contracts Dec. 15-23

End-of-year Department of Defense contracts awarded in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, region from December 16-December 23, 2022.

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Morning Coffee Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is on winter break. We’ll be back Thursday, January 5, 2023.

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Contractors Get Half of DoD Budget

$1.3T Budget

More than half of the Pentagon’s yearly budget goes to private contractors. In 2021, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman received over $116 billion in Pentagon contracts while paying their top two dozen executives a total of $287 million. The CEOs of the top five contractors received compensation ranging from $18 million to $23 million each.

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2 Super Hornets, 2 Mishaps in 2 Days


Two US Navy Super Hornets suffered mishaps on consecutive days in November at NAS Oceana, VA.

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