Talk:Donald Trump achievements: Military, national security, and anti-terrorism

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Pentagon upgrades

The Pentagon will upgrade their email system. Good move, but not appropriate to me to add as an achievement.[1] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:40, 8 July 2017 (EDT)

The Army chose Austin as the site for its Futures Command, in the largest reorganization in about 45 years: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 This could very well be something we should add to the article -- the largest reorganization in 45 years is no small thing. However, this appears to just be an announcement, so I'm not sure. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 15 July 2018 (EDT)
I decided to add a mention of it. Here are some more sources, for future references: [2][3][4] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:03, 16 July 2018 (EDT)
The Pentegon banned employees from using fitness apps or any other apps that use GPS-tracking software because of security concerns: [5][6][7] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:12, 6 August 2018 (EDT)
More on the recruitment shortage: [8] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:41, 8 October 2018 (EDT)

Obviously not an upgrade, but the Army was unable to meet its recruiting goal for the first time in over a decade: [9] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:59, 21 September 2018 (EDT)

Another obvious non-upgrade, but the Heritage Foundation goes not think the U.S. military is sufficiently able to defend the country's interests: [10] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:17, 5 October 2018 (EDT)
A GAO audit found that almost all U.S. weapons systems are susepible to hacking: [11] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:02, 11 October 2018 (EDT)

Congress is about to send Trump its first on-time Pentagon spending bill in 10 years: [12] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:39, 26 September 2018 (EDT)

Audit

Some more articles on its first-ever full audit, which is supposed to be completed by November 2018: [13][14] There appear to have been some smaller audits that the department performed, though (1,2,3,4,5). --1990'sguy (talk) 23:30, 7 June 2018 (EDT)

While probably unrelated to the audit, this is an interesting article on a whistleblower alleging the Pentagon is overspending on various things: [15] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:39, 29 August 2018 (EDT)

Aquisitions

The Army is buying 473 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, in what appears to be an interesting purchase: [16] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:36, 27 June 2018 (EDT)

The Navy is finalizing the purchase of at least four (total) Ford Class aircraft carriers by 2020: [17] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:09, 29 June 2018 (EDT)
Interesting article on the F-35 planes that the Air Force and several other countries have ordered: [18] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:33, 22 July 2018 (EDT)
The Air Force is making a plan for new ICBMs: [19] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:56, 26 September 2018 (EDT)
The Marine Corps' new F-35 varient appears to be performing better than expected: [20] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:27, 10 October 2018 (EDT)

Interesting article on U.S. nuclear weapon upgrades going on: [21] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:19, 4 October 2018 (EDT)

UN anti-nuclear weapon treaty

The United States is boycotting a UN treaty to ban the possession and use of nuclear weapons. This is good, but I'm not sure if it should be added as an achievement. This seems like default U.S. policy, and eight other nuclear nations (the only nuclear nations in the world) also refused to take part.[22] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:42, 8 July 2017 (EDT)

Aircraft carriers

Although this new class of aircraft carriers was not a Trump Administration idea, they are beginning to be commissioned in his administration and are thus increasing the number of U.S. aircraft carriers and Navy ships.[23] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:21, 13 July 2017 (EDT)

Voter fraud commission

The establishment of the voter fraud commission is an achievement regardless of what happens next (someone is making the effort to simply check for voter fraud), but it will be interesting to see what happens with the controversy around it.[24][25][26] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:46, 13 July 2017 (EDT)

So the voter fraud commission was disbanded, but contrary to what the White House said earlier, the data it collected will be destroyed: [27][28][29][30] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:12, 10 January 2018 (EST)
I added some of this to the article, but maybe it should be moved to the "failures" section, at least partially? --1990'sguy (talk) 22:57, 16 January 2018 (EST)

More on voter fraud

The DOJ found 19 migrants who voted in the 2016 election: [31][32][33] While good, this probably isn't significant enough to add to the article, but I am mentioning it here regardless. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:13, 29 August 2018 (EDT)

The Trump Administration subpoenaed documents related to voting in NC because of this: [34][35][36] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:43, 6 September 2018 (EDT)
Trump is expected to sign an order to impose sanctions on any country/company that interferes in U.S. elections: [37] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:26, 11 September 2018 (EDT)

State Dept. reorganization

The State Department is thinking about eliminating their cyber office. Something to watch.[38][39] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:44, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

The State Department sent a re-organization plan to Congress that includes closing the office: [40] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:43, 29 August 2017 (EDT)

Transgender military ban

Despite Trump announcing the ban, it will not go into effect until an official action is made.[41][42] We will see what happens. Hopefully, this ban will actually happen. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:54, 27 July 2017 (EDT)

The Trump Administration has started coordinating with the Pentagon for the implementation of the ban.[43][44] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:40, 31 July 2017 (EDT)
The Coast Guard chief has stated his won't follow the transgender ban.[45] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:38, 4 August 2017 (EDT)
According to WaPo, Defense Secretary Mattis recently recommended against a transgender ban: [46] The ban is uncertain either way because of the court blocks. However, the Trump Administration did delay it and studied it to make sure the military would not be harmed by it, so it is still an achievement regardless of what happens (though it might have to be re-worded a bit). --1990'sguy (talk) 21:33, 21 March 2018 (EDT)

Legal challenges

Several courts have ruled against the transgender ban, and the Pentagon appears to have caved and will accept transgender recruits starting January 1.[47][48][49][50][51] I don't think this is over, as the DOJ is still fighting.[52][53][54][55] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:30, 11 December 2017 (EST)

The DOJ will be forced to admit transgender people on January 1, but it says it is not abandoning the case: [56] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:34, 29 December 2017 (EST)
The DOJ and DOD have been criticized for not fighting hard enough for the Trump Administration's position on the transgender ban: [57][58] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:47, 2 January 2018 (EST)
The first transgender reqruit just joined the military: [59][60][61][62][63][64] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:56, 26 February 2018 (EST)
Yet another ruling by a leftist judge: [65] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:51, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

McMaster dumping conservatives from the NSC

McMaster has fired another conservative NSC member.[66][67][68] This is unfortunate and something to watch. This has happened several times already. McMaster belongs to the WH Democrats and must go. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:57, 2 August 2017 (EDT)

This Breitbart article shows the situation is not good at the NSC. Also, McMaster did not fire the Obama holdovers there -- only the conservatives and anti-globalists. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:52, 2 August 2017 (EDT)
If this is true, this is good: "Trump reportedly thinking about making Mike Pompeo national security adviser, shipping H.R. McMaster to Afghanistan" --1990'sguy (talk) 23:07, 2 August 2017 (EDT)
Turns out, McMaster worked for a liberal thinktank that supported the Iran nuclear deal: [69] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:14, 7 August 2017 (EDT)

Other appointments news

A Trump political appointee apparently resigned (pressured?) after he made controversial Facebook posts: [70] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:22, 4 April 2018 (EDT)

Mattis apparently (and unsurprisingly) is stalling at advancing Trump's agenda, and Trump has shut him out of important decisionmaking: [71][72][73] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:55, 25 June 2018 (EDT)

I removed the info below from the article because the last time the media reported about Ezra Cohen-Watnick, he had still not actually been hired to the DOJ -- the hiring process is taking a long time, and I don't want to add an appointment that is still being processed. Also, Watnick appears to be a great appointment, but he's not particularly significant other than that he was strongly opposed by the establishment (which might still be significant enough). Here are some more sources: [74][75] Here is the info I removed: *April 2018—Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a conservative former National Security Council official, was hired as Attorney General Jeff Sessions's national security adviser.Multiple references:

Trump is getting some big opportunities at reshaping the U.S. military's top commanders: [76][77] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:16, 19 August 2018 (EDT)

Interesting case of a Trump supporter at the Pentagon who got his security clearance revoked: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:48, 26 August 2018 (EDT)
More on this: [78] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:41, 11 October 2018 (EDT)

Gitmo news

The State Department is still operating the office that oversees the efforts to close Guantanamo Bay.[79] Hopefully the Trump Administration will take action on this issue and stop this. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:24, 5 August 2017 (EDT)

The U.S. probably will repatriate a Gitmo detainee to Saudi Arabia, something which appears to have been part of a plea deal agreed upon in 2014: [80][81] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:08, 20 March 2018 (EDT)
This transfer just happened: [82][83][84][85][86] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:37, 2 May 2018 (EDT)

Military refuses to remove Confederate names from base

Good news, in that the U.S. Army refused to remove Confederate names from a military base in New York.[87][88] A nice change from what we've seen in various city governments. --1990'sguy (talk) 17:13, 7 August 2017 (EDT)

Also, the Virginia Military Institute refused to remove Confederate statues from its grounds: [89] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:18, 12 September 2017 (EDT)

Other "SJW" issues in the military

Good news: Air Force Lt. Col. Leland Bohannon, who was disciplined for refusing to sign a card expressing appreciation for a homosexual "wedding", just won his appeal: [90][91][92][93][94][95] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:50, 6 April 2018 (EDT)

While not a clear "SJW" issue, the Navy is relaxing its rules to allow ponytails and dreadlocks for women sailors: [96] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:08, 13 July 2018 (EDT)

Nuclear arsenal upgrades

President Trump stated that he modernized the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal.[97][98][99] This is good news. I won't add this, at least yet, because his tweet (how we know about it) is very ambiguous, and this article seems to dispute this (I have respect for the Washington Examiner, which tends to be relatively conservative). --1990'sguy (talk) 22:49, 9 August 2017 (EDT)

According to this article, the Obama Administration was responsible for some modernization efforts: [100] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:02, 22 April 2018 (EDT)
The Pentagon is planning on making changes to the nuclear communications system: [101] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:37, 21 July 2018 (EDT)
Here's a concerning development: the defense bill going through Congress would (at least in the Senate-approved version) would make the National Nuclear Security Administration an independent agency not under any other authority (it's currently under the Energy Department): [102] "Senior members" of both parties oppose it, along with the Trump Administration, but for some reason, it's very hard for them to actually remove it. --1990'sguy (talk) 09:03, 23 July 2018 (EDT)

Antifa --> terrorist organization

There is a White House petition to label the Antifa a terrorist organization, and it has received well over the minimum required signatures (including my own, actually) to get an official WH response: [103][104][105][106] Hopefully, the Trump Administration will act on this. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:28, 23 August 2017 (EDT)

Afghanistan -- war authority

The Trump Administration is still operating the war in Afghanistan under an authority enacted by the Obama Administration in June 2016 -- this authority actually seems like a good one, but it replaced one also by Obama that severely restricted the operations of the U.S. military in fighting terrorists.[107] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:00, 25 August 2017 (EDT)

Unrelated to the above, the U.S. Air Force killed over 220 Taliban in the last four days: [108] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:07, 15 August 2018 (EDT)

More "war powers" news

Trump renewed the proclamation giving the presidency extra power, which was originally enacted just after 9/11 and annually renewed ever since: [109] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:55, 10 September 2018 (EDT)

Potential pictures

The U.S. Pacific Command Twitter account has some good pictures (I'm sure all the divisions of the military and broader government do as well), and these have caught my eye. But I will post these here for now:

--1990'sguy (talk) 09:09, 11 September 2017 (EDT)

Defeating ISIS

Interesting article on whether the Obama or Trump Administration played a bigger role in defeating ISIS: [110] The content may or may not be true, but it is still interesting. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 7 October 2017 (EDT)

This is a potentially interesting article on anti-terrorism actions in general, though it's an older article: [111] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:01, 25 July 2018 (EDT)
The Treasury Department enacted sanctions on three ISIS recruiters in Southeast Asia: [112][113] This is obviously great, but is may not be significant enough to add to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:17, 24 August 2018 (EDT)

This commentator believes that Trump's counterterrorism strategy is a continuation of the Obama Administration's policies: [114] I haven't added it since it's more of a commentary article, written by a liberal commentator who opposes Trump's policies in the first place. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:08, 5 October 2018 (EDT)

Military budget

Trump signed a large military budget bill,[115][116][117] which also legislatively enacts a ban on Kaspersky Lab software.[118][119][120][121] However, this bill does not actually become law until the 2011 sequester law is repealed, so there is no use putting this in the article yet. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:26, 13 December 2017 (EST)

Obama holdovers and national security

Apparently, Obama holdovers at the National Nuclear Security Administration, in the DoE, are undermining U.S. nuclear security through a lack of cooperation with Russia: [122] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:32, 19 December 2017 (EST)

Opposing the Trump agenda

The Pentagon may be inflating proposed costs to kill the Trump Administration's military parade and Space Force plans: [123] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:31, 2 October 2018 (EDT)

Interesting articles

Here's an interesting article on President Trump's progress with his agenda related to the military: [124] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:27, 26 December 2017 (EST)

This article, listing twelve times Trump's decisions/statements surprised the Pentagon, is interesting: [125] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:36, 29 July 2018 (EDT)

Middle East cargo restrictions

The Trump Administration is tightening screenings of imports from the Middle East: [126][127][128][129][130][131] This is a good move, but I'm not sure if it should be included, due to it appearing to be in response to a specific threat(s), rather than simply implementing a conservative agenda. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 28 January 2018 (EST)

It's another thing Obama and Hillary wouldn't do, but adding it probably would water-down the list. Still, it's good to know! --David B (TALK) 18:43, 22 March 2018 (EDT)

National security threats

The intelligence community discussed its Worldwide Threat Assessment, which seems interesting although I don't think it should be added as an achievement: [132] Also, U.S. Pacific commander Andy Harris (who was just nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Australia) believes that the U.S. is not doing enough to confront China: [133][134] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:32, 14 February 2018 (EST)

I agree with Harris - a few tariffs aren't going to do it. They hold a huge amount of our debt, and so it's like we are just letting them do what they want. They are openly aggressive towards us, which means that more than ever, we need to counter their sabre-rattling and make sure that we posses enough military force that they dare not escalate. --David B (TALK) 18:41, 22 March 2018 (EDT)

The Commerce Department has stated that building a 5G network is a Trump Administration priority, partly for national security reasons: [135][136] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:02, 1 May 2018 (EDT)

The FCC will soon take action on creating a 5G network: [137] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:56, 4 September 2018 (EDT)

Interesting article on the EMP threat to the U.S.: [138] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:48, 16 October 2018 (EDT)

National security against China

Here's something to watch: in April, the FCC will vote on at least one measure to protect U.S. national security: [139] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:21, 27 March 2018 (EDT)

Related to the Broadcom info I recently added, the company recently moved its headquarters to the U.S. despite Trump blocking its proposed acquisition for national security reasons: [140] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:52, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
China apparently is increasing hacking of American computers/entities: [141] Hopefully, Trump will retaliate. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:41, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
The FCC just began making official that measure I mentioned above, protecting U.S. national security against China: [142][143][144][145][146] If/When it becomes official, we should add it to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 14:23, 17 April 2018 (EDT)
In other news, the Trump Administration is considering the hiring of Chinese technology graduates in order to protect American research: [147] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 2 May 2018 (EDT)
Also, the Trump Administration is considering other actions against China: [148][149][150] The Pentagon already banned the selling of phones made by certain Chinese companies on its military bases because the phones might be used to spy on American servicemen.[151] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 2 May 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration was going to release a plan to restrict Chinese investment in the U.S., but it has apparently delayed this action due to the trade talks: [152][153][154] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:08, 21 May 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration is reportedly moving forward with its plan to reduce the time certain Chinese people can stay in the U.S.: [155] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:12, 29 May 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration may institute investment restrictions against China, though Mnuchin disputed this, possibly because the restrictions will apply to every country (which would probably be even better): [156][157][158][159][160] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:09, 25 June 2018 (EDT)
However, Peter Navarro said that the restrictions won't be worldwide, so I guess we'll see whose position will win out: [161][162][163][164] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:14, 25 June 2018 (EDT)
Now, Trump has denied these reports and stated he will use the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to fight against it instead (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11) -- the problem with this is that the Treasury Department recommended this to Trump, and CFIUS is chaired by the Treasury Secretary. --1990'sguy (talk) 10:38, 27 June 2018 (EDT)

A Chinese company, COSCO, may take over the company that runs America's largest container port -- something the Treasury Department is investigating because of national security concerns: [165] This is something to watch. --1990'sguy (talk) 15:27, 29 May 2018 (EDT)

The Trump Administration and ZTE apparently signed a tentative deal to allow the latter resume operations in the U.S.: [166][167][168] Since this deal appears to have been tentative, rather than one that went into effect (though the articles were not clear), I won't add a mention of this. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:26, 6 June 2018 (EDT)
The WSJ article is a bit clearer in noting that nothing's official/effective yet: [169] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:37, 7 June 2018 (EDT)
This may not be directly related to national security, but Chinese investment in the U.S. has dropped dramatically since it peaked in 2016: [170] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:05, 17 June 2018 (EDT)
The NTIA is recommending that the FCC block China Mobile from entering the U.S. telecommunications market: [171][172] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:08, 2 July 2018 (EDT)
Some U.S. Senators are concerned about DoD research grants going to colleges with "Confucius Institutes", which the Chinese government runs: [173][174] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:59, 20 August 2018 (EDT)

Here's an interesting article on how China's investment in the U.S. threatens the latter's sovereignty: [175] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:56, 22 June 2018 (EDT)

Trump and Islam

This is a detailed and interesting article on the Iftar dinner Trump hosted, so I'm putting it here for future reference, though it's heavily biased against him, so it shouldn't be added to the article: [176] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:05, 10 June 2018 (EDT)

Interesting article (which might possibly be good to add) on how the Trump Administration is taking steps to reform Islam: [177] I would add it, if it weren't (at least my takeaway) so speculative. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:48, 7 August 2018 (EDT)
On second thought, I added it. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:50, 7 August 2018 (EDT)

Space force

Trump reportedly directed the Pentagon to begin the process of creating a space force: [178][179][180][181][182][183] This might be something to add, but I don't see any signs, besides a statement from a WH press secretary, that this was an official action, and it might be too early to add. --1990'sguy (talk) 17:29, 18 June 2018 (EDT)

I've been hearing the news too. It might be okay to add it now, though I don't know what this branch will look like or do. We are restricted by the U.N. and international treaties as to what we can do militarily in space. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. --David B (TALK) 19:21, 18 June 2018 (EDT)
If this was an actual action that Trump made, then I would definitely support adding it -- and I am now leaning toward adding it. Hopefully, the Trump Administration (or any other administration) will choose to put U.S. law/interests above the UN and "international law." --1990'sguy (talk) 22:09, 18 June 2018 (EDT)
Mattis made some interesting statements on why he changed his position on creating a space force: [184][185] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:59, 12 August 2018 (EDT)
Another article on this, with a different perspective: [186] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:33, 13 August 2018 (EDT)

Military parade

The proposed military parade will be postponed until next year: [187][188][189] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:24, 16 August 2018 (EDT)

Trump stated that he cancelled it (possibly next year, but not certain, apparently) because of the high cost, the fault of D.C. politicians, but he'll attend two other parades later this year: [190][191][192][193][194][195] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:18, 17 August 2018 (EDT)