McConnell invites those who may be concerned to investigate Baginski's Serco agents at the Airbus Telemetry and Command Station at Oakhanger UK who appear to have structured the Red Switch bypass so that Obama appears to have given Hagel an authority to attack the ISIS chain of command while he simultaneously supplied ISIS leaders with the money, intelligence and ammunition they need to overthrow the legitimate governments of Syria and Iraq.
Prequel 1: #2180: Marine Links Serco CDP Kaya Kill Chip to Gorelick Down Low Demolition, Twin Towers Otis Bombs
Prequel 2: #2137 Marine Links Serco's White-House Cake-Boy Red-Switch Bypass to Navy SEALs TF Warrior Wrongful Deaths
Abel Danger 11 5 2014 Virgin Murder to
Serco's Oakhanger Bypass of
HMG's Chain of Command
Serco's Oakhanger Bypass of
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British Hostage Beheaded By ISIS Jihadi
"24 November 2014 Last updated at 12:54 ET
US defence secretary Chuck Hagel resigns
Chuck Hagel announces he is to step down as US defence secretary
Chuck Hagel has resigned as US defence secretary after less than two years in the top post.
President Barack Obama confirmed his resignation and paid tribute to his "class and integrity".
Mr Hagel, 68, a Vietnam war veteran and former Republican senator, said it had been his life's "greatest privilege".
Last month, it was reported that he was sharply critical of the US strategy against Islamic State and in relation to the Syria regime. He will stay on as secretary until his successor is confirmed.
An unnamed official told the Associated Press news agency that Mr Hagel and Mr Obama both "determined that it was time for new leadership in the Pentagon" and had been discussing the move for weeks.
Mr Obama said Mr Hagel had come to him to discuss the "appropriate time to complete his service".
The US president said he was "extraordinary lucky" to have Mr Hagel by his side as defence secretary and praised him for forging a strong bond with US troops.
Mr Hagel is the first enlisted combat veteran to serve in the role. In a brief statement, Mr Hagel said it had been the "great privilege of my life to lead and most importantly to serve the men and women of the defence department".
Analysis, Jon Sopel, North America Editor
Chuck Hagel is a friendly, no-nonsense defence secretary. He was also the one Republican in the White House national security set-up. But that may be of lesser importance than him being appointed to do one task in the Pentagon, only to find that the job description has changed fundamentally.
He was the man appointed to bring the troops home and pare back the huge defence budget. But then Islamic State came along and all the calculations changed, and Mr Obama and his defence chief found themselves at odds.
There was a lack of clear strategy, perhaps because Mr Obama and Mr Hagel didn't agree on what it should be. And after mid-term political defeats, the president needs a military win. So a change at the top will be an important symbol of that determination. Which of course leaves the question, did he jump or was he pushed? Probably a bit of both.
Mr Hagel, who served as Republican senator for his home state of Nebraska for 12 years, became critical of US involvement in Iraq despite voting to authorise the war.
He replaced Leon Panetta as defence secretary in Mr Obama's second term, taking on the task of winding down the Afghanistan war and making a military shift towards Asia.
But the future of US military policy has changed amid air strikes against IS in Iraq and Syria. "The next couple of years will demand a different kind of focus," an unnamed White House official told the New York Times, which first broke the story.
US media report there was increasing tension between Mr Hagel and the administration over decisions in Syria and working styles, citing Hagel confidantes and senior defence officials. Republican Senator John McCain said he knew the defence secretary "was frustrated with aspects of the administration's national security policy and decision-making process".
Mr McCain said Mr Obama needed to realise "current failures on national security more often lie with his administration's misguided policies".
Mr Obama did not name a replacement for Mr Hagel on Monday. Once named, the nominee would have to be confirmed by the Senate.
Among those being considered as replacements for Mr Hagel is Michele Flournoy, the former Pentagon policy chief during Mr Obama's first term. If nominated and confirmed Ms Flournoy would be the first female US defence secretary.”
"Ms. Maureen A. Baginski has been Chief Executive Officer of National Security Partners, LLC since December 19, 2011. Ms. Baginski served as the Vice President of Intelligence Business and National Security Advisor of Serco, Inc., since December 2009. Ms. Baginski has been Senior Corporate Vice President and President of National Security Systems Sector at SPARTA, Inc. Ms. Baginski is an executive with extensive experience in the Intelligence Community, and has held progressively more challenging roles within the federal government and the private sector. She has a distinguished background with almost three decades of service in the United States Intelligence Community. Ms. Baginski served as the President of National Security Systems Sector of Cobham Analytic Solutions, since October 23, 2006 and its Senior Corporate Vice President since October 2006. Ms. Baginski served as a Member of Federal Advisory Board at Benchmark Executive Search. She served as a Director of Intelligence at McLean-based BearingPoint Inc. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Baginski served as the FBI's Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence where she was responsible for establishing and managing the FBIs first-ever intelligence program, including technology acquisition and workforce development. Her mission was to adapt FBI intelligence capabilities with information technologies to create an intelligence-sharing operation that could identify threats before they become attacks. From 1979 to 2003, Ms. Baginski served at the National Security Agency (NSA), where she held a variety of positions, including Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Director, Senior Operations Office in the National Security Operations Center; Executive Assistant to the Director (Lt. General Minihan), Executive Assistant to the Director of NSA/Central Security Service, Chief Office of the Director; Assistant Deputy Director of Technology and Systems, and lead analyst for the Soviet Union. As SIGINT Director, Director of Policy under the next NSA Director (Lt. General Hayden) and Director of Customer Relations. Ms. Baginski successfully established and directed a unified program to exploit encrypted or denied information on global networks. Leading the NSA's Signals Intelligence Directorate, the Nation's high technology cryptologic organization, she managed a complex, geographically dispersed, distributed information production. Ms. Baginski has been a Director of Serco Services, Inc. (formerly, SI International Inc.) since October 2006. Ms. Baginski served as a Director of Argon ST, Inc., from October 2006 to August 5, 2010. She was a Director in Bearing Point's Intelligence Sector. Prior to that, Ms. Baginski had a long and distinguished career in the US Intelligence Community, where she served for twenty-seven years. She serves as a Member of the Defense Science Board at United States Department Of Defense. She has received two Presidential Rank Awards, two Director of Central Intelligence National Achievement Medals, NSA's Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the Director of Military Intelligence''s Leadership Award. Ms. Baginski is recognized as being the first-ever recipient of NSA''s Outstanding Leadership Award, an award voted upon and bestowed by the Nsa Workforce. Ms. Baginski has testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security, has appeared on CNN, and has been featured in U.S. News and World Report which dubbed her the FBI''s ''Vision Lady and recognized her then as the third most powerful FBI official. Ms. Baginski is a graduate of the University of Albany, She holds a BA and MA in Slavic Languages and Linguistics as well as an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for service to the nation."
"Obama On Oval Office Tech: Where Are The 'Cool Phones'?
| By By JIM KUHNHENN
Posted: 04/15/2011 10:04 am EDT Updated: 06/15/2011 5:12 am EDT
WASHINGTON -- Turns out President Barack Obama would like a phone upgrade.
The president, in an unscripted moment with donors in Chicago, was talking about the need to innovate in technology. "The Oval Office, I always thought I was going to have really cool phones and stuff," he said during a small fundraising event at a Chicago restaurant. "I'm like, c'mon guys, I'm the president of the United States. Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen."
The president made his off-the-cuff remarks with donors as he took questions and after reporters had been ushered out of the event. But the question and answer session was piped back to Washington by mistake and into the press briefing area where a few reporters were still working late. Obama apparently was responding to a question about bottlenecks in technological innovation and he used his White House experience as an example. In response to another question, he used Thursday's visit to the White House by the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, [Qatar is the funding base for ISIS with money laundered through Serco's dirty banker HSBC and the base for Al-Jazeera wag the dog propaganda courtesy of BBC] to make a point about the need for good job opportunities.
"I had the emir of Qatar come by the Oval Office today," Obama said. "Pretty influential guy. He is a big booster, big promoter of democracy all throughout the Middle East. Reform, reform, reform. ... Now he himself is not reforming significantly. There's no big move toward democracy in Qatar. But you know part of the reason is that the per capita income of Qatar is $145,000 a year. That will dampen a lot of conflict. "I make this point only because if there is opportunity, if people feel their lives can get better, then a lot of these problems get solved."”
"February 4, 2012
Does Obama really lack cool phones?
In April last year, US president Obama told some fundraisers that he was disappointed by the communications equipment he found in the White House: "I always thought I was gonna have like really cool phones and stuff," he said during a Q&A session with contributors at a fund-raising meeting in Chicago on April 14, 2011.
"We can't get our phones to work." Acting out his exasperation, he said: "Come on, guys. I'm the president of the United States! Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen."
Obama made these remarks after the press pool had left and may not have realized some reporters back at the White House could still hear his comments. The president was probably responding to a question about bottlenecks in technological innovation and he used his White House experience as an example.
A lot of people would probably like to believe these remarks of the president, symbolizing the outdated state of the federal government. But in fact, what Obama said, isn't quite true.
In 2006-2007 president George W. Bush had the White House Situation Room completely renovated, providing it with state-of-the-art communications facilities. Since then the real Situation Room has all the phones and videoscreens and other stuff, which was before only seen in movies.
Also, when Obama took over the office in January 2009, he found quite a cool phone on the presidential desk in the Oval Office: an Integrated Services Telephone 2, or IST-2. This is a so called red phone (I'll explain that term in a later blog post) capable of making both secure and non-secure calls from one single instrument:
The IST-2 was installed in the White House in 2007. It's a phone specially designed for the US Defense Red Switch Network (DRSN), which connects the president and the Pentagon with all major military command centers. These new phones were part of an upgrade of the communications system, which became necessary after some serious communication problems occurred during the 9/11 attacks.
Therefore, the problems caused by outdated equipment should have been solved under president Bush. This would leave nothing to complain about for Obama anymore.
But there's another interesting fact. Only a few weeks before Obama made his aforementioned remarks in April 2011, the rather rare IST-phone had just been replaced by two more ordinary sets:
Now we see a Cisco 7975G Unified IP Phone (with expansion module 7916) behind a Avaya/Lucent 8520T on Obama's desk. This Lucent phone is from the most widely used business phone series worldwide, but is dating back to the mid-nineties. The Cisco 7975G is a VoIP (Voice over IP) telephone, and as such also one of the most widely used.
Both are high-end multiline models, with many functions and large displays, with the Cisco one even having a full colour touchscreen. This phone is also "cool", not because of having the military grade specifications or the exclusiveness like the IST-2, but because the phone (and its ringtone in particular) became an almost iconic item from the highly popular tv-series 24:
This series, which was broadcasted between 2001 and 2010, shaped people's imagination of the presidency and was in many ways a forerunner of reality. For example there was a popular black president (David Palmer) years before Obama was elected, and much of the fancy communications equipment from the series, like video teleconferencing, was implemented in the real White House Situation Room in 2007. And now the real president also has the same cool Cisco phone as the heroes used in the tv-series.
So, as we have seen, Obama didn't really tell the truth. The story he told the fundraisers was true during the beginning of the Bush administration, but not during his. Obama actually has some quite cool phones at his disposal, but maybe the only thing is that he just doesn't realize that ;-)"
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