Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Navy’

Admiral Romney’s Profit-Motive Navy

October 26, 2012

Admiral Romney's Profit-Motive Navy

“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has vowed to boost the size of the Navy by roughly 15 percent as part of a broader defense buildup. ‘Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917,’ he complained in Monday night’s debate. ‘That’s unacceptable to me.’

But for one of Romney’s most important advisers on Navy issues, a man who oversaw a massive naval expansion for Pres. Ronald Reagan, there’s more at stake than U.S. national security. John Lehman, an investment banker and former secretary of the Navy, has strong and complex personal financial ties to the naval shipbuilding industry. He has profited hugely from the Navy’s slow growth in recent years — raising the prospect that he could make even more if Romney takes his advice on expanding the fleet.”

–“Romney’s Big Navy Guru Made Millions From Building Ships,” David Axe, Wired Danger Room

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Sex-Mad Felon Astronaut’s Navy Career Scuttled

August 4, 2011

Sex-Mad Felon Astronaut's Navy Career Scuttled

Former Astronaut Lisa Nowak was retired from the U.S. Navy under conditions “less than honorable” last week. The former Navy Captain had flown on Space Shuttle Discovery in July 2006, operating the robotic arms of the shuttle and the International Space Station. She also operated a complex personal life, culminating in 2007 with a 900 mile non-stop drive from Houston to Orlando to confront Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, a romantic rival for the affections of former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.

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