http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/03/20...lar-u-s-spy-agency-you-havent-heard-of-trump/ http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/mattis-defense-hill-republicans-obama-236329 So. Where to begin? The first link is in regards to a Government agency that most of us are probably not familiar with - the NGA. What I found interesting was how far technology (camera and drone specifically) have come - and that it's a potentially unregulated field as technology moves faster than law-making. This segues into the second link about DS Mattis - who was lauded as a non-political, straight-shooter when nominated, but now the GOP is disappointed that he's not appointing on ideological lines...Add to this that Trump has put out a 54 billion increase in Defense spending in a country that already spends more on Defense than the next seven Nations, despite being in a safe geographic position. This all seems rather insane. To the first link - this could be a cost-effective tool for security or a Constitutional nightmare. To the second point, don't you want the person(s) involved in getting the US into a potential war to be non-political? Lastly, when you build up your military as much as the US has (and perhaps will more-so) - aren't you tacitly admitting that you're going to war somewhere in the very near future? Fiscal Conservatives and anti-war voters of all stripes should be concerned. Your thoughts?