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This Day In Naval History - August 2
1916: The AB-3 flying boat, piloted by Lt. Godfrey de Chevalier, is catapulted from USS North Carolina (ACR 12) while underway in Pensacola Bay, Fla. The launch completes calibration of the first catapult designed for shipboard use.
 
1943 - PT-109, under command of LTJG John F. Kennedy cut in half by Japanese cruiser Amagiri
1943 - Naval task groups bombard Japanese forces on Kiska, Alaska
1950 - Amphibious force ships land Marine First Provisional Brigade at Pusan, Korea helping to save this last area of South Korea from capture.
1964 - Three North Vietnamese PT boats attack USS Maddox (DD-731) in international waters in Gulf of Tonkin. Maddox sinks one.
 
From 1 August
1941  First production Willys MB Jeep is completed
1943  Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti is conducted by B-24s attempting to destroy oil refineries
 
 
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Thanks to Glen
China's aging crisis and it's military ambitions
I found this news reporter/editor's findings quite revealing.
 
At the end of his interview, he explains the relative urgency
for China to stretch militarily and to expand it's reach
before the aging crisis forces the question?
 
"Guns or Canes?"   was his quote...
 
 
Glenn
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Thanks to Dr.  Rich
Just down the road from us … maybe have to drive over and watch!!
 
Stuntman Eddie Braun has announced he's going to attempt to complete one of Evel Knievel's most famous failures - the rocketbike jump over Snake River canyon - using a replica Skycycle X-2 built by the son of Knievel's original engineer Bob Truax.  Read more
 
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More info on Kahn. Sorry about the loss of Capt Kahn, but his father's no traditional American patriot. American patriots believe in the Constitution, NOT Sharia Law.
Mugs
Mugs, here is the better article.
Bob Clark
August 1, 2016
Is there a backstory about Khizr Khan and Donald Trump?
What is one to make of the Democratic Convention speech of Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-born Virginia lawyer whose son Humayun was killed in action in Iraq in 2004? 
 
According to Byron York:
 
Khan's brief speech wasn't a finely-detailed case. But he suggested that Trump's Muslim ban and Mexican border wall proposals are unconstitutional. Specifically, Khan cited the words 'liberty' and 'equal protection of the law' in suggesting that Trump's policies violate the Constitution.
 
But, in fact, "there's simply no sense in which a border wall violates the Constitution."  There is also "nothing unconstitutional about deporting people who are in the United States illegally."
York emphasizes that "[a]s far as a Muslim ban is concerned, Trump ... amended his proposal to focus on immigration from countries 'compromised by terrorism.' But assume that Khan was addressing Trump's original, more extensive, proposal: a temporary ban on foreign Muslims from entering the United States."
 
In fact, the 14th Amendment of the Constitution applies to "all persons born or naturalized" in the United States.  It does not refer to foreign persons in foreign countries.  Trump made it clear that this ban "would not apply to U.S. citizens, members of the U.S. military and others with a legal right to be in the United States."  Whether one approves or disapproves of Trump's building a wall, deporting illegal immigrants, and temporarily banning the entry of foreign Muslims, the fact is that Trump's proposals are not unconstitutional.
 
In an effort toward clarification, Donald Trump released a statement:
Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm. Given the state of the world today, we have to know everything about those looking to enter our country, and given the state of chaos in some of these countries, that is impossible.
 
Moreover, Trump reiterated that "Captain Khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero, but this is about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our 'leaders' to eradicate it!"
 
But is there even more to the story about Khizr Khan?  According to Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat, Mr. Khizr Muazzam Khan is a promoter of Islamic sharia law and a co-founder of the Journal of
 
Contemporary Issues in Muslim Law (sharia).  In fact, in the past, Khizr Khan has shown "his appreciation for an icon of the Muslim Brotherhood" by the name of Said Ramadan, who "wrote material for the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia, an organization that has been promoting Islamic revivalism and indoctrination to recruit young people in Malaysia to jihadism."  Mr. Said Ramadan was the son-in-law of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood including Ahmad Bahefzallah, the boss of Huma Abedin (Hillary Clinton's aide)[.]"
 
Should this connection give us pause?
 
Shoebat writes that "Khizr Khan currently runs a law firm in New York called KM Khan Law Office, a firm that specializes in 'immigration services.'" 
According to Shoebat, "[t]o understand the inception of Muslim immigration one must study the Muslim Minority Affairs, a paradigm created by Saudi jurisprudence which sparked during the times Khan lived in Saudi Arabia while collaborating with the Saudi kingdom. It is likely that Khan is a Muslim plant working with the Hillary Clinton campaign, probably for the interest of Muslim oil companies as well as Muslim immigration into the U.S."
 
Khizr M. Khan used to work for Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, which has ties to the Clinton Foundation.  Accordingly, "Hogan Lovells LLP, another U.S. firm hired by the Saudis, is registered to work for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia through 2016, disclosures show. Robert Kyle, a lobbyist from the firm, has bundled $50,850 for Clinton's campaign."
 
In fact, Shoebat relates how "[m]any lawyers at Hogan Lovells remember the week in 2004 when U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan lost his life to a suicide bomber. Then-Hogan & Hartson attorneys mourned the death because the soldier's father, Khizr Khan, a Muslim American immigrant, was among their beloved colleagues."
 
Shoebat emphasizes that "Saudi interests with using Khan to advance Muslim immigration and advance Muslim Sharia is a lengthy subject [.]"  "Then there are the ... ties to Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin as well.  The House of Saud had used Huma's father Sayed Zaynul Abedin's work regarding the Muslim Minority Affairs in the West, published in 1998 as part of 29 works to construct a plan to conquer the U.S. with Islam."
 
Shoebat maintains that "[i]t is obvious that Khan is upset, that a Trump victory will eliminate and destroy decades of hard work to bring in Islamic immigration into the United States which was spearheaded by agents in Saudi Arabia like Khan and Huma Abedin's father (Sayed Z. Abedin)."
 
Huma Abedin has never been properly vetted, and this takes on even greater urgency now that Clinton is running for the presidency.  The mainstream media continues to cover up the Muslim Brotherhood's enormous clout in the Obama administration.  Each day brings new revelations about the financial influence and "access" the Saudis have exerted on the Clinton team.  Patrick Poole, a national security analyst, asserts that "[t]here are massive conflicts of interest. It's beyond comprehension."   
 
So is it wrong to impugn Khan's motives?  He appears to be a man in mourning for his son.  Was Mr. Khan merely being used by the Clinton campaign to advance Clinton's agenda?  Or is there an even larger issue concerning the influence such people as Abedin and Khan exert concerning Clinton's bid for the highest office in the land? 
 
The questions need answers.
 

Sent: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:43
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Who is Khizr Kahn, the father of a fallen US solder?
Who is Khizr Kahn, the father of a fallen US solder?     By Clarice Feldman
Khizr Kahn is the father of a U.S. soldier who died in Iraq who spoke poignantly of the loss of his son and then used that platform to attack Donald Trump. On Sunday he tweeted further disparaging remarks about Melania.
    Google shows this for his law practice:
His address is NYC, but his phone number is in Washington DC)
Khan, Khizr M. CFC
Law Offices of KM Khan
415 Madison Avenue 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phones: 202.279.0806
Fax: 646-673-8401
Contact Us
I was surprised that a NY law office would list a D.C. telephone number, so I called it  to check and was told by the man who answered  it was not Khazir Khan's law office, but the man who answered would not tell me who it was.
So I did more digging and learned  that is also the phone number of a group called  American Muslims Vote, which says its mission is:
"To create an enlightened community by providing and developing Patriotic American Muslim leadership and Encouraging American Muslims to participate in the democratic process at local, state, and national level and vote on the election day."
I did some further research into who registered this domain name and when? Khizr Khan registered it on July 23, 2016.
KHAN is looking like a Democrat plant to me -- a Muslim Cindy Sheehan playing on people's sympathies to foster a Democrat Party political agenda. And of course, in that goal he has the full and total support of the American media:
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/02/2016 AFGHANISTAN - PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR IN NANGARHAR ANNOUNCES DISTRICT FREE OF ISLAMIC STATE (AUG 02/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- As of Monday, Islamic State militants have been pushed out of a far eastern district in Nangarhar province, say local officials, as reported by the Voice of America News.   The district of Kot was declared free of ISIS fighters by Nangarhar's provincial governor.   Security forces were now moving into neighboring districts to evict Islamic State militants, the governor said.   Afghan forces reportedly killed almost 300 ISIS militants during a month-long offensive.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/02/2016 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN, SECURITY FORCES VIE FOR CONTROL OF HELMAND PROVINCE (AUG 02/TN)  TOLONEWS -- Afghan security forces have been battling militants in the southern Helmand province, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Over the previous two days, heavy fighting was reported in the Nad Ali district, according to provincial officials, Tolo reported on Monday.   Nearly 30 police officers surrendered to the Taliban, according to an unnamed security source. The insurgents reportedly attacked the district from three directions simultaneously.   Separately, on Friday, the Taliban reportedly took control of the Khanashin district in Helmand, reports Press TV (Iran).   At least two dozen Afghan police officers were reportedly killed in the fighting, said local officials.   A provincial official blamed a lack of coordination among security forces for the Taliban's success.   A spokesman for the provincial governor acknowledged that some outposts fell to the Taliban, but denied accounts that the Khanashin district had been taken over, noted the Stars and Stripes.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/02/2016 BRAZIL - 85,000 SECURITY OFFICERS TO PROTECT OLYMPICS TO INCLUDE RIO'S MILITARY POLICE (AUG 02/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- More security officers are now planned for Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Olympic Games set to begin on Friday, reports CNN.   Almost 14,000 security officers from the state will be providing security, Edison Duarte, the commander of the military police in the state of Rio de Janeiro, said on Monday. That number is about a third more than previously planned.   The state's officers will be deployed to the Barra da Tijuca area, which houses the Olympic Park, Athletes Village and most of the sporting arenas.   They will be part of about 85,000 security personnel in the city. Others will be deployed by the army, navy and police from other states.   More than 3,000 vehicles will be used for policing, including three surveillance blimps, said Duarte.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/02/2016 CHINA - LIVE-FIRE NAVY DRILLS TRAIN FOR 'SUDDEN, CRUEL AND SHORT' CONFLICT (AUG 02/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese military is in the midst of a large-scale exercises in the East China Sea, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The drills, which began on Monday, are aimed at improving the capabilities of forces operating in heavy electromagnetic interference, said a navy statement.   About 300 ships, dozens of fighter aircraft and troops involved in coastal defense are taking part, noted Russia's RT.   The maneuvers intend to prepare forces for a "sudden, cruel and short" information technology-based war at sea, the Chinese navy statement said.   Such a conflict would require "fast transition to combat status, quick preparation and high assault efficiency," the navy said.   The live-fire drills on Monday included firing dozens of missiles and torpedoes.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/02/2016 ESTONIA - 6 MILITARY PERSONNEL JOIN TRAINING MISSION IN IRAQ'S ANBAR PROVINCE (AUG 02/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Estonia has deployed six military instructors to Iraq as part of the effort to combat the Islamic State in that country, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   The Estonians left for Anbar province on Monday and will take part in a six-month training mission for Iraqi forces, said a statement from the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces.   The mission does not call for the Estonians to take part in fighting. They will train local soldiers, police and border patrol troops, the statement said.   The Estonians are part of the Danish contingent involved in the Inherent Resolve training mission in Iraq, according to the Estonian Ministry of Defense.   
 Item Number:6 Date: 08/02/2016 GEORGIA - PRIME MINISTER NAMES SECURITY DEPUTY IZORIA AS NEW DEFENSE MINISTER (AUG 02/GEOTOD)  GEORGIA TODAY -- Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has named new defense and reconciliation ministers for the Georgian government, reports Georgia Today.   The appointments were made on Monday.   Levan Izoria will be the next defense minister. He is currently the deputy chief of the state security service and previously deputy minister of internal affairs.   Ketevan Tsikhelashvili will take over the reconciliation portfolio. She is currently the deputy minister for reconciliation.   Then-Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli and Reconciliation and Civil Affairs Minister Paata Zakareishvili announced their resignations on July 12. They officially left their posts on Aug. 1.   Both ministers said they stepped down to help the Republican Party prepare for Parliamentary elections in October. The party announced in March that it would break away from the ruling Georgia Dream coalition and run separately.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/02/2016 GERMANY - PLANNED USE OF MILITARY IN ANTI-TERRORISM TRAINING CONTROVERSIAL IN SOME QUARTERS (AUG 02/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The German military has made plans to hold anti-terrorism exercises with police for the first time, reports Deutsche Welle.   The German military will operate on national territory in cooperation with police in the case of a major terrorist attack, according to a new plan made public by Chancellor Angela Merkel last week.   Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizere and three state interior ministers will meet in August to finalize details of the new cooperation, reported Deutsche Presse-Agentur.   The goal is to hold a joint exercise before the end of 2016, said a Defense Ministry spokeswoman.   The planned drill would focus on a military operation in response to a terrorist attack, she said. The training would emphasize how the various forces, under the command of the police, could cooperate, the spokeswoman said.   The training has attracted its detractors, including many who maintain the German constitution prohibits the use of armed forces within the nation.   Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the Passauer Neue Presse that recent events have demonstrated the professionalism of the police and shown no gaps that should be filled by the army.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 08/02/2016 INDIA - $1 BILLION DEAL FOR 6 AIRBUS TANKERS WITHDRAWN BECAUSE OF OPERATIONAL COSTS (AUG 02/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Indian government has withdrawn a tender for a planned contract to buy six A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space, reports Defense News.   The potential US$1 billion deal was cancelled because of the high operational cost of the aircraft, said an Indian Defense Ministry official.   This was the second MRTT aircraft global tender to be canceled by India since 2006.   The termination apparently took place in late June and was made public in late July to IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   The A330 MRTT beat out a Russian offering twice in the technical evaluation. The Indian air force also said it would have proven relatively economical to operate.   The Defense Minister selected the European tanker over the Russian Il-78 in 2012.  
Item Number:9 Date: 08/02/2016 ISRAEL - IDF BANS SOLDIERS FROM PLAYING 'POKEMON GO' GAME WHILE ON BASE (AUG 02/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- The Israeli military has banned on-duty military personnel from playing a widely popular new cellphone game, citing security risks, reports the Middle East Eye.   The Pokemon Go game released last month requires players to capture creatures in real world locations. The game utilizes cell phone cameras and locations services.   In handing down the ban, the army noted that the game could unintentionally leak secret information and locations.   Troops have been forbidden to play when on duty or on base.   The army also said soldiers could be downloading spyware versions of the game that could be used to monitor troops and their activities.  
Item Number:10 Date: 08/02/2016 JAPAN - ABOUT 17 PERCENT OF U.S. OKINAWAN HOLDINGS SET TO REVERT (AUG 02/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- The U.S. military has again promised to return around 9,900 acres of land in Okinawa to the Japanese government, reports the Japan Times.   The promised handover in the Northern Training Area dates to a 1996 agreement between Tokyo and Washington.   However, since then, the Japanese government has failed to build replacement helipads -- a precondition for the land return.   The transfer would reduce the amount of U.S.-administered land on Okinawa by 17 percent, according to U.S. Forces Japan.   The opposition to the presence of the U.S. on the island has been growing recently, and the decision by Washington could weaken the opposition, noted Bloomberg.   The land will be transferred once the construction of several replacement helipads in completed, the military said.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/02/2016 LIBYA - BACKING UP TRIPOLI'S GROUND OFFENSIVE, AMERICAN AIRSTRIKES HIT ISIS TARGETS IN SIRTE (AUG 02/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- U.S. officials say airstrikes have been expanded to hit Islamic State positions in Libya, reports the Wall Street Journal.   ISIS vehicles and a tank were targeted on Monday by U.S. aircraft. The bombing took place in the coastal city of Sirte at the request of the U.N.-backed government in an attempt to regain territory in the area, said a Pentagon spokesman.   The government began its offensive in May against ISIS militants in Sirte. Their numbers have declined from 6,000 to fewer than 1,000, reported the BBC.   This is the first time U.S. airstrikes have supported local Libyan forces in the midst of a ground offensive. American forces have previously struck ISIS targets, including a training camp in February.   The militants have been isolated to about a 3.1-mile (5-km) radius in Sirte, said the head of military intelligence for militias fighting the terrorist group.   The Pentagon plans to continue its airstrikes at the request of the unity governemnt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command, will be in charge of approving future airstrikes, said the DoD spokesman.  
Item Number:12 Date: 08/02/2016 MALAWI - ARMY CHIEF GETS BOOT; KEPT ON PAYROLL TO OVERSEE FOOD SECURITY (AUG 02/NYASA)  NYASA TIMES -- Malawian President Peter Mutharika has fired his army chief, reports the Nyasa Times (Malawi).   Gen. Ignasio Maulana was removed from his post on Saturday and reassigned to the National Food Reserve Agency "to manage food security," officials said.   Maulana has led the army since June 2014, when he replaced Gen. Henry Odillo who was also fired by Mutharika. The president took office in late May 2014.   Lt. Gen. Supuni Phiri was named as the new army chief. He was promoted to general upon his appointment, said government officials.   No reason for the shakeup was made public.   There has been speculation that the move may be related to a corruption scandal. Cabinet ministers were reportedly involved in illegally brokering a deal between the military and Indian vehicle-builder and Ashok Leyland.   Maulana was said to be against the deal.   According to the Nation newspaper (Malawi), the former army chief will remain in charge of the security section of the food agency until mandatory retirement at age 60 next year.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/02/2016 NIGERIA - TROOPS REBEL BOKO HARAM ATTACK NEAR MAIDUGURI (AUG 02/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Nigerian army says its soldiers beat back an attack by Boko Haram militants in the country's northeast, reports Agence France-Presse.   Boko Haram fighters attacked the Yauri community on the outskirts of Maiduguri city in Borno state on Monday, said an army spokesman.   During the fighting, troops killed five militants and later recovered an arms cache, the spokesman said.   The Boko Haram fighters were reportedly pushed back to remote areas in the Lake Chad region with the help of regional forces, according to the army
  Item Number:14 Date: 08/02/2016 RUSSIA - KREMLIN TO REINFORCE CRIMEA WITH AIRBORNE BATTALION, REGIMENT (AUG 02/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- The Russian military has plans to deploy a battalion and a regiment of airborne forces to Crimea next year, according to officials cited by the domestic Sputnik news agency.   A battalion of airborne forces will be sent in 2017 and a regiment by 2018 in the northern Crimean city of Dzhankoi, Lt. Gen. Nikolai Ignatov, the airborne forces chief of staff, said on Monday.   Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced last week that a self-sufficient force with more than 4,000 weapons and pieces of hardware had been established in Crimea.   Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/02/2016 TURKEY - MORE THAN 300 SOLDIERS INVOLVED IN COUP ATTEMPT REMAIN AT LARGE, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (AUG 02/DAILYSABAH)  DAILY SABAH -- Turkey's defense minister says 311 soldiers who took part in a coup last month are still at large, reports the Daily Sabah (Istanbul).   The soldiers, including nine generals, are believed to be in the country, Defense Minister Fikri Isik told CNN Turk on Monday.   The purge of the military is not over and more soldiers may be dismissed, said Isik. Thousands have already been fired.   Also on Monday, the Defense Ministry announced the reshuffling of 167 generals, reported Reuters.   An official decree issued on Sunday reappointed 94 land forces generals, 22 admirals, 44 air force generals and seven others.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 08/02/2016 TURKEY - REVAMPING OF MILITARY CONTINUES APACE (AUG 02/HUR)  HURRIYET -- The Turkish government has begun implementing measures to overhaul the military following last month's coup attempt, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul).   A new state of emergency decree entered force on July 31, including changes to a number of areas including service commands, education and health institutions and the Supreme Military Council.   The decree puts the land forces, naval forces and air force commands under the control of the Defense Ministry. The president and prime minister have been given the authority to receive direct information and issue force commanders direct orders.   The Gendarmerie General Command and Coast Guard Command were brought under the Interior Ministry in a decree issued on July 27. The measures appeared in the Official Gazette, noted the newspaper.   The new Supreme Military Command will include the deputy prime ministers, foreign, justice and interior ministers as well as the prime minister, chief of general staff, defense minister and force commanders. Fewer generals and admirals are supposed to sit on the council.   The regulations call for the establishment of a National Defense University, which will encompass all educational institutions of the Turkish army. Once formed, the current academies will be closed.   Under the emergency measures, the new university will educate staff officers, provide graduate-level education and operate army, navy and air force schools, non-commissioned officer colleges and non-commissioned officer vocational schools.   The decree that was issued on July 31 also dismissed another 1,389 military personnel, bringing the total to 3,073.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 08/02/2016 UNITED NATIONS - SECURITY COUNCIL BACKS POLICE MISSION IN BURUNDI (AUG 02/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- The U.N. Security Council has asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to set up a police mission in Burundi to monitor the security situation and support the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) there, reports the U.N. News Service.   The council adopted a new resolution on Friday with 11 in favor and four abstentions (Angola, China, Egypt and Venezuela) authorizing the deployment of a U.N. police mission of up to 228 officers.   The police would be placed under the authority of a senior adviser to the U.N. and deployed in the capital, Bujumbura, and throughout the east African nation.   The Security Council urged last week tatthe Burundian government and all parties to fully cooperate in the deployment and activities of the police mission.   The council called for the Burundian government to permit the full deployment of 100 African Union human-rights observers and 100 military experts.   Burundi has suffered unrest and violence since President Pierre Nkurunziza declared last year that he would run for a controversial third term. He was re-elected.   In June, the U.N. effectively ended the police units from Burundi in the U.N.'s mission in the Central African Republic because of their alleged involvement in human-rights abuses in their own country, noted Africa Review at the time
Item Number:18 Date: 08/02/2016 USA - SQUADRON COMMANDER SAYS F-35'S STEALTH PRODUCES 'UNFAIR FIGHT' (AUG 02/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- A U.S. Air Force officer says the stealth features of the F-35A Lightning II have been making it more difficult for pilots to participate in some types of training exercises, reports the Air Force Times.   During recent training at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, F-35 squadrons wanted to simulate evading surface-to-air threats, but radars on the ground were reportedly unable to track the jets.   The F-35s were forced to turn on their transponders so that simulated anti-aircraft weapons could track the aircraft, said Lt. Col. George Watkins, the commander of the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah. Such beacons are used by the Federal Aviation Administration for identification purposes.   "When we go to train, it's really an unfair fight for the guys who are simulating the adversaries," said Watkins. "We've been amazed by what we can do when we go up against fourth-gen adversaries in our training environment, in the air and on the ground."   Four F-35s can cover a significant amount of airspace and ground with their sensors, giving them a major advantage over F-15 and F-16 fighters simulating enemies, said the squadron commander.  
Item Number:19 Date: 08/02/2016 USA - USAF SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR GROUND-BASED ICBMS, LONG-RANGE STANDOFF CRUISE MISSILES (AUG 02/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force is soliciting industry to build another fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles and replacements for current nuclear cruise missiles, reports the Air Force News Service.   The Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) is to replace the aging LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBM, according to a service release on July 29.   The program aims to develop an integrated weapon system, including launch and command-and-control segments. The new GBSD is expected to be adaptable and flexible enough to meet changing technology requirements and threat environments through 2017.   As many as two contracts could be awarded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Deployment is anticipated to start in the late 2020s, said the Air Force.   In a second competition announced on July 29, the Air Force sought industry options for the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) nuclear cruise missile program. Two companies are to be selected by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, according to that solicitation.   The LRSO is intended to replace the aging AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile. Fielding is expected to begin by 2030.   The cruise missile will be able to be carried by B-2, B-52 and the planned B-21 strategic bomber, said the Air Force.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 08/02/2016 YEMEN - TALKS EXTENDED TO AUG. 7 AFTER HOUTHIS REJECT PEACE PROPOSAL (AUG 02/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- U.N.-brokered Yemen peace plans have faltered.   The Yemeni government has now given a deadline to Houthi rebels to accept the peace proposal aimed at ending the civil war, reports Al-Arabiya (Dubai).   The peace talks in Kuwait started in April, but have failed to end the fighting in Yemen.   The internationally recognized government accepted a U.N. peace deal on Sunday. However, the government delegation left Kuwait the following day after the Houthi side rejected the proposal.   The draft plan calls for the Houthis to withdraw from three major cities, including the capital Sanaa. The rebels would also hand over heavy arms and return state institutions they seized, reported Deutsche Welle.   The Houthis have demanded the establishment of a national unity government.   Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi said on Monday that the Houthis would have until Aug. 7 to sign the deal. "We'll return at any moment, even an hour after our departure, if the other side agrees to sign this document which the [U.N.] envoy presented," he said.   The extension to Aug. 7 came at the request of a top U.N. envoy, noted the Voice of America News.

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