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To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego.
Regards,
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This Day In Naval History - February 27
1942 - Battle of the Java Sea, Allied Naval Force attacks Japanese invasion convoy
1973 - First airborne mine sweep in a live minefield took place in the Haiphong, Vietnam ship channel by helicopters from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Twelve on board USS New Orleans.
Battle of the Java Sea
 
·         February 27
425
Theodosius effectively founds a university in Constantinople.
1531
German Protestants form the League of Schmalkalden to resist the power of the emperor.
1700
The Pacific Island of New Britain is discovered.
1814
Napoleon's Marshal Nicholas Oudinot is pushed back at Barsur-Aube by the Emperor's allied enemies shortly before his abdication.
1827
The first Mardi-Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.
1864
The first Union prisoners arrive at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
1865
Confederate raider William Quantrill and his bushwackers attack Hickman, Kentucky, shooting women and children.
1905
The Japanese push Russians back in Manchuria and cross the Sha River.
1908
The forty-sixth star is added to the U.S. flag, signifying Oklahoma's admission to statehood.
1920
The United States rejects a Soviet peace offer as propaganda.
1925
Glacier Bay National Monument is dedicated in Alaska.
1933
The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin gives the Nazis the opportunity to suspend personal liberty with increased power.
1939
The Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes.
1942
British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.
1953
F-84 Thunderjets raid North Korean base on Yalu River.
1962
South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem is unharmed as two planes bomb the presidential palace in Saigon.
1963
The Soviet Union says that 10,000 troops will remain in Cuba.
1969
Thousands of students protest President Richard Nixon's arrival in Rome.
1973
U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Virginia pool club can't bar residents because of color.
1988
Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.
1991
Coalition forces liberate Kuwait after seven months of occupation by the Iraqi army.
The List 4397
To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego.
Regards,
skip
 
This Day In Naval History - February 27
1942 - Battle of the Java Sea, Allied Naval Force attacks Japanese invasion convoy
1973 - First airborne mine sweep in a live minefield took place in the Haiphong, Vietnam ship channel by helicopters from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Twelve on board USS New Orleans.
Battle of the Java Sea
 
·         February 27
425
Theodosius effectively founds a university in Constantinople.
1531
German Protestants form the League of Schmalkalden to resist the power of the emperor.
1700
The Pacific Island of New Britain is discovered.
1814
Napoleon's Marshal Nicholas Oudinot is pushed back at Barsur-Aube by the Emperor's allied enemies shortly before his abdication.
1827
The first Mardi-Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.
1864
The first Union prisoners arrive at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
1865
Confederate raider William Quantrill and his bushwackers attack Hickman, Kentucky, shooting women and children.
1905
The Japanese push Russians back in Manchuria and cross the Sha River.
1908
The forty-sixth star is added to the U.S. flag, signifying Oklahoma's admission to statehood.
1920
The United States rejects a Soviet peace offer as propaganda.
1925
Glacier Bay National Monument is dedicated in Alaska.
1933
The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin gives the Nazis the opportunity to suspend personal liberty with increased power.
1939
The Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes.
1942
British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.
1953
F-84 Thunderjets raid North Korean base on Yalu River.
1962
South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem is unharmed as two planes bomb the presidential palace in Saigon.
1963
The Soviet Union says that 10,000 troops will remain in Cuba.
1969
Thousands of students protest President Richard Nixon's arrival in Rome.
1973
U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Virginia pool club can't bar residents because of color.
1988
Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.
1991
Coalition forces liberate Kuwait after seven months of occupation by the Iraqi army.
Monday Morning Humor from Al
 
I love cooking with wine.  Sometimes I even put it in the food.


Submitted by Dave Harris:
Drinking wine on the patio counts as an outdoor activity.
If showing up in a robe and tiara with a box of wine is wrong, then maybe I don't fully comprehend how 'Casual Friday' actually works.
I drink wine because the doctor said…I shouldn't keep things bottled up.
I'm not having a glass of wine, I'm having six.  It's called a tasting and it's classy.
Novinophobia:  The fear of running out of wine.
Every box of raisins is a tragic story of grapes that could have been wine.
The answer may not lie at the bottom of a bottle of wine, but you should at least check.



Submitted by John Hudson and Mark Logan:
Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can change and wine to accept the things I can't.
People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full miss the point.  The glass is refillable.
I've got salad for dinner.  Actually fruit salad.  Well, mostly grapes.  Okay, all grapes.  Fermented grapes.  Wine.  I've got wine for dinner.
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame.  Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams.  If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered.  Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver—Jack Handy
I only drink a little, but when I do, I turn into another person, and that person drinks a lot.
Of course size matters.  No one wants a small glass of wine.
Not to get technical…but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution.
Did you know that two to three glasses of wine per day can reduce your risk of giving a $#!+.



Submitted by David Rackow:

Wine does not make you fat.  It makes you lean…against tables, chairs, floors, walls and ugly people.



Submitted by Don Mills:

     Sven, a furniture dealer from Wisconsin, decided to expand the line of furniture in his store, so he decided to go to Paris to see what he could find.    
     After arriving in Paris, he visited with some manufacturers and selected a line that he thought would sell well back home.  To celebrate the new acquisition, he decided to visit a small bistro and have a glass of wine.
     As he sat enjoying his wine, he noticed that the small place was quite crowded, and that the other chair at his table was the only vacant seat in the house.
     Before long, a very beautiful young Parisian girl came to his table, asked him something in French (which Sven could not understand), so he motioned to the vacant chair and invited her to sit down.
     He tried to speak to her in English, but she did not speak his language. After a couple of minutes of trying to communicate with her, he took a napkin and drew a picture of a wine glass and showed it to her. She nodded, so he ordered a glass of wine for her.
     After sitting together at the table for a while, he took another napkin, and drew a picture of a plate with food on it, and she nodded. They left the bistro and found a quiet cafe that featured a small group playing romantic music.
     They ordered dinner, after which he took another napkin and drew a picture of a couple dancing. She nodded, and they got up to dance.  They danced until the cafe was about to close and the band was packing up. 
     Back at their table, the young lady took a napkin and drew a picture of a four-poster bed.  
     To this day, Sven has no idea how she figured out he was in the furniture business.



Submitted by Chuck Kincade:

The Value of Wine
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. " ~ Frank Sinatra
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading." ~ Henny Youngman
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!" ~ Brian O'Rourke
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like an uncoordinated jerk.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.



What is the definition of drink in moderation?  You don't need a lot…just one good bottle!
WINOS—Women In Need Of Sanity
I keep a balanced diet—I drink both red and white.
I enjoy a glass of wine each night for its health benefits.  The other glasses are for my witty comebacks and flawless dance moves.
I find that all children go better with a bottle of wine or two.
A cooking show said I could make ice cubes from leftover wine.  What's leftover wine?
If I ever go missing, I want my picture on a wine bottle instead of a milk carton.  This way, my friends will know I'm missing.
Open Door Policy—Show up with wine and we'll open the door.
I just rescued some wine.  It was trapped in a bottle.
Alcohol may not solve your problems but neither will water or milk.


The secret of enjoying a good wine
Open the bottle to allow it to breathe.
If it does not look like it's breathing, give it mouth-to-mouth.


Have a great week,
Al

"You can tell German wine from vinegar by the label."—Mark Twain

 
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Item Number:1 Date: 02/27/2017 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN CONFIRMS SENIOR LEADER DIED IN DRONE STRIKE (FEB 27/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Taliban has confirmed the death of one of its senior commanders in an airstrike in northern Afghanistan, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund, who commanded the group's forces in Kunduz province, was killed in a drone strike, said a Taliban official on Monday.   "He was on a journey a few days ago and stopped at a house at Dashte Archi town [in Kunduz] when the drone fired missiles," the official said.   Akhund and eight other militants were killed in the raid, said a senior police commander.   A spokesman for the U.S. military acknowledged there had been an airstrike in Kunduz on Sunday, but said it did not have "confirmation of the results."   Akund oversaw a Taliban offensive in 2015 that seized control of Kunduz city, the provincial capital. He was erroneously declared to have been killed several times in the past.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 02/27/2017 AUSTRALIA - FOREIGN, DOMESTIC SHIPS GATHERING FOR DRILLS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (FEB 27/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Royal Australian Navy is about to host one of its largest maritime warfare exercises off the coast of Western Australia, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   More than 17 ships and aircraft are slated to take part in the inaugural Ocean Explorer drills Feb. 27-March 10.   The training focuses on task group capabilities, including controlling a number of ships under a single commander, and sea control operations, said Capt. Jim Hutton, the exercise director.   On the schedule are maritime security operations, humanitarian and disaster relief, peacekeeping and high-end warfighting, said Hutton.   Air defense and anti-submarine warfare drills are also planned, said the Defense Dept. last week.   Participants will include the Australian amphibious ship Adelaide; Spanish frigate Cristobal Colon; New Zealand frigate Te Kaha and replenishment ship Endeavour; and, briefly, the Italian frigate Caribiniere.   The Royal Australian Air Force will also take part in the training and Australian defense elements on the nation's east coast
Item Number:3 Date: 02/27/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - FACING ADVANCING FIGHTERS, PEACEKEEPERS DEPLOY HELICOPTER, FIRE ON GUNMEN (FEB 27/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republc (MINUSCA) says it has conducted airstrikes against an armed group of fighters that was headed to Bambari, a market town in the central part of the country, reports Agence France-Presse.   The mission said the fighters were from the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC) rebel group, which has been clashing rival group Union for Peace in Central African Republic (UPC) over illicit tax revenue. Both groups were members of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance that overthrew the government in 2013.   A spokesman for MINUSCA said its forces spotted about 40 fighters from the FPRC on Sunday morning north of the city of Bambari.   A U.N. attack helicopter was deployed to prevent them from attacking the city, said MINUSCA.   The air operation was in line with the mission's mandate to protect civilians and prevent conflict between the two sides, it said.   It was unclear whether there were any casualties. The mission alerted the International Red Cross for any possible injuries, said a spokesman
  Item Number:4 Date: 02/27/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - U.N. PEACEKEEPING MISSION SENDS BURUNDIAN OFFICER HOME FOR ALLEGED HUMAN-RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN 2015 (FEB 27/IWACU)  IWACU -- The United Nations has dismissed a Burundian military officer from its peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic following allegations of human-rights violations in Burundi, reports the Iwacu press agency (Bujumbura, Burundi).   Maj. Nicolas Budigi was sent back to Burundi following reports the he was involved in violations in 2015.   The U.N. mission, MINUSCA, was asked by a New York City-based public interest organization about possible human-rights violations by Budigi in January, said a U.N. spokesman. After an investigation, the mission "decided to repatriate the officer with immediate effect."   Responding to the action, a spokesman for the Burundian army said the repatriation was made because of "unfounded accusations" made on Twitter by detractors of Budigi after he was deployed to the CAR.   The U.N. has banned a number of Burundian army officers because of alleged human-rights violations.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 02/27/2017 ESTONIA - MILITARY DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR 2018-2021 COVERS NEW CYBER COMMAND, ARMORED CAPABILITY, AMONG OTHERS (FEB 27/EPR)  ESTONIAN PUBLIC RADIO -- Estonian Defense Minister Margus Tsahkna recently approved the defense development plan for 2018 to 2021, reports Estonian Public Radio.   The document outlines development goals and the resources needed, said a Defense Ministry spokesman.   The 2017 budget allocated 40 million euros (US$42 million) for ammunition, with an additional 166.5 million euros (US$176 million) for ammunition from 2018 to 2021 intended to increase combat capabilities, said Tsahkna on Feb. 23.   Over the next four years, the army will integrate 44 CV 90 infantry fighting vehicles with the Scouts Battalion. Supporting armored vehicles are expected by 2020. Self-propelled howitzers are anticipated in 2021, said the minister.   He also indicated that the Scouts Battalion will be equipped with new small arms this year, with the entire 1st Infantry Brigade to receive new weapons by 2021. New body armor and night-vision capabilities are also planned.   Under the development plan, the Estonian military will set up a cyber command on the basis of the existing Headquarters Support and Signal Battalion.   An air operations center is planned as are efforts to enhance maritime situational awareness.   Funding is to be allocated for additional active-duty personnel as well as reservists, said Tsahkna. Five more national guard companies are planned to improve collaboration with the volunteer Estonian Defense League for national defense tasks
Item Number:6 Date: 02/27/2017 INDIA - 21 SUSPECTS BEING HELD FOLLOWING LEAKING OF ARMY RECRUITMENT EXAMS (FEB 27/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- Army recruitment exams in six centers in India were canceled over the weekend after tests were apparently leaked, reports the International Business Times.   Tests were called off Sunday in Kamptee, Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad, Goa and Kirkee, noted the Press Trust of India.   Exams at other centers were also expected to be canceled, said army sources.   More than 300 candidates are being questioned in connection to the leak.   Subsequently, in pre-dawn raids, police in Pune, Nagpur and Panaji arrested 21 people, including a retired army officer and a senior paramilitary officer, reported the Times of India.   The tests were reportedly circulated through a cellphone messaging service, said police.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 02/27/2017 INDIA - LOCAL KASHMIRIS BECOMING MORE OF A TERRORIST THREAT, SAYS INDIAN ARMY (FEB 27/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- Indian military officials say more locals are joining militant groups in Indian-administered Kashmir, reports the Times of India.   The latest estimates indicate that there are around 450 terrorists in the region, with most being active. More than 350 of them are based north of the Pir Panjal mountains in Kashmir, said military officials.   "The number of local terrorists is also fast going up as compared to foreign ones from across border," said one unnamed official. "There have been around 100 fresh recruitments in the militant ranks over the last one year."   It is more difficult to track local militants than foreign fighters, and they can rely on more support within the populace, the official said.   Terrorist sympathizers may have provided information to militants who attacked an army column in Shopian on Feb. 23, which killed three soldiers and injured at least two others, said officials.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 02/27/2017 INDIA - SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH ISRAEL GETS GO-AHEAD (FEB 27/HINDU)  THE HINDU -- The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), which is headed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has green-lighted a deal with Israel develop a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) system with Israel for the Indian army, reports the Hindu.   The program covers 200 missiles for five regiments, each with 40 units. The MR-SAM program is based on the Israeli Barak-8 system, noted the Times of Israel. It was approved by the committee on Feb. 22.   The project is expected to cost about US$2.5 billion. The MR-SAMs will be manufactured in India with 80 percent indigenous content, said Indian officials.   Deliveries are anticipated starting in 2023, said an unnamed source.   Separately, India and Israel are in an advanced stage of negotiations for the procurement of two more Phalcon airborne warning and control systems for the Indian air force. The CCS approved the potential US$1.1 billion deal last year
  Item Number:9 Date: 02/27/2017 INDONESIA - POLICE KILLS BOMBER FOLLOWING STANDOFF IN MUNICIPAL BUILDING IN BANDUNG (FEB 27/CHNA)  CHANNEL NEWS ASIA -- Indonesian police have killed a suspected terrorist who was shot Monday after apparently detonating a small bomb in West Java, reports Channel News Asia.   A device built from a pressure cooker exploded in a nearby courtyard of a government building in Bandung, southeast of the capital Jakarta, said West Java police chief Anton Charliyan.   The suspect fled to the building before he was shot and killed in a gunbattle with police, he said. The suspect set the building on fire, according to several accounts.   The attacker had demanded that an anti-terror police unit release all detainees, the police chief said, as cited by Reuters.   The suspect may have been linked to Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Islamist umbrella group connected to the Islamic State, the chief said
  Item Number:10 Date: 02/27/2017 IRAQ - AS TROOPS MOVE DEEPER IN MOSUL, FEDERAL POLICE REACH 4TH BRIDGE (FEB 27/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Security forces battling the Islamic State in western Mosul in northern Iraq have taken control of one side of a key bridge, reports the Voice of America News.   Mosul, which is bisected by the Tigris River, has five key bridges. All have reportedly been damaged and made unusable in recent fighting.   On Monday, the Iraqi military said federal police rapid-response forces had advanced into the Jawsaq district and reached Mosul's 4th Bridge, as it is known locally, the southernmost of the five.   Troops are trying to construct a flowing bridge across the river, said a commander of the force.   Gaining control of the bridge could help the military bring in reinforcements and supplies from the government-held east, noted the BBC.  
 Item Number:11 Date: 02/27/2017 JAPAN - DOMESTIC THINK TANK MAKES SECURITY ARGUMENT AGAINST U.S. MARINE PRESENCE IN OKINAWA (FEB 27/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A Japanese think tank has made a case for having the U.S. 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit withdrawn from Okinawa. And, says the study, doing that would not harm the unit's ability to provide security in the region, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Released late last week, the study by the New Diplomacy Initiative in Tokyo covered alternatives to building a new runway on the island south of mainland Japan. That plan is opposed by the Okinawan governor.   The project to build a new runway for Marine aircraft is so unpopular locally it could strain broader U.S.-Japan security ties, according to researchers.   U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada earlier this month said that the new runway built over Oura Bay is the only way forward for the realignment of U.S. forces in the region.   Building the runway is seen as key to relocating Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is in the densely populated central part of Okinawa.   The opposition to the Marine facility could have an effect on Kadena Air Base, also on Okinawa, which holds an important strategic location for the defense of Japan, argued one analyst.   Moving the 31st MEU would eliminate the need for the runway, the study maintains. The paper did not offer an alternative location for the unit, although one researcher has proposed Australia, Guam or California. Those locations are unlikely to be approved by either the American or Japanese governments, said experts.  
 Item Number:12 Date: 02/27/2017 PHILIPPINES - ABU SAYYAF RELEASES VIDEO SHOWING BEHEADING OF GERMAN HOSTAGE, 70 (FEB 27/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Philippine government has confirmed that a German hostage long held by Abu Sayyaf militants has been executed after a random deadline passed, reports CNN.   Jurgen Kanter was abducted from his yacht in the southern Philippines in November 2015. His female companion was killed during the attack.   Abu Sayyaf on Monday posted a video showing the beheading of Kanter after a deadline for a US$600,000 ransom passed on Sunday, according to the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group.   The video purports to show the 70-year-old man's execution.   "Up to the last moment, many sectors, including the armed forces, exhausted all efforts to save his life. We all tried our best but to no avail," said Philippine official.   The German government is still checking the video's authenticity, said a German official
Item Number:13 Date: 02/27/2017 SOMALIA - DISGRUNTLED PUNTLAND SOLDIERS TAKE OVER GOVERNMENT BUILDING BRIEFLY, PROTESTING DELAYED SALARIES (FEB 27/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Troops in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region staged a brief mutiny over the weekend over a pay dispute, reports the BBC.   Dozens of armed soldiers from military bases on the outskirts of Garowe took over the regional Parliament compound and blocked nearby streets on Sunday, reported Garowe Online.   The troops were said to be protesting a delay in the payment of salaries and poor working conditions.   A clan elder told the BBC later that day that he ordered the soldiers to return to their barracks, saying the "drama" was over.   In September 2016, soldiers in Puntland took over the central bank in Garowe for similar complaints.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 02/27/2017 SOUTH KOREA - LOTTE GROUP OKS LAND EXCHANGE FOR THAAD MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM (FEB 27/YON)  YONHAP -- A land swap deal in South Korea will enable the deployment of a controversial U.S. missile defense system, according to the Defense Ministry.   A company in South Korea that owns the land of the planned site for an advanced missile defense system has agreed to swap that land with the South Korean military, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Seoul decided last year to deploy a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a golf course owned by Lotte in the Seoungju region southeast of the capital.   On Monday, the company's board agreed to the land swap, said the ministry. A final deal could be signed as early as Tuesday.   "To avoid delays in the installation, the ministry will carry out the process of handing over Lotte's golf course to the U.S. military for THAAD operation and designing the site for a THAAD unit at the same time," said a ministry official.   Doing that simultaneously would allow the system to be deployed between May and July as scheduled, he said.   On Monday, China's Foreign Ministry reiterated its opposition, saying deploying the system would not help peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, reported the South China Morning Post
Item Number:15 Date: 02/27/2017 SOUTH KOREA - PROCUREMENT AGENCY NARROWS DOWN KEY PROJECTS NEEDED TO DEFEND AGAINST N. KOREA'S MISSILES (FEB 27/YON)  YONHAP -- The executive committee of the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has approved a package of defense plans aimed at bolstering the nation's defenses against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   About US$530 million was authorized on Friday for 11 high-tech development projects for 2017.   The funding is for reconnaissance satellites, long-range surface-to-air missiles and medium-altitude unmanned aircraft among other systems, said the DAPA.   The agency said it will also open a cyber warfare lab this year at Sejong University, along with five other special defense laboratories and a new research agency
  Item Number:16 Date: 02/27/2017 SYRIA - SUICIDE JIHADISTS STORM 2 SECURITY OFFICES IN HOMS, KILLING DOZENS (FEB 27/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- Jihadist attackers over the weekend have killed at least 42 security personnel in the western Syrian city of Homs, reports the Washington Post.   On Satuday, suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the two headquarters of state security and military intelligence in the heavily fortified districts of Ghouta and Mahatta.   Gen. Hassan Daabul, the Syrian military chief and a close confidant of President Bashar al-Assad, was among those killed, reported Al Jazeera, citing state television. A suicide bomber reportedly made it into Daabul's office and blew himself up.   Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Darish, the head of the State Security Branch, was also reportedly wounded.   Tahrir al-Sham, an umbrella group that includes Al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front (now known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham), claimed responsibility. The group five of its fighters took part in the attack, reported the BBC.   On Sunday, Damascus vowed retribution for the attack, reported DPA (Germany
Item Number:17 Date: 02/27/2017 SYRIA - TURKISH-BACKED FSA REBELS, SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES DUEL NEAR AL-BAB (FEB 27/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- Turkish-backed rebels attacked Syrian government forces in northern Syria on Sunday, reports the Middle East Eye.   Free Syrian Army rebels and Turkish forces announced last week that they had seized al-Bab from the Islamic State. Government forces have been advancing from the city's south, noted Reuters.   There was fighting on Sunday in the town of Tadef, 2.5 miles south of al-Bab, said both the rebels and the government.   A rebel official said its forces fired in response to an attempt by government forces to advance towards an area near al-Bab, killing 22 "regime members."   A Syrian military source said the rebels had "targeted our forces in Tadef with artillery and machine guns."   The source described the FSA factions as "terrorist groups that belong to Turkey."   Russia, which backs the Syrian government and has been working with Turkey to guarantee a cease-fire, intervened earlier this month and marked and agreed-upon dividing line between the rebels and Syrian troops.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 02/27/2017 TURKEY - NEW HURKUS-C ARMED TRAINER EXPECTED TO BE DELIVERED TO AIR FORCE IN 2018 (FEB 27/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Turkish Defense Ministry and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have unveiled a prototype of an indigenous armed trainer, reports Defense News.   The Hurkus-C close-air support and light attack aircraft is an armed version of the Hurkus basic trainer produced by TAI.   The Hurkus-C is targeted for export after it enters Turkish air force service, according to the company. TAI has indicated it plans to deliver the light attack aircraft to Ankara starting in 2018, the paper reported last week.   The turboprop aircraft has a payload of 3,300 pounds (1,500 kg), which can be carried on seven external hardpoints.   The prototype that was unveiled last week carried the indigenous UMTAS anti-tank missile; Cirit laser-guided rockets; an electro-optical/infrared targeting pod; and an external fuel tank
Item Number:19 Date: 02/27/2017 USA - G/ATOR SYSTEM COMPLETES INITIAL INTEGRATION TESTING WITH MULTIPLE SCENARIOS (FEB 27/NG)  NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP. -- Northrop Grumman has announced that its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) for the U.S. Marine Corps has successfully completed initial integration testing.   In November, the radar underwent three weeks of trials, demonstrating its ground weapon-locating radar (GWLR) mode's ability to detect and track various types of rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) rounds simultaneously, said a Northrop Grumman release on Feb. 23.   The GWLR mode successfully tracked projectiles, including volley fire, between 4 miles (6 km) and 30 miles (50 km), demonstrating the radar's long-range capability, said company officials.   More than 40 different weapon scenarios were simulated during the live-fire event, including more than 700 live shots using a range of RAM rounds, the company said.   The GWLR mode tracks incoming threats, calculates an approximate impact point and follows the threat's trajectory back to estimate its firing position, enabling counter-fire forces to rapidly engage it, said Northrop Grumman officials
Item Number:20 Date: 02/27/2017 USA - NAVY LAB HONES 'WINGMAN' SOFTWARE FOR USE WITH UAVS IN AIR COMBAT MISSIONS (FEB 27/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The Navy Center for Applied Research In Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI) at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) continues to work with the Naval Air Systems Command and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to advance the Tactical Battle Manager (TBM) software system, reports the Navy NewsStand.   The software uses intelligent agents guide unmanned aircraft that serve as wingmen in manned/unmanned teams, say Navy officials. Current work is focused on using the TBM in simulated beyond-visual-range air combat missions.   The software streamlines the cross-platform coordination of manned and unmanned air combat teams to operate in highly contested environments, according to the NRL. It enables a human operator to manage the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on a team by coordinating their objectives, according to a release on Feb. 22.   In these scenarios, operators control the lead air vehicle and communicate with autonomous agents, each of which is controlled by the TBM. Each agent observes its environment through onboard sensors and performs actions to achieve its goals, said officials.   Goal-reasoning techniques are used to dynamically self-select mission objectives to pursue, ensuring competent behavior when the operator is unavailable or unanticipated events occur, noted the release.
 
 
 

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