Monday, March 13, 2017

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The List 4407

To All,
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. The time change was not welcome.
This Day In Naval History - March 13
1895 - Award of first submarine building contract to John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Co.
1917 - Armed merchant ships authorized to take action against U-boats.
1952: During the Korean War, counter-battery engagements by USS Manchester (CL 83), USS James E. Kyes (DD 787), USS McGinty (DE 365) and USS Douglas H. Fox (DD 779) are supported by aircraft from Task Force 77 silence enemy guns at Kalmagak during the Siege of Wonsan.
1959 - Naval Research Laboratory takes first ultraviolet pictures of sun.
1963 - USS Albany (CG-10) and aircraft from Navy Airborne Early Warning Squadron Four from Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico aid five ill crewmembers of Norwegian freighter Jotunfjell.
Today in History March 13
St. Felix begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet occurs.
Hernando Cortez lands in what will become Mexico.
A statute is passed limiting the sale of slaves in the colony of Virginia.
Congress orders its European envoys to appeal to high-ranking foreign officers to send troops to reinforce the American army.
Astronomer William Herschel discovers the planet Uranus, which he names 'Georgium Sidus,' in honor of King George III.
Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin.
Jefferson Davis signs a bill authorizing slaves to be used as soldiers for the Confederacy.
The U.S. Senate begins the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.
Czar Alexander II is assassinated when a bomb is thrown at him near his palace.
The Germans repel a British Expeditionary Force attack at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in France.
Women are scheduled to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York due to a shortage of men.
A three-thousand-year-old archive is found in Jerusalem confirming biblical history.
Finland capitulates conditionally to Soviet terms, but maintains its independence.
Hitler issues an edict calling for an invasion of the Soviet Union.
Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps becomes the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.
Japanese forces end their attack on the American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville.
Israel demands $1.5 billion in German reparations for the cost of caring for war refugees.
The FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa on bribery charges.
China invites Soviet Premiere Nikita Khrushchev to visit Beijing.
Cambodia orders Hanoi and Viet Cong troops to get out.
The U.S. Senate votes 54-33 to restore the death penalty.
Arab nations decide to end the oil embargo on the United States.
The United States plans to send 15 Green Berets to El Salvador as military advisors.
Upon the death of Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the new leader of the Soviet Union.
Exxon pays $1 billion in fines and costs for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill.
Monday Morning Humor from Al
Submitted by Jerry Norris and Ed Ewert:

An Irish Friendship Wish
     May there always be work for your hands to do;
     May your purse always hold a coin or two;
     May the sun always shine on your window pane;
     May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
     May the hand of a friend always be near you;
     May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.!

     McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time removing the olives and placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, the Irishman started to leave.
     "S'cuse me", said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done, "what was that all about?"
     "Nothin', said the Irishman, "my wife just sent me out for a jar of olives!"

Submitted by Dave Harris and Skip Leonard:

     The Irish never hesitate to come to the aid of their fellow man ... air passengers, in this case!
     Shortly after take-off on an outbound, evening Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Boston, the lead flight attendant nervously made the following painful announcement in her lovely Irish brogue:  "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so very sorry, but it appears that there has been a terrible mix-up by our catering service.  I don't know how this has happened, but we have 103 passengers on board, and unfortunately, we received only 40 dinner meals.  I truly apologize for this mistake and inconvenience."
     When the muttering of the passengers had died down, she continued, "Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat, will receive free and unlimited drinks for the duration of our 10 hour flight."
     Her next announcement came about two hours later:  "If anyone is hungry, we still have 40 dinners available."

Submitted by Merle Horst:

     Two Irishmen were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up.  A blonde walks by and asked them what they were doing.
     Paddy replied, "We're supposed to be finding the height of this flagpole, but we don't have a ladder."
     The blonde took out an adjustable spanner from her bag, loosened a few bolts and laid the flagpole down.  She got a tape measure out of her pocket, took a few measurements, and announced that it was 18 feet 6 inches.  Then, she walked off.
     Mick said to Paddy, "Isn't that just like a blonde!  We need the bloody height, and she gives us the length."

Submitted by John Hudson:

     A married Irishman went into the confessional and said to his priest, "I almost had an affair with another woman."
     The priest said, "What do you mean, almost?"
     The Irishman said, "Well, we got undressed and rubbed together, but then I stopped."
     The priest said, "Rubbing together is the same as putting it in. You're not to see that woman again. For your penance, say five Hail Mary's and put $50 in the poor box."
     The Irishman left the confessional, said his prayers, and then walked over to the poor box. He paused for a moment and then started to leave.
     The priest, who was watching, quickly ran over to him saying, "I saw that. You didn't put any money in the poor box!"
     The Irishman replied, "Yeah, but I rubbed the $50 on the box, and according to you, that's the same as putting it in!"

Submitted by Pat O'Donohoe:

     Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, "Lord, take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to church every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey".
     Miraculously, a parking place appeared. Paddy looked up again and said, "Never mind, I found one."

     Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and says to the first man he meets, "Do you want to go to heaven?"
     The man said, "I do Father."
     The priest said, "Then stand over there against the wall."
     Then the priest asked the second man, "Do you want to got to heaven?"
     "Certainly, Father," was the man's reply "Then stand over there against the wall," said the priest.
     Then Father Murphy walked up to O'Toole and said, "Do you want to go to heaven?"
     O'Toole said, "No, I don't Father."
     The priest said, "I don't believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?"
     O'Toole said, "Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now."

     O'Toole worked in the lumber yard for twenty years and all that time he'd been stealing the wood and selling it. At last his conscience began to bother him and he went to confession to repent. "Father, it's 15 years since my last confession, and I've been stealing wood from the lumber yard all those years," he told the priest.
     "I understand my son," says the priest. "Can you make a Novena?"
     O'Toole said, "Father, if you have the plans, I've got the lumber."

     Paddy was in New York. He was patiently waiting, and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing. The cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted, "Okay pedestrians". Then he'd allow the traffic to pass.
     He'd done this several times, and Paddy still stood on the sidewalk. After the cop had shouted "Pedestrians" for the tenth time, Paddy went over to him and said, "Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?"

     Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary column that he had died. He quickly phoned his best friend Finney. "Did you see the paper?" asked Gallagher. "They say I died!!"
     "Yes, I saw it!" replied Finney. "Where are ye callin' from?"

     An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut. The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, "Sir, have you been drinking?"
     "Just water," says the priest.
     The trooper says, "Then why do I smell wine?"
     The priest looks at the bottle and says, "Good heavens! He's done it again!"

Submitted by David Rackow:

     As good as this bar is," said the Scotsman, "I still prefer the pubs back home. In Glasgow, there's a wee place called McTavish's....The landlord goes out of his way for the locals. When you buy four drinks, he'll buy the fifth drink."
     "Well, Angus," said the Englishman, "At my local in London , the Red Lion, the barman will buy you your third drink after you buy the first two."
     "Ahhh, dat's nothin'," said Paddy Sheehan, the Irishman. "Back home in me favorite pub in Galway, the moment you set foot in the place, they'll buy you a drink, then another, all the drinks you like, actually. Then, when you've had enough drinks, they'll take you upstairs and see dat you make love, all on the house!"
     The Englishman and Scotsman were suspicious of the claims. "Did this really happen to you?"
     "Not meself, personally, no," admitted the Irishman, "but it did happen to me sister quite a few times."

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day on Friday,
Thanks to Carl
Thanks to Tam -
More Bible history revealed to be true!
Biblical king's palace uncovered beneath shrine destroyed by ISIS
A Message from CDW
Published March 06, 2017
Archaeologists in Mosul have made a stunning find beneath the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah that was destroyed by Islamic State militants in 2014: the long-hidden palace of ancient Assyrian King Sennacherib.
Experts were documenting the jihadists' destruction of the tomb's ruins when they located the palace, which dates back to 600 B.C. ISIS had dug tunnels into the site in a search for ancient artifacts to plunder, according to media reports.
The Telegraph reports that Iraqi archaeologist Layla Salih found a marble cuneiform inscription of Assyrian King Esarhaddon inside one of the tunnels. The inscription is believed to date to 672 B.C. when the palace was part of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh.
One of the earliest forms of writing, cuneiform harnesses wedge-shaped marks and was widely used in ancient Mesopotamian civilizations.
The palace was built for the Assyrian King Sennarcherib, expanded by his son Esarhaddon, and renovated by his grandson King Ashurbanipal, according to the Telegraph, which notes that the palace was partly destroyed during the sack of Nineveh in 612 B.C. Sennacherib's invasion of the ancient kingdom of Judah is extensively documented in the Bible. Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal are also mentioned in scripture, although feature less prominently.
Elsewhere in the tunnel, archaeologists found ancient Assyrian stone sculptures of a demi-goddess, the Telegraph reports.
The Tomb of Jonah, or Nebi Yunus in Arabic, is located on a hill in Eastern Mosul. The site was recaptured from ISIS by the Iraqi army last month during its Mosul offensive.
Jonah is revered in Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions. The Prophet's tomb, which was located within a Sunni mosque, was destroyed by ISIS militants in July 2014.
Dr. Paul Collins, Chair of The British Institute for the Study of Iraq, which is working with the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage and UNESCO to protect Iraq's cultural heritage, told Fox News that there could be more damage at the site. "The tunnels, probably dug for looting, are in imminent danger of collapse," he explained, via email. "If this happens the result will be even more destruction at a site that had already been devastated by the explosions that destroyed the ancient Shrine of Jonah - in effect we will lose a place where Iraq's ancient, medieval and modern cultural heritage rests one above the other."
Archaeologists have been aware since the nineteenth century that ancient Assyrian royal buildings are beneath the shrine, according to Collins, who notes that inscriptions and a relief from a dig in the 1870s are now in the British Museum. "Iraqi excavations in the 1950s revealed an entrance to an Assyrian royal arsenal and in 1990 a large Assyrian building to the east of the mosque guarded by colossal human-headed winged bulls was excavated, but this work came to an end with the Iraq/Kuwait war," he said.
Thanks to Mike
How To Assemble A Crated Spitfire From Burma, But This One Was Never Buried!
Item Number:1 Date: 03/13/2017 AFGHANISTAN - OFFICERS KILL 8 POLICE COLLEAGUES, DEFECT TO TALIBAN (MAR 13/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Two apparent defectors have killed eight policemen in an insider attack in southern Afghanistan, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar), citing local officials.   Two officers first poisoned their colleagues and then shot them on Friday at a base in Nawshar district in southern Zabul province, said a provincial spokesman.   The attackers then fled, taking the base's weapons and munitions, and then joined the Taliban, as reported by DPA.   A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.   Separately, on Saturday, at least three militants attacked a military air base in Khost province used by Afghan and U.S. forces, reported the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   One attacker was killed and two others escaped, said a provincial official
Item Number:2 Date: 03/13/2017 AFGHANISTAN - SPECIAL OPS PERSONNEL FREE UP TO 32 FROM TALIBAN PRISON IN HELMAND (MAR 13/REU)  REUTERS -- The Afghan Defense Ministry says special operations forces have freed more than 30 people held by the Taliban, reports Reuters.   The special ops personnel launched a raid on Sunday in a village of Nad Ali district in the southern province of Helmand, said provincial security officials.   Up to 32 people were freed from a Taliban-held prison. Those held included four policemen, said the Defense Ministry on Monday.   Much of Helmand is controlled by the Taliban. U.S. officials estimate that eight of that province's 14 districts are under Taliban control or influence.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 03/13/2017 CANADA - DEPLOYMENT TO LATVIA WILL DEVELOP CYBER CAPABILITY, SENDING MESSAGE TO KREMLIN (MAR 13/CNP)  NATIONAL POST -- The Canadian government is going to deploy cyber personnel as part of its contingent in a NATO multinational battalion in Latvia directed against Russian aggression, say officials, according to the National Post (Toronto).   The effort is part of a plan to build Canada's cyber and information warfare capabilities to counter threats from Russia, the Islamic State and Al-Qaida, said military officials.   "We definitely have to get it right. We have to go to Latvia with a strong defensive posture," said Brig. Gen. Paul Rutherford, the commander of the newly formed Joint Forces Cyber Component. "We will educate our troops about vulnerabilities, because Russia is quite adept in the cyber and information warfare domains."   Canadians will not only have to defend against hacking attacks into military networks, but are likely to face Russian disinformation campaigns, say officials.   Because of the various threats, the Canadian military is creating a new cyber military specialty to develop and retain experts in the field, said Rutherford.   Training, promoting and paying these soldiers enough so they will want to stay in the service is a top priority, along with the need to invest in cutting-edge technology for them, the general said.   Separately, more than 450 Canadian troops are deploying to Latvia to lead a NATO battle group that will train with local forces.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 03/13/2017 CHINA - 2ND AIRCRAFT CARRIER TAKES KEY STEP (MAR 13/CHNS)  CHINA NEWS SERVICE -- The construction of a second Chinese aircraft carrier for the Chinese navy has attained another milestone, says a senior official as reported by the China News Service.   Hull blocks have been joined in the construction dock, said a senior navy official. It is now awaiting outfitting, according to Wang Weiming, the deputy chief of staff of the navy last week, as cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   This is the first aircraft carrier built by China. The navy's first, the Liaoning, is a refitted Soviet-era ship.   The second carrier, displacing 50,000 metric tons, will operate J-15 fighters and other aircraft, according to the Defense Ministry
Item Number:5 Date: 03/13/2017 INDIA - DEFENSE MINISTER PARRIKAR RESIGNS, WILL BECOME CHIEF MINISTER IN GOA (MAR 13/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has resigned to become the chief minister of Goa in western India, reports the Press Trust of India.   Parrikar tendered his resignation on Monday and is expected to be sworn in as the chief minister of his home state on Tuesday evening.   Parrikar, a member of the ruling BJP party, had served three times as Goa's chief minister, noted NDTV.   The defense minister's decision came after the BJP came second to the Indian National Congress party in elections for Goa's 40-seat assembly. Two smaller parties agreed to support a BJP-led government if Parrikar would serve as chief minister.   Parrikar will be temporarily replaced in the defense post by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley until a new candidate is found.  
Item Number:6 Date: 03/13/2017 INDIA - NEW REPLACEMENT DEAL COMING, BUT NAVY WILL STILL LACK MINESWEEPERS FOR YEARS (MAR 13/HT)  HINDUSTAN TIMES -- A new parliamentary report reveals that the Indian navy will have no minesweepers for about three years.   The navy is preparing to decommission its Soviet-era minesweepers without a replacement in sight, reports the Hindustan Times.   The existing fleet of six Pondicherry-class minesweepers is expected to be decommissioned by 2018, according to the recent report.   A US$4.9 billion deal for 12 mine-countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) could be signed with a South Korean shipyard by the end of March. However, the first minesweeper of those is unlikely to be delivered until 2021, leaving at least a three-year capability gap.   India needs at least 24 minesweepers to secure its 12 largest harbors, said an unnamed navy official.   The new MCMVs are expected to be built by Goa Shipyard in cooperation with the Kangnam Corp. in South Korea. A deal was supposed to be signed last year, but was delayed by technology transfer considerations.   Construction of the first boat is planned for April 2018, with deliveries to run from 2021 to 2026, says the report.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 03/13/2017 IRAQ - WITH LAST ROAD OUT OF MOSUL CUT, ISIS FIGHTERS SEEN AS 'TRAPPED' IN CITY (MAR 13/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Iraqi forces have "trapped and contained" Islamic State in western Mosul, says a top U.S. officials, as reported by Deutsche Welle.   The 9th Iraqi Army Division "cut off the last road out of Mosul" on Saturday night, said Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS.   "Any of the fighters who are left in Mosul, they're going to die there. We are very committed to not just defeating them in Mosul, but making sure these guys cannot escape," he told reporters in Baghdad on Sunday.   McGurk described the U.S.-led air war in Mosul as "the most precise air campaign in history," calling it "relentless," as quoted by the International Business Times.   Last week, one U.S. official said there were no more than 2,500 ISIS fighters in Mosul and the nearby town of Tal Afar, 37 miles to the west, reported the BBC.   One commander with Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) said that security forces had retaken "more than a third" of western Mosul. CTS forces were reportedly fighting inside Mosul's al-Dadida and al-Aghawat districts on Sunday.   Iraqi federal police and rapid response units have also announced entering the Bab al-Tob area of the Old city
Item Number:8 Date: 03/13/2017 ISRAEL - AIR FORCE MAKES PLANS FOR MORE F-15 FIGHTERS, HEAVY-LIFT HELICOPTERS (MAR 13/GLOBES)  GLOBES ONLINE -- The Israeli air force is considering the purchase of a squadron of upgraded F-15 fighters and new heavy-lift helicopters from the United States, reports Globes (Israel), citing domestic officials.   The IDF has decided to buy two air force squadrons following the establishment of a squadron of F-35 Adir stealth fighters, officials said.   The Israel Defense Forces will also choose between the CH-53K King Stallion and CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters as part of an effort to replenish its transport capability.   Most of the funds for the purchases will come from a US$3.33 billion military aid program with the U.S. The budget for the procurements will become clear once the budget is divided in line with the government's Gideon multi-year plan and the implementation of the new aid agreement in 2018, said officials.   The new F-15s will be in a more advanced configuration than that recently sold to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the officials said.  
Item Number:9 Date: 03/13/2017 JAPAN - MSDF COMPLETES DRILLS WITH U.S. NAVY CARRIER STRIKE GROUP IN E. CHINA SEA (MAR 13/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) has just concluded a week-long exercise with the U.S. Navy in the East China Sea, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The maritime drills, which ended on Friday, were led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The training included communication drills, precision ship maneuvers, combined flight operations and liaison officer exchanges, said a U.S. Navy statement.   The exercise was "designed to improve coordination, teamwork, operational proficiency and readiness," said Rear Adm. Jim Kilby, the Carl Vinson strike group commander.   Participants included the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 2. The Japanese component included the destroyers Sazanami and Samidare.   The relatively unusual use of a U.S. aircraft carrier in those waters indicates a message is being sent to China as well as to North Korea, noted the Japan Times.   The drills were held amid tensions between Japan and China in the East China Sea over the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands. The islands are also claimed by China, which calls them the Diaoyus
Item Number:10 Date: 03/13/2017 MALAYSIA - POLICE HOLDING 7; SUSPECTS LINKED TO ISIS (MAR 13/CHNA)  CHANNEL NEWS ASIA -- Authorities in Malaysia say they have arrested seven people suspected of links to the Islamic State terrorist group, reports Channel News Asia.   A counter-terrorism operation between March 8 and 12 in Sabah, on Borneo island, netted two Malaysians and five Filipinos, according to Abu Bakar, Malaysia's police chief, on Monday.   Two Philippine citizens and a female Malaysian immigration officer allegedly helped smuggle ISIS militants from Malaysia and Indonesia to join ISIS in the southern Philippines.   Two other Filipino suspects are believed to have collected funds for two Malaysian members of Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. That group's leader has pledged allegiance to ISIS.   Another Filipino suspect was arrested for planning to travel to Syria to join ISIS there. The last Malaysian suspect had been deported from Turkey in January for attempting to enter Syria for the same reason, according to police
Item Number:11 Date: 03/13/2017 PHILIPPINES - JOINT ANTI-PIRACY PATROLS UNDER CONSIDERATION WITH INDONESIA, MALAYSIA (MAR 13/PHILNA)  PHILIPPINES NEWS AGENCY -- The head of the Philippine military chief is exploring the possibility of joint patrols with Indonesia and Malaysia to combat piracy and other maritime crime, reports the Philippines News Agency.   If the move is approved by the governments of the three countries, the patrols would take place in a "common sea of interest," said an unnamed military official on March 9.   "There are existing protocols regarding information sharing and coordination on maritime patrols within respective territorial limits," said Gen. Eduardo Ano, the chief of staff of the Philippine military. "We want to increase it, like having a joint task force to patrol," he said.   Consultations are taking place among the three nations, the general said.   A particular concern to all of them is the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf Group. Those terrorists have been attacking Indonesian and Malaysian commercial vessels and abducting crew members.   There are believed to be 31 hostages being held by the ASG; most of those held are Indonesian and Malaysian
Item Number:12 Date: 03/13/2017 PHILIPPINES - MAOISTS, DUTERTE GOVERNMENT WILL RESUME PEACE TALKS IN APRIL (MAR 13/CNNP)  CNN PHILIPPINES -- The Philippine government and the Maoist rebels have agreed to restart peace talks next month, reports CNN Philippines.   talks scheduled for February were scrapped by the government, which accused the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) of violating its own unilateral cease-fire, reported Reuters.   On Sunday, the two sides announced in a joint statement that talks would be held on April 1 on a bilateral cease-fire. A second meeting is scheduled for June.   Both the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), an umbrella group of the communist rebels, said they would resume their respective unilateral truces.   The announcement came after two-days of informal talks in Utrecht, Netherlands. The talks are brokered by Norway
Item Number:13 Date: 03/13/2017 RUSSIA - NEW NATIONAL GUARD DRILLS AGAINST 'SUBERSIVE ACTIVITY' (MAR 13/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- The newly formed Russian national guard is holding its first snap combat-readiness checks, reports the Sputnik news agency (Russia).   The force, nicknamed Rossgvardiya, was formed in April 2016. It is tasked with counter-terror operations and ensuring public security and is directly controlled by the president.   The inspection will begin in the Central Federal District and will continue in other districts, according to the guard's press office on Monday.   Troops "will practice their readiness to combat subversive activity and reconnaissance groups, terrorist and extremist formations, and will also carry out a set of measures to strengthen the defense of crucial state facilities in the areas of power supplies, industry and transport," said the release
Item Number:14 Date: 03/13/2017 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEADLY MOGADISHU ATTACK (MAR 13/REU)  REUTERS -- A bomb attack near a hotel in Somalia's capital has killed at least 13 people and wounded 14 others, reports Reuters, citing police and medical officials.   Police said a car bomb was detonated Monday on the busy Maka al Mukaram street in Mogadishu. The blast did not destroy its intended target, the Wehliya Hotel, said officials.   Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.   Earlier on Monday, police fired at the driver of a minibus who had refused to stop at a checkpoint in Mogadishu. The vehicle exploded, killing the driver and injuring two bystanders, said police.   Police blamed the incident on Al-Shabaab
Item Number:15 Date: 03/13/2017 SOUTH KOREA - GRAY EAGLE UAVS TO BE STATIONED AT U.S. KUNSAN AFB (MAR 13/YON)  YONHAP -- The U.S. Army will station a squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles to South Korea, says a military official cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Gray Eagle UAVs will be assigned to an American unit in Gunsan, about 170 miles south of Seoul, said the official on Monday.   Discussions are underway between the U.S. and South Korea over the UAVs, the official said, without giving a timeline.   The planned deployment was reported previously, with South Korea's MBC television network mentioning it in January. The aircraft was tested in August 2016 at Kunsan, a U.S. Air Force Base, reported UPI.   The aircraft should improve strike capabilities against North Korean ground targets. The UAVs could be used to hit major military facilities north of the border or the North Korean leadership, say officials.   The Gray Eagle can carry up to four AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and four GBU-44/B Viper Strike bombs
Item Number:16 Date: 03/13/2017 SYRIA - TWIN BLASTS KILL DOZENS NEAR RELIGIOUS SITES IN DAMASCUS (MAR 13/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- An Islamist group in Syria has claimed responsibility for a pair of deadly suicide blasts over the weekend in Damascus, reports CNN.   Twin explosions on Saturday hit buses of pilgrims at the Bab al-Saghir cemetery of the Syrian capital, said an Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman. The cemetery is considered sacred to Shi'ite Muslims. Most of those killed were Iraqi Shi'ites, noted AFP.   By Sunday, the death toll had reached 74, including 20 members of pro-government forces, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. More than 100 people were reported wounded.   Tahrir al-Sham, an Islamist umbrella group that includes former Al-Qaida affiliate Nusra Front (now known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham), claimed responsibility for the attack.   The jihadists said Saturday's attacks targeted "occupying Iranian militias" for supporting the rule of Syria's President Bashir Assad, reported Reuters
Item Number:17 Date: 03/13/2017 USA - AFRICOM HAS WIDE RESPONSIBILITIES, INSUFFICIENT RESOURCES, SAYS GENERAL (MAR 13/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Africa Command warns that insufficient resources are creating additional risks for American personnel on the continent, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Inadequate surveillance, poor supply chains and an inefficient personnel-rescue system were among the problems identified by Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the AFRICOM chief, in an annual posture statement to Congress.   Its lack of manpower and significant travel distances both limit the command's ability if responding to potential crises at embassies in Africa, adding risk, Waldhauser said.   AFRICOM has attempted to mitigate personnel situation by placing crisis-response units in various locations in Europe and Africa, along with small outposts around the continent. However, "we knowingly accept risk for operations," said the general.   The general also identified a number of security challenges on the continent, including gains made by the Al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia and continued instability in Libya.   Limited by a lack of resources, AFRICOM only has 20 to 30 percent of its required intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, and must rely on contracted assets for search-and-rescue missions, said Waldhauser.   The general also pointed to concerns about "operational security," with China building a new base near Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti
Item Number:18 Date: 03/13/2017 USA - HIGH-DEMAND NATIONAL GUARD UNITS MAY EVENTUALLY TRAIN FOR 60 DAYS ANNUALLY (MAR 13/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- Key U.S. Army National Guard units can expect to see an increase in their training days and combat training center rotations as part of the Army's combat-readiness project, reports the Army Times.   The increases in training, up to a many as 60 days a year, will bee directed at high-demand units, such as armored brigade combat teams and Stryker brigade combat teams, Army leaders told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.   This will take place over a four-year cycle, Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Army deputy chief of operations, wrote in a statement to the House Armed Services Committee's readiness subcommittee.   During a unit's first year, personnel will train for 39 days, as is standard, which consists of one weekend a month and two weeks a year. This will increase to 45 days in the second year and 60 each in the third and fourth years, said the general.   Combat training center rotations for the National Guard will increase from two to four starting in fiscal 2018, said Anderson
  Item Number:19 Date: 03/13/2017 USA - NEW TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES PULSED POWER CONTAINER FOR USN'S RAILGUN (MAR 13/GA)  GENERAL ATOMICS -- General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, an affiliate of California firm General Atomics, has announced the development of a new high-energy pulsed power container (HEPPC) that provides twice the energy density of existing railgun pulsed power systems.   The latest HEPPC can reduce the number of containers needed to launch projectiles or hybrid missiles from a railgun, improving flexibility for future Army and Navy railgun systems, said a Thursday release from General Atomics.   The San Diego-based GA-EMS funded the development of the HEPPC internally in support of a multi-mission medium-range railgun that integrates pulsed power, launcher, hybrid missile and fire-control systems, noted the release.   Each HEPPC includes high-energy pulsed power modules with an energy content of more than 415 kilojoules per module, said GA-EMS
  Item Number:20 Date: 03/13/2017 USA - PENTAGON REPORT POINTS TO CYBER VULNERABILITIES AT COMBATANT COMMANDS (MAR 13/FCW)  FEDERAL COMPUTER WEEK -- Major training exercises have revealed that U.S. combatant commands are still vulnerable to cyber attacks, says a new Pentagon report, according to FCW, the digital edition of the Federal Computer Week magazine.   Some DoD programs and networks have made significant improvements against cyberattacks and threats in recent years, said the fiscal 2016 annual report from the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation.   While the agency's cybersecurity assessment program has helped combatant commands to deal with major cybersecurity vulnerabilities, "DoD personnel too often treat network defense as an administrative function, not a warfighting capability," say the report, which is dated December 2016.   "Until this paradigm changes, and the change is reflected in the Department's approach to cybersecurity personnel, resource allocation, training, accountability and program and network management, the Department will continue to struggle to adequately defend its systems and networks from advanced cyberattacks," says the study.   Red teams emulating moderate-level adversaries in exercises have been able to penetrate Pentagon networks and move around undetected "for extended periods of time," says the report.   The DOT&E report also raises warning flags over the state of cyber exercises and the lack of sufficient red teams to simulate adversaries. More cyber ranges with greater capabilities are also needed, the document concludes.


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