Thursday, May 18, 2017

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To All,

I hope your week has been going well. A bit long but lots of pictures today.

Regards,

Skip

This Day In Naval History - May 18

1775 - Benedict Arnold captures British sloop and renames her Enterprise, first of many famous ships with that name

1798 - Appointment of Benjamin Stoddert as first Secretary of the Navy

1902: Marines and Sailors from the iron-hulled screw steamer, Ranger go ashore at Panama City, Colombia, to protect US citizen lives and property during an insurrection that results in Panamas eventual independence from Colombia on Nov. 3, 1903.

1969 - Launch of Apollo 10, dress rehearsal for first lunar landing mission. CDR John W. Young, USN, was the Command Module Pilot and CDR Eugene A. Cernan, USN, was the Lunar Module Pilot. During the 8 Day mission, the craft made 31 lunar orbits in 61.6 hours. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Princeton (LPH-5).

1943 Lancasters return to England after conducting the "Dambusters" raid  on the Ruhr Valley

1943 The Memphis Bell's crew becomes the first American crew to complete 25 missions over occupied Europe .The crew and the airplane are returned to the United states for a War Bond tour.

1980   Mount St. Helens erupts »

·         Today in History May 18

526
      

St. John I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.

1643
      

Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, is granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris parliament, overriding the late king's will.

1652
      

A law is passed in Rhode Island banning slavery in the colonies but it causes little stir and seems unlikely to be enforced.

1792
      

Russian troops invade Poland.

1802
      

Britain declares war on France.

1804
      

Napoleon Bonaparte becomes the Emperor of France.

1828
      

The Battle of Las Piedras, between Uruguay and Brazil, ends.

1860
      

Abraham Lincoln is nominated for president.

1864
      

The fighting at Spotsylvania in Virginia, reaches its peak at the Bloody Angle.

1896
      

The Supreme Court's decision on Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the "separate but equal" policy in the United States.

1904
      

Brigand Raisuli kidnaps American Ion H. Perdicaris in Morocco.

1917
      

The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I.

1931
      

Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashes his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He is picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.

1933
      

President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.

1942
      

New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II.

1944
      

The Allies finally capture Monte Cassino in Italy.

1951
      

The United Nations moves its headquarters to New York city.

1969
      

Two battalions of the 101st Airborne Division assault Hill 937 but cannot reach the top because of muddy conditions.

1974
      

India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.

1980
      

After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours.

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Thanks to Mugs

What God did at Pearl Harbor that day.......

. . . as it could have been much worse.

  What God did at Pearl Harbor that day

  Really interesting, and I never knew this little bit of history:

 Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time.

 In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, "Reflections on Pearl Harbor" by Admiral Chester Nimitz.

 Sunday, December 7th, 1941--Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.

 Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat--you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war.

 On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters everywhere you looked.

 As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?" Admiral Nimitz's reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice.

 Admiral Nimitz said, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America.  Which do you think it was?"

 Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, "What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?"

Nimitz explained:

Mistake number one:

The Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave.  If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk--we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.

 Mistake number two:

When the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired.

 As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America.  And I already have crews ashore
anxious to man those ships.

 Mistake number three:

Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply. That's why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make or God was taking care of America.

  I've never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a Texan, born and raised in Fredericksburg , Texas -- he was a born optimist. But any way you look at it--Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism.

 President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat.

 There is a reason that our national motto is IN GOD WE TRUST.

 Why have we forgotten?  PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY

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Thanks to Dutch

Most dangerous 4½ acres in the world ..

I did a number of years as a 'yellow shirt' = Deck, ACHO, Mini (twice), Boss – rain, hot, cold, dry, brilliant sunshine, cold complete darkness, dawn at sea – and sunsets – and a few green flashes, the most spectacular view of haunting color one can experience – and many moments of starK terror - Dutch

Thanks to Doctor Rich

Thanks to Billy …

Just another day at the office for these fine men and women … some of whom are just out of high school and directing "traffic" on a seemingly chaotic, but very well orchestrated, flight deck … day and night … and all weather conditions … around the world ...

Sound up . full screen .. enjoy … and be proud!!

Rich

Most dangerous 4½ acres in the world - the 'machinery' behind successful launch!

If you have ever wondered how the Navy launches and recovers aircraft on the deck of an Aircraft Carrier, you will want to watch this impressive video clip.

It is segmented with the initial part explaining the colors of the flight deck crew, then some black and white videos and on to flight deck operations.  You will see why it is such a dangerous place to work. You can almost smell the exhaust fumes.

While this is awesome, there are a couple of sad parts as well  [At the start of the black & white video segment you will see a deck hand get sucked into the intake of an Intruder, and a crash later].

This is the nature of the business these young men and women signed up to do to help keep America free, and they do this every day, in all sorts of weather from the 120 plus degree heat in the Middle East to cold weather in the north Atlantic.

Everyone on the deck must keep their head on a swivel and OBTW, some of those bombs the ordies are loading by hand without a hoist are 500 pounders.

A video tribute to the young folks who work the Navy's aircraft carrier flight decks, which when operating - regardless of world events - have been appropriately called "the most dangerous 4½ acres of real estate in the world."

Very motivational! These are 18-25 year-olds (average age: 21), of all races and backgrounds, come together to function at an extremely high level of responsibility and performance yet without direct supervision. They know their jobs and do them!


Watch this impressive video all the way through, and enjoy the music along the way.

The Most Dangerous Job in the World.mp4

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ART Contest Winner...

-This art piece sums it  all up...

The Euros will regret letting in millions of Muslims to leach

off their generous welfare systems, and then still foment

terrorism against the very same people who are their Hosts.
The caption at the bottom explains where this originated.

Look at it carefully and let it sink in.
 It is quite profound

when understood.

Recently there was an amateur art contest in the Netherlands,

and people were invited to create a work of art depicting the

current era of multiculturalism in Europe

a depiction of their experience in the modern melting pot.

This was the winner.


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Thanks toRobert

ORGANIZING FOR ACTION

very disturbing

This is just what many have said would happen……

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established
over 200 years ago, and for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called "Organizing for Action", (OFA) 30,000 strong working to disrupt everything that our current president is trying to do.

This goes against our Democracy , it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the process established over 200 years ago. If this is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it
to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws? If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know.

It is explained below. Do your part, read it and at least pass this on so others will know what we are up against. We are losing our country and we are so compliant. We are becoming a "PERFECT TARGET" for our enemy!
Article from the New York Post....... If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America. The ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration's top dogs over to an organization called Organizing for Action (OFA). OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the
resistance we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.


OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for "progressive" change. Issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform. OFA members were propped up by the ex-president's message from the shadows: "Organizing is the building block of everything great we've accomplished. Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities-and OFA is one of the groups on
the front lines...Commit to this work in 2016 and beyond."


OFA's website says it obtained its "digital" assets from the ex-president's re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it's the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic.  AMERICA Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and
the ex-president "will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House." Sperry writes that the ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the incoming administration through a network of non-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and
has some 250 offices nationwide. OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate OFA has 32,525 volunteers nationwide.

The ex-president and his wife will oversee the operation from their home/ office near the White House. Think about how this work, for example: Trump issues an immigration executive order; OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springs to action; the twitter sphere lights up with social media; violence follows- all emanating from the ex-president's signal that he is heartened by the protests. If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8 years he was in office, it appears his
future plans are to destroy the foundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241 years.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

Organizing_for_ActionOrganizing for Action Wikipediaen.wikipedia.orgOrganizing for Action (OFA) is a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization and community organizing project that advocates for the agenda
of former U.S. President Barack Obama!!

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Thanks to John

SYSTEM REJECTED MULTIPLE PHOTOS

Subject: Philosophers


Philosophers Of This Century


~ John Glenn...
As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket
was supplied by the lowest bidder.


~ David Letterman...
America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes
that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.

~ Howard Hughes...
I'm not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. I'm a billionaire.

~ Old Italian proverb...
After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.

~ Betsy Salkind...
Men are like linoleum floors. Lay 'em right and you can walk all over them for thirty years.

~ Jean Kerr...
The only reason they say 'Women and children first' is to test the strength of the lifeboats.

~ Zsa Zsa Gabor...
I've been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage.

~ Jeff Foxworthy...
You know you're a redneck if your home has wheels and your car doesn't.

~ Prince Philip...
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.

~ Emo Philips...
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.

~ Harrison Ford...
Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.

~ Spike Milligan...
The best cure for Sea Sickness, is to sit under a tree.

~ Robin Hall...
Lawyers believe a person is innocent until proven broke.

~ Jean Rostand...
Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a million and you're a conqueror

~ Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Having more money doesn't make you happier.
I have 50 million dollars but I'm just as happy as when I had 48 million.

~ WH Auden...
We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.

~ Jonathan Katz...
In hotel rooms I worry. I can't be the only guy who sits on the furniture naked

~ Johnny Carson...
If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead.

~ Warren Tantum... (School photo album).
I don't believe in astrology. I am a Sagittarius and we're very skeptical.

~ Steve Martin...
Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man
wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap.

~ Jimmy Durante...
Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is.

. ~ Doug Hanwell...
America is so advanced that even the chairs are electric.

~ George Roberts...
The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone.

~ Jonathan Winters...
If God had intended us to fly he would have made it easier to get to the airport.


~ Robert Benchley...
I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.



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Item Number:1 Date: 05/18/2017 CANADA - BREAKING FROM CLASSIC MODE, GOVERNMENT ENVISAGES TRAINING U.N. PEACEKEEPERS (MAY 18/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- The Canadian government has decided to focus its return to United Nations peacekeeping operations on training and mentoring less experienced forces, say unnamed defense sources cited by CBC News.   The new strategy, which might be employed in dangerous parts of Africa, is a significant departure from traditional peacekeeping.   Some experts say the plan resembles the kind of capacity-building and counter-insurgency operations the Canadian military conducted in Afghanistan.   One scenario envisions Canadian personnel training African Union peacekeepers in a relatively safe location and then transporting the combined force into the mission area.   In such a situation, Canadian troops would also accompany their trainees into the field to provide support, reinforce lessons and ensure the peacekeepers do not get involved in illegal activities.   Senior U.N. officials are positive about the plan and are eager to improve the quality of peacekeeping troops, said the unnamed sources

Item Number:2 Date: 05/18/2017 CHINA - Z-19E HELICOPTER FLIES FOR 1ST TIME; ATTACK CHOPPER DESIGNED FOR EXPORTING (MAY 18/XIN)  XINHUA -- China's new indigenously developed attack helicopter has made its maiden flight, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The Z-19E conducted its first flight Thursday in Harbin in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. The aircraft conducted hovering maneuvers, close ground-effect maneuvering and low passes, said the report.   Images of the Z-19E were carried on state television, noted Reuters.   The Z-19E, which is manufactured by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, is China's first export-oriented attack helicopter.   The aircraft is mainly designed to attack tanks, armed vehicles and other ground targets. It can also provide direct fire support for ground groups, attack helicopters and other low-altitude targets, added the state agency.

  Item Number:3 Date: 05/18/2017 INDIA - ARMY FINALIZES DEAL FOR 155-MM SELF-PROPELLED HOWITZERS (MAY 18/ECON)  ECONOMIC TIMES -- The Indian army has awarded a US$700 million contract to domestic firm Larsen & Toubro for scores of new self-propelled howitzers, reports the Economic Times (India).   The deal covers 100 155-mm/52-caliber howitzers based on the South Korea K9 howitzer, with work to be executed over 42 months.   L&T will supply the K9 Vajra-T howitzers, a variant of the K9 upgraded to meet the Indian army's requirements, including desert operations, the company said in a release on May 12.   "More than 50 percent of the work share is with L&T, and HTW Samsung will supply the turret of the gun," said an L&T executive, as quoted by Defense News.   Additional howitzers could be ordered in the future, officials said.   A senior Indian officer said the South Korean firm is not likely to transfer K9 technology fully with just an order for 100 units, reported Defense News.

Item Number:4 Date: 05/18/2017 INDIA - M777 HOWITZERS START ARRIVING FROM U.S. (MAY 18/IANS)  INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- Defense contractor BAE Systems has delivered two U.S.-made lightweight howitzers to India, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.   The guns were bought through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.   The first two of 145 M777 artillery pieces were delivered to the Indian army Thursday on a chartered flight, according to the company.   The systems will be taken to Pokharan in Rajasthan for user trials.   The US$737 million deal for the howitzers was inked in November 2014. BAE Systems will deliver 25 guns, with the remainder assembled in India by Mahindra.   The howitzers are to be deployed in high-altitude areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, along India's border with China

Item Number:5 Date: 05/18/2017 IRAN - TEHRAN CHANGES ITS PATH TO THE MED THROUGH SYRIA TO AVOID U.S. TROOP BUILDUP (MAY 18/GU)  THE GUARDIAN -- The Iranian government is altering the course of a land corridor to the Mediterranean Sea that it is developing, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   Officials in Iraq and Tehran are apparently concerned that a growing U.S. military presence in northeastern Syria is making the original pathway unviable.   Accordingly, the planned corridor has been moved 140 miles (225 km) south to avoid a buildup of U.S. military forces that have been battling the Islamic State in that part of Syria.   The changes were ordered by Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force, and Haidar al-Ameri, the leader of the Popular Mobilization Front (PMF) in Iraq, reported the newspaper.   The Shi'ite-dominated PMF is advancing on the Iraqi town of Ba'aj, a key link in the planned route. This is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is known to have operated from for much of the last three years.   Senior Iraqi sources told the newspaper that Iranian leaders believe that the increased U.S. presence in Syria is intended to deter Tehran's plans.   "In response they are doing all they can to make this corridor happen as quickly as they can," said one senior Iraqi official. "That means finishing off Ba'aj as quickly as they can, then kicking out ISIS from Mayadin and Deir al-Zour. They want to do this before the Americans get there."   The new route runs from Deir al-Zour to Sukhna to Palmyra, then Damascus, and towards the Lebanese border. From there, a path to Latakia and the Mediterranean Sea has also been envisaged, which would give Iran a supply line that avoids the heavily patrolled Persian Gulf, said Iraqi officials.

 Item Number:6 Date: 05/18/2017 KAZAKHSTAN - WITH SEA TRIALS DONE, UNMANNED MINE WARFARE SYSTEM READY FOR DUTY (MAY 18/ECA)  ECA GROUP -- The unmanned mine countermeasure integrated system (UMIS) delivered to the Kazakh navy by the ECA Group has successfully completed sea acceptance trials, reports the French firm.   The system has been installed on the Kazakh navy's new 10750E-class minehunter, said a release on Monday from the ECA Group.   The UMIS consists of an A9 autonomous underwater vehicle, K-STER identification and mine-disposal vehicles (EMDS) and a single, multifunction console with the mission management software.   The system is capable of initial seabed survey, target detection and classification, final identification and neutralization of mines, the company said.

Item Number:7 Date: 05/18/2017 NORTH KOREA - U.S. INTELLIGENCE PUTS PYONGYANG HIGHER ON LIST OF THREATS (MAY 18/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The U.S. intelligence community is upgrading its threat assessment of North Korea, reports the Voice of America News.   Senior officials used to call North Korea a "second tier" adversary with more intent than capability. Now, Pyongyang is referred to as an "increasingly grave" threat determined to demonstrate that it can hit the United States.   "We have assessed this as a very significant, potentially existential threat to the United States that has to be addressed," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told lawmakers during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week.   The stronger language is an acknowledgment of an evolving threat, according to current and former intelligence officials. The change does not diminish the perceived threats of others, including Russia.   Pyongyang's primary danger is said to be its unpredictability. It has also been accelerating its nuclear and missile development efforts over the last year, potentially evolving from a regional to a global threat.

CRIMEA BY DECEMBER (MAY 18/TASS)  TASS -- The Russian army is going to set up an air assault battalion in Crimea, says a retired general who serves in the lower house of Parliament, as reported by Tass (Russia).   A separate battalion of the 7th Guards Mountain Air Assault Division will be formed by Dec. 1, 2017, Gen. Vladimir Shamanov, the head of the state Duma defense committee, said on Thursday.   The unit will be stationed in Feodosiya on the Black Sea, Shamanov said. It will be made up of contract servicemen, he added.   Plans call for the battalion to be the basis of the 97th air assault regiment in Crimea, which is scheduled to be established by late 2019. The regiment will include three air assault battalions and some combat and support units, said the general.   Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

NG COMPANY SEEN DIVERSIFYING ECONOMY, DEVELOPING LOCAL DEFENSE BASE (MAY 18/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund has announced the establishment of a state-owned defense company to meet domestic military needs, reports the Wall Street Journal.   The Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will manufacture products and provide services, including air and land systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, said on Wednesday, as cited by Bloomberg.   The new state-owned company is aimed at helping reduce the kingdom's reliance on foreign purchases and to diversify the economy from oil. The goal is to have SAMI contribute about US$3.7 million to the nation's GDP by 2023 and create more than 40,000 jobs, said the fund.   "While the kingdom is one of the world's top five spenders on security and defense overall, only around 2 percent of our military procurement is domestic," said Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman.   The plan is to have 50 percent of Saudi Arabia's military spending go to local companies, said the PIF.

  Item Number:10 Date: 05/18/2017 SLOVAKIA - HUNDREDS OF ARMORED VEHICLES TO BE PURCHASED IN NATION'S LARGEST DEFENSE MODERNIZATION PROGRAM (MAY 18/REU)  REUTERS -- The Slovakian government has approved plans to replace the army's armored personnel carriers and to deploy troops to a NATO mission in the Baltics, reports Reuters.   The army will purchase 81 8 x 8 armored vehicles and 404 multipurpose 4 x 4 armored vehicles, according to the document approved Wednesday.   The US$1.33 billion vehicle program is the largest defense modernization project in Slovakia's history.   "The Defense Ministry will unveil plans on how to procure them by the end of the year and will try to use as much as possible the capacities of the Slovak defense industry," Defense Minister Peter Gajdos said.   In a separate document, the government agreed to send 152 soldiers to join Canadian-led forces in Latvia next year as part of a NATO deterrence mission.   Bratislava also OKed plans to send 47 troops will be sent to Iraq this year to help train local soldiers and police officers.

  Item Number:11 Date: 05/18/2017 SOUTH KOREA - ACCORD WITH SAUDI ARABIA COVERS BILATERAL MILITARY EXCHANGE PROGRAM (MAY 18/YON)  YONHAP -- Officials from the South Korean and Saudi Arabian defense ministries have finalized an agreement covering military education exchanges and cooperation, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The pact was signed on Wednesday in Seoul.   The agreement stipulates the procedures to select cadets and how to split the costs for the bilateral exchange program between their respective military academies.   Under the deal, three Saudi Arabian cadets will attend the Korea Military Academy and Korea Naval Academy in 2018, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry.   The exchange program was arranged at the request of the Saudi government, the ministry said.

G FROM U.S. THAAD SYSTEM SEEN AS WORRISOME (MAY 18/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean military said the U.S. omitted key details when sharing information about North Korea's ballistic missile launch earlier this week, according to sources cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Pyongyang launched a missile on Sunday, claiming to have successfully tested a new intermediate-range ballistic missile.   U.S. Forces Korea informed the South Korean military that the TPY-2 radar component of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system had detected the launch, the defense sources said on Wednesday.   However, the U.S. did not mention the falling speed of the missile or the shape of the warhead, among other details, said the sources.   The South's military does not have real-time access to the THAAD radar because an information-sharing system is still under construction, said one unnamed defense official.   A data-link aimed at combining the THAAD data with the South's Green Pine missile defense system is expected to be operational by late this year

  Item Number:13 Date: 05/18/2017 TURKEY - IF GERMANY WANTS ITS TROOPS TO LEAVE, 'LET'S JUST SAY GOODBYE,' SAYS MINISTER (MAY 18/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Turkey's foreign minister says Germany is welcome to pull its troops from a base in Turkey if Berlin wants to do so, reported Deutsche Welle.   Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television Ankara will "not beg" Germany to keep its troops in Turkey.   Berlin threatened to pull them out over a blocked visit of German lawmakers, reports Agence France-Presse.   About 250 German troops are deployed at Incirlik air base as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State. Turkey earlier this month blocked a visit by German lawmakers to the base.   German officials warned this week that it could move its troops elsewhere and that it was considering bases in Jordan, Cyprus or Kuwait.   On Thursday, Cavusoglu said if the Germans "want to leave, let's just say goodbye. That's up to them and we won't beg."   The visit issue is believed to be linked to Germany's decision to grant asylum to a number of Turkish military officers allegedly involved in a failed coup in Turkey in July 2016.

  Item Number:14 Date: 05/18/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - MOD SAID TO BE 'CONFIDENT' OF NEW EUROPEAN MILITARY HUB (MAY 18/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The U.K. Defense Ministry now says it supports the establishment of an European Union military center, reports Agence France-Presse.   The foreign and defense ministers of the 28 E.U. states, including the U.K., approved Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) in March this year. The facility will initially coordinate the E.U.'s military training missions in Mali, the Central African Republic and Somalia.   On Wednesday, a British Defense Ministry spokesman said that the U.K. supports setting up the center and is "confident" that the plans will be settled by the next day.   There are still reservations and ambivalence in the U.K., however. London has approved on conditions that the term military headquarters not be used, noted Reuters.   British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson blocked a formal decision to set up the facility earlier this week, citing disagreements over the "language" of the plan, reported the E.U. Observer.   The U.K. also wants the head of the center to have the title of "director" instead of "commander," noted the Daily Mail (U.K.).   E.U. diplomats said the reluctance was linked to the "Brexit" move and the upcoming British election on June 8. Johnson's party was trying to win votes by being "bloody difficult" with the E.U., one diplomat told Reuters.   British leaders have long opposed the establishment of an European army, saying it would undermine NATO, threaten national sovereignty and lead to further E.U. integration.

  Item Number:15 Date: 05/18/2017 USA - AIR FORCE ORDERS ANOTHER 36 MQ-9 REAPER UAVS FOR $400 MILLION (MAY 18/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, Calif., a contract to build another three dozen MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $400 million contract covers 36 air vehicles in the fiscal 2016 production configuration, according to a Pentagon release on May 16.   Work will take place at Poway and is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 31, 2020

Item Number:16 Date: 05/18/2017 USA - IN WHITE PAPER, CNO LAYS OUT URGENT NEED FOR LARGER, BETTER FLEET (MAY 18/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- The head of the U.S. Navy says that new technologies are changing maritime warfare quickly and that his service needs to move faster to keep up, reports Defense One.   "The pace at which potential competitors are moving demands that we in turn increase the speed at which we act" to develop a larger and more capable fleet, wrote Adm. John Richardson in a white paper that was released on Wednesday. "We need this more powerful fleet in the 2020s, not the 2040s," he says.   While more vessels are needed, that alone will not be sufficient, Richardson told reporters on Monday. All future ships need to be built to easily and quickly accept upgrades.   New designs should have a hull and powerplant that will last for the ship's entire service life. "The rest of the ship, we'll build to modularize and modernize," said the admiral.   In his white paper, Richardson argues that the U.S. industrial base has the capacity to build 29 ships and 300 aircraft more than are currently planned over the next seven years.   The CNO declined to say how much his accelerated plan might cost, but indicated it could be less than Congressional Budget Office estimates, although more than existing funding.   This budgeting would be made possible by building ships more cheaply; extending the life of current ships and aircraft; and increasing the capabilities of existing ships, planes, submarines and unmanned vehicles through networking, robotics and more, he said.

  Item Number:17 Date: 05/18/2017 USA - MARINE ARTILLERY UNIT IS IN SYRIA BEFORE PUSH AGAINST RAQQA (MAY 18/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The U.S. Marine Corps has already rotated its artillery unit in Syria to provide support to forces that are isolating Raqqa, the de facto Islamic State capital, reports the Marine Corps Times.   A spokesman for the U.S. Central Command declined to identify the new unit, but the Pentagon has previously announced that the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is in the region on a scheduled deployment with the Bataan amphibious ready group.   The 24th MEU has also posted a photo on its Facebook page showing Marines in Kuwait firing M777A2 howitzers at an artillery range, noted Task & Purpose.   The new unit recently replaced about 400 Marines from the 11th MEU, which provided artillery support to Kurdish and Syrian Arab forces battling ISIS militants around Raqqa, said officials.   Those Marines are expected to return to Camp Pendleton, Calif., this week after a seven-month deployment.   The new unit, said to be about the same size as its predecessor, is "providing support, on a temporary basis, across the combined joint operations area that the commander needs to ensure a lasting defeat for ISIS," said the CENTCOM spokesman

Item Number:18 Date: 05/18/2017 USA - SOCOM MAY PUSH NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS, DRUGS TO BOOST CAPABILITIES FOR OPERATORS (MAY 18/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Officials with the U.S. Special Operations Command say SOCOM is considering ways to push the limits of human performance, including nutritional supplements and performance-enhancing drugs, reports Defense News.   The command wants to go beyond the dietitians, trainers and physical therapists now embedded with its units. This means increasing pain tolerance for operators as well as promoting injury prevention and recovery and physical performance in austere environments.   "If there are .... different ways of training, different ways of acquiring performance that are non-material, that's preferred, but in a lot of cases we've exhausted those areas," said Ben Chitty, the senior project manager for biomedical, human performance and canine portfolios in the Science and Technology office at SOCOM.   The project manager said that some of the areas where advances are sought are places where humans are not evolved to be at maximum capacity, such as high altitude or underwater for extended periods of time without access to food or water.   The focus will be foremost on safety before introducing supplements or drugs, said Chitty.

  Item Number:19 Date: 05/18/2017 USA - WASHINGTON PUTS NEW SANCTIONS ON IRAN BUT STICKS WITH NUCLEAR DEAL; TEHRAN BLASTS MEASURES (MAY 18/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- The U.S. Treasury Dept. has placed additional sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program, reports NBC News.   Treasury said in a statement on Wednesday that it was "imposing new sanctions on Iranian defense officials, an Iranian entity and a China-based network that supplied missile-applicable items to a key Iranian defense entity."   The officials were identified as Morteza Farasatpour, who reportedly coordinated the sale and delivery of explosives to a Syrian government agency, and Rahim Ahmadi, the director of the Shahid Bakeri Industries Group, which is responsible for Iran's ballistic missile program, according to the statement.   Also Wednesday, the White House chose to stick with the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, renewing a waiver of nuclear-related sanctions.   Tehran publicly condemned the new sanctions, with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry saying that Iran "will continue its missile program with power and authority," as quoted by AFP.

  Item Number:20 Date: 05/18/2017 VENEZUELA - FACING PROTESTS, LOOTING, GOVERNMENT SENDS 2,600 TROOPS TO BORDER STATE (MAY 18/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Venezuela has dispatched about 2,600 troops to Tachira in an attempt to put down looting and rioting amid anti-government protests, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The western state is on the border with Colombia.   Attacks against security facilities began overnight in the state, said authorities. Three people, including a teenager, have been killed this week. Most shops are closed and being guarded by soldiers, reported Reuters.   On Wednesday, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said he had ordered the "transfer of 2,000 guards and 600 special operations troops" to Tachira.   The deployment is part of "Plan Zamora," which is aimed at pacifying the situation, said Padrino.   The nation has been rocked by almost daily anti-government protests after the Supreme Court nullified the National Assembly. The decision was reversed, but demonstrations continued. Food and medicine shortages have left the populace desperate.







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