Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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The List 4504


To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits.
Regards,
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This Day In Naval History - July 19
1812: The frigate, USS Constitution, under the command of Capt. Isaac Hull, escapes the British squadron on a three-day chase off the coast of New Jersey.
 
1886 - Atlanta, the first steel-hulled American cruiser armed with breechloading rifled guns, is commissioned.
1897 - LT Robert E. Peary departs on a year long Arctic Expedition which makes many important discoveries, including one of largest meteorites, Cape York.
1918 - Armored cruiser USS San Diego sunk off Fire Island, NY by a mine laid by U-156.
1940 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs second Naval Expansion Act.
 
Today in History July 19
1525
The Catholic princes of Germany form the Dessau League to fight against the Reformation.
1545
King Henry VIII of England watches his flagship, Mary Rose, capsize as it leaves to battle the French.
1788
Prices plunge on the Paris stock market.
1799
The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, is found in Egypt.
1848
The first Women's Rights Convention convenes in Seneca Falls, N.Y, organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
1870
France declares war on Prussia.
1942
German U-boats are withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to American anti-submarine countermeasures.
1943
More than 150 B-17 and 112 B-24 bombers attack Rome for the first time.
1975
Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts dock in orbit.
1799
 
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Thanks to Doctor Rich
Thanks to Drano ...
I think you will enjoy this video on Gene Cernan's naval aviation and NASA career …
They didn't mention that when Gene was doing a Gemini EVA they couldn't close the capsule hatch when he re-entered because of his inflated suit … they tried everything, and finally had to partially deflate the suit to close the hatch .. which was pretty risky .. but it worked!!
Rich
 
From: Duane Thiessen <dthiessen@navalaviationmuseum.org>
Subject: Cernan Video
Date: July 18, 2017 at 3:17:51 PM MDT
 
 
Dear Board Members and Friends of the National Naval Aviation Museum:
 
                Our NAMF team tries to provide you with an informative video clip every other month.  Our hope is that you enjoy the video but we also hope you will share it with friends and acquaintances who may not be familiar with the high quality of our Museum experience.   Our Museum is second to none; anyone who comes will be treated to an enjoyable experience detailing the role of Naval Aviation in American history.  We are always loothie for those who want to support the efforts we are making to preserve this story and this magnificent display of aircraft and exhibits.  Enjoy the video and help us find those who want to be part of our effort.
 
Sincerely,
Duane D. Thiessen
 
 
Click on hyperlink or double click on picture to watch  video.
 
 
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Thanks to Micro…Great stuff here
 
Great live video of weapons on target--produced by the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake, Point Mugu, etc. (test missiles don't always have a warhead installed…):
 
 
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Another from Micro
You're going to like this!  Old but haven't seen it in a video before.
 
 
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Thanks to Dutch R.
Do you remember this GUY?
Subject: Fwd: Gene Kelly Skate Dancing.
 
 You  may have no idea how good Gene Kelly was at Dancing until you watch this.  Look closely and notice these are not even shoe skates.  They are the kind we had as a kid and came with a skate key.  Amazing.  I wonder how many times he fell before perfecting this routine. This is fantastic. If you've ever roller-skated,  you will find this impossible to believe!!!  This fellow is really amazing!! He starts tap dancing about half way through.   I loved looking at the dresses and hats of the ladies and all the old cars. Notice also that most of the ladies were wearing  gloves except at the end when folks were clapping.JUST REMARKABLE!  WHAT A TALENT, AND HE MAKES IT LOOK SO EASY. This will bring up some of those old time memories for most of us. (Be sure to watch it full screen.)
 
 
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Thanks to Carl
 

Watch: Mid-Air Refueling is Not Always as Routine as You May Think! Must Watch Video!

JULY 18, 2017f-15-kc-135-aerial-refueling
Aerial refueling does not always go as planned and is actually much harder than it looks as this video proves.
Aerial Refueling Mishaps

The Biggest Air Refueling Mishaps Caught On Camera - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiN9M0ahfmM

 
 
Featured image of an F-15 Eagle being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 434th Air Refueling Wing during training near Jacksonville International Airport, Fla. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Shaun Withers
 
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Thanks to Doctor Rich
 
Likely a cavernous sinus thrombosis ... which is a lot more serious than has been spun... you can google it for details...
 
Rich

Sent from my iPhone
Please pardon my I-Spell errors!

On Jul 18, 2017, at 7:07 PM, Dutch R <flyboy@helndutch.com> wrote:
What say Ye, Doctor Rich to this post from Tam?
 
 
 
Yep, doubtful JohnnyMack recovers from this, may already looking to resign gracefully 
Tam

Dr. Milton Wolf: Media Covering for John McCain – Senator's BRAIN SURGERY Is Serious, Can Be Life Ending

Jim Hoft Jul 18th, 2017 5:44 pm 69 Comments

THIS IS HUGE!
THE LIBERAL MEDIA IS COVERING UP JOHN McCAIN'S LIFE-THREATENING BRAIN SURGERY!

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Dr. Milton Wolf is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist in Kansas. The good doctor is also President Barack Obama's second cousin, once removed. Dr. Wolf ran for the US Senate against Senator Pat Roberts in 2014 and narrowly lost to the longtime senator in the GOP primary.
This weekend Senator John McCain had surgery.
The senator's office called the procedure routine.
Dr. Milton Wolf tells The Gateway Pundit the media is covering for John McCain.
The mainstream media is covering for McCain or they're just completely clueless. Or both. He had brain surgery for a 5 cm intracranial hematoma. That's a big deal. Can be life ending. Media is buying his statement that it was from a routine annual physical —brain surgery?!— and they're saying it was "above the left eye" rather than saying brain. Clintonesque.
Dr. Wolf posted several tweets on the seriousness of Senator McCain's condition.
"A five centimeter hematoma is huge."
Whoa. "Minimally invasive craniotomy"… Are you kidding?!

A craniotomy is opening the skull to access the brain. And a 5cm hematoma is huge. https://twitter.com/bencjacobs/status/886377543347077121 …
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) 9:07 PM - 15 Jul 2017
And "above his left eye." What's above the eye? The brain.
Possibilities:
Subdural hematoma
Epidural hematoma
Brain hematoma

And 5cm = huge
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) 9:11 PM - 15 Jul 2017
Say a prayer for John McCain.
Say a prayer for @SenJohnMcCain. This is serious, especially in an 80-year-old, no matter how much his office tries to minimize it.
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) 9:17 PM - 15 Jul 2017
The hematoma could have been caused by blood thinners, stroke, or tumor.
The office of @SenJohMcCain should tell the public exact location and cause of the hematoma.

Spontaneous? Blood thinners? Stroke? Tumor?
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) 9:35 PM - 15 Jul 2017
John McCain is in a more serious situation than the media is reporting.


Sent from Tamara's iUniverse 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 07/19/2017 BAHRAIN - AUTHORITIES BUST TERROR CELL LINKED TO HEZBOLLAH; MEMBERS REPORTEDLY USED HUMAN-RIGHTS COVER (JUL 19/BNA)  BAHRAIN NEWS AGENCY -- Authorities in Bahrain have announced the arrest of members of a terror group backed by Lebanon-based Hezbollah, reports the Bahrain News Agency.   Four people were arrested and later charged, said officials on Tuesday. The timing and location of the arrests were not given.   Officials said one suspect established the Manama Human Rights Observatory as a terror front. Members of the group were used for riots and acts of vandalism and terrorism against police and the Interior Ministry in Manama, said a statement.   The founder of the organization reportedly received support from Hezbollah through a Bahraini national working for that group in Lebanon.   The organization made false human-rights charges to discredit Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E., said the ministry.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/19/2017 BURMA - INVESTIGATORS BLAME BAD WEATHER FOR JUNE MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASH (JUL 19/CHNA)  CHANNEL NEWS ASIA -- Investigators in Burma have concluded that the crash of a military aircraft last month with more than 120 aboard was caused by bad weather, reports Channel News Asia.   The Chinese-made Y-8 transport aircraft went down in the Andaman Sea on June 7 while en route from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon (Rangoon). All 122 people on board, mostly the wives and children of servicemen, were killed. At least 82 bodies were recovered.   Officials said on Tuesday that recordings from the aircraft's black box ruled out engine problems or an explosion.   The aircraft was less than two years old and had only about 800 flight hours, said the military.   The Y-8 lost control after entering thick cloud; ice was detected in the engines air intake. The aircraft was then hit by sudden crosswinds, causing it to go into a nose dive, said investigators cited by state media
Item Number:3 Date: 07/19/2017 CHINA - NAVY FLOTILLA TO DRILL IN BALTIC SEA WITH RUSSIA (JUL 19/GT)  GLOBAL TIMES -- Chinese warships are headed to the Baltic Sea for the first time for joint exercises with Russia, reports the state-run Global Times newspaper.   The July 21-28 drills will run involve around 10 ships from the Russian and Chinese navies, reported Russia's Sputnik news agency on Tuesday.   The exercise is aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the navies in protecting cargo vessels, the Kremlin said in a statement reported by Tass.   The Chinese ships are on their way after live-fire drills in the Med. The ships in the flotilla include the Type 052D Luyang III-class guided missile destroyer Hefei; the Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided missile frigate Yuncheng; and the Type 903A Quiandaohu-class replenishment ship Luomahu, noted the Diplomat (Japan
  Item Number:4 Date: 07/19/2017 CROATIA - FEELING HEAT OVER ARMY'S REACTION TO FIRE, DEFENSE MINISTER OFFERS TO STEP DOWN; PM REFUSES RESIGNATION (JUL 19/BI)  BALKAN INSIGHT -- Following criticism that the Croatian army did not react quickly enough to combat a recent forest fire, Croatia's defense minister has offered to resign, reports the Balkan Insight.   The blaze covered more than 20 km (12 miles) near the city of Split and threatened its suburbs. The fire was mostly contained by Tuesday; about 200 military personnel helped more than 400 firefighter to fight the fire, noted Reuters.   On Tuesday, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said during a visit to Austria that the army could have been deployed faster.   Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic then offered to resign. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic refused to accept the resignation. The prime minister insisted the defense minister and the army had done nothing wrong.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/19/2017 EGYPT - SECURITY FORCES KILL ISIS-LINKED TERROR LEADER BEHIND RECENT SINAI ATTACKS (JUL 19/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- Egyptian security forces say they have killed a prominent Islamic State militant linked to recent attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, reports Ahram Online.   On Tuesday, security forces raided a building under construction in El-Arish where militants had set up a base operations, said a statement from the Interior Ministry.   The resulting gunfight led to the death of Ahmed Hassan Ahmed Al-Nashu, also known as Ghandur Al-Masri, a leader of the Sinai Province, the ISIS affiliate in the region, the ministry said. One militant reportedly escaped.   The government said Masri was responsible for several operations and recruiting new members for the terror group
Item Number:6 Date: 07/19/2017 FRANCE - ARMED FORCES LEADER RESIGNS AFTER ROW WITH MACRON OVER BUDGET CUTS (JUL 19/FT)  FINANCIAL TIMES -- The head of the French military has resigned after a heated dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts, reports the Financial Times (U.K).   Gen. Pierre de Villiers resigned on Wednesday after a public feud with Macron. The general said in a statement he could no longer "guarantee the durability of the army model" that he thought necessary to protect France.   Financial restraints imposed by Macron had made it difficult to do his job, the general said, as cited by Fox News.   A government minister revealed last week in a newspaper interview that there would be a surprise US$979.46 million cut to the budget despite assurances that it would increase, reported the Guardian (U.K.). Most of the cuts were to come from equipment.   Gen. Francois Lecointre was named to succeed de Villiers.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 07/19/2017 GEORGIA - PRESIDENTS OF UKRAINE, GEORGIA DECLARE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP, WILL COORDINATE EFFORTS TO JOIN E.U. (JUL 19/UKRINF)  UKRINFORM -- The presidents of the republic of Georgia and Ukraine have signed a document establishing a strategic partnership, reports Ukrinform.   Among other points, the leaders agreed to coordinate efforts to directed toward integration with the European Union, noted Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The declaration provides for mutual support for sovereignty and territorial integrity, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko following a meeting in Tbilisi on Tuesday with his Georgian counterpart, Giorgi Margvelashvili.   The declared partnership provides for "a system of institutions and mechanisms for the constant coordination of our actions, including in the defense and security sectors," said Poroshenko.   Their talks covered defense cooperation, economic projects and Black Sea Security, as well as efforts to integrate their countries in the European space, said Margvelashvili, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.   Conducting joint military training in both Georgia and Ukraine was also discussed, noted Xinhua, China's state news agency
  Item Number:8 Date: 07/19/2017 INDONESIA - GOVERNMENT OUTLAWS HTI, CALLING ISLAMIST GROUP THREAT TO NATIONAL UNITY (JUL 19/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Indonesian government has banned a hardline Islamist group to protect the nation's "unity," reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Hizb ut-Tahrir (HTI) was outlawed on Wednesday under a presidential decree signed last week that authorizes such actions against groups seen as a threat to national unity, said officials.   HTI says it is legal and peaceful and supports a global caliphate governed by Islamist sharia law. The group, which has tens of thousands of members in Indonesia, says it uses non-violent means to achieve its goals.   The government said in May that it planned to disband HTI for "causing friction in society" and not being in line with the nation's secular "Pancasila" ideology.   HTI said it would challenge the decision in court.  
 Item Number:9 Date: 07/19/2017 IRAN - U.S. GOVERNMENT SANCTIONS MISSILE PROGRAM, OTHER ACTIVITIES; TEHRAN'S NUCLEAR DEAL STANDS (JUL 19/STATE)  U.S. STATE DEPT. -- The U.S. State Dept. has announced new sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals and entities said to be involved in military and transnational criminal endeavors.   Washington is "deeply concerned about Iran's malign activities" in the Middle East, said a State release on Tuesday.   The targeted entities and individuals support Iran's ballistic missile program, military procurement or the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as well as Iran-based transnational criminal organizations and associate people, said the release.   The IRGC Aerospace Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization (ASF SSJO) and the IRGC Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization were sanctioned for their alleged involvement in ballistic missile research and flight testing.   The Treasury Dept.'s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) also designated seven entities and five individuals, said the State release.   The action targeted three networks supporting Iran's military procurement or the IRGC through the development of unmanned aerial vehicles and military equipment for the IRGC; the production and maintenance of fast attack boats for the IRGC-Navy; or the procurement of electronic components for entities that support the Iranian military.   OFAC also designated two Iranian businessmen and associated entities who orchestrated the theft of U.S. and Western software programs, some of which were sold to Tehran.   On Monday, the Trump administration said Tehran was complying with the nuclear deal, but "in default with the spirit," with its non-nuclear activities, noted CNN.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 07/19/2017 JAPAN - CHINESE COAST GUARD VESSELS SEEN IN JAPANESE TERRITORIAL WATERS (JUL 19/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- Japanese authorities say Chinese coast guard vessels recently entered Japanese waters off the northern Aomori prefecture, reports the Japan Times.   Two Chinese vessels sailed through Japanese waters off Cape Henashi in the Sea of Japan on Monday morning and stayed for more than an hour, said the Japanese coast guard.   They departed after being issued a warning by the Japanese coast guard, the service said. This was believed to be the first confirmed intrusion in that area.   The two Chinese vessels entered Japanese waters subsequently off Cape Tappi, also in the Sea of Japan, departing several hours later.   Later in the day, four Chinese coast guard ships on Monday entered Japanese territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands, the coast guard said.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 07/19/2017 PHILIPPINES - PRESIDENTIAL GUARDS, DISGUISED NPA REBELS CLASH (JUL 19/REU)  REUTERS -- Philippine security officials say Maoist rebels disguised as soldiers have killed a paramilitary guard and wounded five presidential guard members in Mindanao, reports Reuters.   New People's Army (NPA) rebels attacked a unit of the elite Presidential Security Group on Wednesday in Mindanao's North Cotabato province, said the military.   The security personnel drove through a checkpoint manned by the NPA, said a police spokesman cited by the Philippine Star. Local officials said the NPA planned to rob passengers on public transportation.   The attack came after President Rodrigo Duterte told negotiators not to agree to a bilateral cease-fire with the NPA until the group stopped its attacks on troops. Peace talks held in the Netherlands were suspended in February
Item Number:12 Date: 07/19/2017 SINGAPORE - SEEKING TO STEM RISING THREAT OF ISLAMIST MILITANCY, DEFENSE MINISTRY OFFERS TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, DRONES TO PHILIPPINES (JUL 19/CHNA)  CHANNEL NEWS ASIA -- Singapore has offered military assistance to the Philippines to counter the threat of Islamist militancy, reports Channel News Asia.   The offer covered a C-130 transport plane, use of the military's urban training villages for Philippine troops and a detachment of unmanned aerial vehicles to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, said Singapore's Defense Ministry on Wednesday.   The transport aircraft is expected to be used to deliver humanitarian supplies to evacuees from the besieged city of Marawi. Parts of the city were seized by militants in May.   If terrorists entrench themselves in the southern Philippines, this would lead to instability in the rest of Southeast Asia, said the ministry.   The offer stemmed from talks in Manila earlier this week between Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Philippines counterpart Delfin Lorenzana. Lorenzana accepted the offer in principle, the ministry added
Item Number:13 Date: 07/19/2017 SOUTH KOREA - EXPENSE OF '3-AXIS' SYSTEM HAS MILITARY LOOKING AT PRIVATE FUNDING (JUL 19/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean military may seek private funding for major equipment projects, says unnamed official cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The military is working on three major programs to help defend the nation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats: Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system; Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD); and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) strategy.   New President Moon Jae In has pledged to complete the "three-axis" system as soon as possible, because it is a precondition for the transfer of wartime operational control of South Korean troops from the U.S.   "Our military will make efforts on various ways including the build-transfer-lease (BTL) system to set up the capabilities to counter North Korea's nukes and missiles as early as possible, which include the three-axis scheme," said a Defense Ministry spokesman.   A legal review is required before the military can adopt a privately funded BTL program, the spokesman said.   The Moon administration hopes to conclude the three programs by the early 2020s, however, concerns have been raised on funding them all.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 07/19/2017 SYRIA - E.U. SLAPS SANCTIONS ON 16 SYRIAN SCIENTISTS, MILITARY OFFICIALS FOR CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACK (JUL 19/CEU)  COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION -- The Council of the European Union has imposed sanctions on 16 Syrians for their alleged involvement in a chemical attack in northern Syria this spring.   They were sanctioned for their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against civilians, the council said in a release on Monday.   Named were eight high-ranking military officials and eight scientists said to be involved in chemical weapons proliferation and delivery.   The list now totals 255 people who are under an E.U. travel ban and assets freeze. Another 67 entities have had their assets frozen.   The Council of the E.U. represents the governments of the member states. The appropriate national ministers meet in the council to adopt laws and coordinate policies.   In June, the international chemical weapons watchdog agency determined that sarin nerve agent was used. Damascus has repeatedly denied using such banned agents, noted Reuters
Item Number:15 Date: 07/19/2017 TURKEY - ANKARA AGREES TO WORK WITH ITALY, FRANCE ON MISSILE DEFENSE (JUL 19/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Turkey is going to work with two other NATO members on its national missile defense system.   Turkey, France and Italy have signed an agreement, reports the state-run Anadolu Agency.   Defense Minister Fikri Isik announced the agreement on July 14 in Ankara. Turkish firms Aselsan and Roketsan will work with the French-Italian Eurosam consortium on the project, he said, according to defense-aerospace.com.   Full-scale development is expected to begin in 2019. The Turkish government is funding a 24-month definition phase, said sources cited by the website.   The joint project covers production of Aster 30 long-range surface-to-air missile systems, reported the Daily Sabah (Istanbul).   The minister's announcement came shortly after it was reported that Turkey had reached a preliminary agreement with Russia for eight S-400 air and missile defense systems.   Moscow has not yet approved a loan for that deal, according to Russian officials.   Asked about the S-400 and the deal with France and Italy, the minister said the S-400 was a different subject, noted C4 Defence, a Turkish publication
Item Number:16 Date: 07/19/2017 USA - ACTING ON TROOPS' FEEDBACK, ARMY WILL TEST MORE FLEXIBLE, LIGHTER COMBAT BOOTS NEXT YEAR (JUL 19/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army has plans for a new round of trials for improved jungle boots in the Philippines and Thailand in early 2018, say program officials, as reported by the Army Times.   Troops with the Hawaii-based 25th Infantry Division tested the latest iteration of the boots this spring and summer.   After they tested those boots, soldiers reported that they wanted a lighter, more flexible boot with a lower profile, said officials with Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier).   The office issued a request for information in April seeking boots that meet the updated requirements.   Five firms responded in May and will each provide 200 pairs of the boots. The vendors are Belleville Boot Co., Illinois; Altama, Morristown, Tenn.; McRae Footwear, Mt. Gilead, N.C.; Bates Footwear, Richmond, Ind.; and Rocky Boots, Nelsonville, Ohio.   The Army expects to evaluate the options this winter, said Capt. Daniel Ferenczy, the assistant product manager for extreme weather clothing and footwear at PEO Soldier. The service will then decide whether to choose one of the variants or combine the best characteristics into a new boot.   Troops from the 25th Infantry Division will be outfitted with the boots during a rotation to the Philippines and Thailand in February, according to the most recent plans.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 07/19/2017 USA - F-35 OFFICE BLAMES F-35 ENGINE COST INCREASE ON PRATT & WHITNEY (JUL 19/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- A U.S. military document says Pratt & Whitney has been slow to incorporate promised cost savings techniques for the latest, and largest, batch of engines for the stealthy F-35, reports Bloomberg News.   P&W is under contract to supply 102 engines for $2.1 billion, including management, engineering support and spare parts.   In the latest selected acquisition report, the F-35 program office said that there was an estimated $43 million in cost overruns for materials from July 2016 to April 2017. Pratt & Whitney will have to cover those costs if they continue, officials said.   The engine hardware "is costing more than planned," the report says. The engine maker's targets "aren't achievable today due to delays with incorporating enough engineering changes and affordability initiatives to lower the manufacturing costs," the document says, as Bloomberg noted on Tuesday.   Pratt & Whitney has also "been unable to negotiate lower pricing from the supply chain," noted the program office.   Through April 2017, the company was behind on $51 million in work, because of late engine hardware deliveries, some quality lapses with engine nozzle parts and other supplier issues, the report says
Item Number:18 Date: 07/19/2017 USA - NAVY SHOWS OFF ITS LASER WEAPON SYSTEM TO REPORTERS; LAWS KNOCKS DOWN DRONE (JUL 19/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The U.S. Navy has recently conducted a live-fire test of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) installed on the USS Ponce amphibious ship in the Persian Gulf, reports CNN, which was given access to the trial.   For the recent test, the Ponce launched a drone target, which was immediately targeted by the LaWS crew, said the news agency.   The laser system does not need to lead a target, because it fires at the speed of light, said Lt. Cale Hughes, the laser weapon system officer.   The laser was fired, heating the drone's wing to thousands of the degrees, damaging the aircraft and sending it crashing into the sea.   The weapon "operates in an invisible part of the electromagnetic spectrum so you don't see the beam, it doesn't make any sound, it's completely silent," said Hughes.   The weapon costs about $1 per shot, using power from its own generator, said the laser weapon officer.   The system is designed primarily to defeat aircraft and small boats. The Navy is working on a more powerful system capable of defeating missiles.   The Navy first successfully tested the laser experimentally in 2014. That test was also made on the Ponce, the Voice of America News reported at the time
  Item Number:19 Date: 07/19/2017 USA - STATE'S TOP CYBER OFFICIAL ABOUT TO LEAVE (JUL 19/HILL)  THE HILL -- The top cyber official at the U.S. State Dept. is leaving his post at the end of July, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   Chris Painter was appointed the department's coordinator for cyber issues in 2011.   The news was first reported by Politico and confirmed by a State Dept. official on Monday afternoon.   Painter has been responsible for coordinating U.S. diplomatic efforts to advance cybersecurity, including by promoting norms of responsible behavior by states in cyberspace.   He previously held the top cyber post at the National Security Council, FBI and the Justice Dept.   Politico's "Morning Cybersecurity" briefing suggested that State's cybersecurity office might be closed or downgraded, citing a source said to be involved in the planning.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 07/19/2017 YEMEN - COALITION AIRSTRIKE KILLS FLEEING CIVILIANS NEAR TAIZ, SAY WITNESSES (JUL 19/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- Witnesses and U.N. personnel say a Saudi-led coalition airstrike has killed at least 20 civilians in southwestern Yemen, reports the Independent (U.K.).   An airstrike Tuesday hit a vehicle packed with families fleeing fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces near the city of Taiz, said survivors.   Many of those killed were from the same family, including women and children, said officials.   The civilians in the area were already fleeing fighting in the nearby Red Sea port city of Mokha, said a spokeswoman from the U.N.'s refugee agency (UNHCR).
 
 
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