Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fw: TheList 4513

The List 4513


To All,
I hope your week has started well.
Regards,
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This Day In Naval History - August 1
1801 - U.S. schooner Enterprise captures Tripolitan ship Tripoli
1921 - A high-altitude bombsight, mounted on a gyroscopically stabilized base was successfully tested at Torpedo Station, Yorktown, Va. This test was the first phase of Carl L. Norden's development of an effective high-altitude bombsight, which became known as the Norden Bombsight.
1946 - Office of Naval Research established
1950 - Control of Guam transferred to Department of Interior
1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) submerges under Arctic ice cap near Point Barrow
 
 
 
1464
Piero de Medici succeeds his father, Cosimo, as ruler of Florence.
1664
The Turkish army is defeated by French and German troops at St. Gotthard, Hungary.
1689
James II's siege of Londonderry, Ireland, ends in failure. James' force had suffered some 8,000 casualties to the defenders' 3,600.
1740
Thomas Arne's song "Rule Britannia" is performed for the first time.
1759
British and Hanoverian armies defeat the French at the Battle of Minden, Germany.
1791
Robert Carter III, a Virginia plantation owner, frees all 500 of his slaves in the largest private emancipation in U.S. history. An 1839 mutiny aboard a Spanish ship in Cuban waters raised basic questions about freedom and slavery in the United States.
1798
Admiral Horatio Nelson routs the French fleet in the Battle of the Nile at Aboukir Bay, Egypt.
1801
The American schooner Enterprise captures the Barbary cruiser Tripoli. Often venturing into harm's way, America's most famous sailing ship, the Constitution, twice came close to oblivion.
1834
Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire.
1864
Union General Ulysses S. Grant gives general Philip H. Sheridan the mission of clearing the Shenandoah Valley of Confederate forces. After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Virginia, suddenly collapsed.
1872
The first long-distance gas pipeline in the U.S. is completed. Designed for natural gas, the two-inch pipe ran five miles from Newton Wells to Titusville, Pennsylvania.
1873
San Francisco's first cable cars begin running, operated by Hallidie's Clay Street Hill Railroad Company.
1880
Sir Frederick Roberts frees the British Afghanistan garrison of Kandahar from Afghan rebels.
1893
A machine for making shredded wheat breakfast cereal is patented.
1914
1937
The Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany becomes operational.The Nuremberg Trial would later bring high-ranking Nazis to justice.
1939
Synthetic vitamin K is produced for the first time.
1941
The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo plane makes its first flight.
1942
Ensign Henry C. White, while flying a J4F Widgeon plane, sinks U-166 as it approaches the Mississippi River, the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard.
1943
Over 177 B-24 Liberator bombers attack the oil fields in Ploesti, Romania, for a second time.
1944
The Polish underground begins an uprising against the occupying German army, as the Red Army approaches Warsaw.
1946
President Harry S Truman establishes the Atomic Energy Commission.
1950
Lead elements of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division arrive in Korea from the United States.
1954
The Geneva Accords divide Vietnam into two countries at the 17th parallel.
1957
US and Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
1960
Singer Chubby Checker releases "The Twist," creating a new dance craze. The song had been released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters the previous year but got little attention.
1964
Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to play on the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.
1966
Charles Whitman, shooting from the Texas Tower at the University of Texas, kills 16 people and wounds 31 before being killed himself.
1988
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show.
2004
In Asuncion, Paraguay, a fire in the Ycua Bolanos V supermarket complex kills nearly 400 people and injures 500.
2007
The I-35W bridge at Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring 145.
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Why it took 48 years below!!
 
Vietnam medic to get medal for 'worst 48 hours of life'
 
 
 
McCloughan, known as "Doc" to his men, only recently considered for the Medal of Honor. His platoon leader, Lt. Randall J. Clark of Dresden, Maine, said that about eight years ago he revived an award application that he originally submitted to Army headquarters in 1970 to honor McCloughan with the Distinguished Service Cross – the second-highest valor award.
 
Back then, superiors downgraded the award two levels, and McCloughan received the Bronze Star for valor. He was discharged from the Army in 1970 with the rank of Specialist 5.
Last October, Defense Secretary Ash Carter recommended McCloughan receive not the Distinguished Service Cross, but the Medal of Honor – the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. military.
Clark had bolstered the new application with five eyewitnesses who wrote letters describing the conditions of the battle and McCloughan's bravery amid the fighting. "By contacting all these guys and having all the stories come out, that's where the ball started to roll," he said.
 
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Thanks to a number of folks
 
 Pilot lands plane 'blind' after hail destroys nose and windshield of aircraft | Fox News
 
 
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Thanks to John
Subject: Fwd: C-130 Baghdad---A Funny Presentation

 
Subj: FW: C-130 Baghdad---A Funny Presentation

A Funny Presentation..as could only be written by a combat pilot...


For those of you who were/are aviators and/or flew the "Herc", you'll
get a special kick out of this.
Everyone enjoy !

Forwarded for your amusement - some very descriptive lines. This guy
must have taken a creative writing class in college.

C-130 Pilot's Description of Approach into Baghdad. This is a funny
story particularly if you like mixed metaphors!!

There I was at six thousand feet over central Iraq , two hundred
eighty knots and we're dropping faster than Paris Hilton's panties.
It's a typical September evening in the Persian Gulf ; hotter than a
rectal thermometer and I'm sweating like a priest at a Cub Scout
meeting. But that's neither here nor there. The night is moonless over
Baghdad tonight, and blacker than a Steven King novel. But it's 2006,
folks, and I'm sporting the latest in night-combat technology -
namely, hand-me-down night vision goggles (NVGs) thrown out by the
fighter boys.


Additionally, my 1962 Lockheed C-130E Hercules is equipped with an
obsolete, yet, semi-effective missile warning system (MWS). The MWS
conveniently makes a nice soothing tone in your headset just before
the missile explodes into your airplane. Who says you can't polish a
turd?
  At any rate, the NVGs are illuminating Baghdad International Airport
like the Las Vegas Strip during a Mike Tyson fight. These NVGs are the
cat's ass.
But I've digressed.


The preferred method of approach tonight is the random shallow. This
tactical maneuver allows the pilot to ingress the landing zone in an
unpredictable manner, thus exploiting the supposedly secured perimeter
of the airfield in an attempt to avoid enemy surface-to-air-missiles
and small arms fire. Personally, I wouldn't bet my pink ass on that
theory but the approach is fun as hell and that's the real reason we
fly it.


We get a visual on the runway at three miles out, drop down to one
thousand feet above the ground, still maintaining two hundred eighty
knots. Now the fun starts. It's pilot appreciation time as I descend
the mighty Herc to six hundred feet and smoothly, yet very
deliberately, yank into a sixty degree left bank, turning the aircraft
ninety degrees offset from runway heading. As soon as we roll out of
the turn, I reverse turn to the right a full two hundred seventy
degrees in order to roll out aligned with the runway.


Some aeronautical genius coined this maneuver the
"Ninety/Two-Seventy." Chopping the power during the turn, I pull back
on the yoke just to the point my nether regions start to sag, bleeding
off energy in order to configure the pig for landing. "Flaps Fifty!,
Landing Gear Down!, Before Landing Checklist!" I look over at the
copilot and he's shaking like a cat shitting on a sheet of ice.


Looking further back at the navigator, and even through the Nags, I
can clearly see the wet spot spreading around his crotch. Finally, I
glance at my steely eyed flight engineer. His eyebrows rise in unison
as a grin forms on his face. I can tell he's thinking the same thing I
am .... "Where do we find such fine young men?" "Flaps One Hundred!" I
bark at the shaking cat.


Now it's all aim-point and airspeed. Aviation 101, with the exception
there are no lights, I'm on NVGs, it's Baghdad , and now tracers are
starting to crisscross the black sky. Naturally, and not at all
surprisingly, I grease the Goodyear's on brick-one of runway 33 left,
bring the throttles to ground idle and then force the props to full
reverse pitch. Tonight, the sound of freedom is my four Hamilton
Standard propellers chewing through the thick, putrid, Baghdad air.
The huge, one hundred thirty-thousand pound, lumbering whisper pig
comes to a lurching stop in less than two thousand feet. Let's see a
Viper do that!


We exit the runway to a welcoming committee of government issued Army
grunts. It's time to download their beans and bullets and letters from
their sweethearts, look for war booty, and of course, urinate on
Saddam's home. Walking down the crew entry steps with my
lowest-bidder, Beretta 92F 9 millimeter strapped smartly to my side,
look around and thank God, not Allah, I'm an American and I'm on the
winning team. Then I thank God I'm not in the Army.


Knowing once again I've cheated death, I ask myself, "What in the hell
am I doing in this mess?" Is it Duty, Honor, and Country? You bet your
ass. Or could it possibly be for the glory, the swag, and not to
mention, chicks dig the Air Medal. There's probably some truth there,
too. But now is not the time to derive the complexities of the
superior, cerebral properties of the human portion of the
aviator-man-machine model.


It is however, time to get out of this hole. Hey copilot how's 'bout
the 'Before Starting Engines Checklist."
God, I love this job!!!!

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More on security from Micro
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To add just one other, slightly related issue to the Privacy mess nowadays, I wrote the following to some friends earlier today:
 
Note that when you go into almost any large store nowadays they are kind enough to provide a free Wi-Fi service.  You may or may not sign onto that service, but it's there.  Whether you do sign on or not is almost irrelevant, in that they can read your MAC address.  Every network device in the world is manufactured with a unique MAC address.  It's a series of hexadecimal numbers.  My home computer MAC address is BC:5F:F4:47:D4:33, for example.  No other device in the world has that number.
When you go into a store with your smart phone's Wi-Fi turned on, the network sees your MAC address; therefore, they know when you came within range of their network, and, if they choose, they can tell where you go in the store, how long you stay, and when you leave.  If you linger near a new display, they know it's effective.
They know when you come back, how often you come in, what days you usually shop there, what times of day, etc.
If you are a "frequent shopper" with a bonus savings card, they can approximate (or, if there aren't a lot of people in the store at one time, they can know exactly—and all they need to know is ONE time) which customer you are when you check out.  They can correlate your purchase with where that MAC address went around the store and how long you lingered at each location, so they know how long you took to make up your mind.  If you've come in the store before and gone to the same area but didn't buy, they may know that you comparison shopped at other stores, too, or did further research before buying.
If, while you're in the store, you use the Wi-Fi network to go to the store's website or Google some information, they know all of that, too.  Note, when you signed onto the network, you had to agree to their privacy statement and warning that said it is an unsecure network, others may be able to see what you do, and you use the service at your own risk.  But you do not need to sign into the network or agree to anything for them to track your MAC address.
Once they've correlated your frequent shopper card with your MAC address, they now know a great deal more about everything you do in their store.
Based on your activity and purchase history, they know which coupons to mail to your home and perhaps what day of the week they should arrive in your mailbox to be most effective.
They can buy equipment that will track your cell phone around the store, even if your wifi is turned off; however, I'm confident that most of them don't do that.  They don't need to.  To be stealthy, you have to go to Airplane Mode on your phone, which turns off all transmissions.  Just remember to turn it back on when you leave.
What about online shopping?
When I was going through some studies at The Wharton School (around 2001, as I recall), the dotcom world was relatively new to marketing.  A professor told us this story:  he was walking down a hallway talking on his new cell phone and passed a student who remarked, "Hey, Professor, I see you got that super deal on that phone!"  He finished the conversation then found the student to ask, "What deal?"  It seems there was a big discount or bonus or something being offered for an online purchase, but he had bought it online and hadn't gotten the deal.
So, he went to his computer, went to the site, and looked up the price.  Same as he paid, and no deal was offered.  He then wheeled around to his office-mate's computer and started over.  He went to the site and clicked on virtually every phone model available, then lingered on the model he bought.  A window popped up saying if he bought the phone right now, he could get that really good deal.
When he had bought the phone, he already knew exactly what he wanted, so he had gone directly to that model on the site and bought it.  Obviously, their system knew that he didn't need any incentive to make the purchase.  On another computer (required because cookies on his own computer already telegraphed his history), he was able to indicate indecisiveness, resulting in being offered the good deal as incentive to make up his mind right now before he left the site and perhaps bought it from a competitor.
Note:  cookies are small text-only files put on your computer by sites you visit.  Those cookies can be read ONLY by the site that put them there (that's controlled by your computer's operating system).  All most of them do is identify you, much like that MAC address (which they cannot read over the internet).  As your behavior is tracked over time, they know more about you.  Much worse is that all those sites that place ads on website pages—every one of them—puts a cookie on your computer, too.  Given that most of those ad sites place advertisements on multiple websites and multiple pages on websites, they can track your behavior across multiple websites because they are allowed to "read" their own cookies, regardless of which website you're on at the moment.  They correlate all of that with searches you've made on specific store websites as well as Google.  That's why wherever you go on the internet, ads for something you've shown an interest in keep popping up over and over.  I get multiple ads right now for refrigerators (because I did a lot of research before buying one last December) and golf clubs (because of my recent research).
If you want to see the cookies on your computer placed there through a Microsoft browser, on Windows 10, go to:  C:\Users\<your name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies.  Yes, you can delete them (from within a browser, preferably), but that's also where your username and login information is stored, as well as preferences, shopping cart, etc., for each website you've visited.  If you want to see how quickly they pile up, delete all of them, close the browser, reopen it, and surf to a couple of websites.  Then look at the list of cookies again.  Some browsers, like Firefox, store cookies differently.  For each browser you use, you have to Google where they're stored and how to delete them.
There is no such thing as privacy anymore.
I have never and will never sign into Facebook, the biggest time sink and security hole on the planet.
Micro
 
 
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Thanks to Dutch R.
Watch and listen
 
 
 
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Thanks to Robert
50 bucks

Bill and his wife Blanche went to the state fair every year, 

And every year Bill would say, " Blanche, I'd like to ride in that helicopter "

Blanche always replied, " I know, Bill, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks! "

One year Bill and Blanche went to the fair, and Bill said, " Blanche, I'm 75 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance "

To this, Blanche replied, " Bill that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks." 

The pilot overheard the couple and said, 
" Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won't charge you a penny!  But if you say one word it's fifty dollars. "

Bill and Blanche agreed and up they went. 

The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. 

He did his daredevil tricks, but still not a word... 

When they landed, the pilot turned to Bill and said, " By golly , I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed! "

Bill replied, " Well, to tell you the truth
I almost said something when Blanche fell out, 
but you know, Fifty bucks is fifty bucks! "
 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/01/2017 ALGERIA - TROOPS KILL 6 MILITANTS WEST OF ALGIERS IN ONGOING SECURITY OP (AUG 01/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Algeria's Defense Ministry says the army has killed six armed Islamists as part of a security operation west of the capital, reports Agence France-Presse.   The Islamists were killed Monday in the Safsafa area near Tipaza, about 43 miles west of Algiers, said the ministry.   Weapons and ammunition were recovered, the ministry said.   Two other suspects were previously killed in the operation that began last week. Sources cited by Reuters said security forces thwarted an Islamic State cell last week in Tipaza province. The cell was led by a former Al-Qaida commander convicted in France a decade ago, according to the news agency.
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/01/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - SECTARIAN BATTLING, SECURITY VACUUM MAKING MATTERS WORSE, WARNS U.N. PEACEKEEPING CHIEF (AUG 01/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- The head of all United Nations peacekeeping operations has warned the Security Council that the situation in the Central African Republic is getting worse, reports the U.N. News Service.   There has been an increased intensity of attacks on civilians and peacekeepers, Jean-Pierre Lacroix said in a closed-door session on July 27.   There is a "worsening security and humanitarian" situation in the southeastern Bangassou region, where three peacekeepers were killed recently, he said.   There is "sustained fighting in the southeast of the country, heightened inter-ethnic tensions and efforts by spoilers to manipulate communities along religious lines and undermine the stabilization process in the country," said Lacroix.   This spring's departure of Ugandan and U.S. forces from the eastern part of the country left a security vacuum that was filled by "self-defense" groups, the peacekeeping chief said.   Since 2012, the country has suffered from fighting between the mainly Muslim Seleka coalition and the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/01/2017 CHINA - CHINESE PERSONNEL KICK OFF NEW SUPPORT BASE IN DJIBOUTI (AUG 01/XIN)  XINHUA -- China has formally inaugurated a military base in Djibouti, reports Xinhua, China's state-run news agency. It is the first such overseas base.   The opening ceremony was held Tuesday, coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), reported Agence France-Presse.   The logistics base will supply "naval escorts in Africa and southwest Asia, peacekeeping" and provide humanitarian support, China's Defense Ministry previously said.   Work on the base began in February 2016. China deployed its first contingent of troops to the base on July 11.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/01/2017 GHANA - GOVERNMENT SENDS 400-MAN POLICE/MILITARY TEAM TO ENFORCE BAN ON ILLEGAL MINING (AUG 01/GHANA)  GHANA NEWS AGENCY -- The government in Ghana has deployed a major joint military and police task force to combat illegal mining, reports the Ghana News Agency.   The 400-strong force was deployed Monday to the Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions as part of Operation Vanguard, said officials.   Team members underwent two weeks of training at the Bundase training camp.   Earlier this year, the government halted small-scale mining for six months and ordered all miners to be evaluated. Such illegal mining pollutes water bodies and degrades farm lands; the activated is widespread in the region, where it is known as galamsey.   The task force is expected to stay until the land and forests have been restored, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/01/2017 INDIA - THOUSANDS HIT THE STREETS, STONING POLICE, FOLLOWING KILLING OF LET COMMANDER IN KASHMIR (AUG 01/HT)  HINDUSTAN TIMES -- Indian security forces have killed a top militant commander in Indian-administered Kashmir, triggering clashes, reports the Hindustan Times.   Abu Dujana, a senior fighter from Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), and an aide were killed Tuesday morning. He had been surrounded in a house in the village of Harkipora, south of Kashmir's summer capital Sringar, said police cited by Agence France-Presse.   The elusive commander had reportedly escaped at least five previous military cordons. Dujana was one of Kashmir's most-wanted terrorists and had a cash reward of 1.5 million rupees (US$23,400) on his head, reported Reuters.   Protests broke out throughout the valley when news of the death broke. One civilian was killed and at least 20 people were injured when villagers attempted to march on the site of the operation, a police source said.   Thousands were in the streets, with stones being thrown at government forces, noted AFP.   Indian authorities then suspended internet and train services as a precautionary measure, reported PTI
  Item Number:6 Date: 08/01/2017 INDONESIA - TELEGRAM APP RESTRICTIONS TO BE LIFTED; SERVICE POPULAR WITH EXTREMISTS AGREES TO CHANGES (AUG 01/JAK)  JAKARTA POST -- The government in Indonesia says it is willing to unblock the web version of a messaging application that has been used by terrorists, reports the Jakarta Post.   The government and the encrypting messaging service have agreed to procedures to fight the distribution of terrorist propaganda, noted Reuters.   The Telegram messaging service, whose encryption cannot be monitored or wiretapped, was partially blocked on July 14 because of material related to radicalism and terrorism, reported AFP.   "We hope this week we will unblock the application," said an Indonesian official on Tuesday.   Telegram agreed to open a special communication line with the Indonesian government to allow Jakarta to ban extremist content more quickly.   The change decreased the time to shut down public channels from 24-36 hours to "several hours," said the official.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/01/2017 INDONESIA - THAI AIR FORCE JOINS INDONESIANS FOR DRILLS IN RIAU PROVINCE (AUG 01/ANTARANA)  ANTARA NEWS AGENCY -- The Indonesian and Thai air forces are holding a bilateral exercise at the Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Indonesia's western Riau province, reports Antara News, Indonesia's national news agency.   At least six F-16s and 200 military personnel from Thailand are participating in the Elang Thainesia drills, along with 100 Indonesians, officials said on Monday.   Thailand has also dispatched two C-130 Hercules transports for the exercise. Indonesia has provided F-16 and Hawk 100/200 aircraft.   The drills will focus over two weeks on improving interoperability and share knowledge and tactics, officials said.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 08/01/2017 OMAN - AIR FORCE RECEIVES 1ST PAIR OF HAWK ADVANCED JET TRAINERS (AUG 01/BAE)  BAE SYSTEMS -- BAE Systems has delivered the first batch of Hawk Mk 166 advanced jet trainers to the Royal Air Force of Oman.   Two Mk 166 aircraft arrived at Masirah Air Base on July 29, the company said in a Monday release.   The balance of the order will be delivered in the coming months, noted BAE Systems.   Oman ordered eight of the trainers in December 2012
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/01/2017 PAKISTAN - NAVY WELCOMES ANOTHER FAST MISSILE CRAFT (AUG 01/KSEW)  KARACHI SHIPYARD & ENGINEERING WORKS -- The Pakistani navy has commissioned a 207-foot (63-m) fast missile craft in Karachi, reports the vessel's builder, Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works.   The Himmat joined the navy in a July 28 ceremony.   The ship is armed with advanced weapons and sensors, including an indigenous missile system, the shipyard said.   The Himmat is the second indigenous fast missile craft built for the Pakistani navy, noted Adm. Muhammad Zakaullah, the chief of naval staff.   The attack craft is the third of the Azmat class, noted Quwa
Item Number:10 Date: 08/01/2017 PAKISTAN - THE SUPPOSED DEATHS OF TTP, LASHKAR I JHANGVI TERRORIST GROUPS MAY HAVE BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED (AUG 01/DAWN)  DAWN -- Pakistani security officials say they are concerned that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, or Pakistani Taliban) and Lashkar I Jhangvi terrorist groups are still active after successful operations directed at them, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   Security forces seemingly eliminated the TTP strongholds and infrastructure in Karachi. However, there have been reports that the group is seeking to re-establish its financial network in the city.   Similarly, said officials, Lashkar I Jhangvi was nearly wiped out in Karachi, but it has increased its activities in upper Sindh province with the help of "Afghans" and funding by the Islamic State.   The officials maintain that ISIS has no "formal structure" in Pakistan, yet it is reportedly operating in parts of Sindh with the help of sectarian groups.   Meanwhile, the rise of the Ansarul Sharia Pakistan group in Karachi poses a serious threat to law enforcement. The group has been involved in a number of attacks against police officers and a former army official, said officials
Item Number:11 Date: 08/01/2017 PHILIPPINES - POLICE MONITORING FORMER COMMUNIST HITMEN PRIOR TO ASEAN MEETING (AUG 01/DAILYMI)  DAILY MIRROR -- Security forces in the Philippines are looking for Maoist assassins who may strike an international gathering, reports the Daily Mirror (U.K.).   Police are monitoring former Maoist assassins who have joined Islamist militants, said the police chief of Manila, as reported by Reuters.   Manila is hosting the Aug. 4-8 meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) from August 4-8. The government has deployed 13,000 police officers to guard more than 1,700 delegates.   Police were monitoring several former hitmen from the communist Alex Boncayao Brigade (ABB), a group of assassins that was active in the 1980s, said Oscar Albayalde.   The men have joined pro-Islamic State groups in the Philippines and could to disrupt the talks, said Albayalde.   Although the ABB was small and has not been active, the conversion of Christian members to Islam prompted the monitoring, said the chief.  
Item Number:12 Date: 08/01/2017 SINGAPORE - ARMED FORCES OPENS INSTITUTE TO BOLSTER HOMELAND DEFENSE (AUG 01/SIMOD)  SINGAPORE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Singapore Ministry of Defense has inaugurated a new training facility focused on homeland security.   The Island Defense Training Institute (IDTI) was activated during a Monday ceremony at Clementi Camp, said a ministry release.   The school will prepare active-duty and conscript units for homeland defense and security operations and prepare military personnel for operations alongside Ministry of Home Affairs security forces, the Defense Ministry said in a release.   The institute is part of the ministry's Next-Generation Army program.   The facility is expected to train up to 18,000 active and operationally ready national servicemen in homeland security operations annually, as well as 15,000 personnel for other island defense roles.   The institute features two training centers and two schools. The Homeland Security Training Center and Island Defense Training Center will train military units to protect key military and civilian installations and conduct joint deterrence patrols.   The Security and Policing Leadership School and Security and Policing Vocational School will focus on military security and policing duties, said the ministry
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/01/2017 SOMALIA - U.S. AIRSTRIKE KILLS AL-SHABAAB SHADOW GOVERNOR IN LOWER SHABELLE (AUG 01/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A senior Al-Shabaab terrorist was killed by a U.S. airstrike over the weekend, says the Somali government, as reported by the Voice of America News.   The U.S. government announced on Monday making the drone strike in Somalia. The strike took place on Sunday near Tortoroow in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia, said a statement from U.S. Africa Command.   The airstrike was made in coordination with regional partners "as a direct response to Al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces," said the statement.   Ali Mohamed Hussein, also known as Ali Jabal was killed. He was behind bombings and assassinations in Mogadishu, said a Somali official. He also served as Al-Shabaab's shadow governor of Mogadishu, and was known for forcing businesses to donate money to the terror group
Item Number:14 Date: 08/01/2017 SOUTH KOREA - U.S., S. KOREAN OFFICIALS DISCUSSING ADDITIONAL THAAD LAUNCHERS (AUG 01/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean Defense Ministry says Seoul has started to consult with the U.S. over the resumption of deploying Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Late last week, President Moon Jae In ordered the talks to resume following North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test on Friday, noted the JoongAng Daily (South Korea).   "As for the deployment of six [THAAD] launchers, South Korea and the U.S. will make a decision after consultations," said a South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman on Monday.   Moon called for the deployment of the remaining four THAAD launchers, backing away from a previous decision to suspend the deployment pending an environmental assessment.   Two launchers are already operational in Seongju, about 190 miles (300 km) south of Seoul
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/01/2017 SYRIA - SDF REBEL ALLIANCE CLOSES IN ON RAQQA FROM THE SOUTH (AUG 01/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces rebel alliance is close to taking control of Raqqa's southern neighborhoods from the Islamic State, says a Kurdish official cited by Reuters.   The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighting groups, is in the midst of a months-long operation to take Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria.   On Tuesday, SDF forces coming from the east were just a few streets from their counterparts from the west in southern Raqqa, said the official on Tuesday.   "There is a fierce resistance from [ISIS], so we can't determine when exactly we'll take [full control]," the official said. About 90 percent of the southern neighborhoods have been "liberated," he added.   The SDF fighters were within 300 meters (330 yards) of linking up, said a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition.   The SDF also has gained control of about 4 square miles of territory to Raqqa's north in the last two days, said the spokesman.   The defense of Raqqa has been "less coherent" than it was during fighting in Mosul in Iraq. "ISIS is still using car bombs, booby traps and civilians to hide behind, but their inability to address the multiple advances from the SDF is apparent," the spokesman said
Item Number:16 Date: 08/01/2017 USA - AGREEMENT CALLS FOR LOCKHEED TO PRODUCE 50 F-35 FIGHTERS FOR FOREIGN CUSTOMERS (AUG 01/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- Lockheed has been awarded an interim payment for dozens of F-35 fighter jets earmarked for non-U.S. customers.   The Naval Air Systems Command awarded Lockheed Martin a $3.7 billion contract modification to a previous low-rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 Lightning II advance acquisition contract, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The modification covers 50 aircraft for F-35 program partners and Foreign Military Sales program customers, the Pentagon said on July 28.   Under the deal, the U.K. will receive one F-35B; Italy, one F-35A; Australia, eight F-35As; the Netherlands, eight F-35As; Turkey, four F-35As; Norway, six F-35As; and 22 jets for unspecified Foreign Military Sales customers.   The contract modification also added scope for mission equipment and chase maintenance activity for the various participants, as well as the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy.   The contract allows Lockheed to continue production while it finalizes the terms of the Lot 11 contract with the Pentagon, noted Reuters.   An agreement is expected by the end of 2017.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed in December 2020
Item Number:17 Date: 08/01/2017 USA - FIGHTERS FROM NIMITZ CARRIER STRIKE GROUP BEGIN HITTING ISIS IN IRAQ, SYRIA (AUG 01/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy says jets from the Nimitz carrier in the Persian Gulf have started to fly sorties against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, reports USNI News.   An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the strike group's Carrier Air Wing 11 was the first aircraft launched Monday as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, said the Navy.   The strike group includes USS Nimitz, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59), embarked Carrier Air Wing 11 and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG-83), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and USS Kidd (DDG-100). The group arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area in July.   The Nimitz CSG is taking over anti-ISIS airstrikes from the George H.W. Bush carrier strike group
Item Number:18 Date: 08/01/2017 USA - NAVY'S NEWEST CARRIER ACCOMPLISHES INITIAL LAUNCH, LANDINGS WITH EMALS, AAG SYSTEMS (AUG 01/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The newly commissioned aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford recently launched and recovered its first fixed-wing aircraft during trials off the coast of Virginia, reports the Navy NewsStand.   Both of the systems had difficulties in development, noted the Navy Times.   On July 28, an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) at NAS Patuxent River, Md., made the first arrested landing and the first catapult launch on the Ford.   The Super Hornet successfully captured the number two arresting wire on the carrier's advanced arresting gear (AAG) system, said the service. It was later launched from catapult one from the new electromagnetic launch system (EMALS).   "AAG and EMALS have been successfully tested ashore at Lakehurst, N.J., but this is the first shipboard recovery and launch of a fleet fixed-wing aircraft," said Capt. Rick McCormack, Ford's commanding officer.   The AAG is a software-controlled, modular, integrated system that uses energy absorbers, power-conditioning equipment and digital controls to provide better reliability and safety margins, allow for the arrestment of a wider range of aircraft and reduce the fatigue impact load on the aircraft.   The EMALS uses new technologies to perform the same mission as the old steam-powered catapults. The system provides higher launch energy capacity; maintenance improvements; increased reliability and efficiency; and more accurate end-speed control and smooth acceleration.  
Item Number:19 Date: 08/01/2017 USA - NORFOLK NAVAL STATION GETS ALL-CLEAR SIGN; REPORTED DIVER NOT FOUND (AUG 01/DPNN)  DAILY PRESS (NEWPORT NEWS) -- Restrictions have now been lifted for the piers at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.   The piers were temporarily locked down after a possible diver was seen in restricted waters, reports the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.).   On Monday morning, several Navy waterfront watchstanders reported seeing a person wearing goggles and a scuba tank near Pier 7 at Naval Station Norfolk, said a spokesman for the base.   Navy authorities shut down access to all of the base's piers. Perosnnel were ordered to stay away from the waterfront, reported WAVY, a local news outlet.   No diver was found and all ships were determined to be clear after a search that lasted hours. An all-clear was announced in the evening.   The naval base is the largest in the world. Almost 60 ships are based there, including the Navy's new carrier, Gerald R. Ford.  
 Item Number:20 Date: 08/01/2017 USA - PACOM COMMANDER CITES TOP REGIONAL CONCERNS: N. KOREA, CHINESE AGGRESSION, ISIS (AUG 01/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The head of the U.S. Pacific Command says the Asia-Pacific region has listed what he sees as the three major threats facing the region: North Korea; China's activities in the South China Sea; and the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group in the Philippines, reports the Military Times.   Adm. Harry Harris discussed these issues during the Japan-U.S. Military Statesman Forum in Washington, D.C., on July 28.   North Korea, which conducted its 11th missile test of 2017 on July 28, is an "immediate threat to our alliance," he said.   The admiral predicted that Pyongyang would continue to improve its capabilities. He called on China to do more to pressure North Korea to stop missile testing.   Beijing is also attempting to assert its power by militarizing disputed islands in the South China Sea, he said. Those islands are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.   PACOM is seeking to persuade China to cooperate peacefully under the current international order, the admiral said.   Finally, Harris said the Islamic State already has a toehold in the Philippines, after occupying Marawi in the southern Mindanao province.   Multinational partnerships are vital to combating threats in the region, said the admiral. 
 
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