Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TheList 4565

The List 4565

To All
A bit of history and some tidbits
This Day in Naval History - October 11
1776 - Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, New York. Although defeated, the American flotilla delayed the British advance and caused it to fall back into winter quarters.
1824 - Marquis de Lafayette visits the Washington Navy Yard during his year long tour of America. He returned to the yard the next day, October 12, to continue his visit.
1841: Abel P. Upshur becomes the 13th Secretary of the Navy, serving until July 1843. Among his achievements are the replacement of the old Board of Navy Commissioners with the bureau system, regularization of the officer corps, increased Navy appropriations, construction of new sailing and steam warships, and the establishment of the Naval Observatory and Hydrographic Office.
1942 - Battle of Cape Esperance begins: In two-day battle, American task force stops Japanese attack on Guadalcanal and sinks two Japanese ships while losing only USS Duncan (DD-485).
1944 - USS Tang (SS 306) sinks Japanese freighters Joshu Go and Oita Maru in the Formosa Strait. Also on this date, USS Trepang (SS 412), in an attack on a Japanese convoy south of Honshu, sinks landing ship T.105 about 105 miles southwest of Tokyo Bay.
1945 - Typhoon hits Okinawa, damaging many Navy ships.
1950 - Task Force 77 Aircraft destroy North Korean vessels off Songjin and Wonsan and north of Hungham.
1963 - Navy medical team from Norfolk, VA begins massive inoculation program to safeguard against outbreak of typhoid in the wake of Hurricane Flora.
1967 - Operation Coronado VI began in Rung Sat Zone
1968 - Launch of Apollo 7, the first U.S. 3-man space mission, commanded by CDR Walter Schirra, JR. USN. MAJ Ronnie Cunningham, USMCR served as Lunar Module pilot. The mission lasted 10 days and 20 hours. Recovery was by HS-5 helicopters from USS Essex (CVS-9).
Today in History October 11
The Catholics defeat the Protestants at Kappel during Switzerland's second civil war.
Charles V of Milan puts his son Philip in control.
George II of England crowned.
In graditude for putting down a rebellion in the streets of Paris, France's National Convention appoints Napoleon Bonaparte second in command of the Army of the Interior.
The Confederate Congress in Richmond passes a draft law allowing anyone owning 20 or more slaves to be exempt from military service. This law confirms many southerners opinion that they are in a 'rich man's war and a poor man's fight.'
Outlaw Wild Bill Longley, who killed at least a dozen men, is hanged, but it took two tries; on the first try, the rope slipped and his knees drug the ground.
South African Boers, settler from the Netherlands, declare war on Great Britain.
San Francisco school board orders the segregation of Oriental schoolchildren, inciting Japanese outrage.
In the Battle of Cape Esperance, near the Solomon Islands, U.S. cruisers and destroyers decisively defeat a Japanese task force in a night surface encounter.
Negotiations between Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and Communist leader Mao Tse-tung break down. Nationalist and Communist troops are soon engaged in a civil war.
The Federal Communications Commission authorizes the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) to begin commercial color TV broadcasts.
Pope John XXIII opens the 21st Ecumenical Council (Vatican II) with a call for Christian unity. This is the largest gathering of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in history; among delegate-observers are representatives of major Protestant denominations, in itself a sign of sweeping change.
Apollo 7, with three men aboard, is successfully launched from Cape Kennedy.
A French mission in Vietnam is destroyed by a U.S. bombing raid.
Race riot breaks out aboard carrier USS Kitty Hawk off Vietnam during Operation Linebacker.
Saturday Night Live comedy-variety show premiers on NBC, with guest host comedian George Carlin and special guests Janis Ian, Andy Kaufman and Billy Preston; at this writing (2013) the show is still running.
The so-called "Gang of Four," Chairman Mao Tse-tung's widow and three associates, are arrested in Peking, setting in motion an extended period of turmoil in the Chinese Communist Party.
Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan, part of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger, becomes the first American woman to walk in space.
Operation Pawan by Indian Peace Keeping Force begins in Sri Lanka; thousands of Tamil citizens, along with hundreds of Tamil Tigers militants and Indian Army soldiers will die in the operation.
Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas begin.
NASA launches its 100th Space Shuttle mission.
The Polaroid Corporation, which had provided shutterbugs with photo prints in minutes with its "instant cameras" since 1947, files for bankruptcy.
Skip,  just a side note to The List 4563.   
The numbers are for helicopters that were destroyed not returned to service.  I'm thinking the actual number of shoot downs is something well north of 10,000.  I personally recovered close to 1000 helicopters in one year (Jan68-Feb69) and then 500 or so Oct70-Oct71.
Now that's just me there were many others doing the same thing. 
There were many (thousands) that were recovered repaired and shot down again and again.  Just sayin.  
Thanks to Phil
                                     fun facts about the hypocrites over at the NFL
Just so we have all the facts:
"" Here are some fun facts about the hypocrites over at the NFL. In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his blackout to avoid glare and made him take it off. In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders. In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said "Know Jesus Know Peace" but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium. In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing "Find the Cure" eye black for breast cancer awareness. In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem...) In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty. In 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11. So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression?""
Thanks to Dutch R
Remember, some of the clips are of RC models –
If this happens top your aircraft, slow down while 'loading' the control surface that is fluttering! - Dutch

Thanks to Lurch
OK this is more flight control surface movement that most pilots want to see!  Test pilots excepted, of course, they get excited watching this crap!!!
F L U T T E R  ! ! !
Thanks to Robert
Always a good laugh.

Probably Would Not Pass Today's PC Check 
Thanks to Chuck…very entertaining
Must see!! 2016 People are Awesome
This is a fun video!  Of course many of the out takes likely will be on the Darwin Awards!!!
Aaaahhh …  Youth !!!  Probably not one of them over 30 …
Thanks to Dutch R. This is a good story
Woman who survived being aborted at EIGHT MONTHS after a nurse heard her cries from the medical trash can spent 17 years tracing her birth mother and reveals how she learnt to forgive
Melissa Ohden, 40, from Missouri, was born despite her mother's 5-day saline infusion abortion in 1977 when she was eight months pregnant 
Weighing 2Ib 14oz, she suffered jaundice, respiratory distress and seizures
Her 17-year search for answers about her past turned her world upside down 
She found out she owes her life to the 'angel' nurse who saw her wriggle
But she would have been dead if another nurse - her grandmother - had had her way
Melissa had a tearful reunion with her birth mother and has now written a book
'It's been a painful journey from shame and anger to forgiveness,' she says
Item Number:1 Date: 10/11/2017 AFGHANISTAN - MORE AIRSTRIKES MADE AGAINST TALIBAN, ISIS IN SEPTEMBER THAN ANY MONTH IN 7 YEARS (OCT 11/HILL)  THE HILL -- The number of largely U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan has reached a seven-year high, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.), citing U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) figures.   The totals include weapons dropped by the U.S. Air Force, other services and allies, noted the Air Force Times.   During September 2017, coalition forces dropped 751 bombs against the Taliban and Islamic State militants, a 50 percent increase over August and the most since the extended siege of Sangin in late 2010.   AFCENT attributed the increase to President Trump's new proactive strategy. The deployment of six more F-16 fighters at Bagram Air Base and more B-52 bomber missions dedicated to Afghanistan have also provided additional strike capability, the command said.   The data in the report covered aircraft under the command of the Combined Forces Air Component Commander, which does not include all aircraft in the region, noted the Hill. Accordingly, the actual total numbers might be higher.   Coalition forces have dropped 3,238 bombs in Afghanistan so far this year, say U.S. officials cited by the Air Force Times
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/11/2017 BURMA - U.N. PROBE BLASTS MILITARY 'CLEARANCE OPERATIONS" OF ROHINGYA (OCT 11/REU)  REUTERS -- A United Nations report has accused Burmese security forces of conducting "brutal" operations in Rakhine state aimed at driving the Muslim Rohingya from the country and then preventing that minority from returning, according to a U.N. report cited by Reuters.   Based on 65 interviews with Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh in the last month, the report says that "clearance operations" started before insurgent attacks on police posts on Aug. 25. The operations included killings, torture and rape of children, says the report.   Security forces also set fire to homes, crops and villages to discourage people from returning, according to the investigation.   The actions appeared to be "a cynical ploy to forcibly transfer large numbers of people without possibility of return," said Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.   The destruction of houses, fields, food stocks, crops and livestock has made it nearly impossible for Rohingya to return to normal lives in Rakhine state, says the report.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 10/11/2017 CANADA - SPECIAL OPS TEAM FROM CANADA CALLED KEY IN FINDING, DISMANTLING CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN IRAQ (OCT 11/GAM)  GLOBE AND MAIL -- Canadian special operations personnel have had a major role in finding, detecting and dismantling Islamic State stockpiles of chemical weapons in Iraq, reports the Globe and Mail (Toronto), citing sources familiar with the operations.   Some of the elite personnel reportedly have advanced science degrees and used their specialized skills to decontaminate Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Iraqi soldiers who had been hit with mustard gas, said the sources.   Soldiers with the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU), which is responsible for responding to nuclear, biological and chemical attacks, are among around 200 Canadian special operations troops deployed in northern Iraq to train Kurdish fighters, the paper noted on Tuesday.   A small number of CJIRU personnel reportedly participated in the battle for Mosul, focusing on finding and destroying chemical weapons.   Between March and August this year, the CJIRU troops detected and dismantled weaponized chemical components and hazardous material in Mosul, said the sources
Item Number:4 Date: 10/11/2017 FINLAND - SWEDISH GRIPENS JOIN RUSKA TACTICAL AIR DRILLS (OCT 11/YLE)  YLE NEWS -- The Finnish air force is in the midst of its largest tactical training exercise of the year, reports the YLE News, Finland's national public broadcasting company.   The Ruska drills, which began on Monday and run through Friday, will involve Swedish air force aircraft and personnel for the first time in a defense role, air force officials said.   The Swedes are working both with Finnish forces and serving as an opposition force during the drills.   More than 60 aircraft and 4,500 personnel at bases around Finland are taking part in the exercise, which focuses on preparing air defense personnel for crisis operations.   More than 30 Finnish F/A-18 Hornet fighters, 14 Hawk jet trainers, transport and liaison aircraft and army NH90 helicopters are participating.   Sweden sent eight Gripen fighters and an Argus airborne early warning and control aircraft for the drills.   Last year, according to Finnish media cited by Sputnik (Russia), the neighbors took part in each other's exercises as opponents. This year, the Swedes also are training to defend Finland.  
Item Number:5 Date: 10/11/2017 INDIA - KASHMIR FIGHTING CLAIMS 4 LIVES: 2 AIR FORCE COMMANDOS, 2 MILITANTS (OCT 11/IANS)  INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- A gunbattle between Indian security forces and militants in disputed Kashmir has led to four deaths, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.   Two commandos from the Indian air force's Garud unit and two militants were killed during fighting on Wednesday in the Bandipora district of Indian-administered Kashmir. Another soldier was also injured   The fight broke out when security personnel surrounded the Paribal village early in the day after receiving intelligence about the presence of militants in a house.   According to Indian officials, the two militants opened fire when the security forces approached the house. They were killed in the return fire.  
 Item Number:6 Date: 10/11/2017 ISRAEL - DEFENSE MINISTER ANTICIPATES UNIFIED SYRIAN, LEBANESE FOE IN FUTURE CONFLICT (OCT 11/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned that in a potential future war, the Israeli military will likely face a unified Lebanese and Syrian opponent as well as militants in the Gaza Strip, reports the Times of Israel.   The Lebanese army has been fully integrated with the Hezbollah terrorist group and operates under its command, the defense minister told a military event on Tuesday.   That is why the armed forces are preparing for such a two-front conflict, he said. Lieberman predicted that Syria and Lebanon would coordinate operations on the northern front,   Israel is working to prevent a war, but the situation is "fragile" and a conflict could break out at any time, the minister said
Item Number:7 Date: 10/11/2017 LEBANON - AIR FORCE STARTS TAKING DELIVERY OF SUPER TUCANO ATTACK AIRCRAFT (OCT 11/DAILYSTAR)  DAILY STAR -- The Lebanese air force has received its first two of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from the United States, reports the Daily Star (Beirut).   The aircraft were handed over in Lebanon on Monday. Twelve pilots and 20 maintainers completed training at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., prior to delivery.   Four more Super Tucanos are scheduled to arrive in the next 12 months as part of a U.S. aid package.   All of the aircraft are armed with a pair of .50-caliber machine guns and the ability to fire 70-mm unguided rockets and guided Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rockets
Item Number:8 Date: 10/11/2017 LIBYA - SECURITY COUNCIL APPROVES PLAN TO RESUME LIBYA'S STALLED POLITICAL PROCESS (OCT 11/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- The Security Council has endorsed a U.N. action plan to restart a proposed inclusive political process in Libya, reports the U.N. News Service.   In a statement on Tuesday, the council called on all Libyans to work together and engage with the plan -- which was presented in New York last month.   The Security Council said it looked "forward to further sequential implementation" of the plan ahead of holding parliamentary and presidential elections within a year.   The council also reaffirmed that the Libyan Political Agreement, signed in December 2015, "remains the only viable framework" to end the political crisis in that country.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 10/11/2017 NORTH KOREA - TRAINING BY PYONGYANG'S PARAGLIDING SPECIAL OPS FORCES TARGET COMMAND POST IN SEOUL (OCT 11/YON)  YONHAP -- North Korean special operations forces recently conducted training aimd at infiltrating the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) in Seoul by paraglider, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   In mid-September, the North Korean personnel simulated an attack at a training range with a model of the CFC building, said South Korean defense officials on Tuesday.   This was the first time North Korean special operators have been involved in such drills.   The training involved several teams of special ops personnel from Pyongyang's army, navy and air force, the officials said.   Such attacks might avoid detection by radar, said an unnamed defense source.   The North Korean drill inspired last month's joint short-range air defense exercise by South Korean and American forces, said another source
Item Number:10 Date: 10/11/2017 SOMALIA - WITH VIOLENCE SWELLING, SECURITY FORCES MAKE SWEEP OF AL-SHABAAB SYMPATHIZERS IN MOGADISHU (OCT 11/SHABELLE)  SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK -- Somali security personnel have rounded up dozens of Al-Shabaab suspects in Mogadishu.   On Monday night, government forces targeted Al-Shabaab sympathizers in the capital, reports the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu).   At least 50 people, mostly young, were detained during the sweep in the Wadajir district, said government security officials.   The operation was aimed at increasing security and preventing Al-Shabaab attacks, the officials said.   Mogadishu has experienced a spiking of bombings and targeted killings over the last few months
Item Number:11 Date: 10/11/2017 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. BOMBERS MAKE MOCK MISSILE LAUNCHES OFF BOTH S. KOREAN COASTS (OCT 11/YON)  YONHAP -- U.S. Air Force bombers has been training with South Korean fighter jets over the Korean peninsula in another show of force against North Korea, say top South Korean military officials cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   On Tuesday night, two B-1B bombers based in Guam staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with two F-15K fighters over the Sea of Japan and flew across the peninsula, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.   The aircraft then conducted another firing exercise over the Yellow Sea.   The mission was part of the rotational deployment of U.S. strategic military assets to South Korea, said an official with the South Korean president's office.   The B-1Bs conducted similar training with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force during the mission, said U.S. military officials.   This was the first time that the bombers have conducted a combined training exercise with Japanese and South Korean fighters at night, said the 7th Air Force
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/11/2017 SYRIA - WITH FINAL PUSH ON RAQQA LOOMING, NEGOTIATIONS UNDERWAY ABOUT TRAPPED CIVILIANS (OCT 11/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Talks have started aimed at ensuring the safe exit of civilians trapped in Raqqa, the embattled Islamic State stronghold in eastern Syria, say U.S. officials, as reported by Agence France-Presse.   The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, have liberated about 90 percent of the city since operations began in June.   The SDF has reportedly surrounded the remaining ISIS fighters in a handful of positions, but thousands of civilians remain in the city, with some being used as human shields by the terrorists.   On Tuesday, officials from the Raqqa Civil Council, a provisional administration for the city set up by the SDF, were trying to negotiate safe passage of civilians from the remaining ISIS-held locations, according to the U.S.-led coalition.   Any of those leaving Raqqa who are determined to have fought for ISIS will be turned over to local authorities, said a coalition statement.   The talks are focused on granting the surrendering ISIS fighters and their families a way out of Raqqa, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
  Item Number:13 Date: 10/11/2017 TAIWAN - DEFENSE MINISTRY PROPOSES 1.9 PERCENT HIKE IN SPENDING (OCT 11/CENTNA)  CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY (TAIWAN) -- The Ministry of National Defense in Taiwan has proposed a 2018 budget of US$10.79 billion, with a focus on strengthening the military's defensive capabilities in a potential regional conflict, reports the Central News Agency (Taiwan).   With tensions in the Asia-Pacific region on the rise, the ministry wants to emphasize building up the military and preparing it for combat operations.   The draft budget allocates US$1.7 billion for the development and production of weapons, a US$392 million increase from this year; US$1 billion for logistics and maintenance, up US$181 million; and US$86 million to replace soldier equipment, a US$46.1 million boost from 2017.   The ministry has also earmarked US$105 million to buy new weapons from the U.S. This category was not seen in the 2017 budget, noted the news agency late last week.   The US$10.79 billion total represents a 1.9 percent increase from 2017. Defense spending is 2 percent of GDP.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/11/2017 USA - AMERICAN DESTROYER MAKES FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION OP CLOSE TO ISLAND CLAIMED BY CHINA; BEIJING COMPLAINS (OCT 11/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S. Navy has conducted another freedom of navigation operation (FONOPS) near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, say several U.S. officials, as cited by Reuters.   On Tuesday, USS Chafee (DDG 90) carried out normal maneuvering operations that challenged "excessive maritime claims" near the Paracel Islands, three officials told the news agency, in an exclusive report.   This FONOPS was the latest effort to counter Beijing's perceived attempts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters.   In August, a U.S. Navy destroyer acknowledged coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China. This week, officials said the U.S. ship sailed close to but not within that range of the islands.   The Chinese Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that it sent a warship, two fighter jets and a helicopter to warn off the American destroyer. Beijing called the operation an infringement on Chinese sovereignty and security.   Beijing lodged a complaint with the U.S. government and insisted that the Paracels are Chinese territory, said a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.  
 Item Number:15 Date: 10/11/2017 USA - ARMY'S MOBILE AIR DEFENSES GET BOOST BY MOUNTING STINGERS ON STRYKER VEHICLES (OCT 11/RAYTHEON)  RAYTHEON -- U.S. defense firm Raytheon says it has integrated and demonstrated a Stinger air defense missile system mounted on a Stryker wheeled armored vehicle to meet a U.S. Army requirement for a mobile air defense capability.   The Stinger air-to-air launch system was adapted to fire from a Stryker and demonstrated for the U.S. Army late last month, the company said in a release on Oct. 9.   The Stinger was incorporated into a Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) mounted on a Stryker, the company said.   During the demonstration at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Stinger missiles were fired from a Stryker vehicle and successfully intercepted airborne targets, said Raytheon.   The Army continues to evaluate the combination, according to company officials.   A fielding decision could be made as soon as early 2018, noted Defense News
Item Number:16 Date: 10/11/2017 USA - HEZBOLLAH SEEN AS POTENTIAL THREAT TO U.S. HOMELAND (OCT 11/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Senior American officials have warned that Hezbollah militants could be planning attacks inside the United States, reports CNN.   There is "continued activity" on behalf of the Lebanon-based terrorist group inside the United States, said Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center.   "It's our assessment that Hezbollah is determined to give itself a potential homeland option as a critical component of its terrorism playbook," he told reporters at a press conference Tuesday at the State Dept. He pointed to recent arrests of suspected Hezbollah operatives in New York and Michigan.   Those two men were arrested in June and charged with providing material support to Hezbollah's Islamic Jihad Organization.   The move to crack down on Hezbollah's armed wing is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to counter Iran and its proxies.   The administration is offering cash rewards for Hezbollah's most-wanted operatives and has set up intelligence-sharing and law enforcement efforts against the group
  Item Number:17 Date: 10/11/2017 USA - MILITARY PERSONNEL TRAIN WITH NEW SOCIAL-MEDIA SIMULATOR (OCT 11/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- The U.S. military has developed a new simulator aimed at intelligence analysts and public affairs officers to deal with social media in future wars, reports Defense One.   A computer program from San Diego-based Cubic helps personnel to sort through tweets, other social media posts and real and fake news; determine which posts might affect a local conflict; and react to them.   The Social Media Replication Toolkit System is being incorporated into training and wargames by military units up to combatant commands, according to Cubic officials at this week's Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington, D.C.   This kind of training formerly was done ad hoc, without simulated social networks, the officials said.   The program collects real tweets and news articles from a specific part of the world, measures their influence on actual events and then removes data that might identify the person who posted them.   The now-anonymous tweets are used to build a simulation of social-media traffic during a crisis.   Other kinds of information can also be applied to the program, said company officials
  Item Number:18 Date: 10/11/2017 USA - NAVY CALLS MCCAIN DESTROYER COLLISION "PREVENTABLE,' FIRES CO, XO (OCT 11/NAVYNEWS)  NAVY NEWS -- The commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet has relieved of duty the commanding officer and executive officer of the destroyer USS John S. McCain, which collided with a cargo ship in August, reports the Navy NewsStand.   On Oct. 11, Adm. Phil Sawyer fired Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, the ship's captain, and Cmdr. Jessie Sanchez, the executive officer, due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command.   The Navy called the warship's deadly collision with an oil tanker "preventable," noted the Washington Post.   Ten sailors were killed and five were injured in the collision near Singapore on Aug. 21. Both ships suffered damage.   The commanding officer exercised poor judgment and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship's training program, the Navy said in a release. The investigation is ongoing.   Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, former skipper of the destroyer USS McCampbell has assumed duties as the acting commander of the McCain. Lt. Cmdr. Ray Ball, chief engineer of the cruiser USS Antietam, will serve as acting executive officer
Item Number:19 Date: 10/11/2017 USA - PLANNED ARMY MODERNIZATION COMMAND HAS STREAMLINING MISSION (OCT 11/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Army has decided to stand up a new modernization command next summer, reports the Army News Service.   Existing Army systems are becoming obsolete compared to what adversaries might develop, and the processes the service uses to field potential new systems are outdated and too slow, acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said on Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army exhibition in Washington, D.C.   The Army's Abrams tanks, AH-64 attack helicopters, Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and Black Hawk helicopter were developed in the 1970s and have been incrementally upgraded, he pointed out.   This incremental modernization cycle is no longer sufficient, said McCarthy.   "Our peer competitors have continued to invest in technologies that counter what have traditionally been the strengths of the American military, and they are doing it faster," the acting secretary said.   "To prevail in the future, we now must reform how we modernize the Army," he said. "The roles, responsibilities, structures, and organizations we have to address this challenge are disparate and in many respects, born of a bygone era."   The modernization command will help streamline the upgrading process, the secretary said. It will cover concept development to delivery of new capabilities.   McCarthy is a former Ranger who has been confirmed as the Army undersecretary, and then upgraded automatically as acting secretary when the White House named and withdrew two potential secretaries
Item Number:20 Date: 10/11/2017 YEMEN - ROADSIDE BOMB KILLS CLERIC; POLICE ARREST 10 FROM ISLAMIST PARTY (OCT 11/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Yemeni police have arrested 10 members of the Islamist Al-Islah party following a roadside bombing that killed a cleric with ties to the United Arab Emirates, reports Agence France-Presse.   Imam Yassin al-Adani, a Yemeni cleric who served as spiritual adviser to Emirati troops allied with the Yemeni government, was killed on Tuesday when a roadside device hit his car near the Zayed mosque in Aden, according to Yemeni security sources.   The cleric's 12-year-old son was injured in the blast.   The Al-Islah party told AFP on Wednesday that said police that morning had arrested 10 members of the Sunni Islamist movement, including Undersecretary-General Mohammed Abdulmalik and a field commander. The statement from the party made no mention of the bombing on Tuesday.   The police also confiscated explosives in the raid, said law enforcement sources.   Al-Islah is a key member of a southern alliance that includes Yemeni tribes and southern separatists. It has historically had ties to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which the U.A.E. considers a terrorist organization.

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