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This Day in Naval History - October 12
1914 - USS Jupiter (AC 3) is the first U.S. Navy ship to transit the Panama Canal. In March 1920, Jupiter is decommissioned. Following conversion, she is renamed USS Langley (CV 1). Upon commissioning in March 1922, Langley becomes the U.S. Navy's first aircraft carrier.
1944 - Aircraft from Carrier Task Force 38 attack Formosa.
1957 - RADM Dufek arrives at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica to command Operation Deep Freeze III during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58.
1961 - Five men cholera treatment demonstration team from Naval Medican Research Unit, Taipei leaves to assist setting up of facilities to treat an epidemic in Manila.
1965 - End of Project Sealab II where teams of naval divers and scientists spent 15 days in Sealab moored 205 feet below surface near La Jolla, California.
1965 - First group of men commissioned into Navy Nurse Corps report for one month indoctrination to Naval Service; LTJG Jerry McClelland, ENS Charles Franklin, ENS Israel Miller, ENS Richard Gierman and ENS George Silver.
1980 - USS Guadalcanal and other ships of Amphibious Forces, Sixth Fleet begin assistance to earthquake victims in Al Asnam, Algeria.
2000: USS Cole (DDG 67) is attacked by terrorists in a small boat laden with explosives during a brief refueling stop in the harbor of Aden, Yemen. The suicide terrorist attack kills 17 members of the ship's crew, wounds 39 others, and seriously damages the ship.
October 12
1492
Christopher Columbus and his crew land in the Bahamas.
1576
Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeds his father, Maximillian II, as Holy Roman Emperor.
1609
The song "Three Blind Mice" is published in London, believed to be the earliest printed secular song.
1702
Admiral Sir George Rooke defeats the French fleet off Vigo.
1722
Shah Sultan Husayn surrenders the Persian capital of Isfahan to Afgan rebels after a seven month siege.
1809
Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, dies under mysterious circumstances in Tennessee.
1899
The Anglo-Boer War begins.
1872
Apache leader Cochise signs a peace treaty with General Howard in Arizona Territory.
1915
Despite international protests, Edith Cavell, an English nurse in Belgium, is executed by Germans for aiding the escape of Allied prisoners.
1933
Alcatraz Island is made a federal maximum security prison.
1943
The U.S. Fifth Army begins an assault crossing of the Volturno River in Italy.
1949
Eugenie Anderson becomes the first woman U.S. ambassador.
1960
Inejiro Asanuma, leaders of the Japan Socialist Party, is assassinated during a live TV broadcast.
1964
1964 USSR launches Voskhod I, first spacecraft with multi-person crew; it is also the first mission in which the crew did not wear space suits.
1970
President Richard Nixon announces the pullout of 40,000 more American troops in Vietnam by Christmas.
1971
The House of Representatives passes the Equal Rights Amendment 354-23.
1984
The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonates at bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; 5 others are killed and 31 wounded.
1994
NASA loses contact with the Magellan probe spacecraft in the thick atmosphere of Venus.
1999
Chief of Army Staff Perez Musharraf seizes power in Pakistan through a bloodless military coup.
2000
Suicide bombers at Aden, Yemen, damage USS Cole; 17 crew members killed and over 35 wounded.
2002
Terrorist bombers kill over 200 and wound over 300 more at the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali.
 
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Thanks to Dutch R.
Victor Davis Hanson: It's 1968 All Over Again
4:10 PM ET
Almost a half-century ago, in 1968, the United States seemed to be falling apart.
The Vietnam War, a bitter and close presidential election, antiwar protests, racial riots, political assassinations, terrorism and a recession looming on the horizon left the country divided between a loud radical minority and a silent conservative majority.
The United States avoided a civil war. But America suffered a collective psychological depression, civil unrest, defeat in Vietnam and assorted disasters for the next decade — until the election of a once-polarizing Ronald Reagan ushered in five consecutive presidential terms of relative bipartisan calm and prosperity from 1981 to 2001.
It appears as if 2017 might be another 1968. Recent traumatic hurricanes seem to reflect the country's human turmoil.
After the polarizing Obama presidency and the contested election of Donald Trump, the country is once again split in two.
But this time the divide is far deeper, both ideologically and geographically — and more 50/50, with the two liberal coasts pitted against red-state America in between.
Century-old mute stone statues are torn down in the dead of night, apparently on the theory that by attacking the Confederate dead, the lives of the living might improve.
All the old standbys of American life seem to be eroding. The National Football League is imploding as it devolves into a political circus. Multimillionaire players refuse to stand for the national anthem, turning off millions of fans whose former loyalties paid their salaries.
Politics — or rather a progressive hatred of the provocative Donald Trump — permeates almost every nook and cranny of popular culture.
The new allegiance of the media, late-night television, stand-up comedy, Hollywood, professional sports and universities is committed to liberal sermonizing. Politically correct obscenity and vulgarity among celebrities and entertainers is a substitute for talent, even as Hollywood is wracked by sexual harassment scandals and other perversities.
The smears "racist," "fascist," "white privilege" and "Nazi" — like "commie" of the 1950s — are so overused as to become meaningless. There is now less free speech on campus than during the McCarthy era of the early 1950s.
As was the case in 1968, the world abroad is also falling apart.
The European Union, model of the future, is unraveling. The EU has been paralyzed by the exit of Great Britain, the divide between Spain and Catalonia, the bankruptcy of Mediterranean nation members, insidious terrorist attacks in major European cities and the onslaught of millions of immigrants — mostly young, male and Muslim — from the war-torn Middle East. Germany is once again becoming imperious, but this time insidiously by means other than arms.
The failed state of North Korea claims that it has nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching America's West Coast — and apparently wants some sort of bribe not to launch them.
Iran is likely to follow the North Korea nuclear trajectory. In the meantime, its new Shiite hegemony in the Middle East is feeding on the carcasses of Syria and Iraq.
Is the chaos of 2017 a catharsis — a necessary and long overdue purge of dangerous and neglected pathologies? Will the bedlam within the United States descend into more nihilism, or offer a remedy to the status quo that had divided and nearly bankrupted the country?
Is the problem too much democracy, as the volatile and fickle mob runs roughshod over establishment experts and experienced bureaucrats? Or is the crisis too little democracy, as populists strive to dethrone a scandal-plagued, anti-democratic, incompetent and overrated entrenched elite?
Neither traditional political party has any answers.
Democrats are being overwhelmed by the identity politics and socialism of progressives. Republicans are torn asunder between upstart populist nationalists and the calcified establishment status quo.
Yet for all the social instability and media hysteria, life in the United States quietly seems to be getting better.
The economy is growing. Unemployment and inflation remain low. The stock market and middle-class incomes are up.
Business and consumer confidence are high. Corporate profits are up. Energy production has expanded. The border with Mexico is being enforced.
Is the instability less a symptom that America is falling apart and more a sign that the loud conventional wisdom of the past — about the benefits of a globalized economy, the insignificance of national borders and the importance of identity politics — is drawing to a close, along with the careers of those who profited from it?
In the past, any crisis that did not destroy the United States ended up making it stronger. But for now, the fight grows over which is more toxic -- the chronic statist malady that was eating away the country, or the new populist medicine deemed necessary to cure it.
Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author of "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won," to appear in October from Basic Books. His email is: authorvdh@gmail.com.
 
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Thanks toJim
Drones: According to Ace Jewell, 89, fighter pilot in three wars.
This is from "Ace" Jewell, CDR, USN, Retired, now almost 89 years old, 'fighter pilot in 3 wars and LSO extraordinaire.  They don't make them like Ace anymore.
 
Drones
 
"Drones will not: be late to briefings, start fights at happy hour, destroy clubs, attempt to seduce others' dates, purchase huge watches, insult other services, sing "O'Leary's Balls," dance on tables, yell "Show us yerr tits!!!", or do all of the other things that we know win wars! 
 
"I see no future in them."
 
Ace Jewell CDR USN (Ret)
 
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Thanks to TR. I had this in the list  longtime ago but well worth repeating
I have no idea how true this story is.
 
 Funny C-130 story 
 
From:
 
C-130 Baghdad -

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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Thanks to Rob
 
THE NEW ME
 I used to think I was just a regular guy, but . . I was born white, which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a racist.
I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today's standards, makes me a fascist.
I am heterosexual, which according to gay folks, now makes me a homophobic..
I am a Christian, which now labels me as an infidel.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment, which now makes me a member of the vast gun lobby..
I am older than 60, which makes me a bit less than I used to be.
I think and I reason, therefore I doubt much that the main stream media tells me, which must make me a reactionary.
I am proud of my Irish heritage and our inclusive American culture, which makes me a xenophobe.
I value my safety and that of my family and I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist..
I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual's merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.
I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland for and by all citizens, which now makes me a militant.
Recently, a sick old woman called me and my friends a "basket of deplorables"
I need to thank all my friends for sticking with me through these abrupt, new found challenges in my life and my thinking!
I just can't imagine or understand what's happened to me so quickly!
Funny . . . it's all just taken place over the last 7 or 8 years!
And if all this wasn't enough to deal with, I'm now afraid to go into either restroom!
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Item Number:1 Date: 10/12/2017 AFGHANISTAN - ACCOMPANIED BY PAKISTANI OFFICIALS, TALIBAN LEADER VISITS HELMAND PROVINCE (OCT 12/TN)  TOLONEWS -- The police chief in Kandahar city in southern Afghanistan says the head of the Taliban was recently in neighboring Helmand province, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada visited Helmand in late September and met with Taliban members to discuss plans for resistance in response to increased coalition airstrikes, said Gen. Abdul Raziq.   Reaching a cease-fire with Islamic State militants in Afghanistan was also discussed.   The Taliban subsequently confirmed the visit to Musa Qala in Helmand.   There are no differences between the Taliban and ISIS and the two groups should work together in their fight against the Afghan government, Akhundzada reportedly told his fighters.   The visit was reportedly made at the request of Pakistan's ISI intelligence service, said the police chief.   The Taliban leader was reportedly accompanied by ISI officials and entered Afghanistan from Baluchistan in neighboring Pakistan.   Pakistanis and Taliban members living in Pakistan are working on how to transfer the Quetta Council to Helmand's northern districts, said Karim Atal, the head of the Helmand provincial council. No agreement was reached, he said
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/12/2017 AUSTRALIA - ARMY ORDERS BLACK HORNET NANO-UAVS FOR RECON MISSIONS (OCT 12/FLIR)  FLIR SYSTEMS -- The Australian army has awarded a contract to FLIR Systems for nano-unmanned aerial vehicles, reports the Wilsonville, Ore.-based company.   The US$6.8 million firm covers micro Black Hornet personal reconnaissance systems to support platoon- and troop-level organic surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.   The Australian army previously purchased Black Hornets for test and evaluation purposes, noted a FLIR release on Tuesday.   FLIR has delivered more than 5,000 Black Hornet systems around the world, the company said
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/12/2017 AUSTRALIA - HACKERS STEAL SENSITIVE DATA ON F-35 FIGHTERS, WARSHIPS, MORE (OCT 12/AAP)  AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS -- An Australian official says secret information about F-35 fighters, naval vessels and surveillance aircraft has been stolen from an Australian defense contractor, reports the Australian Associated Press.   The hackers reportedly had "full and unfettered access" to the data for four months in 2016, before the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) was informed of the breach in November.   The information in question was commercially sensitive, not "classified" military data, according to Christopher Pyne, Australia's defense industry minister.   The identity of the hackers is unclear, he said. "It could be one of a number of different actors," Pyne told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Thursday. "It could be a state actor, a non-state actor."   The thieves targeted a small aerospace engineering company with about 50 employees in July 2016, said ASD officials.   The theft included information on the F-35 stealth fighter, C-130 cargo aircraft, P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and a few naval vessels, the officials said.   The breach was described as "sloppy admin" by the aerospace firm.  
Item Number:4 Date: 10/12/2017 CHINA - 2 MORE SENIOR ARMY GENERALS DISAPPEAR; XI STRENGTHENS HOLD BEFORE PARTY CONGRESS (OCT 12/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- President Xi Jinping has apparently purged two top generals as part of his efforts to reform the China's People's Liberation Army, reports the New York Times.   Gen. Fang Fenghui, the head of the army's Joint Staff Dept., and Gen. Zhang Yang, the director of the military's political department, have disappeared from public view over the last month and their successors were announced without fanfare.   This is seen as Xi's latest move to strengthen his hold on the military ahead of next week's Communist Party Congress, which will mark the beginning of his second five-year term as China's top leader.   The president has implemented a wide-ranging military reform program. He has reportedly experienced poor coordination among the military branches, with obstacles erected from senior officers whose posts were seen as being threatened.   "The removal of those top leaders, senior elderly generals and admirals, is part of a broader drive to promote and advance younger, more professionally minded officers," said Timothy Heath, an expert on the Chinese military at the RAND Corp.   Since he came to power in 2012, Xi has employed an anti-corruption campaign to remove commanders deemed corrupt or disloyal.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 10/12/2017 EGYPT - CAIRO AGAIN EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY (OCT 12/EGYPTTODAY)  EGYPT TODAY -- The Egyptian government has decided to extend the national state of emergency for three months, reports Egypt Today.   The emergency measure was first imposed in April after two church bombings killed at least 45 people. It was extended for the first time in July, noted Reuters.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blasts.   Under the emergency state, the military and police are authorized to take necessary measures to combat terror threats, maintain security and protect public and private property.   President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi made the decision, which was published in the official gazette on Thursday -- to take effect on Friday. One wire service predicted that the new move would be approved by Parliament within a week.   Since the April attacks, the government has adopted judicial amendments that make it easier for courts to judge and issue verdicts on terrorism-related cases
Item Number:6 Date: 10/12/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - INTERNATIONAL OPERATION TAKES AIM AT HUMAN-SMUGGLERS ON EUROPE'S LAND BORDERS (OCT 12/FRONTEX)  FRONTEX -- Two dozen human-smugglers in Europe have been arrested in an international operation.   The operation was coordinated by Frontex, the border and coast guard agency that is a European Union, along with Austria and Germany, reports the border agency.   The Joint Action Day (JAD) Dual operation targeted cross-border crime in the western Balkans and at selected border crossing points on the European Union's eastern border, said a Frontex release on Oct. 11.   The operation was aimed at detecting facilitated illegal immigration and smuggling in excise goods. The action was also designed to enhance cooperation between E.U. member states and authorities in non-E.U. countries, noted the release.   In addition, 761 "irregular migrants" were detected and 119 people were refused entry. Nineteen stolen vehicles were also recovered, said Frontex.   Smuggled cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, along with weapons and ammunition, were also discovered.   The operation took place in Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Serbia and Macedonia.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 10/12/2017 IRELAND - INCREASED DEFENSE BUDGET INCLUDES REPLACEMENT OF FLAGSHIP; MORE THAN A QUARTER GOES TO PENSIONS (OCT 12/IMOD)  IRISH MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Irish government has increased defense spending for 2018, reports the Irish Ministry of Defense.   On Tuesday, Defense Minister Paul Kehoe announced that Ireland would spend 946 million euros (US$1.1 billion) on defense next year, a 25 million euro (US$29.5 million) boost over 2017.   The larger budget will help the ministry meet the goals outlined in its defense white paper, which prioritized capital investment on a range of defensive equipment programs and upgrading infrastructure, said the minister.   More than a quarter of the defense spending is allocated for army pensions, reported the Irish Times. About 12,300 are receiving pensions, a number that is increasing, the paper noted.   An additional 77 million euros (US$90.8 million) has been allocated for capital funding next year for modernizing and upgrading military platforms and infrastructure, said Kehoe.   The program includes the replacement of air corps Cessna aircraft and Casa maritime patrol aircraft, as well as a mid-life upgrade of Mowag armored personnel carriers.   It also allows the planning process to begin for the replacement of the flagship Eithne with a new multi-role vessel.   The budget includes 707 million euros (US$833 million) for defense and 239 million euros (US$282 million) for army pensions, the ministry said.   About 509 million euros (US$600 million) of the defense funding covers pay and allowances.   The remaining 198 million euros (US$233 million) is for maintenance and operational costs as well as procurement and modernization
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/12/2017 ISRAEL - FATAH, HAMAS ANNOUNCE UNITY ACCORD; PA POLICE TO REDEPLOY TO GAZA (OCT 12/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Fatah and Hamas Palestinian factions say the longtime rivals have reached a reconciliation agreement after a decade of unsuccessful efforts, reports CNN.   The accord was reached early Thursday morning, according to officials from both groups.   The Palestinian factions began reconciliation talks Tuesday under Egyptian mediation in Cairo.   Neither group has released any details of the agreement.   Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, governs the West Bank, while Hamas controls the Gaza Strip.   About 3,000 police from the Palestinian Authority will redeploy to Gaza as part of the unity agreement, a Palestinian official said on Thursday, as cited by the Times of Israel
Item Number:9 Date: 10/12/2017 MALAYSIA - DEFENSE LEADERS OF INDONESIA, PHILIPPINES, MALAYSIA KICK OFF TRILATERAL AIR PATROL (OCT 12/NST)  NEW STRAITS TIMES -- The air forces of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have officially launched an air patrol in Subang, Malaysia, reports the New Straits Times (Malaysia).   "The joint trilateral patrols will continue for as long as it takes. This should be a signal to Daesh (another name for the Islamic State) and those involved in piracy at seas between our three countries that we will bring them down," said Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussen on Thursday.   The three nations began trilateral naval patrols in the Sulu Sea in April.   The operations are a strong signal to ISIS and other extremist groups and demonstrate that Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members can work together successfully on such issues, said Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu.   Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also attended Thursday's launch ceremony
Item Number:10 Date: 10/12/2017 MALAYSIA - LITTORAL SHIP NOW EQUIPPED WITH NIDAR MARITIME SECURITY SYSTEM (OCT 12/MARSS)  MARSS -- Monaco-based MARSS has announced the installation of its NiDAR maritime security system on a Malaysian littoral combat ship.   The US$20 million program covered the design, integration, delivery, installation and commissioning of the NiDAR 360-degree air, surface and underwater anti-intruder security system on the Maharaja Lela patrol ship, which was launched at Boustead Naval Shipyard in Malaysia in August.   The security system automatically detects and alerts operators to divers, underwater vehicles and small fast-moving surface intruders by integrating close and long-range surveillance into a single intelligence domain awareness picture, said a company release on Tuesday.   The NiDAR integrates diver-detection sonars, thermal-imaging cameras and sensor feeds from onboard radar as well as non-lethal deterrents, said MARSS.   The system is operated using the company's intuitive command-and-control interface from several fixed and mobile command stations on the ship
Item Number:11 Date: 10/12/2017 SOUTH KOREA - OPPOSITION LAWMAKER WARNS COLLEAGUES ABOUT SHORTAGE OF VITAL REPAIR PARTS FOR COMBAT OPERATIONS (OCT 12/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean armed forces do not have sufficient spare parts on hand to support potential combat operations, warns a South Korean lawmaker, as cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Last year, the military set a goal of obtained 653,000 repair parts, but its current stocks are only 512,000, or 78.4 percent of the goal, Rep. Kim Hack Yong of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party said on Wednesday.   The figures from the Defense Ministry cover "combat critical repair parts" for tanks, destroyers, fighter jets and other equipment that needs to remain fully operational without foreign assistance for two months after a conflict breaks out.   "The shortage of the parts in the early stage of war could pose a considerable impediment and cause a security crisis," Kim said in a statement.   In some cases, the military failed to set the correct acquisition target for general military operations, leaving many parts unused for as long as a decade, said the legislator.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/12/2017 SYRIA - 'ISIS IS IN SHAMBLES,' SAYS U.S. BRIGADE COMMANDER IN 82ND AIRBORNE (OCT 12/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The Islamic State terrorist group is in shambles and the U.S.-led coalition is seeking evidence that it is trying to reconstitute itself in Iraq and Syria, says a U.S. airborne brigade commander cited by the Army Times.   More than 80 percent of Raqqa in eastern Syria has been liberated by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve. That is the capital of the group's self-declared caliphate.   The SDF is also making progress in Syria's Deir Ezzor, liberating many villages and oil fields that once funded ISIS.   The terrorists were driven out of Mosul in northern Iraq in mid-July after nine months of brutal fighting.   Since the loss of Mosul, the group has been on the ropes, losing much of its territory. ISIS "consumed massive amounts of resources" to defend Mosul, Col. Patrick Work, the commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, told reporters on Tuesday.   The group also failed to live up to the expectations of its believers and supporters, he said.   Its mistakes included the need for constant expansion to achieve a global caliphate and an inability to accommodate those who do not support the group and its beliefs, said the colonel.   The 2nd BCT just completed a nine-month deployment training and advising Iraqi security forces involved in the liberation of Mosul
Item Number:13 Date: 10/12/2017 SYRIA - ARMY, ALLIES BATTLE WITH ISIS FIGHTERS IN MAYADEEN (OCT 12/REU)  REUTERS -- The Syrian army and its allies have reportedly captured areas of an Islamic State-held city of in eastern Syria, reports Reuters, citing a Hezbollah-run military news outlet.   Backed by Russian, Iran and Shi'ite militias, Syrian government forces encircled the militants in Mayadeen on Sunday, the outlet reported on Thursday.   The terror group is believed to have moved most of its remaining command structure and propaganda team to Mayadeen as coalition forces closed in on Raqqa, the capital of the group's self-declared caliphate
Item Number:14 Date: 10/12/2017 SYRIA - SUICIDE BOMBERS ATTEMPT TO STORM POLICE HQ IN DAMASCUS: ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY (OCT 12/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for a triple suicide bombing at the main police headquarters in Damascus, the Syrian capital, reports the Voice of America News.   In addition to the bombers, at least two people were killed and several others were injured in Wednesday's blasts. A police officer who prevented one of the bombers from entering the building was one of those killed, said officials.   The suicide bombers tried to storm the main police headquarters building and clashed with guards, said state media.   Two bombers detonated their explosives in front of the building, while the third waited until he was surrounded by police near the back of the headquarters, said the Syrian Interior Ministry   "The terrorist suicide attackers tried to storm the police command headquarters .... The guards opened fire on them, forcing them to blow themselves up before they entered the building and achieved their goals," said a ministry statement.   The Islamic State, via a statement on the Telegram messaging app, said three of its fighters with explosive belts conducted the attack
  Item Number:15 Date: 10/12/2017 TURKEY - POST-COUP SWEEP CONTINUES: PROSECUTORS ORDER ARRESTS OF 25 MORE SOLDIERS (OCT 12/REU)  REUTERS -- Security sources say Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for another 25 soldiers around Turkey and in northern Cyprus as part of the widening crackdown precipitated by last year's failed military coup, reports Reuters.   The soldiers are said to be on active duty and of varying ranks. They are sought across 13 provinces and in Turkish northern Cyprus.   Prosecutors in the southeastern Mardin province ordered the arrests of the "secret military structuring" of the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, said the security sources.   Ankara has accused Gulen, who has been in self-imposed exile in the U.S. since 1999, of being behind the July 15 coup attempt. He has denied involvement.   Since the failed coup, more than 50,000 people have been jailed pending trial over alleged links to Gulen. About 150,000 have been fired or suspended from jobs in the military, public and private sectors.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 10/12/2017 UKRAINE - SECURITY PERSONNEL DETAIN 2 FOR PLANNING TERRORIST ATTACK IN MARIUPOL (OCT 12/UKRINF)  UKRINFORM -- The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) says it has detained two Ukrainian citizens who were allegedly planning to conduct terrorist attacks in Mariupol in the southeastern part of the country, reports Ukrinform.   The suspects were acting on the orders of the special services of the Donetsk People's Republic, a Russian-backed breakaway region in eastern Ukraine, said Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of the SBU, on Wednesday.   The actions on Oct. 9 prevented a series of attacks, including one at the railway station in Mariupol, he said.   Dmytro Zabutsky, a militant in Donetsk, was said to be organizer of the terrorist group.   The planned attacks were intended to destabilize Mariupol and demonstrate the failure of Ukrainian law enforcement to provide security, said Hrytsak.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 10/12/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - DRONE STRIKE KILLED BRITISH 'WHITE WIDOW' TERRORIST RECRUITER IN JUNE, SAY REPORTS (OCT 12/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- Britain's most-wanted female terrorist has reportedly been killed in a U.S. drone strike, reports London's Daily Telegraph.   Sally Jones, nicknamed the White Widow, was apparently killed in June in a U.S. airstrike near the border between Syria and Iraq.   The Sun newspaper in the U.K. first reported the news, citing a source in the British government.   Jones was reportedly trying to flee Raqqa when she was killed, the source said.   Jones left Kent in 2013 to marry computer hacker Junaid Hussain, an Islamic State fighter from Birmingham, taking her then-11-yeard-old son Joe Dixon with her.   It is unclear if her son was with her when she was killed.   Jones is believed to have recruited dozens of women to ISIS under the pseudonym Umm Hussain al-Britani.   It is difficult to verify the deaths of such jihadis in drone strikes. The Independent (U.K.) said American intelligence chiefs acknowledged that they are not 100 percent certain that she is the one was who killed since it is not possible to retrieve DNA evidence
Item Number:18 Date: 10/12/2017 USA - N. KOREAN HACKERS ATTEMPT TO INFILTRATE U.S. POWER COMPANIES, SAY CYBERSECURITY EXPERTS (OCT 12/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- A new report says North Korean-linked hackers recently targeted U.S. electric power companies with spear-phishing emails, reports NBC News.   The emails used fake invitations to a fundraiser, says the report from cybersecurity firm FireEye, based in California. A victim who downloaded the invitation attached to the email would also download malware into their computer network, according to the report released on Tuesday.   While there was no evidence that the hacking attempts were successful, FireEye experts said that the targeting of electric utilities could be related to growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.   This activity could foreshadow a disruptive cyber attack in the future, the firm said.   Though such targeting is a concern, North Korea and other adversaries would have a very difficult time disrupting the U.S. electric grid, said one cybersecurity expert
Item Number:19 Date: 10/12/2017 USA - NEED FOR TROOPS HAS ARMY TAKING MORE MARGINAL PERSONNEL (OCT 12/USA)  USA TODAY -- The U.S. Army says it has had to relax some of its standards in order to meet its need for more soldiers, reports USA Today.   Nonetheless, the Army will reach its goal of 80,000 new troops without compromising quality, said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, who heads the service's recruiting command.   Congress has begun to reverse the previous efforts to downsize the military and recruiters are competing for personnel amid a growing economy, noted Snow.   If the Army only accepts a small number of recruits with lower qualifications, it should not encounter the problems it did in the mid-2000s, said Beth Asch, an expert on recruiting at the RAND Corp.   In fiscal 2017, the active-duty Army recruited nearly 69,000 soldiers, with 1.9 percent of those from Category Four, which includes those who scored in the lower third of standard military tests.   This was up from 0.6 percent from Cat 4 in 2016. The lowest recent figure in the category was 0.2 percent in 2013.   The Pentagon mandates that no more than 4 percent of recruits come from that category.   Granting the armed services more flexibility in accepting recruits on the margins, or some who have admitted smoking marijuana, can save money on bonuses without affecting combat capabilities, said Asch.   The Army spent $424 million on recruiting bonuses in fiscal 2017, up from $284 million in fiscal 2016, noted the newspaper
  Item Number:20 Date: 10/12/2017 USA - NEW ARMY GUARD INITIATIVE TAKES AIM AT NUMBER OF NON-DEPLOYABLE SOLDIERS (OCT 12/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army National Guard has a new initiative focused on improved capabilities and higher readiness, reports the Army Times.   The 4.0 plan is based on a sustained readiness model, including better training and reducing the number of non-deployable soldiers, Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, the director of the Army National Guard, said on Tuesday at the Association of the U.S. Army conference in Washington, D.C.   The program will focus on urgent units initially, but will eventually be applied to the whole Guard, the general said.   One of the biggest readiness issues in the Guard is dealing with non-deployables, said Maj. Gen. Blake Ortner, the commander of the 29th Infantry Division with the Virginia National Guard.   During a recent deployment, his division was short about 150 soldiers because of medical or personal issues or a job conflict, said Ortner.   The general insisted that there is sufficient funding for training. Soldiers and leaders must be trained on individual and military specialty skills, he said.   As part of the 4.0 plan, Guard units will be manned at 118 percent, said Kadavy.

 
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