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I hope that you all have a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - October 27
1864 - LT William Cushing, USN, sinks Confederate ram Albemarle with a spar torpedo attached to the bow of his launch.
1922 - Navy League of U.S. sponsors first annual celebration of Navy Day to focus public attention on the importance of the U.S. Navy. That date was selected because it was Theodore Roosevelt's birthday.
1943 - First women Marines report for duty on West Coast, Camp Pendleton.
1944 - Fast Carrier Task Forces attack Japanese shipping and installations in Visayas and northern Luzon.
1967 - Operation Coronado VIII begins in Rung Sat Zone.
American Minute for October 27th:
    His wife and mother died on Valentine's Day, 1884. Depressed, he left to ranch in the Dakotas. Returning to New York, he entered politics and rose to Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He resigned during the Spanish-American War, organized the first Volunteer Cavalry, "the Rough Riders," and captured Cuba's San Juan Hill. Elected Vice-President under William McKinley, he became America's youngest President in 1901. This was Theodore Roosevelt, born OCTOBER 27, 1858. In 1909, Roosevelt warned: "The thought of modern industry in the hands of Christian charity is a dream worth dreaming. The thought of industry in the hands of paganism is a nightmare beyond imagining. The choice between the two is upon us." In his book Fear God and Take Your Part, 1916, Theodore Roosevelt wrote: "The 7th century Christians of Asia and Africa...had trained themselves not to fight, whereas the Moslems were trained to fight. Christianity was saved in Europe solely because the peoples of Europe fought the Mohammedans who invaded." Teddy Roosevelt continued: "The civilization of Europe, America and Australia exists today only because the victories of civilized man over the enemies of civilization...that is, to beat back the Moslem invader."
2016 Today in History October 27
To placate the Praetorians of Germany, Nerva of Rome adopts Trajan, the Spanish-born governor of lower Germany.
Michael Servetus, who discovered the pulmonary circulation of the blood, is burned for heresy in Switzerland.
A Polish army that invaded Russia capitulates to Prince Dimitri Pojarski and his Cossacks.
President George Washington transmits to Congress the results of the first US census, exclusive of South Carolina which had not yet submitted its findings.
Emperor Napoleon enters Berlin.
President James Madison orders the annexation of the western part of West Florida. Settlers there had rebelled against Spanish authority.
A Confederate force is routed at the Battle of Georgia Landing, near Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana.
The French fortress of Metz surrenders to the Prussian Army.
Farmer Joseph F. Glidden applies for a patent on barbed wire. Glidden eventually received five patents and is generally considered the inventor of barbed wire.
D. B. Downing, inventor, is awarded a patent for the street letter (mail) box.
The New York subway officially opens running from the Brooklyn Bridge uptown to Broadway at 145th Street.
The first trial in the Eulenberg Affair ends in Germany.
20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York. As the largest state and the first on the East Coast to do so, New York has an important effect on the movement to grant all women the vote in all elections.
In Italy, liberal Luigi Facta's cabinet resigns after threats from Mussolini that "either the government will be given to us or we will seize it by marching on Rome." Mussolini calls for a general mobilization of all Fascists.
Fox Movie-tone news, the first sound news film, is released.
In a broadcast to the nation on Navy Day, President Franklin Roosevelt declares: "America has been attacked, the shooting has started." He does not ask for full-scale war yet, realizing that many Americans are not yet ready for such a step.
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the US Air Force.
American U-2 reconnaissance plane shot down by a surface-to-air missile over Cuba, killing the pilot, Maj. Rudolf Anderson, the only direct human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev offers to remove Soviet missile bases in Cuba if the U.S. removes its missile bases in Turkey.
The political career of future US president Ronald Reagan is launched when he delivers a speech on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo renamed Zaire.
London Stock Exchange rules change as Britain suddenly deregulates financial markets, an event called the Big Bang.
US President Ronald Reagan decides to tear down a new US Embassy in Moscow because Soviet listening devices were built into the structure.
Stock markets crash around the world over fears of a global economic meltdown.
This Day In Naval History - October 28
1812: During the War of 1812, the brig Argus, commanded by Commodore Arthur Sinclair, captures the British merchant brig Fly in the North Atlantic.
1864 - Steamer General Thomas and gunboat Stone River destroy Confederate batteries on Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama.
1882 - Orders issued for first Naval Attache (LCDR French Chadwick sent to London, England).
American Minute for October 28th:
    The Statue of Liberty was dedicated OCTOBER 28, 1886. A gift from France, it was built by Gustave Eiffel, builder of the Eiffel Tower, and designed by Auguste Bartholdi, who wrote: "The statue was born for this place which inspired its conception. May God be pleased to bless my efforts and my work, and to crown it with success, the duration and the moral influence which it ought to have." On its 50th Anniversary, OCTOBER 28, 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt stated: "The Almighty...did prepare this American continent to be a place of the second chance...Millions have...found...freedom of opportunity, freedom of thought, freedom to worship God." Dwight Eisenhower remarked April 8, 1954: "I have just come from...the dedication of a new stamp...The stamp has on it a picture of the Statue of Liberty and 'In God We Trust'...It represents...a Nation whose greatness is based on a firm unshakeable belief that all of us mere mortals are dependent upon the mercy of a Superior Being." Relighting the Statue of Liberty, July 3, 1986, Ronald Reagan said: "I've always thought...that God had His reasons for placing this land here between two great oceans to be found by a certain kind of people."
This Day In Naval History - October 29
1814 - Launching of Fulton I , first American steam powered warship, at New York City. The ship was designed by Robert Fulton.
1956: The Sixth Fleet is ordered to evacuate U.S. nationals during the Suez Canal Crisis. Some of the ships involved are USS Coral Sea (CVA 43), USS Randolph (CVS 15), USS Antietam (CVS 36), and a series of support vessels. By Nov. 3, approximately 2,000 people are evacuated.
1980 - USS Parsons (DDG-33) rescues 110 Vietnamese refugees 330 miles south of Saigon.
The American Minute
  OCTOBER 29, 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed.
Panic ensued as Wall Street sold 16,410,030 shares in a single day.
Billions of dollars were lost and America plunged into the Great Depression.
In a drive to aid private relief agencies, October 18, 1931, President
Herbert Hoover stated:
"Time and again the American people have demonstrated a spiritual quality
of generosity...
This is the occasion when we must arouse that idealism, that spirit, from
which there can be no failure in this primary obligation of every man to
his neighbor."
Herbert Hoover continued: "Our country and the world are today involved in
more than a financial crisis. We are faced with the primary question of
human relations, which reaches to the very depths of organized society and
to the very depths of human conscience...
This great complex, which we call American life, is builded and can alone
survive upon the translation into individual action of that fundamental
philosophy announced by the Savior nineteen centuries ago." Hoover
concluded: "Part of our national suffering today is from failure to observe
these primary yet inexorable laws of human relationship...Modern society
can not survive with the defense of Cain, 'Am I my brother's keeper?'
Some history that we should not forget about the Marine Barracks bombing and the subsequent lack of response. Look what has happened since with Iran. They are not to be trusted and the agreement we signed with them is a travesty. They are not going to change their ways one bit.
Subj: FW: More on the Marine barracks 1983;RADM Tuttle never launched 'chip shot'
Thanks to Hal -
 Dutch, would you pass this on to Micro, please.  I can add a few tidbits of information about this. 

 We all know that Iran has been at war with us even before the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon.  Unfortunately most of the American public does not.  I even wonder if our president and C in C knows.  He being a wee lad at that time in our history, and living in some other country.  His naivete shows in his belief that Iran will cease their work on nuclear weapons if we loosen the embargoes. 
Let me back up to the facts that were well-known BEFORE the attack on the Marines....on September 26th, four weeks prior to the bombing, our National Security Agency intercepted a message sent from the Iranian Intelligence headquarters in Tehran to Ambassador Mohtashemi telling him to contact Hussein Musawi, head of the terrorist group Islamic Amal and order him to take spectacular action against the US Marines, who were there only as peacekeepers and didn't carry loaded weapons. So the volunteers were recruited to blow up the barracks.
The man who made the bomb was Ibrahim Safa and he was a member of HezbAllah, the Party of God, and totally financed by Iran.  He was working with the Pasdaran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.  The driver was an Iranian, Walid Asmail al-Askari, and working under the orders of the Iranian Ambassador to Syria, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi.  I met Admiral 'Ace' Lyons some months after the attack at dinner at the Pacific Club in Honolulu while in the company of a Navy Medical Corps Captain who was a member of this exclusive club.  The admiral was the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations and responsible for naval security worldwide.  He said that the information about the NSA intercept did not reach him until two days after the attack, so he was unable to warn Colonel Tim Geraghty.  As Micro points out, the fleet and special operators were all set to seek revenge for this, but then our Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger, ordered everyone to stand down.  The reason was that Secretary Weinberger said the intelligence he possessed was insufficient to order such an attack. He likely had not been shown the NSA intercepts that were now in the Military Chain of Command.  His military aide would have had them and would have the option of showing him, or not showing him.  His military aide was General Colin Powell.  Some time after that, there was some action taken and I don't know much about that, but one of our A-6s was shot down over Beiruit and the BN was captured by the Syrians and taken to Damascus.  He was a black Navy Lieutenant named Goodman and if you remember Jesse Jackson was running for president that year.  So, he announced to the world that he was going to go "and get that boy out."  At that time I was the hospital administration consultant for the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces Hospital, Al Hada, at Taif.  I received a call that day asking if I could be in Damascus when Jackson arrived.  So I caught a Syrian Arab Airlines flight out of Jeddah that night and arrived in Damascus early morning and checked into the Cham Palace Hotel downtown. As we were at war with Syria, they were somewhat surprised when I showed up, but they treated me well.  To Jackson's credit, however, he did get LT Goodman out of captivity and brought him home. One more thing I would add is that I used to fly British Air from London to Beiruit to catch Middle East Airlines onward to Dhahran as they had the very best food of any airline.  But the last time I flew out, the crazies shelled the terminal two hours after I departed.  They cratered the runway and every plane on the ground stayed there for months and nothing could fly in.  Anyone who tried to repair the runway was shot by snipers. Beiruit used to be called the Paris of the Middle East.  When last I saw it, it looked more like Dresden or Cologne or Berlin in WWII.

Marine barracks 1983; Tuttle never launched 'chip shot'
Thanks to Micro
There are a few more tidbits on this one, regarding going after the guys that planned the strike against the Marines in Lebanon.  RADM Tuttle was raring to go, and it wasn't his decision not to launch.  Here's the story from our standpoint:
I was CO of VF-143, World Famous Pukin' Dogs on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).  Three of my 12 F-14 aircraft were TARPS capable (Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System).  We had been pulled out of an exercise in Egypt when the Ambassador's residence and compound had been shelled, starting in August.  Over time, the tensions subsided, and we slowly backed away until we could go into port in Naples.  After we were there for about 24 hours, they hit the Marines with the car bomb, and we emergency sortied at midnight.  Our next port was Norfolk, 101 days later.  A lot happened in that 101 days.
One day, a Navy CDR in Service Dress Blue, needing a shave, stepped off a COD.  About half an hour later, I was called to the Captain's Inport Cabin.  Gathering were the Captain (Ed Clexton), CAG (Joe Prueher), the CO's of the A-6 squadron and the E-2 squadron, the mysterious CDR, and me.  He was the courier that ADM Lyons mentioned in the article below.  I don't remember if RADM Tuttle was there at the initial meeting or not.
The mission was so secret that they didn't want to trust the Top Secret communications system with the news.  ADM Lyons states that he knew the Soviets were reading our messages, but we didn't know that at the time (at least at my pay grade).
We planned the strike on the dining room table in the inport cabin over the next week or so.  Even CVIC didn't know what we were doing.  RADM Tuttle had told us he "wanted to send a message."  The A-6's bomb load totaled 144 MK-83, 1000-lb bombs.  To hit a little square (I recall less than a square block perhaps) with barracks surrounded by a low stone wall in a little town.  I've attached a Google Earth picture with the whole barracks complex outlined as best I remember it (it may just be the line of buildings along the southwestern side of the square).  You can see the scale in the lower left (200 ft), so the compound I've outlined was about 500 x 800 feet, by my eye.
ADM Crowe was CINCSOUTH, and he was sent aboard to take our briefing and to report to President Reagan whether or not we were ready to go (and if he had confidence in us).  At one point, he asked me what the AOB (Air Order of Battle) was for Syria.  I don't remember the exact number now, but it was several hundred MiG's, and I was using six fighters at that end of the ingress.  He asked me if that would be enough, and I said I thought it was about even.  We all chuckled, but he didn't, and I thought he might think we had a little too much "cowboy" in us, but he didn't say anything further.  After all, it was a short ingress down the Bekaa, with a 15 mile egress, and we figured we'd catch everyone by surprise more with a small force than a huge one.  Besides, if you believe anyone can get several hundred aircraft airborne from a non-alert posture, you're smoking something.
My TARPS birds were to get immediate BDA with IR and film to prove that collateral damage was minimal, because there would be all kinds of claims.
Came the day of the strike:  We manned up and were shut down.  President Reagan was in Japan, and his departure was delayed.  So we heard, he didn't want to carry out such a strike when he was on foreign soil.
We sat around the Ready Rooms and waited for Air Force One to take off, while the airplanes were all topped off.  Then, we manned up again.  And we were shut down again.  This time, it was cancelled.
It seems that Time magazine had just published an article that speculated where the bad guys were, with pictures of them.  Their speculation was accurate, and intel reported that the bad guys were no longer there.
We were really pissed, of course.  So close, and yet so far.
To my knowledge, we never have gotten these guys.
Subject: FW: marine barracks 1983; Tuttle never launched 'chip shot'
Thanks to ted -
LYONS: The Iranian origins of treachery
By James A. Lyons Jr.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
With all the media focus on the recently concluded talks in Geneva with Iran over its nuclear program, it's easy to overlook the 34th anniversary of the U.S. Marine barracks bombing in Beirut 34 years ago on Oct. 23, 1983.
On that day, 241 of our finest military personnel were killed, with scores more seriously injured. Almost simultaneously, a similar attack was carried out at the French military headquarters, killing 58 French paratroopers. We have positive proof that these attacks were planned and ordered by Iran using their Islamic Amal terrorist proxies — forerunners to Hezbollah — in Lebanon. It is astounding that we had the information to prevent these attacks, and even more astounding is the "reason" for not retaliating.
The National Security Agency issued a highly classified message dated Sept. 27, 1983, which contained the instructions that Iranian Ambassador Ali Akbar Montashemi in Damascus had previously received from Tehran and then gave to Husayn al-Musawi, the leader of the Islamic Amal. Those instructions directed the terrorist group to concentrate its attacks on the Multi-National Force but take a "spectacular" action against the U.S. Marines.
I was deputy chief of naval operations at that time, and I did not receive that message until Oct. 25, two days after the bombing. That same day, I was called out to the CIA's Langley headquarters because CIA Director William Casey wanted to see me. At the meeting, Casey asked me whether I would develop plans to take out the perpetrators if he discovered who they were and where they were located. I readily agreed.
The terrorist group, Islamic Amal, was located in the Lebanese Army Sheik Abdallah barracks near Baalbek, Lebanon. The organization had taken over the barracks on Sept. 16 with the help of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. I had the strike plans couriered to the 6th Fleet Carrier Strike Force for the commander, Rear Adm. Jerry Tuttle, because I knew then the Soviets were reading our communications.
Everyone had been briefed, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger. According to National Security Adviser Robert McFarland, at the key meeting with President Reagan, Weinberger stated that he thought there were Lebanese Army groups in the barracks. This was false.
The president turned to Casey for clarification. Casey, who had just returned from an overseas trip, was not up to speed on such details. The president then said, "Get that sorted out." As it turned out, there were no Lebanese Army troops in the barracks. But Weinberger threw more dust into the air by stating that we will lose all of our Arab friends if we go ahead with this strike.
Consequently, we never received the execute order, even though the planes were loaded and ready to launch. In the words of the Carrier Strike Force commander, "This was a chip shot." The failure to retaliate was tragic, and we are still living with that mistake.
Compounding the problem, Reagan approved a combined strike with the French against the same target several days later. This time, the secretary of defense simply ignored the president's order and would not issue the strike order. Mr. McFarland and Secretary of State George Shultz both told me that they tried to get Weinberger to change his position but failed. The French were furious. They carried out the strike alone, but did no damage, contrary to Reagan's diary entry that stated the French wiped out the terrorists.
At the time of these "acts of war," President Obama was still a student at Columbia University and later at Harvard. He was probably more involved in absorbing the wisdom of the leftist agenda than on the tragic events carried out by Iran against our military. However, he is certainly aware today of the thousands of our military personnel who have died as the result of Iran's actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also must realize that Iran has provided material and training support to the September 11 hijackers. Iran was found guilty of providing such support by Judge George B. Daniels of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in December 2011. Previously, Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found Iran guilty in the Marine barracks bombing.
Iran remains the world leader in state-sponsored terrorism. It is a rogue regime that will do anything to ensure the survivability of the corrupt theocracy. The mullahs have not spent billions to build underground nuclear facilities, as well as absorbing crippling economic sanctions, to simply negotiate away their nuclear weapons objectives. In August 1995, Russia offered to provide Iran with a 10-year supply of fuel for their nuclear plant at Bushehr for only $30 million. Iran adamantly rejected the proposal because Russia insisted that Iran return the spent fuel rods to Russia for reprocessing. Case closed. Iran, with enough oil and gas to last at least a few hundred years, doesn't need nuclear capability for electricity.
With Mr. Obama's eagerness to negotiate with Iran, it has been reported that he is weighing the possibility of unfreezing billions in Iranian assets in response to "potential" concessions by Iran. Such a move would be nonsensical. If Mr. Obama were to unfreeze billions of Iranian assets, then the money should not go to Iran, but to the surviving families of the Marine barracks bombing, as well as to the surviving families of the September 11, 2001, atrocity, as our courts have mandated.
Retired Adm. James A. Lyons was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations.
Item Number:1 Date: 10/27/2017 AFGHANISTAN - FLEET GETS BOOST, WITH 6 MORE SUPER TUCANOS BEING ORDERED FOR AIR FORCE (OCT 27/SNC)  SIERRA NEVADA CORP. -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer of Brazil a contract for additional light attack aircraft for the Afghan air force, reports Sierra Nevada.   The order covers six more A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. Production will begin immediately at the Sierra Nevada factory in Jacksonville, Fla.   A total of 26 Super Tucanos have now been ordered for the Afghan air force, the company noted on Oct. 25.   The aircraft are used in Afghanistan for advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance and other operations. It has been operational in that country since early 2016.   The value of the contract and delivery schedule were not disclosed.  
Item Number:2 Date: 10/27/2017 BURMA - WORLD FOOD PROGRAM TO RESUME OPERATIONS IN RAKHINE; DATE NOT ANNOUNCED (OCT 27/REU)  REUTERS -- Burmese authorities have agreed to allow the United Nations to resume distribution of food aid in northern Rakhine, a coastal province of Burma hit by violence linked to the Rohingya minority, reports STET.   Speaking to reporters in Geneva, a spokeswoman for the World Food Program said on Friday that the organization "has been given the green light to resume food assistance operations in northern part of Rakhine."   Details deals were still being worked out, she added. A timeline for the resumption of aid was not announced.   Distribution of food aid was stopped for two months as many of the state's Muslim Rohingya residents fled to neighboring Bangladesh and international criticism of the government's authorities mounted.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/27/2017 CANADA - MORE MONEY BUDGETED FOR COAST GUARD, WHICH NEEDS IT (OCT 27/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- The Canadian government wants more funding for the Canadian coast guard and Fisheries Dept., according to new documents released this week, reports the Canadian Press.   The department is responsible for the coast guard.   The proposed new money was included in the federal fiscal update, which the Trudeau government released on Oct. 24. The funding comes to more than Can$1.2 billion (US$942 million) over the next six years.   Officials said the monies would be used in a variety of ways, including maintenance for the coast guard's aging vessels, navigational aids and communication equipment.   Additional funds are promised for training, monitoring fish stocks, upgrading radio and information networks and icebreaking services.   While welcome, the additional money is far less than what is needed by the service, which have suffered from chronic underfunding, said experts.   Demands on the coast guard have exceeded its Can$1.1 billion (US$864 million) budget, forcing officials to make tradeoffs, including reducing spending on maintenance, according to a briefing prepared for Fisheries Minister Dominic Leblanc.   The reduction maintenance has been particularly damaging because of the age of the coast guard fleet, with many vessels between 30 and 50 years old.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/27/2017 ISRAEL - MILITARY ORDERS MORE THAN 1,000 OF RAFAEL'S LATEST SPIKE ANTI-TANK MISSILES (OCT 27/RAFAEL)  RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS -- The Israel Defense Forces have awarded domestic firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems a contract for precision-guided anti-tank missiles, reports Rafael.   The deal covers more than 1,000 Spike LR2 missiles, which have a greater range than the baseline Spike LR, the company said in a release on Oct. 24.   The LR2 has a range of 3.4 miles (5.5 km) when fired from a ground launcher, a 35 percent improvement over the 2.5-mile (4-km) range of its predecessor, and a range of up to 6 miles (10 km) when fired from a helicopter.   The range increase is primarily achieved through the use of an uncooled infrared seeker instead of a cooled seeker that requires an internal gas cylinder, noted IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   The tandem anti-tank warhead is said to have an improved penetration capability. The missile is also available with a multi-purpose warhead with selectable fuze options for targeting structures, soft-skinned vehicles, or personnel in open terrain.   LR2 is fully integrated with all existing Spike launchers, said Rafael.   The value of the contract and delivery schedule were not disclosed
Item Number:5 Date: 10/27/2017 KAZAKHSTAN - TERRORIST THREAT, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON AGENDA AS KAZAKH, TAJIK SECURITY COUNCILS MEET (OCT 27/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The security councils in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan have been discussing regional threats, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   Kazakh Security Council Secretary Vladimir Jumakanov and his Tajik counterpart Abdurakhim Kaharov co-chaired this week's talks in Astana, the Kazakh capital, according to a release on Oct. 26 from the Kazakh presidential press service.   The discussions focused on strengthening ties in combating terrorism, religious extremism and illegal immigration, the press service said.   The parties also talked about the military and political situation in Afghanistan and ways to deter potential threats and challenges from that region.   Jumakanov emphasized the importance of bilateral efforts against transnational organized crime and drug-trafficking. He also proposed more cybersecurity cooperation.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 10/27/2017 LIBYA - DOZENS OF BODIES FOUND EAST OF BENGHAZI; SIGNS OF TORTURE SEEN (OCT 27/LYOB)  LIBYAN OBSERVER -- Local sources say 37 unidentified bodies have been found in the eastern Libya, reports the Libya Observer.   Friday's discovery in Abyar, about 30 miles east of Benghazi and a stronghold of the Khalifa Haftar-led Operation Dignity, comes amid escalating attacks by Islamic State fighters against Haftar's forces. Haftar's forces are loyal to the government in Tobruk, a rival to the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli.   The bodies reportedly showed signs of torture and gunshots, citing local sources.   The eastern government's Interior Ministry has demanded an investigation, and has begun forensic analysis of the bodies
Item Number:7 Date: 10/27/2017 LITHUANIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY BUYS NORWAY'S NASAMS AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (OCT 27/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced the signing of a contract for medium-range air defense systems.   The 110 million euro (US$130 million) deal with Norwegian firm Kongsberg covers two NASAMS batteries, a logistics package and training for operators and maintenance personnel was signed in Vilnius on Thursday, the ministry said in a release that day.   "Protected airspace is one of the main conditions necessary for deployment of allies into the region in case of necessity," said Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis. "NASAMS is a capability we needed and did not have till present. This procurement fills one of the biggest gaps in national defense," he said.   The launchers are being purchased used from Norwegian stocks and will be refurbished, the ministry said.   Full operational capability is anticipated by 2021
Item Number:8 Date: 10/27/2017 NORWAY - NO SIGHT OF SURVIVORS AFTER RUSSIAN HELICOPTER CRASHES INTO NORWAY'S FREEZING ARCTIC WATER (OCT 27/SKY)  SKY NEWS -- Norwegian rescuers continue to search for survivors of a Russian helicopter crash in the waters off the Arctic islands of Svalbard, reports Sky News (U.K.).   The Russian Mi-8 helicopter, with eight aboard, went down Thursday while en route to the archipelago's second-largest settlement Barentsburg from the abandoned settlement of Pyramiden.   Using remote-controlled submarines, rescuers said they had found some leads near the southern peninsula of Cap Heer, but had "no results" overnight.   The rescue service did not receive a mayday signal, reported the Independent (U.K.), citing a spokesman.   The eight occupants of the helicopter are all Russian nationals – three scientists and five crewmembers, reported AFP.   The archipelago is more than 500 miles north of the Norwegian mainland
Item Number:9 Date: 10/27/2017 RUSSIA - NAVAL BASE PLANNED FOR KURILS EXPECTED TO ACCOMMODATE ALL SHIPS (OCT 27/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- A key Russian lawmaker says that a proposed naval base in the Kuril Islands in the nation's Far East will be able to receive all types of ships, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   If the base is built, it will be capable of receiving any ships, including capital ships, Frants Klintsevich, the deputy chairman of the Federal Council's committee on defense and security, told the news agency.   The Federation Council is the upper house of the Russian Parliament.   Work on the new facility is expected to begin in the near future, Klintsevich said. The Sputnik account was published on Thursday.   The new base is intended for the protection of Russian territory, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier this year.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 10/27/2017 RUSSIA - PUTIN TEST-FIRES BALLISTIC MISSILES DURING TESTS (OCT 27/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- President Vladimir Putin has personally launched missiles during drills this week, reports Newsweek (U.S.), citing a Kremlin statement.   Thursday's drills included air and naval forces. Four missiles were launched: two landed in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region and two in the easternmost province of Kamchatka, according to the Kremlin.   Tass also reported that Putin participated in the launch personally.   During the tests, two submarines launched three missiles, while the ICBM Topol was launched via silo.  In aerial maneuvers, warplanes Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 reportedly practiced hitting ground targets in the western Saratov and Kaluga regions, as well as in the far eastern Amur region
Item Number:11 Date: 10/27/2017 SOUTH KOREA - DEFENSE CHIEFS MATTIS, SONG VISIT DMZ (OCT 27/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Defense Secretary Mattis and his South Korean counterpart have just paid a visit to the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea, reports the New York Times.   Defense Minister Song Young-moo, during the Friday visit, pointed to the long-range artillery on the border and the threat posed to Seoul.   "Defending against this many L.R.A.s is unfeasible, in my opinion," he said.   Affirming the U.S. commitment to South Korea, Mattis insisted that Washington seeks "not war, but rather the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," as quoted by the Wall Street Journal.   President Trump will travel to South Korea in November
Item Number:12 Date: 10/27/2017 SYRIA - U.N. HUMAN-RIGHTS HEAD DEMANDS THAT FOOD, MEDICINE BE ALLOWED INTO EASTERN GHOUTA (OCT 27/REU)  REUTERS -- The human-rights chief of the United Nations has expressed outrage over the dire humanitarian situation in the besieged Eastern Ghouta area outside of Syria's capital, saying famine is becoming more likely with each passing day, reports Reuters.   In statement on Friday, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein demanded that food and medicine be allowed to enter the area.   In an interview with the Syria Direct website, Mohammad Katoob from the Syrian American Medical Society said that doctors in the area have witnessed a marked increase in deaths.   The eastern suburb of Damascus, home to at least 350,000 people, has been under a crippling siege since it was retaken in May by forces loyal the Syrian government.   Two food warehouses have been looted this week, perhaps indicating the desperation.   Hussein suggested that such starvation tactics can be considered a war crime, a point that has been previously made by the U.N
  Item Number:13 Date: 10/27/2017 TAIWAN - BEIJING CALLS ON U.S. TO DENY LANDING RIGHTS TO TAIWAN'S PRESIDENT ON AMERICAN TERRITORY IN PACIFIC (OCT 27/REU)  REUTERS -- The communist government of China wants the U.S. not to allow Taiwan's president to travel through American territory in the Pacific, reports Reuters.   Beijing sees Taiwan as a breakaway province.   Taiwanese President President Tsai Ing-wen leaves on Saturday for a week-long trip to Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands. She plans to travel through Guam and Honolulu.   The trip hopes to strengthen the island nation's regional ties. Taipei thanked the United States for allowing the stopovers in its airports.   China's Foreign Ministry has expressed "stern representations" to the U.S. over the issue.   President Tsai also hopped over in Houston and San Francisco in January when she was traveling to Latin America
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/27/2017 TURKEY - NATO WARNS ANKARA AGAINST INTEGRATING RUSSIAN MISSILES TO ALLIANCE SYSTEM (OCT 27/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- A top NATO official says Turkey faces "consequences" if it buys a Russian air defense system, reports Defense News.   Each member state is free to make its own defense decisions, but Ankara's plans to buy the S-400 air defense system from Russia would preclude Turkey from joining any integrated air defense system with the alliance and could result in other technical restrictions, said Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, the chairman of the alliance's Military Committee.   The general made his comments to defense reporters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25, noted the Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey). Pavel said Russian missiles cannot integrate with NATO systems.   In September, the Turkish government announced that it would buy the S-400; it has not yet finalized the deal.   The alliance has other concerns about the procurement, said Pavel. These include that the presence of the S-400 "creates challenges for allied assets potentially deployed onto the territory of that country," the general said.   Some experts have speculated that an active S-400 in Turkey could gain information about the F-35 that could have an operational impact in the future. Turkey is a partner nation and a sustainment hub for the program
Item Number:15 Date: 10/27/2017 USA - IN PERSONNEL CHANGE, ARMY BOOSTS BONUSES FOR TROOPS NEARING END OF CONTRACTS (OCT 27/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army is offering new bonuses for soldiers in their "re-enlistment windows," reports the Army Times.   Troops whose contracts are due to expire in the next 15 months could be eligible for up to $12,000 in addition to a selective retention bonus if they re-up in the next several weeks, according to a recent military personnel message.   Those soldiers who sign on for an additional four years can get a $3,000 bonus; $6,000 for five years; and $12,000 for six years.   The service is also offering significant increases in bonuses for a range of military specialties.   Infantrymen are eligible for re-enlistment bonuses at every rank. Large bonuses are also being offered for fire-support specialists, combat medics, Criminal Investigation Command special agents, cyber network defenders, cryptologic linguists and psychological operations specialists, according to the Oct. 18 message.   Troops who have a training spot scheduled to transfer into one of the selective retention bonus-eligible specialties can also take advantage of the bonuses.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 10/27/2017 USA - JOB DONE, 2 NAVY SHIPS TO LEAVE PUERTO RICO (OCT 27/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- The Pentagon has announced that two Navy ships assisting with relief efforts in Puerto Rico will be leaving, reports Navy Times (U.S.).   A DoD release on Thursday said the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Governor of Puerto Rico had agreed "that some defense department assets are no longer needed."   Amphibious assault ship Wasp and the dock landing ship Oak Hill have been providing relief after a devastating hurricane, primarily with helicopter support.   Both ships are homeported in Virginia. When they will leave is unclear.   The Oak Hill is likely to head home; the Wasp's schedule is still to be determined, noted USNI News
Item Number:17 Date: 10/27/2017 USA - MARKING 20-YEAR PARTNERSHIP, NAVANTIA, LOCKHEED MARTIN AGREE TO RENEW DEAL; WORK CONTINUES ON SPANISH FRIGATE (OCT 27/UPI)  UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- Maryland-based defense firm Lockheed Martin and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia have renewed their agreement to work together on naval combat systems and surface ships, reports UPI.   Lockheed celebrated its 20-year partnership Thursday with the Navantia, which has supplied 11 F-100 frigates to navies in Australia, Spain and Norway.   The companies pledged to continue their work on a new F-110 frigate for Spain's navy and seek other commercial opportunities worldwide.   The F-100 is the first ship weighing less than 9,000 tons to use Lockheed's Aegis combat system
Item Number:18 Date: 10/27/2017 USA - MORE ACTIVE-DUTY POSTS AVAILABLE FOR GUARD, RESERVE PILOTS, SAYS USAF (OCT 27/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force has opened 20 additional pilot slots to the Air National Guard and Reserve as part of efforts to fill personnel shortages, reports the Air Force News Service.   The Total Force Aircrew Management–Assignment Augmentation Process (TFAM-AAP) grew from 10 to 30 positions on Oct. 1. The program is only for fighter pilots and fighter combat systems officers.   The TFAM-AAP will help deal with a shortage of fighter pilots by drawing on available and interested personnel with the necessary skills by bringing active reserve component pilots into the active-duty force for two to three years using military personnel appropriation days, officials said.   The program integrates the management of active-duty, Guard and Reserve aircrew resources to maximize readiness, said the Air Force in a release on Oct. 25
Item Number:19 Date: 10/27/2017 USA - WASHINGTON PRESSES NIGERIEN GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW ARMED DRONE MISSIONS AGAINST TERRORISTS (OCT 27/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- The Trump administration wants to step up its combat operations against terror groups in Niger, say U.S. officials cited by NBC News.   The U.S. military is pressing to arm its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles stationed in that African country. The move to armed drones has been under consideration for some time, but this month's fatal ambush of a Green Beret unit has increased a sense of urgency.   Washington is looking to be more aggressive against terrorist groups in North Africa and West Africa, said intelligence and military officials.   Washington has been encouraging the Nigerien government to permit armed drones at the American bases in the country, said three U.S. officials.   A move to expand U.S. drone strikes to Niger would be a significant escalation in American counterterrorism operations, analysts said.

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