Friday, November 17, 2017

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The List 4592


To All
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
 I would like to Thank Tom "Cowboy "Koelzer for his continued support of the List and the Bubba List.  His personal servers and computers are what make things run and delivers the List. He continually has to work with the email providers to allow delivery. Some of you that have AOL know the those folks change the rules a lot and he has to work with them to get the delivery through. There are others that do the same thing and he recently had to do the same for another provider and it looks like that has been successful.  Thanks Cowboy for saving the List many years ago and your continued support.
Regards,
Skip
 
This Day In Naval History - November 17
1917 - USS Fanning (DD-37) and USS Nicholson (DD-52) sink first  enemy submarine, U-58, off Milford Haven, Wales.
1924 - USS Langley, first aircraft carrier, reports for duty.
1941 - Congress amends Neutrality Act to allow U.S. merchant ships  to be armed. Navy's Bureau of Navigation directs Navy personnel with Armed  Guard training to be assigned for further training before going to Armed  Guard Centers for assignment to merchant ships.
1955 - Navy sets up Special Projects Office under Rear Admiral  William F.
Raborn, USN, to develop a solid propellant ballistic missile for  use in submarines.
This Day In Naval History - November 18
1890 - USS Maine, first American battleship, is launched.
1922 - CDR Kenneth Whiting in a PT seaplane, makes first catapult launching from aircraft carrier, USS Langley, at anchor in the York River.
1962 - USS Currituck (AV-7) rescues 13 Japanese fishermen from their disabled fishing boat Seiyu Maru, which was damaged in Typhoon Karen.
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This Day In Naval History - November 19
1813- Capt. David Porter claims Marquesas Islands for the United States.
1922: In a PT seaplane, Cmdr. Kenneth Whiting makes the first catapult launching from an aircraft carrier at anchor, USS Langley (CV 1), in the York River.
1943 - Carrier force attacks bases on Tarawa and Makin begun.
1943 - USS Nautilus (SS-168) enters Tarawa lagoon in first submarine photograph reconnaissance mission.
1961 - At the request of President of Dominican Republic, U.S. Naval Task Force sails to Dominican Republic to bolster the country's government and to prevent a coup.
1969 - Navy astronauts CDR Charles Conrad Jr. and CDR Alan L. Bean are 3rd and 4th men to walk on the moon. They were part of Apollo 12 mission. CDR Richard F. Gordon, Jr., the Command Module Pilot, remained in lunar orbit. During the mission lasting 19 days, 4 hours, and 36 minutes, the astronauts recovered 243 lbs of lunar material. Recovery by HS-4 helicopters from USS Hornet (CVS-12).
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Today in History
November 17
375
Enraged by the insolence of barbarian envoys, Valentinian, the Emperor of the West, dies of apoplexy in Pannonia in Central Europe.
1558
Queen Elizabeth ascends to the throne of England.
1558
The Church of England is re-established.
1636
Henrique Dias, Brazilian general, wins a decisive battle against the Dutch in Brazil.
1796
Napoleon Bonaparte defeats an Italian army near the Alpone River, Italy.
1800
The Sixth Congress (2nd session) convenes for the first time in Washington, D.C.
1842
A grim abolitionist meeting is held in Marlboro Chapel, Boston, after the imprisonment of a mulatto named George Latimer, one of the first fugitive slaves to be apprehended in Massachusetts.
1862
Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign.
1869
The Suez Canal is formally opened.
1877
Russia launches a surprise night attack that overruns Turkish forces at Kars, Armenia.
1885
The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invades Bulgaria.
1903
Vladimir Lenin's efforts to impose his own radical views on the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits the party into two factions, the Bolsheviks, who support Lenin, and the Mensheviks.
1913
The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
1918
Influenza deaths reported in the United States have far exceeded World War I casualties.
1918
German troops evacuate Brussels.
1931
Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat American Clipper.
1941
German Luftwaffe general and World War I fighter-ace Ernst Udet commits suicide. The Nazi government tells the public that he died in a flying accident.
1951
Britain reports development of the world's first nuclear-powered heating system.
1965
The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the Ia Drang Valley, almost wiping them out.
1967
The American Surveyor 6 makes a six-second flight on the moon, the first liftoff on the lunar surface.
1970
Soviet unmanned Luna 17 touches down on the moon.
1980
WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station.
1986
Renault President Georges Besse is shot to death by leftists of the Direct Action Group in Paris.
1989
Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29.
1993
US House of Representatives passes resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1993
Gen. Sani Abacha leads a military coup in Nigeria that overthrows the government of Ernest Shonekan.
2000
Controversial President of Peru Alberto Fujimori removed from office.
 
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More from Admiral Cox
Meanwhile, Back in WW I (100th Anniversary)
    On 17 November 1917, the destroyers FANNING (DD-37) and NICHOLSON (DD-52) sank the German submarine U-58, the first U-boat sunk by U.S. forces in WWI (and the first submarine ever sunk by U.S. Navy forces, including Confederate States Ship (CSS) HUNLEY.)  Of the submarine's 40-member crew, 38 were rescued by the FANNING and became prisoners of war.
    On 19 November 1917, the destroyer USS CHAUNCEY (DD-3) was accidentally rammed and sunk by the British Merchant Ship ROSE, 110 miles west of Gibraltar, killing three officers and 18 men.
    On 22 November 1917, a Tellier seaplane flown by Ensign Kenneth R. Smith conducted the first armed patrol by a U.S. Navy aircraft in European waters and was forced to ditch while investigating a reported German submarine contact.  The two crewmen were rescued two days later.
    On 25 November, Battleship Division Nine (USS NEW YORK (BB-34,) USS DELAWARE (BB-28,) USS FLORIDA (BB-30,) and USS WYOMING (BB-32) departed Hampton Roads for Scapa Flow, United Kingdom, the first U.S. battleships to head across the Atlantic to participate in WWI.  Due to an acute shortage of oil in the U.K., these battleships are not the newest U.S. battleships, but were the newest that still burned coal, of which the British had plenty.
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Thanks to THE Bear – it is a great part of our history that all should remember.
From: THE Bear
                                                          PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S
                                                                  GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
                                                                     19 NOVEMBER 1863
     "For a moment Lincoln, towering up to his unusual height, stood silent, his hands clasped, his head bowed. Then he lifted his face to the vast concourse of people, and in that high pitched tenor voice so familiar to those who had heard him speak in the out-of-door political gatherings in Illinois, a voice that carried  his words to the outer edges of the great crowd, he gave his now immortal Address." (Lincoln at Gettysburg by Daniel Chester French, p67)
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     FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO OUR FATHERS BROUGHT FORTH ON THIS CONTINENT A NEW NATION CONCEIVED IN LIBERTY AND DEDICATED TO THE PROPOSITION THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.
     NOW WE ARE ENGAGED IN A GREAT CIVIL WAR, TESTING WHETHER THAT NATION, OR ANY NATION SO CONCEIVED AND SO DEDICATED, CAN LONG ENDURE. WE ARE MET ON A GREAT BATTLEFIELD OF THAT WAR.WE HAVE COME TO DEDICATE A PORTION OF THAT FIELD, AS A FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR THOSE WHO HERE GAVE THEIR LIVES, THAT THIS NATION MIGHT LIVE. IT IS ALTOGETHER FITTING AND PROPER THAT WE SHOULD DO THIS.
     BUT IN A LARGER SENSE, WE CANNOT DEDICATE – WE CANNOT CONSECRATE – WE CANNOT HALLOW THIS GROUND. THE BRAVE MEN, LIVING AND DEAD, WHO STRUGGLED HERE, HAVE CONSECRATED IT FAR ABOVE OUR POOR POWER TO ADD OR SUBTRACT. THE WORLD WILL LITTLE NOTE, OR LONG REMEMBER WHAT WE SAY HERE, BUT IT CAN NEVER FORGET WHAT THEY DID HERE. IT IS FOR US THE LIVING, RATHER, TO BE DEDICATED HERE TO THE UNFINISHED WORK WHICH THEY WHO FOUGHT HERE HAVE THUS FAR SO NOBLY ADVANCED. IT IS RATHER FOR US THE LIVING TO BE HERE DEDICATED TO THE GREAT TASK REMAINING BEFORE US – THAT FROM THESE HONORED DEAD WE TAKE INCREASED DEVOTION – THAT WE HERE HIGHLY RESOLVE THAT THESE DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN – THAT THIS NATION, UNDER GOD, SHALL HAVE A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM – AND THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH.
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Thanks to Doctor Rich
Not sure you'll see any story like this in the  media, as they are too busy searching for negative, insulting stories.

David Brown/Facebook
While President John F. Kennedy's Eternal Flame and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are heavily packed with tourists on Veterans Day, Section 60, where recently fallen service members are buried, bore a different scene.
"It wasn't at all crowded. There were maybe a dozen visitors scattered throughout the section, each keeping to themselves near their loved ones' markers," Veteran U.S. Army Sgt. David Brown told Independent Journal Review (IJR).
He wrote on Facebook that he was at Arlington National Cemetery visiting two of his friends, one of whom "hardened me into a soldier," and the other "helped soften me into a leader."
"Far away from cameras and fanfare," Brown saw a "lone man" who he later realized was retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who is secretary of defense. At the time, he was surprised to see him at Section 60, but upon reflection, he told IJR, "I can't imagine anywhere else he'd be on Veterans Day."
An older man, who donned a hat and sweatshirt with Marine Corps logos and slogans, approached Mattis, shook his hand, and called it an "honor" to meet the general. While the father was moved to see him, he clarified to Mattis, "I know that's just the kind of man you are."
Brown explained to IJR that the man had been visiting the grave of his son, who was a Marine and told Mattis his son considered him "his hero."
The general smiled and said something similar to, "Well, I think your son is one of mine."

James McCauley/Flickr
Brown said the two took some photos and talked for a bit, before he shook hands and parted with the father saying, "I'm so glad I got to meet you here. My son would have loved this."
After the man returned to his son's marker, Brown approached the general and also expressed the honor it was to meet him. He explained that he was visiting two of his Army friends, with the disclaimer that losing a friend isn't as devastating as losing family.
"Mattis stopped me by putting a hand on my shoulder and said, 'It's important that we remember everyone, however, we knew them,'" Brown recounted to IJR and admitted that it "stunned" him.
He explained that the general conversed with everyone "like an old friend," and never did the majority of the talking, but instead chose to listen.
"He was just as comfortable talking to an Army major in dress blues as he was a service member's child, and the ability to transition seamlessly from one particular type of loss to another is something I've never seen in anyone else, military or otherwise," Brown told IJR.
While the encounter was certainly meaningful to everyone he spoke to on Saturday, Brown explained that Mattis's actions also have an effect on the military as a whole.
"I think it's important that the boots on the ground feel like there's someone at the top who has their backs," he said. "I've always heard that a leader can serve the people above him or the people below him, but rarely can he do both at once. I think every individual service member knows that General Mattis is looking out for them first."
He added that people in uniform need to be able to believe "they have leaders at the highest levels that they can trust."
Brown revealed to IJR that he's been lucky to know commanders who are able to "connect on a personal level with every soldier," but said, "Gen. Mattis stands out."
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Item Number:1 Date: 11/17/2017 AFGHANISTAN - SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 18 IN KABUL; POLICEMAN CREDITED WITH SACRIFICING HIMSELF, SAVING MANY (NOV 17/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- The Islamic State in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing in the capital, Kabul, reports CBS News.   At least eight police officers and 10 civilians were killed in Thursday's attack, according to security officials cited by Afghanistan's Tolo News. Another 10 people were reportedly injured.   The explosion took place outside a restaurant in the Khair Khana neighborhood during a political rally by supporters of Mohamad Atta Noor, the powerful governor of Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Noor was not attending the rally at the time of the attack. He is the head of the primarily ethnic Tajik Jamiat-e Islami party, which was one of the key factions of the Northern Alliance that fought the Taliban prior to the U.S. invasion in 2001. Noor has hinted that he might run for president in 2019.   The attacker was wearing a suicide vest and attempted to enter the building when he was stopped by security personnel, said the Afghan Defense Ministry.   The New York Times reported that the actions of a police lieutenant -- throwing his arms around the attacker in a bear hug -- saved many lives. The lieutenant was one of those officers killed
Item Number:2 Date: 11/17/2017 CAMBODIA - TOP COURT DISSOLVES MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY; U.S., E.U. REACT (NOV 17/PPP)  PHNOM PENH POST -- The United States and European Union have responded angrily after Cambodia's main opposition party was dissolved by the Supreme Court in that country, reports the Phnom Penh Post.   "On current course, next year's election will not be legitimate, free or fair," a White House spokeswoman said Thursday. She indicated the U.S. would end a $1.8 million USAID grant to Cambodia's National Election Committee.   The move banning the Cambodia National Rescue Party calls into question Phnom Penh's commitment to human rights, a prerequisite for an existing trade deal that grants Cambodia E.U. trade preferences for non-arms sales, said a spokesperson for the E.U. in Brussels, as reported by Reuters.   On Thursday, the Cambodian Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Interior Ministry request to ban the country's main opposition party, the CNRP. The party immediately lost the 55 seats it controlled in the 123-member National Assembly and all other communal offices. During the 2013 national elections, the CNRP got more than 44 percent of the popular vote.   After that vote, Prime Minister Hun Sen cracked down, prompting 44 opposition party lawmakers to flee the country. Of the 11 remaining, two are in prison, reported the New York Times.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 11/17/2017 CANADA - OTTAWA LOWERS TARGET, OFFERS 200 PEACEKEEPING FORCES; NO DESTINATION SET (NOV 17/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has revealed his government's plans for supporting U.N. peacekeeping operations, reports CBC News.   Canada is prepared to offer up to 200 ground troops, utility helicopters, cargo aircraft and military trainers for future U.N. operations, the prime minister said during a conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.   The five-year military commitment is part of a comprehensive package that includes millions of dollars to help other countries increase the involvement of women in peace operations and strengthen security those involved in high-risk missions.   Last year, the Trudeau government said it would provide up to 600 military personnel and 150 police officers for peacekeeping missions.   The Canadian commitment could eventually reach those numbers, according to senior government officials. However, the current focus is on smaller, more tightly defined missions instead of the large troop deployments of the past.   Negotiations with the U.N. on where to send Canadian forces have not yet begun. It could be up to two years before any deployments are made, officials said
  Item Number:4 Date: 11/17/2017 IRAQ - RAWA COMPLETELY LIBERATED FROM ISIS, SAYS MILITARY; TERRORISTS LOSE LAST TOWN IN IRAQ (NOV 17/ALSHARQ)  AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT -- Iraqi forces say they have captured the town of Rawa in Anbar province, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, reports Al Sharq Al Awsat (London).   The army liberated the town on the banks of the Euphrates River and restored government control, according to a Friday statement from the Joint Operation Command.   Soldiers and militia members from the Popular Mobilization Force launched their assault at dawn and quickly overran the defenses, reported Turkey's Anadolu Agency. A general cited by AFP said most of the ISIS fighters there had already fled to the Syrian border.   Meanwhile, in Syria, pro-government forces battled ISIS for a second day in the border town of Abu Kamal, the last major city in Syria still in its control, according to Al Sharq Al Awsat.   The Islamic State has lost 95 percent of the territory in Iraq and Syria that it controlled in 2014, the U.S.-led coalition said on Wednesday
Item Number:5 Date: 11/17/2017 ISRAEL - IDF CHIEF: ISRAEL WILLING TO SHARE INTEL WITH SAUDIS (NOV 17/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The chief of the Israeli military has indicated in an interview that his country is prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia against Iran's plans to "control the Middle East, reports Agence France Presse.   Speaking to Elaph, a website run by a Saudi businessman, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said on Thursday that Iran represents "the biggest threat to the region."   The general was quoted as saying: "We are ready to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran."   Speaking of the Israeli military, he said "We are highly regarded by the moderate countries in the region."   Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have formal relations, but secret cooperation between the two countries has been suspected for years, noted Haaretz (Israel
Item Number:6 Date: 11/17/2017 LIBYA - FOLLOWING EXTENDED SURVEILLANCE, LNA HITS ISIS BASE NEAR SIRTE (NOV 17/LIBHER)  LIBYA HERALD -- The Libyan National Army, based in eastern Libya, says its forces have attacked an Islamic State base near Hawara, east of Sirte, reports the Libya Herald.   The site was under surveillance for more than a week before the airstrike on Wednesday, said LNA officials.   "The Libyan air force struck and destroyed the biggest concentration of Daesh [Islamic State] south of Sirte," said Lt. Col. Sharif Al-Awami, the air force chief for the central region, as quoted by Reuters.   The base included military vehicles, fuel and water and had been used to support attacks, he said.   ISIS fighters were driven from Sirte in 2016. Since then, the terrorists have been trying to regroup in the desert to the south.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 11/17/2017 LIBYA - INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMES TRIBUNALS MAY BE NECESSARY, SAYS U.N. MISSION HEAD (NOV 17/LIBHER)  LIBYA HERALD -- The head of the U.N. mission in Libya says the international community should consider joint tribunals to try Libyan war crimes suspects, as reported in the Libya Herald.   Ghassan Salame, the chief of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that the country's security situation is steadily deteriorating, with crimes increasing in number and viciousness.   Though he is pressing Libyan authorities to investigate these crimes, he said it they cannot do it alone, "it is time for the international community to consider mechanisms that can help them do so; possibly including joint tribunals."   Libya's security has steadily deteriorated over the last four years. In recent months, various militias have been blamed for massacres and extrajudicial killings.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 11/17/2017 NORTH KOREA - IMAGERY REVEALS AGGRESSIVE WORK UNDERWAY FOR N. KOREAN NUCLEAR-CAPABLE SUB (NOV 17/38N)  38 NORTH -- Satellite images of a North Korean naval shipyard suggest Pyongyang is moving closer to building its first operational ballistic missile submarine, according to 38 North, a research project of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.   The report, released Thursday, cites satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from Nov. 5. The constant moving of pressure hulls strongly suggest that a submarine is being built, said analysts at 38 North in a report.   The craft may be a SINPO-C ballistic missile submarine, follow-on to the current SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine, said analysts. The images reportedly show what appears to be a canister support, or launch canister.   Both the suspected submarine and a submersible missile test stand have remained at the same location since August. The report suggested the vessel is currently seaworthy. However, no activity suggested test of a submarine-launched missile, said the report.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 11/17/2017 RUSSIA - IRANIAN, TURKISH, RUSSIAN LEADERS READY TO MEET IN SOCHI SUMMIT OVER SYRIAN CONFLICT (NOV 17/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will host his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Sochi on the Black Sea next week to discuss the situation in Syria, reports Bloomberg News.   Moscow, Ankara and Tehran have led a cease-fire initiative and are working together on a political settlement. The three governments have promoted multiple rounds of Syrian talks in Kazakhstan.   The meeting between Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled for Nov. 22, reported Turkey's state Anadolu Agency.   The talks are expected to focus on efforts to reduce violence and support U.N.-led talks on a political transition.   As the Islamic State loses territory in Syria to government and rebel forces, Moscow has stepped up its criticism of the U.S. role in the country.   Washington has pushed for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power eventually as part of any peace agreement.   Russia and Iran have provided significant support to Assad, allowing Damascus to roll back ISIS gains over the last two years.   Turkey, which backed rebels opposed to Assad, warned this week that it might undertake military operations against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northwestern Syria.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 11/17/2017 RUSSIA - YANTAR SHIPYARD LAUNCHES 2 MORE FRIGATES, 5TH AND 6TH OF CLASS (NOV 17/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Yantar shipyard in Russia's Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea recently launched two new frigates, reports Interfax-AVN.   The Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates Admiral Istomin and Admiral Kornilov were put into the water in early November, said a shipyard spokesman on Thursday.   The frigates are the fifth and sixth in the class of six. The third, Admiral Makarov, is scheduled to be delivered to the Russian navy shortly.   The fourth, Admiral Butakov, was launched in March 2016
  Item Number:11 Date: 11/17/2017 SYRIA - CASUALTIES MOUNT FROM ATTACKS NEAR CAPITAL KILL 20 (NOV 17/REU)  REUTERS -- At least 20 people are dead in two separate attacks near the Syrian capital, Damascus, say local officials, as reported by Reuters.   Mortar rounds launched by rebels Thursday from the eastern suburbs of Ghouta hit Damascus, killing at least six people and injuring 45 more, reported China's official Xinhua News Agency, citing state media. At least some of the injured were said to be wearing military uniforms.   Separately, a monitoring group told Reuters that government air strikes in Eastern Ghouta, east of the capital, killed 14 people on Thursday. It added that at 140 people have been wounded in government attacks in the last two days.   The area is subject to a de-escalation agreement reached by Russia and Syria to limit fighting in certain rebel-held areas. The relationship between the two attacks, if any, was not immediately clear.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 11/17/2017 TURKEY - PRESIDENT WITHDRAWS TROOPS FROM NATO EXERCISES IN NORWAY; ATATURK, ERDOGAN REPORTEDLY DEPICTED AS ENEMIES (NOV 17/HUR)  HURRIYET -- The Turkish government has decided to pull its 40 troops from a NATO exercise in Norway, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey).   President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the decision was made after seeing his name and that of the modern Turkish state's founder Mustafa Kemal "Ataturk" listed on an "enemies chart."   In a televised speech to ruling party members, Erdogan said a top general and Turkey's E.U. Affairs Minister informed him of the incident and said they were pulling their participants. The president said to do that immediately. "It's not possible to have this kind of alliance," said the president, as quoted in AFP.   The Norwegian Joint Warfare Center later issued an apology, reported the Daily Sabah (Istanbul
  Item Number:13 Date: 11/17/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - BAE SYSTEMS SHOWS OFF WEARABLE MILITARY POWER NETWORK (NOV 17/BAE)  BAE SYSTEMS -- BAE Systems has been displaying its Broadsword Spine wearable power and data network at this week's Dubai Air Show.   The invisible network is built directly into clothing using conductive fabrics instead of wires and cables, the company said in a release on Nov. 15.   Essentially a giant battery, the system delivers a 40 percent weight saving to users over the alternative options, noted Gizmodo earlier this year.   The technology allows electronic devices to be plugged directly into a vest, jacket or belt, with custom connectors hooking into power and data sources via USB, said BAE Systems.   The Broadsword Spine has been tested by armed forces around the world over the last year, said the company
Item Number:14 Date: 11/17/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - CUTS TO 'BROKEN' BRITISH MILITARY HAS CREATED ARMY'20 YEARS OUT OF DATE,' SAYS FORMER SENIOR COMMANDER (NOV 17/DTL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- A recently retired British general has warned lawmakers that defense budget cuts have left the army decades out of date and unable to deal with the battlefield threat posed by Russia, reports London's Daily Telegraph.   A lack of funding and a policy of denial have created a military unfit for purpose and at risk of "institutional failure," said Gen. Richard Barrons, who retired as head of the Joint Forces Command last year.   Barrons and two other recently retired senior officers this week provided parliamentarians with a stark assessment of the condition of the British armed forces.   "Defense is close to breaking and unless you put more money in it, it will fall over," Barrons told the House of Commons Defense Committee.   The army lacks air defense, unmanned aircraft and cyber warfare capabilities as well as defenses against Russian long-range artillery and drones, which conducted a devastating attack against Ukrainian units in that war, he said.   In addition to the Russian threat, Barrons said North Korea would be able, within 12-18 months "to mate a nuclear missile to an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach London," as quoted by the Daily Mirror.   Adm. George Zambellas, the First Sea Lord until 2016, warned that the Royal Navy did not have an adequate ability to hunt Russian submarines.   The comments come as the Defense Ministry seeks to find another 20 billion pounds (US$26 billion) in savings over the next decade.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 11/17/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - RUSSIAN HACKERS TARGETING ENERGY, MEDIA, TELECOMS INDUSTRIES, CONFIRMS TOP SECURITY CHIEF (NOV 17/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Russian hackers have attacked British media, telecommunication and energy companies over the last year, says the head of the U.K. National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC), as cited by the Guardian (U.K.).   "I can confirm that Russian interference, seen by the National Cybersecurity Center over the past year, has included attacks on the U.K. media, telecommunication and energy sectors," said Ciaran Martin. He declined to provide further details.   The NCSC is a branch of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain's signals intelligence agency, responsible for overseeing the nation's cybersecurity.   The center is "actively engaging with international partners, industry and civil society" to counter the threat, Martin said.   The Russian attacks are part of efforts by Moscow to undermine the international system, he said.   The NCSC indicated that since its creation about a year ago, it had dealt with more than 600 cyber attacks, noted the Sun (U.K
  Item Number:16 Date: 11/17/2017 UNITED NATIONS - MOSCOW USES VETO TO STOP PROBE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE IN SYRIA (NOV 17/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- Russia has vetoed two draft U.N. resolutions that would extend the investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, reports the U.N. News Center.   The vote move on Thursday ends the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which was authorized to probe the uses of chemical weapons in the Syrian war.   The JIM released findings on Oct. 26 that found that the Syrian government was responsible for the April 2017 sarin gas attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria.   U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said at the U.N. that Moscow's move had struck a "deep blow" into the U.N.'s efforts to identify those using chemical weapons, noted CNN.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 11/17/2017 USA - CARRIER REAGAN HEADLINES ANNUAL JAPANESE-U.S. NAVAL EXERCISE NEAR OKINAWA (NOV 17/COM7THFLT)  COMMANDER, U.S. 7TH FLEET -- The U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force have just begun an annual bilateral maritime field-training exercise, reports the commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.   Around 14,000 American sailors are taking part in the Annual Exercise (AE). The maneuvers are held in the waters surrounding the Japanese island Okinawa and run from Nov. 16 to Nov. 26.   AE, the premier training event between the two maritime services, is designed to enhance the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and U.S. forces through air and sea training.   The main part of the exercise followed a week of scenario-based training ashore, said the Navy release.   The U.S. contingent includes the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan with embarked Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5); Destroyer Squadron 15; the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers Stethem, Chafee and Mustin; and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron
  Item Number:18 Date: 11/17/2017 USA - NAVY REMAINS COMMITTED TO BUILDING 2 VIRGINIA-CLASS SUBS ANNUALLY (NOV 17/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- U.S. Navy officials have confirmed that the service can achieve a stable build rate of two Virginia-class attack submarines annually as part of its goal of a 66-strong attack boat fleet, reports USNI News.   Building two subs a year would allow the Navy to reach its objective by 2048, said Brian Howes, the acting director of undersea warfare (OPNAV N97).   Earlier this year, a Navy report concluded that building two Virginia-class boats per year, as well as one Columbia-class boat -- once they are ready -- was a "viable" option, the Navy Times reported in July.   The construction of two Virginia-class boats even in a year when the Navy buys Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarines would be an increase over previous plans, which called for building a single attack boat in those years.   The increase in attack boats from a fleet of 48 to 66 is part of the Navy's push to build a 355-ship fleet.   The undersea warfare group is now working on plans to establish the required industrial base sustaining rate to build the subs, Howes told USNI News this week. The service also needs to ensure it has the funding to operate and sustain those boats above the original 48 figure, he said.   Some of the money will come from efficiencies, but the rest will need to come through an increase in the Navy's shipbuilding budget, said Howes
  Item Number:19 Date: 11/17/2017 USA - SAYING KREMLIN HAS DEPLOYED BANNED WEAPONS, DOD MOVES TO DO LIKEWISE (NOV 17/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- American officials say the U.S. is considering building a missile type outlawed by a Cold War-era agreement unless Russia ends its pursuit of a similar weapon, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Washington is researching the possibility of reviving arsenal of ground-based, intermediate-range missiles prohibited by a treaty with Moscow, known as the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), said the unnamed officials.   The object is to force Russia to resume its obligations under the INF treaty. Washington reportedly told Moscow of the project.   Congress has legislation authorizing the research and to determine whether Russia's RS-26 missile and SSC-8 cruise missile violate the INF.   Moscow has denied that Russia is in violation of the treaty. It has accused Washington of violating the pact by installing Aegis Ashore missile defense systems in Eastern Europe, an interpretation denied by the U.S
Item Number:20 Date: 11/17/2017 YEMEN - CHOLERA OUTBREAK, BLAMED ON BLOCKADE, PUTS 1 MILLION YEMENIS AT RISK, SAYS INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS (NOV 17/ICRC)  INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS -- An international aid group has warned that as many as one million Yemenis are at risk of an outbreak of cholera and other diseases because of the closing of seaports and airports by the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen.   In a statement on Friday, the chief of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen said "close to one million people are now deprived of clean water and sanitation in crowded urban environments in a country slowly emerging from the worst cholera outbreak in modern times."   Singled out were the cities of Taiz, Saada, and Hodeida as being particularly vulnerable. The country's capital, Sanaa, could face the same risks in as little as two weeks, said the Red Cross statement.   The ICRC called for a lifting of the blockade.   The blockade was imposed after an early November missile attack on the Saudi capital, Riyadh, apparently launched from within Yemen.   Saudi Arabia has since said it would lift the ban in areas it can control and monitor.   Saudi Arabia leads a coalition battling Shi'ite Houthi rebels. The Yemeni civil war began in 2015.
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