DOWNLOADS &Things Of Interest

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fw: TheList 4599

The List 4599


To All
I hope your week has started well.
Regards,
Skip
 
This Day In Naval History - November 27
Nov. 28
1775—Birthday of the Chaplain Corps after Congress adopts the first "Rules for Regulation of the Navy of the United Colonies."
1863—During the Civil War, the screw steam gunboat Chippewa convoys Army transport Monohansett and Mayflower up Skull Creek, SC, on a reconnaissance mission.
1941—USS Enterprise (CV 6) sails from Pearl Harbor for Wake Island to ferry Marine aircraft to the island. By Dec. 5, there are no carriers left at Pearl Harbor.
1944—In a multi-destroyer gun action, USS Saufley (DD 465), USS Waller (DD 466), USS Pringle (DD 477), and USS Renshaw (DD 499) sink the Japanese submarine I-46 in Leyte Gulf. 
 
Today in History
November 28
1520
Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan, having discovered a strait at the tip of South America, enters the Pacific.
1729
Natchez Indians massacre most of the 300 French settlers and soldiers at Fort Rosalie, Louisiana.
1861
The Confederate Congress admits Missouri to the Confederacy, although Missouri has not yet seceded from the Union.
1868
Mt. Etna in Sicily violently erupts.
1872
The Modoc War of 1872-73 begins in northern California when fighting breaks out between Modoc Chief Captain Jack and a cavalry detail led by Captain James Jackson.
1899
The British are victorious over the Boers at Modder River.
1919
Lady Astor is elected the first woman in Parliament.
1925
The forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry, called the WSM Barn Dance, opens in Nashville, Tennessee.
1935
The German Reich declares all men ages 18 to 45 as army reservists.
1937
Spanish leader Francisco Franco blockades the Spanish coast.
1939
The Soviet Union scraps its nonaggression pact with Finland.
1941
The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise departs from Pearl Harbor to deliver F4F Wildcat fighters to Wake Island. This mission saves the carrier from destruction when the Japanese attack.
1943
Sir Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt meet at Tehran, Iran, to hammer out war aims.
1944
The first shipment of supplies reach Antwerp by convoy, a new route for the Allies.
1948
Dr. Edwin Land's first Polaroid cameras go on sale in Boston.
1950
In Korea, 200,000 Communist troops launch attack on UN forces.
1961
Ernie Davis becomes the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.
1963
Cape Canaveral is renamed Cape Kennedy.
1971
The Anglican Church ordains the first two women as priests.
1975
East Timor declares independence from Portugal.
1980
Operation Morvarid (Iran-Iraq War); Iranian Navy destroys over 70% of Iraqi Navy.
1984
Republican Robert Dole is elected Senate majority leader.
1989
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announces it will give up its monopoly on political power.
1991
South Ossetia declares independence from Georgia.
2002
Suicide bombers blow up an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya.
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Lots for great history available for your review
 
Battle of Tassafaronga
As part of the Guadalcanal Campaign, the Battle of Tassafaronga was a nighttime naval battle that took place on Nov. 30, 1942, when the Japanese attempted to deliver supplies to their forces on the ground. Utilizing relatively new surface-search radar, the Americans sank an enemy destroyer; however, the Japanese warships reacted quickly and sank one U.S. cruiser and heavily damaged three others. The Japanese escaped but were unable to land supplies to their forces on Guadalcanal. To read more, check out this week's Webpage of the Week that includes a recently republished combat narrative that is part of the World War II 75th Anniversary Commemoration series.
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Thanks to Carl
 
Midshipmen to wear Blue Angels-inspired uniforms in Army-Navy game
 By Bill Wagner,  November 27, 2017
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Thanks to Hawk and Doug
The Navy Swamp Needs Draining Too
The Navy is sailing in very troubled waters.
A scathing Navy report released Nov. 2 reveals that two major collisions — one between the USS Fitzgerald and merchant ship ACX Crystal off the Japanese coast on June 17 that killed 17 sailors and another between the USS John McCain and oil tanker Alnic MC near Singapore on Aug. 20 that killed another 10 — were caused by "fundamental failures to responsibly plan, prepare and execute ship activities to avoid undue operational risk."
The USS Fitzgerald's collision was precipitated by a "compilation of failures by leadership and watchstanders," including lookout crews who "were inattentive, disengaged in developments on the Bridge, and unaware of several nearby vessels." As a result they "failed to visually differentiate between two vessels in close proximity" while "attempting to cross a highly congested sea lane at night."
Moreover the Officer of the Deck, the person responsible for safe navigation of the ship, "exhibited poor seamanship by failing to maneuver as required, failing to sound the danger signal and failing to attempt to contact CRYSTAL on Bridge to Bridge radio," the report states. The officer also failed to "call the Commanding Officer as appropriate and prescribed by Navy procedures to allow him to exercise more senior oversight and judgment of the situation."
The USS McCain's collision was an equally damning sequence of errors. Because the person at the helm was having difficulty maintaining course while also adjusting the throttles for speed control, the Commanding Officer "ordered the watch team to divide the duties of steering and throttles." This unplanned shift "caused confusion in the watch team," that ultimately led the helmsman to believe the steering mechanism had failed. According to the report, crews attempted to fix the mistake by transferring steering "among various controlling stations four times within the two minutes leading up to the collision."
Crew members also accidentally decoupled the ship's two engines, and the two shafts "working opposite to one another in this fashion caused an un-commanded turn to the left." This error, coupled with "lost situational awareness" on the ship's bridge, effectively accelerated the McCain's turn into the Alnic MC.
"The thing that stood out to me was in both situations they had minimal situational awareness," stated Capt. Rick Hoffman, a retired cruiser captain who reviewed the report for Defense News. "In the case of Fitzgerald, nearly criminal negligence on the part of the bridge watch team. And in neither case did the ship sound five short blasts or raise the general alarm to let anyone know they were in danger."
Incredibly, there were two additional incidents involving 7th Fleet vessels last year. In January, the USS Antietam guided missile cruiser ran aground near Yokosuka base. In May, the USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing boat.
The report minced no words regarding why these incidents occurred: "In each of the four mishaps there were decisions at headquarters that stemmed from a culturally engrained 'can do' attitude, and an unrecognized accumulation of risk that resulted in ships not ready to safely operate at sea."
Since the collisions, eight senior leaders have been relieved of duty, and members of both ships' bridge and Combat Information Center watch teams have also received administrative actions. And while the Navy does not make these actions public, they may include career-killing letters of reprimand. Moreover, if the continuing investigation demands additional punishment, it will be forthcoming.
"We are dangerously underinvesting in our military," insisted Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) after reading the report. "Training, readiness and maintenance are hit the earliest — and tragic errors like this are the canary-in-the-mine warning bells."
While true in some respects, Sasse's assertion — essentially that basic competence requires increased funding levels — rings exceedingly hollow, especially when one remembers that Barack Obama's Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus, made political correctness one of his primary objectives.
Marines in Congress from both parties criticized Mabus, also the former Democrat governor of Mississippi, for force-feeding co-ed training on the Marine Corps. They viewed the move as retaliation following the Corps request for an exemption from allowing women in combat. That request was based on studies showing sex integration would raise the risks of casualties. Mabus also attempted — and ultimately failed — to make all service job titles "gender neutral."
And funding has nothing to do with a massive corruption scandal encompassing as many as 440 Navy personnel, current and retired — including at least 60 admirals — under investigation for their involvement with Malaysian contractor Leonard "Fat Leonard" Glenn Francis. Francis allegedly provided Navy personnel with cash kickbacks and "wild times" in return for receiving classified information and contracts.
Contracts with whom? The Navy's 7th Fleet.
In 2015, Francis pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud that included scamming the Navy out of approximately $35 million. He remains in jail in San Diego awaiting sentencing on Dec. 1. In the meantime, he is cooperating with the DOJ, which has already filed criminal charges against 28 individuals, including two admirals.
The Navy is enacting some after-the-fact reforms following the acknowledgment in September that budget constraints, 100-hour workweeks, extended deployments, and training and maintenance delays have severely taxed the nation's fleet and personnel. But top leaders speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee refused to directly tie the quartet of accidents to those problems.
"These collisions, along with other similar incidents over the past year, indicated a need for the Navy to undertake a review of wider scope to better determine systemic causes," the report states.
The past year? On Jan. 12, 2016, two Navy riverine command boats were captured by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). A Navy report on that incident also cited "failed leadership at multiple levels from the tactical to the operational" as the reasons for the debacle.
What kind of leadership? The unidentified commander in charge of the boats "opted to surrender rather than fight back, citing later fears that a confrontation could endanger the Obama administration's efforts to lock in a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program," The Washington Times reported.
"Clearly, under President Obama's plan to fundamentally change America, the degradation of our military forces was a key element," asserts U.S. Navy Admiral and former commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet James A. Lyons. "The capitulation of our military leadership to accept these mandates was more than shocking, as it was a manifestation of the corrupt 'political correctness' mentality run amok."
Thus the ongoing effort to embrace progressive dogma proceeds, even if military readiness and people lives are sacrificed as a result.
A sailor aboard the USS Shiloh, one of the Navy's missile cruisers monitoring North Korea, told an anonymous Navy survey everything Americans need to know. "I just pray we never have to shoot down a missile from North Korea, because then our ineffectiveness will really show," the sailor wrote.
As the aforementioned incidents indicate, it's already showing. Thus it behooves the Trump administration to drain this particular swamp ASAP. National security cannot be held hostage to social engineering and political correctness.
And commanders in every branch of the military who disagree should be sent packing.
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
 
Thanks to Ed
The first Wasp
Wasp no. 1 never flew, but the Navy bought 200 after ground tests. (NASM (2014-04858))
Air & Space Magazine
Advances in propulsion are what drive aviation development. Innovative airplanes almost always start with innovative engines, and the airframes follow. In 2016, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers celebrated just such an engine. The society designated the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp a technology landmark, the organization's highest award, because the Wasp single handedly brought about a leap forward in aircraft performance and economics. The tale of its development is still fascinating.
The story can be told as a series of meetings among ambitious young designers, dealmakers with burning needs, and inflexible government contractors. The Wasp's manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney, was at the time a humble machine tool company with no connection whatsoever to aviation. Thanks to a risky bet on an unproven technology, today it's one of the world's dominant builders of airplane engines.
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Thanks to John …and Dr.Rich
What Makes a Genius? The World's Greatest Minds Have One Thing in Common ...
See if you can guess before opening the link … I KNOW several of you possess it!!
 
 
 
 
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Item Number:1 Date: 11/28/2017 AUSTRALIA - CANBERRA GOES WITH LURSSEN FOR NEW OFFSHORE PATROL VESSELS; 12 OPVS PLANNED (NOV 28/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Australian government has selected German shipbuilder Lurssen Werft as the prime contractor for the navy's offshore patrol vessel program, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   The ships will be built to a Lurssen design, with the first two being constructed at ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide.   The project will then shift to Henderson in Western Australia, where the last 10 ships will be built, the department said in a release on Nov. 24.   First steel is scheduled to be cut in the fourth quarter of 2018.   The project is estimated to be worth up to Aus$4 billion (US$3 billion).   The new ships will be in a similar configuration to the OPV85 desgin in service with Brunei, noted defense-aerospace.com.  
Item Number:2 Date: 11/28/2017 AUSTRALIA - POLICE ARREST MAN SAID TO BE PLANNING MASS SHOOTING ON NEW YEAR'S EVE (NOV 28/AGE)  THE AGE -- An Australian has been arrested and charged with planning a New Year's Eve terror attack on one of the busiest section of Melbourne, reports the Age (Melbourne).   A 20-year-old was arrested on Monday in the Melbourne suburb of Werribee, said authorities. The Herald Sun (Melbourne) said the accused is Australian with Somali parents.   Police said the suspect was planning on using automatic weapons to attack a New Year's Eve party at Federation Square in the center of Melbourne, reported 9 News (Australia).   The suspect, Ali Ali, attempted to purchase automatic weapons via face to face dealings but was unsuccessful, said a police deputy commissioner. "The potential of the attack is catastrophic," he added. Police said they had been monitoring the suspect since January.   The accused had also obtained an online Al-Qaida manual on committing terrorist attacks, said police.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 11/28/2017 BANGLADESH - HIGH COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCES FOR 139 SOLDIERS FOR 2009 MASSACRE (NOV 28/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The High Court in Dhaka has upheld death sentences for 139 Bangladeshi soldiers for their role in a 2009 mutiny that left 74 people dead, including 57 senior officers, reports Deutsche Welle.   On Monday, the court also upheld lifetime sentences for 146 others found guilty of involvement in the two-day mutiny. Forty-five people were acquitted, a prosecutor told AFP.   The mass punishments were criticized by rights groups and the United Nations. As many as 850 faced charges of the murder of 74, noted the Press Trust of India.   In February 2009, rioting erupted at the Dhaka headquarters of a paramilitary border force known then as the Bangladesh Rifles. The mutineers stole weapons and killed dozens of senior officers, including the force's chief and his wife.   The mutineers said they were fighting for better pay and conditions. The force has since been renamed Border Guard Bangladesh.   The sentences will be appealed to the Supreme Court, noted Agence France Presse.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 11/28/2017 CHINA - PLA DEALS WITH FEWER CHINESE OF AGE APPROPRIATE FOR MILITARY (NOV 28/ASIA)  ASIA TIMES -- The People's Liberation Army faces a shrinking population of those of military age, reports the Asia Times.   The national workforce in China aged between 15 and 59 has decreased by 20 million over the last five years, from a peak of 925 million in 2011, and is projected to decline to 700 million by 2050, according to a new report by the China Remin University in Beijing.   Another analysis by Nikkei anticipates that China's population aged 15 to 24 years will halve to 60 million by 2020, from its peak of 120 million in 2006.   The declining youth population will reduce the military's recruiting pool. Other factors affecting enlistment include more going to universities and better pay in non-military jobs.   There are no official statistics on the PLA's annual recruiting, but a report by China National Radio noted that in the eastern Shandong province, there was a "double-digit" decrease in new enlistments for national service from 2013 to 2016.   The PLA has around 2.35 million active-duty personnel, with around 150,000 to 200,000 leaving or retiring each year. To maintain such a force, the military will have to recruit 250,000 new soldiers annually.   To address the issue, the military has proposed that youths must sign up for national service before being admitted to university. The PLA is also looking at increasing the age cap for enlistment to 26.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 11/28/2017 CROATIA - USED ISRAELI F-16S, NEW SWEDISH JAS 39 GRIPEN MAKE SHORT LIST FOR NEW FIGHTERS (NOV 28/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Ministry of Defense in Croatia has narrowed down its offers for fighter jets to modernize the country's air force, reports Defense News.   Sweden's Gripens and used Israeli F-16s have emerged as the top candidates, noted Total Croatia News.   On Monday, officials said the competition is now between used Israeli F-16D Barak aircraft and new Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen C/D fighters.   As of October, Zagreb had received four offers for 18 jets. It rejected offers from the U.S. for F-16 Bloc 70/72s as too expensive and from Greece for Greek F-16 Block 30 as ill-suited for the force's needs.   A final decision is expected by the of the year. The planned acquisition is estimated to be worth between US$596 million and US$1.2 billion.   Croatia wants to replace its Soviet-designed Mikoyan MiG-21 fighter jets. Plans call for the first jets to be delivered by late 2020
Item Number:6 Date: 11/28/2017 DJIBOUTI - CHINESE FORCES FEATURE TANK MANEUVERS, INFANTRY TARGET-FIRING DURING LIVE-FIRE EXERCISE IN HORN OF AFRICA (NOV 28/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Troops at China's only overseas military base in Djibouti recently concluded more live-fire exercises, reports the South China Morning Post.   The latest drills took place at Djibouti's national firing range, reported China's People's Daily on Nov. 24.   The exercise included tank maneuvers and infantry firing, according to footage released by state broadcaster CCTV. The training focused on gunnery and communications.   The forces stationed in Djibouti are likely to conduct more complex exercises in the future, said one Beijing-based analyst.   "The overseas troops will engage in regular military exercises just like troops serving [in China]," said Zhou Chenming. "But their practice should soon have a different focus, rather than basic shooting training, because their mission in Djibouti is to protect China's interests in Africa, as well as peacekeeping."   The Chinese military arrived in eastern Africa for the first time in July. In September, a live-ammo drill was held, noted the South China Morning Post.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 11/28/2017 IRAQ - ISIS CLAIMS DEADLY SUICIDE ATTACK OUTSIDE BAGHDAD (NOV 28/FN)  FOX NEWS -- The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for a double suicide attack in Iraq's capital that killed and wounded 11, reports Fox News.   There were conflicting accounts of Monday's incident outside of Baghdad.   Five suicide bombers attacked a shopping area in Nahrawan, about 20 miles east of the Iraqi capital, said a local police captain. He said three of the attackers were subdued but two completed the attack, reported AFP.   The Interior Ministry said two attackers shot several civilians in Nahrawan before one blew himself up and the other was killed by security forces, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Local media said 17 were killed and 28 wounded.   Islamic State claimed the attack Tuesday in a statement on its affiliated Amaq social media channel. The group said it targeted Shi'ite members of the Popular Mobilization Forces
Item Number:8 Date: 11/28/2017 JAPAN - DECOMPOSED BODIES FOUND ON COAST OPPOSITE N. KOREA (NOV 28/SKY)  SKY NEWS -- Eight decomposed bodies were have washed ashore in a small wooden boat on a Japanese beach, reports Sky News (U.K.).   The bodies were found Monday in a 21-foot boat that on the shores of Oga, Akita Prefecture, which faces North Korea, noted the Japan Times.   A cigarette package in the boat suggested that the occupants had come from North Korea, noted Kyodo News. The coast guard and police are trying to ascertain where the boat came from.   The nature of the decomposition suggests that they had been dead for some time, said officials.   Subsequent reports suggest there were 10 bodies – with two other cadavers being found on the edge of the surf, reported AFP.   On Nov. 23, eight fishermen believed to be North Koreans were found drifting in a fishing boat off the coast of Yurihonjo, Akita. Authorities could not comment on whether the two cases were related.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 11/28/2017 JAPAN - MBDA IN U.K. TO TEAM WITH MITSUBISHI ON IMPROVED METEOR AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE (NOV 28/NAR)  NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW -- For the first time, the Japanese government has decided to team with a partner other than the United States on a weapons project, reports Nikkei Asian Review.   Mitsubishi Electric will develop a powerful radar for integration with the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile in cooperation with the U.K.   The collaboration is expected to be formally announced after a meeting of top diplomatic and defense officials in London on Dec. 14.   A prototype is scheduled to be built by MBDA in fiscal 2018, with live-fire testing to start in the U.K. as soon as fiscal 2023, the newspaper said on Nov. 24.   Once testing is completed, the two countries will decide whether to produce the weapon. If production moves forward, the upgraded Meteor missile could enter service in the late 2020s.   Japan would likely field the weapon on its stealthy F-35 Lightning II fighters, said the newspaper. The missile could also be exported to countries such as France and Germany
Item Number:10 Date: 11/28/2017 JAPAN - TOKYO DETECTS SUSPICIOUS N. KOREAN RADIO ACTIVITY (NOV 28/REU)  REUTERS -- The Japanese government has detected radio signals that indicate that North Korea may be preparing for a military test, although such signals do not necessarily indicate a missile launch, reports Reuters, citing an unnamed government source.   The Kyodo news agency reported on Monday that Tokyo was on alert after noticing the signals. Such signals could also indicate other military exercises, such as winter training. Other evidence of a pending launch, such as the placement of a strike pad, has not reportedly been detected.   South Korean and U.S. military and intelligence officials are also closely watching the situation, reported South Korea's Yonhap News agency.   U.S. intelligence officials noted that North Korea has previously sent deliberately misleading signs to throw off outside observers.   After a flurry of tests earlier this year, Pyongyang has refrained from running tests since Sept. 15.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 11/28/2017 JAPAN - TOKYO EYES BETTER SECURITY FOR REMOTE ISLANDS (NOV 28/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- The Japanese government may soon strengthen its control over all privately owned land on remote islands, reports the Kyodo news agency (Japan).   The move is intended to enhance security and protect resources within Japanese national waters, said an unnamed government source on Nov. 25.   Tokyo intends to establish a panel next year to discuss land registration by owners who have neglected to do so. They also opposed restrictions on land sales to foreigners in such areas, the source said.   There are concerns that territory outside of government control could lead to potential security threats or other issues, such as illegal fishing.   There are around 480 remote islands along Japan's perimeter, excluding the Dokdo Islands held by South Korea and claimed by Tokyo, which calls them Takeshima, and Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.   Of those islands, Tokyo plans to look at 98 with privately owned land and determine how many have lots whose owners are unknown, the source said.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 11/28/2017 KENYA - POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH AMID INAUGURATION OF KENYATTA (NOV 28/STAR)  THE STAR -- Kenyan police had to fire tear gas to hold back protesters forcing their way into inauguration festivities of President Uhuru Kenyatta, reports the Star (Nairobi, Kenya).   At least one person was reported killed in Tuesday's clashes, reports BBC.   Police closed the area around the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani, where the inauguration was held. The scene repeated itself across elsewhere as police faced off against supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance's Raila Odinga, reports AFP.   Police also fired tear gas at those who wanted to enter the stadium but were turned away, noted the Evening Standard (London).   Odinga mocked the President's "coronation" and boycotted the vote last month.   Odinga lost to Kenyatta in heavily contested elections in August. Irregularities forced courts to demand a second election on Oct. 25
Item Number:13 Date: 11/28/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - U.S. NAVY AWARDS NEW CONTRACT TO LOCKHEED FOR SERVICES SUPPORTING SAUDI LITTORAL SHIPS (NOV 28/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin, Baltimore, Md., a contract option for the Littoral Combat Ship program for Saudi Arabia, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The US$22.7 million deal covers class services in support of Foreign Military Sales for the project, said a DoD release on Nov. 22.   A sale of four multi-mission surface combatants, based on Lockheed' Freedom-class littoral combat ship, to Saudi Arabia worth US$11.25 billion was approved in October 2015, noted defense-aerospace.com.   No sale of the ships has since been publicly announced, although this latest contract suggests it has been awarded.   Work under the contract will take place in Hampton, Va. (41 percent); Moorestown, N.J. (38 percent); and Washington, D.C. (21 percent). The deal is slated to be completed by July 2018
Item Number:14 Date: 11/28/2017 SOMALIA - AMERICAN AIRSTRIKE KILLS ISIS FIGHTER, SAYS AFRICOM; U.S. CONTINUES TO PRESS GROUP IN SOMALIA (NOV 28/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The U.S. military says an American airstrike has killed an Islamic State fighter in Somalia, reports the Voice of America.   The strike took place at 3 p.m. local time on Monday in northeastern Somalia, according to a U.S. Africa Command statement.   AFRICOM said the operation was coordinated with the Somali government.   To date in 2017, U.S. forces have made at least 30 strikes in Somalia, including 28 directed against Al-Shabaab. U.S. airstrikes targeted ISIS in Somali for the first time beginning in November, noted the Hill (Washington, D.C
  Item Number:15 Date: 11/28/2017 SUDAN - SECURITY FORCES ARREST TOP DARFUR MILITIA CHIEF (NOV 28/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Sudanese authorities say counterterrorism forces have arrested a powerful militia leader and former government ally who led a group accused of massive human-rights violations, reports BBC.   A top defense official told Parliament on Monday that Musa Hilal was arrested by Rapid Support Forces (RSF); he was a former aide to President Omar al-Bashir. The arrest was made near his hometown of Mustariaha, said the general, as reported by AFP.   Hilal was reportedly detained after clashing with governments forces in North Darfur. His son Habeeb was also arrested.   His forces, which have at times served alongside government troops, ambushed RSF personnel on Sunday night. The Rapid Support Forces were supervising a disarmament program resisted by Hilal. Ten government soldiers were reported killed in the clashes.   He is subject to U.N. sanctions for his alleged involvement in the Darfur conflict of the mid-2000s as a leader of the Janjaweed militia. The Janjaweed were accused of carrying out a policy of ethnic-cleansing.   Hilal has admitted links to the Janjaweed but denied leading the group
Item Number:16 Date: 11/28/2017 SYRIA - SDF CONSCRIPTION POLICY IRKS LOCALS IN ALEPPO PROVINCE (NOV 28/AL-MON)  AL-MONITOR -- Local residents in areas under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pushing back against the conscription policy of the primarily Kurdish coalition, reports Al-Monitor, a Washington, D.C.-based web publication.   Activists in Manbij in the eastern part of Syria's Aleppo province are demanding that the SDF release 15 people who organized a strike in the city on Nov. 5.   A strike in the town's main markets was directed at a new law on mandatory military service issued by the SDF's legislative council on Nov. 2, the news site reported on Nov. 24.   Dozens of Manbij residents who were arrested the day after the strike have been released, said one human-rights activist.   Several demonstrations were staged in the region prior to the strike.   On Nov. 6, the SDF announced that the conscription decision was suspended and called on residents to join voluntarily.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 11/28/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - NAVY SHAKEUP WILL PLACE NORFOLK-CLASS ASW FRIGATES AT PLYMOUTH (NOV 28/RN)  ROYAL NAVY PRESS RELEASE -- British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced basing changes for its Norfolk-class (Type 23) frigates, reports the Royal Navy.   The relocation announcement was made late last week, noted the Portsmouth Herald.   The new homeports will bring all eight Norfolk-class anti-submarine warfare frigates to Plymouth in southwestern England, with the remaining five general-purpose frigates in the class being stationed in Portsmouth.   The homeport changes will take place during unmanned maintenance and upkeep periods over five years, starting with the move of HMS Richmond from Portsmouth to Plymouth in 2018, the service said on Nov. 24.   Devonport will become a center for surface anti-submarine warfare support.   Starting in 2023, the Argyll, Lancaster, Iron Duke, Monmouth and Montrose will be based in Portsmouth, while the Westminster, Northumberland, Richmond, Somerset, Sutherland, Kent, Portland and St. Albans will be stationed at HMNB Devonport.  
Item Number:18 Date: 11/28/2017 USA - DURING DEMO, TANK CREW ALSO CONTROLS UAV, UNMANNED VEHICLES (NOV 28/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army is evaluating potential future operations that might see a single tank crew controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle, two other unmanned vehicles and its own vehicle, reports the Army Times.   The Abrams Lethality Enabler was demonstrated at the Maneuver Center of Excellent Combat Vehicle Modernization Summit in August at Fort Benning, Ga.   The crew operated from within an Abrams tank, while controlling a UAV to monitor the battlefield.   The soldiers used an M58 Wolf smoke generator, a modified M113 armored personnel carrier, for cover and maneuver, and an unmanned Humvee carrying an automatic mortar system, noted a service release.   Automated functions guided the unmanned vehicles, allowing the tank crew to supervise as the mini-formation conducted an attack, officials said.   According to the Army, during the demonstration, the drone identified a target; the M58 provided cover; the Humvee put down suppressive fire; and the Abrams maneuvered to destroy the target.   The concept and systems are designed to be adapted to a variety of combat vehicles, said Army Research, Development and Engineering Command officials
  Item Number:19 Date: 11/28/2017 USA - MOST RECENT DOD FIGURES REVEAL NEARLY 26,000 U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, SYRIA (NOV 28/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- A new Dept. of Defense report shows that the U.S. has nearly 26,000 military personnel deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria -- more than previously acknowledged overseas by the Pentagon, reports the Military Times.   There were 15,298 American forces in Afghanistan; 8,892 in Iraq; and 1,720 in Syria, for a total of 25,910, as of Sept. 30, the Pentagon said.   The numbers were released on Nov. 17 as part of the department's quarterly count of its personnel assigned by country by the Defense Manpower Data Center.   The Pentagon does not generally include some special operations forces or temporary personnel rotating into or out of the country in its official figure, so that the actual number could be higher, noted the newspaper.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 11/28/2017 USA - NAVY OFFICIALS SUGGEST ENGINE FAILURE INVOLVED IN FATAL TRANSPORT CRASH (NOV 28/WASHEX)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- U.S. Navy officials say a C-2 Greyhound transport plane suffered engine failure before it crashed on Nov. 22, reports the Washington Examiner.   "The investigation will determine the cause," said one official, cautioning against a rush to judgement.   The transport was likely within sight of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, its destination, when it crashed, officials told the Examiner – noting the quick response of rescue efforts as evidence.   The transport was carrying 11 personnel when it went down en route from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan to the aircraft carrier. The Reagan was operating with Japanese forces in the Philippine Sea.   The Navy ended its search-and-rescue efforts on Nov. 24. On Nov. 25, the Navy released the names of three sailors presumed killed.
 
_______________________________________________