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This Day In Naval History – December 7
Dec. 7
1796—In his eighth annual message to Congress, President George Washington urges Congress to increase naval strength.
1941—In one of the defining moments in U.S. history, the Japanese attack the U.S. Pacific Fleet and nearby military airfields and installations at Pearl Harbor, HI, and remove the U.S. Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. The U.S. is brought into the World War II as a full combatant.
1941—During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Capt. Mervyn Sharp Bennion, commanding officer of USS West Virginia (BB 48), with concern only in fighting and saving his ship, strongly protests against being carried from the bridge. For devotion to duty and courage during the attack, Bennion is awarded the Medal of Honor.
1941—Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John William Finn mans a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on an instruction stand in an exposed section of the parking ramp, while under heavy enemy machine-gun strafing fire. While painfully wounded, he continued to man the gun and return the enemy's fire throughout the enemy strafing and bombing attacks. He was at last persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention after being specifically ordered to do so. After receiving first-aid, the chief returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the rearming of returning planes. Chief (later Lieutenant) Finn earned the Medal of Honor that day for his extraordinary heroism, distinguished service, and devotion above and beyond the call of duty during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor.
1941—Ensign Francis C. Flaherty remains in his turret, holding a flashlight so the remainder of the turret crew could see the escape, thereby sacrificing his own life. For devotion to duty and courage during the Pearl Harbor attack, Flaherty is awarded the Medal of Honor.
1941—Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Glenn Fuqua rushes to the quarterdeck of USS Arizona, where a large bomb hits and penetrates several decks, and the explosion starts a severe fire and also stuns and knocks him down. Upon coming to, he begins to direct the firefighting and rescue efforts. A tremendous explosion forward appears to make the ship rise out of the water, shudder and settle down by the bow. Flames envelope the forward part of the ship and spread, as wounded men pour out of the ship to the quarterdeck. Despite the mayhem, Fuqua keeps calm under pressure and continues to direct the firefighting efforts so that the wounded could be taken from the ship, and in so doing inspires everyone who sees him. Realizing that the ship cannot be saved and that he was the senior surviving officer aboard, he orders the crew to abandon ship. Fuqua remains on the quarterdeck until satisfied that all personnel that could be had been saved, after which he leaves the ship with the last boatload.
1941—Chief Boatswain Edwin Joseph Hill leads his men of the line-handling details of USS Nevada to the quays, casts off the lines and swims back to this ship. Later, while on the forecastle attempting to let go the anchors, he is blown overboard and killed by the explosion of several bombs. Chief Hill earned the Medal of Honor that day for his distinguished conduct in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard of his own safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor.
1941—Ensign Herbert C. Jones organizes and leads a party in supplying ammunition to the antiaircraft battery of the USS California after the mechanical hoists were put out of action. Jones is then fatally wounded by a nearby bomb explosion and when two men attempt to take him from the area which was on fire, he refuses to let them, saying, in words to the effect, "Leave me alone! I am done for. Get out of here before the magazines go off."
1941—Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd immediately goes to the bridge and as the commander of battleship division one, he courageously performs his duties as Senior Officer Present Afloat until his flagship, USS Arizona, blows up from magazine explosions and he is killed by a direct bomb hit on the bridge.
1941—As the mechanized ammunition hoists are put of action in USS California, Chief Radioman Thomas James Reeves, on his own initiative, in a burning passageway, assists in the maintenance of an ammunition supply by hand to the antiaircraft guns until he is overcome by smoke and fire, resulting in his death.
1941—As his station in the forward dynamo room aboard the USS Nevada becomes almost untenable due to smoke, steam, and heat, Lt. Cmdr. Donald Kirby Ross forces his men to leave the station and performs all the duties himself until blinded and unconscious. Upon being rescued and resuscitated, he returns and secures the forward dynamo room and proceeds to the aft dynamo room where he is again rendered unconscious by exhaustion. Again recovering consciousness, he returns to his station where he remained until directed to abandon it.
1941—As the compartment in which the air compressor is located aboard USS California begins to flood, as a result of torpedo hit, the crew decides to evacuate the compartment, but Machinist's Mate 1st Class Robert R. Scott refuses to leave, saying words to the effect, "This is my station and I will stay and give them air as long as the guns are going."
1941—USS Utah begins to capsize as a result of enemy bombing and torpedoing. Chief Watertender Peter Tomich remains at his post in the engineering plant until he sees that all boilers are secured and all of the crew in the fire room have left their stations, and by so doing loses his life.
1941—Captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh, commanding officer of USS Arizona, gallantly fights his ship until his death, when a direct bomb hits on the bridge and the ship blows up from magazine explosions.
1941—Seaman 1st Class James Richard Ward remains in his turret, holding a flashlight so the remainder of the turret crew could see the escape, thereby sacrificing his own life. For devotion to duty and courage during the Pearl Harbor attack, Ward is awarded the Medal of Honor.
1941—Aboard USS Vestal, moored to USS Arizona, Commander Cassin Young proceeds to the bridge and takes personal command of the 3-inch antiaircraft gun. The forward magazine of Arizona explodes and the blast blows Cmdr. Young overboard. He swims back to his ship, which is afire in several places, settling, and taking on a list. Despite severe enemy bombing and strafing at the time, and having been blown overboard, he calmly moves the ship to an anchorage distant from Arizona, which is a blazing inferno with oil afire on the water between the two ships. Young subsequently beaches Vestal upon determining that such action was required to save his ship.
1941—While at the side of his Captain on the bridge, Cook 3rd Class Dorris Miller, despite enemy strafing and bombing and in the face of a serious fire, assists in moving his Captain, who had been mortally wounded, to a place of greater safety, and later mans and operates a machine gun directed at enemy Japanese attacking aircraft until ordered to leave the bridge. For distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Miller is awarded the Navy Cross.
1944—The 7th Fleet forces land the 77th Army Infantry Division on the shore of Ormoc Bay. Kamikazes attack the Task Force, damaging several U.S. Navy ships. USS Ward (APD 16) is scuttled after being hit by a kamikaze.
 
WEBPAGE OF THE WEEK from the Naval History and Heritage Command
In commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, this week's Webpage of the Week is NHHC's Pearl Harbor Attack page. Re-explore the event that forever changed the history of the United States and was deemed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the "Day of Infamy." Although the attack lasted less than two hours, heavy U.S. casualties and extensive damage to the battle fleet occurred, bringing the United States into World War II as a full combatant. NHHC continues to update the page with information and perspectives to help the user better understand what happened that day. Visit the page and remember those lost on that early Dec. 7, 1941, morning.
 
Today in History December 7
43 BC
Cicero, considered one of the greatest sons of Rome, is assassinated on the orders of Marcus Antonius.
983
Otto III takes the throne after his father's death in Italy. A power struggle between magnates ensues.
1787
Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States.
1808
James Madison is elected president in succession of Thomas Jefferson.
1861
USS Santiago de Cuba, under Commander Daniel B. Ridgely, halts the British schooner Eugenia Smith and captures J.W. Zacharie, a New Orleans merchant and Confederate purchasing agent.
1862
Confederate forces surprise an equal number of Union troops at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
1863
Outlaw George Ives, an alleged member of an outlaw gang known as the "Innocents," robs and then kills Nick Thiebalt in the Ruby Valley of what would become Montana.
1917
The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary with only one dissenting vote in Congress.
1918
Spartacists call for a German revolution.
1931
A report indicates that Nazis would ensure "Nordic dominance" by sterilizing certain races.
1941
Japanese planes raid Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in a surprise attack, bringing the US into WWII.
1942
The U.S. Navy launches USS New Jersey, the largest battleship ever built.
1946
The president of the United Mine Workers, John L. Lewis, orders all striking miners back to work.
1949
The A.F.L. and the C.I.O. organize a non-Communist international trade union.
1970
Poland and West Germany sign a pact renouncing the use of force to settle disputes, recognizing the Oder-Neisse River as Poland's western frontier, and acknowledging the transfer to Poland of 40,000 square miles of former German territory.
1972
The crew of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon, lifts off at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1981
The Reagan Administration predicts a record deficit in 1982 of $109 billion.
1988
An earthquake in Armenia kills an estimated 100,000 people.
1988
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat recognizes Israel's right to exist.
1995
Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter after a 6-year journey.
1999
The Recording Industry Association of America files a copyright infringement suit against the file-sharing website Napster.
2003
A tornado in Kensal Green, North West London, damages about 150 properties.
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SUBJ: PEARL HARBOR SPEECH BY F.D.R.
QUOTE
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
  YESTERDAY, DEC. 7, 1941 - A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY - THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS SUDDENLY AND DELIBERATELY ATTACKED BY
NAVAL AND AIR FORCES OF THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN.
  THE UNITED STATES WAS AT PEACE WITH THAT NATION AND, AT THE
SOLICITATION OF JAPAN, WAS STILL IN CONVERSATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT
AND ITS EMPEROR LOOKING TOWARD THE MAINTENANCE OF PEACE IN THE
PACIFIC.
  INDEED, ONE HOUR AFTER JAPANESE AIR SQUADRONS HAD COMMENCED BOMBING
IN OAHU, THE JAPANESE AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES AND HIS
COLLEAGUES DELIVERED TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE A FORMAL REPLY TO A
RECENT AMERICAN MESSAGE. WHILE THIS REPLY STATED THAT IT SEEMED
USELESS TO CONTINUE THE EXISTING DIPLOMATIC NEGOTIATIONS, IT
CONTAINED NO THREAT OR HINT OF WAR OR ARMED ATTACK.
  IT WILL BE RECORDED THAT THE DISTANCE OF HAWAII FROM JAPAN MAKES IT
OBVIOUS THAT THE ATTACK WAS DELIBERATELY PLANNED MANY DAYS OR EVEN
WEEKS AGO. DURING THE INTERVENING TIME, THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT HAS
DELIBERATELY SOUGHT TO DECEIVE THE UNITED STATES BY FALSE STATEMENTS
AND EXPRESSIONS OF HOPE FOR CONTINUED PEACE.
  THE ATTACK YESTERDAY ON THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HAS CAUSED SEVERE
DAMAGE TO AMERICAN NAVAL AND MILITARY FORCES. VERY MANY AMERICAN
LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST. IN ADDITION, AMERICAN SHIPS HAVE BEEN REPORTED
TORPEDOED ON THE HIGH SEAS BETWEEN SAN FRANCISCO AND HONOLULU.
  YESTERDAY, THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT ALSO LAUNCHED AN ATTACK AGAINST
MALAYA.
  LAST NIGHT, JAPANESE FORCES ATTACKED HONG KONG.
  LAST NIGHT, JAPANESE FORCES ATTACKED GUAM.
  LAST NIGHT, JAPANESE FORCES ATTACKED THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.
  LAST NIGHT, THE JAPANESE ATTACKED WAKE ISLAND.
  THIS MORNING, THE JAPANESE ATTACKED MIDWAY ISLAND.
  JAPAN HAS, THEREFORE, UNDERTAKEN A SURPRISE OFFENSIVE EXTENDING
THROUGHOUT THE PACIFIC AREA. THE FACTS OF YESTERDAY SPEAK FOR
THEMSELVES. THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE ALREADY FORMED THEIR
OPINIONS AND WELL UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS TO THE VERY LIFE AND
SAFETY OF OUR NATION.
  AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY AND NAVY, I HAVE DIRECTED THAT
ALL MEASURES BE TAKEN FOR OUR DEFENSE.
  ALWAYS WILL WE REMEMBER THE CHARACTER OF THE ONSLAUGHT AGAINST US.
  NO MATTER HOW LONG IT MAY TAKE US TO OVERCOME THIS PREMEDITATED
INVASION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THEIR RIGHTEOUS MIGHT WILL WIN
THROUGH TO ABSOLUTE VICTORY.
  I BELIEVE I INTERPRET THE WILL OF THE CONGRESS AND OF THE PEOPLE
WHEN I ASSERT THAT WE WILL NOT ONLY DEFEND OURSELVES TO THE
UTTERMOST, BUT WILL MAKE VERY CERTAIN THAT THIS FORM OF TREACHERY
SHALL NEVER ENDANGER US AGAIN.
  HOSTILITIES EXIST. THERE IS NO BLINKING AT THE FACT THAT OUR
PEOPLE, OUR TERRITORY AND OUR INTERESTS ARE IN GRAVE DANGER.
  WITH CONFIDENCE IN OUR ARMED FORCES - WITH THE UNBOUNDING
DETERMINATION OF OUR PEOPLE - WE WILL GAIN THE INEVITABLE TRIUMPH -
SO HELP US GOD.
  I ASK THAT THE CONGRESS DECLARE THAT SINCE THE UNPROVOKED AND
DASTARDLY ATTACK BY JAPAN ON SUNDAY, DEC. 7, A STATE OF WAR HAS
EXISTED BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE JAPANESE EMPIRE.
FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT
UNQUOTE
LET US REMEMBER OUR VETERANS WHO SERVED ON THIS 'DATE WHICH WILL
LIVE IN INFAMY.'
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Thanks to Micro in response to yesterday's Futuristic projection
Skip:
I can find no original publication of the so-called interview of Mercedes-Benz CEO.  There are thousands of listings of re-postings of the list, but there is no original article that I can find.  There are so many off-the-wall references, unrelated to the Daimler Benz business, as well as many that make no sense at all, that it is quite suspect.  There is zero chance that all of this will happen by 2020 since that is just two years away.  One series of re-posts about this interview states that "he" said "within 20 years" not the year 2020.
I am quite confident that there is no engineer out there that is terrified of Tesla.  And that's just one counterpoint to some of the crap in the list.  It appears to be written by a "futurist," who, like meteorologists, take no responsibility for their guesses.
Some of it's interesting, but most of it left me cold.  There is simply no way to predict how many accidents there will be when everyone is being driven by computers.  Anyone doing a study to "prove" a point to an investor can predict any number they want to predict, but it won't change reality.
I guess I'm getting old, now that I have no patience for self-proclaimed experts that don't take into account the human part of the equation when predicting that technology will rule the world.  "Our children won't get drivers licenses?"  Well, my grandchildren already have theirs, so does this mean that the speaker is young enough to have children that haven't been born yet?  That means he's too young to know what he's talking about….
How in hell can life expectancy increase more than a year each year?  That's immortality, and he says it'll be achieved in less than 20 years?  BS.
There are lots of similar pieces of crap in the "article," leading me to believe that it was created by a blogger or minor author, not someone capable of running a multi-national corporation.
Micro
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Item Number:1 Date: 12/07/2017 ARGENTINA - RUSSIANS SIGN SECURITY COOPERATION ACCORD IN BUENOS AIRES (DEC 07/TASS)  TASS -- Top security officials from Argentina and Russia have signed a memorandum of cooperation on security issues, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   Nikolai Patrushev, the Russian Security Council secretary, met on Tuesday in Buenos Aires with Fulvio Pompeo, Argentina's secretary for strategic affairs, reported Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The document lays the groundwork for regular consultations and exchanges on strategic issues of mutual interest in regional and international security, said a statement from the Russian Security Council.   The countries are planning to develop permanent cooperation in the areas of terrorism, illegal trafficking of drugs, arms and people, as well as against piracy, cyber crime, money-laundering, economic crime and other transnational criminal activities, the statement said.   Also discussed were issues dealing with military, defense, law enforcement and security cooperation
Item Number:2 Date: 12/07/2017 CANADA - AMID TRADE FEUD, OTTAWA OPTS OUT OF BOEING SUPER HORNET DEAL, LOOKS AT USED AUSTRALIAN HORNETS (DEC 07/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Canadian government is backing away from its plans to buy 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters from Boeing in the U.S., reports Defense News.   The Trudeau government will announced next week that it will move forward with an interim procurement of used F/A-18 Hornets from Australia, three sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Dec. 5.   Canada originally planned to buy new Super Hornets to fill what was seen as a capability gap between its aging fleet of CF-18 Hornets and an anticipated new fighter.   After Boeing lodged a legal complaint accusing Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier of dumping commercial aircraft on the U.S. market, Canadian officials put off the Super Hornet buy.   Boeing said Bombardier could sell its jets in the U.S. below cost because of subsidies by Canada and the U.K. In September, the U.S. imposed tariffs on Bombardier sales in that country, reported the St. Louis Business Journal.   If Canada buys the Australian jets, Ottawa will have to invest in extending the service lives of the airframes, which are near the end of their structural life, Lt. Gen. Michael Hood, the head of the Royal Canadian Air Force, told Defense News last month.   Some aircraft would likely be used for spare parts.   Canada is expected to launch an open competition for a new fighter in early 2019
Item Number:3 Date: 12/07/2017 EL SALVADOR - FACING NEW RESPONSIBILITIES, PEACEKEEPERS GET ASSISTANCE FROM U.S. AIR FORCE TRAINING TEAM (DEC 07/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force recently sent a training team to El Salvador to work with Latin American expeditionary forces headed to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, reports the Air Force News Service.   The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, out of Travis Air Force Base, Calif., sent a 15-man mobility training team for the two-week mission.   El Salvador's 1st Air Brigade has been supporting the U.N. in Mali since 2014, but is about to take on new responsibilities in firefighting, air-traffic control, airfield management and weather operations.   The Air Force team provided 170 combined hours of instruction to 48 students who will be assigned to a new operational area, said the service release on Wednesday.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 12/07/2017 ESTONIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY PUSHING FOR INCREASE IN NUMBER OF CONSCRIPTS (DEC 07/BALTIMES)  BALTIC TIMES -- The Estonian Defense Ministry has decided to increase the number of conscripts for military service to 4,000, reports the Baltic Times.   Estonia has mandatory military service for physically and mentally healthy male citizens. However, only about one-third of young men from a particular cohort year actually serve, Defense Minister Juri Luik told lawmakers.   This situation is not sustainable, he said. "A general obligation must be general, otherwise the question arises why we have a national obligation at all if only some citizens are subjected to it," the minister said as quoted by the paper on Dec. 5.   The ministry is seeking parliamentary support for a measure that would increase the number of young people conscripted from 3,200 to 4,000 annually. The proposal includes measures to prevent conscript service from being stricter or harder to do, said Luik.   The ministry also expects to change the requirements of the defense forces to allow disabled people to work with the military if they are interested, said the minister.   The duration of compulsory military service is eight or 11 months, based on education and position, according to the website of the Estonian defense forces.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 12/07/2017 ISRAEL - AIR FORCE DECLARES F-35 FLEET TO BE OPERATIONAL (DEC 07/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Israeli air force has declared its fleet of F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters to be operational, reports the Times of Israel.   The fleet was declared fully operational on Wednesday.   The service took delivery of its first two jets in late December 2016. Since then, the air force has been testing the aircraft, training pilots and preparing maintainers to keep them in the air.   The Israeli air force has also been taking deliveries of additional F-35s, with the eighth and ninth examples arriving in November.   The aircraft is called "Adir" in Israel.   The fighters are currently operated by the Golden Eagle Squadron based at the Nevatim Air Base in central Israel.   Israel has ordered 50 F-35s; an agreement for 17 of those was finalized in August, noted the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. An initial batch of 33 jets is scheduled to be delivered by 2021, with the remaining 17 to be handed over by December 2024
Item Number:6 Date: 12/07/2017 LATVIA - BALTIC DEFENSE MINISTERS EXCHANGE VIEWS ON REGIONAL SECURITY ISSUES IN LIEPAJA (DEC 07/LATMOD)  LATVIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The defense ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are meeting this week in Liepaja in western Latvia to discuss regional defense and security issues, reports the Latvian Ministry of Defense.   The Dec. 7-8 talks are focused on strengthening cooperation among the three countries; preparing for the NATO summit in Brussels in July 2018; issues surrounding the NATO enhanced forward presence in the Baltic region; trilateral defense cooperation with the United States; as well as cooperation with the European Union, particularly through Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) projects, said a ministry release.   The Baltic defense ministers meet twice a year. The previous meeting of 2017 took place in June in Daugavpils in southeastern Latvia.   Latvia currently holds the rotating presidency of the Baltic defense ministerial committee.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 12/07/2017 PAKISTAN - MULTIPLE CASUALTIES WHEN ROADSIDE BOMB EXPLODES AS ARMY CONVOY PASSES IN N. WAZIRISTAN (DEC 07/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A roadside has killed multiple people in Pakistan's tribal area bordering Afghanistan, reports AFP.   The explosion occurred late Tuesday in Mir Ali in North Waziristan,   Reuters said there were nine people killed; other accounts said six were killed. At least eight people were injured, reported the Press Trust of India.   The device was fitted onto a motorcycle and triggered remotely when an army vehicle passed, said three Pakistani officials.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility
Item Number:8 Date: 12/07/2017 QATAR - EMIR AGREES TO BUY 12 MORE RAFALE FIGHTERS, ARMORED VEHICLES FROM FRANCE (DEC 07/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Qatar has agreed to buy fighter jets and armored vehicles from France, reports Bloomberg News.   French President Emmanuel Macron and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar's ruling Emir, signed contracts on Thursday for deals estimated at 12 billion euros (US$14.14 billion).   The contracts cover 12 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation and 490 VBCI armored vehicles from the state-owned armaments company Nexter, in addition to civilian train and passenger aircraft.   These purchases build on a previous buy for 18 single-seat Rafale EQs and six two-seat DQ-model trainers placed in May 2015, noted Flight Global.   Qatar is scheduled to take delivery of the first Rafale in 2018; the deal for 12 has an option for 36 more, noted Reuters
  Item Number:9 Date: 12/07/2017 RUSSIA - SU-57 FIGHTER MAKES 1ST FLIGHT WITH NEW ENGINE (DEC 07/INT-UKR)  INTERFAX-UKRAINE -- Russia's advanced Su-57 stealth fighter has made its first flight with a new engine, reports Interfax-AVN.   On Tuesday, aircraft flew for 17 minutes from the Gromov Flight Research Institute near Moscow, said a release from the Ministry of Industry and Trade.   The aircraft -- formerly known as the T-50 or PAK-FA -- was originally equipped with a 117S engine, or the "engine of the first stage," noted Russian Aviation.   The next-generation powerplant has not yet been named and is known as the "second-stage engine," noted Russia's Tass news agency.   There are currently nine Su-57 prototypes undergoing testing, with serial production slated to begin in 2018
  Item Number:10 Date: 12/07/2017 SOUTH KOREA - 2 B-1B LANCERS JOIN VIGILANT ACE DRILLS WITH S. KOREANS (DEC 07/YON)  YONHAP -- Two American bombers are taking part in ongoing drills in South Korea, reports South Korea's official Yonhap news agency.   The two B-1B heavy bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula Thursday as part of the ongoing Vigilant Ace drills.   The Guam-based aircraft flew to South Korea on Wednesday. Both bombers were supposed to drill together on Wednesday, but technical issues prevented one from taking off, noted Fox News.   North Korea blasted the drills, saying on Wednesday that they were "confrontational warmongering."   "The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?" said the Foreign Ministry.   The Vigilant Ace drills run through Friday
  Item Number:11 Date: 12/07/2017 SOUTH KOREA - ARMY SEES NEW COMBAT DRONE UNIT AS 'GAME CHANGER' (DEC 07/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean army expects to establish a combat unit for armed drones next year to help counter North Korean threats, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   "The army plans to set up a special organization to lead the development of "dronebots," establish a standard platform and expand the dronebot program by function," said an unnamed service official.   "Dronebot is a combination of the words "drone" and "robot" coined for the project.   The official told Yonhap that the unit will be "a 'game changer' in warfare."   The new unit will operate reconnaissance drones against key North Korean targets such as nuclear and missile site. Swarms of drones will be employed to conduct attacks in a crisis, the official said.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 12/07/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKES HIT DEIR EZZOR; ISIS DEFEATED, SAYS RUSSIAS DEFENSE CHIEF (DEC 07/SYROBSERV)  THE SYRIAN OBSERVER -- Russian airstrikes have killed 21 people, apparently civilians, in a town in eastern Syria held by the Islamic State terrorist group, reports the Syrian Observer.   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in the U.K., said Wednesday's strikes hit the village of Al-Jerzi, which is on the banks of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor province.   Ten children and four women were among the dead, the monitor's spokesman told AFP. The strikes reportedly targeted residential buildings.   Separately, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu declared that "all ISIS formations in Syria have been defeated." Shoigu said the group's final four holdings in Deir Ezzor had been liberated. He made his comments, published Wednesday by the General Staff, after an annual briefing, as cited by RT.   ISIS only has a presence in eight percent of Deir Ezzor province, according to the monitoring group
  Item Number:13 Date: 12/07/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - 1 IN 5 BRITISH SOLDIERS UNABLE TO UNDERTAKE FULL COMBAT DUTIES (DEC 07/THEWEEK)  THE WEEK -- The number of British soldiers considered fit for duty has dropped to just 60,000, according to figures cited by the British magazine Week.   One in five British soldiers cannot fully perform their duties due to injury, illness or other reasons, noted United Press International.   Parliamentary figures show only 60,000, or 77 percent of soldiers, can deploy without restrictions.   The army has about 78,407 full-time troops. Roughly 8,000 cannot be deployed at all due to medical conditions, and about 10,000 can only be deployed in a limited fashion. The Ministry of Defense's target number is 82,000.   The percentage of personnel able to deploy with no restrictions is slightly higher for the navy and air force: 84 percent and 83 percent, respectively.   The figures came in response to a Conservative Party member's question on military readiness. The MP called the figures "extremely worrying." The army mentions that the force has enough personnel to keep Britain safe.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 12/07/2017 USA - AIR FORCE T-6A TRAINERS RETURN TO SKY; NO CAUSE FOUND FOR HYPOXIA-LIKE SYMPTOMS (DEC 07/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., has resumed T-6A Texan training flights, reports the Air Force Times.   The training aircraft returned to the air on Dec. 5.   The base suspended those flights on Nov. 15 after hypoxia symptoms were noted during four flights since Nov. 1. The incidents affected four instructor pilots and one student pilot.   The cause of the incidents remains unknown, said officials. Some possible causes, such as maintenance issues and aircrew flight equipment procedures, were eliminated, said a spokeswoman for Vance AFB.   Local procedures were being implemented "to mitigate risk to flight operations and aircrew," she said.   Hypoxia is a physiological symptom caused by too little oxygen in the body
Item Number:15 Date: 12/07/2017 USA - ARMY'S FIXED-WING AIRBORNE ISR FLEET TO BE MODERNIZED (DEC 07/NORGRU)  NORTHROP GRUMMAN -- Northrop Grumman says it has been awarded a $750 million contract by the U.S. Army to provide lifecycle services for one the Army's ISR fleets.   The work on the Army's Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) will include 75 aircraft, among them the RC-12X Guardrail, the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System and the Airborne Reconnaissance Low, according to a company release on Dec. 7.   The company will provide systems engineering and modification and aircraft modifications and elective upgrades, said the release
Item Number:16 Date: 12/07/2017 USA - DOD'S LATEST NUMBERS: 7,200 U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ, SYRIA (DEC 07/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The Pentagon says there are 7,200 U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Syria, reports the Military Times.   The figures released Wednesday indicate that there are currently 5,200 American troops in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria.   The DoD said the numbers represent a downward trend. The previous official number in Iraq, which failed to take into account temporary deployments and special forces, was 5,262.   A Pentagon spokesman admitted that the new figures are not exact.   The numbers from a quarterly report released by the Pentagon's Defense Manpower Data Center on Sept. 30 were higher. That report suggested there were 1,720 active and reserve forces in Syria and 8,892 in Iraq.   The numbers from the data center do not represent current force totals, said the spokesman.   Differences in the latest figures should not be construed as a change in troop levels, said the spokesman. Rather, he said they represent more accurate counting
Item Number:17 Date: 12/07/2017 USA - ENLISTED AIRMEN TO BE INCLUDED IN TRAINING PROGRAM, WITH POTENTIAL TO FLY COMBAT AIRCRAFT (DEC 07/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force has begun a new training program that may result in enlisted airmen flying combat aircraft, reports Air Force Times.   The commander of the Second Air Force, Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, said in a Nov. 30 email that 15 officers and five enlisted airmen will be selected for a six-month training program.   Successful candidates will become students and successful candidates will take solo flights in T-6 trainers, the general wrote.   An Air Force spokeswoman confirmed the pilot program, adding that it will also be used to improve education and training programs in the force and beyond.   Two years ago, the Air Force began allowing enlisted airmen to pilot the unarmed RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV
Item Number:18 Date: 12/07/2017 USA - NEW ARMY PILOT PROGRAM OFFERS DIRECT COMMISSIONS FOR CIVILIAN CYBERSECURITY EXPERTS (DEC 07/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Army has approved a program to recruit experienced cybersecurity experts as cyber officers, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The U.S. Army Cyber Command plans to directly commission five civilians in the coming months, with the goal of bringing its first batch of officers into military training by February, said Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, the Army Cyber Command chief.   The pilot program, which has been approved by the Pentagon and Congress, seeks to directly commission five civilians annually for five years.   The Army already offers direct commissions for doctors and lawyers and other fields, noted top officials with the Army Cyber Directorate, as cited by Global Defense News.   Potential candidates should have at least a bachelor's degree and experience in computer science or similar fields, such as data science or industrial control systems, said Nakasone.   Initially, civilians selected for the program will be commissioned as second lieutenants.   Directly commissioned personnel will forego the Army's 10-week basic combat training course, receive an expedited security clearance and expedited promotion to first lieutenant after an initial course.   Candidates will spend several weeks at the direct commission course at Fort Sill, Okla., and then attend the 12-week Cyber Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Gordon, Ga.   Most cyber officers will be stationed at either Fort Gordon or Fort Meade, Md., said Nakasone.   The other services are also expected to offer similar pilot programs in the cyber field, said officials
Item Number:19 Date: 12/07/2017 YEMEN - HOUTHIS, ARMY CLASH IN EAST; JOURNALISTS HELD IN SANAA (DEC 07/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- At least 20 Houthi rebels have been killed and 11 others were captured following clashes with the Yemeni army near al-Khoukha city, south of the eastern port city Hodeidah, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai).   Assisted by airpower from the Saudi-led coalition, the soldiers succeeded in taking the town on Thursday, reported Reuters.   The Yemeni army and militiamen liberated several areas near Hodeidah on Thursday, said a military source.   Earlier in the week, the Houthis attacked border guards near the northern district of Midi, but were repelled, a military source told Al Arabiya.   Separately, on Wednesday, the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders demanded the release of 41 journalists being held in Sanaa. The journalists from the television station Yemen Today have been held by the Houthis since Saturday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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