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This Day In Naval History – February 2, 2018
Feb. 2
1800 - USS Constellation (CAPT Thomas Truxtun) defeats la Vengeance
1848—The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War and establishes the boundaries between the two republics.
1862—Capt. David G. Farragut, commander of his flagship, the screw sloop of war Hartford, departs Hampton Roads for Ship Island, MS, where Farragut takes command of the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron in preparation for the assault on New Orleans.
1938—While piloting a PBY-2 aircraft in a tactical exercise off California, Lt. Carlton B. Hutchins collides with another VP-11 PBY-2. Remaining at his badly damaged plane's controls, Hutchins courageously allows members of his crew to parachute to safety, but is killed in the plane's subsequent crash.  For his "extraordinary heroism," he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
1942—USS Seadragon (SS 194) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Tamagawa Maru.
1943—A Japanese destroyer is damaged, and later scuttled, by a mine laid by U.S. Navy light minelayers off Cape Esperance.
1944—Destroyer USS Walker (DD 517) sinks Japanese submarine RO 39, 10 miles east of Wotje, Marshall Islands.
Feb. 3
1863—The "double-ender" side wheel steam gunboat USS Sonoma captures the blockade running British bark Springbok during the Civil War.
1917—President Woodrow Wilson, in an address to Congress, severs diplomatic relations with Germany after the country decides on the first of the month to reintroduce the policy of unrestricted U-boat warfare.
1944—PBY Catalinas and USAAF B-25s 5th Air Force aircraft attack a Japanese convoy west of New Hanover and sink a cargo ship, Nichiai Maru.
1944—USS Tambor (SS 198) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks Goyu Maru and merchant tanker Ariake Maru about 200 miles southeast of Shanghai.
Feb. 4
1779—Capt. John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard (formerly Duc de Duras), which was given to the United States by King Louis XVI of France. The name honors Benjamin Franklin, the American commissioner at Paris whose famous almanacs had been published in France under the title Les Maximes du Bonhomme Richard.
1813—During the War of 1812, the sloop ship Hornet, commanded by James Lawrence, captures and burns the British merchant ship Resolute off Pernambuco, Brazil.
1942—While the battle for Bataan rages throughout the night, USS Trout (SS 202) loads 20 tons of gold bars and 18 tons of silver coins as ballast to replace the weight of ammunition they had just delivered to US and Philippine forces in Manila.
1944—Destroyers Charrette (DD 581) and Fair (DE 35) sink Japanese submarine I 175, 100 miles north of Jaluit, Marshall Islands.
1944—PV-1 Ventura aircraft sink Japanese water tanker Goryu Maru off Emidj Island, Jaluit.
 
1942   Due to rationing, selling dog food in cans is prohibited.
February 2
962
Otto I invades Italy and is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
1032
Conrad II claims the throne of France.
1494
Columbus begins the practice of using Indians as slaves.
1571
All eight members of a Jesuit mission in Virginia are murdered by Indians who pretended to be their friends.
1626
Charles I is crowned King of England. Fierce internal struggles between the monarchy and Parliament characterized 17th century English politics.
1848
The Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo formally ends the Mexican War.
1865
Confederate raider William Quantrill and his bushwackers rob citizens, burn a railroad depot and steal horses from Midway, Kentucky.
1870
The press agencies Havas, Reuter and Wolff sign an agreement whereby between them they can cover the whole world.
1876
The National Baseball League is founded with eight teams.
1900
Six cities, Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Chicago and St. Louis agree to form baseball's American League.
1901
Mexican government troops are badly beaten by Yaqui Indians.
1916
U.S. Senate votes independence for Philippines, effective in 1921.
1921
Airmail service opens between New York and San Francisco. Airmail's First Day.
1934
Alfred Rosenberg is made philosophical chief of the Nazi Party.
1939
Hungary breaks relations with the Soviet Union.
1943
Last of the German strongholds at Stalingrad surrender to the Red Army.
1944
The Germans stop an Allied attack at Anzio, Italy.
1945
Some 1,200 Royal Air Force planes blast Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe.
1948
The United States and Italy sign a pact of friendship, commerce and navigation.
1959
Arlington and Norfolk, Va., peacefully desegregate public schools.
1960
The U.S. Senate approves 23rd Amendment calling for a ban on the poll tax.
1972
The Winter Olympics begin in Sapporo, Japan.
1978
U.S. Jewish leaders bar a meeting with Egypt's Anwar Sadat.
1987
Largest steel strike in American history, in progress since August, ends.
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 2 FEBRUARY 1968… LBJ: "THEY WILL NOT FAIL US."…
February 2, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #699… NYT, 2-FEB-68, PAGE 1: "He conferred the MEDAL OF HONOR on Major MERLYN H. DETHLEFSEN, United States Air Force, of Derby, Kansas, and spoke of him as the symbol of all the fighting men who on this 'very special afternoon' were prepared to die to put down 'a desperate enemy offensive.'… Above all the President paid tribute to the few hundred fliers 'who have rewritten the rule book and the flight book of aerial warfare' with their raids on North Vietnam,' thus tying up between 500,000 and 700,000 enemy men in repair and logistics.'…"…but first…
Good Morning: Day SIX HUNDRED NINETY-NINE of a return to the war mostly fought by the Silent Generation and the Boomers who got drafted…
2 FEBRUARY 1968… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a Friday full of rain…
TET OFFENSIVE: Paqe 1: "STREET CLASHES GO ON IN VIETNAM–FOE STILL HOLDS PARTS OF CITIES–JOHNSON PLEDGES NEVER TO YIELD"… "Vicious street fighting continued today in many South Vietnam towns and cities, and the Vietcong attacked three more provincial capitals. The United States military commander General William C. Westmoreland, said yesterday that there was some evidence that the enemy's general offensive was 'about to run out of steam,' but he also conceded that the enemy had capability to continue 'this phase of their campaign for several more days.' The United States command announced that 10,593 enemy soldiers had been killed since 6 P.M. Monday–by far the heaviest losses ever inflicted by the allies in Vietnam. United Press International reported American losses were put at 281 killed and 1,195 wounded and South Vietnamese losses at 632 killed and 1,588 wounded. The assertion today that more than 10,000 of the enemy had died in the outbreaks was viewed with reserve by some observers… Since Monday, the Vietcong have attacked 26 of the country's 44 province capitals, penetrating some of them deeply. New attacks were reported yesterday and today on the towns of Baria, Muchoa and Phucuong, all province capitals. Other important cities, such as Danang, have also been attacked in the Vietcong drive."..
 
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FROM CNINFO
Executive Summary:
In national news headlines, media continue to report on the debate over releasing a memo on FBI surveillance produced by the House Intelligence Committee, and report that a 12-year-old girl was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm yesterday after a Middle School shooting in Los Angeles, which left four students injured. USNI News reports that Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, while speaking at the Heritage Foundation, described the six dimensions of the U.S. naval power nucleus: a bigger navy, a better navy, a networked navy, a more talented navy, a more agile navy and a more ready navy. "Those are the components of the nucleus; if you try to tear one out, you don't have naval power," said Richardson.  According to The Hill, CNO Adm. John Richardson also spoke on "The Navy the Nation Needs," and described how the Navy has coped with stopgap spending, with measures including not planning anything important in the first quarter of the fiscal year.  Richardson stated that, "We're coming up on Super Bowl week, and I know everybody in the room has a position on that competition. But in competition that's that close, you can't expect a team to win if they only play three quarters out of four."  Additionally, USNI News reports that more punishments have been issued to sailors involved in last year's fatal collisions.
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Thanks to Dutch R.
How a Grumman F -11 fighter actually shot itself down - PM magazine
Thanks to Marathon -
 
    Here's a detailed look at how it actually happened.
 
 
The Fighter Plane That Shot Itself Down
The plane literally ran into it
 
 
Aug 28, 2017
 
In 1956, the Grumman aircraft corporation was testing its new fighter, the F-11 Tiger, off the coast of New York state. The pilot fired a long burst from its guns and moments later suffered mysterious, catastrophic damage that caved in the windshield and mortally wounded the engine. What happened? The pilot had shot himself down.
The F-11 Tiger, like all Grumman aircraft, was named after a cat. Fast and nimble, the F-11 was only the second supersonic fighter in the Navy's inventory, capable of 843 miles an hour (Mach 1.1). It was actually Grumman's first supersonic fighter and the company's inexperience with the consequences of supersonic flight, as well as the fighter's amazing speed, would be one test Tiger's undoing.
On September 21st, 1956, as DataGenetics explains, a Grumman test pilot flying a Tiger off the coast of Long Island dropped his nose twenty degrees and pointed it at an empty spot of ocean. He fired a brief, four second burst from his four Colt Mk.12 20-millimeter cannons, entered a steeper descent, and hit the afterburners. A minute later, his windshield suddenly caved in and his engine started making funny noises, eventually conking out as the pilot attempted to return to Grumman's Long Island airfield.
The test pilot had assumed he had been the victim of a bird strike, but the accident investigation revealed another cause: in his fast descent, the pilot had actually flown into his own stream of 20-millimeter cannon rounds. Although the rounds had a head start (the air speed of the aircraft plus the muzzle velocity of the rounds) they slowed quickly due to drag passing through the surrounding air. The rounds decelerated, the Tiger accelerated, and the two reunited in the sky, with fatal (for the aircraft) consequences.
 
The Tiger was totalled during the crash and the pilot, while severely injured, was able to return to flight status less than six months later. Only 200 Tigers were purchased by the Navy, and they were withdrawn from service after faster, better planes such as the F-8 Crusader and F-4 Phantom II entered service. The Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team flew them until 1969.
 
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Thanks to Carl
Message from Planet Japan: The good times never last forever | Sovereign Man
 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 02/02/2018 AFGHANISTAN - BEIJING EYES BASE IN REMOTE WAKHAN CORRIDOR IN NORTHEAST (FEB 02/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- China is considering building a military base in Afghanistan near the mutual border, reports Agence France-Presse.   If built, the base would be located in Afghanistan's northeastern Wakhan Corridor, a remote and mountainous area that borders China's restive Xinjiang region.   Xinjiang is the center of China's Muslim population. Governing the area has proven difficult for Beijing, with numerous terrorist groups operating in the area and heavy-handed policies breeding resentment.   China is reportedly worried about militants, including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), crossing into Xinjiang to launch attacks.   Witnesses have reported Chinese and Afghan troops engaged in joint patrols in the corridor.   Afghan and Chinese officials began discussing the plan in December, said an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman. "We are going to build it [the base], but the Chinese government has committed to help the division financially, provide equipment and train the Afghan soldiers," the spokesman said.   Chinese officials at the embassy in Kabul said only that Beijing was involved in "capacity-building" in Afghanistan
Item Number:2 Date: 02/02/2018 AFGHANISTAN - SCORES OF TALIBAN FIGHTERS KILLED IN KANDAHAR OP, OFFICIALS SAY (FEB 02/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Afghan security officials say 83 Taliban fighters were killed in an intelligence operation on Jan. 31 in the southern Kandahar province, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Dozens of vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed in the operation, which was supported by airstrikes, said Sultan Mohammad, the head of military operations in the Maiwand district.   Officials provided no information on casualties among Afghan security forces.   The Taliban did not immediately comment on the operation
  Item Number:3 Date: 02/02/2018 ALGERIA - TALKS WITH TOP RUSSIAN SECURITY OFFICIAL FOCUS ON SECURITY, TERRORISM (FEB 02/TASS)  TASS -- The secretary of Russia's Security Council has met with senior Algerian officials to discuss security cooperation, reports Tass (Russia).   Nikolai Patrushev met with President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika, Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and intelligence chief Athmane Tartag, among others, during a visit to Algeria, the news service reported Wednesday.   The date of the meeting was not specified, noted Reuters.   The parties agreed to cooperate more on counterterrorism efforts, especially against Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). A remnant of Algeria's 10-year civil war, AQIM has been growing in strength in recent years.   Patrushev also mentioned the continued importance of a 2016 mechanism that allows for regular communication between Algiers and Moscow on security matters
  Item Number:4 Date: 02/02/2018 CAMBODIA - SOLDIER CONFESSES TO MURDER OF FOREST PATROLLERS; TWO SUSPECTS REMAIN AT LARGE (FEB 02/PPP)  PHNOM PENH POST -- A soldier suspected of murdering three officials patrolling a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary has turned himself in to police, reports the Phnom Penh Post.   Keut Veha, 37, turned himself over to police custody Wednesday night and soon confessed to the crime, said a police official, cited by the Khmer Times.   The details of Veha's confession were not immediately made public.   Veha is the head of Regiment 103 in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.   On Tuesday evening, three officials -- a military police officer, ranger and NGO worker -- were ambushed and killed while on patrol in the Keo Seima wildlife sanctuary in the eastern Mondulkiri province, near the Vietnamese border.   The officials were heading to an area where illegal logging had been reported. Illegal logging is rampant in the area.   The trio confiscated chainsaws and motorcycles from eight illegal loggers before the ambush, reported Radio Free Asia.   Two others are suspected in the killing, reported the Guardian (U.K.). Their whereabouts have not been announced
  Item Number:5 Date: 02/02/2018 FRANCE - ARMY HELICOPTERS COLLIDE, KILLING 5 (FEB 02/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- At least five people were killed when two army helicopters collided in southern France, reports Agence France-Presse.   The Gazelle helicopters crashed Friday morning at Carces lake, north of the resort town of Saint-Tropez, reported BBC News.   Five crewmembers aboard the aircraft were killed, said police from the nearby town of Brignoles.   Rescuers continued to search for a sixth crewmember, officials said.   About 20 troops, two rescue helicopters and a police helicopter were dispatched to the scene.   The army aviation service helicopters were based at Ealat, a military flight school in nearby Cannet-des-Maures.   The school also trains German and Spanish pilots.   It was not immediately clear what led to the collision
Item Number:6 Date: 02/02/2018 INDIA - GOVERNMENT TABS 8 PERCENT BOOST FOR DEFENSE BUDGET (FEB 02/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The Indian government has proposed a US$46.1 billion defense budget for the next fiscal year, a 7.8 percent boost, reports the Press Trust of India.   The draft budget for fiscal 2018-2019 includes US$15 billion for procurement, officials said.   Defense will take up about 12 percent of total government spending for the year.   The government also plans to create two defense industrial production corridors and focus procurement policy to support domestic defense industry, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 02/02/2018 QATAR - ANKARA HAS NO IMMEDIATE PLANS TO BOOST MILITARY FORCES IN QATAR, AMBASSADOR SAYS (FEB 02/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Turkish ambassador to Qatar says that his government plans to deploy air and naval units to Qatar in addition to the ground troops already there, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   "According to the agreement signed between Qatar and Turkey in 2014 ... ground, air, and naval forces will be deployed to Qatar," said Amb. Fikret Ozer.   The two governments will determine the "timeline of the construction of the necessary infrastructure and when these forces will be deployed through talks," he said.   Ozer declined to provide a potential timeline for the deployments.   An initial deployment of Turkish soldiers arrived at the Tariq bin Ziyad military base in 2015.   Ankara has stepped up its support for Qatar since Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic and trade ties last year.   The Arab countries have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and maintaining close ties with Iran. Qatar denies the charges.   Ozer later denied that he said Turkey was planning to send air and naval forces to Qatar, saying he was misinterpreted, the Anadolu Agency (Ankara) reported on Friday. The ambassador emphasized that a 2014 military cooperation agreement included provision for the deployment of Turkish forces to Doha, but that no new articles had been attached since.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 02/02/2018 SOUTH SUDAN - UNILATERAL SANCTIONS PLANNED ON S. SUDAN (FEB 02/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S. State Dept. is expected to announce an arms embargo against South Sudan, reports Reuters.   The announcement will come Friday morning, said three sources familiar with the matter.   Shortly after splitting from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan erupted into civil war, fought largely between supporters of the president, Salva Kiir, and his former vice president, Riek Machar.   The conflict, fought largely along ethnic lines, is considered one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in the world.   Cease-fires have been repeatedly violated. The Obama administration proposed an arms embargo in the U.N. in 2016 but was unsuccessful. Russia, which holds a veto in the Security Council, is expected to resist any U.S. push for U.N. action.   Several of Kiir's associates are under existing U.S. sanctions.   In an unexpected move, the African Union on Jan. 29 said it was ready to consider sanctions on leaders violating cease-fires in South Sudan
Item Number:9 Date: 02/02/2018 SYRIA - GOVERNMENT GAINS GROUND IN REBEL STRONGHOLD (FEB 02/SOHR)  SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS -- Syrian government forces and allied militia have made gains in the opposition stronghold of Idlib province, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in the U.K.   On Thursday, the troops came within 9 miles (14 km) of the town of Saraqeb.   The gains in the northeastern province bring them closer to a key objective: controlling a major highway that connects Damascus and Aleppo, Syria's largest cities.   The highway passes east of Saraqeb.   Syrian forces advanced from the Abu Dhuhour air base, in the province's far eastern corner.   At least six people were killed in Saraqeb on Thursday during artillery and airstrikes by Syrian and Russian forces, reported Syria Direct.   A commander from a Free Syrian Army faction fighting in eastern Idlib denied that government forces had made any gains, the website said.   Idlib is the last province in Syria with a substantial rebel presence.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 02/02/2018 UKRAINE - NEW CRUISE MISSILE TESTED SUCCESSFULLY (FEB 02/KYIVPOST)  KYIV POST -- Ukraine has successfully tested a land-based cruise missile, according to senior security officials cited by the Kyiv Post.   The missile, developed by the Luch defense development bureau in Kiev, was test-fired on Jan. 30 and demonstrated its flight efficiency and systems operation, said Oleksandr Turchynov, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.   The weapon is capable of precisely striking ground and maritime targets, he said.   Ukraine gave up its cruise missile stockpile under the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum, a 1994 agreement signed by Russia, Ukraine, the U.K. and U.S., said Turchynov. Kiev surrendered its nuclear arsenal in return for security assurances under the accord.   After Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, the National Security and Defense Council launched a project to develop cruise missile systems to deter further Russian aggression, the secretary said.   The Neptune missile is based on the Kh-35 subsonic anti-ship missile, according to the Defence Blog website. The system is capable of sinking warships displacing up to 5,000 tons, said Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's state-run defense holding company.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 02/02/2018 UNITED KINGDOM - NAO CALLS DEFENSE EQUIPMENT PLAN UNAFFORDABLE (FEB 02/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The British government's 10-year defense equipment plan is unaffordable, according to a new report from the National Audit Office (NAO) cited by Defense News.   "The Ministry of Defense is facing a minimum affordability gap of 4.9 billion pounds (US$6.9 billion)," says the report, which was released on Jan. 31.   "There is an additional affordability gap of 15.9 billion pounds (US$22.4 billion) if all identified financial risks of cost growth materialize and the department does not achieve any of the savings assumed in the [equipment] plan. Overall, the potential affordability gap is 20.8 billion pounds (US$29.3 billion)," the NAO said.   The agency blamed optimistic project costs, exchange rate issues, failure to achieve efficiency cuts and the growing cost of nuclear submarine programs for the lack of affordability of the plan.   The risks were previously noted by a parliamentary Public Accounts Committee probe into the financial details of the plan.   The NAO annually reviews the Defense Ministry's rolling 10-year equipment plan.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 02/02/2018 USA - BOEING TO CONTINUE TO LEAD MISSILE DEFENSE EFFORTS UNDER $6.6 BILLION DEAL (FEB 02/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Boeing a US$6.6 billion contract to continue managing the U.S. ground-based missile defense system, reports Bloomberg News.   The contract, announced on Jan. 31, extends Boeing's management role through 2023 and brings the total value to $12.6 billion.   It covers the installation of 20 additional ground-based interceptors to the 44 already based in Alaska and California. Boeing will manage the expedited construction of a new 20-missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska, as well as the interceptors.   The company will also supervise the development and integration of an upgraded warhead, dubbed the redesigned kill vehicle.   Boeing oversees the development and support of the network of interceptors, sensors and communication links. Major subcontractors include Orbital ATK, which builds the rocket booster for the interceptors; Raytheon, which produces the kinetic warhead; Aerojet Rocketdyne makes the in-flight guidance system; and Northrop Grumman supplies the battle-management system.   The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system is designed to defeat intercontinental ballistic missiles from Iran and North Korea
Item Number:13 Date: 02/02/2018 USA - DOHA SEEKS EXPANDED U.S. PRESENCE AS SAUDI-LED BLOCKADE CONTINUES (FEB 02/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- The Qatari defense minister visited Washington, D.C., this week to strengthen ties with the U.S., reports Defense One.   The visit comes nearly eight months after Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.   Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah told the website that his country has plans to allow the U.S. Navy to station warships there and expand facilities for families at the Al Udeid Air Base.   Al Udeid hosts the U.S. Air Force Central Command and its operations center, which overseas military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.   Doha plans to build about 200 houses for American families, increase the capacity of dormitories and construct an entertainment facility at the airbase, said Al-Attiyah.   New port facilities are also under construction that will be able to accommodate American naval vessels, whether for port visits or as permanent bases, the defense minister said.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 02/02/2018 USA - OSPREY TILTROTOR SQUADRON COMMANDER IN OKINAWA LOSES JOB (FEB 02/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The commander of a Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tiltrotor squadron has been relieved of command, reports the Marine Corps Times.   Lt. Col. Bryan Swenson, the commander of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) was removed from his post on Jan. 26 by Brig. Gen. Thomas Weidley, the commanding officer of the 1st Marine Air Wing.   Swenson was relieved "due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead his command," a Marine spokeswoman told the newspaper on Jan. 31.   The unit was involved in a deadly MV-22B Osprey crash in August 2017 off the coast of Australia. Three Marines were killed. The incident remains under investigation.  
Item Number:15 Date: 02/02/2018 USA - PENTAGON SEEKS NEW WAYS TO BRING DOWN F-35 SUSTAINMENT COSTS (FEB 02/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Pentagon cannot afford projected sustainment costs for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment told Defense News in an interview.   "Right now, we can't afford the sustainment costs we have on the F-35. And we're committed to changing that," Ellen Lord told reporters at a Jan. 31 roundtable in Washington, D.C.   The focus is now on data analytic solutions to reduce the budgetary pressure, said Lord. Six members of Lord's team are focused on the issue full time, she added. The objective is to review the basics of sustainment and implement new methods to reduce costs.   Reaffirming the importance of the program, Lord said the goal remains getting new capability on the plane by 2025 to meet rapidly evolving threats.   Sustaining the F-35 has proven a challenge for the Pentagon. Difficulties include long maintenance times, a shortage of spare parts and delayed updates to the logistics system, as outlined in an October report from the Government Accountability Office
Item Number:16 Date: 02/02/2018 YEMEN - EMIRATI, SAUDI OFFICIAL SEEK TO RESOLVE TENSIONS BETWEEN YEMENI ALLIES (FEB 02/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have sent a delegation to Aden, Yemen's temporary capital, to monitor a tenuous cease-fire between Yemeni factions, reports Bloomberg News.   The military and security officials are tasked with preventing further clashes between Yemen's elected government and the secessionist Southern Transitional Council (STC), the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Thursday.   Saudi and Emirati generals met with both sides to re-focus them on the fight against the Houthis, reported the National (U.A.E.). Several of the concerns that resulted in the violence were resolved during the talks, an unnamed source told the newspaper.   Riyadh and Abu Dhabi issued statements Thursday emphasizing the importance of maintaining Yemen's integrity amid the fight against Houthi rebels.   Clashes broke out between government and STC forces on Sunday. The secessionists quickly took control of a number of key facilities.   The facilities were later returned to governmental control. A cease-fire was announced on Wednesday. The STC said the violence, which killed 38, will continue if their demands -- including a more favorable government -- are not met, reported China's Xinhua news agency.   Tensions between the forces in the Saudi-led coalition distracted from efforts to fight the rebels, who control much of Yemen's north.
 
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