Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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The List 4650

To All
I hope your week has started well
This Day In Naval History – February 6, 2018
Feb. 6
1862—During the Civil War, naval forces under flag officer A. H. Foote capture strategic Fort Henry on the Tennessee River, breaching the Confederate line and opening the flood gates for the flow of Union power deep into the South.
1922—The world powers of the United States, Great Britain, Japan, France and Italy, sign the Washington Naval Treaty providing for limitation of naval armament.
1944—Lt. j.g. C.I. Purnell, in his PB4Y-1 "Liberator" aircraft, sinks German submarine U-177 west of Ascension Island, in the South Atlantic.
1945—U.S. Navy submarine USS Pampanito (SS 383) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks merchant tanker Engen Maru about 200 miles northeast of Singapore.  Also on this date, USS Spadefish (SS 411) sinks Japanese merchant passenger-cargo ship Shohei Maru off Port Arthur, Korea.
1973—In accordance with the agreement at the Paris Peace Talks, Navy Task Force 78 begins Operation End Sweep, the mine clearance of North Vietnamese waters of mines laid in 1972.
February 6
Huguenot rebels and the French sign the Peace of La Rochelle.
France recognizes the United States and signs a treaty of aid in Paris.
Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the Constitution.
The Battle of Fort Henry, Tenn., begins the Mississippi Valley campaign.
The Dalton Gang commits its first crime, a train robbery in Alila, Calif.
President McKinley appoints W.H. Taft commissioner to report on the Philippines.
Japan's foreign minister severs all ties with Russia, citing delaying tactics in negotiations over Manchuria.
Germany admits full liability for Lusitania incident and recognizes the United State's right to claim indemnity.
The Washington Disarmament Conference comes to an end with signature of final treaty forbidding fortification of the Aleutian Islands for 14 years.
Mussolini warns Germany to stop agitation in Tyrol.
Germany accepts Kellogg-Briand pact.
Adolf Hitler's Third Reich begins press censorship.
Adolf Hitler opens the Fourth Winter Olympics.
The RAF clears the way as British take Benghazi, trapping thousands of Italians.
Kwajalein Island in the Central Pacific falls to U.S. Army troops.
MacArthur reports the fall of Manila, and the liberation of 5,000 prisoners.
The United States reports that all Soviet offensive arms are out of Cuba.
Cuba blocks the water supply to Guantanamo Naval Base in rebuke of the United State's seizure of four Cuban fishing boats.
Paris and London agree to build a rail tunnel under the English Channel.
Seven U.S. GIs are killed in a Viet Cong raid on a base in Pleiku.
Charles de Gaulle opens the 19th Winter Olympics in France.
President Gerald Ford asks Congress for $497 million in aid to Cambodia.
Queen Elizabeth marks her Silver Jubilee.
Civil rights workers begin a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama.
Executive Summary:
In national news headlines today, media are reporting that the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 1,175 points Monday in an exceptionally volatile day for financial markets around the world, and that the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to send the White House a classified memo challenging claims that federal investigators improperly obtained a surveillance warrant on a former Donald Trump campaign adviser. Last week Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran and Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly chaired the first meeting of the Department of the Navy's Readiness Reform Oversight Council reports USNI News. The council seeks to implement recommendations from two reviews into last year's fatal collisions. USNI News also reports that the Navy will provide a mandatory naval shipyard optimization plan to congress this month. According to Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command Vice Adm. Tom Moore, the plan includes a $10 billion-plus investment over 20 years to upgrade drydocks, redesign shipyard layouts, and purchase new equipment to maintain and modernize 21st century warships. Moore also stated that the Navy will meet with industry leaders in coming months as maintaining a 355-ship fleet will require coordination with private shipyards. Additionally, The New York Times reports that as another government shutdown looms, Republicans press forward with another temporary spending measure that Senate Democrats have signaled they will block.
With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
Humble Host will always wonder why, after weathering and rolling back the Vietcong's Tet offensive, we didn't follow and finish the fight. The enemy was hurt bad, out of position, demoralized, and on the run back to Cambodia and Laos. Hot pursuit would have been the excuse to track him down and annihilate him… Find, Fix, Fight, Follow, Finish… or fail…
February 6, 2018   Bear Taylor 
Good Morning… Day SEVEN HUNDRED THREE of living the dream— swimming in the pages and archives of historical events and the makers of history, especially warriors, and specifically, the intrepid aviators of Rolling Thunder…
6 FEBRUARY 1968… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a cloudy Tuesday in the big city… In "the year the dream died."…
TET OFFENSIVE/KHESANH: Page 9: "The Department of Defense announced today the names of 151 American servicemen killed in action in Vietnam (identified 400 U.S. KIA yesterday)… Page 1: "STREETS OF SAIGON SHELLED IN DRIVE TO ROUT VIETCONG–BOMBERS POUND FRINGES OF CITY–A Police Precinct Overrun By Enemy–Foe Said To Lose 21,330–U.S. Puts Total Of South's Dead At 1,169 and U.S. Toll At 546″… "South Vietnamese artillerymen shelled a small but densely populated area of Saigon last night and bombers pounded other areas on the fringes of the city in attempts to dislodge Vietcong forces. The attacks did not prevent the guerrillas from overrunning the city's Eighth Precinct police station, South Vietnamese sources said. About 60 policemen had been defending the station. They apparently escaped the guerrilla encirclement… In Saigon an informed source reported that South Vietnamese paratroopers were in heavy contact with a guerrilla force estimated to number 500 men only a mile and a quarter north of Tan Son Nhut …using heavy supporting weapons…In Hue, 400-miles northeast of Saigon, Vietcong units were still holding out in part of the huge walled inner city known as the Citadel, as well as in the streets of more modern sections… in northern South Vietnam, the Marine outpost at Khesanh near the DMZ was struck by heavy artillery and rocket bombardment. Several hundred marines on the treeless, shell-pocked dome of Hill 861, which overlooks Khesanh to the northwest, threw back a strong North Vietnamese ground assault. Marines casualties on Hill 816 were described as light….The Vietcong's Liberation Radio said in a broadcast that the present offensive would continue until the 'final victory.'…MORE AT http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
Thanks to Bubbles….Very interesting
Skip, receive this from one of my FBI Bubbas.  This is worth watching!!!!!
DOJ/FBI Corruption
This is a great read!!!  No holds barred explanation and right on!!!!  Calls it just the way it was and is!!!  Most of you will love it.  The rest of you will still be in denial drowning in lemonade!!!
Subject: God bless America
ONE HELL OF A LETTER!  Read This And Get Educated (He leaves no doubt how he feels...rather refreshing really)
by George Roof, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired)
                          Interesting Google Search on His Name
http://www.truthorfiction. com/George-roof-presidents- ive-known/
Because I am a "lifer" in the military, I've seen the impact of a president more than many of you can imagine.  I enlisted with LBJ and saw just what a Democrat clusterflock was all about.  I went to Vietnam and saw how we were constantly and incessantly bombarded with micromanagement from Washington that got thousands of military people killed. I sometimes wonder if I'll get to heaven, but if I go to hell, I'm sure I'll still be a few hundred floors above that bastard Robert McNamara , LB Johnson, John Kerry, Jane Fonda, and yes, even the "hero" John McCain.
After Johnson "abdicated" rather than having his ass waxed, I lived through Nixon who was hawkish but allowed the generals (and there WERE a few real generals back then versus now) run the show.  Nixon was so out of touch that he never knew North Vietnam was about to surrender when the Paris Accord was presented.
Only God could help us after Gerald Ford was beaten by Jimmy 'Peanuts' Carter who'd been funded by Saudi money.  The military was turned into Section 8 and even the Whitehouse suffered the austerity.
Then the light began to shine and Ronald Reagan swept into the fray.  He not only loved the country and the military, they loved him back.  Esprit d'corps was off the scale during his presidency. The Liberals were slowly turning into socialists, however, and about this time all the draft dodgers of the 1960's who'd been given amnesty by Jimmy 'Peanuts' were turning out college graduates with degrees in socialism.
Bush 1 was an enigma from the CIA and though he never did much either way, he NEVER DID MUCH EITHER WAY.
Welcome to Bill Clinton  Clinton spent most of his two terms wagging the dog and creating the 'Oral' Office, sending a bomber to blow up Quaddafi's tent and killing a goat or two, while allowing the UN to set up the infamous Black Hawk Down situation.  He made history by becoming only the second president to be impeached.
I actually felt sorry for Bush 2.  He was doomed to infamy from the start.  He thought most of America was still the rah rah patriots of WWII when they were 'simply socialists' waiting to feed him to the sharks.
Then there came the Manchurian Candidate Obama with a faked (OK Democrats, let's say "of questionable origin" to assuage your PC brains) birth certificate, who'd gotten a free ride through college under a foreign student exemption, and whose college records and complete life history had been 'sealed.'  (We know more about Thomas Jefferson's bastard children than we do about Obama, Michelle , OR their two faked kids.) From his inaugural address, he slandered America and within days had begun to encourage dissention of the races as well as slandering police who "acted stupidly."  That was mild to the crap that would come in doubling the national debt from what had been built by ALL THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS COMBINED, feeding us bullshit about how Muslims built this country, and nationalizing American industries.  Fueled by George Soros' money and using the Air Force fleet as his personal charters, he appointed malcontents and traitors into positions of authority. He trashed the Constitution by installing "czars" (interesting he chose a title like that) to bypass Congressional authority.  By that time, Congress was completely corrupt on both sides of the aisle.  No one had balls to impeach this charlatan Obama.
Mysteriously, the lone outspoken conservative Supreme Court Justice Scalia suddenly dies in his sleep at an Obama pal's hunting lodge and the Supreme Court is evenly split.  Finally, Congress shows some balls and rejects Obama's Supreme Court Justice nomination.  The Libertards aren't worried because the fix is in. Soros 'has paid' demonstrators to cause turmoil at 'all the Republican gatherings.'  Obama concedes that illegal aliens should vote as they won't be prosecuted, and Soros-manufactured voting machines are caught switching votes in certain precincts  Hillary has cheated her way to the nomination and her lies are completely ignored by the brainwashed minions of sycophants who follow her.
But a shocking thing happened on the way to the forum.
Middle America had had enough and although the pollsters and the pipers tried to convince middle America not even to bother to vote, they were fed up with the denizens of the swamp.  It was time.  Florida was designated a "swing" state ignoring that all those old retirees living in St. Petersburg, and the fed up Cuban Americans of Miami weren't interested in their platform.  Ohio and Pennsylvania , where coal production was blacklisted and where Obama had ridiculed them for "clinging to their Bibles and their guns," lay awaiting this supposed "landslide" Hillary vote,.... and creamed it.
The Socialist world of the Democratic Party disintegrated.  An American who expressed unbridled love of country and respect for police, firemen, and military steamrolled across the heartland and the liberals realized their scheme was trashed. A CONSTITUTIONALIST would be nominated to the Supreme Court and if the old hag Ginsburg who'd claimed to retire if Trump were elected would actually retire and leave, the Supreme Court would have a massive majority of CONSTITUTIONALISTS for the next 40-50 years.
Now, the same party who'd ridiculed Trump on his comments about the election being rigged, started screaming that the election 'was' rigged.  They even advocated having the election repeated.  They created mobs that burned and pillaged, stopped traffic, threatened murder, battery and rape of Trump supporters, and became the anarchists that the socialist dream thrives upon.  They run like castrated pigs for safe zones and use diaper pins as their national symbol.
This is exactly what happens when political correctness takes over and participation trophies are awarded to everyone.  They can't conceive how disgusting and subservient they have become.  Donald Trump may NOT be the best person for the job, but he's such a welcome respite from the candy-assed whimps who've been running the swamp that it's refreshing to see.  At the very least, Donald Trump derailed the Socialist train and bought us precious time.  If he only does half of what he's promised, we'll still be legions ahead of where Obama has dragged us.  Already countries who held us in contempt are lining up to be found in the favor of America.  Donald Trump has done more in his short time in the public eye..he prevented Hillary Clinton from becoming president!
So for you liberal lurkers and you half-assed fence-sitters, Tough Shit!  You had your big hurrah and now your party is over.  For you staunch Republicans in office, don't gloat so much yourselves.  You've been put on notice by the American people that we're fed up with ALL YOU BASTARDS and if you don't start putting America first, you do so at your own peril.  You might want to buy a copy of George McGovern's autobiography and see how shocking and humbling it can be for a professional politician to have to try to find legitimate work once he falls from grace.
This election was pure, unadulterated AMERICAN.  Hillary got beaten and AMERICA WON THE ELECTION. You can claim he's not "your president" all you want, but unless you 'forfeit' your American citizenship, .....
Go cry a river some place they need water.
Item Number:1 Date: 02/06/2018 BENIN - PIRATES RELEASE SAILORS CAPTURED ABOARD OIL TANKER IN GULF OF GUINEA (FEB 06/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea have freed 22 Indian sailors who were kidnapped off the coast of Benin, reports BBC News.   The crew and their ship, the oil tanker Marine Express, were seized on Feb. 1.   The sailors were released on Tuesday along with their ship, said Anglo-Eastern Shipping, the Hong Kong firm that hired them. The ship's cargo of oil was reportedly untouched.   No explanation for the sudden release was given. It was unclear whether a ransom was paid.   In January, another ship was hijacked in the same region but released six days later after a ransom was paid.   Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has been steadily increasing, noted Reuters.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 02/06/2018 CAMEROON - CHADIAN TROOPS JOIN FIGHT AGAINST SEPARATISTS (FEB 06/ALLAFRICA)  ALL AFRICA -- The Chadian government has reportedly sent military forces to Cameroon to support security operations against English-speaking separatists, reports AllAfrica.com.   Cameroonian President Paul Biya asked Chadian President Idriss Deby to send the troops, which have been fighting in Cameroon for several weeks, according to several sources cited by Africa Info (Cameroon).   The Cameroonian military found itself unprepared for the conflict with the separatists, the sources said.   There has been significant fighting along the border with Nigeria for several days, witnesses said. Operations by the Chadian and Cameroonian armed forces have been unsuccessful, sources said.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 02/06/2018 CHINA - APPEALS COURT FREES DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS BUT AFFIRMS HARSH PUNISHMENT FOR FUTURE 'UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLIES' (FEB 06/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Hong Kong's top appeals court has struck down jail terms for democracy activists while endorsing harsh punishments for future protests, reports the South China Morning Post.   On Tuesday, the Court of Final Appeal struck down jail terms ranging from six to eight months for three democracy activists: Joshua Wong, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang, reported CNN.   The trio was accused of disturbing public order as part of the semi-autonomous island's 2014 Umbrella Protests in favor of democracy.   Controversially, their sentences were increased from community service and suspended sentences after they appealed the initial decision.   While the court threw out the harsher appeals, it supported strict sentences in the future for civil disobedience that infringed upon the law.   "It was right for the Court of Appeal to send the message that unlawful assemblies involving violence, even the relatively low degree of violence that occurred in the present appeals, will not be condoned, and convictions will justifiably attract prison sentences," said Chief Justice Ma Tao-li.   However, the court decided that it was inappropriate from the lower appeals court to have retroactively applied the new guidelines to the three men.   The activists viewed the move as a loss for Hong Kong's democracy movement. "In the future ... maybe more and more activists will be locked up because of this harsh judgment," Wong said.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 02/06/2018 CHINA - CH-4 COMBAT DRONE COMPLETES INITIAL LIVE-FIRE TRIALS (FEB 06/XIN)  XINHUA -- For the first time, China has conducted live-fire testing of its CH-4 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The air vehicle involved is an upgraded version of the CH-4 that was originally produced in 2015.   The trials covered drops of various kinds of ammunition and different strike profiles, from extensive bombing to precise attacks, reported China's Global Times.   The CH-4 dropped 110-pound (50-kg) cluster, 50-kg proximity fuze, 50-kg satellite-guided, 220-pound (100-kg) laser-guided and 100-kg satellite-guided bombs during the six days of tests, reported China Military Online.   The upgraded CH-4 features improved performance in all weather conditions and a new data network that incorporates air-ground data collection and distribution.   Planned future testing will focus on teaming with CH-3 drones, including intelligence-sharing, distribution and processing between the two UAV types, officials said
Item Number:5 Date: 02/06/2018 EGYPT - ISRAEL HAS BEEN ATTACKING TERRORIST TARGETS IN SINAI (FEB 06/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Israel has carried out a secret campaign of air and drone strikes against terrorist targets in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, reports the New York Times.   The campaign, which began more than two years ago and has included more than 100 strikes, was approved by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the newspaper said on Feb. 3.   Israel and Egypt have been concerned by the expansion of terrorist groups, including the Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province, say British and American intelligence officials.   After the militants blew up a passenger jet in 2015, Israel stepped in to bolster security in the area.   Despite official relations, tensions between the two countries mean that deceptive tactics – such as flying indirect routes to create the impression that they are coming from Egypt -- are necessary to avoid public outcry.   The campaign has helped the Egyptian military gain the advantage against the militants, while Israel has secured its border and boosted stability in its neighbor, analysts said
Item Number:6 Date: 02/06/2018 FRANCE - INTEL OFFICIALS JOIN FIVE EYES MEETINGS (FEB 06/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- French officials are regularly attending meetings of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, says an official from France's DRM military intelligence agency, as cited by Defense News.   French intelligence officials began meeting with members of the Five Eyes intelligence group last year, French air force Col. Cyril said on Monday.   Cyril is the head of the J2 intelligence unit, which is part of the office for central planning and conduct of operations.   The group includes Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S.   "There was a realization that we [France] have intelligence which counts," said Cyril, going only by his first name.   France relies less on allies, meaning that intelligence can be more readily shared, said Cyril.   For example, French intelligence services helped U.S. intelligence decode the motivations for various militias fighting in Syria, he said.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 02/06/2018 INDIA - MANPOWER, MAINTENANCE COSTS EAT UP BUDGET INCREASES (FEB 06/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Manpower costs are likely to offset increases in India's 2018-2019 defense budget, reports Defense News.   The budget increased by 5.89 percent to US$46.16 billion, of which US$30.61 billion is allocated for for pay and pensions for the country's more than 1.4 million active military personnel. The document calls for US$17 billion for pensions for retired military personnel.   Another US$15.15 billion is allocated for purchases and payment of previous liabilities.   Critics fear that allocating money away from acquisitions will slow the pace of modernization. An estimated US$10 billion will be spent on new contracts, which is the average over the last four years, said an analyst.   The air force is in line for US$5.58 billion to procure new aircraft and helicopters and another US$4.5 billion for maintenance and readiness. The navy is expected to get US$3.25 billion for procurement and US$3 billion for maintenance.  
 Item Number:8 Date: 02/06/2018 JAPAN - ATTACK HELICOPTER CRASHES DURING FLIGHT TEST KILLING 1 (FEB 06/AS)  ASAHI SHIMBUN -- A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) helicopter has gone down during a flight-test following maintenance work, reports the Asahi Shimbun.   The AH-64D Apache helicopter, assigned to the Western Army's aviation unit, crashed on Monday in a residential area of Kanzaki in Japan's southern Saga prefecture.   The helicopter was flying from the nearby Metabaru Base in Yoshinogari when it crashed into a two-story home, said officials cited by the Kyodo news agency.   The aircraft was attempting to land after the crew reported unspecified issues, the Defense Ministry said.   The government ordered the GSDF's remaining Apache helicopters grounded pending inspections.   Local police said one crewmember was killed and the other was discovered without vital signs, reported Japan's NHK broadcaster
Item Number:9 Date: 02/06/2018 MALI - TERRORISTS IN MALI GROWING IN SOPHISTICATION, INCREASINGLY COOPERATING, SAYS U.N. MISSION HEAD (FEB 06/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Terrorist groups in and around Mali are increasingly deadly and sophisticated, says Mahamat Saleh Annadif, chief of the U.N. mission in Mali, as cited by Bloomberg News.   An examination of mines, shells and weapons used in terrorist attacks in Mali show increasing sophistication, Annadif said in an interview on Friday.   Both Islamic State- and Al-Qaida-affiliated groups in the arid Sahel region are responsible for the increase. The flow of weapons from Libya has made the situation worse.   The groups obtain funding by trafficking drugs and migrants trying to reach Europe as well as kidnapping, the U.N. official said.   The merger of four Al-Qaida affiliates -- Ansar Dine, the Macina Liberation Front, Al-Mourabitoun and the Saharan branch of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb – under the moniker the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims, or JNIM, has given the existing groups "a new impetus" to launch attacks, he said.   The militants have expanded their area of operations to include central Mali, which is more heavily populated. More attacks took place in the central Mopti and Segou regions in the last three months of 2017 than in the five other regions combined.   In contrast to their frosty relations internationally, Annadif said JNIM and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara -- the group's Sahel branch -- are cooperating operationally.   Mali was the most dangerous country for U.N. peacekeepers in 2017. Twenty-one peacekeepers and seven civilians were killed. The U.N. has 13,000 personnel in Mali. France has deployed almost 4,000 to the region as part of Operation Barkhane
Item Number:10 Date: 02/06/2018 MOLDOVA - JOINT BATTALION WITH ROMANIA UNDER CONSIDERATION (FEB 06/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The defense ministers of Moldova and Romania have been discussing the creation of a joint battalion, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   Moldovan Defense Minister Eugen Sturza hosted his Romanian counterpart, Mihai Fifor, on Monday in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital.   "We have discussed this issue. We have concluded that it is necessary to attract more experts and determine the deployment zone of this Moldovan-Romanian battalion and the sphere of its activity," Fifor told reporters following the talks.   The Romanian minister said that he had proposed studying the experience of the Tisa joint battalion between Hungary and Romania. It was also proposed to invite Serbia to join the unit.   "This is a battalion that will respond to emergencies. We are conducting an analysis to precisely define the sphere of activity of this joint battalion with Moldova," said Fifor.   The defense ministers also confirmed that several joint exercises were planned for 2018.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 02/06/2018 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG RESHUFFLES LEADERSHIP OF GENERAL POLITICAL BUREAU (FEB 06/YON)  YONHAP -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has replaced the head of the military's General Political Bureau, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The South Korean National Intelligence Service told lawmakers on Monday that Kim Jong Gak, a vice chief of the defense ministry, was chosen to lead the bureau, through which the government exerts political control over the military.   Hwang Pyong So and Kim Won Hong, the former head and vice chief of the bureau, have both been dismissed, the NIS said.   The intelligence agency told Parliament in November that Pyongyang had conducted a rare inspection of the bureau for the first time in two decades because of its "impure attitude."   After the inspection, Hwang was dismissed and is believed to be undergoing "ideological education at a high-level party school," said an NIS official
Item Number:12 Date: 02/06/2018 SWITZERLAND - HORNET FIGHTERS GROUNDED AFTER CRACKS DETECTED (FEB 06/DEFAERO)  DEFENSE-AEROSPACE -- The Swiss air force has grounded a number of its F/A-18 Hornet fighters after one of the jets was found to have a crack, reports defense-aerospace.com.   A cracked hinge was discovered on a landing flap of an F/A-18C jet during an inspection. The service decided to inspect all of its F/A-18C/D fighters for such cracks to ensure aircraft airworthiness and safety, said a Swiss armed forces release on Feb. 2.   Inspection of the hinges found similar cracks on three additional aircraft, including one F/A-18C and two F/A-18Ds. Seven additional Hornets are still being inspected, said the release.   The air force will complete a thorough analysis of the issue before making a decision on any repairs. The analysis would need to be completed before the service could determine when the affected fighters might return to service
Item Number:13 Date: 02/06/2018 USA - ARMY OPENS MORE POSTS TO WOMEN INFANTRY, ARMOR PERSONNEL (FEB 06/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army has made three more installations available to women serving in infantry and armor jobs, reports the Army Times.   More than 150 women have joined units at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Hood, Texas, since the Army lifted its ban on women serving in combat jobs.   The service has now made three more posts available for potential assignment.   These are the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., and the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, according to a spokesman for the Army Forces Command.   "Forts Bliss, Campbell and Carson also are among the Army posts with large soldier-population densities," the spokesman said. "As the integration plan continues, the potential number of assignment opportunities is among the factors to determine locations and timing."   The Army has expanded the number of fully integrated brigade combat teams since women began arriving at combat units in late 2017, including the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division; 1st, 2nd and 3rd BCTs, 1st Cavalry Division; and the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.   A total of 160 officers, non-commissioned officers and junior enlisted women are now with those units, officials said.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 02/06/2018 USA - IN ERA OF GREAT POWER COMPETITION, U.S. NEEDS ALLIES, SAYS AIR FORCE CHIEF (FEB 06/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The U.S. needs to enhance military capabilities and bolster its alliances in an era of great power rivalry, says the U.S. Air Force chief, as cited by Bloomberg News.   "We are acknowledging the fact that we're back into great power competition, which in and of itself raises some of the risk level," Gen. David Goldfein told reporters at the Singapore Air Show on Tuesday.   History has shown those "who have strategic partners win, and those that don't, lose," he said.   While he did not elaborate on who partners and enemies might be, he told the Straits Times (Singapore) that, "All nations (in the region) have enjoyed increased prosperity because of a rules-based order, and freedom of commerce and freedom of navigation. So it's in our best interests to actually maintain that going forward."   The unclassified summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy named China and Russia as America's principal rivals and made a priority of staying ahead of the growing military capabilities of those countries.   China and Russia are actively seeking to "co-opt or replace the free and open order" that has enabled security and prosperity, according to the strategy. It is appropriate to be critical of countries "pushing against the rules-based order," Goldfein said.   "We want to be strategically predictable, but operationally unpredictable," he added
Item Number:15 Date: 02/06/2018 USA - MICHAEL MONSOOR DESTROYER WRAPS UP ACCEPTANCE TRIALS (FEB 06/NAVSEA)  NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- The U.S. Navy's second Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer has successfully completed acceptance trials in Maine, reports the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.   The Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) wrapped up pier-side and at-sea testing with the U.S. Navy Board of Inspection and Survey on Feb. 1.   The trials focused on the ship's construction and compliance with Navy specifications, including navigation, damage control, mechanical, electrical, combat, communication and propulsion systems, said a NAVSEA release on Feb. 2.   The destroyer performed extremely well during the trials, said program officials.   The Michael Monsoor is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the next several months
Item Number:16 Date: 02/06/2018 YEMEN - GOVERNMENT FORCES RECAPTURE STRATEGIC TOWN, TRY TO SEVER HOUTHI SUPPLY LINES (FEB 06/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- Yemeni security forces have recaptured from Houthi rebels a strategic district in southwestern Yemen, reports the Middle East Eye.   Backed by airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition, government forces retook the Hays district in western Hodeida province on Monday, said military and medical sources.   At least 30 Houthi fighters were killed and 13 captured, according to sources cited by Al Arabiya (Dubai). Dozens of militants reportedly surrendered.   Eight government soldiers were killed in the fighting, said a government source.   Hays lies on a major highway that connects the Houthi-held Hodeida and the contested, besieged city of Taiz. Since December, government forces have been pushing west towards the Red Sea coast to isolate the rebel holdings in Hodeida, noted Al Arabiya.   Army commanders said they would next move on al-Garrahi to the east and Zabid to the north on their way to Hodeida.

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