Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fw: TheList 4651

The List 4651

To All
A bit of history and some tidbits.
This Day In Naval History – February 6, 2018
Feb. 7
1800—The frigate Essex, commanded by Capt. Edward Preble, becomes the first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the Equator.
1814—During the War of 1812, the schooner Enterprise and the brig Rattlesnake capture and burn the British merchant brig Rambler in the Caribbean Sea.
1815 - The Board of Naval Commissioners, a group of senior officers, is established to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Navy, under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy.
1832—The frigate Potomac, commanded by Capt. John Downes, shells a pirate stronghold at Qualla Battoo, Sumatra, destroying a fort. The day before a Potomac landing party destroys four forts, killing 150 pirates and the pirate leader, Rajah Po Mohamet. The Malays agree not to make further attacks on American ships.
1943—USS Growler (SS 215) fights a desperate night battle with the Japanese supply ship Hayasaki, during which the boat's commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Howard W. Gilmore, rams the enemy ship, badly bending Growler's bow. Wounded by machine gun fire and unable to go below, Gilmore gives the order "Take her down!" sacrificing himself so his submarine could dive to safety. For his "distinguished gallantry and valor" on this occasion and earlier in the patrol, he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and promoted one rank.
1945—USS Thomason (DE 203) sinks the Japanese submarine RO 55 off Iba, Luzon. USS Bergall (SS 320) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks Coast Defense Vessel No. 53 off Cam Ranh Bay. USS Guavina (SS 362) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks merchant tanker Taigyo Maru, off Saigon, French Indochina while USS Parche (SS 384) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Okinoyama Maru in Tokara Retto.
1955—Seventh Fleet ships begin the evacuation of Chinese nationalists from Tachen Islands.
1965—During Operation Flaming Dart, USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) and USS Hancock (CVA 19) aircraft attack the North Vietnamese area near Donghoi in response to a Viet Cong attack on the barracks area at Pleiku, South Vietnam.
On this day in history (February 7,):
1893: Elisha Gray patented a machine called the telautograph. It automatically signed autographs to documents.  Years later Donald Rumsfeld used one just like it to sign condolence letters to families of fallen soldiers.
1935: Monopoly was first marketed by Parker Brothers.  The best properties to own? St. James, Tennessee, & New York Ave (tan group).  Best price per earnings ratio.
1964: At 1:35pm ET, 10,000 screaming fans welcomed the Beatles upon their arrival at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport as the "Fab Four" began their first U.S. tour and for their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" two days later. The police are overwhelmed by the fans and are paralyized for hours. Fans surround the Plaza Hotel, where the Beatles are staying. The 'Fab Four' controlled the top spot on the pop music charts for the next 15 weeks and owned the top of the album charts for 10 weeks.
"Meet The Beatles", indeed!
And today is:
National Fettucine Alfredo Day
February 7
A Thracian officer by the name of Leo is proclaimed as emperor of the East by the army general, Aspar, on the death of the Emperor Marcian.
The Netherlands, England and Sweden conclude an alliance directed against Louis XIV of France.
The Siege of Gibraltar, which was pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24, 1779, is finally lifted.
The first successful U.S. educational magazine, Academician, begins publication in New York City.
American pugilist John L. Sullivan becomes the last of the bare-knuckle world heavyweight champions with his defeat of Patty Ryan in Mississippi City.
The Turks lose 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.
Fieldmarshal Paul von Hindenburg moves on Russians at Masurian Lakes.
The British steamer California is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat.
Negro History Week, originated by Carter G. Woodson, is observed for the first time.
The United States signs an arbitration treaty with France.
Amelia Earhart weds George Putnam in Connecticut.
The Germans launch a second attack against the Allied beachead at Anzio, Italy. They hoped to push the Allies back into the sea.
The United States recognizes Vietnam under the leadership of Emperor Bao Dai, not Ho Chi Minh who is recognized by the Soviets.
The Mona Lisa is put on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The British band The Beatles are greeted by 25,000 fans upon their arrival in the United States at JFK Airport.
U.S. jets hit Dong Hoi guerrilla base in reprisal for the Viet Cong raids.
North Vietnamese use 11 Soviet-built light tanks to overrun the U.S. Special Forces camp at Lang Vei at the end of an 18-hour long siege.
Ethiopia mounts a counter attack against Somalia.
Iran opens an invasion in the southeast of Iraq.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines were dominated by the latest developments on Capitol Hill to prevent another government shutdown, as well as the successful launch of Space X's Falcon Heavy rocket. The Washington Post reports that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis described the Pentagon's nuclear policy as a check on Russia while testifying in front of the Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Mattis said that the decision to reintroduce submarine-launched cruise missiles was instigated by Russia's violation of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and that the missiles could possibly be used as a bargaining chip to help ensure Russian compliance with the treaty. The San Diego Union Tribune reported on a panel at AFCEA West including the Navy's Chiefs of Air, Submarine and Surface Forces discussing the shift to "near peer" competitors. Additionally, Stars and Stripes reports that Secretary Mattis criticized Congress's inability to pass a budget, warning that troops could go unpaid at the end of the fiscal year if Congress does not reach a compromise.
Military Milestones from Apache Pass to Patch's Dispatch by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
This Week in American Military History:
Feb. 9, 1943:  U.S. Adm. William F. "Bull" Halsey receives the following message from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Alexander M. "Sandy" Patch:
"Total and complete defeat of Japanese forces on Guadalcanal effected 1625 today . . . Am happy to report this kind of compliance with your orders . . . because Tokyo Express no longer has terminus on Guadalcanal."
The campaign launched by U.S Marines and sailors in August 1942, and fought by Army, Navy, and Marine forces (and allies) over a six-month period, has resulted in the decisive defeat of Japanese forces on-and-near the island of Guadalcanal. The close of the campaign also ends the first major American offensive of World War II.
Feb. 10, 1763:  The Treaty of Paris is signed ending the Seven Years War, known as the French and Indian War in the North American colonies. For America – militarily speaking – the war strengthens Great Britain's territorial dominance and strategic supremacy in North America. The war also serves as the conflict prior to the American Revolution in which many future Continental Army commanders cut their teeth.
Feb. 10, 1962:  In a dramatic Cold War prisoner swap between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for Soviet spy Rudolph Ivanovich Abel on the Glienecker Bridge between West Berlin and Potsdam in East Germany. Powers is a former U.S. Air Force officer who had been flying U-2s for the CIA when he was shot down over the Soviet Union and captured in May 1960.  Abel, a KGB colonel, had been arrested in New York in 1957 and convicted of espionage activities against the United States. Feb. 12, 1955:  Pres. (retired five-star U.S. Army general) Dwight D. Eisenhower sends U.S. military advisors to South Vietnam.
Feb. 12, 1973:  The first American prisoners of war are released from North Vietnamese captivity.
Feb. 13, 1861: U.S. Army Assistant Surgeon Bernard J. D. Irwin takes voluntary command of combat troops, leading an expedition to rescue some 60 men of the 7th Infantry who are trapped and surrounded by Apache Indian forces under Cochise. According to his citation: "Irwin and 14 men, not having horses began the 100-mile march riding mules. After fighting and capturing Indians, recovering stolen horses and cattle, he reached [2d Lt. George N.] Bascom's column and help break his siege."Though the Medal of Honor does not yet exist, Irwin will receive the new decoration in 1894. And his actions at "Apache Pass" will prove to be the first in history for which the medal is awarded.
Feb. 13, 1945:  USS Batfish (the first of two so-named American submarines) sinks her third Japanese submarine in four days.
Thanks to the Bear
Unfortunately, in the more than four years between when the mining and Linebacker were executed, and when it should have been ordered and accomplished, more than 45,000 MORE American troops would give up their lives for the lost cause that was the Vietnam war…
With our thanks to THE Bear at
February 6, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #704… TET WAS OPPORTUNITY!!!. PASSED UP…. It was a SURPRISE SNEAK ATTACK initiated under a CEASE-FIRE that involved, among other events, the MERCILESS slaying of South Vietnamese civilians–HUNDREDS OF DOCUMENTED ATROCITIES by the Vietcong–and THE INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF OUR EMBASSY IN SAIGON, including THE MURDER OF U.S. MARINES. The Tet Offensive of the Vietcong was met and defeated with victory in every Province. The enemy was in complete disarray and running away. And the President knew it (reference the historical documents). And we let the enemy go–to regroup with hardcore North Vietnamese divisions taking the place of Vietcong. Despite the American and South Vietnamese Army victory, we backed off... Up north three divisions of North Vietnamese were fully engaged with a siege of Khesanh and the Marines were holding them by the nose.
The frontiers of Cambodia and Laos had become fictitious barriers freely violated by both sides. With the surprise attack, under cease-fire conditions, we had a case for war and we passed. No fictitious Tonkin Gulf incident required to justify punishing aggression with a full-scale commitment to war. THIS WAS THE REAL THING.
And how were we to accomplish this final drive to a negotiated peace?  Execute Linebacker I and II four-plus years earlier, in February 1968. Mine the harbors, bring the full force of America into play. A fair share of which were already in motion or on station as a response to Pueblo, including the carrier Enterprise, two more wings of Air Force strike-fighters and another island full of B-52s. The contingency plans were on the shelves of the commanders from Washington to Saigon and Yankee Station… gathering dust…
"On 9 May 1972 a Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star made an early morning launch from Da Nang Air Base to support the operation. USS Kitty Hawk launched seventeen aircraft for a diversionary airstrike against Nam Dinh railroad siding. The Kitty Hawk airstrike found bad weather over the primary target and struck targets at Thanh Hoa at 8:40 and Phu Bai at 8:45.
"At daylight on the 9th, a destroyer force struck the Haiphong Harbor air defense batteries with a 30-minute bombardment from their 5-inch (127mm) guns, which preceded the aerial mining. The strike force was commanded by Captain Robert Price, who succeeded (Rear) Admiral (Rembrandt) Robinson, and consisted of USS Richard S. Edwards, Berkeley, Buchanan and Myles C. Fox.
"The VMA-224 A-6A Intruders (led by Kitty Hawk's Air Wing Commander, Commander Roger Sheets) left USS Coral Sea at 08:40 with A-7E Corsairs From VA-22 and VA-94 (led by Commander Len Guiliani) and a single EKA-3B Skywarrior for electronic countermeasures support. Chicago set general quarters at 08:40, and within minutes launched two Talos missiles at two MiGs in a holding pattern awaiting air control vectors on the approaching bombers. One MiG was destroyed.
"USS Coral Sea bombers (MINERS) began releasing mines at 08:59. Commander Sheets radioed the carrier at 09:01 to verify mines were in the water. Coral Sea forwarded the message to the White House where President Nixon was speaking. Nixon had been speaking slowly to avoid jeopardizing the mission, but upon receiving the message he stated:
" 'I have ordered the following measures, which are being implemented as I am speaking to you. All entrances to North Vietnamese ports will be mined to prevent access to these ports and North Vietnamese naval operations from these ports. United States forces have been directed to take appropriated measures within the international and claimed territorial waters of North Vietnam to interdict the delivery of supplies. Rail and all communications will be cut off to the maximum extent possible. Air and Naval strikes against North Vietnam will continue.'
The results… The A-6 Intruders put a total of 12 mines in the inner segment of the carefully planned minefield and the A-7s put 24 in the outer segment of the Haiphong Harbor. All 36 mines were to lay dormant for 72-hours to give the ships in-port to get underway and clear the harbor. Nine ships departed and 27 remained. Ships en route to Haiphong or other North Vietnam ports diverted to different destinations. The enemy suddenly got serious about negotiating an end to the war.
Unfortunately, in the more than four years between when the mining and Linebacker were executed, and when it should have been ordered and accomplished, more than 45,000 MORE American troops would give up their lives for the lost cause that was the Vietnam war…
RTR will return to form tomorrow. I judged 7 February 1968 to be the opportunity to introduce a specific date when President Johnson had the opportunity to correct the course of the Vietnam war and failed to risk it. Your comments are invited…as always…
Lest we forget…..       Bear
PS… On this day 50 years ago the Bear was floating around in the Sea of Japan on the out-of-position Enterprise; there were no fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia; and, Dr. Martin Luther King, leading 2,500 in silent prayer for the Vietnam dead in Arlington, said: "Somewhere along the way we have allowed the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live."….
Thanks to Robert
Item Number:1 Date: 02/07/2018 AFGHANISTAN - U.S. EXPANDS AIR CAMPAIGN TO NORTH, TARGETS TALIBAN TRAINING FACILITIES (FEB 07/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The U.S. military says it has begun attacking Taliban targets in northern Afghanistan, reports the Voice of America News.   The expanded air campaign began in November under President Trump's Afghan war strategy and initially focused on Taliban-linked drug labs in the southern Helmand province.   The U.S. has now started attacking Taliban revenue sources, training facilities and support networks near Afghanistan's border with China and Tajikistan, officials said.   "Over the past 96 hours, U.S. forces conducted air operations to strike Taliban training facilities in Badakhshan province, preventing the planning and rehearsal of terrorist acts near the border with China and Tajikistan," announced the military on Feb. 6.   Those strikes also destroyed stolen Afghan army vehicles that were being converted into vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, said the release.   A U.S. B-52 bomber set a record during the attacks by dropping 24 precision-guided munitions on Taliban fighting positions. This was the most guided weapons ever released by the aircraft, said the military.   The airstrikes in cooperation with Afghan special operations forces have eliminated more than US$30 million of Taliban revenue since the campaign began, the statement said.  
Item Number:2 Date: 02/07/2018 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - ARMED GROUPS TAXING COFFEE GROWERS TO RAISE FUNDS (FEB 07/CAJ)  CAJ NEWS -- The coffee industry in Central African Republic is in trouble after rival rebel groups began imposing illegal taxes on farmers, reports the CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg, South Africa).   In the Ouaka province near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, armed groups have imposed a new coffee crate tax on farmers in the area, according to locals and humanitarian agencies.   The tax was previously set by the government at US$2.85 per 220 pounds (100 kg). Militants have now raised it to US$11.39 per 220 pounds as a way to raise money for their operations.   Armed groups have also been accused of imposing taxes on humanitarian organizations.   "Kouango coffee producers and traders who are victims of this situation would be in danger of no longer putting their products on the market," said a spokesman for an unnamed humanitarian group.   The Central Africa Republic is one of Africa's top 15 coffee producers
  Item Number:3 Date: 02/07/2018 COLOMBIA - TILLERSON PRAISES ANTI-DRUG EFFORTS BUT SAYS MORE WORK NEEDED (FEB 07/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has praised Colombian anti-drug efforts but says more needs to be done, reports Voice of America News.   "We need to see results, we need to see the trends reversing," the secretary said at a news conference in Bogota on Tuesday.   President Donald Trump previously threatened to withhold aid to countries like Colombia if they could not stop drugs from coming across the U.S. border.   Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos pushed back, saying "there would be no supply of drugs if there's no demand."   Colombia receives significant U.S. funding to fight drug-trafficking and left-wing militants.   Tillerson said that a recent peace deal with the left-wing group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), had resulted in increased coca
 Item Number:4 Date: 02/07/2018 FINLAND - NAVY SEEKS SEA SPARROW, HARPOON MISSILES FOR WARSHIPS (FEB 07/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The Finnish navy is seeking to buy anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles from the United States as part of its modernization program, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.   Finland wants to buy up to 68 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) and one ESSM inert operational missile under a US$112.7 million deal. The proposed sale also covers 17 MK 25 quad pack canisters; eight MK 783 shipping containers; spare and repair parts; and associated technical and logistics support.   These missiles are intended for the navy's new Squadron 2020 corvettes.   In a separate request, Finland is seeking Harpoon anti-ship missiles in several configurations.   The potential US$622 million deal is for 100 RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II Plus  Extended Range Grade B surface-launched missiles; 12 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B surface-launched missiles; 12 RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B surface-launched upgrade kits; four RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B exercise surface-launched missiles; and four RTM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B exercise surface-launched missiles.   The possible sale also includes containers, spare and repair parts and associated technical and logistics support.   These missiles are intended for the navy's Hamina-class missile ships, new corvettes and coastal defense batteries, said a DSCA release.  
Item Number:5 Date: 02/07/2018 GERMANY - NEW GOVERNMENT ON THE HORIZON AS COALITION AGREEMENT REACHED; SPD MEMBERS STILL TO VOTE (FEB 07/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Germany's leading parties have reached a deal to form a coalition, five months after elections produced inconclusive results, reports Deutsche Welle.   Representatives from the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian counterpart, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) announced the agreement on Wednesday.   The text of the accord is being finalized before it will be sent to SPD members for their approval.   Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to return for a fourth term.   As part of the agreement to form the coalition, Germany will stop all arms exports to countries participating in the war in Yemen. The SPD will receive the finance, foreign affairs and labor portfolios, while the CSU will lead the interior ministry. The CDU is expected to remain at the helm of the defense ministry, reported Reuters.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 02/07/2018 LEBANON - MILITARY CALLS ISRAELI BORDER WALL VIOLATION OF SOVEREIGNTY (FEB 07/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- Representatives of the Lebanese military say a border wall being built by the Israeli armed forces along the mutual border violates Lebanese sovereignty, reports the Times of Israel.   Military officials from the neighboring countries met on Monday amid growing tensions over the border project; contested rights to offshore natural gas exploration; and Israeli warnings that Iran was turning Lebanon into a forward base to build rockets and attack the Jewish state through its Hezbollah proxy.   Hezbollah recently threatened to fire on Israeli soldiers building the border wall.   The views were exchanged during a regular tripartite meeting chaired by U.N. peacekeepers near Ras al-Naqoura near the disputed border, noted Reuters.   Israel has been building the barrier, which consists of berms, cliffs and concrete barriers, for some time.   Part of the structure is being built on the northern side of the border fence, which is apparently the source of the recent anger in Beirut. Other parts are within Israeli territory.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 02/07/2018 MALDIVES - FORMER PRESIDENT CALLS FOR INDIAN MILITARY INTERVENTION TO RESOLVE CRISIS (FEB 07/AVAS)  AVAS ONLINE -- The former President of the Maldives has asked India to send military forces to liberate the island nation in the Indian Ocean, reports Avas Online (Maldives).   Mohamed Nasheed, who lives in self-imposed exile, tweeted a statement on Wednesday that said the country's escalating political crisis can no longer be resolved internally.   "Saying 'resolve things internally' is akin to asking us to escalate the revolt, which can lead to chaos. Maldivians see India's role positively: in '88 they came, resolved the crisis, and left. They were not occupiers but liberators. This is why Maldivians look to India now."   In 1988, Indian armed forces launched Operation Cactus, pushing out rebels who had taken over the capital.   A statement the day prior was even more direct: "On behalf of Maldivian people we humbly request India to send envoy, backed by its military, to release judges" and political detainees including former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. "We request a physical presence," he said.   Nasheed also asked that the U.S. stop all financial transactions involving Maldivian leaders that go through U.S. banks.   Political tensions in the Maldives boiled over on Feb. 2 when the supreme court annulled the convictions of 12 opposition politicians, including Nasheed and nine Parliament members. The ruling would have changed the balance of power in the legislature.   President Abdulla Yameen responded by condemning the ruling, ordering arrests of the freed opposition politicians, blocking entry to the parliament and declaring a state of emergency for 15 days. Under the state of emergency, Yameen suspended several constitutional rights, effectively ending any effort by the opposition to impeach him and stripping the supreme court of authority.   Opposition politicians have complained of harassment and arbitrary arrest
  Item Number:8 Date: 02/07/2018 NIGERIA - BOKO HARAM LEADER RE-EMERGES AFTER GOVERNMENT CLAIMS DEFEAT (FEB 07/DP)  DAILY POST -- The leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group has reappeared in a new video, days after the government said the militants had been defeated, reports the Daily Post (Nigeria).   In a video that circulated on Tuesday, Abubakar Shekau said Boko Haram fighters remain in the Sambisa Forest.   Seeming to taunt security forces, Shekau said the wives of police officers were being held by the group.   Shekau threatened more violence during his nearly 10-minute speech. Observers noted that he sounded tired and suggested that the group had expanded beyond his control.   Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the theater commander for the anti-Boko Haram Operation Lafiya Dole, claimed last weekend that the terrorist group had been defeated in the area.   Hundreds of fighters were arrested and the rest fled, he claimed, saying that the government had taken control of the Boko Haram stronghold in the Sambisa forest
Item Number:9 Date: 02/07/2018 PHILIPPINES - AIR FORCE TO GET NEW BELL 412EPI HELICOPTERS (FEB 07/BELL)  BELL HELICOPTER -- The Philippine Dept. of National Defense has finalized a contract with Bell Helicopter for utility helicopters as part of an air force modernization effort, reports Bell Helicopter.   The deal covers 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters in an advanced configuration. The aircraft are being purchased through a government-to-government contract with the Canadian Commercial Corp., the company said in a Tuesday release.   The helicopters will be used for missions such as disaster relief, search-and-rescue, passenger and cargo transport.   The value of the contract was not disclosed. Manila is known to have allocated US$234.1 million for the helicopter acquisition, noted Defense News
Item Number:10 Date: 02/07/2018 RUSSIA - MILITARY COOPERATION ACCORD IN THE WORKS WITH LEBANON (FEB 07/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian Defense Ministry is drawing up a military cooperation agreement with Lebanon, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The draft agreement covers warship and military aircraft visits at each sides' invitation and sending specialists for joint military projects.   The accord would also enable information-sharing on defense issues, confidence-building, information and engineering support, military education, military medicine, military history, military topography, hydrography, sports and culture, according to the draft.   The two sides would also work together on search-and-rescue at sea and counterterrorism and counter-piracy operations, the document says.   It was unclear when such an agreement might be signed.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 02/07/2018 SYRIA - ARMY SAYS AIR DEFENSES THWART ISRAELI MISSILE ATTACK (FEB 07/SANA)  SYRIAN ARAB NEWS AGENCY -- The Syrian military says its air defenses have defeated Israeli missile attacks on targets near the capital, Damascus, reports the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).   An Israeli jet flew into Lebanese airspace and launched several missiles, according to a statement from the Syrian armed forces General Command.   The Israeli military did not comment on the attack, reported the Times of Israel. It does not usually comment on such operations.   There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.   The Jerusalem Post reported that six surface-to-surface missiles were launched as part of the strikes  -- two from the Golan Heights and four from Tiberias   Several of the missiles were intercepted, but some hit ammunition depots near Jamraya, according to the U.K.-based monitoring group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The strike may have also been targeting an Iranian military base in the area, said the Post.   The town lies about six miles (10 km) northwest of Damascus and houses numerous military sites, as well as the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, noted the Times of Israel.   The center is allegedly part of Syria's chemical weapons program. It was previously struck in May 2013 and September 2017.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 02/07/2018 SYRIA - RUSSIAN, GOVERNMENT AIRSTRIKES KILL OVER 100 CIVILIANS IN REBEL-HELD CITY (FEB 07/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A series of airstrikes in suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital, have killed at least 110 civilians, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Russian and Syrian aircraft attacked the rebel-held suburb of Eastern Ghouta on Monday, killing 30 civilians, said residents and monitoring groups.   Airstrikes on Tuesday killed at least 80, in what the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called the "largest massacre in Syria" since an April 2017 chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun.   Ghouta is the last major rebel-held area near the capital.   The town has been under siege since 2013, noted Al Jazeera. The area is covered under an agreement establishing "de-escalation zones" around the country. Critics say the accord has not been implemented.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 02/07/2018 USA - ARMY ORDERS ANOTHER 416 JOINT LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLES (FEB 07/OSH DEF)  OSHKOSH DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract for hundreds of additional Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, reports the Wisconsin-based defense firm.   The $106 million order covers 416 vehicles and associated installed and packaged equipment kits.   This is the eighth JLTV order since the contract was initially awarded in August 2015, said Oshkosh.   The JLTV program remains in the low-rate initial production phase. A full-rate production decision is anticipated in fiscal 2019, said Oshkosh Defense officials.   Officials expect the first Army unit to be equipped with the JLTV by mid-fiscal 2019, with both the Army and Marine Corps to reach initial operational capability in early fiscal 2020
Item Number:14 Date: 02/07/2018 USA - NEW TEAM TO EVALUATE ELECTRONIC WARFARE EFFORTS (FEB 07/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force has put together a cross-functional team to consider how the service will maintain its edge in electronic warfare, reports the Air Force News Service.   The enterprise capability collaboration team is led by Brig. Gen. David Gaedecke, the cyberspace operations and warfighting integration director at the Office of Information Dominance and the chief information officer for the Air Force.   The team will address congestion in the electromagnetic spectrum through talks with representatives of major commands, joint partners and industry, said an Air Force release on Monday.   "We'll draw not only from our experts in the military, but also previous scientific advisory boards, defense science boards and industry professionals to form a cohesive and comprehensive electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum strategy," Gaedecke said.   The team is expected to spend 12 to 18 months researching and developing a strategy to deliver recommendations on how the Air Force can maintain its advantage
Item Number:15 Date: 02/07/2018 USA - REUSABLE ROCKET SYSTEM TESTED SUCCESSFULLY (FEB 07/BUSINS)  BUSINESS INSIDER -- SpaceX, entrepreneur Elon Musk's space exploration company, has successfully launched its most powerful rocket yet, reports Business Insider.   The Falcon Heavy roared over the Atlantic Ocean after taking off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday afternoon.   Two of the rockets three reusable boosters landed safely after the launch. The third failed to land successfully on its target drone ship at sea and was destroyed. The surviving boosters will not be used again, said Musk in an interview after the launch.   At roughly US$90 million per launch, the rocket is designed to deliver a maximum payload to low-Earth orbit of 64 tons at a much lower cost than existing rocket systems, reported the BBC.   The Falcon Heavy will weave an elliptical orbit around the Sun that reaches as far as Mars. 

No comments:

Post a Comment