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This Day In Naval History – March 13, 2018
March 13
1895 - Award of first submarine building contract to John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Co.
1917 - Armed merchant ships authorized to take action against U-boats.
 
1944Torpedo bomber aircraft from Composite Squadron Ninety-Five (VC 95) based aboard escort carrier Bogue (CVE 9), along with USS Hobson (DD 464) and USS Haverfield (DE 393), Canadian frigate HMCS Prince Rupert and RAF Flying Fortress (No. 220 Squadron) sink German submarine U 575 in the North Atlantic.
1952During the Korean War, counter-battery engagements by USS Manchester (CL 83), USS James E. Kyes (DD 787), USS McGinty (DE 365) and USS Douglas H. Fox (DD 779) are supported by aircraft from Task Force 77 silence enemy guns at Kalmagak during the Siege of Wonsan.
1963USS Albany (CG 10) and aircraft from Navy Airborne Early Warning Squadron Four aid five ill crewmembers of Norwegian freighter Jotunfjell.
1993USS Montpelier (SSN 765) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, her homeport. The boat is the 15th in the Los Angeles-Improved class of attack submarines.
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines include continued coverage of the helicopter crash in New York's East River with updates on the five victims' identities; President Trump's first planned visit to California; and New England preparing for its third nor'easter in less than two weeks. USNI News reports that Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer announced on Monday that an audit of Navy spending is underway. "If I'm Congress, I'm asking for a receipt. I'm going to ask where did the money go, and what did it go to," Spencer said. "The audit will be the primary tool for how we respond." Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Secretary Spencer said the Navy and the Marine Corps are in high competition with other services and the private sector to secure the talented personnel in need to conduct warfare in a modern age, reports Seapower Magazine. "We have to start thinking smarter as managers and providing tools and solutions to retain the best and the brightest," said Spencer. Additionally, Japan Times reports that the USS Carl Vinson strike group has begun bilateral exercises with Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces in the South China Sea.
 
 
Today in History March 13
483
St. Felix begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
607
The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet occurs.
1519
Hernando Cortez lands in what will become Mexico.
1660
A statute is passed limiting the sale of slaves in the colony of Virginia.
1777
Congress orders its European envoys to appeal to high-ranking foreign officers to send troops to reinforce the American army.
1781
Astronomer William Herschel discovers the planet Uranus, which he names 'Georgium Sidus,' in honor of King George III.
1793
Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin.
1861
Jefferson Davis signs a bill authorizing slaves to be used as soldiers for the Confederacy.
1868
The U.S. Senate begins the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.
1881
Czar Alexander II is assassinated when a bomb is thrown at him near his palace.
1915
The Germans repel a British Expeditionary Force attack at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in France.
1918
Women are scheduled to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York due to a shortage of men.
1935
A three-thousand-year-old archive is found in Jerusalem confirming biblical history.
1940
Finland capitulates conditionally to Soviet terms, but maintains its independence.
1941
Hitler issues an edict calling for an invasion of the Soviet Union.
1942
Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps becomes the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.
1943
Japanese forces end their attack on the American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville.
1951
Israel demands $1.5 billion in German reparations for the cost of caring for war refugees.
1957
The FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa on bribery charges.
1963
China invites Soviet Premiere Nikita Khrushchev to visit Beijing.
1970
Cambodia orders Hanoi and Viet Cong troops to get out.
1974
The U.S. Senate votes 54-33 to restore the death penalty.
1974
Arab nations decide to end the oil embargo on the United States.
1981
The United States plans to send 15 Green Berets to El Salvador as military advisors.
1985
Upon the death of Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the new leader of the Soviet Union.
1991
Exxon pays $1 billion in fines and costs for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill.
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 13 MARCH 1968… A MEDAL OF HONOR CEREMONY AT THE WHITE HOUSE…
March 13, 2018    Bear Taylor   
RIPPLE SALVO… #738… HUMBLE HOST came upon a news item in the NYT for 13 March 1968 that deserved more than a passing glance… I break from Rolling Thunder to recognize two of the hundreds of thousands of grunts who looked the enemy in the eye from a lot closer presence than I. With highest respect and admiration I salute the gallantry of two warriors, now passed on.
On 12 March 1968, fifty years ago, the President presented the Medal of Honor to TWO deserving Marines: Major Robert J. Modrzejewski and 2nd Lieutenant John J. McGinty. The ceremony was held in the East Room of the White House.
President Johnson:
"Major and Mrs. Modrezejewski and family; Lieutenant and Mrs. McGinty and family; Secretary of the Navy (Pace) Ignatius; General (Leonard) Chapman, Commandant of the Marine Corps; distinguished Members of Congress, and ladies and gentlemen.
"We have just heard an extraordinary tribute to the courage of two men. They are Marines. They are comrades. They are heroes. But they are first and last–Americans. In the story of their triumph, the voice of a people's character and a nation's greatness is brought before us. We should all understand that that is a voice with steel in it.
"Last night I remembered another voice from another troubled and decisive time. I turned to the pages of a book where another President spoke to this Nation in a time of war. He told stories of courage and heroism on battlefields. He called for the same strength of character and staunchness of spirit in every American home hero and in every American heart.
"Said President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the early months of another Pacific war: 'As we here at home contemplate our own duties and our own responsibilities, let us think, and let us think hard, of the example which is being set for us by our fighting men. Our soldiers and our sailors are members of well-disciplined units. But they are still and forever individuals–free individuals. They are farmers and workers, businessmen, professional men, artists and clerks. They are the United States of America. That is why they fight. We, too, are the United States of America.'
"Americans loathed war in that day, too. Forced to fight a war, Americans were impatient and frustrated by setbacks.
"President Roosevelt also spoke to that anxiety when he said, five months after Pearl Harbor, 'We have had no illusions about the fact that this is a tough job–and a long one.' And this Nation has no illusions now. This is an anxious time for Americans, it calls for every fiber of our courage, every resource of our intelligence, every capacity for sound judgement that the American people can summon–and that the American people possess.
"I think if we are steady, if we are patient, if we do not become the willing victims of our own despair, if we do not abandon what we know is right when it comes under mounting challenge–we shall never fail. Responsibility never comes easy. Neither does freedom come free.
"These brave men whom we have asked to come here to the East Room today and whom we honor now, know better than we perhaps. They know in the most immediate way that men can ever know it. They know it in the face of an aggressor's fire. Major Modrzejewski and Lieutenant McGinty stand in the long unbroken rank of heroes who have been this Nation's pride and have been this Nation's strength from the beginning when America itself as Lafayette once said 'was a dream that every man carried in his heart.'
"Men like these Marines have seen America all through our troubled periods. They have fought with valor, in the early months, the enemy's expanded war, when the regular units of the North Vietnamese Army were beginning to cross the border as aggressors in significant size.
"Today the enemy force waging destruction south of the DMZ is made of many, many regular units who have already invaded their neighbor nation from the north. International aggression is open now and it is undisguised. The early pretense of attempting to fool some of the people some of the time that this was only a civil war has now had the cloak pulled from around it, and even they have abandoned it, as have their spokesmen.
"So let us have no illusions about that, either. And let no one ever suffer any illusions about the will and about the faith of free men, the American fighting man, the family of citizens who stand by him here and who stand by him out there.
"Yes, we all loathe war. Yes, we argue about war. But we are one people and we have learned the hard lesson of history.
"President Franklin Roosevelt had to say it and he said it with a heavy heart. I must repeat it now and my heart is heavy, too.
"'The price for civilization must be paid in hard work and must be paid in sorrow and blood–and the price is not too high.'
"But my heart this morning is proud and it is confident, too. I took a look at these two gallant Marines and I see Americans. I see it in their countenance the answer to aggression. I see in their face the certainty of freedom and I see in their presence the hope and promise of peace.
"Secretary Ignatius will now read the citations."
"The President of the United States in the name of the Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to
MAJOR ROBERT J. MODRZEJEWSKI, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
CITATION
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Commanding Officer, Company K, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam from 15 to 19 July 1966. On 15 July, during OPERATION HASTINGS Company K was landed in an enemy infested jungle area to establish a blocking position at a major enemy trail network. Shortly after landing the company encountered a reinforced enemy platoon in a well organized, defensive position, Major (then Captain) Modrzejewski led his men in the successful seizure of the enemy redoubt, which contained large quantities of ammunition and supplies. That evening a numerically superior enemy force counterattacked in an effort to retake the vital supply area, thus setting the pattern of activity for the next two and one half days. In the first series of attacks, the enemy assaulted repeatedly in overwhelming numbers, but each time was repulsed by the gallant Marines. The second night the enemy struck in battalion strength, and Major Modrzejewski was wounded in this intensive action which was fought at close quarters. Although exposed to enemy fire, and despite his painful wounds, he crawled 200 meters to provide critically needed ammunition to an exposed element of his command and was constantly present wherever the fighting was the heaviest. Despite numerous casualties, a dwindling supply of ammunition and the knowledge that they were surrounded, he skillfully directed artillery fire to within a few meters of his position and courageously inspired the efforts of his company in repelling the aggressive enemy attack. On 18 July Company K was attacked by a regiment size enemy force. Although his unit was vastly outnumbered and weakened by the previous fighting, Major Modrzejewski reorganized his men and calmly moved among them to encourage and direct their efforts to heroic limits as they fought to overcome the vicious enemy onslaught. Again he called in air and artillery strikes in close range with devastating effect on the enemy, which together with the bold and determined fighting of the men of Company K repulsed the fanatical attack of the larger North Vietnamese force. His unparalleled personal heroism and indomitable leadership inspired his men to a significant victory over the enemy force and reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
/S/ LYNDON B. JOHNSON
"The President of the United Sates in the name of the Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to
SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHN J. MCGINTY III, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
CITATION
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty as Acting Platoon Leader, First Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 July 1966. Second Lieutenant (then Staff Sergeant) McGinty's platoon, which was providing rear security to protect the withdrawal of the battalion from a position which had been under attack for three days, came under heavy small, automatic weapons and mortar fire from an estimated enemy regiment. With each successive human wave which assaulted his thirty-two-man platoon during the four-hour battle, Second Lieutenant McGinty rallied his men to beat off the enemy. In one bitter assault, two of his squads became separated from the remainder of the platoon. With complete disregard for his safety, Second Lieutenant McGinty charged through intense automatic weapons and mortar fire to their position. Finding twenty men wounded and the medical corpsman killed, he quickly reloaded ammunition magazines and weapons for the wounded men and directed their fire upon the enemy. Although he was painfully wounded as he moved to care for the disabled men, he continued to shout encouragement to his troops and to direct their fire so effectively that the attacking hordes were beaten off. When the enemy tried to out-flank his position, he killed five of them at point-blank range with his pistol. When they again seemed on the verge of over running the small force, he skillfully adjusted artillery and air strikes within fifty yards of his position. This destructive fire power routed the enemy who left an estimated 500 bodies on the battlefield. Second Lieutenant McGinty's personal heroism, indomitable leadership, selfless devotion to duty, and bold fighting spirit inspired his men to resist the repeated attacks by a fanatical enemy, reflected great credit upon himself, and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
/S/ LYNDON B. JOHNSON
RTR Quote for 13 March: NAPOLEON I, 15 July 1815: "How much might be done with a hundred thousand soldiers such as these."…   oohrah…
Lest we forget…     Bear…
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 03/13/2018 AFGHANISTAN - ETIM RELEASES NEW VIDEO DETAILING JOINT OPERATIONS WITH TALIBAN (MAR 13/LWJ)  LONG WAR JOURNAL -- A predominately Uighur jihadist group has released a new video highlighting its joint operations alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, reports the Long War Journal.   The footage, shot in December 2017, shows fighters from the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and the Taliban overtaking remote Afghan military outposts and killing at least 24 Afghan troops. The fighters all operated under the Taliban flag.   TIP fighters appear to be taking direction from Taliban commanders in the video.   The fighters are seen looting weapons and ammunition. Some of the attacks in the video were launched with the help of captured Humvees.   Abdullah Mansour, who is the global deputy emir of TIP, delivers a speech in the video.   TIP, referred to as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, maintains close relations with Al-Qaida in Syria and Afghanistan.   The group's stated goal is to create a state for Uighurs in eastern China that follows conservative interpretations of Islamic law
  Item Number:2 Date: 03/13/2018 CHINA - PLANS MADE FOR NEW MINISTRY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (MAR 13/GT)  GLOBAL TIMES -- The Chinese Cabinet has proposed establishing a new ministry for veterans affairs, reports the pro-government Global Times (China).   The proposal was one of many submitted as part of a broad government restructuring program announced at the 13th National People's Congress on Tuesday.   The law is expected to be formally adopted on Saturday, reported Reuters.   The proposed ministry would provide services to veterans and their families, including re-employment and training.   The new ministry would centralize tasks previously handled by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Central Military Commission.   The announcement aims to cool simmering discontent in the ranks of People's Liberation Army.   There has long been grievances over military pensions and the perceived poor treatment of veterans, which have led to periodic protests.   In February 2017, soldiers demonstrated for two days, demanding unpaid retirement benefits.   In 2016, more than 1,000 veterans demonstrated outside the Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing.   The number of veterans in China is expected to increase in the future, analysts said.  
Item Number:3 Date: 03/13/2018 COLOMBIA - TALKS WITH ELN TO RESUME, SANTOS SAYS (MAR 13/CR)  COLOMBIA REPORTS -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says talks with the rebel National Liberation Army (ELN) will resume after a six-week hiatus, reports Colombia Reports.   Negotiations will resume at an unspecified date in Quito, the Ecuadorian capital, Santos and rebel leadership announced on Monday.   The discussions will focus on agreeing to a new "comprehensive and verifiable" cease-fire, said the Colombian president.   Talks with Marxist group were suspended in January after a series of attacks on police and oil infrastructure. Parliamentary elections have also recently concluded.   Right-wing parties, which are largely opposed to negotiations with rebels, had a strong showing.   Nineteen members of the Colombian armed forces and 34 rebels have been killed since the cease-fire ended.    
  Item Number:4 Date: 03/13/2018 FRANCE - CRUISE MISSILE SALE TO EGYPT MUST GET U.S. APPROVAL, SAYS DASSAULT CHIEF (MAR 13/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The sale of French Scalp cruise missiles to Egypt must receive U.S. approval, according to Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier, as cited by Defense News.   The Scalp long-range missile has U.S. parts that are essential to its ability to function, Trappier said on March 8.   The U.S. government is reportedly blocking the sale, reported IHS Jane's Defence Weekly on Feb. 20.   French military exports have previously been held up by the U.S. government. In 2013, a potential sale of spy satellites to the United Arab Emirates lapsed while France was waiting for approval. The deal was ultimately finalized in 2014 after then-French President Francois Hollande and then-U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to accelerate the authorization.   Egypt is buying 24 Rafale fighter jets and associated weapons and equipment from France under a 2015 deal. Cairo is in talks to exercise an option for an additional 12 Rafales, reported France's La Tribune   
  Item Number:5 Date: 03/13/2018 ISRAEL - PALESTINIAN PRIME MINSTER'S CONVOY TARGETED IN RARE VISIT TO GAZA STRIP (MAR 13/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Several people were injured when an explosion struck the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minster Rami Hamdullah in the Gaza Strip, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The explosive device detonated as Hamdullah's convoy passed the Beit Hanoun-Erez checkpoint in northeastern Gaza on Tuesday.   Five people were lightly injured in the attack. Hamdullah was unharmed and continued to his previously scheduled event, the opening of a water treatment facility.   Palestinian Authority intelligence chief Majed Faraj was traveling in Hamdullah's convoy at the time.   Hamdullah's Fatah party called it a "terrorist attack" and blamed it on its rival, Hamas.   A Hamas security official denied the allegations. He said the incident was being thoroughly investigated and that several suspects had already been arrested.   The militant and Islamist Hamas controls the Gaza Strip and has criticized Fatah, which is in power in the West Bank, for its relations with Israeli authorities.   In 2017, the parties reached a power-sharing deal that restored some but not all relations between the two non-contiguous Palestinian territories.    
  Item Number:6 Date: 03/13/2018 KENYA - GOVERNMENT SEEKS COAST GUARD TO FIGHT MARITIME CRIME (MAR 13/DEFWEB)  DEFENCE WEB -- The government of Kenya has asked Parliament to pass a bill establishing a coast guard service, reports Defence Web (South Africa).   The proposed service would be staffed by civilians and security personnel from the police, army and intelligence services, according to text of a draft version of the bill.   Commanded by a director-general and led by a group of Cabinet-level officials, the coast guard would be charged with fighting crime in Kenyan waters, with the possibility of more remote deployments with the Kenya Defense Forces in times of war.   The service will also support disaster relief and search-and-rescue missions and replace the Kenyan Police Service in the port security role. Officers will have the authority to investigate, arrest, detain and hand over suspects to the police and courts for prosecution, officials said.   Kenya previously considered the creation of a coast guard service in 2016 and 2017.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 03/13/2018 SOUTH KOREA - 90 MORE TAURUS BUNKER-BUSTER MISSILES ORDERED (MAR 13/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea has finalized a contract for additional Taurus KEPD 350 missiles, reports the official Yonhap news agency (South Korea).   The contract for 90 missiles was signed in late February, Defense Acquisition Program Administration spokesman said on Tuesday.   The value of the deal was not disclosed.   The announcement came despite an apparent thaw in tensions on the peninsula.   South Korea ordered 170 of the precision-guided missiles in 2013. The majority are fitted onto F-15K fighter jets.   The new bunker-busting missiles are expected to be installed as part of Seoul's Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system, which is designed to target North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.     
  Item Number:8 Date: 03/13/2018 SOUTH KOREA - TOP NEGOTIATOR ANTICIPATES CHALLENGING TALKS ON DEFENSE COST-SHARING WITH U.S. (MAR 13/YON)  YONHAP -- Challenging negotiations are expected over the upcoming months to determine the proportion of U.S. and South Korean defense expenditures to support the 28,500 American troops on the peninsula, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The current five-year agreement, which expires at the end of 2018, has South Korean contributions at 960 billion won (US$901 million) for 2018, a more than six-fold increase from Seoul's initial contribution in 1991.   After three days of initial talks in Honolulu last week, South Korea's chief negotiator, Chang Won Sam indicated that there were wide differences between the two camps, the news agency said on Monday.   Senior officials declined to answer whether the U.S. was attempting to charge South Korea for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that was deployed last year.   Both sides agreed that the talks should seek a resolution that intensifies the combined defense posture and strengthens the bilateral alliance, South Korean officials said.   A second round of negotiations is planned in South Korea in April.   The Trump administration has made repeated calls for South Korea to increase its defense spending.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 03/13/2018 SUDAN - IMPROVED SECURITY COOPERATION DISCUSSED WITH EGYPTIAN INTEL CHIEF (MAR 13/SUNA)  SUDAN NEWS AGENCY -- In an attempt to further reduce tensions between the neighboring countries, Egypt's acting intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, visited Sudan on Saturday, reports the Sudan News Agency (SUNA).   The visit comes after Sudan's ambassador to Egypt returned to Cairo last week, after being recalled two months prior.   The agenda covered a recently created quadrilateral committee consisting of the two intelligence and foreign ministry chiefs, and how to best utilize this new body.   There is a strong desire to resume normal bilateral relations, said Kamel.   Tensions stemmed from sovereignty claims in the Halayeb Triangle Region, as well as Sudan's position in talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.   Kamel met with his Sudanese counterpart, Salah Abdullah Mohamed Saleh, as well as other officials, including Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 03/13/2018 SYRIA - MATTIS WARNS SYRIAN GOVERNMENT AGAINST CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE (MAR 13/UPI)  UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- The Syrian government would be unwise to employ chemical weapons against its citizens again, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters while on a flight to Oman, reports United Press International.   While admitting that he didn't yet have clear evidence to corroborate reports of chlorine gas being utilized in the attacks on Eastern Ghouta, the defense secretary offered a reminder of the Tomahawk cruise missile attack in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons last year.   Rescue workers and activists in Eastern Ghouta, a rebel stronghold outside of Damascus, say the Syrian government recently used chlorine gas in the region. The government denies the alligations.   Mattis also implicated Russia in the attack, but declined to share specifics.   The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said the airstrikes on Eastern Ghouta likely constitute war crimes.     
 Item Number:11 Date: 03/13/2018 SYRIA - TURKISH FORCES SURROUND AFRIN, SAY GENERALS (MAR 13/YENI)  YENI SAFAK -- The Turkish armed forces and allied militias have surrounded the city of Afrin in Syria's northern Aleppo province, reports Yeni Safak (Turkey).   Turkish forces have surrounded the city's center and captured "critically important areas," according to a Turkish General Staff statement dated March 12.   A total of 3,393 militants have been killed or captured since the operation began, according to the Turkish army.   Turkish troops and members of the Free Syrian Army aiding the operation say they have established a humanitarian corridor on Afrin's southern edge, reported Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.   An estimated 700,000 people live in the encircled areas, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Hundreds of people have reportedly fled the city, while others have returned.   Some residents said that Turkish shelling has destroyed most of the roads in the city, reported the BBC.   Turkey has denied targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure.   Turkey is fighting to remove fighters from Kurdish the People's Protection Units (YPG) from its southern border. Turkey considers the YPG to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist group by Ankara and Washington
  Item Number:12 Date: 03/13/2018 TAIWAN - TSU PARTY URGES MORE DEFENSE SPENDING, GREATER CONSCRIPTION AS CHINESE DEFENSE BUDGET GROWS (MAR 13/TAI)  TAIPEI TIMES -- The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) political party is advocating for a boost in military spending and increased conscription, in response to China's announced defense budget increase, reports the Taipei Times.   China has announced a defense budget of 1.1 trillion yuan (US$174 billion) for 2018, 16 times more than Taiwan's $11.2 billion in defense spending.   Beijing's defense budget is believed to be much higher than publicly revealed figures.   Taiwanese military expenditures have decreased from 3 percent of GDP in 2009, to 1.8 percent this year. The all-volunteer force has also had difficulty recruiting enough personnel to fill its requirements.   Forty-six percent of defense spending is consumed by salaries, noted former TSU lawmaker Chou Ni-an. She called for more spending on training, weapons, development and acquisition.   Earlier this month, the Defense Ministry reiterated President Tsai Ing-wen's pledge to boost defense spending annually every year after this fiscal year
  Item Number:13 Date: 03/13/2018 USA - ARMY RAMPS UP PACE FOR NEXT-GENERATION COMBAT VEHICLE (MAR 13/)  -- Senior U.S. Army leaders are hastening the schedule to build prototype components for its Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) for the 2030s and beyond, reports the Warrior Maven website.   The Army hopes to develop a vehicle or family of vehicles to supplement or perhaps succeed current platforms such as the Abrams tank, Bradley fighting vehicle and Stryker wheeled armored vehicle.   The service expects the vehicle to be lighter, easy to deploy, able to control nearby unmanned platforms, employ new weapons and outmatch future adversary tanks.   The NCGV is being pursued within the Army's modernization strategy that emphasizes rapid prototyping and testing of new technologies to assess the realm of what is possible to shape requirements. This is a change from the previously used sequence of shaping requirements, followed by testing
Item Number:14 Date: 03/13/2018 USA - GROWING NIGHT-VISION CAPABILITIES OF ADVERSARIES POSES NEW CHALLENGE (MAR 13/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The U.S. military's night-fighting dominance, the staple of ground force missions in the Iraq and Afghan wars, is deteriorating as insurgent groups have been integrating night-vision goggles (NVGs) into their fighting units, reports the Military Times.   The Taliban has collected NVGs from Afghan army and police after successful raids. They also have utilized the black market and may have secured battlefield technology from states such as Iran, Russia or North Korea, said a spokesman for U.S. Forces Afghanistan.   Over time, proliferation of NVG technology will pressure U.S. forces to adjust their night-fighting tactics that have been honed over the last 15 years of combat.   "If you're using IR [infrared] markers to spot the good guys for air support, suddenly the bad guys can see them too" said retired Army Col. Steve Bucci, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.   Against an opponent with NVGs, IR signals will require more light discipline and maneuvers will require greater awareness, similar to daylight movement, said Adam Routh, a former Army Ranger and researcher at the Center for a New American Security in Washington
  Item Number:15 Date: 03/13/2018 USA - NAVY CANCELS HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM FOR DESTROYERS (MAR 13/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. Navy is zeroing out funding for a program to install fuel-efficient hybrid electric drives in 34 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, reports Defense News.   The service requested $6.3 million in 2018 to complete installation on the USS Truxtun, the pilot ship for the program. The service has spent $52 million on the program so far and expected the whole program to cost about $356 million.   Changing department priorities led to the decision. The Truxtun will serve as a testbed to see if the technology performs as anticipated in the long run, a Navy spokeswoman said.   The program has experienced a number of technical problems, foremost being the drive's high electrical demands pushing the ship into near-capacity electrical loads, said a former Navy official.   The program has also failed to produce the level of increased efficiency that was originally sought
Item Number:16 Date: 03/13/2018 YEMEN - 4 SOLDIERS DIE IN ISIS ATTACK ON MESS HALL IN ADEN (MAR 13/REU)  REUTERS -- At least four Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a suicide car bombing at a military base in Aden, the nation's temporary capital, reports Reuters.   The explosion ripped through the kitchen of the newly built security center in the northern Mansourah neighborhood of Aden, reported China's state-run Xinhua news agency. Dozens of people were reportedly injured.   The facility is used by Yemeni troops trained and backed by the United Arab Emirates.   The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack.   This is the second attack on Yemeni forces in Aden this year. ISIS claimed responsibility for last month's assault on the headquarters of a counterterrorism unit in which 14 people were killed.   Yemeni troops backed by the U.A.E. were deployed to the area shortly after the attack. An undisclosed operation was announced, said authorities. 
 
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