Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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This Day In Naval History – April 10, 2018
April 10
1941—USS Niblack (DD 424) picks up three boatloads of survivors from Dutch freighter Saleier, which was sunk the previous day by a German U-boat. The destroyer detects a submarine preparing to attack and drives it off with a depth charge attack. It is the first action between American and German forces in World War II.
1942—USS Thresher (SS 200) torpedoes and sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Maru six miles north of Oshima, near the entrance to Tokyo Bay, Honshu, Japan.
1944—TBM bombers and FM-2s aircraft (VC 58) from USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60) sink German submarine U 68 off Madeira Island.
1963—During diving tests, USS Thresher (SSN 593) is lost with all hands east of Cape Cod, MA, including commanding officer and 17 civilian technicians.
1966—During the Vietnam War, the river patrol boats (PBRs) of River Patrol Force commence operations on inland waters of South Vietnam.
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national headlines include the president vowing a swift response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria, as well as the FBI reportedly raiding the offices of the president's personal attorney. US officials claim that China has installed military jamming equipment on two of its outposts in the Spratly Islands reports the Wall Street Journal. A photo of the installation taken last month by a commercial satellite company corroborates US claims. Speaking on a panel at the Navy League's Sea Air Space symposium, Navy and Marine leaders attributed recent accidents to overworked forces. Speaking of last year's two fatal collisions, Vice Adm. Bill Merz said "those collisions were the indicator that we're at the breaking point on stressing the fleet." Additionally, the New York Times reports that an American airstrike has killed a senior ISIS commander in northern Afghanistan.
 
April 10
1790
The U.S. patent system is established.
1809
Austria declares war on France and her forces enter Bavaria.
1862
Union forces begin the bombardment of Fort Pulaski in Georgia along the Tybee River.
1865
At Appomattox Court, Va, General Robert E. Lee issues his last orders to the Army of Northern Virginia.
1866
The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is formed.
1902
South African Boers accept British terms of surrender.
1912
The Titanic begins her maiden voyage which will end in disaster.
1925
F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby.
1930
The first synthetic rubber is produced.
1932
Paul von Hindenburg is elected president in Germany.
1938
1941
U.S. troops occupy Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration.
1945
In their second attempt to take the Seelow Heights, near Berlin, the Red Army launches numerous attacks against the defending Germans. The Soviets gain one mile at the cost of 3,000 men killed and 368 tanks destroyed.
1945
Allied troops liberate the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald north of Weener, Germany.
1947
Jackie Robinson becomes the first black to play major league baseball as he takes the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1971
The American table tennis team arrives in China.
1974
Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir.
1981
Imprisoned Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands is elected to the British Parliament.
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDERREMEMBERED… 10 APRIL 1968… THE ROOTS OF NATIONAL DISUNITY…
April 9, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #766… "THE BOOM OF THE FIRST AMERICAN BOMB IN NORTH VIETNAM IN 1964 SIGNALED THE MUSHROOMING TROUBLES AT HOME AND ABROAD THAT FINALLY DROVE LYNDON B. JOHNSON OUT OF THE POLITICAL ARENA"… So concludes Associated Press Writer Willard Mobley. "One way or another the divisions in the nation, which the President gave as the reason for his decision not to run again, represent swelling reverberations from that blast. The list is nearly endless–accusations of fraud following the administration's stated reasons for the first bombing, complaints of a credibility gap in administration reports of war progress, immorality charges over U.S. participation in the war, trouble in the streets and protests that war money should be used instead to solve problems at home. The first bombs fell on Communist shore installations in retaliation for a reported attack by North Vietnamese for a reported attack on American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin."… That is Mr. Mobley's hypothesis as posted across the country on 10 April 1968… continued below in Ripple Salvo…
GOOD MORNING…Day SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTY-SIX of a 1,000-blog remembrance of the warriors and the fight over North Vietnam called Rolling Thunder…
HEAD LINES  from the OGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER for Wednesday, 10 April 1968…FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY…
Page 1: "100,000 TROOPS LAUNCH OFFENSIVE AGAINST REDS–Resistance Only Light, Allies Say"… More than 100,000 troops of five nations fanned out today over the Saigon area and 11 provinces around the capital in the biggest allied offensive of the war. Only light, scattered action was reported, and a general lull in the ground fighting in Vietnam continue for the second day. The U.S. Command announced that the big new sweep around the capital, Operation Complete Victory, began Monday. Its objective is the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops who got away from the 50,000 American and South Vietnamese troops is Operation Resolved to Win."… END SWEEP… U.S. headquarters announced Tuesday that Resolved to Win, a sweep of five provinces around Saigon, had ended with 2,658 enemy killed. But when it began in early March, a force of 13,000 Viet Cong and units of two North Vietnamese regiments were reported maneuvering around the capital, possibly for a renewal of the Tet offensive against the city…. The U.S. Command said the aim of the new drive is 'the elimination of enemy forces throughout the 11 provinces in the 3rd Corps tactical zone. NO MORTAR FIRE… No major ground fighting was reported elsewhere in Vietnam for the second straight day for the first time in nearly three months not a single artillery, mortar, rocket round landed on the shell scarred Marine combat base at Khe Sanh over a 24-hour period… The 20,000-man allied force that relieved the Marines at Khe Sanh last week continued finding bodies of North Vietnamese killed in the relentless air and artillery  bombardment with which U.S. forces had pounded the hills and jungles around the base in the northwest corner of the country."… INCREASE POTENTIAL… In Saigon, President Nguyen Van Thieu asked the National Assembly to vote general mobilization of the country. 'While preparing for peace,' he told a joint House-Senate session. 'We must increase our fighting potential more than ever.'… Page 1: "LITTLE PROGRESS IN PEACE MOVE"… Thurmont, Md…"Prospects for peace in Vietnam appeared cloudy as ever as President Johnson wrapped up a marathon war and peace strategy talks at the Camp David mountain retreat."... Page 4: "SOUTH KOREAN GENERAL RIPS PATCH-UP PEACE"… "The commander of South Korean forces in Vietnam warned today against a settlement of the war in the pattern of the Korean armistice. 'Another patch-up settlement in dealing with the Communists will eventually lead to a second Vietnam war elsewhere.,' Lt. Gen. Chae Myung-shim said in an interview. He mentioned Latin America as possibilities of a second war."…
 
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Thanks to Al
 
Submitted by Lee Massick:
Masturdating—Going out alone to a movie or a restaurant
Dudevorce—When two bros officially end their friendship
Nonversation—Completely worthless conversation; small talk
Cellfish—Individual who continues talking on their phone so as to be rude or inconsiderate of other people
Errorist—Someone who repeatedly makes mistakes or is always wrong
Askhole—Someone who asks many stupid, pointless, or obnoxious questions
Bedgasm—Feeling of euphoria experienced when climbing into bed at the end of a very long day
Internest—Cocoon of blankets and pillows you gather around yourself while spending long periods of time on the internet
Chairdrobe—Piling clothes on a chair in place of a closet or dresser; see also floordrobe
Unlightening—Learning something that makes you dumber
Hiberdating—When a person ignores their friends in favor of a boyfriend/girlfriend
Destinesia—When you get to where you were intending to go, but forgot why you were going there in the first place
Textpectation—Anticipation felt when waiting for a response to a text
Columbusing—When people claim to have discovered something that has been around for years, decades, or centuries
Youniverse—Used to indicate that a person has knowledge only of him/herself; their universe consists only of them
Carcolepsy—Condition where a passenger falls asleep as soon as the car starts moving
Unkeyboardinated—When you're unable to type without repeatedly making mistakes
Afterclap—The last person who cpas after everyone else has stopped
Juggersnot—Huge impending sneeze you can't prevent
Beerboarding—Extracting secret information from a colleague by getting them drunk
Nerdjacking—Filling a conversation with unnecessary detail about one's passion to an otherwise uninitiated, uninterested layperson
Chiptease—When you buy a bag of potato chips thinking that it will be full but it turns out it's just air


Submitted by Rob Hansen:
Aquadextrous--Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes. 
Carperpetuation--The act, when vacuuming,or running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance. 
Disconfect--To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, assuming this will somehow remove all the germs. 
Elbonics--The actions of two people maneuvering for one armrest in a movie theater. 
Frust--The small line of debris that refuses to be swept onto the dust pan and keeps backing a person across the room until he finally decides to give up and sweep it under the rug. 
Lactomangulation--Manhandling the "open here" spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the 'illegal' side. 
Peppier--The waiter at a fancy restaurant whose sole purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want ground pepper. 
Phonesia--The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer. 
Pupkus--The moist residue left on a window after a dog presses its nose to it. 
Telecrastination--The act of always letting the phone ring at least twice before you pick it up, even when you're only six inches away. 


Submitted by Chuck Kincade:
Blamestorming--Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
Seagull Manager--A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.
Assmosis--The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
Salmon Day--The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.
Cube Farm--An office filled with cubicles.
Prairie Dogging--When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.
Mouse Potato--The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.
SITCOMs--Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What couples get into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.
Stress Puppy--A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
Swipeout--An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.
Xerox Subsidy--Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.
Irritainment--Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them.
Percussive Maintenance--The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again. Often feel like doing this to my computer.
Adminisphere--The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.
Generica--Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.
Ohnosecond--That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. (Like after hitting send on an e-mail by mistake).
WOOFs--Well-Off Older Folks.
Crop Dusting--Surreptitiously passing gas while passing through a Cube Farm.


Submitted by Kelly Dodson:
Cashtration--The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period. 
Ignoranus--A person who's both stupid and an a$$hole. 
Intaxication--Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. 
Reintarnation--Coming back to life as a hillbilly. 
Bozone--The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign  of breaking down in the near future. 
Foreploy--Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting lucky 
Giraffiti--Vandalism spray-painted very, very high. 
Sarchasm--The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it. 
Inoculatte--To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
Hipatitis--Terminal coolness. 
Osteopornosis--A degenerate disease
Karmageddon--It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer. 
Decafalon--The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
Glibido--All talk and no action. 
Dopeler effect--The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. 
Arachnoleptic fit--The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web. 
Beelzebug--Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out. 
Caterpallor--The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit


Submitted by Holly Vanderpool and Barbara Hunt:
Adult--A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
Beauty Parlor--A place where women curl up and dye.
Chickens--The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
Committee--A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
Dust--Mud with the juice squeezed out.
Egotist--Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
Handkerchief--Cold storage.
Inflation--Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
Mosquito--An insect that makes you like flies better.
Raisin--A grape with a sunburn.
Secret--Something you tell to one person at a time.
Skeleton--A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
Toothache--The pain that drives you to extraction.
Tomorrow--One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
Yawn--An honest opinion openly expressed.
Wrinkles--Something other people have, similar to my character lines.


Submitted by Ed Denker:
Arbitrator--A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonalds.
Abdicate--To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
Avoidable--What a bullfighter tried to do.
Balderdash--A rapidly receding hairline.
Bernadette--The act of torching a mortgage.
Burglarize--What a crook sees with.
Circumvent--An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
Coffee--The person upon whom one coughs.
Control--A short, ugly inmate.
Counterfeiters--Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.
Eclipse--What an English barber does for a living.
Eyedropper--A clumsy ophthalmologist.
Flabbergasted--Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
Flatulence--Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
Frisbeetarianism--The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
Gargoyle--Olive-flavored mouthwash.
Heroes--What a guy in a boat does.
Leftbank--What the robber did when his bag was full of money.
Lymph--To walk with a lisp.
Misty--How golfers create divots.
Negligent--Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
Paradox--Two physicians.
Parasites--What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Pharmacist--A helper on the farm.
Pokemon--A Rastafarian proctologist.
Polarize--What penguins see with.
Primate--Removing your spouse from in front of the TV.
Rectitude--The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
Relief--What trees do in the Spring.
Rubberneck--What you do to relax your wife.
Selfish--What the owner of a seafood store does.
Sudafed--Brought litigation against a government official.
Testicle--A humorous question on an exam.

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Thanks to Lee
Civilization in 2018- this is priceless!
 
WELCOME to 2018
Our Phones - Wireless
Cooking - Fireless
Cars - Keyless
Food - Fatless
Tires -Tubeless
Dress - Sleeveless
Youth - Jobless
Leaders - Shameless
Relationships - Meaningless
Attitudes - Careless
Babies - Fatherless
Feelings - Heartless
Education - Valueless
Children – Mannerless
 
I'm - SPEECHLESS.....and scared SH@#LESS
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 04/10/2018 AFGHANISTAN - COALITION STEPS UP STRIKES ON TALIBAN DRUG LABS (APR 10/REU)  REUTERS -- American and Afghan forces have expanded airstrikes against Taliban drug production facilities into western Afghanistan, reports Reuters.   U.S. and Afghan forces conducted 11 strikes against Taliban drug labs in the western Farah and Nimroz provinces last week, U.S. forces announced on April 7.   Opium production in Afghanistan, which is largely controlled by the Taliban, jumped 87 percent last year, reaching a record high.   The spike pushed American and Afghan forces to increase strikes on drug facilities. The number of weapons released in January and February 2018 tripled compared to the same period in 2017.   The U.S. estimates that the Taliban generate US$200 million annually from the sale of and taxation on drugs.   The campaign is unlikely to have a great effect on Taliban revenues, experts said.   The U.S. has overestimated Taliban revenues from the drug trade and many of the labs are easy to rebuild, said David Mansfield, an expert on the opium industry in Afghanistan.   Such labs are often staffed by locals who are not part of the conflict, which can generate antipathy to the U.S., noted Mansfield.   The U.S. has denied any civilian casualties during the campaign. The strikes will continue as fast as new facilities can be constructed, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan
  Item Number:3 Date: 04/10/2018 COLOMBIA - FARC NEGOTIATOR ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF COCAINE SMUGGLING (APR 10/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Colombian police have arrested a high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on charges of conspiring to smuggle 10 tons of cocaine into the U.S., reports the Wall Street Journal.   On Monday, Colombian police arrested Seuxis Hernandez and three associates after Interpol issued a red notice against him.   The red notice followed an indictment from a New York grand jury for what prosecutors allege was a plot by Hernandez to smuggle US$320 million worth of cocaine on two Miami-bound flights.   The alleged crime took place between June 2017 and this month, said prosecutors.   President Juan Manuel Santos and Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez announced the arrests in a broadcast on Monday.   Santos said the crimes endangered the peace process that ended the FARC's 52-year conflict with the government in 2016.   Hernandez will remain in Colombian custody until the U.S. requests his extradition, reported the BBC.   While the peace agreement includes immunity for some crimes committed before the signing of the agreement, it does not cover crimes committed afterwards.   Hernandez was one of the negotiators representing the FARC during negotiations with Bogota.   FARC leaders characterized the arrest as damaging to the peace process. Hernandez could have been framed, the leaders said.   
  Item Number:4 Date: 04/10/2018 EGYPT - AT LEAST 4 MILITANTS KILLED IN ONGOING SINAI OP (APR 10/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- Egyptian forces have killed at least four suspected terrorists in the ongoing operation to clear militants from the Sinai Peninsula, reports Al Ahram (Egypt).   Egyptian military and police killed the suspects during operations in north and central Sinai, according to an official statement released on Sunday.   In northern Sinai, air units struck two alleged militant structures, which killed an unknown number of suspects.   Another suspected militant was killed nearby. He was found to be in possession of a large sum of money and illegal narcotics, said authorities.   In central Sinai, police killed three "extremely dangerous" suspects and arrested two more, an army spokesman said.   During the operations, security forces destroyed more than 100 vehicles and 386 hideouts, according to official figures. Engineers destroyed 30 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in controlled explosions. At least 250 suspects were arrested, reported Asharq Al-Awsat (London).   Police discovered and destroyed at least 20 farms in central Sinai for the production of opium and marijuana and recovered 16 hand grenades, eight mortar rounds and stolen military uniforms.   More than 100 militants and at least 22 soldiers have been killed since the operation began on Feb. 9.   Police and soldiers are trying to stem terrorist attacks originating in the Sinai, including an attack linked to Islamic Stat-affiliate Sinai Province that killed more than 300
  Item Number:7 Date: 04/10/2018 GERMANY - BRITISH, U.S. TROOPS USE ROBOTS FOR CLEARING OPS DURING JOINT EXERCISE (APR 10/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- In a first, a U.S. Army robot cleared landmines and created a land bridge during a joint U.S.-British exercise and demonstration in Germany, reports the Stars and Stripes.   During the Robotic Complex Breach Concept demonstration on April 6 several remote-controlled vehicles cleared obstacles for armored vehicles.   The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, provided the main armor element for the exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany. M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles provided suppressing fire, while British Terrier engineering vehicles cleared a simulated minefield and bridged a tank trench.   The Terrier operators were carried in Bradley armored vehicles several hundred feet away from the robotic platforms.   An unmanned M113 armored personnel carrier provided smoke to mask the operation, while Puma unmanned aerial vehicles provided surveillance and Instant Eye drones searched for chemical weapons.   The tasks performed by the robot are considered to be some of the most dangerous in the military. The integration of such robots will allow U.S. soldiers to be less exposed to enemy fire, officials said.     
 Item Number:8 Date: 04/10/2018 INDIA - AIR FORCE ISSUES YET ANOTHER RFI FOR NEW FIGHTER JETS (APR 10/BUST)  BUSINESS STANDARD -- The Indian air force has released a new request for information (RFI) for a potential fighter aircraft purchase, reports the Business Standard (India).   The air force seeks to determine the commitment of potential vendors to transfer sensitive technologies to India for the program. Technology transfer will be a priority in bid evaluations.   The detailed 72-page document issued on April 6 also seeks information about training facilities, performance guarantees and specific operational capabilities.   The RFI calls for the delivery of 110 fighters over a maximum of 12 years, reported Flight Global. Eighty-two of the jets should be single-seaters with the balance to have two seats.   Responses are due by July 3. Participants are expected to include the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block III; Dassault Rafale F3R; Eurofighter Typhoon; Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70; United Aircraft Corp. MiG-35; and the Saab Gripen E.   The Indian air force last year launched a competition for 114 single-engine fighters, but scrapped it in February under pressure from lawmakers to consider both single-and twin engine jets
  Item Number:10 Date: 04/10/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - RIYADH MULLS BUILDING CANAL ALONG BORDER WITH QATAR AS DISPUTE WORSENS (APR 10/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Saudi Arabia is considering constructing a canal along its border with Qatar, turning the country into an island, and building a military base and nuclear waste site in the area, reports Bloomberg News, citing local media.   The 2.8 billion riyal (US$750 million) project has been submitted for licensing approval in Riyadh. Private equity from Saudi and Emirati investors has been arranged to fund the project, reported the Gulf News.   The canal would be 38 miles (60 km) long, 660 feet (200 m) wide and 66 feet (20 m) deep, allowing ships up to 970 feet (295 m) long and 108 feet (33 m) wide to sail through it, reported the Sabq News.   The canal would be built inside Saudi territory, about 1 km from the border with Qatar.   The project would increase tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Riyadh cut trade and diplomatic ties last year with Qatar along with Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. These countries claim Qatar is working with Iran and involved in terrorism. Qatar denies the charges.  
 Item Number:11 Date: 04/10/2018 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB REPULSED IN ATTEMPTED ASSAULT ON KENYAN FORCES IN GEDO (APR 10/GAROWE)  GAROWE ONLINE -- An attack by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group on a Kenyan military outpost in southern Somalia has resulted in casualties on both sides, reports Garowe Online (Somalia).   On Monday, residents said they heard continuous blasts and gunfire during the attack near Fahfahdun, Gedo region, 250 miles (400 km) southwest of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.   The Al-Qaida-linked militants then tried to lay siege to the base but were pushed back by the Kenyan troops, said unnamed sources.   Both sides reported casualties without providing specific figures.     
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/10/2018 TAIWAN - U.S. AUTHORIZES TECHNOLOGY SALES FOR INDIGENOUS SUB PROGRAM (APR 10/CNA)  CHINA NEWS AGENCY -- The U.S. State Dept. has authorized U.S. defense contractors to sell Taiwan technologies needed for its domestic submarine project, reports the China News Agency (Taipei).   Taipei has long-sought to purchase submarines from the U.S. and other Western countries to counter the threat of the Chinese navy. The diplomatic cost of upsetting China has deterred any would-be seller.   The George W. Bush administration approved an eight-submarine sale in 2001, but no contract was finalized. The new approach to acquiring submarines is part of President Tsai Ing-wen's initiative for more domestic weapons production.   U.S. manufacturers will still need to obtain export permits, lawmakers said. The U.S. is expected to supply the combat systems for the subs, reported the Taipei Times.   Work on the first submarine is expected to be completed within 10 years.   The program could be stalled if Taiwan does not develop the necessary capability to perform system integration, parts assembly and testing, experts said.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/10/2018 USA - ARMY SEEKS TO BOLSTER GUIDED ARTILLERY ROUNDS IN GPS-DEGRADED CONDITIONS (APR 10/WARMAV)  WARRIOR MAVEN -- The U.S. Army is working with BAE Systems and other vendors at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey to add redundancy to the navigation systems on its GPS-guided 155-mm artillery shells, reports the Warrior Maven.   The Precision Guidance Kit Modernization (PGK-M) is a successor to the standard PGK round developed a decade ago. The goal of the modernization is to ensure precise accuracy in combat situations where GPS is being jammed or is destroyed entirely.   Range, accuracy, and functionality are all being enhanced with the upgrade.   The program is part of a broader Pentagon effort to reduce the military's reliance on GPS, since GPS satellites may be quickly targeted in a war with a near-peer adversary.   The PGK-M round will be compatible with the Army's long-range artillery projectile which is also in development, as well as standard 155-mm howitzers, such as the M777 towed gun and M109 self-propelled howitzer.   The service is also working with the Air Force on an integrated strategy to protect satellite communications, harden networks and enhance joint interoperability in GPS-denied environments.     
 
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