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The List 4795 TGB
To All,

A bit of history and some tidbits.

Regards,

Skip

This day in Naval History

Aug 22

1912—The Dental Corps is established by an Act of Congress.


1942—USS Blue (DD 387) is torpedoed by Japanese destroyer, Kawakaze, off Guadalcanal. She was scuttled by her crew the following day.


1944—Submarines Haddo (SS 255) and Harder (SS 257) encounter three Japanese escort vessels off the mouth of Manila Bay. Haddo sinks Sado 35 miles west of Manila; Harder sinks Matsuwa and Hiburi about 50 miles west-southwest of Manila.


1945—The Japanese of Mille Atoll, Marshall Islands, surrenders aboard USS Levy (DE 162), the first Japanese surrender at the end of World War II.


1956—A P4M Mercator, while on night patrol out of Iwakuni, Japan, reported it is under attack by aircraft over international waters, 32 miles off the China coast, and is not heard from again. Carrier and land-based air and surface ships, searching for the plane, found wreckage, empty life rafts, and the bodies of two crew members.


1980—USS Passumpsic (AO 107), guided by (P 3) aircraft from Patrol Squadron 1 and 26 (VP 1 and VP 26), rescues 28 Vietnamese refugees off Saigon.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:
Today's top national headlines include a guilty verdict on eight of 18 counts in the tax and bank fraud trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager, a guilty plea on eight counts from Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Trump, for banking, tax and campaign finance violations, and the indictment of Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a member of the HASC committee, for allegedly using more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. Family, friends and sailors gathered in Yokosuka on Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the fatal collision that took the lives of 10 sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain reports Stars and Stripes. USNI News also reported on the status of the McCain and on the legislative and legal fallout in the year following the incident. Additionally, Adm. James G. Foggo III reflected on and offered insights from his recent trip to Germany.

Today in History August 22

1350

John II, also known as John the Good, succeeds Philip VI as king of France.

1485

Henry Tudor defeats Richard III at Bosworth. This victory establishes the Tudor dynasty in England and ends the War of the Roses.

1642

Civil war in England begins as Charles I declares war on Parliament at Nottingham.

1717


The Austrian army forces the Turkish army out of Belgrade, ending the Turkish revival in the Balkans.


1777


With the approach of General Benedict Arnold's army, British Colonel Barry St. Ledger abandons Fort Stanwix and returns to Canada.


1849


The Portuguese governor of Macao, China, is assassinated because of his anti-Chinese policies.

1911


The Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, is stolen from the Louvre in Paris, where it had hung for more than 100 years. It is recovered in 1913.

1922


Michael Collins, Irish politician, is killed in an ambush.


1942


Brazil declares war on the Axis powers. She is the only South American country to send combat troops into Europe.

1945


Soviet troops land at Port Arthur and Dairen on the Kwantung Peninsula in China.

1945


Conflict in Vietnam begins when a group of Free French parachute into southern Indochina, in response to a successful coup by communist guerilla Ho Chi Minh.

1952

Devil's Island's penal colony is permanently closed.

1956

Incumbent US President Dwight D. Eisenhower & Vice President Richard Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco.

1962

OAS (Secret Army Organization) gunmen unsuccessfully attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle; the incident inspires Frederick Forsyth's novel, The Day of the Jackal.


1962

The world's first nuclear-powered passenger-cargo ship, NS Savannah, completes its maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va., to Savannah, Ga.

1968

First papal visit to Latin America; Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota.

1969

Hurricane Camille hits US Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.421 billion in damages.

1971

Bolivian military coup: Col. Hugo Banzer Suarez ousts leftist president, Gen. Juan Jose Torres and assumes power.

1971

FBI arrests members of The Camden 28, an anti-war group, as the group is raiding a draft office in Camden, NJ.

1972

International Olympic Committee votes 36–31 with 3 abstentions to ban Rhodesia from the games because of the country's racist policies.

1975

US President Gerald Ford survives second assassination attempt in 17 days, this one by Sarah Jane Moore in San Francisco, Cal.

1983

Benigno Aquino, the only real opposition on Ferdinand Marcos' reign as president of the Philippines, is gunned down at Manila Airport.

1989



First complete ring around

1995

During 11-day siege at Ruby Ridge, Id., FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi kills Vicki Weaver while shooting at another target.

2003

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended for refusing to comply with federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court building's lobby.

2005


Art heist: a version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.

2007


Most runs scored by any team in modern MLB history as the Texas Rangers thump the Baltimore Orioles 30-3.



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Thanks to Gaucho and Dutch R. I grew up on Air Force bases my whole life from one end of this country to the other. Jet noise is the sound of freedom and ICBMs launching off from your back yard at Vandenberg AFB and many of them not successful was a real experience.


Living in a Military Town...USA
Thanks to all our military folks. You make us proud to be Americans.
Once you read this, you will know why I forwarded it.

U.S.Eglin Joint Base Command located near Ft. Walton, Florida, is presently the largest Military Complex in the world and encompasses a large contingent of Air Force units, Naval Warfare units, and the 7th Army Special Forces and 6th Army Rangers.

Most folks in the USA don't live in a Military Town, with lots of guys in uniform walking the streets and jets overhead daily. They go on with their lives unaware of what a Military Town is all about. And that's OK…. but I want to share with you what it's like to live in a Military Town.
People in uniform all the time, state of the art, high-performance aircraft in the air nearby all day long.

THE SOUND OF FREEDOM when an F-22 or F-35 streaks over the house…one reads in the local paper, some times daily, but at least weekly, of the loss of one of our own in combat in the Middle East.
That the reason for this email.

Staff Sergeant Mark DeAlencar was 37 years old, had a family and was a Green Beret with the 7th Army Special Forces stationed here in the Fort Walton area. He was killed on April 8, 2018, while fighting Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan. In January 2018, he was deployed for the second time to Afghanistan. He promised his adopted daughter, Octavia, that he would be home for her High School Graduation.

He didn't make it. But she went to graduation anyway. And in the audience were eighty (80) US 7th Armed Special Forces soldiers from her dad's unit in full Parade Dress Uniforms. Additionally, they brought THEIR FAMILIES to be with them, as well. And as Octavia ascended the steps to the stage to receive her diploma THEY ALL SILENTLY STOOD UP. And when she was presented her diploma they ALL CHEERED, CLAPPED, WHISTLED… and YES, CRIED.

Everyone in attendance then stood up and cried and cheered. Octavia had graduated and yes she had lost her Dad… but she had 80 other DADS to stand there with her and take his place.


I just wanted to share this moment with you… and remind you that THIS IS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE IN A MILITARY TOWN. This is the real America we all love...... and I'm proud to be part of it. May God bless our men in uniform and their families who give so much.

(Take a second to pass this along to someone you know. It's the least we can do for Octavia and SSgt Mark DeAlencar, 7th Special Forces, United States Army.)


And these do-nothing, accomplishment-less, shameless, punk sports figures who are so proud of their juvenile take-a-knee crap… WOW!


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Thanks to Roger. WE had a previous article about Capt. Yellen a year or so back. Still had his uniforms and all still fit.

Last fighter pilot
Jerry Yellen is 93 years old.


https://www.youtube.com/embed/ 6q_8lY12hEM?rel=0


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Thanks to Burt ...and Dr.Rich

Forger,

I just now finished reading it. Wow !

This is, hands down, the finest article I have ever read about any New-Space company and of course about you and all the other folks involved.
Almost always after extensive interviews with the players we all are disappointed in the published account. Definitely not this time.
I am proud to be able to call you my friend,

Burt

From: Mark Stucky
Subject: Fwd: Virgin Galactic's Rocket Man | The New Yorker
Date: August 13, 2018 at 2:53:15 PM PDT
To: Burt Rutan <burtrutan@me.com>

Article is finally out. In my view only minor errors. I hope you like it.
Forger
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/08/20/virgin-galactics-rocket-man
Virgin Galactic's Rocket Man
The ace pilot risking his life to fulfill Richard Branson's billion-dollar quest to make commercial space travel a reality.
By Nicholas Schmidle

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thanks to Lurch
The Greatest Sports Headline

"Happy" Dicks was a linebacker at Georgia in the mid 60's, which will make this article about the journalist from Georgia, the late, Lewis Grizzard, Bachelor of Arts, Journalism '68, that much funnier.

On the eve of the Georgia - South Carolina game 41 years ago, I was hanging out with three Sigma Pi brothers (the Hound, Tex, and Bake), drinking a few cold PBRs at the old Callaway Gardens Apartment on the Atlanta Highway.

We were discussing the upcoming game against the Gamecocks and lamenting the fact that we were going in with several key players out with injuries, including our starting defensive end, Billy Payne (who ran the Atlanta Olympics and is now Chairman of the Board at Augusta National) and his roommate, middle linebacker, "Happy" Dicks.

About 10:00 that night, another fraternity brother, Lewis Grizzard, came in after he got off work. Our buddy was inactive in the fraternity at the time because he had gotten marriedover the summer to his high school sweetheart, Nancy (the first of many wives--all with the same eventual last name -The Plaintiff).

In addition to taking a full load at the University, he was working two jobs to help pay for (as he called it) "this expensive marriage habit." A talented young man, he was writing two columns daily - one in the morning for the Athens Banner Herald and one in the afternoon for the Athens Daily News.

Lewis walked in, went straight to the refrigerator, got a beer, plopped down in a chair, pushed his glasses back up his nose and announced, "Gentlemen, with any luck at all, tomorrow morning you'll witness journalistic history. I have submitted my column and if it gets by my editor - and there's a good chance of that happening, since he looked drunk earlier this evening - you'll enjoy the greatest headline in the history of sports journalism."

He refused to tell us what it was, and to be honest with you, we all forgot about it. As Lewis went home to his lovely, young bride, the four of us went back over to the Fraternity house to get a head start on the weekend.

The next morning, as usual, I went straight for the Sports Section. As I pulled it out, I could do nothing but smile, because our buddy had pulled it off. To this day, Vince Dooley calls it the most memorable sports column ever - all because of the headline, which read:

"DOGS TO PLAY COCKS WITH DICKS OUT"

There's no doubt about it, it was "the greatest headline in the history of sports journalism."

He was certainly one of a kind! Grizzard, I mean.

https://www.bing.com/search?q=Lewis+Grizzard+column+about+Georgia+playing+South+Carolina&form=EDNTHT&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&refig=c03673e24d1b423edd7157d1004b9a21&sp=-1&ghc=1&pq=lewis+grizzard+column+abou&sc=0-26&qs=n&sk=&cvid=c03673e24d1b423edd7157d1004b9a21

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Thanks to THE Bear strokin' it at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com


ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 22 AUGUST 1968… "AN HISTORIC TRAGEDY OF WIDE CONSEQUENCES"…

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Item Number:1 Date: 08/22/2018 INDONESIA - SECURITY INCREASED AFTER SEPARATISTS KILL 2 SOLDIERS (AUG 22/JAK) JAKARTA POST -- Security has been increased on the Indonesian island of Papua after two soldiers were killed by separatist forces, reports the Jakarta Post. On Sunday, two soldiers were killed in Puncak Jaya by militants believed to be affiliated with the Papua National Liberation Army. The troops were killed while heading to meet a militant who had reportedly offered to exchange arms for food. Security has been increased at every command post, Maj. Gen. George Supit, the head of the Cendrawasih regional command, said on Monday. The general said that the situation in the area remained under control despite the killings.


Item Number:2 Date: 08/22/2018 IRAQ - 6 DIE IN ISIS SUICIDE BOMBING IN SALAHUDIN PROVINCE (AUG 22/XIN) XINHUA -- At least five members of an Iraqi militia fighting the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) have been killed in a suicide bombing in the central Salahudin province, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency. On Tuesday, the suicide bomber approached a checkpoint manned by the anti-ISIS fighters near Shirqat and detonated his device. At least 30 people, including a former parliamentarian, were injured in the blast, said a local police officer. A journalist covering anti-ISIS efforts in the area was also killed. The militiamen were members of the Sunni faction of the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), police officials told Reuters. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, although ISIS is suspected. The terrorist group is active in the region, with sleeper cells continuing to launch small-scale attacks, noted Kurdistan 24


Item Number:3 Date: 08/22/2018 JAPAN - KAGA HELICOPTER CARRIER TO LEAD DEPLOYMENT TO S. CHINA SEA, INDIAN OCEAN (AUG 22/JIJI) JIJI PRESS -- The Japanese Ministry of Defense has announced plans to deploy three destroyers to the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, reports the Jiji Press (Tokyo). The flotilla, including the helicopter carrier Kaga, will make port calls in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines during the deployment, which is scheduled to begin on Aug. 26 and run through October, said a ministry statement on Tuesday. The ministry plans to hold joint maritime drills with the navies of the participating nations. The move is likely a response to China's militarization of the South China Sea, said unnamed sources. Meanwhile, the Japanese destroyer Ikazuchi arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 20, reported the Tamil Guardian. The arrival coincided with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera's visit to Colombo, during which he announced that Tokyo would donate two coast guard patrol vessels valued at over US$11 million to help Sri Lanka strengthen its maritime security, reported Channel News Asia


Item Number:4 Date: 08/22/2018 NIGERIA - TROOPS KILL 21 ARMED HERDSMEN IN RECENT OPERATIONS (AUG 22/DP) DAILY POST -- The head of the military operation to end fighting between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria's south-central Benue state says that 21 armed herdsmen have been killed in recent operations, reports the Daily Post (Nigeria). The militants were killed during operations along the Gbajimba-Akor-Tomatar axis in the Guma district over the last three weeks, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, the force commander for Operation Whirl Stroke, said on Monday. The victims were involved in raiding communities in Benue state, he said as cited by the Vanguard (Lagos). On Saturday, the operation suffered its first fatality when a soldier was killed and two others injured in Guma, said Yekini. During one encounter, an Mi-35 attack helicopter was deployed to support troops on the ground. Twenty militants on five motorcycles fled and 15 were neutralized with rocket fire, the general said. On Saturday, an attack on a camp known to belong to wanted militia leader Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana, had to be suspended due to a damaged bridge and flooding. It was not clear if Gana was killed in the fighting, said Yekini. Plans are in progress to conduct further clearance operations in the border areas between Benue and Nasarawa state, he said. In May, the military launched Operation Whirl Stroke in the Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states in response to increasing violence in the region. Sixty suspects have been arrested since the beginning of the operation, said Yekini


Item Number:5 Date: 08/22/2018 PHILIPPINES - RUSSIA OFFERS NEW, CUSTOMIZED EQUIPMENT FOR MILITARY, SAYS AMBASSADOR (AUG 22/PDI) PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER -- Russia is willing to supply brand new equipment to the Philippine military, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Moscow is willing to sell new, customized weapon systems to Manila on favorable financial terms, Carlos Sorreta, the Philippine ambassador to Moscow, said on Wednesday. Any Russian offers come without political preconditions, noted Sorreta. The acquisition of new, instead of used equipment, would allow the military to maximize its capabilities, he said. Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana is meeting in Moscow with senior Russian defense officials and representatives of Russian defense firms. Manila has been strengthening its defense ties with Moscow.


Item Number:6 Date: 08/22/2018 RUSSIA - MOSCOW TO STEP UP TRAINING COOPERATION WITH C.A.R. UNDER NEW ACCORD (AUG 22/MOS) MOSCOW TIMES -- The defense ministers of Russia and the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) have signed an agreement to increase defense cooperation, reports the Moscow Times. On Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his C.A.R. counterpart Marie-Noelle Koyara signed the agreement at the Army-2018 Defense Industry Forum near Moscow. The agreement covers exchange of delegations, education in Russian military institutes, training and bilateral visits, reported Agence France-Presse. The accord is expected to enhance Russian training for C.A.R. troops, said Koyara. The C.A.R. government has been struggling in its fight against the militias that control much of the country The agreement comes less than a month after three Russian journalists were killed in the C.A.R. while investigating alleged Russian mercenaries. Earlier this year, Russia delivered light arms to the C.A.R. security forces and deployed 175 military and civilian instructors for training. Shoigu also signed a similar pact with Burkina Faso Defense Minister Jean Claude Bouda at the exhibition, reported Urdu Point (Pakistan). The accord would provide a foundation for bilateral defense relations, the Russian minister said


Item Number:7 Date: 08/22/2018 RUSSIA - TALIBAN TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO TALKS IN MOSCOW (AUG 22/CNN) CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Taliban has agreed to send representatives to peace talks in Moscow next month, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as cited by CNN. The meeting is scheduled for Sept. 4, Lavrov told reporters in Sochi on Tuesday, as quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Russia invited representatives from a dozen countries, including the United States, to participate in the talks. The U.S. will not participate in the scheduled meeting, a senior U.S. official told Interfax. "Based on the previous meetings in the Moscow Format, we believe this initiative is unlikely to yield any progress," said a State Dept. spokesperson. Russia hosted similar talks in April 2017. Other countries invited include China, Iran, Pakistan and the five Central Asian republics. The discussions in Moscow would be the Taliban's first public participation in a regional forum since being driven from power in Afghanistan in 2001, noted the Guardian (U.K.).


Item Number:8 Date: 08/22/2018 SERBIA - AIR FORCE ACCEPTS 1ST 2 OF 6 MIG-29S SUPPLIED BY RUSSIA (AUG 22/B92) B92 NEWS -- The Serbian air force has accepted delivery of the first two of six MiG-29 fighter jets being donated by Russia, reports the B92 media network (Serbia). The MiG-29 jets were delivered to a military airport near Belgrade on Tuesday after undergoing an extensive overhaul. In October, Russia donated six second-hand MiG-29s to Serbia. The aircraft require extensive repairs, costing Serbia an estimated 185 million euros (US$213 million), reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The refurbished MiGs are scheduled to fly at a military parade in Belgrade in November, said President Aleksandar Vucic. Serbia wants to buy additional equipment from Russia, including attack and transport helicopters and air defense systems.


Item Number:9 Date: 08/22/2018 SERBIA - PRESIDENT FLOATS REINTRODUCING CONSCRIPTION (AUG 22/REU) REUTERS -- Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says the government is considering reintroducing mandatory military service, reports Reuters. Under the proposal, youths would serve for three to six months, with the draft resuming after 2020, the president said on Tuesday. Vucic emphasized that no decisions have been made and much would depend on finances. Those who served would have an advantage when seeking public sector jobs, he said, without providing details. The goal is to improve combat readiness in the unpredictable Balkan region. Serbia eliminated conscription in 2009, but readiness and training remain issues. A six-month service requirement would do little to enhance combat readiness, said analysts


Item Number:10 Date: 08/22/2018 SOUTH KOREA - DEFENSE MINISTRY PLANS TO REMOVE GUARD POSTS IN BID TO REDUCE TENSIONS WITH NORTH (AUG 22/YON) YONHAP -- South Korea's defense minister has announced plans to withdraw about 10 border guard posts along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) with North Korea on a trial basis, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). The move is part of efforts to reduce tensions and build trust with Pyongyang, Defense Minister Song Young Moo told lawmakers on Tuesday. Under the plan, Seoul will withdraw one or two posts initially and progress from there based on the North's response, he said. The project will begin with the guard posts that are within 0.6 miles (1 km) of the North's border posts. The project is still being finalized, reported Agence France-Presse, citing an unnamed defense ministry official. It was not clear if the posts would be physically removed. In April, President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to reduce arms in DMZ, relieve military tension and build military confidence. In July, senior military officials from both countries discussed efforts to foster peace including removing guard posts, restoring military communication channels, disarming the Joint Security Area and jointly excavating remains of fallen troops. A timeline for the withdrawal was not disclosed


Item Number:11 Date: 08/22/2018 TURKEY - DELIVERY OF S-400 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS TO START A YEAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE (AUG 22/INT-AVN) INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport says it will begin delivery of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey next year, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia). The systems were previously expected to be delivered in 2020, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar). The U.S. has raised concerns after Turkey, a NATO ally, announced its intention to purchase the system in 2017. U.S. officials say that Turkey's use of a Russian air defense system and the U.S-produced F-35 fighter jet could endanger the next-generation plane. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has continued to support deliveries of the F-35 to Turkey but U.S. lawmakers inserted language into the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to halt deliveries


Item Number:12 Date: 08/22/2018 UNITED KINGDOM - LATEST TYPE 2093 MINEHUNTING SONAR ACCEPTED FOR SERVICE (AUG 22/THALES) THALES -- The U.K. navy has accepted for service the latest variant of the Type 2093 minehunting sonar, reports Thales, the manufacturer of the system. The Type 2093 Wideband variant was developed for the Royal Navy under the 2093 Capability Sustainment Program. The updated system provides enhanced threat recognition capability and range, the company said on Monday. The Type 2093 Wideband will be installed on the navy's Sandown-class minehunting vessels, replacing the previous Type 2093 system, the company said in a statement on Monday. The move follows three months of sea acceptance trials onboard the Sandown-class minehunter HMS Grimsby. The system demonstrated greater detection range, a clearer sonar picture and better performance in detecting only physical objects, company officials said. The multi-frequency variable depth sonar system is based on the Thales Type 2193 hull-mounted sonar. The new system features pulse-compression technology that enables long-range detection and classification of the latest, low target strength mines; wider fields of view; and multiple search and classification frequencies. South Korea has also ordered the Type 2093 Wideband, said Thales


Item Number:13 Date: 08/22/2018 USA - 2 ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SPYING FOR IRAN (AUG 22/HILL) THE HILL -- The U.S. Dept. of Justice has indicted two men for allegedly spying for the Iranian government, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.). Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 38, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, were arrested on Aug. 9, the Justice Dept. announced on Monday. Doostdar is a dual Iranian-American citizen, while Ghorbani is a resident of California. The men are accused of spying on Israeli and Jewish facilities in the U.S. and collecting information on members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK), an Iranian dissident group. The arrest is evidence of Iran's continued effort to target the U.S., said Michael McGarrity, the acting executive assistant director of the FBI. In one instance, Doostdar traveled to Chicago to photograph security features at a Jewish facility. Ghorbani surveilled an MEK rally in New York in September 2017 and an MEK-affiliated event in Washington, D.C., in May. The pair reportedly discussed means to pass the information to their handlers in Iran, said U.S. officials


Item Number:14 Date: 08/22/2018 USA - AIR FORCE RESERVIST GETS 4TH STAR, TO LEAD AIR MOBILITY COMMAND (AUG 22/AFNS) AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Trump's nominee to lead the Air Mobility Command for a fourth star, reports the Air Force News Service. On Monday, Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, currently the chief of the Air Force Reserve and head of Air Force Reserve Command, was confirmed for promotion. She will be the first Air Force reservist to receive a fourth star. Miller will also become the first reservist to lead Air Mobility Command, a mission supported by the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve as well as the active-duty Air Force. In 2016, she became the first woman to lead the Air Force Reserve and Air Force Reserve Command, noted a service release. Miller is a command pilot with more than 4,800 hours of flight time


Item Number:15 Date: 08/22/2018 USA - ARMY SEEKS INITIAL FLEET OF AUTONOMOUS SUPPLY TRUCKS BY 2020 (AUG 22/BREAKDEF) BREAKING DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army is considering fielding up to 60 self-driving vehicles to transportation units in 2020, reports Breaking Defense. The Army's Expedient Leader-Follower program, through collaboration with partners Oshkosh Truck and Robotic Research, envisions nine autonomous vehicles following a lead vehicle with a human still behind the wheel. The technology is currently advanced enough that humans could be cut out completely, according to Robotic Research officials. The project, a spin-off from the Automated Ground Resupply (AGR) program, aims to demonstrate the technology in field conditions. Plans call for 10 M1075 Palletized Load System (PLS) trucks to be equipped with the autonomous capability and undertake safety certification testing in 2019. Another 60 vehicles are to be converted for delivery to two Army transportation companies in 2020. The units, while focused on field-testing, would deploy with the autonomous capability if called on, officials said. The large-scale testing in 2020 is dependent on how the safety certification trials go, said Oshkosh officials. The Army has expressed interest in getting the demonstration underway as quickly as possible. The Army plans to eventually move forward with a completely unmanned convoy as part of the AGR program, possibly as soon as 2022


Item Number:16 Date: 08/22/2018 USA - ARMY SET TO EVALUATE ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEMS FOR STRYKER ARMORED VEHICLES (AUG 22/DN) DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. Army expects to hold an assessment of several active protection systems for potential integration with its Stryker wheeled armored vehicles, reports Defense News. The Army decided more than a year ago to acquire interim active protection systems for the Abrams tank, Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and Stryker. The service launched a rapid assessment of off-the-shelf systems for integration with the vehicles. The Army chose the Israeli Trophy for the Abrams; Israeli Iron Fist for the Bradley; and the Iron Curtain from Herndon, Va., firm Artis for the Stryker. Following delays with the Iron Curtain evaluation, caused by a lack of system maturity and a decision to replace the radar, the Army decided to explore additional options. In April, the Army released a sources-sought notice for other active protection system options. The service also received $25 million in fiscal 2018 funding to qualify a fourth system. The evaluation process is expected to consist of a live-fire demonstration against a limited set of potential threats. At least two companies have received invitations to participate in the evaluation, one of which is expected to be German firm Rheinmetall and its Active Defense System (ADS). Army officials are also expected to attend a demonstration of the Trophy VPS, a lightweight variant of the Trophy, which could also be considered for the Stryker, officials said.



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