Thursday, November 13, 2014

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The List 3749
 
To All,
I hope your week is going well.
 
Regards,
Skip
 
 
This Day In Naval History - November 13
1776 - Captain John Paul Jones in Alfred with brig Providence captures British transport Mellish, carrying winter uniforms later used by Washington's troops.
1942 - Loss of USS Juneau (CL-52) during Battle of Guadalcanal results in loss of Five Sullivan Brothers.
1943 - Fifth Fleet carriers begin long range night bombing attacks on Japanese positions in Gilberts and Marshalls in preparation for landings.
1957 - First firing of Regulus II bombardment missile.
 
 
From  the list 3743
Thanks to George -
 
Dutch,
 
Re Russel Brown's "MiG kill of November 8, 1950.  Didn't happen. Soviet records reveal that no MiG was lost on that day. Though there was an encounter in which Senior Lieutenant A. E. Sanin of the 72 Guards Fighter Regiment is hit in his drop tank but manages to land his MiG safely back at Mukden with minimal damage.
 
The actual first jet on jet kill came the next day, November 9, when William T. Aman of VF-111 shot down a MiG of 1st Eskadrilya, 139 Guards Fighter Regiment, flown by Capt. M. F. Grachyov, who was KIA. Credit goes to Navy.
 
-George
 
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This day in History
 
 
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What frightened the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea?
 
What frightened the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea?
 
http://www.voltairenet.org/article185860.html

     The US destroyer is equipped with the most recent Aegis Combat System. It is an integrated naval weapons systems which can link together the missile defense systems of all vessels embedded within the same network, so as to ensure the detection, tracking and destruction of hundreds of targets at the same time. In addition, the USS Donald Cook is equipped with 4 large radars, whose power is comparable to that of several stations. For protection, it carries more than fifty anti-aircraft missiles of various types.

Meanwhile, the Russian Su-24 that buzzed the USS Donald Cook carried neither bombs nor missiles but only a basket mounted under the fuselage, which, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta [2], contained a Russian electronic warfare device called Khibiny.
As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up - or about to be - with the defense systems installed on NATO's most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.
 
 
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2014 U.S.N. Blue Angels @ LA County Air Show
 
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congrats to ESA - .... ESA did it ,not NASA
 
 
European scientists make space history by successfully landing probe on a comet after 10-year mission - but reveal Philae BOUNCED on the surface as harpoons supposed to tether it did not fire
Published: 02:37 EST, 12 November 2014 | Updated: 14:38 EST, 12 November 2014
 
 
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These are always fun
 
I believe these laws to be true and factual. Especially Oliver's Law.
 
Jerry
 
                               
1.Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.
 
2.Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
 
3. Law of Probability- The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
 
4.Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.
 
6.Variation Law -If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).
 
7. Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
 
8. Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
 
9. Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
 
10. Law of Biomechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
 
11.. Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.
 
12. The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
 
13.Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
 
14. Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.
 
15.Law of Logical Argument- Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
 
16.Brown's Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.
 
17.Oliver's Law of Public Speaking - A closed mouth gathers no feet.
 
18.Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy -As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.
 
19. Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better.. But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.
 
If you don't forward
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the next 5 minutes your belly
button will unscrew and your
butt will fall off.
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(Needed some Yogi-isms!!  Many here: http://www.umpirebob.com/data/yogiisms.htm )

 
"Last year we couldn't win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure as a coach was that I couldn't think of anyplace else to play."
Harry Neale, professional hockey coach
 
"Blind people come to the ballpark just to listen to him pitch."
- Reggie Jackson commenting on Tom Seaver (A Fresno boy)
 
"I'm working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything will be perfect."
- Doug Sanders, professional golfer

"All the fat guys watch me and say to their wives, 'See, there's a fat guy doing okay. Bring me another beer.'"
- Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers Pitcher
 
"When it's third and ten, you can have the milk drinkers; I'll take the whiskey drinkers every time."
- Max McGee, Green Bay Packers receiver
 
"I found out that it's not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty percent of the people who hear them don't care and the other twenty percent are glad you're having them."
- Tommy LaSorda, LA Dodgers manager
 
"My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget."
- E.J. Holub, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker regarding his 12 knee operations
 
"My theory is that if you buy an ice-cream cone and make it hit your mouth, you can learn to play tennis. If you stick it on your forehead, your chances aren't as good."
- Vic Braden, tennis instructor
 
"When they operated, I told them to add in a Koufax fastball. They did but unfortunately it was Mrs. Koufax's."
- Tommy John N.Y. Yankees, recalling his 1974 arm surgery

"I don't know. I only played there for nine years."
- Walt Garrison, Dallas Cowboys fullback when asked if Tom Landry ever smiles

"We were tipping off our plays. Whenever we broke from the huddle, three backs were laughing and one was pale as a ghost."
- John Breen, Houston Oilers

"The film looks suspiciously like the game itself."
- Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints, after viewing a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Falcons
 
"When I'm on the road, my greatest ambition is to get a standing boo."
- Al Hrabosky, major league relief pitcher
 
"I have discovered in 20 years of moving around the ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats."
- Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox owner
 
"Because if it didn't work out, I didn't want to blow the whole day."
- Paul Horning, Green Bay Packers running back on why his marriage ceremony was before noon.
 
"I have a lifetime contract. That means I can't be fired during the third quarter if we're ahead and moving the ball."
- Lou Holtz, Arkansas football coach
 
"I won't know until my barber tells me on Monday."
- Knute Rockne, when asked why Notre Dame had lost a game
 
"I tell him 'Attaway to hit, George.'"
- Jim Frey, K.C. Royals manager when asked what advice he gives George Brett on hitting
 Sport quotes
"I learned a long time ago that 'minor surgery' is when they do the operation on someone else, not you."
- Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers
 
"Our biggest concern this season will be diaper rash."
- George MacIntyre, Vanderbilt football coach surveying the team roster that included 26 freshmen and 25 sophomores.
 
"The only difference between me and General Custer is that I have to watch the films on Sunday."
- Rick Venturi, Northwestern football coach
 
Two favorites are Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty when asked if he had any superstitions: "Only superstition I have is that it's bad luck to be behind at the end of the game!" and of course John McKay, after a pathetic loss by his Tampa Bay Buccaneers when asked to comment on his team's execution: "I'm in favor of it..."
 
Finally, Vince Lombardi's observation, "Football isn't a contact sport. Football is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport."
 
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Thanks to Chuck
 


 
November 11, 2014
State and White House contradict Gen. Dempsey on Gaza
When Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to stop the flood of rockets being launched at its cities, and particularly when it mounted a short ground operation to locate and destroy infiltration tunnels under the border, there was the predictable response from the UN, the NGOs and Israel's usual critics that it was causing 'disproportionate' civilian casualties in Gaza. Surprisingly (or not), the Obama Administration and State Department joined the chorus.
You probably recall John Kerry's sarcastic remark that Israel had carried out a "hell of a pinpoint operation." And you may remember that back in July, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said that "there's more that could be done [by Israel]" to reduce civilian casualties. There are also reports of a particularly 'combative' phone call from President Obama to PM Netanyahu during the war.
All along, Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, was saying that as a matter of fact, the IDF was doing an unprecedentedly good job in protecting Gaza civilians, even to the point of limiting its effectiveness against Hamas fighters:
Israel's ratio of civilian to military casualties in Operation Protective Edge was only one-fourth of the average in warfare around the world, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan Col. (res.) Richard Kemp told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee [on Sept. 3, 2014].
Kemp pointed out that, during the operation, there was approximately one civilian casualty for ever terrorist killed by the IDF, whereas the average in the world is four civilians for every combatant, and that, when taking into consideration Hamas's use of human shields, this shows how careful the IDF is.
"No army in the world acts with as much discretion and great care as the IDF in order to minimize damage. The US and the UK are careful, but not as much as Israel," he told the committee.
On Thursday, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, added his endorsement of the IDF's attempt to limit civilian casualties in Gaza:
I actually do think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties. In fact, about 3 months ago we sent, we asked [IDF Chief of Staff] Benny [Gantz] if we could send a lessons learned team – one of the things we do better than anybody I think is learn – and we sent a team of senior officers and non-commissioned officers over to work with the IDF to get the lessons from that particular operation in Gaza. To include the measures they took to prevent civilian casualties and what they did with tunneling, because Hamas had become very nearly a subterranean  society. And so, that caused the IDF some significant challenges. But they did some extraordinary things to try to limit civilian casualties to include calling out, making it known that they were going to destroy a particular structure. Even developed some techniques, they call it roof knocking, to have something knock on the roof, they would display leaflets to warn citizens and population to move away from where these tunnels. But look in this kind of conflict, where you are held to a standard that your enemy is not held to, you're going to be criticized for civilian casualties. So I think if Benny were sitting here right now he would say to you we did everything we could and now we've learned from that mission and we think there are some other things we could do in the future and we will do those. The IDF is not interested in creating civilian casualties they're interested in stopping the shooting of rockets and missiles, out of the Gaza Strip and in to Israel, and its an incredibly difficult environment, and I can say to you with confidence that I think that … they acted responsible.
These are military men with experience in urban warfare, and I think that if anyone can be called 'experts', they are the ones. With all due respect, I think their judgment on this subject is better than that of Ms. Psaki, Secretary Kerry and President Obama.
So yesterday, the intrepid Matt Lee of the AP asked Psaki whether the Chairman of the JCS knew what he was talking about:
QUESTION: Yesterday, the ICC made its decision that there was no case to prosecute for war crimes in Gaza. But also yesterday – and you spoke about that very briefly here. But also yesterday, General Dempsey, who is no slouch when it comes to military things, told an audience in New York that the Israelis went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage during the Gaza war.
And I'm puzzled, because I thought it was the position of the Administration – or maybe it was just the position of the State Department and the White House – that Israel was not doing enough to live up to its – what you called its own high standards. Back on August 3rd, there was the statement you put out after the UNRWA school incident, saying that the U.S. "is appalled by today's disgraceful shelling." And that was some pretty fierce criticism.
How do you reconcile these two apparent divergent points of view? When this statement came out, the United States was appalled? Did that just mean the State Department was appalled?
MS. PSAKI: No, that is the position of the Administration; it remains the position of the Administration. As we made clear throughout the summer's conflict, we supported Israel's right to self-defense and strongly condemned Hamas's rocket attacks that deliberately targeted civilians, and the use of tunnels, of course, of attacks into Israel. However, we also expressed deep concern and heartbreak for the civilian death toll in Gaza and made clear, as you noted in the statement you pointed to, that we believed that Israel could have done more to prevent civilian casualties, and it was important that they held their selves to a high standard. So that remains our view and position about this summer's events.
QUESTION: Okay. But I'm still confused as to how you can reconcile the fact that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – who knows a bit about how military operations work, I would venture to guess; I don't know him, but I assume that he wouldn't be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if he was – if he didn't —
MS. PSAKI: Correct.
QUESTION: — says that the Israelis essentially did the best that they could and lived up to – by extension lived up to their high standards by taking – by going to, quote, "extraordinary lengths" to limit the collateral damage.
MS. PSAKI: Well, I would point you to the chairman's team for his – more specifics on his comments. But it remains the broad view of the entire Administration that they could have done more and they should have taken more – all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties.
Apparently they don't think much of Gen. Dempsey's expertise. Or they don't care.
 
 
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Thanks to Chuck
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 11/13/2014 ALGERIA - MIG-25 GOES DOWN ON TRAINING FLIGHT; PILOT EJECTS SAFELY (NOV 13/ALGERIE)  ALGERIE PRESSE SERVICE -- An Algerian air force MiG-25 fighter has crashed, though the pilot has survived, reports the Algerie Presse Service.   The jet was in the midst of a training exercise at the Hassi Bahbah range when it went down on Tuesday, according to the Algerian Defense Ministry.   The pilot ejected safely and there was no damage on the ground, the ministry said.   The crash took place about 125 miles (200 km) south of Algiers, noted AFP
 
  Item Number:2 Date: 11/13/2014 AUSTRALIA - WITH G20 SUMMIT APPROACHING, CANBERRA KEEPS EYE ON NEARBY RUSSIAN SHIPS (NOV 13/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- The Australian military is tracking a fleet of Russian warships in international waters near Australia's coast, says the Defense Ministry, as cited by the Independent (U.K.).   The Russian ships were deployed ahead of next week's G20 Summit in Brisbane, reported Russia's Sputnik news agency.   The ships include the Pacific flagship, the Varyag; the destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov; and the Fortiy Kyrlov, a salvage tug. Australian P-3 Orion surveillance planes and HMAS Stuart were deployed to monitor the Russians, reported the Independent.   Russian naval vessels were also deployed in conjunction with previous major international summits, such as the 2009 APEC meeting in Singapore and former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's visit to San Francisco in 2010, noted the Australian Defense Dept.   The movement of the Russian ships is in accordance with international law, said the Australian military
 
Item Number:3 Date: 11/13/2014 AZERBAIJAN - MILITARY SHOOTS DOWN ATTACK HELICOPTER NEAR NAGORNO-KARABAKH (NOV 13/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- The Azerbaijani military says it has shot down an attack helicopter belonging to the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh republic, reports the Sputnik news agency (Russia).   The Mi-24 helicopter made an attempt to attack Azerbaijani positions when it was shot down on Wednesday, according to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry. The Azeri ministry said it was an Armenian aircraft.   Officials from Nagorno-Karabkah said it was one of their helicopters that was shot down while conducting a training flight.   The helicopter was flying in Nagorno-Karabakh territory near the village of Chemengly in Azerbaijan's Agdam district when it was downed, said the officials from the breakaway territory.   Three people were killed aboard the Mi-24, reported Interfax-AVN (Russia). Armenian aircraft had been conducting provocative actions in the area over the previous three days, charged the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry
 
  Item Number:4 Date: 11/13/2014 BANGLADESH - DEATH SENTENCE GIVEN TO FUGITIVE OPPOSITION LEADER FOR WAR CRIMES IN 1971 (NOV 13/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- A war crime tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced a fugitive to death for war crimes in 1971.   The former leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party was tried in absentia for war crimes, reports the Independent (U.K.).   On Thursday, 70-year-old Zahid Hossain Khokan was found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal of collaborating with Pakistani forces and committing mass murder and rape during the war of independence in 1971.   The court added another 40 years for other crimes against humanity.   Khokan was involved in killings, rape, looting, arson attacks and forcible religious conversions of Hindus, said investigators.   Khokan is believed to be residing in Sweden, noted Lebanon's Daily Star. Sweden does not have an extradition treaty with Bangladesh.   The accused, the former mayor of Nagarkanda, disappeared last year when he was charged, noted AFP
 
Item Number:5 Date: 11/13/2014 CAMEROON - INTEL OFFICERS BEGIN ANTI-TERRORIST TRAINING (NOV 13/CAMTRIB)  CAMEROON TRIBUNE -- Cameroonian military intelligence officers have just started a two-week course on managing intelligence at the Yaounde Military Staff College, reports the Cameroon Tribune.   The course, which began on Tuesday, is intended to enhance the skills of the participants, including identifying, acquiring information and managing information as well as planning information-gathering operations.   Officers from intelligence battalions, army brigades, military regions and the Center for Military Intelligence are taking part.   Intelligence skills are vital for fighting terrorism, including the threat from the Nigerian Boko Haram militant group, said one top military official.   The training is being held in collaboration with the U.S. military
 
Item Number:6 Date: 11/13/2014 CHINA - NEWLY COMMISSIONED CORVETTE IS 1ST DEDICATED TO ASW MISSIONS (NOV 13/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The Chinese navy has commissioned a new corvette designed for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, reports USNI News.   The Zhuzhou is the 18th Jiangdao-class (Type 056A) corvette to enter service and the first specifically configured for ASW missions.   The ship was commissioned into the South Sea Fleet, according to domestic Chinese media on Tuesday, as cited by Jane's Defence Weekly.   The corvettes in the class are armed with anti-ship and anti-air missiles and a hull-mounted sonar. Some variants are being equipped with towed-sonar arrays.  
 
  Item Number:7 Date: 11/13/2014 CHINA - SINGAPORE'S DEFENSE MINISTER EXPECTS TO PROPOSE LARGER JOINT EXERCISES WITH CHINESE MILITARY (NOV 13/CHNA)  CHANNEL NEWS ASIA -- Singapore's defense minister, now in China on a state visit, says he will be exploring new initiatives to boost military ties, reports Channel News Asia.   Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said Thursday that Singapore will propose more regular and larger joint training exercises to promote confidence building and mutual trust between the two armed forces   Ng did not elaborate on what those exercises might entail.   The defense minister will meet Friday with his Chinese counterpart, Chang Wanquan, reported the Straits Times.   China and Singapore have just concluded their largest war games to date, ending Sunday in Nanjing
 
  Item Number:8 Date: 11/13/2014 EGYPT - SAILORS MISSING AFTER OFFSHORE TERRORIST ATTACK (NOV 13/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Eight Egyptian sailors are missing after gunmen on boats opened fire on a navy ship off the Egyptian coast, reports BBC News.   A military spokesman said five sailors were also injured when the ship was attacked on Wednesday about 70 km (45 mi) from the northern port of Damietta. The vessel was reported to have caught on fire.   The Egyptian air force was reportedly deployed against the attackers.   Four boats used by assailants were destroyed and 32 were arrested, said the military, as cited by the Voice of America News.   No group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack, which is being called a terrorist incident.  
 
  Item Number:9 Date: 11/13/2014 EGYPT - SOLDIERS, POLICE TARGETED IN 2 ATTACKS IN NORTHERN SINAI (NOV 13/REU)  REUTERS -- Security and medical sources say at least five Egyptian soldiers and policemen have been killed in separate attacks in Sinai on Thursday, reports Reuters.   Three soldiers on leave near Sheikh Zuweid in Northern Sinai were traveling in a taxi when they were ambushed and killed, said security sources.   Elsewhere, two police conscripts were reportedly killed by gunmen who stopped their car in Rafah, along the border of the Gaza Strip.   None of the assailants has been identified.   The Egyptian army declared a three-month state of emergency in the region after two attacks killed 33 security personnel in late October.  
 
  Item Number:10 Date: 11/13/2014 INDIA - MILITARY COURT SENTENCES 7 TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR KASHMIR KILLINGS IN 2010 (NOV 13/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- A military court in India has convicted seven personnel, including two officers, for a staged killing of three youths in Kashmir in 2010, reports the Press Trust of India.   On Thursday, the seven soldiers received life sentences in connection to the incident, said Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of India-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The court-martial proceedings began in January 2014 and ended in September.   The soldiers were accused of luring three youths to a border area with promises of jobs and money, then killing them near the Line of Control in order to receive rewards for killing terrorists.   Evidence indicated the soldiers applied black paint on the dead youths and placed weapons on the bodies, claiming that they were Pakistani militants, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The killings sparked protests in the region at the time
 
  Item Number:11 Date: 11/13/2014 INDONESIA - PLANS SET TO LAUNCH NEW COAST GUARD IN DECEMBER (NOV 13/REU)  REUTERS -- Indonesia's chief security minister says the country will launch a new coast guard in December as part of an effort to crack down on piracy and smuggling, reports Reuters.   Indonesia now uses a loose group of police and navy personnel to protect shipping lanes. Those overlapping agencies are not effective in securing the seas, Chief Security Minister Tedjo Edy Purdjatno told the wire service in an interview on Thursday.   "We will bring it all under one coast guard to make sure businesses that use sea transportation are not harmed," he said.   The new service will also secure the nation's maritime borders and enforce laws against illegal fishing and human-trafficking, he said.   The service will begin by borrowing personnel and boats from the military, with the goal of becoming independent in a year, Purdijatno said.   The government plans to increase defense spending from 0.8 percent to 1.5 percent of its gross domestic product over the next five years, said the minister. The emphasis will be on strengthening the air force and navy.  
 
  Item Number:12 Date: 11/13/2014 IRAN - IRGC LEADERS ACKNOWLEDGE SUPPLYING MISSILES TO SYRIA, HEZBOLLAH, PALESTINIAN MILITANTS (NOV 13/FARS)  FARS NEWS AGENCY -- An Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps general says the IRGC has provided Iranian short-range ballistic missiles to Lebanese and Palestinian militants, reports Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.   The IRGC Missile Research Center assisted Hezbollah and Palestinian groups to develop their missile capabilities, Brig. Gen. Seyed Majid Moussavi, the deputy commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, told the news agency.   "Based on what has been announced so far, their operational missile capability includes a fully vast, but of course hidden, number of Fateh-class missiles, and this missile capability can be used and has been organized," said Moussavi.   Such missiles would be able to attack any targets in Israel, reported the Times of Israel.   Separately, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, said that Iran built Syria's missile-production facilities
 
Item Number:13 Date: 11/13/2014 IRAQ - PRIME MINISTER SHAKES UP ARMY AT THE TOP, FIRING 26 COMMANDERS (NOV 13/XIN)  XINHUA -- Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has removed 26 senior army officers from their duties as part of a campaign against corruption and incompetence, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Another 10 officers were fast-tracked on Wednesday for retirement, reported the state-run Iraqiya news channel.   The officers were not named, noted Agence France-Presse.   Abadi also appointed 18 senior officers to new posts in the Defense Ministry.   "The military leadership should have competence, integrity and courage so that the soldier can fight correctly when he sees his commander has these qualities," said a statement from the prime minister's office.   The military has suffered numerous humiliating defeats this year in fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group
 
  Item Number:14 Date: 11/13/2014 ISRAEL - WITH AN EYE TO THREAT FROM THE NORTH, IRON DOME BATTERY DEPLOYED NEAR HAIFA (NOV 13/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Israeli military says it has moved an Iron Dome missile defense battery to northern Israel to protect the area against potential attacks from Lebanon or Syria, reports the Times of Israel.   The systems were placed near Haifa, which is home to Israel's largest port and the navy.   The move came shortly after a senior Israeli defense official said that there could be "symbolic" rocket fire at Israel from the Gaza Strip in solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.   The armed forces are preparing for potential armed clashes, said Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.   An additional 2,000 combat troops have been deployed in the West Bank to enhance security around settlements after a terrorist attack on Monday killed an Israeli woman in the area
 
Item Number:15 Date: 11/13/2014 PAKISTAN - TEST-FIRING OF NUCLEAR-CAPABLE MISSILE DEEMED SUCCESS (NOV 13/ISPR)  INTER-SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS -- Pakistan's missile forces say the service has successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile, according to a release by the military's Inter-Services Public Relations directorate.   The test on Thursday was designed to ensure the operational readiness of a strategic missile group and to validate the design of the Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, said the press release.   The missile reportedly hit a target in the Arabian Sea.   The Shaheen-II is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads and has range of 1,500 km (932 mi
 
Item Number:16 Date: 11/13/2014 RUSSIA - BOMBER PATROLS TO REACH FROM ARCTIC TO GULF OF MEXICO, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (NOV 13/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Russia will expand its bomber patrols as far as the Gulf of Mexico, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.   Russia's defense minister said in a statement the air force's long-range aviation assets will continue to operate along Russia's borders and over the Arctic Ocean, reports Interfax-AVN.   The statement from Sergei Shoigu also said that, because of tensions over Ukraine with the West, Russia would maintain a military presence in the western Atlantic, eastern Arctic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.   Long-range aviation units have significantly increased the duration of combat missions over the last year, he said.   "I have approved a plan of measures to enhance the long-range aviation fleet serviceability which provides for its repairs and maintenance services at industrial facilities," the minister told the Defense Ministry military board
 
  Item Number:17 Date: 11/13/2014 RUSSIA - DEAL IN THE WORKS TO SELL MI-35 HELICOPTERS TO PAKISTAN (NOV 13/RADPAK)  RADIO PAKISTAN -- Russia has decided to sell Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, reports Radio Pakistan, citing Alexey Dedov, Russia's ambassador to Pakistan.   Pakistan's Dawn newspaper said the sale had been "politically approved" and that details will be negotiated.   Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is scheduled to visit Islamabad in the near future for talks that will include the sale of defense equipment.   Contract talks are already underway, said Dedov in an interview with Radio Pakistan.   Pakistan first requested the helicopters in 2009. Russia had not moved forward with the deal in part due to concerns about India's opposition to strengthening its rival, reported Dawn.   The Mi-35s will help Pakistan to combat terrorism, the ambassador said
 
Item Number:18 Date: 11/13/2014 SEYCHELLES - VISITING TANZANIANS PICK UP AIR SURVEILLANCE TIPS (NOV 13/SEYNA)  SEYCHELLES NEWS AGENCY -- A high-level delegation from Tanzania has just completed a regional exchange program in the Seychelles backed by the European Union, reports the Seychelles News Agency.   Last week's high-level exchange was the first between the two air forces, according to a release from the EUCAP Nestor mission.   Discussions covered an assessment of the Seychelles air force's air surveillance capability as well as air patrolling, counter-piracy, search-and-rescue, medical evacuation and VIP transport missions.   Personnel from the Seychelles have been developing that capability over the past year with the E.U. mission.   Three Tanzanian officers also took part in an air surveillance flight to observe the surveillance capabilities, mission preparation and other elements of such operations.   Tanzania does not yet have such air surveillance capabilities, said Col. Reginald Kasmir Kapinga, the head of the delegation.  
 
  Item Number:19 Date: 11/13/2014 SOUTH KOREA - MAX THUNDER AIR DEFENSE EXERCISE WITH U.S. READY TO KICK OFF (NOV 13/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korean and U.S. air forces are about to begin their twice-a-year air exercises known as Max Thunder, reports Yonhap News Agency (South Korea).   Max Thunder starts on Friday and will last for nine days at the U.S. air base at Gunsan on the west coast. A similar drill was conducted in April.   The exercise is designed to increase the combined defense abilities of the allies. It will include a simulated air battle and airstrikes, said the South Korean military.   About 1,200 troops from both nations will be involved in the exercise. Forty South Korean fighter jets and 50 U.S. warplanes are expected to participate, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.   South Korea's annual Hoguk drills are taking place concurrently; they began on Monday and will end on Nov. 21.  
 
  Item Number:20 Date: 11/13/2014 TURKEY - NATIONALISTS ASSAULT U.S. SAILORS IN ISTANBUL (NOV 13/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- A group of Turkish nationalists has attacked three U.S. sailors in Istanbul, reports CNN.   The sailors from the USS Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, were surrounded on the street by members of the Turkish Youth Movement on Wednesday. The mob shouted "Yankee go home," and threw paint at the Americans, reported Reuters.   The assailants placed bags over the heads of the sailors, with the incident being captured on video.   The group later said on its website it had done so to protest American "imperialism" in the Middle East and elsewhere.   The sailors did not require medical attention, said U.S. officials.   The Navy is working with the U.S. Embassy to investigate the incident, said a service spokesman.   Turkey's Dogan news agency reported that police arrested 12 people in connection with the incident
 
Item Number:21 Date: 11/13/2014 USA - AIR FORCE AWARDS CONTRACT FOR PAVEWAY II PLUS GUIDED-BOMB KITS (NOV 13/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for continued production of laser-guided bomb kits.   The $40.3 million deal is the eighth award for Paveway II Plus laser-guided bomb kits under a five-year contract with Air Force, according to a Lockheed release on Tuesday.   The contract covers computer control groups and airfoil groups for GBU-10 and GBU-12 bombs. The Paveway II Pus kits feature an upgraded laser-guidance package for significantly better system performance and precision, says Lockheed.   The kit consists of an MAU-209C/B computer control group with the electronic guidance system and an airfoil group to provide lift and stability for weapons in the standard GBU-10 Mk 84 (2,000-pound), GBU-12 Mk 82 (500-pound) and GBU-16 Mk 83 (1,000-pound) configurations, noted the release.   Deliveries will begin in June 2015
 
  Item Number:22 Date: 11/13/2014 USA - GENERAL SAYS EBOLA TEAM IN LIBERIA MAY TOP OUT AT 3,000 (NOV 13/JDW)  JANES DEFENCE WEEKLY -- The U.S. military's force to combat Ebola is likely to be smaller than expected, says a top officer cited by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   Operation Unified Assistance may total about 3,000 American personnel, rather than the 4,000 originally expected, said Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, the commander of the operation.   The general made his remarks to reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday via a teleconference.   The Pentagon has determined that it can send fewer personnel to Liberia because the virus is spreading more slowly the previously feared, said the general.   Local capabilities were also found to be better than expected, due to the contracting efforts of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), he said.   There are currently 2,200 U.S. troops in Liberia; that will increase to 3,000 in mid-December, Volesky said.   The task force still plans to build up to 17 Ebola treatment units. The U.S. Army, Dept. of State and USAID will continue to sustain those units and train healthcare workers, said the general
 
  Item Number:23 Date: 11/13/2014 USA - GLOBAL STRIKE COMMAND, RESPONDING TO SUGGESTIONS, PRESENTS SERIES OF IMPROVEMENTS (NOV 13/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command is showing off its latest efforts to improve morale in its missile wings, reports the Air Force Times.   Since the beginning of the year, the command has been seeking recommendations from its personnel as part of its response to several incidents of cheating and the firings of commanders.   The latest changes, which were based on suggestions, include $10.1 million to buy new optics and $330,000 for collapsible rifle stocks and shorter barrels for security forces.   Another $1 million has been allocated to improve the training course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. The new course includes more "trigger time" and a convoy course covering the protection of missiles in transit, said a service release.   The command also said it has provided $300,000 for new tools and equipment for maintainers.   In addition, an undisclosed amount has been made available for six new personnel authorizations per missile wing to set up launch control center survivable systems team sections.   The Global Strike Command is set to receive more than $200 million for force improvements in fiscal 2014 and 2015, with a total of $350 million in additional funding planned over the next five years.
 

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