Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fw: TheList 3848

The List 3848
To All,
I hope you all have a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - March 20
1833 - CDR Geisinger of Peacock negotiates first commercial treaty with King of Siam
1922 -USS Jupiter recommissioned as Langley, Navy's first aircraft carrier
1939 - Naval Research Lab recommends financing research program to obtain power from uranium.
2003 - U.S. began Operation Iraqi Freedom by launching cruise missiles from Navy ships in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.
This Day In Naval History - March 21
1917 - Loretta Walsh becomes first woman Navy petty officer when sworn in as Chief Yeoman.
1919 - Navy installs and tests Sperry gyrocompass, in first instance of test of aircraft gyrocompass
1945 - Bureau of Aeronautics initiates rocket-powered surface-to-air guided missile development by awarding contract to Fairchild
This Day In Naval History - March 22
1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after duel with Capt. James Barron
1915 - "Naval Aviator" replaces former "Navy Air Pilot" for officers qualified as aviators
1929 - Navy ships protect Americans and their property during Mexican revolution
1946 - USS Missouri departs U.S. to return body of deceased Turkish ambassador to the U.S. back to Turkey for burial. Missouri arrived in Istanbul on 5 April.
Mar 22, 1820:
Naval hero killed in duel
U.S. Navy officer Stephen Decatur, hero of the Barbary Wars, was mortally wounded in a duel with disgraced Navy Commodore James Barron at Bladensburg, Maryland. Although once friends, Decatur sat on the court-martial that suspended Barron from the Navy for five years in 1808 and later opposed his reinstatement, leading to a fatal quarrel between the two men.
Born in Maryland in 1779, Stephen Decatur was reared in the traditions of the sea and in 1798 joined the United States Navy as a Midshipman aboard the new frigate, United States. That year, he saw action in the quasi-war with France and in 1799 was commissioned a Lieutenant. Five years later, during the Tripolitan War, he became the most lauded American naval hero since John Paul Jones.
In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson ordered U.S. Navy vessels to the Mediterranean Sea in protest of continuing raids against U.S. ships by [Muslim]pirates from the Barbary states -- Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripolitania. Sustained action began in June 1803, and in October the U.S.
Frigate Philadelphia ran aground near Tripoli and was captured by Tripolitan gunboats. The Americans feared that the well-constructed warship would be used as a model for building future Tripolitan frigates, and on February 16, 1804, Stephen Decatur led a daring expedition into Tripoli harbor to destroy the captured vessel.
After disguising himself and his men as Maltese sailors, Decatur's force sailed into Tripoli harbor and boarded the Philadelphia, which was guarded by Tripolitans who were quickly overpowered by the Americans. After setting fire to the frigate, Decatur and his men escaped without the loss of a single American. The Philadelphia subsequently exploded when its gunpowder reserve was lit by the spreading fire. Famed British Admiral Horatio Nelson hailed the exploit as the "most bold and daring act of the age," and Decatur was promoted to Captain. In August 1804, Decatur returned to Tripoli Harbor as part of a larger American offensive and emerged as a hero again during the Battle of the Gunboats, which saw hand-to-hand combat between the Americans and the [Muslim] Tripolitans.
In 1807, Commodore James Barron, who fought alongside Decatur in the Tripolitan War, aroused considerable controversy when he failed to resist a British attack on his flagship, the Chesapeake. Decatur sat on the court-martial that passed a verdict expelling Barron from the Navy for five years. Thus began the dispute between Decatur and Barron that would end 13 years later on the dueling grounds in Maryland.
In the War of 1812, Decatur distinguished himself again when, as Captain of the USS United States, he captured the British ship of war Macedonian off the Madeira Islands. Barron, meanwhile, was overseas when his Navy expulsion ended in 1813 and did not return to the United States to fight in the ongoing war with England. This led to fresh criticism of Barron from Decatur, who later used his influence to prevent Barron's reinstatement in the Navy.
In June 1815, Decatur returned to the Mediterranean to lead U.S. forces in the Algerian War, the second Barbary conflict. By December, Decatur forced the Dey (military ruler) of Algiers to sign a peace treaty that ended American tribute to Algeria. Upon his return to the United States, he was honored at a banquet in which he made the very famous toast: "Our country!
In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong!"
Appointed to the Navy Board of Commissioners, Decatur arrived in Washington in 1816, where he became a prominent citizen and lived a satisfying life politically, economically, and socially. In 1818, however, dark clouds began to gather when he vocally opposed Barron's reinstatement into the Navy. The already strained relations between the two men deteriorated, and in March 1820 Decatur agreed to Barron's request to meet for a duel.
Dueling, though generally frowned on, was still acceptable among Navy men.
On March 22, at Bladensburg in Maryland, Decatur and Barron lifted their guns, fired, and each man hit his target. Decatur died several hours later in Washington, and the nation mourned the loss of the great naval hero.
Barron recovered from his wounds and was reinstated into the Navy in 1821 with diminished rank.
This day in History
Thanks to Phil and remember some of these are old enough to vote.
Subject: Fwd: Shocking
Wow! This explains part of our problem! Phil
The Admiral speaks out..
Maybe around again – still good, especially again
Thanks to Shadow -
Click on New Tab below... 
Thanks to Larry
A wild ride in a Corvette at Kennedy Space Center!       
Here is something for you to drool over. The speedometer they show in the film does not register anything below 40mph.
I guess that should give us a clue.
At 1,244 hp it is more powerful than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
Here's A Fun Couple of Minutes for You.  Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride!!!
When you drive a Chevrolet Corvette powered Hennessey Venom GT he doesn't shift into fourth gear until 160 MPH!  The top speed is incredible!
A much different ride than the one above
Hi Guys,
Thought you might enjoy (if that's the right word) this video.  Assorted Tailhooker comments below.

Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:57:34 -0700
From: eagle-hook@cox.net
To: rancho@bacavalley.com
Subject: RE: Real pilots land in no visibility and the runway rocks androlls. All the Iguidance id by voice command!

  Led CVW 19 in number of night traps circ 1976 Med Cruise. Fourth annual final cruise of CV42. It was a "Rosie" time. Volunteered for night spare. With F4N, late in the day, if you had an up jet, very good chance you would fly. :-)
Fro's indeed

---- "Southworth wrote:
 CCA; Popeye; PAR down; ASR only; deck is moving; 30 knots down the deck; call the ball; clara-popeye; you're looking good; turn on your landing lights; lil right for line up; keep it coming; lil hi; keep it coming; 2 wire! Huh! Are we here yet? Hook up - Lights off - Fold wings - Taxi clear.
Across the ages Naval Aviators are brothers.
In old age, when I die with a smile on my face
I know long ago, I cheated death.

From: Jack Woodul [mailto:rancho@bacavalley.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:27 AM
To: Puresome Youthly
Subject: Fwd: Real pilots land in no visibility and the runway rocks androlls. All the Iguidance id by voice command!

 Kinda like listening to recordings of Strike Ops--still get spooled up.
Ain't no frabbing air liner coupled approach, autothrottle, autobrakes, or TOGA (auto go 'round) going on here. Did lots of those where the first I saw of the runway was when the nose lowered and I saw the taxi lights.
Not the same thing.

 Begin forwarded message:
From: Barrett Tillman <btillman63@hotmail.com<mailto:btillman63@hotmail.com>>
Subject: RE: Real pilots land in no visibility and the runway rocks androlls. All the Iguidance id by voice command!

(Fast forward to the 7 min. mark to see the result!)
As Bug Roach used to say, "Keep it comin', ya sound good!"

Video from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) from a bit ago -
Thanks to Fred
Plano Texas - Gun Nut Capitol of the World
Item Number:1 Date: 03/20/2015 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR FATAL ATTACK ON POLICE CHIEF OF URUZGAN PROVINCE (MAR 20/KP)  KHAAMA PRESS -- The head of police in Afghanistan's central Uruzgan province has been killed in a suicide bombing in the Kabul, the nation's capital, reports the Khaama Press (Afghanistan).   Gen. Matiullah Khan had served as provincial police chief in Uruzgan since 2011.   As part of his duties, Khan had worked closely with NATO troops during their combat mission, reported Agence France-Presse.   Khan and a friend were killed when a terrorist wearing a burga blew himself up on Wednesday night, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.   The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 03/20/2015 AZERBAIJAN - ARMENIAN TROOPS KILLED AMID CONFLICTING CLAIMS OVER ATTACKS (MAR 20/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- At least three Armenian soldiers have been killed and four wounded in clashes with troops from Azerbaijan near the disputed separatist Nargorno Karabakh, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   Fighting broke out Thursday in the separatist region, which lies inside Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians and Armenian troops, reported Reuters.   Reports of casualties varied, and each side blamed the other for provocation.   The region's Defense Ministry said three Armenian soldiers were killed after being attacked by Azeri commandos.   Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said separatists initiated the fighting and that 20 Armenians were killed or wounded. The ministry denied that its forces initiated the attack, noted Russia's RT news channel.  
Item Number:3 Date: 03/20/2015 CANADA - FEDERAL WATCHDOG PUSHES FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON SURVEILLANCE DATA-SHARING (MAR 20/GAM)  GLOBE AND MAIL -- A Canadian government watchdog is seeking stronger rules covering how intelligence agencies share their surveillance data with allies, reports the Globe and Mail (Toronto).   According to a report that was provided to Parliament last year, a retired judge warned that the U.S. National Security Agency and other close allies can put their own interests first.   Allies have general agreements not to spy on each other, but every "sovereign nation can derogate from agreements ... as dictated by their own national interests," Jean-Pierre Plouffe said in the report.   A leaked 2012 U.S. intelligence presentation named Canadian firms Rogers Communications and the Royal Bank of Canada. The U.S. document described how analysts can use surveillance methods to map out "private networks" used by global corporations.   Canada and the U.S. are part of a group of surveillance agencies, known as the "Five Eyes" that includes Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. Members cooperate to analyze data that is "bulk collected" from the Internet's infrastructure.   Canada's Communications Security Establishment (CSE) says it works to avoid capturing and sharing telecommunications data involving Canadians. CSE's leaders argue that the Five Eyes arrangement provides Canada with access to intelligence from agencies with significantly greater resources.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 03/20/2015 CHINA - ARMY WEBSITE OPEN TO COMPETITIVE BIDDING FOR 1ST TIME (MAR 20/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has conducted its first open bidding using a new procurement website, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The bidding took place on Thursday for 35 pieces of equipment in Shijiazhuang, the capital of the northeastern Hebei province.   More than 20 bidders participated in the competition on the weain.mil.cn military weapons procurement site, according to the PLA General Armament Dept.   The website has been used to release tenders for containers and weapon kits since being launched in January.   The site includes data on the military's arms requirements, policies, procurement notices, enterprise lists and technology.   The platform is intended to reform China's arms procurement processes, improve competition and efficiency, said the department.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 03/20/2015 CHINA - DEFENSE MINISTRY DENIES ACCOUNT OF HACKING U.S. COMPANY (MAR 20/REU)  REUTERS -- China's Defense Ministry has denied that the military was involved in a cyber attack on a U.S.-based Internet services company, reports Reuters.   The report is "totally baseless," the ministry told the wire service on Friday.   The Financial Times on Wednesday reported that the FBI was investigating the possible involvement of the Chinese military in the hacking of Register.com, which is a unit of Web.com.   According to the report, the hackers had access to the network for about a year. The attack did not disrupt the service or result in the theft of client data, said the Financial Times.   Register.com manages more than 2.5 million domain names and provides web management and design services.   Reuters said it was unclear what the Chinese military would gain from access to the network.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 03/20/2015 EUROPEAN UNION - SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA TO REMAIN UNTIL UKRAINIAN TRUCE IS FULLY IN PLACE (MAR 20/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- European Union leaders say international sanctions against Russia will not be lifted until a peace deal in eastern Ukraine is fully implemented, reports the Voice of America News.   The E.U. made the decision on Thursday to keep the presence on Moscow to end its support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.   No new sanctions were imposed.   The current sanctions are scheduled to be renewed in July. Some E.U. members want to have them extended until the end of 2015, while others argued for decisions to be linked to military developments on the ground.   The E.U. has placed visa bans on 150 Russian officials and froze the assets of Russian banks, companies and rebel groups, reported Deutsche Welle.  
Item Number:7 Date: 03/20/2015 GERMANY - EXPLOSIVES EXPERTS DEFUSE 500-POUND WWII BOMB NEAR U.S. GARRISON (MAR 20/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- A bomb dating to World War II has been successfully defused near a U.S. base in Germany.   Sections of the base were evacuated Thursday following the discovery of an unexploded bomb, reports NBC News   Construction workers at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, located near Grafenwoehr, found the 500-pound bomb.   Crews regularly check for such devices because of U.S. bombings in the area in April 1945.   Ten housing and eight administrative buildings were evacuated, reported Stars and Stripes. The base houses more than 4,500 military personnel.   The bomb was defused after a few hours, allowing personnel to return, said the U.S. military.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 03/20/2015 INDIA - AFTER OVERCOMING TECHNICAL HURDLES, ASTRA MISSILE PASSES TEST (MAR 20/HINDU)  THE HINDU -- The Indian air force has successfully test-fired a domestically developed long-range air-to-air missile after previous trials failed to get off the ground, reports the Hindu.   The Astra missile was fired from an Su-30 fighter on Wednesday and hit a simulated target at the Integrated Test Range in India's eastern Orissa state, said officials.   The trial had originally been scheduled for last week. Another planned test on Monday was also scrubbed due to technical problems.   The testing is designed to assess the missile's maneuvering capability against a mock target and validate various subsystems.   The Astra successfully demonstrated its propulsion, navigation and guidance systems as well as smooth separation from the host aircraft, according to sources with the Defense Research and Development Organization.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 03/20/2015 INDIA - KASHMIR POLICE STATION COMES UNDER MILITANT ATTACK (MAR 20/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- At least six people have been killed after a militant attack on a police station in Indian-administered Kashmir, reports the BBC, citing local officials.   The gun and grenade attack began Friday morning in the Kathua district of the Jammu region, about 15 km (9 mi) from the border with Pakistan, said officials.   Three men, who were said to be wearing military uniforms, forced their way into the police station, firing indiscriminately, reported Reuters. The army was called in, said police.   Two of the attackers, a policeman, a civilian and two paramilitary soldiers were reported killed, though accounts varied on the casualties.   Militants likely infiltrated across the Pakistani border, said India's Interior Minister Rajnath Singh, as cited by the Voice of America News.   No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 03/20/2015 KENYA - BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY VOWS MORE COUNTERTERRORISM COOPERATION (MAR 20/XIN)  XINHUA -- The British government has promised to work more closely with Kenya on counterterrorism, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   On Thursday, visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said London would assist Kenya to fight internal and external security threats.   Hammond was in Nairobi for a business round table.   The Al-Shabaab group in Somalia has launched numerous attacks in Kenya since 2011, after Kenyan troops assisted the Somali government with the Islamist threat.   Nearly 1,000 Kenyans have been killed in terrorist attacks in the last four years, according to government figures
Item Number:11 Date: 03/20/2015 LITHUANIA - PARLIAMENT REINSTATES MILITARY CONSCRIPTION (MAR 20/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Lithuanian Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a measure reinstating mandatory military service, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   The first draft is scheduled for the second semester of 2015, with 3,000 to 3,500 male conscripts to be called up annually. The measure renews conscription for five years.   Draftees will serve for nine months.   Volunteers will be enrolled first. If there are not sufficient numbers, youths will be called up for mandatory service, the ministry said in a release on Thursday.   With the mandatory program, the Lithuanian military will now be manned by draftees and professional personnel, said Defense minister Juozas Olekas.   When President Dalia Grybauskaite pushed for the reintroduction in February, she said conscripts would make up 1.7 percent of the men eligible to be drafted, noted the Moscow Times.   Citizens between the ages of 19 and 26 will be called up first. Men and women can volunteer for service up until the age of 38.   The move was linked to the "current security environment," she said in February, a reference to Russian aggression.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 03/20/2015 NORTH KOREA - DOMESTIC CRYSTAL METH USE INCREASING, SAYS U.S. REPORT (MAR 20/UPI)  UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- The use of methamphetamines is on the rise in North Korea, according to a U.S. State Dept. report cited by UPI.   State's annual narcotics report, released on Thursday, said that methamphetamines continue to dominate the illegal drug market in the North. It is unclear if the government is directly involved in production, according to the report.   The report says meth is used by all parts of the nation's population, including women and young people. It is reportedly snorted and sometimes used in place of medicine, said the report.   Neighboring China has increased its surveillance of cross-border transactions, said the State Dept. account.   In August 2014, China executed a North Korean citizen accused of selling 3.75 kg (8 pounds) of North Korean-manufactured meth, said the report.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 03/20/2015 PAKISTAN - HOMEMADE BOMB EXPLODES OUTSIDE MOSQUE IN KARACHI (MAR 20/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- Police say a bomb attack on a Shi'ite mosque in southern Pakistan has killed at least two people and injured several others, reports Press TV (Iran).   The explosion occurred on Friday at the Saleh mosque in the business district of Karachi.   An improvised explosive device (IED) was planted on a bicycle outside the mosque, said local security officials.   Police are investigating the blast and bomb-disposal squads have conducted a sweep of the area, said officials.   No group has yet claimed responsibility.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 03/20/2015 SOUTH KOREA - FAULTY PARTS, FORGED CERTIFICATES PUT OFF DEPLOYMENT OF NEW MINESWEEPERS (MAR 20/YON)  YONHAP -- The arms procurement agency says South Korea's new minesweepers will not deploy on time because of faulty parts, reports Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Key components on the three ships failed to meet military requirements, said the Defense Acquisition Procurement Agency (DAPA) on Friday.   After a four-week inspection, DAPA said it found that the hull-mounted sonar to be installed on the vessels failed to meet the standards of operational capability, said officials.   The inspection revealed that DAPA received sea-searching equipment without checking test certificates. Those certificates were later found to be forged.   Accordingly, deployment will be delayed by at least one year, said the agency. The ships were originally scheduled to begin deployment in August 2015.   The government launched a US$435.6 million program in 2010 to acquire three minesweeper hunters.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 03/20/2015 SOUTH KOREA - MARINES FROM U.S., S. KOREA HOLD LARGE-SCALE EXERCISE (MAR 20/YON)  YONHAP -- Marines from South Korea and the U.S. are in the midst of a large-scale command-post exercise in the southeastern part of South Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Around 500 South Korean marines and 1,700 Americans from III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) stationed in Okinawa, Japan, started the drill on Wednesday. It is scheduled to conclude on Sunday.   Elements of the exercise are taking place in Pohang and Osan in South Korea and in Okinawa.   The training focuses on joint responses to "major contingencies under a variety of scenarios," according to a statement from the U.S. Marine Corps.   A new procedure regarding the Combined Marine Component Command's duties, structure and operations is to be employed, the statement said.   Plans also call for a joint landing drill in Pohang at the end of the month. Around 1,000 U.S. Marines and 3,000 South Koreans will participate in that exercise.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 03/20/2015 SOUTH KOREA - NEW DEAL WILL PROVIDE MISSILE WARNING SYSTEMS FOR SURION HELICOPTERS (MAR 20/ADAS)  AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE -- Airbus Defence and Space says it will team with Huneed Technologies in Incheon to supply missile warning systems for South Korea's Surion utility helicopters.   The two firms have signed a cooperation agreement that will permit Huneed Technologies to produce core electronics components of the Airbus MILDS missile warning system, according to an Airbus release on Wednesday.   The European firm has received several contracts from South Korea since 2007 to develop and manufacture the missile warning system for the Surion based on the MILDS.   The MILDS is a passive imaging sensor that detects the ultraviolet radiation signature of approaching missiles.  
Item Number:17 Date: 03/20/2015 THAILAND - SECURITY FORCES MAKE DAWN RAIDS ON KOH SAMUI ISLAND (MAR 20/BANGPOST)  BANGKOK POST -- Thai security forces have just launched a series of raids on the island of Koh Samui, reports the Bangkok Post.   Early Friday morning, more than 300 police and soldiers raided 23 locations on the tourist island.   Police said they recovered 13 firearms, 835 rounds of ammunition and 3 kg (7 lbs) of krathom leaves, a mild narcotic banned in Thailand. Five suspects were arrested for drug and firearm offensives, said authorities.   The operation was aimed at suppressing influential criminals and gunmen, said one official.   The operation was made after the murder of a building contractor in a daytime shooting earlier this month.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 03/20/2015 TUNISIA - TROOPS CALLED OUT TO BOLSTER SECURITY IN CITIES FOLLOWING ATTACK IN TUNIS (MAR 20/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Tunisian troops have been ordered to deploy to major cities following a terrorist attack in Tunis that killed at least 23 people, reports Agence France-Presse.   The president made the deployment decision on Thursday after a meeting of army and government officials, according to his office.   Soldiers will conduct "patrols at the entrances to, and areas surrounding, major cities" alongside police, said one source.   Other measures ordered include closer cooperation among security forces and a review of border security.   On Wednesday, gunmen fired at foreign tourists at a museum in the capital, killing 23 people. Tunisian authorities later said they arrested nine people in connection to the attack, reported CNN.   The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the museum attack.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 03/20/2015 USA - CACHE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS ABOUT TO BE DESTROYED IN COLO. (MAR 20/CSG)  COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE -- The U.S. Army's Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado has begun destroying one of the largest remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons in the country, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette (Colo.).   Workers destroyed an initial container of mustard gas on Wednesday in the facility's new explosion chamber.   Eight percent of the nation's original chemical weapons stockpile is housed at Pueblo, which has the country's largest store of mustard weapons, reported Reuters.   Two systems at the depot will be used to destroy nearly 800,000 Cold War-era chemical munitions, officials said.   Around 3,600 of the 780,078 chemical shells at the facility will be destroyed in the explosion chamber.   The remainder will go through a factory that uses industrial robots to break open the shells so that the chemical agent can be washed away with a chemical compound.   The destruction work was originally to be completed by 2012, but years of delays and cost overruns now mean the last chemical weapons at the Pueblo depot will not be eliminated until at least 2019.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 03/20/2015 USA - DEGRADED MILITARY INSTALLATIONS LINKED TO SEQUESTRATION (MAR 20/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- Tighter defense budgets have been blamed for the deterioration of facilities on military bases as funds are channeled to more important priorities, reports the Military Times.   "Our facilities are degrading and our maintenance backlog is increasing," Erin Kern, the director of the Navy's Shore Readiness Division, said at a Wednesday hearing of the military construction panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee.   The Army is also "at a critical point in installation readiness," testified Lt. Gen. David Halverson, the head of the Army's Installation Management Command.   The Army's military construction budget request for fiscal 2016 is focused on "minimum essential requirements" due to expected budget caps.   The Navy's fiscal 2016 budget also prioritizes life, health and safety issues and repairs to the most essential components of critical facilities, said Kern.   Many naval shore facilities are "degrading at an accelerated rate" as the service focuses funding on maintaining operational readiness, according to Kern.   The Army's request for $1.6 billion for military construction and family housing represents a 26 percent increase over this year, but would be a 33 percent reduction from fiscal 2014 and a 55 percent reduction from fiscal 2013, according to Halverson.   The Marine Corps and Air Force are suffering similar deterioration as funds are prioritized for operational missions, according to officials from the services.  
  Item Number:21 Date: 03/20/2015 USA - IN A FIRST, REAPER HITS SEAGOING TARGET WITH HELLFIRE MISSILE (MAR 20/NWFDN)  NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS -- For the first time, an Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has hit a naval target with a missile, reports the Northwest Florida Daily News.   On Tuesday, the Reaper, operating from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was taking part in the maritime operations component of a weapon systems evaluation program over the Gulf of Mexico.   The UAV fired a Hellfire missile at a seagoing target, hitting the target boat.   The annual four-day exercise focuses on planning, coordinating and evaluation the Air Force's major weapon systems.   Weapons systems used by A-10 attack aircraft, F-16, F-15E and F-35 fighters were also evaluated this week
Item Number:22 Date: 03/20/2015 USA - PROJECTED F-35 PROGRAM COSTS DIP, SAYS DOD (MAR 20/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The Dept. of Defense estimates that the projected costs for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter have fallen nearly 2 percent in the last year, reports Bloomberg News.   The latest forecast for development and acquisition costs for the program fell from $398.6 billion to $391.1 billion for a planned fleet of 2,443 aircraft, the Pentagon said on Thursday.   The decline is attributed primarily to revised inflation estimates and reduced labor costs, according to the annual Selected Acquisition Report on the F-35 program.   At the same time, the Pentagon's independent cost-assessment office projected that the lifetime costs for operating and maintaining the jets over the estimated 55-year service life remained stable at $1.02 trillion. (The program office noted that the cost assessment numbers are not changed until a major milestone is reached so those numbers stayed the same, reported Breaking Defense.)   F-35 airframe costs dropped 1.8 percent, or $5.8 billion, while engine costs fell 2.3 percent, or $1.6 billion, the report says
  Item Number:23 Date: 03/20/2015 YEMEN - AIR RAID FORCES EVACUATION OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN ADEN (MAR 20/UPI)  UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- A fighter plane has attacked Yemeni President Mansour Hadi's palace in Aden, reports UPI.   One or more planes, believed to be flown by pilots loyal to Houthi rebels, attacked Hadi's palace on Thursday.   Hadi was forced to evacuate to a "safe place," said a source cited by the National (Abu Dhabi).   Anti-aircraft guns reportedly prevented a direct hit on the building, though some accounts said the palace was struck.   The air raid came after clashes between Houthi rebels and pro-Hadi forces at Aden's airport.   A source told Turkey's Anadolu news agency that the warplane manned by Houthi pilots took off from an airport in Sanaa, the capital, which is under Houthi control.  
Item Number:24 Date: 03/20/2015 YEMEN - SUICIDE BOMBERS TARGET MOSQUES IN SANAA WITH HOUTHI SUPPORTERS (MAR 20/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Multiple suicide bombings in Yemen's capital have killed at least 55 people during Friday noon prayers, say medical sources and witnesses cited by Agence France-Presse.   The mosques are known to be used mainly by supporters of the Shi'ite Houthi group that has seized control of the government, reported Reuters.   One bomb exploded inside the Badr mosque, followed by a second blast at its gate when worshippers fled, said witnesses.   Another bomber hit the Al-Hashahush mosque, which is in the northern part of the capital.


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