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To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - January 18
1911 - First aircraft landing on board a ship, USS Pennsylvania by Eugene Ely.
1962 - After a flash fire in the Persian Gulf on Danish tanker, Prima Maersk, burned a crewman, USS Duxbury Bay transfers a Navy doctor to help the Danish crewman and USS Soley took him to the nearest hospital at Bahrain Island.
1968 - Operation Coronado X begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam
1977 - The Trident (C-4) missile development flight test program commenced when C4X-1 was launched from a flight pad at Cape Canaveral, FL
1991 - USS Nicholas attacks and captures Iraqi oil platforms
Monday Morning Humor from Al
Submitted by Mike Bolier:
Clever definitions…
BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye.
CHICKENS: The only animal you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out.
EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority.
SECRET: A story you tell to one person at a time.
SKELETON: A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction.
TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.
WRINKLES: Something other people have....similar to my character lines.
Submitted by Don Mills:
Thoughts from an unhinged mind...
The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe, before you start looking like a mental patient.
My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I'm pretty sure she was hitting on me.
I'm getting kind of tired always slowly raising my hand when someone asks, "Who does something like that?!?"
The speed at which a woman says "nothing" when asked "What's wrong?" is inversely proportional to the severity of the storm that's coming.
If I make you breakfast in bed, a simple "Thank you" is all I need.....not all this, "How did you get into my house," business!
The pharmacist asked me my birthday again today....Pretty sure she's going to get me something.
I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.
What is it about a car that makes people think we can't see them pick their nose?
Submitted by Barry Gaston and Skip Leonard:
Paraprosdokians, figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected
Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on my list.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
War does not determine who is right—only who is left.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
I thought I wanted a career. Turns out, I just wanted pay checks.
In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put "DOCTOR."
I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
You do not need a parachute to skydive .  You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
You're never too old to learn something stupid.
To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
I'm supposed to respect my elders, but now it's getting harder and harder for me to find one.
Submitted by Colleen Grosso and John Hudson:
Aphorisms for the year...
It's not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame.
We have enough "youth".  How about a fountain of "smart"?
The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.
A fool and his money can throw one heck of a party.
When blondes have more fun, do they know it?
Learn from your parents' mistakes use birth control.
Money isn't everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.
If at first you don't succeed skydiving is not for you.
We are born naked, wet and hungry…then things get worse.
Red meat is not bad for you. Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.
Ninety-nine percent of all lawyers give the rest a bad name.
Xerox and Wurlitzer will merge to produce reproductive organs.
Alabama state motto:  At least we're not Arkansas.
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
The latest survey shows that three out of four people make up 75% of the population.
You know why a banana is like a politician?  He comes in and first he is green, then he turns yellow and then he's rotten.
I think Congressmen should wear uniforms, you know, like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors."
The reason politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would hate to have to make a living under the laws they passed.
Submitted by Mark Logan:
Idle thoughts of one retiree's wandering mind…
I had amnesia once -- or twice.
Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.
I am neither for nor against apathy.
All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.
If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.
What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?
They told me I was gullible and I believed them.
Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home, and when he grows up, he'll never be able to merge his car onto the freeway.
Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
One nice thing about egotists:  They don't talk about other people.
My weight is perfect for my height...which varies.
I used to be indecisive. Now, I'm not sure.
The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.
How can there be self-help groups?
Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off.
Is it just me, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?
Submitted by Dave Harris:
Thoughts of a troubled mind…
Every day, thousands of innocent plants are killed by vegetarians.  Help end the violence.  Eat bacon!
The fact that there's a 'highway to hell' and only a 'stairway to heaven' says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.
My people skills are just fine.  It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work.
I'm only responsible for what I say not for what you understand.
So when is this "old enough to know better' supposed to kick in?
Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered, "Who ties your shoelaces for you?"
I prefer not to think before speaking.  I like being just as surprised as everyone else by what comes out of my mouth.
Be careful when you follow the masses…sometimes the 'm' is silent.
I'm not lazy, I just really enjoy doing nothing.
I can explain it to you but I can't understand it for you.
If people could read my mind…I'd get punched in the face a lot.
Calm down!  Take a deep breath and hold it for about 20 minutes.
I never argue.  I just explain why I'm right.
I speak my mind because it hurts to bite my tongue all the time.
Don't confuse my personality with my attitude.  My personality is who I am.  My attitude depends on who you are.
Submitted by Ed Denker:
Clever Words…
ARBITRATOR:   A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonalds
AVOIDABLE:  What a bullfighter tries to do
BERNADETTE:  The act of torching a mortgage
BURGLARIZE:  What a crook sees with
CONTROL:  A short, ugly inmate (I had to think about this one. . . but got it!)
COUNTERFEITERS:  Workers who install kitchen counters
ECLIPSE:  What an English barber does for a living
EYEDROPPER:  A clumsy ophthalmologist
HEROES:  What a guy in a boat does
LEFTBANK:  What the robber did when his bag was full of money
MISTY:  How golfers create divots
PARADOX:  Two physicians!
PARASITES:  What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower
PHARMACIST:  A helper on the farm
POLARIZE:  What penguins see with
PRIMATE:  Removing your spouse from in front of the TV!
RELIEF:  What trees do in the spring
RUBBERNECK:  What you do to relax your wife
SELFISH:  What the owner of a seafood store does
SUDAFED:  Brought litigation against a government official!
Have a great week,
Thanks to buster and others
Bob Lonsberry © 2016 
The account of two U. S. Navy vessels being seized by the Iranian navy earlier this week seems completely implausible. 
 No part of it makes any sense.
The story is that two river patrol boats – bristling modern-day incarnations of the Vietnam swift boats – were navigating south from Kuwait to Bahrain. At some point, via some means, the two boats, with their contingent of five sailors each, surrendered to the Iranians.    
Two accounts have been offered as to how that happened. The first was that one of the vessels lost its engine and that they both then drifted into Iranian waters. The other was that the two boats had been operating fine, but inadvertently navigated into Iranian territory.    
Simply put, they got lost. 
Neither account seems possible. 
First off, if one of the boats broke down, and the sailor aboard trained to tend the engine couldn't fix it, the other boat would merely take it in tow and they would proceed on their way. That is not a novel maritime undertaking.    
The second scenario – oops, we got lost – is even less likely. It turns out that navigation and navigation equipment are kind of a high priority for the Navy. Boats don't get lost. Highly technical navigation equipment on both boats would have told crew members exactly where they were.    
And in the unlikely event that both boats lost all electronic navigational equipment, and the compasses lost track of magnetic north, there is the simple fact that sailing from Kuwait to Bahrain pretty much involves nothing more complex than keeping the shore on your starboard side. And should you lose sight of shore, and can remember that the map has safety to the west and danger to the east, you'd think that the position of the sun in the sky or the fact that prevailing winds in the Persian Gulf in the winter are northwesterly, would somehow have allowed our sailors to find the Saudi shoreline instead of Iranian waters.    
And all of that presumes that these two boats were operating alone in the open seas, which they presumably were not. There is, in fact, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle group operating in the Persian Gulf.    
The USS Harry S Truman owns the Persian Gulf these days, and the significant American military presence in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – lands immediately proximate to the waters where our sailors were operating – makes us the biggest dog on the block.    
And we've got radar and helicopters and airplanes and stuff like that. 
And if an American vessel breaks down at sea, or strays from course, under those operational conditions, there are a lot of American assets that would both notice the problem and be able to offer relief.    
Yet no one did. 
We're supposed to believe nobody radioed a couple of inexplicably lost boats to ask where they were going? When one of them supposedly broke down, a carrier battle group had no means to come to their assistance?   
That makes no sense. 
It's completely unbelievable. 
So is the apparent conduct of the sailors in the face of a supposed challenge by the Iranian military. 
If one of the vessels was disabled, as is claimed, and hostile craft are approaching, bringing with them the prospect of capture and captivity, don't you put all 10 sailors on the able boat, sink the disabled boat, and race the bad guys back to international waters?    
From the Iranian video, it looks like two or three bass boats and four guys in mismatched uniforms, with a couple of AK's, captured two far-larger and better-armed American boats, both of which were bristling with mounted machine guns.    
Here's a fact: When you're kneeling on the deck of your own boat, with your hands clasped behind your head, and some guy's shouting at you in terrorist language, things didn't go right.    
And yet, that's exactly what supposedly happened here. Ten American sailors, successors to Captain James Lawrence, are on their knees next to their unfired guns, in the face of a smaller and less well-armed opponent – with little American flags snapping in the breeze.    
This is not the stuff of Commodore Perry and Admiral Farragut. 
And you wonder whose call it was. 
How far up the chain of command did they have to go to find the cowardly lion who ordered this genuflection before a bunch of savages? Did this get bounced all the way to the Pentagon, or the Situation Room? Which secretary of what made the decision not to put a squadron of naval aviators above those two boats to keep the camel jockeys at bay?    
It is shameful, a worldwide embarrassment for the nation and the Navy. 
And it is topped off by an obsequious videotaped apology, and pictures of our sailors, captive in hostile hands, the female with a towel over her head. 
The President can ignore this. 
But we can't. 
We got pantsed. We got humiliated. We showed either weakness or incompetence. And unfortunately either one only invites aggression against us. 
It is inconceivable that you could find 10 Americans willing to surrender themselves and their equipment without a fight. It is not plausible that any young man or woman entering into the naval service would willingly kneel on the deck of a combat-capable ship.    
Somebody told them to give up. 
And that somebody, and the philosophy he represents, will be the death of us. 
- by Bob Lonsberry © 2016
Item Number:1 Date: 01/18/2016 AFGHANISTAN - 4 SUPER TUCANO LIGHT ATTACK AIRCRAFT ARRIVE (JAN 18/KP)  KHAAMA PRESS -- The Afghan air force has taken delivery of its first batch of Super Tucano light attack aircraft from the United States, reports the Khaama Press (Afghanistan).   Four Super Tucanos arrived in Afghanistan on Friday.   The turboprop aircraft will provide the air force with an indigenous close-air support and aerial reconnaissance capability to support counterinsurgency operations, said a senior official with the Afghan Defense Ministry.   Eight Afghan pilots completed training late last year at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.  
Item Number:2 Date: 01/18/2016 BURKINA FASO - AQIM RAIDS LUXURY HOTEL IN OUAGADOUGOU; SIEGE ENDS WITH 28 DEAD (JAN 18/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Coordinated terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso have left 28 dead, reports the Wall Street Journal.   On Friday, four gunmen stormed a coffee shop and two hotels in Ouagadougou, the nation's capital, in an area frequented by foreigners.   By Saturday morning, security forces had retaken control of one of the hotels, freeing 126 people trapped inside and killing three of the attackers. Another attacker fled to a nearby hotel before being killed, said an Interior Ministry official.   Civilians from 18 different nations were killed, said Interior Minister Simon Compaore.   Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility. This is the first known attack in Burkina Faso perpetrated by the group, which largely operates in neighboring Mali.   Two others were killed on Friday afternoon when gunmen stormed a police station in the country's northeast, said the Defense Ministry.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 01/18/2016 BURKINA FASO - TERRORISTS SEIZE ELDERLY AUSTRALIAN DOCTOR, WIFE WORKING FOR CLINIC (JAN 18/9 NEWS)  9 NEWS -- Australian diplomats have arrived in the West African country of Burkina Faso to try to secure the release of an Australian couple who have been kidnapped by Islamists, reports 9 News (Australia).   Ken and Jocelyn Elliott, who are in their 80s, were kidnapped on Friday from the town of Baraboule in Burkina Faso's Soum province, said a Burkinabe intelligence source, as cited by the Guardian (U.K.).   The couple has lived and worked there for 40 years; they built a 120-bed medical facility in Djibo, near Baraboule.   A spokesman for the Mali-based Ansar Dine Islamist group said that the pair was being held by jihadists from the Al-Qaida-linked Emirate of the Sahara. More details would be released soon, he added.   The Emirate of the Sahara is a branch of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 01/18/2016 CANADA - TROOPS TAKE ON WINTER ELEMENTS IN NEW BRUNSWICK (JAN 18/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- A contingent from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, has started a winter exercise in Bathurst in the northern part of the province, reports CBC News.   Seventy-five Canadian troops are learning winter survival and combat skills, with a focus on potential Arctic operations.   The training, which began last week, covered setting up and living in 10-man tents; building makeshift shelters out of available materials; and building snow defenses, said Lt. Daniel Doucet, who was leading the exercise.   The troops were also expected to hike more than 3.7 miles (6 km), carrying 66-pound (30-kg) backpacks, to an even more remote location.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 01/18/2016 IRAN - IAEA FINDS IRAN IN COMPLIANCE WITH NUCLEAR DEAL; WASHINGTON ADDS NEW SANCTIONS AFTER MISSILE TEST (JAN 18/USA)  USA TODAY -- The United Nations' nuclear agency says Iran has met its commitments to restrict its nuclear program, allowing sanctions to be lifted, reports USA Today.   "Iran has completed the necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation" of the nuclear with six world powers, Yukiya Amano, director general of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), announced on Saturday.   The U.N., European Union and the United States then lifted sanctions on Iran -- which will give Tehran access to about US$100 billion in assets overseas.   Iran will work with the IAEA to implement more monitoring and verification measures, said Amano.   A day later, new sanctions were imposed by the United States.   On Sunday, the Treasury Dept. imposed sanctioned Iranian companies and individuals for supplying the nations ballistic missile program, reports Al-Arabiya (Dubai).   Eleven companies and five Iranian nationals were added to a blacklist, said Treasury.   The network of companies "obfuscated the end user of sensitive goods for missile proliferation by using front companies in third countries to deceive foreign suppliers," said Treasury.   Iran tested a precision-guided nuclear-capable ballistic missile in October 2015, actions that President Barack Obama called a violation of Iran's "international obligations," reported Business Insider.  
 Item Number:6 Date: 01/18/2016 IRAN - TEHRAN RELEASES AMERICANS IN PRISONER SWAP (JAN 18/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Four Americans held by Iran have been freed in a prisoner swap, reports CNN.   Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Sunday.   A fourth American, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, chose to stay in Iran where he has an apartment, according to American officials cited by the New York Times.   Another American who was recently detained, student Matthew Trevithick, was also released on Saturday and left Iran. He was not part of the prisoner swap.   The five were detained in separate cases, some being held since 2011.   For its part, the U.S. pardoned or commuted the sentences of one Iranian and six U.S.-Iranian dual citizens accused of violating trade sanctions against Iran.   Khosrow Afghahi, Tooraj Faridi, Bahram Mechanic and Nima Golestaneh were pardoned. Nader Modanlo, Arash Ghahreman and Ali Saboonchi had their sentences commuted, said the U.S. Justice Dept.   The deal was made after more than a year of secret negotiations, said officials.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 01/18/2016 IRAQ - MILITIAMEN KIDNAP 3 AMERICANS IN BAGHDAD (JAN 18/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- U.S. and Iraqi authorities are searching for three Americans who disappeared in Baghdad over the weekend, apparently after being abducted, reports the Washington Post.   The three U.S. citizens, working as contractors at Baghdad International Airport, were kidnapped on Saturday from an apartment in the capital, said a police colonel.   Shi'ite militiamen from the Dora neighborhood in southern Baghdad appear to be responsible, said the colonel.   The U.S. Embassy confirmed that "several" Americans were kidnapped, reported the BBC.   According to the colonel, the Americans were invited to the home of an Iraqi interpreter. The apartment where they were seized was a well-known brothel, said locals, as cited by Fox News.   "We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals," said a U.S. State Dept. spokesman on Sunday, as cited by AFP. As of Monday, they remained missing
Item Number:8 Date: 01/18/2016 ITALY - 4 FIGHTER JETS, WITH PREDATOR BACKUP, TO MONITOR LIBYAN SITUATION (JAN 18/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- The Italian air force has deployed several fighter jets and an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the situation in Libya, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency, citing local television accounts.   Four AMX aircraft and a Predator were ordered to Birgi air base near Trapani, Sicily, said Italy's General Staff on Friday, as reported by the Tgcom24 TV channel.   "The decision came as a result of recent developments in the countries of North Africa and the following deterioration of security conditions," said the statement.   The deployment is intended for information-gathering and surveillance, said the statement.   Trapani is home to the air force's 37th Wing and a forward operating base for NATO airborne and early warning and control aircraft, noted the Alert 5 blog
Item Number:9 Date: 01/18/2016 LITHUANIA - NEW SAR HELICOPTERS BEGIN DUTIES (JAN 18/AIRBUSHEL)  AIRBUS HELICOPTERS -- The Lithuanian military has inducted three new search-and-rescue helicopters into service, reports Airbus Helicopters, which built the aircraft.   The new AS 365N3+ helicopters entered operational service during a ceremony on Jan. 15.   All three were delivered last year -- in June, September and December, according to IHS Jane's 360.   The first missions were flown on Jan. 11.   The helicopters are equipped with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor; radar; searchlights; hailer; hoist; and stretchers for SAR missions.   A full glass cockpit is provided along with a unique four-axis autopilot with SAR modes to reduce crew workload.  
Item Number:10 Date: 01/18/2016 MALAYSIA - 4 ISLAMIC STATE SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY; 1 CONFESSED PLANNING SUICIDE ATTACK, SAYS POLICE (JAN 18/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Authorities in Malaysia have arrested four suspects in and around the nation's capital linked to the Islamic State, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Counterterrorism units made the arrests between Jan. 11 and Jan. 15 in Kuala Lumpur and neighboring Selangor state, according to a police statement on Saturday.   Police said three men were arrested at Kuala Lumpur international airport after they returned from Turkey, where they had been detained for attempting to join the Islamic State in Syria, reported Reuters.   Another man, arrested on Friday with weapons and ISIS documents, reportedly confessed to planning a suicide attack in Malaysia after receiving orders from ISIS, said a police commander.   Malaysian authorities have been on high alert since an attack in neighboring Indonesia last week.  
Item Number:11 Date: 01/18/2016 SOUTH KOREA - N. KOREA FLOATS PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS OVER BORDER; SOUTH CONSIDERS INCREASING REACH OF ITS OWN MESSAGES (JAN 18/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- North Korea has flown almost one million propaganda leaflets over the border with South Korea over the past week, reports Agence France-Presse.   The leaflets are being carried over the border with South Korea by helium balloons almost every day, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Monday.   Most are recovered in Gyeonggi province, but some have flown as far south as Seoul, said the ministry.   The leaflets are an apparent response to South Korea's loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts directed at the North. They were resumed following North Korea's claimed hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6.   The loudspeakers blare popular music and messages against the communist regime. Bloomberg Business reports that the South is considering adding massive electronic displays to augment its messages
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/18/2016 SYRIA - ISIS ATTACKS DEIR EZZOR (JAN 18/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Islamic State militants are said to have kidnapped hundreds of civilians after a major offensive against the government-controlled areas of Deir Ezzor, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   There are conflicting accounts of the number abducted and killed. Some accounts said an opposition monitoring group reported 400 were abducted, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the U.K. says it is not aware of any kidnapping on that scale.   ISIS began attacking the city on Saturday from multiple directions, leaving at least 135 people dead, according to several accounts.   Those kidnapped were taken to areas in the west of Deir Ezzor province and to the border with ISIS-dominated Raqqa province to the northwest, said the observatory.   Fighting was ongoing in the city.   ISIS controls most of Deir Ezzor province and most of its capital of the same name. Some districts are still controlled by pro-government forces and have been besieged for months.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 01/18/2016 SYRIA - MOSCOW GETS LARGELY FREE HAND, ACCORDING TO NEWLY PUBLISHED SYRIAN-RUSSIAN AGREEMENT (JAN 18/TASS)  TASS -- The bilateral agreement authorizing Russian forces to operate in Syria has just been published, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   The document was signed on Aug. 26, 2015, and made public on Jan. 14.   The accord has no termination date, noted the news agency.   The agreement can be cancelled by any of the signatories upon written notification. The accord is supposed to lapse one year after the notification was received.   According to the document, the Russian air group and its infrastructure can operate from the Hmeymim air base in Syria at no cost. Flight schedules are to be agreed to by Syria.   The document also authorizes Russian forces to bring any weapons, munitions and other necessary materials into Syria without any fees or duties.   Russian servicemembers are also granted immunity from Syrian jurisdiction.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/18/2016 UGANDA - U.S. MARINES HELP PEACEKEEPERS WITH TRAINING IN IEDS, COMMS, TACTICS BEFORE SOMALIA DEPLOYMENT (JAN 18/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- Ugandan military personnel have recently completed two months of training by U.S. Marines ahead of a deployment to Somalia, reports the Marine Corps Times.   Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 6, part of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-Africa) covered a variety of skills with the Ugandans in Camp Singo, Uganda.   The training included combat lifesaving; improvised explosive device identification and reaction; heavy equipment and engineering operations; communication; and maintenance and driving of mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles.   The Ugandans also learned how to use explosives, such as C4 and TNT, to breach urban obstacles, including blasting through walls, locked doors, berms or concertina wire, according to Marines who took part.   Uganda has been sending troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) since 2007. The military component of that mission assists Somali security forces in their fight against the Al-Shabaab terrorist group
Item Number:15 Date: 01/18/2016 USA - IN CEREMONY IN MOBILE, ALA., KEEL LAID FOR ANOTHER INDEPENDENCE-CLASS LITTORAL SHIP (JAN 18/NAVSEA)  NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- Austal USA recently began construction of another littoral combat ship at its yard in Mobile, Ala., reports the Naval Sea Systems Command.   The keel for the Tulsa (LCS-16) was laid during a ceremony on Jan. 11.   The ship is the eighth member of the Independence class, which uses and Austal trimaran design.   
 Item Number:16 Date: 01/18/2016 USA - NAVY TRAINING SHOULD FOCUS ON SPECIFIC THREATS, ENVIRONMENTS, SAYS TOP COMMANDER (JAN 18/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- A senior Navy official has urged the service to prepare its sailors for the specific threats and environments where they are likely to see action instead of a generic "anti-access/area denial environment, reports USNI News.   The fleet faces several potential adversaries, each with their own tactics to limit U.S. sea control, Adm. Phil Davidson, the head of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said last week at the Surface Navy Association conference in Arlington, Va.   Fleet training and preparation should address each specifically, he said.   "It is too callous and too casual to roll all this kind of stuff up as anti-access/area-denial. It doesn't relate itself directly to everything that we do and we're capable of doing and what we need to be focused on," said Davidson.   Possible opponents are also "trying to bring about some ambiguity in Phase 0" while also introducing precision-guided munitions and other high technology into a lower-than-conflict theater, said the admiral.   Since each potential adversary has its own strengths and weaknesses, tailoring an approach to each is "going to be part of the fabric of what we're doing as we go forward," Davidson said.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 01/18/2016 USA - NEW PENTAGON PLAN AGAINST ISIS SEEN AS CONVENTIONAL FIGHT, POSSIBLY WITH MORE AMERICANS ON GROUND (JAN 18/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The Military Times has outlined the Pentagon's new plans to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group after interviewing numerous key military and defense officials familiar with its details.   In place of last year's ineffective "Iraq First Strategy," the new plan calls for a more conventional approach to fighting ISIS, including standard military tactics such as maneuver warfare and attrition.   The U.S. and its allies anticipate confronting the militants in their strongholds across Iraq and Syria simultaneously, said the Times' Pentagon correspondent Andrew Tilghman.   The new plan also is likely to involve U.S. deployments of additional support personnel to back local forces who will conduct the majority of the fighting.   According to the paper's account on Thursday, the planned campaign will rely on a patchwork of local forces operating in large formations to isolate and ultimately seize the two major ISIS strongholds of Mosul in northern Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.   A secondary front will be launched by the Iraqi army, moving west from the recently recaptured city of Ramadi in the western Anbar province, say those familiar with the plan
Item Number:18 Date: 01/18/2016 USA - SCORE OF NATIONS SEEN VULNERABLE TO CYBERATTACKS ON NUCLEAR FACILITIES (JAN 18/HILL)  THE HILL -- The 20 countries that have significant nuclear stockpiles or nuclear power plants lack government regulations sufficient to provide minimal protection against cyberattacks, according to a new report from the Nuclear Threat Initiative, as cited by the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   According to the nuclear nonproliferation watchdog, China, Indonesia, Iran and North Korea are among the countries on the list, which is based on its analysis of publicly available data.   Only nine of the 24 countries with weapons-grade nuclear materials received top scores for cybersecurity.   The New York Times noted that some of the listed nations might have classified protections.   A senior U.S. cybersecurity official last week warned that the government has seen an increase in cyberattacks that penetrate industrial control systems.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 01/18/2016 USA - USAF REMAINS SADDLED BY HIGH DEMAND FOR UAVS, PERSONNEL SHORTAGE (JAN 18/FI)  FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL -- The U.S. Air Force's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capabilities continue to be strained due to high demand and personnel shortages, reports Flight International.   The number of daily UAV combat air patrols (CAPs) reached a peak of 65 in 2015, up from 21 in 2008, according to service figures.   That daily number dropped at the end of 2015 to 60, which helped to stabilize manning of the force and meet current demands, according to the Air Force.   Still, the "demand for CAPs and RPAs [remotely piloted aircraft] has gone up so radically, the ramp has been so high, we haven't normalized and built a system to meet the demand," said Gen. Herbert Carlisle, the head of Air Combat Command.   Because of the high operational tempo, UAV operations face manning shortages and resource constraints that prevent the service from providing sufficient support to those asking for it.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 01/18/2016 YEMEN - ADEN'S POLICE CHIEF ESCAPES INJURY IN SUICIDE ATTACK; AT LEAST 10 DIE (JAN 18/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Sunday's suicide car bombing directed at Aden's police chief has killed at least 10 people in Yemen, reports Agence France-Presse.   A bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance to the residence of Gen. Shalal Shaea in the Tawahi district of the southern port city, according to Yemeni officials.   Eight civilians and two security guards were killed and at least 15 others were injured. Shaea was unhurt, said security officials.   This was the second attempt by militants to assassinate the chief in recent weeks, reported the National (Abu Dhabi).   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.


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