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This Day In Naval History - October 19
1843 - CAPT Robert Stockton in Princeton, the first screw propelled naval steamer, challenges British merchant ship Great Western to a race off New York, which Princeton won easily
1915 - Establishment of Submarine Base at New London, Connecticut.
1944 - Secretary of Navy orders African American women accepted into Naval Reserve
1987: U.S. Navy destroyers destroy two Iranian oil-drilling platforms during Operation Nimble Archer. This action was in response to the Iranian Silkworm Missile that hit MV Sea Isle City, which was under the protection of Operation Earnest Will.
 
On this day in history (October 19):
 
1874: The first wedding in a balloon took place as Mary Walsh and Charles Colon were hitched over Cincinnatti, Ohio.
1969: U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War
protesters "an effete corps of impudent snobs."   Oh those nattering nabobs
of negativism!
 
And today is:
 
National Seafood Bisque Day
More history for today
439
The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.
12166
King John of England dies at Newark and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.
1448
The Ottoman Sultan Murat II defeats Hungarian General Janos Hunyadi at Kosovo, Serbia.
1466
The peace of Torun ends the war between the Teutonic knights and their own disaffected subjects in Prussia.
1739
England declares war on Spain over borderlines in Florida. The War is known as the War of Jenkins' Ear because the Spanish coast guards cut off the ear of British seaman Robert Jenkins.
1781
Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington and Count de Rochambeau at Yorktown, Va. Cornwallis surrenders 7,157 troops, including sick and wounded, and 840 sailors, along with 244 artillery pieces. Losses in this battle had been light on both sides. The Revolutionary War is effectively ended.
1812
Napoleon Bonaparte begins his retreat from Moscow.
1848
John "The Pathfinder" Fremont moves out from near Westport, Missouri, on his fourth Western expedition–a failed attempt to open a trail across the Rocky Mountains along the 38th parallel.
1864
At the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va., a narrow victory helps the Union secure the Shenandoah Valley.
1873
Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Rutgers universities draft the first code of football rules.
1914
The German cruiser Emden captures her thirteenth Allied merchant ship in 24 days.
 
 
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Thanks to Hal –
 
On this date in history 10/17, some interesting people came to an end.  In
1793 Queen Marie Antionette of France at age 37 lost her head.  It seems the little people took umbrage at her smartassed remark while they were hungry and she said, "What? They don't have bread.  Well, let them eat cake".
 
In 1946,  Alfred Rosenberg (53), Arthur Seyss-Inquart (54), Ernst Kaltenbrunner (43), Fritz Sauckel (51), Hans Frank (46), Joachim von Ribbentrop (53), Julius Streicher (61), Wilhelm Frick (69), & Wilhelm Keitel (64), all Nazi war criminals, were hanged.  Now there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye. These Nazi war criminals were of no further use to us.  But there were a bunch more that were.  In the last days of World War II, the armies of the United States, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union were dashing about looking for certain brainy Nazis and we had Operation Paper Clip going.  We got Werner von Braun who was responsible for the V-1 and V-2 rockets that fell on London killing civilians wherever they ran out of fuel and fell.  We brought him here to head up our rocket program in a race against the Soviet Union.  We also bagged Dr. Erich von Traube who headed Germany's chemical and biological weapons program.  We brought him to Plum Island labs to work for us. He brought some colonies of ticks with him which gave us duck enteritis which killed off the duck farming industry in Long Island. He also gave us what became known as Lyme disease.  Plum Island, which is out in Long Island Sound, is a stop on the flyway for migratory birds.  The next stop is Old Lyme, Connecticut. In time Lab 256 at Plum Island would give us West Nile Fever. You might well ask, how does a disease, carried by mosquitoes, that exists on the swampy west side of the Nile River in Africa make it to America and kill a man in Queens, NY?  Hmmmm..  study a map and plot the prevailing winds.
 
Lots of very wanted German war criminals escaped.  1st LT James Jesus Angleton of US Army Counterintelligence helped a few along the "Rat Line". 
The Vatican issues passports to quite a few and President Juan Peron of Argentina welcomed them with open arms.  He sent bundles of Argentine passports to give new identities to some bad guys.  The International Red Cross stepped in to save Obersturmbannfuhrer Adolph Eichmann with a passport.  He took the name Riccardo Klement and went to Argentina to disappear.  In that he was the man responsible for eradicating the Jews, or as Hitler called it, "The Final Solution", he was wanted and found by the Israeli Mossad.
 
You might ask why were we helping some key Nazis?  Simple answer....Communism, the Red Army, and Josef Stalin, posed a bigger threat for us in the future.  Many of these Nazis could be of use in the coming Cold War.  Especially those who were intelligence officers.
 
Hal
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Redefining Aerial Combat .... interesting ...
Thanks to Doctor Rich
 
… if we ever get the bugs out!
 
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The F-35 just proved it can take Russian or Chinese airspace without firing a shot
By Alex Lockie, Business Partners
Sep 14, 2016
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Two F-35B aircraft fly in formation over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. | Lockheed Martin photo
An F-35B just carried out a remarkable test where its sensors spotted an airborne target, sent the data to an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense site, and had the land-based outpost fire a missile to defeat the target — thereby destroying an airborne adversary without firing a single shot of its own.
This development simultaneously vindicates two of the US military's most important developments: The F-35 and the Naval Integrated Fire Control Counterair Network (NIFC-CA).
Essentially, the NIFC-CA revolutionizes naval targeting systems by combining data from a huge variety of sensors to generate targeting data that could be used to defeat incoming threats.
 
So now with this development, an F-35 can pass targeting data to the world's most advanced missile defense system, an Aegis site, that would fire its own missile, likely a SM-6, to take out threats in the air, on land, or at sea.
This means that an F-35 can stealthily enter heavily contested enemy air space, detect threats, and have them destroyed by a missile fired from a remote site, like an Aegis land site or destroyer, without firing a shot and risking giving up its position.
The SM-6, the munition of choice for Aegis destroyers, is a 22-foot long supersonic missile that can seek out, maneuver, and destroy airborne targets like enemy jets or incoming cruise or ballistic missiles.
The SM-6's massive size prohibits it from being equipped to fighter jets, but now, thanks to the integration of the F-35 with the NIFC-CA, it doesn't have to.
The SM-6, as effective and versatile as it is, can shoot further than the Aegis sites can see. The F-35, as an ultra connective and stealthy jet, acts as an elevated, highly mobile sensor that extends the effective range of the missile.
This joint capability helps assuage fears over the F-35's limited capacity to carry ordnance. The jet's stealth design means that all weapons have to be stored internally, and this strongly limits the plane's overall ordnance capacity.
This limiting factor has drawn criticism from pundits more fond of traditional jet fighting approaches. However, it seems the F-35's connectivity has rendered this point a non-issue.
Demonstration shows capability to extend the battlefront using Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA). | Lockheed Martin
 
Demonstration shows capability to extend the battlefront using Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA). | Lockheed Martin photo
Overall, the F-35 and NIFC-CA integration changes the game when it comes to the supposed anti-access/area denial bubbles created by Russia and China's advanced air defenses and missiles.
"One of the key defining attributes of a 5th Generation fighter is the force multiplier effect it brings to joint operations through its foremost sensor fusion and external communications capabilities," said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said in a statement.
"NIFC-CA is a game changer for the US Navy that extends the engagement range we can detect, analyze and intercept targets," said Dale Bennett, another Lockheed Martin vice president in the statement.
"The F-35 and Aegis Weapon System demonstration brings us another step closer to realizing the true potential and power of the worldwide network of these complex systems to protect and support warfighters, the home front and US allies."
 
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Item Number:2 Date: 10/19/2016 EUROPEAN UNION - TOP E.U. OFFICIAL WARNS ABOUT MOSUL JIHADISTS RETURNING TO EUROPE (OCT 19/EUO)  EU OBSERVER -- The military operation to recapture Mosul in northern Iraq from Islamic State militants may drive jihadists to Europe, says the E.U. commissioner for security, as cited by the E.U. Observer.   "This is a threat we must be prepared to face," British diplomat Julian King told Germany's Die Welt in an interview published on Tuesday.   And while King indicated that he did not expect a "mass exodus" of ISIS fighters, he said "even a small number represents a serious threat."   Around 2,500 fighters in the Mosul area had come from Europe, he said. Previous experience also demonstrates that not all foreign fighters return to their home country after a defeat, said King.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/19/2016 FRANCE - THALES SHOWS OFF PATHMASTER UNMANNED MINE COUNTERMEASURES SYSTEM AT PARIS EXPO (OCT 19/THALES)  THALES -- French defense firm Thales has announced the launching of its Pathmaster unmanned mine countermeasures system at this week's Euronaval exhibition in Paris.   The system is fully configurable and intended to reduce the risk to naval crews. It employs the latest imaging technologies, according to a Thales release on Monday.   The Pathmaster can be deployed from the shore, a minehunting ship or any other type of naval platform, said the manufacturer.   The overall system includes the Thales SAMDIS high-resolution synthetic aperture sonar with multi-aspect imaging technology for better classification performance.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/19/2016 GERMANY - 'REICHBUERGER' MAN SHOOTS POLICE IN BAVARIA TRYING TO CONFISCATE HIS WEAPONS (OCT 19/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- Four German police have been injured, one seriously, in a shootout in Bavaria with an extremists with suspected neo-Nazi links, reports the Independent (U.K.).   Police raided the home of a 49-year-old man on Wednesday in Georgensgmund, about 25 miles south of Nuremburg, with a warrant to confiscate weapons, reported Deutsche Welle.   The man had around 30 legal weapons that he was deemed unfit to continue holding, said police. He opened fire during the raid, said authorities.   One officer sustained life-threatening injuries. The suspect was injured slightly and taken into custody.   Officials said the man is a member of the "Reichsbuerger" movement, which maintains that the WWII-era German Reich continues to exist and considers the current German state to be illegal
Item Number:5 Date: 10/19/2016 HAITI - PENTAGON WRAPS UP HUMANITARIAN MISSION TO HURRICANE-HIT HAITI (OCT 19/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. military has finished its humanitarian operation in Haiti following a major hurricane.   Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on Oct. 4. More than 500 people were killed and 175,000 left without homes, reported the Atlantic magazine.   U.S. Southern Command set up a joint task force on Oct. 5 to provide humanitarian relief, including food, shelter and safe drinking water, said the Pentagon on Wednesday.   By Oct. 18, the military had moved more than 250 metric tons of critical supplies to Haitian citizens, said Adm. Kurt Tidd, the commander of SOUTHCOM.   The 400 service members who took part are expected to return in a couple of days, he said.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 10/19/2016 IRAQ - IRANIAN-TRAINED SHI'ITE MILITIAS VOW TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT OPERATION IN MOSUL (OCT 19/REU)  REUTERS -- A group of Shi'ite militias in Iraq maintain that they will back government forces in the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State, reports Reuters.   The Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), a coalition of Iranian-trained militias, announced on Tuesday that it would support government forces advancing toward Tal Afar, about 34 miles west of Mosul.   The city lies on the possible escape route for ISIS militants leading to Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Tuesday that blocking the route was the responsibility of the U.S.-led coalition.   The PMF will also support forces going into the center of Mosul, said a statement from the Shi'ite group.   Human-rights groups have warned that the involvement of the PMF could lead to sectarian violence with Sunni Muslims.   Tal Afar had a mixed Sunni-Shi'ite population of up to 200,000 until the Sunni ISIS militants took over the region in 2014, forcing Shi'ites to flee.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 10/19/2016 IRELAND - WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS PATROL SHIP JOINS THE NAVY IN GALWAY (OCT 19/IRISHT)  IRISH TIMES -- The Irish navy has commissioned its newest patrol ship in Galway, reports the Irish Times.   The William Butler Yeats was commissioned Monday in a ceremony led by Prime Minister Enda Kenny, with the naming by Caitriona Yeats, the granddaughter of the Nobel laureate.   The Yeats replaces the Aisling, which was decommissioned in Galway in June 2016, noted Ireland's RTE.   Kenny also endorsed plans to acquire a new multi-purpose vessel that would be equipped with a fully functioning hospital.   Such a vessel, now in the pre-design phase, would give the navy additional capabilities during humanitarian crises, said the prime minister
Item Number:8 Date: 10/19/2016 LEBANON - SOLDIERS NAB KEY JIHADIST FIGURE IN ARSAL; ONETIME NUSRA FRONT LEADER BEING QUESTIONED (OCT 19/NAHARNET)  NAHARNET -- Lebanese troops have arrested a senior leader of Nusra Front, the jihadist group now known as Fatah al-Sham, reports Naharnet (Lebanon)   Adnan Mohammed Slaibi, also known as Zoaiter, was seized on Tuesday in an raid in the eastern border town of Arsal, reported the National News Agency.   The jihadist leader was reportedly transferred to a military post for interrogation.   Nusra Front, which was previously the declared Al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, publicly severed those ties in July and rebranded itself Fatah al-Sham.   Nusra Front briefly overran the town of Arsal in 2014 before being pushed out by the army.  
Item Number:9 Date: 10/19/2016 NEPAL - DURING VISIT, MALDIVES DEFENSE CHIEF DISCUSSES BILATERAL RELATIONS, MEETS PRESIDENT, P.M. (OCT 19/HIMT)  HIMALAYAN TIMES -- The head of the Maldivian military is on a week-long official visit to Nepal, reports the Himalayan Times.   Maj. Gen. Ahmed Shiyam met on Tuesday in Kathmandu with Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.   The leaders discussed bilateral relations and the relationship between their respective armed forces, according to the army in Nepal.   Shiyam also visited the army headquarters in the capital, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The Nepalese officials discussed their experiences with rescue operations following last year's devastating earthquakes.   The Maldivian general is expected to visit various army academic institutions before concluding the six-day trip.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 10/19/2016 NORTH KOREA - 'UNVERIFIED DOCUMENTS' CALL 75 PERCENT OF ARTILLERY NEAR PYONGYANG INOPERABLE (OCT 19/NKN)  NK NEWS -- According to North Korean documents, about three-quarters of the artillery deployed near Pyongyang is close to inoperable, reports NK News.   The news website, based in Washington, D.C., cited a report by South Korean broadcaster Munhwa Broadcasting Corp.   "More than 75 percent of artillery and war-fighting instruments deployed after a combat readiness inspection by the Korean People's Army General Staff, was harshly criticized for getting rusty and being stained," according to classified documents from 2010 to 2013 allegedly obtained from a source in the North Korean army.   The South Korean joint chiefs of staff would not comment without a further review of the documents, said a spokesman.   The validity of the report is difficult to assess and could be designed to embarrass the North Korean army, experts said.   In general, it is believed that the army in the North suffers from supplies and logistics shortages, making the claim plausible, said Joshua Pollack, the editor of the Nonproliferation Review. On the other hand, North Korea has paid significant attention to artillery in its modernization programs, he said.   A South Korean military analyst argued that the report is "meaningless" because of the asymmetric nature of the military competition between the North and South. Pyongyang has been focused on weapons of mass destruction, while only a small proportion of the army's artillery is focused on the defense of the capital, said Kim Min-seok, a researcher at the Korea Defense and Security Forum.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 10/19/2016 PAKISTAN - 2 PICKED UP IN PESHAWAR FOR DISTRIBUTING ISIS RECRUITING MATERIAL (OCT 19/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- Pakistani counterterror personnel have arrested two men in Peshawar suspected of distributing pamphlets recruiting for the Islamic State terrorist group, reports the International Business Times.   The two were detained in a raid by the Counterterror Dept. (CTD), reported Pakistan's Online Indus website. Two other suspects were said to have escaped.   Peshawar is the capital and largest city in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.   Militants, including some from ISIS, have been operating in parts of Peshawar, said police on Wednesday.   The military said last month it had halted ISIS attempts to expand in Pakistan after arresting more than 300 people suspected of plotting attacks.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/19/2016 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB FIGHTERS HIT POLICE, ARMY POSTS IN AFOGYE, KILLING 10 (OCT 19/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Al-Shabaab militants have attacked the Somali town of Afgoye, killing at least 10 people, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar), citing local officials.   Tuesday's attack began when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a police station and an African Union base, said police. Afgoye is about 20 miles southwest of Mogadishu, the capital.   Gunmen then stormed the area. Witnesses and officials said army posts and a police post were the main targets, reported AFP. Six attackers were killed, reported Reuters.   Government troops eventually secured the town and the militants fled. The fighters pulled out when troops from the AMISOM peacekeeping mission arrived, said police.   Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.  
 Item Number:13 Date: 10/19/2016 SOUTH SUDAN - FIGHTING WITH REBELS PROMPTS SECURITY BOOST AT PALOCH OILFIELD (OCT 19/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The South Sudanese military is sending additional troops to protect the nation's largest operational oilfield after dozens were killed in fighting late last week, reports Bloomberg News, citing Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk.   Government forces and rebels battled on Oct. 14 near Malakal in the oil-rich Eastern Nile state, Juuk told the news agency in a phone interview on Monday.   At least 56 were killed there and about 60 in the north over the previous week, according to the army.   The fighting was started by a militia leader formally affiliated with Riek Machar, the ex-vice president and rebel chief, said Juuk.   "Small pockets" of rebels were moving toward the Paloch oilfield and could be planning attacks there, the defense minister said.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/19/2016 SYRIA - KREMLIN BLAMES BELGIAN FIGHTERS FOR FATAL AIRSTRIKES AGAINST SYRIAN CIVILIANS; BRUSSELS DENIES CHARGE (OCT 19/RT)  RUSSIA TODAY -- Russia says Belgian warplanes hit a village in Aleppo province on Tuesday, killing six civilians and injuring four others, reports Russia's RT news channel.   The airstrike on Tuesday hit the village of Hassajek, said the Russian Defense Ministry. Data recorders showed two Belgian F-16s in the area at the time, the minister said.   Neither Russian nor Syrian warplanes were in the area, having halted airstrikes in Aleppo on Tuesday for a humanitarian pause, the ministry said.   The claim was quietly denied by Brussels, with a spokeswoman saying its air force had no planes in the area at the time, reported the New Arab.   Belgium Defense Minister Steven Vandeput denied the accusation on Wednesday, calling it "Russian disinformation."   "Usually we do not reveal our positions, but currently we do not fly over the area [Aleppo]," he said, as quoted by L'Echo (Belgium
Item Number:15 Date: 10/19/2016 SYRIA - MORE THAN 900 REFUGEES FROM MOSUL REACH SYRIAN CAMP (OCT 19/ES)  EVENING STANDARD -- The United Nation's refugee agency says almost a thousand civilians have fled the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul into Syria, reports the Evening Standard (U.K.).   More than 900 people from Mosul were now at a refugee camp in Syria following the start of an Iraqi government offensive to regain control of the city from the Islamic State, said a spokesman for UNHCR on Wednesday.   This is the first known large group of civilians able to have escaped the city, reported the Daily Beast. Up to 1.5 million are believed to be in Mosul, including up to 5,000 ISIS fighters, noted the BBC.   The terror group has been trying to prevent locals from fleeing Mosul and directed some to buildings likely to be targeted by airstrikes, said residents cited by Reuters
  Item Number:16 Date: 10/19/2016 TURKEY - POLICE KILL WOULD-BE SUICIDE BOMBER IN ANKARA, BEFORE PLANNED ATTACK; 20 ISIS SUSPECTS DETAINED IN DIYARBAKIR RAIDS (OCT 19/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Counterterror police in Ankara have killed a would-be suicide bomber believed to be a member of the Islamic State, reports the state-run Anadolu Agency.   The 24-year-old man was killed during a police raid at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday in the Turkish capital, said police.   Local officials said the suspect refused to give up and fired on police, reported Newsweek.   The suspect was said to be plotting a suicide attack in Ankara and had reportedly been seen visiting Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and the former Parliament building.   A large quantity of explosives was found in his home, said a security official.   On Monday, Turkish intelligence warned of possible imminent terror attacks by ISIS in five provinces, including Ankara. Public gatherings have been banned by the government until Nov. 30.   Separately, later on Wednesday morning, counterterror police detained 20 suspected ISIS militants in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, said a police official.   They were arrested in raids at four locations across the province. The raids were not thought to be related to the Ankara incident, said Anadolu.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 10/19/2016 USA - DUNFORD, MILITARY LEADERS, DISCUSS DEFEATING ISIS, VIOLENT EXTREMISM (OCT 19/HILL TIMES)  HILL TIMES -- The top U.S. military officer has been hosting military chiefs from around 50 countries as well as senior American officials to discuss global violence and the follow-on effects of defeating the Islamic State, reports the Hill Times (Washington, D.C.).   Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that he anticipated success in the "coming months" in Mosul and Raqqa, the terrorist group's strongholds in Iraq and Syria, respectively.   The general called on military leaders to consider the "second and third order effects" of defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria and where challenges will arise.   The meeting on Monday was part of the Chiefs of Defense Conference at Joint Base Andrews, Md.   The military chiefs provided briefs on their various counterterrorism efforts in an effort to enhance trans-regional cooperation and review trans-regional terrorist threats.   Participating countries included Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.   The U.S. commanders of Africa Command, Central Command, European Command, Pacific Command, Northern Command, Southern Command and Special Operations Command also participated.  
Item Number:18 Date: 10/19/2016 USA - NAVAIR AWARDS $743 MILLION F-35 CONTRACT TO LOCKHEED (OCT 19/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas, has received another contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $743.2 million deal modifies a previous low-rate initial production Lot 9 F-35 advance acquisition contract.   The modification provides additional funding and establishes not-to-exceed prices for diminishing manufacturing and material shortages redesign and development; estimated post-production concurrency changes; and country unique requirements.   The deal also establishes the not-to-exceed prices for one F-35A and one F-35B aircraft for a non-U.S. participant in the F-35 program, said the Pentagon release. The nation was not identified by the Defense Dept.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed in December 2019.  
Item Number:19 Date: 10/19/2016 USA - NEW ARMY PROGRAM SEEKS TO MAXIMIZE POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS (OCT 19/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army is readying a pilot program expected to change the way the service manages job assignments of its personnel, reports the Army Times.   The Assignment Interactive Module (AIM) program is scheduled to begin in December, according to Maj. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, the head of the Army talent management task force.   The AIM incorporates a database that manages information on soldiers' job preferences, background, skills and expertise, including foreign-language proficiencies and civilian-acquired skills, said Shoffner.   The pilot program will lead to the Integrated Pay and Personnel System-Army (IPPSA), which will allow the Army to review soldiers and their skills across all three service components, said the general.   The system will give the Army "total visibility and automated ability" as it manages its nearly 1 million-strong workforce, he said.   "The big idea is that we can enhance readiness if we can figure out how to maximize everyone's potential to contribute," Shoffner said.   The IPPSA will make it possible for the service to track the abilities of its personnel in multiple areas and better match them with assignments as they progress in their careers, said Lt. Gen. James McConville, the deputy chief of staff for personnel.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 10/19/2016 USA - PETERSON AFB REVEALS SPILLING OF TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO COLORADO SPRINGS SEWERS (OCT 19/DENPOST)  DENVER POST -- U.S. Air Force officials say that a base in Colorado released 150,000 gallons of toxic wastewater into the local sewer system earlier this month, reports the Denver Post.   A wastewater leak from a tank from a firefighter training area was discovered on Oct. 12 at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, said officials on Tuesday.   The water contained perfluorinated chemicals, which are used to put out fuel fires at military airfields and have been linked to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, low birth weights and other health issues.   The chemicals went through a wastewater treatment plant before trickling into Fountain Creek, which flows south into the Arkansas River.   The spillage did not affect Colorado Spring's drinking water, said local officials.   "We take all environmental concerns seriously and have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the discharge and prevent it from happening again," said a statement from the commander of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson. 

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