Thursday, January 5, 2017

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The List 4355
To All,
I hope your week has started well. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego. And how about that USC victory in the Rose Bowl.
This Day In Naval History - January 3
1904 - Marines from USS Dixie arrive in Panama
1944 - Top Marine ace MAJ Boyington captured after shooting down 28 aircraft
1945 - Third Fleet carriers begin a 2 day attack against Formosa destroying
100 aircraft with loss of only 22 aircraft
1945: Task Force 38, under Vice Adm. John S. McCain, begins operations against Japanese airfields and shipping in the Formosa area, with aircraft sinking six enemy ships and destroying
100 aircraft with loss of only 22 aircraft.
Today in History January 3
Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
General George Washington defeats the British led by British General Lord Charles Cornwallis, at Princeton, New Jersey.
Delaware rejects a proposal that it join the South in seceding from the Union.
The Bulgarian government renounces the Treaty of Commerce tying it to the Austro-Hungarian empire.
The Social Democratic Congress in Germany demands universal suffrage.
Plans are announced for a new $150,000 Brooklyn stadium for the Trolley Dodgers baseball team.
Three armored Japanese cruisers are ordered to guard the Suez Canal.
The last of the U.S. troops depart France.
Italy halts the issuing of passports to those emigrating to the United States.
King Tutankhamen's sarcophagus is uncovered near Luxor, Egypt.
The second conference on Germany's war reparations begins at the Hague, in the Netherlands.
Hundreds of farmers storm a small town in depression-plagued Arkansas demanding food.
The Japanese take Shuangyashan, China, killing 500 Chinese.
President Harry S. Truman calls on Americans to spur Congress to act on the on-going labor crisis.
The British create the West Indies Federation with Lord Hailes as governor general.
Alaska is admitted into the Union as the 49th and largest state.
Fidel Castro takes command of the Cuban army.
The United States breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Cambodia warns the United Nations of retaliation unless the United States and South Vietnam end intrusions.
Apple Computers incorporates.
North Vietnamese troops reportedly occupy 400 square miles in Cambodia. North Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops were using Laos and Cambodia as staging areas for attacks against allied forces.
President Ronald Reagan condemns a rash of arson attacks on abortion clinics.
Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, surrenders to US forces.
George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
More than 7 million people receive South African citizenship that had previously been denied under Apartheid policies.
The first mobile flip phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale.
Mars Polar Lander launched.
The last original weekday Peanuts comic strip is published after a 50-year run, following the death of the strip's creator, Charles Schultz.
Fun Stuff from Fighter Sweep with an index of what is going on in the video
A US Navy cruise video shows the life and times of personnel on the ship. This one from VFA-83 Rampagers gives you an inside look into the life of F-18 fleet View More ›
Thanks to Carl
For the golf fans!  Others will enjoy too!
Thanks to Dennis
Here's a timely one for "The List".  I've often wondered about the words of the song sung by crowds at the advent of the New Year.  I found an article on Wikipedia and captured the essence of it here to share.
Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight. (By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. The international Boy Scout youth movement, in many countries, uses it to close jamborees and other functions.)
The song's Scots title may be translated into standard English as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently, "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times".
There are five versus below, with the full CHORUS appearing only after the first verse:
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
and surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we've wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And there's a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o' thine!
And we'll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
Here is a fascinating look into the future.  It certainly going to change the way a lot of young people think.
A fascinating perspective on the near future and its effect on various industries and people:
The FUTURE is approaching  faster than one can handle....!  
In 1998, Kodak had  170,000 employees and sold  85% of all photo paper worldwide.   
Within just a few years,  their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.

What  happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years and, most people  won't see it coming. 
Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never  take pictures on film again?
Yet digital cameras were  invented in 1975.  The first ones only had  10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law.  So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years.  It will now happen  again with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and  electric cars, education, 3Dprinting, agriculture and  jobs.   Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.  Welcome to the Exponential  Age .       
Software will disrupt most  traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool,  they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest  taxi company in the  world.
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel  company in the world, although they don't own any  properties.
Artificial  Intelligence:  Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world .  This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world,  10 years  earlier than expected.
In the US , young   lawyers already don't get jobs.   Because of IBM's Watson, you can get legal advice  (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with  90% accuracy compared with  70% accuracy when done by  humans.
So if you study law, stop  immediately.  There will be 90% less lawyers in the  future, only specialists will  remain.
Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer,  its times more accurate than  human nurses.
Facebook now has a  pattern recognition software that can recognize faces  better than humans.  In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans. (NEVER!/Albert)
Autonomous  cars  : In  2018 the first self driving cars  will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will  start to be disrupted. You don't want to own a car  anymore.  You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your  location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to  park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be  productive while driving.
Our kids will never get a  driver's licence and will never own a car.
It will change the cities,  because we will need 90-95% less cars for that.  We can transform former parking spaces into parks.
1.2 million people die each  year in car accidents worldwide.  We now have one accident every 60,000  miles  (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in  6million miles  (10 million km). That will save  a million lives each  year.
Most car companies will  probably become bankrupt.  Traditional car companies  try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple,  Google)  will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on  wheels.
Many engineers from  Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of  Tesla.
Insurance  companies will have massive trouble  because without accidents, the insurance will become  100x cheaper.   Their car insurance business model will disappear.
Real  estate  will change.  Because if you can work while you commute, people  will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighbourhood.
Electric cars will become  mainstream about 2020.  Cities will be less noisy  because all new cars will run on electricity.
Electricity will become  incredibly cheap and clean:  Solar production has been  on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.
Last year, more solar energy  was installed worldwide than fossil.  Energy companies  are desperately trying to limit  access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar  installations, but that can't last.  Technology will take care of  that strategy.
With cheap electricity comes  cheap and abundant water. Desalination   of salt  water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@  0.25 cents). We don't have  scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water.   Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.
Health: The  Tricorder  X price  will be announced this year.  There are companies who will build a  medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works  with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample  and you breath into it.
It then analyses  54 bio-markers that will identify nearly  any disease..  It will be cheap, so in a  few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class  medical analysis, nearly for free Goodbye, medical  establishment.
3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from  $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it  became 100 times faster. All major  shoe companies have already started 3D printing  shoes.
Some spare airplane parts  are already 3D printed in remote airports.  The space station now has a printer that eliminates the  need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.
At the end of this year, new  smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities.   You can then 3D scan your feet and print  your perfect shoe at home.
In China, they already  3D printed and built a  complete 6-storey office building.  By  202710% of everything that's being   produced will be 3D printed.
Business  opportunities: If you think of a niche  you want to go in, first ask yourself: "In the future, do I think we will have that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?
If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea.  And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.
Work 70-80% of jobs will disappear in  the next 20 years. There will be a lot  of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a short time.  This will require a rethink on wealth distribution.               
Agriculture : There will be a  $100 agricultural robot in the future.  Farmers in 3rd world countries can then  become managers of their field instead of working all day on their  fields.
Aeroponics will need much less water.  The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be  cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now,  30% of all agricultural  surfaces is used for cows.  Imagine if we don't need that space  anymore.
There are several start-ups  who will bring insect protein to the market shortly.  It contains  more protein than meat. It will be labelled as "alternative protein source"  (because most people still reject the idea of eating  insects).
There is an app called  "moodies" which can already tell in  which mood you're in.  By   2020 there will be apps that can  tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying.  Imagine a  political debate where it's being displayed when  they're telling the truth and  when they're not.
Item Number:1 Date: 01/03/2017 BAHRAIN - TERRORIST INMATES FREED IN ATTACK ON PRISON (JAN 03/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Gunmen have attacked a prison in Bahrain, killing a policeman and freeing 10 prisoners charged with terrorism, reports the Voice of America News.   Five attackers, said to be part of a "terrorist group" and armed with automatic weapons, attacked Jaw prison on Sunday, said the Interior Ministry. The facility is located south of the capital Manama.   Seven escapees were serving life sentences for "terrorist acts," and the others were serving long sentences, said authorities.   A massive manhunt has been launched, reported Gulf News (Dubai). Security agencies "have intensified their search operations to arrest the terrorist elements who were involved as well as the terrorist convicts who escaped," said the Interior Ministry.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 01/03/2017 BURUNDI - DEATH OF ENVIRONMENT MINISTER CALLED ASSASSINATION (JAN 03/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Burundi's environment minister has been shot and killed in an apparent assassination, reports Agence France-Presse.   Police confirmed that Emmanuel Niyonkuru was killed while coming from a New Year's Eve Party to his residence in the capital Bujumbura, reported UPI.   Four people have been taken in for questioning, including the owner of a bar the minister visited regularly, two security personnel who was guarding his home and a woman who was traveling with him, reported Reuters.   President Pierre Nkurunziza called the killing an assassination and vowed to punish the perpetrators.   At least 500 people have been killed in unrest since April 2015 when Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term. He was re-elected in July 2015.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 01/03/2017 CHINA - RAISING REGIONAL TENSIONS, LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER DRILLS IN S. CHINA SEA (JAN 03/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese navy has acknowledged that its sole aircraft carrier is conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The Liaoning carrier conducted takeoff and landing drills on Monday in the region with J-15 fighter jets and several ship-borne helicopters, said a military source.   Taiwan's Defense Ministry said on Dec. 26 that the carrier and five escorts had entered the top half of the South China Sea and passed 90 nm from its south, reported Reuters. The ships later docked at a base on China's Hainan island.   The ships were also spotted by Japanese vessels passing between the Japanese islands of Miyako and Okinawa.   The Liaoning began heading to the Western Pacific on Dec. 24 for routine "blue-water training," said a Chinese navy spokesman at the time. The deployment is the carrier's first beyond the First Island Chain.   Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have competing claims in the South China Sea
Item Number:4 Date: 01/03/2017 COLOMBIA - TROOPS SEIZE ELN FIGHTERS, FREE CHILD RECRUITS (JAN 03/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- Colombian troops have rescued eight child soldiers who were recruited by the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group, reports the International Business Times.   The operation took place near the northern town of Montecristo, said the Defense Ministry on Sunday.   The army also captured 12 ELN fighters and seized weapons and communications equipment, the ministry said.   On Saturday, the ELN freed a businessman, who had been held hostage since March. Octavio Figueroa was released close to the border of Venezuela after a ransom was paid, reported the BBC.   The Colombian government and the ELN are expected to arrange new peace talks in Ecuador this month. Proposed talks in October broke down after the rebels failed to free a key hostage
  Item Number:5 Date: 01/03/2017 INDIA - NAVY HEAD SUCCEEDS AIR MARSHAL ATOP CHIEFS OF STAFF COMMITTEE (JAN 03/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- The head of the Indian navy is the new chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, reports the Times of India.   Adm. Sunil Lanba succeeded Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the air force chief, on Dec. 29.   At the time, Raha and army chief Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag were also about to step down, being replaced by Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa and Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat, respectively.   The chiefs of staff committee consists of the army, navy and air force chiefs. The most-senior officer serves as the chairman until he retires.   The Indian government is considering creating another four-star officer post, either as chief of defense staff or permanent chiefs of staff committee chairman at the same level as the service chiefs.   Should that occur, the new officer would be responsible for tri-service integrated planning, policy and procurement.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/03/2017 IRAQ - ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR DOZENS OF DEATHS IN SUICIDE BOMBINGS IN BAGHDAD, SAMARRA (JAN 03/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A suicide car bombing in Iraq's capital has killed at least 39 people and wounded 62 others, reports Al Jazeera.   The blast on Monday hit a busy market in Baghdad's predominately Shi'ite Sadr City district, said the Interior Ministry.   The attacker reportedly lured dozens of laborers by promising work before detonating the vehicle.   Turkey's Daily Sabah put the death toll at 50 or more, also noting that the attack overshadowed the visit of French President Francois Hollande, who was offering help to Iraq's fight against ISIS.   Another car bomb was detonated in the parking lot of the nearby Al-Kindi hospital, killing three people, reported the BBC.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for both of those attacks.   Also Monday, gunmen wearing suicide vests attacked two police stations in Samarra, north of Baghdad, killing at least seven policemen, said security sources.   Amaq, an agency that serves as the mouthpiece for Islamic State, said the terror group was responsible for the police attacks.   
 Item Number:7 Date: 01/03/2017 ISRAEL - AFTER HAMAS MOCKS DEAD SOLDIER, SECURITY CABINET DECIDES TO STOP RETURNING MILITANT BODIES (JAN 03/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Security Cabinet in Israel has decided that it will no longer return the bodies of Hamas militants killed during attacks to their families, reports the Times of Israel.   The bodies will be buried instead, said the Cabinet. The remains could be later exhumed and returned as part of exchanges, reported the BBC.   This is a permanent change of policy, said the Cabinet.   The decision is aimed at pressuring the group to return two Israeli citizens and the remains of two soldiers who were killed in the 2014 Gaza war.   The move came after Hamas released videos on Saturday mocking the death of one of the deceased soldiers. The group's armed wing showed a "birthday" celebration on video clips, reported the BBC.   The government has made various gestures to recover the bodies, including offering amnesty of jailed Palestinians. In September 2016, Israeli officials said that Hamas had rejected an offer to swap 18 Palestinian prisoners and the bodies of 19 others.  
Item Number:8 Date: 01/03/2017 KAZAKHSTAN - DEFENSE MINISTRY CONTINUES PROBE OF SU-27 CRASH (JAN 03/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Kazakh Defense Ministry temporarily grounded its fleet of Su-27 fighters in late December, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   "Flights of Su-27 fighter jets have been suspended until the causes and the circumstances of the [Dec. 21] air incident are established," the ministry told the Russian news agency on Dec. 30.   A Kazakh Su-27 went down near Taldykorgan during a night training flight; the pilot ejected safely.   Initial reports suggested a malfunction in the plane's fuel system led to the crash
  Item Number:9 Date: 01/03/2017 NORTH KOREA - CYBER ATTACK BY N. KOREA COULD DISABLE U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND NETWORKS, SAYS DEFENSE REPORT FROM SOUTH (JAN 03/KH)  KOREA HERALD -- North Korean hackers could potentially paralyze the computer networks of the U.S. Pacific Command, says a South Korean state-run think tank cited by the Korea Herald.   A recent simulation by the Pentagon demonstrated that such a cyber attack might "paralyze" the control center for the Pacific Command and even could damage the power grid on the U.S. mainland, says the report by the Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DATQ).   Pyongyang has been improving its cyber capabilities and the South Korean Defense Ministry estimates the North has around 6,800 specialists on cyber terrorism, the paper reported on Dec. 27. Other experts believe there might be from 10,000 to 30,000 North Korean cyber warriors.   South Korea has only 600 personnel assigned to its cyber command.   The South's cybersecurity level is under 80 percent of those of other developed countries, says DATQ. South Korea needs to do more to bolster the capabilities needed to defend against attacks from the North, the report says
Item Number:10 Date: 01/03/2017 QATAR - GOVERNMENT MAY PURCHASE UP TO 1,000 ARMORED VEHICLES FROM 3-NATION JOINT VENTURE (JAN 03/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- A multinational joint venture has been talking with Qatar for the production of around 1,000 armored vehicles, reports Defense News.   BMC in Turkey, Germany's Rheinmetall and Malaysia's Etika Strategi launched a Turkish subsidiary, RBSS, in August.   That joint venture will focus on wheeled and tracked armored vehicles for the Turkish and other vehicles.   The venture, through BMC, began contract negotiations recently with the Qatari government for 1,000 armored vehicles of different types, said company officials.   Separately, the Turkish government has awarded BMC a US$480 million contract for 35 Amazon armored vehicles. The Turkish firm also received a deal to sell 329 Kirpi vehicles to the Turkish military in 2017
Item Number:11 Date: 01/03/2017 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB CLAIMS SUICIDE ATTACKS IN MOGADISHU (JAN 03/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Suicide car bombers killed at least five people and injured 17 others in Somalia's capital, reports the Voice of America News.   Monday's attack took place near Mogadishu's international airport.   One vehicle targeted a checkpoint manned by Somali army personnel near Medina Gate, one of the main entrances to the airport, said authorities.   A second car then went through the checkpoint and blew up outside the Peace Hotel opposite the airport, said residents. According to one accounts, that vehicle came under fire from African Union peacekeepers.   The dead included four civilians, a government solider and the two bombers, said medical and security sources.   Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the fighters intended to attack the nearby hotel, which was damaged, reported Al Jazeera
Item Number:12 Date: 01/03/2017 SOUTH KOREA - PENTAGON AWARDS CONTRACT MODIFICATION TO DEVELOP F-35 FIGHTERS FOR SEOUL (JAN 03/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas, a contract modification for the F-35 Lightning II program, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $450 million deal modifies a previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 10 F-35 advance acquisition contract, said the Pentagon on Dec. 29.   The award covers integration work for the development and delivery of F-35 systems to South Korea under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, said a Pentagon release.   Work will take place in Fort Worth and is expected to be finished by August 2019
Item Number:13 Date: 01/03/2017 SYRIA - CITING TRUCE VIOLATIONS, FSA REBELS SUSPEND FURTHER PEACE TALKS (JAN 03/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Several Syrian opposition groups have suspended their participation in peace talks brokered by Turkey and Russia, citing alleged cease-fire violations by the Assad regime, reports Deutsche Welle.   The truce has been in place since Friday. Talks are planned in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, later in January.   Ten rebel groups operating under the flag of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) said on Monday that the government in Damascus and its allies "have continued firing and committed many and large violations."   The "worst violations" took place in the rebel-held Wadi Barada valley, northwest of Damascus, the FSA rebels said.   On Monday, the Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, advanced to the outskirts of Ain al-Fijeh, the primary source for drinking water in the area, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   The area is not covered by the peace deal because of the presence of Nusra Front (also known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham), terrorists excluded from the truce, noted the BBC
Item Number:14 Date: 01/03/2017 TURKEY - HUNT GOES ON FOR ISTANBUL NIGHTCLUB ATTACKER (JAN 03/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Turkish police are still hunting for a man who attacked a crowded nightclub Sunday in Istanbul, reports the New York Times.   The New Year's Eve party was attacked by the unidentified gunman. He killed at least 39 people and injured at least 69 others, said Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.   At least 16 of the dead victims were foreigners from 14 different countries, including India, Morocco, Jordan, Canada, Russia Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, reported CNN.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility, boasting it was the first major terrorist attack of 2017.   On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said investigators had found fingerprints of the suspect and know what he looks like, as reported by CNN.   Eight people have been detained in connection to the attack, but the gunman was not among them, said Kurtulmus
Item Number:15 Date: 01/03/2017 UGANDA - SENIOR POLICE INSPECTOR WARNS OF ORGANIZED CRIMINAL NETWORKS IN SECURITY FORCES (JAN 03/DAILYMON)  DAILY MONITOR -- A senior Ugandan police official says an organized crime group has infiltrated Ugandan security and intelligence agencies, reports the Daily Monitor (Kampala).   The "mafia" group uses its network to commit sophisticated crimes, including financial fraud in collusion with bank employees, Gen. Kale Kayihura, the inspector general of police, said on Wednesday.   The general warned that police, military and other government agencies have been infiltrated. The collusion with bank employees also makes every bank customer vulnerable to electronic fraud, he said.   The criminals are also involved in defrauding foreign investors who are lured to Uganda, said Kayihura.   The allegations were dismissed by the Uganda Bankers Association and the government's Financial Intelligence Authority
Item Number:16 Date: 01/03/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - 'CREATIVE ACCOUNTING,' TREASURY PRESSURE LEAVES MILITARY FACING SHORTAGES OF FUNDING (JAN 03/DTL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- The British armed forces face the possibility of a new round of budget reductions, reports London's Daily Telegraph.   The military currently does not have enough money for various spending commitments, which means more reductions are needed, unnamed senior defense sources told the paper last week.   The Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) that was published last year was supposed to finalize defense plans for the rest of the decade.   Then-Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to increase defense spending to meet the NATO requirement of 2 percent of GDP. However, that figure included expenditures that were previously not counted, including pensions and U.N. peacekeeping.   Some lawmakers have scoffed at the "creative accounting."   Making matters worse, the fall in the value of the British pound compared to the U.S. dollar has increased the cost of equipment being purchased from Washington.   The SDSR was not properly funded for the first couple years, said one source, who also noted that the Treasury has demanded efficiencies that are expected to be painful.   The government's claim about increases notwithstanding, defense spending has mostly flattened and is unlikely to grow until the end of the decade, said Malcolm Chalmers, the deputy director-general of the Royal United Services Institute.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 01/03/2017 USA - ADDING LONG DEPLOYMENTS TO EUROPE PUTS MORE PRESSURE ON ARMY'S ARMORED BCTS (JAN 03/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army is going to deploy an armored brigade combat team to Europe in 2017 as part of its regional buildup, reports the Army Times.   About 4,000 troops from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colo., will be the first to rotate in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.   This will be the first time that the Army deploys a full armored BCT to Europe for a nine-month stint.   The new back-to-back rotations to Europe come five years after budget reductions prompted the service to eliminate the two heavy brigades stationed there and bring home all of their heavy equipment.   The new deployment also adds strains to the Army's force of nine armored BCTs, which already have been assigned nine-month rotations to Kuwait and South Korea. There are another five armored BCTs in the National Guard.   The Army earlier this year announced that it will convert the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, Ga., into an armored BCT by next summer in an effort to alleviate the pressure.   The 2nd BCT, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss, Texas, is also being transferred from its training role to the operational force.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 01/03/2017 USA - ARMY ORDERS ANOTHER 409 JOINT LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLES (JAN 03/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- Oshkosh Defense in Wisconsin has received a U.S. Army contract for scores of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs), reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $176 million contract modification covers 409 JLTVs, according to a Pentagon release on Dec. 29.   Work under the contract, to take place in Oshkosh, Wis., is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017
Item Number:19 Date: 01/03/2017 USA - SEARCH GOES ON IN MASS. FOR FORMER ARMY RESERVIST WHO FLED JAIL IN R.I. (JAN 03/FN)  FOX NEWS -- Authorities in New England are searching for a former U.S. Army reservist who has escaped from maximum security detention facility, reports Fox News.   James Morales broke out on Saturday night from the Donald Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island. He apparently climbed a basketball hoop to reach a rooftop, cut through a fence and climbed through razor wire.   Blood was found in the area, reported   Morales was charged with stealing weapons from a U.S. Army Reserve Center in Massachusetts in November 2015 by breaking in through a kitchen window. At the time, Morales was wearing a electronic monitoring bracelet as a condition for bail for a separate sexual assault charge, reported Reuters.   On Monday, police in Massachusetts said they had found a getaway vehicle believed to have been stolen by Morales in Attleboro, Mass.   The search was then focused on Framingham, Mass., said police
  Item Number:20 Date: 01/03/2017 USA - USAF MOVES FOR JSTARS REPLACEMENT (JAN 03/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force recently released the development request for proposal (RFP) for a program to replace the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), reports the Air Force News Service.   The proposal, issued on Dec. 28, covers all aspects of the system, including the airframe, radar, communication systems and battle management command-and-control suite, said the service.   The RFP is expected to result in the delivery of three engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) systems for testing.   There are also contract options for low-rate initial production of two more systems and full-rate production of lots 1-3, each with four systems, for a total of 17 aircraft.   The JSTARS recapitalization program recently completed an 11-month pre-EMD project with Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. These activities helped assess the maturity of subsystem technology, reduced integration risk and provided data for the RFP, said Air Force officials.   A contract is anticipated for fiscal 2018, with initial operational capability to follow in fiscal 2024.   The JSTARS provides airborne battle management and command-and-control of joint and coalition forces, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance of ground movements.


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