Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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The List 4439

To All,
I hope your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - April 25
1862 - Union naval forces occupy New Orleans, LA
1898 - Congress declares war existed with Spain since 21 April
1914: In the first use of U.S. Navy aircraft in a combat situation, Lt. j.g. P.N.L. Bellinger made a flight from USS Mississippi's aviation unit at Vera Cruz, Mexico, to observe the city and make preliminary search for mines in the harbor.
1959 - USS Eversole rescues 14 Chinese Nationalist fishermen from their sinking fishing trawler in the Formosa Strait.
April 25
The Sultan of Morocco launches a successful attack to capture Timbuktu.
The Ming Chongzhen emperor commits suicide by hanging himself.
At the Battle of Almansa, Franco-Spanish forces defeat the Anglo-Portugese forces.
Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe is published in London.
The guillotine is first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.
Work begins on the Suez Canal in Egypt.
After facing defeat in the Red River Campaign, Union General Nathaniel Bank returns to Alexandria, Louisiana.
Tokyo is opened for foreign trade.
French commander Henri Riviere seizes the citadel of Hanoi in Indochina.
The United States declares war on Spain.
Australian and New Zealand troops land at Gallipoli in Turkey.
General Paul von Hindenburg takes office as president of Germany.
In Iran, Reza Khan is crowned Shah and chooses the name "Pahlavi."
Puccini's opera Turandot premiers at La Scala in Milan with Arturo Toscanini conducting.
A seeing eye dog is used for the first time.
U.S. and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on Elbe River.
After a three day fight against Chinese Communist Forces, the Gloucestershire Regiment is annihilated on "Gloucester Hill," in Korea.
The magazine Nature publishes an article by biologists Francis Crick and James Watson, describing the "double helix" of DNA.
Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" goes to number one on the charts.
The St. Lawrence Seaway--linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes--opens to shipping.
The first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth is completed by a Triton submarine.
A U.S. Ranger spacecraft crash lands on the Moon.
The country of Bangladesh is established.
President Jimmy Carter tells the American people about the hostage rescue disaster in Iran.
In accordance with the Camp David agreements, Israel completes a withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula.
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro begins a six year term as Nicaragua's president.
Thanks to Tam and Hal -

Yesterday I sent you some information about the plot to bring down the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.  Know this though, if all the unexploded charges that DIDN"T go off had, there would have been no survivors to tell the tale.  Below is more that my friend Tamara found on the Third Man in the Ryder Truck, Hussein al-Husseini. 
Notice also that he once worked with other Iraqis in catering at the Logan Airport in Boston  Ring a bell ??  Logan is where some of the 9-11 Hijackers departed to bring down the two World Trade Center towers.
Know also that when the last body was brought out from the Murrah Building wreckage, the building was demolished and the rubble hauled away to a location I have not been able to discover.  So, what was in there and why was it a threat to President Clinton and AG Janet Reno?  Take a guess....

More on the April 19, 1995 OK bombing
Hussain Hashem al-HUSSAINI, Oklahoma City, Third Suspect, is John Doe Number 2
Subject: Cleaning out the garage
Video runs 1 minute, 6 seconds.  Cute!!
Thanks to Carl
20 Clever Jokes Only Grammar Nerds Will Appreciate
Thanks to Fred
 Bear Hunt - superb 
  How on earth did they film this ?
                                   "https://www.youtube.com/ embed/DPjPhzGrWA4"
Thanks to Tim
MQ-25 program - commentary
Evidently causing quite a stir in OPNAV today …. I can tell you his info is exact too.
Thanks to Dutch and others
Thanks to Bud -
Pretty strong stuff for the Washington Post!
John Is My Heart
This is a well-written article about a father who put several of his kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine. Interesting observation by this dad.  See below.  A very interesting commentary that says a lot about our society.
 By Frank Schaeffer of the Washington Post
 Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was defending me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully. Sometimes I cry.
 When the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way. John was headstrong, and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with straight backs and flawless uniforms. I did not. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher education-worshiping North Shore of Boston I write novels for a living. I have never served in the military.
It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to Georgetown and New York University. John's enlisting was unexpected, so deeply unsettling. I did not relish the prospect of answering the question, "So where is John going to college?" from the parents who were itching to tell me all about how their son or daughter was going to Harvard. At the private high school John attended, no other students were going into the military.
"But aren't the Marines terribly Southern?" (Says a lot about open-mindedness in the Northeast) asked one perplexed mother while standing next to me at the brunch following graduation. "What a waste, he was such a good student," said another parent. One parent (a professor at a nearby and rather famous university) spoke up at a school meeting and suggested that the school should " carefully evaluate what went wrong."
When John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris Island, 3000 parents and friends were on the parade deck stands. We parents and our Marines not only were of many races but also were representative of many economic classes. Many were poor. Some arrived crammed in the backs of pickups, others by bus. John told me that a lot of parents could not afford the trip.
We in the audience were white and Native American. We were Hispanic, Arab, and African American, and Asian. We were former Marines wearing the scars of battle, or at least baseball caps emblazoned with battles' names. We were Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms defaced by jailhouse tattoos. We would not have been mistaken for the educated and well-heeled parents gathered on the lawns of John's private school a half-year before.
After graduation one new Marine told John, "Before I was a Marine, if I had ever seen you on my block I would've probably killed you just because you were standing there." This was a serious statement from one of John's good friends, a black ex-gang member from Detroit who, as John said, "would die for me now, just like I'd die for him."
My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy.
Why were I and the other parents at my son's private school so surprised by his choice? During World War II, the sons and daughters of the most powerful and educated families did their bit. If the idea of the immorality of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to volunteer for military service once that war was done?
Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the world a safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having somebody else defend us? What is the future of our democracy when the sons and daughters of the janitors at our elite universities are far more likely to be put in harm's way than are any of the students whose dorms their parents clean?
I feel shame because it took my son's joining the Marine Corps to make me take notice of who is defending me. I feel hope because perhaps my son is part of a future "greatest generation. "As the storm clouds of war gather, at least I know that I can look the men and women in uniform in the eye. My son is one of them. He is the best I have to offer. He is my heart.
Oh, how I wish so many of our younger generations could read this article.  It makes me so sad to hear the way they talk with no respect for what their fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers experienced so they can live in freedom.  Please pass it on....
Item Number:1 Date: 04/25/2017 INDIA - DEALS REACHED WITH S. KOREA ON HOWITZERS, SHIPBUILDING (APR 25/HINDU)  THE HINDU -- The Indian and South Korean governments have finalized separate agreements covering the production of artillery pieces and cooperation in shipbuilding, reports the Hindu (India).   An intergovernmental memorandum of understanding was inked on April 21 covering cooperation in shipbuilding.   The cooperation is part of the Make in India policy, under which warships will be built at domestic shipyards with South Korea's help, reported Defense News.   India has already designated Hindustan Shipyard (HSL) in Visakhapatnam for the program. South Korea will name its shipyard in the near future.   The cooperation is expected to help HSL to modernize its facilities.   HSL has partnered with Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea to build five fleet-support ships costing about US$1.5 billion as well as two strategic operating vessels, worth about US$448 million.   Meanwhile, Kangnam Corp. of South Korea is working with India's state-owned Goa Shipyard build 12 mine countermeasures vessels for more than US$5.5 billion. Kangnam will provide consultancy, design and technological assistance to the Indian shipyard for US$1 billion.   Also on April 21, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) of India and Hanwa Techwin of South Korea signed a US$650 million contract for the manufacture of K9 Vajra-T self-propelled howitzers for the Indian army.   Deliveries of the guns are scheduled to begin later this year and conclude in 42 months, said L&T officials
Item Number:2 Date: 04/25/2017 INDIA - MAOISTS ATTACK PARAMILITARIES IN CHHATTISGARH, KILLING AT LEAST 26 (APR 25/FINEX)  FINANCIAL EXPRESS -- Officials say at least 26 paramilitaries from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been killed in an attack by Maoist militants, called Naxalites, in India's eastern Chhattisgarh state, reports the Financial Express (India).   The CRPF personnel providing security for workers building a road in the Kalapathar area of the southern Bastar region when they were attacked on Monday, reported the Press Trust of India.   At least six paramilitaries were injured and another seven or eight were missing, said a CRPF official cited by the PTI.   Twelve CPRF members were killed in the region in a similar ambush on March 12, noted officials
Item Number:3 Date: 04/25/2017 IRAQ - ISIS LOSES ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD IN MOSUL (APR 25/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A senior Iraqi commander says government forces fighting in western Mosul have taken control of one of the area's largest neighborhoods from the Islamic State, reports Agence France-Presse.   Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces cleared out the Tenek neighborhood on Tuesday, said Staff Lt. Gen. Abdulwahab al-Saadi on Monday.   The area was one of the ISIS' main strongholds, he said.   The battling lasted for a week and included the destruction of more than 20 car bombs and the deaths of dozens of militants, the commander said.   Government forces have surrounded western Mosul's Old City from the south, west and north. About a few hundred ISIS fighters are believed to remain in the western part of the city
Item Number:4 Date: 04/25/2017 IRAQ - TURKISH AIRSTRIKE DIRECTED AT PKK KILLS 6 PESHMERGA FIGHTERS (APR 25/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Kurdish sources say Turkish airstrikes intended to hit fighters from the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) have killed six security personnel from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish government, reports Agence France-Presse.   Kurdish officials said Tuesday's airstrikes were apparently aimed at a Yazidi militia allied with the PKK, which is considered a terrorist group by Ankara. Turkey is allied with the Iraqi Kurdish government.   Kurdish sources called the deaths a "mistake," as cited by Iran's PressTV.   The strike hit Sinjar Mountain in the north, killing five peshmerga and one intelligence official, said an official with Iraq's autonomous Kurdish government. Nine others were wounded, he said.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 04/25/2017 ISRAEL - 3 MORE F-35S ARRIVE AT NEVATIM AFB (APR 25/HA)  HAARETZ -- The Israeli air force has received three more F-35I fighters, reports Haaretz.   Known as the "Adir" in Israel, the jets arrived on Sunday at Nevatim Air Force Base in central Israel, where Israel is building its first operational F-35 squadron.   The air force received its first two F-35s in December and has been conducting test flights since then.   Several more are expected to be delivered throughout 2017, with the service planning to have an operational squadron by the end of the year.   Israel has ordered about 50 F-35s, with the goal of establishing two squadrons. All 50 are expected by 2021, noted Jerusalem Online.  
Item Number:6 Date: 04/25/2017 KAZAKHSTAN - PRESIDENT ON BOARD WITH INCREASING DEFENSE TO 1 PERCENT OF GDP, SAYS MINISTER (APR 25/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Kazakh Defense Minister Saken Zhasuzakov says he has secured spending of 1 percent of gross domestic product for defense over the next few years, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The defense budget limits for 2018 to 2020 were initially set at 0.73 percent to 0.62 percent of GDP, Zhasuzakov told lawmakers on Monday.   However, this would have cut the procurement of new weapons and equipment. The minister said he took the matter to President Nursultan Nazarbayev and got the green light for a defense budget of at least 1 percent of GDP.   In 2016, the Kazakh defense budget reached about 0.95 percent of GDP, noted Zhasuzakov
  Item Number:7 Date: 04/25/2017 MALAYSIA - REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ONGOING PRESENCE OF CHINESE COAST GUARD OFF MALAYSIA'S SARAWAK STATE (APR 25/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Chinese coast guard continues to conduct regular patrols at the Malaysia-administered Luconia Shoals in the South China Sea, reports the South China Morning Post, citing partners of a Washington, D.C., think tank.   The Chinese patrols are a signal that Beijing plans to maintain a maritime presence within its contested claim to most of the South China Sea, according to a recent report by the analysts.   Three different Chinese vessels conducted regular patrols near the shoals, which are about 990 miles (1,600 km) from China and 90 miles (145 km) north of Borneo, says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.   As many as 11 coast guard ships, including a 5,000-metric-ton vessel, have been rotating regularly to those waters since early 2016, according to the AMTI.   The Luconia Shoals off the coast of Sarawak are administered by Malaysia, but also claimed by China and Taiwan.   Malaysia is unlikely to be confrontational on the issue, because of its economic dependence on China, said one analyst.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 04/25/2017 NORWAY - WHITE PAPER PROMOTES EUROPEAN COOPERATION, MORE EFFORTS IN SOUTH, EAST (APR 25/NORMFA)  NORWEGIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS -- The Norwegian government recently issued a new white paper on foreign and security policy, reports the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The document, published on April 21, sets out the government's preferred path for Norway to address modern challenges in a difficult security environment.   The white paper calls for strengthening existing foreign and security policy tools, including more transatlantic cooperation, consistent policy toward Russia and continued support of an international order based on values that are important to the nation, said Foreign Affairs Minister Borge Brende.   NATO and the U.S. security guarantee will remain the cornerstone of Norway's security policy, the minister said.   Norway should develop closer security policy cooperation with European allies and other Nordic countries, says the document. "We will build closer ties with Germany, the U.K., France and the Netherlands in the field of security policy," said Brende.   The government will also strengthen its engagement in fragile states in the Middle East, North Africa and Sahel in an effort to improve stability and reduce security challenges in Europe, says the document.   The paper also calls for defense spending to be gradually increased to reach the NATO benchmark of 2 percent of gross domestic product.  
 Item Number:9 Date: 04/25/2017 PAKISTAN - 10 DIE IN MINIBUS BOMBING IN KURRAM; TALIBAN FACTION TARGETS SHI'ITES, CENSUS WORKERS (APR 25/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A roadside bomb was detonated Tuesday at a minibus in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 10 people and injuring 13, say officials cited by Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The bomb was detonated remotely as the bus was en route to the town of Sadda in Kurram, in the tribal areas, said regional authorities.   The bus included members of a census team.   Jamaat ur Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack. A group spokesman said the attack targeted Shi'ites and the census workers, noted Reuters.   The army deployed an Mi-17 helicopter to help transfer the wounded, reported Dawn (Pakistan
Item Number:10 Date: 04/25/2017 PARAGUAY - HUGE ROBBERY LEADS TO GUNFIGHTS IN BRAZIL, PARAGUAY; SECURITY DEPLOYED ON BOTH SIDES OF BORDER (APR 25/RT)  RUSSIA TODAY -- Paraguay has deployed the military to the southeast after assailants stole up to US$40 million from a security firm and the siege of a police headquarters, reported RT (Russia).   Late Sunday, more than 50 people armed with machine guns and explosives attacked a cash-storage facility in Ciudad del Este, which is located on the border with Brazil, reported CNN.   The gang created a diversion by burning cars and attacking a local police station, said officials. One police officer was killed.   They apparently fled in several armored trucks and then transferred their haul to boats on the Parana River. Brazilian police intercepted 12 members of the gang 30 miles downriver in Itaipulandia, killing three while the others escaped, reported the BBC.   On Monday, Paraguayan Interior Minister Lorenzo Lezcano said that a "significant [number] of men and security personnel" would be deployed to key locations. A major security operation is said to be underway on both sides of the border.   Local authorities believe the robbers were members of Primer Comando de la Capital, one of the largest criminal organizations in Brazil.   The incident is being described as the "robbery of the century."  
  Item Number:11 Date: 04/25/2017 PHILIPPINES - REBEL BASE FALLS TO SOLDIERS IN MINDANAO AFTER 3 DAYS OF FIGHTING (APR 25/REU)  REUTERS -- Security forces in the Philippines killed dozens of Islamic State-linked militants in an operation over the weekend, according to an army general cited by Reuters.   The general said that ighting began on Friday on the southern island of Mindanao after Philippine soldiers found a well-protected base belonging to a Muslim separatist faction known as the Maute group.   The base, guarded by about 150 fighters, was captured on Monday, said Brig. Gen. Roland Bautista on Monday.   Artillery and airstrikes killed about 36 fighters at the base, he said. Three government soldiers were wounded in the action, he added.   The remaining militants reportedly split up into small groups and fled.   The Maute is comprised of fighters from larger Muslim separatist groups that have signed a cease-fire with the government. Maute leaders have pledged allegiance to ISIS.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/25/2017 SOUTH KOREA - CONTROVERSIAL TRAINING RANGE RESUMES OPERATIONS (APR 25/YON)  YONHAP -- The U.S. military has resumed operations at a shooting range in South Korea that was closed after an incident earlier this month, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Rodriguez live-fire range, located in Pocheon, Gyeonggi province, was temporarily closed after two stray rounds fired from a U.S. helicopter landed at a nearby ranch. There were no injuries.   On Tuesday, the U.S. Eighth Army announced that a joint investigation with South Korea had concluded and that the range would reopen.   U.S. troops resumed firing on the ground on Tuesday. Aerial live-fire drills are expected to resume next month.   Nearby residents have long complained about the range's noise, fires and accidents, noted the Stars and Stripes. Missiles and shells have been known to land outside of the range's boundaries.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 04/25/2017 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. NUCLEAR SUB DOCKS IN SOUTH, AMID ARTILLERY DRILLS IN NORTH (APR 25/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- A U.S. nuclear submarine is now in South Korea as part of a "routine visit," says the Navy, as reported by CNN.   The USS Michigan, a guided-missile submarine, arrived Tuesday at Pusan (Busan), a port city on the southeast tip of the peninsula, according to a statement from U.S. Forces Korea.   The sub is not expected to take part in joint exercises with South Korea, said the statement.   The boat will eventually conduct drills with the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, which is due in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) later this week as a show of force, said South Korean defense officials, as cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The arrival came the same day of a massive live-fire artillery drill in North Korea marking the 85th founding anniversary of its military.   The artillery drills, described as the North's largest ever, were held near the eastern city of Wonsan, said South Korea's military.  
 Item Number:14 Date: 04/25/2017 SPAIN - MULTIPLE ARRESTS MADE, WITH SUSPECTS LINKED TO BRUSSELS ATTACK; CATALAN, BELGIAN AUTHORITIES COLLABORATE (APR 25/LOCAL)  THE LOCAL -- Spanish police in the Catalan region have arrested eight people with suspected links to terror attacks in Belgium last year, reports the Local (Spain).   ABC News said nine were arrested -- a Spaniard and eight Morccans.   Raids were made early Tuesday at 12 properties in and around Barcelona after an eight-month investigation, said police.   Four of those detained are suspected of being directly linked to the March 2016 attacks on the airport and subway in Brussels that left 32 dead and more than 320 wounded, reported i24 news.   Several of the suspects allegedly have links to jihadist organizations, including the Islamic State, and organized crime, said police.   Catalan and Belgian authorities have been collaborating for months before the arrests, reported Politico.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/25/2017 UKRAINE - MINE KILLS AMERICAN PARAMEDIC WITH OSCE MISSION (APR 25/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- An American paramedic has become the first member of an international mission in eastern Ukraine to be killed, reported Newsweek.   A member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) was killed Sunday in an explosion near Pryshyb in the non-government controlled Luhansk region, reports the OSCE.   An SMM patrol with six members in two armored vehicles were driving on a secondary road, previously used by the mission, when the second vehicle hit a mine and was severely damaged.   The paramedic was killed and two other monitors, a German and a Czech, were injured, reported Reuters.   There are more than 700 OSCE monitors in Ukraine observing a 2015 cease-fire between Kiev and Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.  
Item Number:16 Date: 04/25/2017 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - 1 DEATH REPORTED IN ENCOUNTER WITH IRANIAN BOAT (APR 25/GULF)  GULF NEWS -- One military member from the United Arab Emirates was killed Tuesday in an encounter with an Iranian boat, reports Gulf News.   An Iranian boat attempted to enter Emirati waters close to the Fujairah emirate in the country's east, said official U.A.E. sources.   A coast guard vessel chased the vessel, which reportedly opened fire.   A Emirati sergeant was killed by the gunfire, according to the source, in the sketchy account.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 04/25/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - DEFENSE MINISTRY AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR SEA VIPER, CAMM, METEOR MISSILES (APR 25/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- MBDA Systems has received three contracts from the U.K. covering the Meteor, Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) and Sea Viper missile systems, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   As announced on April 21, a 41 million pound (US$51.5 million) contract covers the integration of Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles with British F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters. The weapon is scheduled to enter service with the jets in 2024.   Another deal, worth 175 million pounds (US$219.6 million) covers in-service support for the Royal Navy's Sea Viper air defense systems on Daring-class destroyers, said the MoD. The work covers maintenance, repair and overhaul for the systems.   Finally, MBDA received a 323 million pound (US$405 million) contract for CAMMs for the British army and Royal Navy, said the ministry.   The CAMM will be installed on the navy's planned Type 26 frigates and form part of the Sea Ceptor weapon system on the existing Type 23 frigates, the ministry said. The CAMM will also replace the Rapier air defense system in British army service
Item Number:18 Date: 04/25/2017 USA - IN MAJOR UPDATE, ARMY PUTS OUT NEW FIELD MANUAL FOR CYBER, ELECTRONIC WARFARE (APR 25/C4ISRN)  C4ISR & NETWORKS -- The U.S. Army has released an updated field manual for cyber and electronic warfare operations, reports C4ISRNET.   FM 3-12 "Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operations," released in mid-April, replaces FM 3-38, which was published in 2014.   The field manual "provides tactics and procedures for the coordination and integration of Army cyberspace and electronic warfare operations to support unified land operations and joint operations."   The document refers to the electromagnetic spectrum as the "common denominator" for cyberspace and electronic warfare operations, saying it affects every Army operation.   The Army has been working to integrate cyber, signal and electromagnetic activity functions within maneuver forces, say officials.   The service plans to integrate these capabilities with traditional forces at an upcoming exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.   Electronic warfare has taken on greater importance in recent years as the Army has seen near-peer competitors make strides in this area.   The field manual describes three main EW missions. First, electronic attacks target personnel, facilities or equipment with the goal of degrading, neutralizing, or destroying enemy combat capability.   Second, electronic protection seeks to defend friendly personnel, facilities, and equipment from any effects of friendly or enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum.   And third, electronic warfare support covers search, intercept, identify and locate or localize sources electromagnetic energy for immediate threat recognition, targeting, planning and conduct of future operations.   The document also covers the authorization for electronic warfare assets and operations.  
 Item Number:19 Date: 04/25/2017 USA - PILOT RESCUED AFTER FIGHTER CRASHES DURING LANDING APPROACH TO CARL VINSON CARRIER (APR 25/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. Navy is investigating the crash of a Super Hornet last week that was trying to make a carrier landing in the western Pacific.   A U.S. Navy pilot safely ejected on Friday from his F/A-18E Super Hornet while attempting to land aboard the carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Celebes Sea south of the Philippines, reports the Navy NewsStand.   The fighter, assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2, out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., was on a final approach to the carrier following routine flight operations when the pilot ejected, said the Navy.   The pilot was quickly recovered by helicopter, said officials. No injuries were reported, noted the Navy Times.   The pilot was pulled from the water by a nearby helicopter and given a medical evaluation, said a Navy statement cited by WGTV (San Diego).   The Carl Vinson strike group is currently on its way to the Korean peninsula
  Item Number:20 Date: 04/25/2017 USA - WASHINGTON HITS 271 SYRIAN GOVERNMENT WORKERS WITH SANCTIONS FOLLOWING SARIN ATTACK (APR 25/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- The U.S. Treasury Dept. has placed new sanctions on members of the Syrian government said to be responsible for producing chemical weapons behind an attack earlier this month, reports CBS News.   The Assad regime was responsible for a chemical attack on April 4 that killed more than 80 civilians in rebel-held Idlib province, according to the U.S. government.   On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Munchin said sanctions had been imposed on 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center. The center is responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons, noted the announcement.   The sanctions freeze the assets in the U.S. of the 271 and prohibits U.S. citizens from doing business with them.   The regime of President Bashir Assad is being held accountable for "blatant violations" of the Chemical Weapons Convention and U.N. Security Council resolutions, said Munchin.

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