Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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The List 4449
To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend. Our F-8 Crusader 29th Last Annual Crusader Ball was great fun. It was wonderful to renew friendships and relive old events that bonded us together around such a fantastic airplane.
This Day In Naval History - May 8
1911 - Navy ordered its first airplane, Curtiss A-1, Birthday of Naval Aviation
1942: The Battle of the Coral Sea ends with the Japanese retiring from the area and calling off the Port Moresby amphibious operation. During battle, SBDs from USS Lexington (CV 2) and USS Yorktown (CV 5) damage the Japanese carrier Shokaku and force her to retire.
1945 - VE - Day, Germany's unconditional surrender to the Allies. Today is the 70th anniversary.
1963 - Navy ships evacuate 2,279 civilians from Haiti during crisis.
1972 - U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft mine Haiphong Harbor in North Vietnam.
Today in History
May 8
Jack Cade's Rebellion–Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River which he calls Rio de Espiritu Santo.
An act of supremacy defines Queen Elizabeth I as the supreme governor of the church of England.
The United States Post Office is established.
The first major battle of the Mexican War is fought at Palo Alto, Texas.
General 'Stonewall' Jackson repulses the Federals at the Battle of McDowell, in the Shenendoah Valley.
Union troops arrive at Spotsylvania Court House to find the Confederates waiting for them.
Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invents Coca Cola.
China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki.
U.S. Marines land in Tangier, North Africa, to protect the Belgian legation.
The first transatlantic flight by a navy seaplane takes-off.
Mahatma Gandhi—actual name Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—begins a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
German commandos in Dutch uniforms cross the Dutch border to hold bridges for the advancing German army.
The Battle of the Coral Sea between the Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy ends.
The final surrender of German forces is celebrated as VE (Victory Europe) day.
Allied fighter-bombers stage the largest raid of the war on North Korea.
President Dwight Eisenhower orders the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green becomes the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.
Boxer Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army.
The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los Angeles.
Jacques Chirac is elected president of France.
Thanks to Chuck
6 Weird But True Facts About DNA – Ancestry BlogThis is amazing stuff.  What a miracle life is.
Thanks to Bill
Construction Details for the U.S. Presidents Cadillac Limo Here's the car for the President of the US.
 The glass is 5 inches thick and doesn't roll down.
20 things you (probably) didn't know about Caddy One:
1 - Power comes from a 6.5-liter diesel engine that's fitted with a supercharger to help haul this beast around. Yet despite this mammoth power plant, the top speed is only 60 mph and it takes around 15 seconds to reach this.
2 - It is based on a GM truck chassis and weighs a staggering 6,350 kg.(That's 15,875 pounds!)
This is why it averages  only 8 mpg.
3 - A lot of the weight comes from the Armor protection.The body is made up of steel, aluminum, titanium and ceramic.
4 - The glass is five-inches thick and only the windscreen opens to allow the driver to talk
to secret service running alongside. It is also hermetically sealed to secure it from chemical attack.
5 - Should the worst happen, the Beast has its own oxygen supply
6 - The military-grade Armor means the doors are eight-inches thick.
7 - The doors are so thick that the president can't hear any outside noise, so speakers are built in to play the ambient sound of the crowd.
8 - The underside is reinforced with a Kevlar mat to protect Caddy One from bomb attacks.
9 - The fuel tank is leak proof and filled with special foam that prevents it from exploding,
even in a direct hit.
10 - There are two holes in the front bumper that can emit tear gas and fire smoke grenades.
11 - There is also an infra-red video system for the driver to drive through smoke and night vision cameras for driving in darkness without lights.
12 - Cadillac One normally flies two flags, the American flag and the Presidential Standard,
which are lit up at night with LED's. When the President is on a state visit, the Presidential Standard is replaced by the flag of the country he is visiting.
13 - The Beast has a fire fighting system located in the trunk.
14 -Also in the trunk is a bank of the president's blood that is carried at all times
and when he goes out an ambulance always follows close behind.
15 The president gets a presidential limo built to this specification every four years
and the old ones are handed down to vice presidents and visiting heads of state.
16 - The car can seat seven There are two seats in front, three rear-facing in the middle and two at the back one for the president and the other for a guest
17 - Inside, the president isn't deprived of his creature comforts A 10-disc CD player is among the features, as well as sophisticated electronic communications with direct phones to the White House and internal Internet.
18 - Defense systems include a pump-action shotgun in a compartment beside the driver.
19 - The tires are reinforced with Kevlar and can run when flat. If the tires are missing, the steel rims have been designed to allow the car to keep on driving at speed.
20 - Caddy One has no specific model name, but is called "The Beast" by the Secret Service
Thanks to John and Dick
​These guys are in good shape​!
Finally found out what a "Chinese Fire Drill" really is. See the following:
Chinese Firefighter Drill
How is this even possible?
Thanks to Dutch
Monument honoring Vietnam helicopter crews approved for Arlington Cemetery
VHPA at it again (wop - wop)

Wiley Harris

 Monument honoring Vietnam helicopter crews approved for Arlington Cemetery
Charlsy Panzino - 30 Apr 17 - Military Times

It's been three years in the making, but helicopter crews who flew during the Vietnam War will have their own monument at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and Congress came together for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, directing the secretary of the Army to place a 2 1/2-foot by 2 1/2-foot monument at the cemetery in Virginia. It will be placed in Section 35 along Memorial Drive, not far from the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Item Number:1 Date: 05/08/2017 AFGHANISTAN - APRIL RAID KILLED HEAD OF ISIS IN AFGHANISTAN, SAYS PRESIDENT, PENTAGON (MAY 08/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- U.S. and Afghan officials have confirmed last month's death of the head of the Islamic State in Afghanistan in a special operations raid, reports CNN.   Sheikh Abdul Hasib was killed in a raid in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on April 27, said the Pentagon on Sunday. The president of the nation also reported the death.   About 50 U.S. Army Rangers and 40 Afghan commandos were dropped by helicopter. close to the site where the U.S. deployed the "mother of all bombs" at an ISIS cave complex earlier in the month. The operation was reportedly aimed at Hasib.   The soldiers came under heavy fire and had to call air support from an AC-130, F-16s, drones and Apache helicopters, the Pentagon said.   About 35 ISIS fighters were killed in the raid, including several other high-ranking terrorist commanders. Two U.S. soldiers died, possibly from friendly fire, said the Pentagon.   There was no confirmation of the death by ISIS. The statement from the office of President Ashraf Ghani said the verification announcement was held until the death was confirmed, noted the New York Times.   Hasib was appointed leader of ISIS-K after his predecessor was killed in 2016 in a U.S. drone strike. Hasib was blamed for an attack on a military hospital in Kabul that left 30 people dead, reported the BBC
Item Number:2 Date: 05/08/2017 BANGLADESH - RAID OF 'MILITANT DEN' LEADS TO 2 DEATHS OF "NEW JMB' MEMBERS (MAY 08/BDNEWS24)  BDNEWS24.COM -- Two extremists have been killed by anti-terror police in a raid of a "militant den" in western Bangladesh, reports (Bangladesh), citing police officials.   Police launched an early Sunday morning raid in a village in Jhenidah district, about 100 miles west of the capital Dhaka.   Two officers were seriously wounded after the militants opened fire and threw bombs, said a district police chief cited by Reuters.   The chief told reporters that one of the terrorists was killed in an exchange of fire, while the other blew himself up inside the house.   The two were members of a faction of the Jamatul Mujahedin Bangladesh group known as New JMB, said police.   The faction, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, has been blamed for attacks targeting foreigners and religious minorities
Item Number:3 Date: 05/08/2017 CHINA - MAKING AIR FORCE EXERCISES TOUGHER, MORE REALISTIC EXPECTED TO BOOST COMBAT READINESS (MAY 08/CD)  CHINA DAILY -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force says it is making its combat exercises more intense and realistic in an effort to enhance pilot capabilities, reports the China Daily.   Exercises in the past tended to stick with predetermined plans. In many cases, pilots would be told in advance the location and tactics of their simulated enemies, noted the newspaper.   This pattern was driven by the idea in some circles that the training was a performance opportunity for higher officers. Some commanders preferred not to take the risks that could occur in more realistic drills.   That way of thinking has been eliminated, the air force said in a release. Commanders and pilots have been given stringent, realistic combat scenarios and told to try their best to win, said the service.   Accordingly, freestyle fighting, live-fire strikes and long-range sea patrols have become regular elements of the training, said the release.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 05/08/2017 ESTONIA - GOVERNMENT OPTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN E.U. FRAMEWORK FOR DEFENSE COOPERATION (MAY 08/BNS)  BALTIC NEWS SERVICE -- The Estonian government is going to join the European Union framework for permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) for defense, says Prime Minister Juria Ratas, as reported by the Baltic News Service.   "Estonia today decided that should PESCO materialize, Estonia definitely wishes to be a part of that cooperation," Ratas said following a meeting in Brussels last week.   PESCO is an E.U. structure that seeks to increase military capabilities, investments, defense industry and innovation, noted Defense Minister Margus Tsahkna.   The issue will be a topic discussed during Estonia's presidency of the E.U. in the second half of 2017, he said.   The program aims to move from existing bilateral and multilateral agreements toward coordination among all countries that choose to cooperate
Item Number:5 Date: 05/08/2017 GERMANY - 13 NATIONS, 4,500 PARTICIPANTS CONTINUE SABER JUNCTION DRILLS AT HOHENFELS (MAY 08/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- More than 1,000 NATO and other partner nation troops are in the midst of a two-week exercise with about 3,500 Americans from the U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, reports the Army News Service.   The Saber Junction drills, which began on April 29, are designed to evaluate the readiness of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment to conduct unified land operations with NATO allies and partners.   NATO allies Albania, Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the U.K., and partner nations Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Ukraine are training with the 2nd Cav, 4th Infantry Division Mission Command Element and other units.   The drills are also designed to improve interoperability among the participants and familiarity with the equipment used by other allies
  Item Number:6 Date: 05/08/2017 GERMANY - UNEXPLODED WWII BOMBS DEFUSED IN HANOVER; 50,000 SAFELY EVACUATED (MAY 08/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- German authorities have evacuated more than 50,000 people from the northwestern city of Hanover so they could defuse three World War II-era bombs found at a construction site, reports Deutsche Welle.   The unexploded ordnance was found last week north of the city center. Originally, two other bombs were suspected buried in a nearby park, but a search on Sunday found nothing.   Evacuations began on Friday; the disposal was completed on Sunday and residents were allowed to return in the evening, said authorities.   One bomb had to be defused manually because of a damaged fuse.   The disposal was considered the second-largest of its kind in Germany. About 54,000 people were evacuated on Christmas Day in the southern city of Augsburg.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 05/08/2017 INDIA - CASTING WARY EYE ON CHINA, TOP ADMIRAL PUSHES FOR LARGER NAVAL PRESENCE IN INDIAN OCEAN (MAY 08/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- The head of the Indian navy has ordered his senior commanders to expand the service's "operational footprint" in the Indian Ocean in response to China's growing presence, reports the Times of India.   The navy should be seen as "the stabilizing force" and "the first responder" in the region, Adm. Sunil Lanba said on Friday while chairing a May 2-5 naval commanders' conference.   The navy has been monitoring the increasing long-range deployments by the Chinese navy, including regular deployments of conventional and nuclear submarines into the Indian Ocean region since December 2013, Indian officials said.   Meanwhile, Beijing has been strengthening its maritime ties with Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and some nations in eastern Africa.   During the conference, the navy chief emphasized the need for the service to modernize and deploy more domestically produced equipment. Plans call for a force of 212 Indian warships and 458 aircraft by 2027. The navy currently has 140 warships and 235 aircraft
Item Number:8 Date: 05/08/2017 INDONESIA - JAKARTA SEEKS DISBANDMENT OF HTI ISLAMISTS (MAY 08/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Indonesia's government says it is banning the local branch of a radical Islamist group, reports Agence France-Presse.   Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) seeks to unify all Muslims into a "caliphate" under Islamic law. It has a large following in Indonesia and has been banned in several countries, including Germany, China and Egypt.   Jakarta "needs to firmly take legal steps to disband [HTI]," said Chief Security Minister Wiranto on Monday. He goes by one name.   The group's "activities... could threaten public security and order and endanger the unity of Indonesia," he said.   The government will take court action to disband the group, said Wiranto. He said the action was ordered by President Joko Widodo.   The name has also been rendered as Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation
  Item Number:9 Date: 05/08/2017 IRAQ - ISIS ATTACKERS DIE TRYING TO INFILTRATE KURDISH BASE (MAY 08/RUDAW)  RUDAW -- Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they repelled a coordinated Islamic State attack over the weekend against a base where U.S. advisers are stationed, reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   Five ISIS suicide bombers infiltrated the K1 base near Kirkuk early Sunday. They were wearing Kurdish peshmerga uniforms and had shaved their beards, said a commander   Two terrorists detonated explosive vests and three were killed by Kurdish forces, said officials.   Two Kurdish personnel were killed and six others wounded, said the Kurdish commander.   ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming to have killed and wounded dozens
  Item Number:10 Date: 05/08/2017 NIGERIA - GOVERNMENT EXCHANGES 5 TOP BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS FOR 82 KIDNAPPED SCHOOLGIRLS (MAY 08/UPI)  UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- The Nigerian government has exchanged several Boko Haram leaders for 82 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the group three years ago, reports UPI.   The 82 have arrived in Abuja, the capital, the government said on Sunday.   In April 2014, 276 girls were abducted from a school in the northern city of Chibok in Borno state. The released girls were from the group.   The 82 were released Saturday and flown to Abuja by military helicopters, said the government on Sunday. They met with President Muhammadu Buhari that night, who delayed his medical trip to the U.K.   Nigerian media initially reported that two militants had been released. Sen, Shehu Sani, part of the negotiating team, said five top Boko Haram  commanders were exchanged, commenting that there was "no price too high to pay," as cited by CNN.   More than 50 girls escaped after the initial kidnapping. Another 21 were freed in October 2016 after negotiations with the Red Cross. More than 100 remain missing
Item Number:11 Date: 05/08/2017 PAKISTAN - AFGHAN, PAKISTANI OFFICIALS DON'T AGREE ON DEATH TOLL, WILL HOLD BORDER SURVEY (MAY 08/DAWN)  DAWN -- Kabul has denied claims by the Pakistani government that its forces killed 50 Afghan soldiers in border clashes over the weekend, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   Fighting began Friday in the disputed in the Chaman area between Pakistan's Baluchistan province and Afghanistan's Kandahar province.   Pakistani officials were making a census count and came under fire by Afghan border guards, according to Islamabad. Initial reports suggested eight were killed, seven on the Pakistani side, noted Al Jazeera.   On Sunday, Maj. Gen. Nadeem Anjum, the inspector general of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps, said that 50 Afghan security personnel had been killed and 100 injured. Four or five Afghan border posts were destroyed, he said.   Omar Zakhilwal, Afghanistan's top envoy to Pakistan, said on Monday that only two Afghan soldiers were killed and seven wounded.   Afghan officials cited by Al Jazeera called the Pakistani claims "totally false."   Officials from both sides said on Monday that an agreement had been reached for a joint survey in the area
  Item Number:12 Date: 05/08/2017 RUSSIA - NEW ENGINE TO BE TESTED SOON WITH PAK-FA STEALTH FIGHTER, SAYS DESIGNER (MAY 08/TASS)  TASS -- Russia has completed developing the engine for its PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter and is ready to begin testing it aboard the jet, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow), citing the manufacturer's chief designer.   The PAK-FA, also known as the T-50, made its first flight in 2010. Serial production is expected to begin later this year. The fighter is currently fitted with the 117S first-stage engine.   First flight of the jet fitted with the new, as-yet-unnamed, engine is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.   In early March, chief designer Sergei Korotkov noted that problems with the new jet's second stage engine had pushed some testing from 2017 into next year, as Tass reported at the time.   Separately, Russia's Izvestia newspaper reported last week that the Kh-35UE anti-ship missile had been integrated with the PAK-FA.   The addition of the weapon gives the PAK-FA a multi-role capability, according to experts cited by Russia's Sputnik news agency
Item Number:13 Date: 05/08/2017 SINGAPORE - PRIME MINISTER OVERSEES COMMISSIONING OF 1ST LITTORAL MISSION VESSEL AT CHANGI NAVAL BASE (MAY 08/SIMOD)  SINGAPORE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Singapore navy has commissioned the first of eight planned littoral mission vessels, reports the Singapore Ministry of Defense.   The Independence was placed into service during a Friday ceremony at Changi Naval Base. The commissioning took place in conjunction with an event marking the navy's 50th anniversary.   Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiated.   The Independence class is more capable, faster and flexible, with improved seakeeping and endurance compared to its predecessor Fearless class, said the ministry.   The new class is expected to replace the 11 patrol vessels in the Fearless class by 2020, noted the Straits Times.   The new ship will immediately be available to conduct a range of naval missions, including safeguarding Singapore's waters, protecting sea lines of communication and contributing to regional security, the ministry said.  
Item Number:14 Date: 05/08/2017 SOMALIA - U.S. NAVY SEAL KILLED, 2 OTHERS INJURED IN ACTION AGAINST AL-SHABAAB (MAY 08/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed last Thursday in Somalia while fighting Al-Shabaab terrorists, the Pentagon reported over the weekend, according to the Guardian (U.K.).   Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, was killed about 40 miles west of Mogadishu in support of a Somali operation, the DoD said on Saturday. Two other SEALs were wounded.   The Americans were attacked while U.S. aircraft were delivering Somali forces to the target area, said U.S. Africa Command.   This was the first combat death of a U.S. serviceman in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle in 1993, when 18 military personnel were killed, noted the Los Angeles Times
Item Number:15 Date: 05/08/2017 SUDAN - FRENCH HOSTAGE FREE FOLLOWING RESCUE IN DARFUR (MAY 08/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A French hostage who had been kidnapped in Chad was rescued in Sudan after two months in captivity, reports Agence France-Presse.   Thierry Frezier, a 60-year-old engineer in a French mining company, was kidnapped near Goz Beida in southeastern Chad on March 23. His kidnappers took him to Sudan's Darfur region, said Sudanese officials, as cited by Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   Chadian and French intelligence services launched an operation in Darfur to free him, said officials on Sunday.   A ransom had been demanded but was not paid, said Sudanese officials.   Five kidnappers were arrested in the raid and will be tried, said a spokesman for the Sudanese security and intelligence service, as reported by Reuters.   An armed group in the border area was blamed for the kidnapping, said Sudanese officials.   Frezier reached Khartoum, Sudan's capital, on Sunday morning, and was handed over to French Embassy officials.  
 Item Number:16 Date: 05/08/2017 SYRIA - CEASE-FIRE IN 4 ZONES GOES INTO EFFECT; EVACUATION DEAL REACHED IN CAPITAL (MAY 08/REU)  REUTERS -- Syrian government forces appear to have gained some advantages at the start of a cease-fire deal, says a monitoring group, as reported by Reuters.   Under an agreement brokered by Russia, a cease-fire went into effect midnight on Friday. The deal includes four "de-escalation zones" where there was heavy fighting between the army and rebels. Opposition groups rejected the deal.   The agreement does not include areas Damascus and the government-controlled provinces of Tartus and Sweida, noted AFP.   On Sunday, the Syrian army seized control of the village of al-Zalakiyan, north of Hama, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   Other clashes were reported in the Qaboun district of Damascus, the observatory said.   Meanwhile, on Monday, rebels and their families began evacuating the Barzeh district of Damascus as part of a deal with the government reached the day before, reported AFP.   Up to 1,500 people were expected to leave the district and head to the northwestern province of Idlib, said the monitoring group.   Negotiations were underway for a similar deal in Qaboun, said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.   Such evacuation deals between the government and rebels have been made in other areas in the country. This was the first such arrangement from a district in the capital.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 05/08/2017 USA - AIR FORCE TO PURCHASE COMMERCIAL PLANE TO CARRY COMPASS CALL COMMUNICATIONS JAMMING SYSTEM (MAY 08/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force has plans to move its Compass Call electronic warfare capability from its aging EC-130H aircraft into a new platform over the next dozen years, say service officials, as reported by the Air Force Times.   By the end of 2029, the service expects to relocate the jamming capability into 10 new airframes, currently dubbed EC-X.   Age has been catching up with the EC-130H airframes, causing growing maintenance requirements especially due to heavy use in challenging Middle Eastern environments.   As a result, Compass Call aircraft must be regularly inspected for structural weaknesses and maintainers must carefully monitor their wiring and engines, said a senior maintainer. The latest electronic warfare gear must also be integrated with the aircraft's aging systems, which can be tricky, officials said.   The Air Force has decided to buy an existing commercial airframe for EC-X. L-3 Communications, the current Compass Call contractor, will pick an airframe and then relocate the equipment, an Air Force spokeswoman told the newspaper.   The first new Compass Call should be fielded by the end of 2020. The program is estimated to cost $2 billion over 10 years, including 10 aircraft, initial spares and estimated inflation
Item Number:18 Date: 05/08/2017 USA - ARMY CHIEF SEES FUTURE CONFLICTS WITH FEWER MASS BASES, MORE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY (MAY 08/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The top general in the U.S. Army says the service will likely face very different circumstances in future conflicts than in the recent past, reports the Army Times.   For instance, conflicts in mega-cities and against adversaries with similar technology and capabilities will not allow the U.S. military to mass forces on bases for very long, Gen. Mark Milley said last week at the Army and Navy Club.   Counterterrorism operations, have allowed officers to become accustomed to fighting from large bases with a number of comfort items, including fast food and air-conditioning, he said.   Radio communications are also likely to be degraded or destroyed by hostile electronic warfare operations, he suggested.   Meanwhile, decentralizing combat will allow troops to take on more individual responsibility, said Milley.   For example, if a commander orders a platoon to take one hill, and the troops find the enemy is on the other hill, the right move would be to disobey the order and take the second hill, the Army chief said.   Subordinates need to "understand that they have the power and they have the freedom to disobey a specific order, a specified task, in order to accomplish the purpose," Milley said. "That takes a lot of judgment. The subordinate better understand what you're doing when you're doing it."   This requires trust from the chain of command, as well as a willingness to allow people to fail on a small scale and hold them accountable when their poor judgment ruins a mission, said the general.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 05/08/2017 USA - JAPAN, HOMELAND SECURITY WILL SHARE CYBER THREAT INDICATORS UNDER NEW ARRANGEMENT (MAY 08/HILL)  THE HILL -- The Japanese government finalized last week an agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security aimed at strengthening cyber information-sharing, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   On Thursday, Tokyo signed an agreement to take part in the Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) platform, which allows two-way sharing of cyber threat indicators between the U.S. government and the private sector as well as with other organizations around the world.   Japan's participation "dramatically increases the reach of AIS and the scope of the ecosystem that we are trying to build," Thomas McDermott, the DHS deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy, said on Thursday, when announcing the signing at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.   The Japanese government is looking forward to cooperating with the U.S. in several areas of cybersecurity, such as efforts to eliminate botnets and information-sharing to improve incident response, said Ikuo Misumi, the deputy director-general for Japan's National National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity.   Homeland Security is also ready to provide cybersecurity support to Japan ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, said McDermott
Item Number:20 Date: 05/08/2017 USA - NAVY FINDS, FIXES PROBLEM WITH OVERHEATING MOTOR FOR NEW BALLISTIC-MISSILE SUBS (MAY 08/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The U.S. Navy says it has corrected a problem with a prototype motor being developed for its planned new ballistic-missile submarines, reports Bloomberg News.   An overheating issue with the main propulsion motor for the Columbia-class boats was discovered earlier this year, the Navy said in a Thursday statement.   The issue with the motor, which was designed by a General Dynamics subcontractor, should not delay the planned delivery of the first submarine in 2028.   Construction of the boat is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2021, the Navy said.   "Recovery from this manufacturing problem will result in late delivery of the prototype motor to the test facility" but "sufficient margin exists in the test program to accommodate" recovering from the issue ""without impacting delivery of the shipboard motor" to the first sub, a Navy spokeswoman said.   The Columbia class is being developed to replace the Navy's aging Ohio-class ballistic-missile subs. The estimated price-tag for procuring the 12 new boats in the class is $126 billion.

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