Thursday, August 10, 2017

TheList 4520

The List 4520

To All,
I hope your week has been going well.
This Day In Naval History - August 10
1812: The frigate USS Constitution captures and burns the brig, HMS Lady Warren, off Cape Race, off Labrador, Canada.
1916 - First Naval aircraft production contract, for N-9s
1921 - General Order establishes the Bureau of Aeronautics under RADM William Moffett
1944 - Guam secured by U.S. forces.
1964 - Signing of Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which is used as the starting point of the Vietnam Conflict
August 10
Otto organizes his nobles and defeats the invading Magyars at the Battle of Lechfeld in Germany.
King Francis of France declares that all official documents are to be written in French, not Latin.
French troops are defeated by Emmanuel Philibert's Spanish army at St. Quentin, France.
Russia ends its 25-year war with Poland.
The Swedish warship Vasa capsizes and sinks in Stockholm harbor on her maiden voyage.
Louis XVI of France frees the last remaining serfs on royal land.
William Driver of Salem, Massachusetts, is the first to use the term "Old Glory" in connection with the American flag, when he gives that name to a large flag aboard his ship, the Charles Daggett.
The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington through the bequest of James Smithson.
Confederate Commander John Bell Hood sends his cavalry north of Atlanta to cut off Union General William Sherman's supply lines.
The House of Lords in Great Britain gives up its veto power, making the House of Commons the more powerful House.
The Treaty of Bucharest ends the Second Balkan War.
Great Britain and the Soviet Union promise aid to Turkey if it is attacked by the Axis Powers.
The National Military Establishment is renamed the Department of Defense.
President Harry S. Truman calls the National Guard to active duty to fight in the Korean War.
English jockey Sir Gordon Richards retires with a world-record total of 4,870 victories, later broken by Johnny Longden of the United States. Richards was the first jockey ever to be knighted.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held at Massena, New York.
NASA launches Discoverer 13, a satellite; it would become the first object ever recovered from orbit.
Rocker Jim Morrison is tried in Miami on "lewd & lascivious behavior charges." Although convicted and sentenced to jail, he was free on bond while his case was being appealed when he died in Paris, July 3, 1971.
David Frost purchases the exclusive rights to interview Richard Nixon.
The US and Panama sign the Panama Canal Zone accord, guaranteeing Panama would have control of the canal after 1999.
The last British troops leave Hong Kong. After 156 years of British rule, the island is returned to China.
For the first time ever, temperatures exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit when thermometers hit 101.3 F (38.5 Celsius)  at Kent.
All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes after Scotland Yard disrupts a major terrorist plot involving liquid explosives. After a few weeks, the toiletries ban was modified.
The Future .... startling projections!!  This is an update to the one that came out about a year ago
Thanks to Dutch R. and Doctor Rich, who offers regarding the medical parts -
Agree w. most except the medical/health gee-whiz gizmo, which, if developed, will lead to enormous cost and anxiety trying to prove its 'diagnoses' and advice … The same problem we have w. current whole-body MRI scans … lots of false positive findings that result in much more expense and worry …
The rest … not implausible me thinks ...
Within the next 20 years during our lifetime we will be living in a different world !
An interesting talk by the Managing Director of Daimler Benz - a bit mind-blowing really
There have always been the same 3 constants... Death, Taxes and CHANGE!
An interesting concept of what could lay ahead.
In a recent interview the Managing Director of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple, Amazon 'et al' ... 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 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, 4 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.
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 one accident in 6 million 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 neighborhood.
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 biomarkers 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 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.
Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: "in the future, do you 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 small time.
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 startups 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.
Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency ... Of the world!
Longevity:  Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.
Education:  The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone  has the same access to world class education.
Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs to learn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases it in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this summer. I can see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in Africa and everywhere else can become fluent in English and that could happen within half a year.
Thanks to ED
Hidden spy planes?

Thanks to Dr.  Rich…..I wonder if they want some old guys?.
.. and that's just for flying drones!!
New Bonus: $455K Over 13 Years for Air Force Fighter Pilots
A fighter pilot conducts pre-flight checks inside an F-35A Lightning II before a training mission April 4, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Brett Clashman) | 5 Jun 2017 | 
The Air Force on Monday unveiled a tiered bonus system to combat a chronic pilot shortage, with bonuses of up to $455,000 over 13 years for fighter pilots.
And while the benefit clearly takes aim at fighter pilots, it's also designed to target aviators across a number of platforms, including drones, and for periods of as short as one year.
"Pilot retention right now is in a crisis when it comes to fighters, and we're changing around the way we do incentive pay," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in announcing the initiative during a breakfast in Washington, D.C. The bonus "will encourage pilots to stay where they are needed most," she said.
The new Aviation Bonus Program is an expansion of Aviator Retention Pay and puts into place the cap authorized for the incentive under the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. It also details for the first time the "tiered" benefit, with specific amounts based on specialty area.
$35K a Year for Fighter, Drone Pilots
Fighter and drone pilots are slated to receive the highest maximum bonus of $35,000 a year, while special operations combat systems officers the least at $10,000.
Here's a look at the different tiers for the bonus, according to figures released by the Air Force:
Tier 1 -- Fighter Pilot (Air Force Specialty Code: 11F)
Bonus eligibility based on one-year, two-year, five-year, nine-year, or up to 24 years of aviation service (13-year maximum) commitments.
Maximum annual bonus: $35,000.
Tier 2 -- Bomber Pilot (11B)/Special Operations Pilot (11S)/Mobility Pilot (11M)
Bonus eligibility based on one-year, two-year, five-year, or nine-year commitments.
Maximum annual bonus: $30,000.
Tier 3 -- C2ISR Surveillance Pilot (11R)/Combat Search and Rescue Pilot (11H)
Bonus eligibility based on one-year, two-year, or five-year commitments.
Maximum annual bonus: $28,000.
Tier 4 -- RPA Pilot (18X/11U/12U/13U)
Bonus eligibility based on a five-year commitment.
Maximum annual bonus: $35,000.
Tier 5 -- Combat Search and Rescue Combat System Officer (12H)
Bonus eligibility based on a five-year commitment.
Maximum annual bonus: $20,000.
Tier 6 -- Fighter Combat Systems Officer (12F)/Bomber CSO (12B)
Bonus eligibility based on a five-year commitment.
Maximum annual bonus: $15,000.
Tier 7 -- Special Operations Combat Systems Officer (12S)/C2ISR Surveillance CSO (12R)
Bonus eligibility based on a five-year commitment.
Maximum annual bonus: $10,000.
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Upcoming Deadline
The Air Force Personnel Center on Tuesday will begin notifying airmen eligible to receive the bonus. Officers have until Oct. 1 to decide whether they want to extend their service, an Air Force spokeswoman told
"You're only eligible to take one of these bonuses if your service commitment is expiring in fiscal year 2017," the spokeswoman said.
Officials said there is a benefit to extending career time sooner rather than later.
For example, with fighter incentive pay of $35,000, "if you lock in for, say, nine years, you'll get the bonus" no matter what, the spokeswoman explained. But "if you do just a one-year to the two-year sign up, OK great, you'll get it for those," but an unpredictable budget cycle the following year could torpedo another chance for an annual bonus.
The spokeswoman said shorter commitments work best for airmen who are considering a career change but may still be on the fence about when they want to exit the service.
No Enlisted Pilot Bonuses Yet
While enlisted personnel have begun flying the RQ-4 Global Hawk, they are not currently eligible for the same aviation bonuses, the spokeswoman said. Depending on career field, enlisted bonuses work through a different, re-enlistment bonus system, she said.
In September, then-Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Cody said enlisted drone pilots -- who became eligible to fly the Global Hawk in 2015 -- will qualify for the same bonuses the Air Force plans to offer its officers. But not yet.
"There aren't any enlisted eligible, and there won't be for a couple years until they come up on their commitment," the spokeswoman said.
Only those officers whose service commitments expire in fiscal 2017 are eligible. Colonels and colonels-select; airmen recalled under the Voluntary Recall to Active Duty (VRAD) Program; inter-service transfers; and rated officers who are medically disqualified from aviation service are also ineligible for the bonus incentive, the service said.
'Where the Need Is Most Critical'
The fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act allowed the Air Force to increase aviation retention pay from $25,000 to $35,000 per year and flight pay up to $1,000 per month "as needed to address manning shortfalls and challenges," the service has said in a release.
In passing the legislation, lawmakers in Congress instructed the Air Force not to "just take this $35,000 and give it to every [pilot] -- do give it to the people who need to be given" up to that amount, the spokeswoman said.
When releasing the fiscal 2018 budget submission last month, service officials said the bonus caps wouldn't be altered but that levels would vary based on career fields.
Wilson, the Air Force secretary, said "The bonuses are higher for where the need is most critical."
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Thanks  toRichard
Subject: Aviation Stories From the "Boneyard" avibaozona5
Thanks to Bill
America's first 'top secret' Medal of Honor went to a Japanese-American fighting in Korea
James Elphick, We Are The Mighty
Hiroshi Miyamura Wikimedia Commons
Hiroshi Miyamura was born to Japanese immigrants in Gallup, New Mexico, in 1925. This made him Nisei — Japanese for "second-generation."
At the outbreak of World War II, Miyamura witnessed many of his fellow Nisei being shipped off to internment camps. Gallup, however, was not located within the relocation zone, and even if it was, the townspeople were ready to stand up for their Japanese neighbors.
Safe from the internment camps, Miyamura enlisted in the US Army volunteering to serve with the famed Nisei 100th Battalion, 442ndRegimental Combat Team. Unfortunately for Miyamura, by the time he reached Europe to join the unit, Germany had surrendered.
He returned home, stayed in the Army Reserve, and married a fellow Nisei woman who had been interned in Arizona.
Miyamura looked like he might pass his time in obscurity until North Korea charged across the 38th Parallel on June 25, 1950.
Recalled to active service, Miyamura joined the 3rd Infantry Division's 7th Infantry Regiment in Japan as it prepared to join the combat on the Korean peninsula.
Landing on Korea's east coast, Miyamura and the rest of the 3rd Infantry Division stormed into North Korea before being driven back by the Chinese intervention.
The 7th Infantry Regiment helped cover the retreat from the Chosin Reservoir and was the last unit to leave Hungnam on December 24, 1950.
Miyamura and his comrades were then placed on the defensive line around the 38th Parallel where they actively repelled numerous Chinese Offensives.
The war then became a bloody stalemate with each side battling across hilltops trying to gain an advantage.
One such hilltop, located at Taejon-ni along a defensive position known as the Kansas Line, was occupied by Miyamura and the rest of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. 2
A map of China's offensives in the Korean Peninsula. Wikimedia Commons
After dark on April 24, 951, Miyamura quietly awakened his men – a trip flare had gone off in the valley below their position. In the faint light of the flare, the Americans could make out large masses of Communist troops advancing on their position.
The Chinese 29th Division smashed into the entire 7th Infantry Regiment. The hardest hit was the 2nd Battalion holding the right flank. By 2:30 the next morning, they were surrounded by the Chinese.
Miyamura, leading a machine-gun squad, ordered his men to open fire. As the American guns roared to life, the Chinese fell in droves. But still they kept coming.
After two hours of relentless fighting, Miyamura's machine-guns were down to less than 200 rounds of ammunition. He gave the order to fix bayonets and prepared to repulse the next wave of Chinese attackers.
When that attack came, Miyamura jumped from his position and savagely attacked the enemy. He blasted off eight rounds from his M-1 Garand before dispatching more Chinese with his bayonet.
He then returned to his position to give first aid to the wounded. When he realized they could no longer hold, he ordered his squad to retreat while he gave covering fire.
He shot off the last of the machine-gun ammunition and rendered the gun inoperable before pouring another eight rounds into the advancing Communist.
Machine-gunners. Wikimedia Commons
According to Miyamura's Medal of Honor citation, he then "bayoneted his way through infiltrated enemy soldiers" until he reached a second position and once again took up the defense. During his withdrawal, Miyamura was wounded by a grenade thrown by a dying Chinese soldier.
The attacks grew fiercer against the second position. Elsewhere along the line, the rest of the battalion had been ordered to begin a withdrawal south to a more tenable position. Miyamura, realizing their position was in danger of being overrun, ordered the remaining men to fall back as well while he covered their retreat. 3
Miyamura was last seen by friendly forces fighting ferociously against overwhelming odds. It is estimated he killed a further 50 Chinese before he ran out of ammunition and his position was overrun.
Exhausted and depleted from blood loss, Miyamura and numerous other men from the 7th Infantry Regiment were captured by the Communists.
Despite his heroic efforts, Miyamura's ordeal was far from over.
After being captured, the men were marched North for internment camps. Miyamura set out carrying his friend and fellow squad leader, Joe Annello, who had been more severely wounded.
Others who fell out of the march were shot or bayoneted. At gun point, the Chinese forced Miyamura to drop his friend. Miyamura initially refused but Annello convinced him. They said goodbye and Miyamura marched on.
He would spend over two years as a prisoner of war at Camp 1 in Changson.
Men of the 1st Marine Division capture Chinese Communists during fighting on the central Korean front, Hoengsong. Wikimedia Commons
While he was there, the decision was made to award him the Medal of Honor for his actions on the night of April 24 and 25.
However, due to his staunch defense and the large numbers of enemy he killed, it was decided to keep his award classified he could be repatriated for fear of retaliation by his captors.
Finally, on August 20, 1953 Miyamura was released from captivity as part of Operation Big Switch. When he arrived at Allied lines, he was taken aside and informed that he had been promoted to Sergeant and also that he had received the Medal of Honor.
Miyamura returned to Gallup after the war and settled down.
Then, in 1954, over a year after the war ended, a man walked into Miyamura's work – it was his
old friend Joe Annello. Both had been sure that the other had died in captivity until Annello read Miyamura's story and traveled all the way to New Mexico to see if it was true.
Miyamura is still in Gallup, in the same house he bought all the way back in 1954.
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Number:1 Date: 08/10/2017 AFGHANISTAN - GUNMEN SHOOT, KILL 3 FEMALE CONTRACTORS WORKING AT BAGRAM AIR FORCE BASE (AUG 10/TN)  TOLONEWS -- In an attack close to the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, gunmen have killed three females working at the base and wounded another, officials said, as reported by Tolo News (Afghanistan).   The attack took place Wednesday afternoon outside Bagram Air Force Base in Kabul province. The women were shot by two masked gunmen on the motorbike, said local officials, as reported by Reuters.   The females attacked were contractors employed to search people entering the base, said a district governor.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/10/2017 CANADA - AS MANY AS 20 POLICE OFFICERS TO SERVE IN IRAQ OVER NEXT 2 YEARS (AUG 10/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- The Canadian government has decided to send 20 police officers to Iraq as part of its effort against the Islamic State, reports the Canadian Press.   The officers will help re-establish a local police presence in areas liberated from ISIS, including the northern city of Mosul. Much of the area's police infrastructure was destroyed when it was occupied by the terrorist group, noted Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The Canadian police officers will deliver training courses for Iraqi police officers and advise on issues such has human-rights and diversity, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.   There are currently three Canadian police in Iraq, with a fourth to arrive in September. Others are to be gradually sent over the next two years.   In late June, Ottawa extended its military mission in Iraq for another two years.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 08/10/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - SENIOR U.N. OFFICIAL SEES 'EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF GENOCIDE' (AUG 10/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- A top United Nations official says that there are "early warning signs of genocide" in the growing violence in the Central African Republic, reports Deutsche Welle.   Stephen O'Brien, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said on Monday that the C.A.R. may find itself in a deeper humanitarian crisis if the international community does not respond to the increasing violence.   "Violence is intensifying, risking a repeat of the devastating destructive crisis that gripped the country four years ago," O'Brien told a special U.N. briefing in New York, following his recent trip to Africa   The C.A.R. has been suffering sectarian violence since 2013, when Muslim-majority Seleka rebel groups overthrew then-President Francois Bozize. The coup triggered reprisal attacks from anti-balaka militias made up of Christian and animist groups.   The "anti-balaka" name is a reference to the machetes wielded by the Seleka groups.   In May, around 300 people were killed and 100,000 displaced in violence, the worst since 2013, the U.N. official said.   O'Brien said the peacekeeping mission in the C.A.R. is underfunded. Only 24 percent of the US$497 million requested for this year has been disbursed, he said.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/10/2017 CHINA - FOLLOWING EARTHQUAKE IN SICHUAN, 3,300 TROOPS JOIN RELIEF EFFORT (AUG 10/CMO)  CHINA MILITARY ONLINE -- The Chinese military has deployed thousands of troops to assist the rescue effort following a deadly earthquake in Sichuan province, reports China Military Online.   The quake struck Tuesday night in Jiuzhaigou county. A least 19 people were killed and more than 240 injured, said officials cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   By Wednesday evening, local time, the People's Liberation Army had deployed more than 3,300 troops and as many as 200 vehicles and machinery, including nine aircraft. They evacuated more than 10,000 people.   Transport aircraft conducted aerial surveillance and delivered relief materials, according to the military. Five remote sensing satellites were also allocated.   The armed police also deployed 1,958 troops and 105 sets of equipment.   Those deployed included 80 members of a joint earthquake emergency rescue team. The team has personnel from a brigade of the 82nd Combined Corps, medical workers from the Armed Police General Hospital and experts from China Earthquake Administration.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/10/2017 EGYPT - NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF 2ND GERMAN SUBMARINE IN KIEL (AUG 10/WAM)  EMIRATES NEWS AGENCY -- The Egyptian navy has received the second of four Type 209/1400 submarines ordered from Germany, reports the Emirates News Agency (WAM).   The S42 was delivered Tuesday from shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in a ceremony in Kiel.   The submarine is scheduled to be commissioned within days.   The first boat in the class, S41, was delivered in December 2016 and commissioned in April.   The subs have a range of 11,000 nm and a top speed of 21.5 knots. They are armed with missiles and torpedoes.  
Item Number:6 Date: 08/10/2017 FRANCE - COUNTERTERRORISM INVESTIGATION OPENED FOR VEHICLE ATTACK OF SOLDIERS (AUG 10/F24)  FRANCE 24 -- French counterterrorism officials say they have opened an investigation into Wednesday's attack outside Paris.   French police arrested and are holding a man suspected of driving a car into a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb, reports France 24.   A BMW struck and injured six soldiers in the northwest Levallois-Perret region of the city. The driver then took off, said police.   The vehicle believed involved was spotted on a motorway, leading to an hours-long police chase. Police fired, injuring the suspect as well as an officer hit by a stray bullet, reported the Guardian (U.K.).   The unarmed man war reportedly hit by five bullets; he was described as being in serious condition.   One police official said the suspect is an illegal North African immigrant in his 30s. Another account described him he was an Algerian with French residency papers.   Following the incident, police searched a building in the Paris suburb of Bezons believed to be linked to the attacker.   A investigation is underway, said Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/10/2017 INDIA - AUTHORITIES HOLDING 2 AL-QAIDA-LINKED TERRORIST SUSPECTS (AUG 10/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Indian police have arrested two Al-Qaida-linked terrorists in separate cases, reports the Press Trust of India.   Raza Ul Ahmed was picked up last week in New Delhi. He was handed over to West Bengal state police, according to authorities on Thursday.   Ahmed has been identified as a member of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a terrorist group in Bangladesh that is part of Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). He was reportedly planning to flee to Nepal.   Ahmed has been accused of spreading counterfeit currency printed by Pakistan's ISI intelligence service, reported the Hindustan Times.   Separately, Syed Mohammed Zishan Ali was arrested by police in New Delhi on Thursday after being deported from Saudi Arabia.   He had been wanted for more than a year after he was named during an interrogation of members of AQIS, said officials
  Item Number:8 Date: 08/10/2017 IRAN - SIS VIDEO THREATENS ATTACKS 'IN CENTER OF TEHRAN' (AUG 10/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The Islamic State terrorist group has released a video online that threatens attacks in Iran, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The video released on Wednesday reportedly shows the logo of the terror group's Amaq news agency and footage from two attacks in Tehran in June. ISIS claimed responsibility for those attacks, which killed 18 people.   The video footage shows a man wearing a black ski mask and holding an AK-47 rifle. He vows more attacks "in the center of Tehran" and threatens Shi'ite targets in Iraq.   "The same way we are cutting the necks of your dogs in Iraq and Syria we will cut your necks in the center of Tehran," the man says in the video, speaking accented Farsi, as noted by Reuters.   Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fired several missiles at ISIS bases in Syria on June 18 as retaliation for the Tehran attacks. Iranian officials have also said they have arrested dozens of ISIS militants
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/10/2017 ISRAEL - ARMY TO ACCELERATE UNDERGROUND WALL PROJECT AROUND GAZA (AUG 10/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Israeli army says it is moving forward with plans to build an underground wall around the Gaza Strip as part of an effort to block tunnels, reports Agence France-Presse.   Attack tunnels were used by Hamas during the 2014 Gaza war. They are also used to smuggle goods from Egypt.   The army is going to accelerate the construction of the wall in the coming months, said Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir on Thursday. Construction could be complete in two years, he added.   The wall will be made up of concrete plans and sensors. It is expected to cover 40 miles and be around 20 feet high and 130 feet deep. The price tag is estimated to be around US$834 million).   The wall will be built in Israeli territory parallel to a border fence run by Hamas, said Construction Minister Yoav Galant.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 08/10/2017 ISRAEL - PROBE CONTINUES INTO FATAL APACHE HELICOPTER CRASH; FLEET REMAINS GROUNDED (AUG 10/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Israeli military has grounded its AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to investigate a fatal crash, reports the Times of Israel.   The pilot was killed and the co-pilot badly injured Monday night. The pilot reported an unidentified malfunction shortly before the helicopter crashed while landing at Ramon Air Base in southern Israel, officials said.   The initial evidence suggested the crash was not related to a rotor problem that grounded the Israeli Apache fleet earlier this year, the army said on Tuesday.   In June, a crack was found in the rear rotor blade of an AH-64D helicopter. An investigation uncovered a second crack, attributed to heavy use. The problem was not found to be widespread and the fleet was returned to service in July, along with new safety regulations.   The Apaches will remain grounded until an investigation into the latest accident is completed, said officials
Item Number:11 Date: 08/10/2017 JAPAN - DEFENSE WHITE PAPER WARNS OF THE THREATS FROM N. KOREA, CHINESE ACTIVITIES (AUG 10/JIJI)  JIJI PRESS -- The Japanese Defense Ministry has submitted its annual report to the Cabinet, reports the Jiji Press (Tokyo).   Approved Tuesday by the Cabinet, the Defense of Japan report describes North Korea as a new level of threat and devotes a large section to Chinese military activities around Japan.   On July 4, North Korea test-fired what was likely an intercontinental ballistic missile and could soon deploy a solid-fuel ballistic missile capable of hitting Japan, the report says.   The document also expressed more concern about Pyongyang's nuclear program than in previous years, noting that the North may have already produced nuclear warheads and achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons.   The report warns that China may increase its naval activity in the Sea of Japan. Air and naval forces have been increasing their operations over the East China and South China seas, with regular activities around the disputed Senkaku Islands, the study says. (The islands are known as the Diaoyus in China.)   In fiscal 2016, which ended in March, Japanese aircraft scrambled a record 1,168 times, reflecting an increase in the number of Chinese military aircraft flights near Japan, says the white paper.   The report also takes note of increased Russian military activity on the Kuril Islands, which the Soviet Union annexed in the final days of World War II.  
Item Number:12 Date: 08/10/2017 NORTH KOREA - AMID ESCALATING, PYONGYANG THREATENS TO STRIKE GUAM (AUG 10/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- As tensions rise, officials in the U.S. and North Korea have been exchanging threats in recent days, reports the New York Times.   On Tuesday, President Donald Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" against North Korea if the regime in Pyongyang put the U.S. in danger.   Several hours later, on the military in North Korea said it was considering a plan to launch four intermediate ballistic missiles close to the Guam. The U.S. territory – about 2,100 miles from Pyongyang -- is home to Andersen Air Force Base.   Four Hwasong-12 missiles could be fired "in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.," according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).   Such missiles would fly over Japan. The plan will be presented to Kim Jong Un by mid-August, according to the report.   On Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a statement that said the actions of North Korea "will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates. The DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people," he said, as cited by USA Today.   South Korea's military officials downplaying the situation, saying there was "no unusual movement related to a direct provocation," reported CNN.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/10/2017 RUSSIA - HUNDREDS OF MARINES BEAT BACK SIMULATED AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT DURING KALININGRAD DRILL (AUG 10/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Russian marines assigned to the Baltic Fleet recently completed an exercise at the Khmelyovka range in the Kaliningrad exclave, reports Interfax-AVN.   The drills covered defending against toxic warfare agents and repelling an amphibious attack, said naval officials.   Nona self-propelled howitzers and 82-mm battalion mortars were employed in the live-fire drills alongside small-arms and grenade launchers, said a Baltic Fleet release on Wednesday.   The marines defeated the forward elements of a mock enemy amphibious force ostensibly preparing a bridgehead for an amphibious landing, said the release.   The second phase involved fighting the simulated main force.   About 500 troops and more than 40 pieces of military equipment participated in the training
Item Number:14 Date: 08/10/2017 TURKEY - ANKARA TO PURCHASE 529 TACTICAL WHEELED ARMORED VEHICLES (AUG 10/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Turkish government says it has agreed to a deal with BMC, a domestic armored vehicle manufacturer, for 529 tactical wheeled armored vehicles, reports Defense News.   BMC will serve as the prime contractor for the program, which aims to strengthen the military's counterterrorism capabilities, said a release from the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM).   The deal is estimated to be worth more than 300 million euros (US$350 million), according to an unnamed source.   BMC will also produce an unspecified number of Yeni Kirpi armored vehicles, an advanced variant of the Kirpi mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, said SSM
Item Number:15 Date: 08/10/2017 USA - 'BLACK SHEEP' SQUADRON BACK AFTER 6-YEAR HIATUS (AUG 10/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force has reactivated the 8th Fighter Squadron, six years after the unit left service in May 2011, reports the Air Force News Service.   The "Black Sheep" squadron formally returned to operational service in a ceremony on Aug. 4 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.   The unit was first activated in 1941 as part of the 49th Pursuit Group.   The squadron will operate F-16 fighters, along with its sister units, the 311th and 314th Fighter Squadrons, at Holloman.   The unit will focus on producing new F-16 pilots and requalifying former pilots as part of Air Force efforts to address a pilot shortage
Item Number:16 Date: 08/10/2017 USA - AMERICAN DESTROYER CONDUCTS OPERATION CLOSE TO MISCHIEF REEF IN S. CHINA SEA (AUG 10/REU)  REUTERS -- A U.S. Navy destroyer has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the disputed South China Sea, say U.S. officials cited by Reuters.   The USS John S. McCain came within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands on Thursday, said the officials. China claims much of the region.   This was the third "freedom of navigation" operation since President Donald Trump began his presidency.   Such operations challenge China's claims in the area and counter what Washington sees as efforts to limit freedom of navigation
Item Number:17 Date: 08/10/2017 USA - DOD TO SEND 100 MORE MARINES TO AFGHANISTAN, RESPONDING TO REQUEST FROM GENERAL IN HELMAND (AUG 10/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The U.S. is beefing up its forces in Afghanistan with as many as 100 more Marines, say defense officials, as reported by the Military Times.   The deployment of advisory forces to Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, was first reported by NBC News. The contingent will be filled by Marines already deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations, a spokesman for the command said on Tuesday.   The Marines will be deployed "for a short period of time to assist Marines already there" and assigned to Task Force Southwest, said a spokesman for the NATO Resolute Support mission.   U.S. advisers are primarily attached to Afghan combat units to help with ground tactics and airstrike coordination.   The deployment is a tactical adjustment and not part of the potentially larger deployment being considered by the Trump administration, said officials cited by ABC News.   The request for more forces was reportedly made by Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, the top Marine in the province.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 08/10/2017 USA - RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT FLIES OVER D.C. AS PART OF OPEN SKIES TREATY (AUG 10/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- An unarmed Russian air force flight flew over Washington, D.C., on Wednesday as part of a treaty between the U.S. and Russia on aerial observation flight, reports CNN.   The Treaty on Open Skies allows U.S. and Russian military aircraft to conduct observation flights over the military sites of the 34 signatory nations. It has been in effect since 2002.   The flight, which was among 1,200 conducted since the treaty went into effect, was notable because of the high-profile nature of its surveillance targets in the capital.   The Russian Tu-154 flew over Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and downtown Washington. A second flight was planned for Bedminster, N.J., where President Donald Trump is vacationing.   The aircraft also overflew Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland, the Trump National Golf Course in Virginia, and Mount Weather, one of the U.S. government's secret relocation bunkers, said a law enforcement source.   U.S. Air Force personnel were on the Russian aircraft, which is capable of intelligence-gathering, said officials
  Item Number:19 Date: 08/10/2017 USA - USAF JOINT STARS AIRCRAFT SET FOR RADIO UPGRADE (AUG 10/NG)  NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP. -- Northrop Grumman has received an Air Force contract to upgrade the radio terminals aboard the service's fleet of E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, reports the defense firm.   The radios will be replaced with Air Force Tactical Receive System-Ruggedized (AFTRS-R) terminals, which will ensure that the E-8 fleet, and those interacting with it, receive intelligence reports, including threat warnings, the company said in a release on Aug. 8.   AFTRS-R provides data feeds from airborne and overhead electronic intelligence collectors and allows Joint STARS to detect and track a variety of mobile threats, including hostile air defense and theater ballistic missile assets, noted the release.   The system modernizes the Integrated Broadcast Service by replacing the existing Commander's Tactical Terminal/Hybrid-Receive Only (CTT/H-R) radio.   The project will also modernize cryptographic capabilities and obsolescence issues with the CTT/H-R radio, said Northrop Grumman.   The value of the contract was not disclosed
Item Number:20 Date: 08/10/2017 VIETNAM - S. CHINA SEA DIFFERENCES LEAD TO CANCELLATION OF ASEAN MEETINGS BETWEEN VIETNAM, CHINA (AUG 10/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Tensions were evident between Vietnam and China at the foreign ministers meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) earlier this week in Manila, reports the South China Morning Post.   A scheduled meeting on Monday between the foreign ministers of the neighboring countries was cancelled.   The government in Hanoi has been Beijing's most vocal regional opponent concerning disputed claims in the South China Sea.   Vietnam urged ASEAN to insist that a code of conduct over disputed waters, particularly in the South China Sea, should be legally binding. Beijing opposes such a move.   Hanoi also pushed for a specific reference displaying concerns for China's "extended construction" in the region.   Observers anticipate more friction between Vietnam and China as Hanoi engages other regional powers to balance the ongoing shift in the Philippines towards Beijing.

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