Saturday, August 12, 2017

TheList 4521

The List 4521


To All,

I hope you all have great weekend.



This Day In Naval History - August 11
1812 - USS Constitution captures and destroys brig Lady Warren
1887: Prof. Asaph Hall of the U.S. Naval Observatory discovers the first of two satellites of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, using the largest refractor of the time, a USNO 26-inch (66-cm) telescope. He found the second one within a week.
1898 - During the Spanish-American War, USS Cushing (TB 1), USS Gwin (TB 16), and USS McKee (TB 18) captured and burned the Spanish schooner Jover Genard at Carendas, Cuba.
1921 - Carrier arresting gear first tested at Hampton Roads.
1960 - USNS Longview, using Navy helicopters and frogmen, recovers a Discover satellite capsule after 17 orbits. This is first recovery of U.S.
satellite from orbit.
1967 U.S. pilots cleared to bomb Hanoi-Haiphong area »
This Day In Naval History - August 12
1812 - USS Constitution captures and destroys brig Adeona
1918: The Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels approves the acceptance of women in the Marine Corps. The following day, Aug. 13, Opha M. Johnson becomes the first woman Marine.
1942 - USS Cleveland (CL-55) demonstrates effectiveness of radio-proximity fuze (VT-fuze) against aircraft by successfully destroying 3 drones with proximity bursts fired by her five inch guns.
1944 - LT Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., USNR, the older brother of John F.
Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot in a mid-air explosion after taking off from England in a PB4Y from Special Attack Unit One (SAU-1). Following manual takeoff, they were supposed to parachute out over the English Channel while the radio-controlled explosive filled drone proceeded to attack a German V-2 missile-launching site. Possible causes include faulty wiring or FM signals from a nearby transmitter.
1957 - In first test of Automatic Carrier Landing System, LCDR Don Walker is landed on USS Antietam.
1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) arrives Portland, England completing first submerged under ice cruise from Pacific to Atlantic Oceans.
This Day In Naval History - August 13
1777 - American explosive device made by David Bushnell explodes near British vessel off New London, CT.
1846 - Joint expedition led by CDR Robert Stockton seizes Los Angeles, CA
1870 - Armed tug Palos becomes first U.S. Navy ship to transit Suez Canal
August 11
Danes under Olaf Tryggvason kill Ealdorman Byrhtnoth and defeat the Saxons at Maldon.
Rodrigo Borgia is elected to the papacy as Pope Alexander VI.
A revolutionary commune is formed in Paris, France.
A band of rampaging settlers in California kill four Yokut Indians. The settlers had heard unproven rumors of Yokut atrocities.
President Abraham Lincoln appoints Union General Henry Halleck to the position of general in chief of the Union Army.
German General Lothar von Trotha defeats the Hereros tribe near Waterberg, South Africa.
In France, Eugene Lauste receives the first patent for a talking film.
Britain's King Edward VII meets with Kaiser Wilhelm II to protest the growth of the German navy.
Moroccan Sultan Mulai Hafid abdicates his throne in the face of internal dissent.
The Russia army takes Stanislau, Poland, from the Germans.
Babe Ruth hits his 500th major league home run against the Cleveland Indians.
Soviet bombers raid Berlin but cause little damage.
The German submarine U-73 attacks a Malta-bound British convoy and sinks HMS Eagle, one of the world's first aircraft carriers.
German troops abandon Florence, Italy, as Allied troops close in on the historic city.
A small clash between the California Highway Patrol and two black youths sets off six days of rioting in the Watts area of Los Angeles.
The last U.S. ground forces withdraw from Vietnam.
US vetoes admission of North and South Vietnam to UN.
Funeral of Pope Paul VI.
Carl Lewis wins four Olympic gold medals, tying the record Jesse Owens set in 1936.
Al Qaeda formed at a meeting in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Voyager 2 discovers two partial rings around Neptune.
Troops from Egypt and Morocco arrive in Saudi Arabia as part of the international operation to prevent Iraq from invading.
A tornado in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, kills one person.
Temperatures rise to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius); over 140 people die in the heat wave.

NATO assumes command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, its first major operation outside Europe.


if you want to live longer!

Interview with 101 year-old Hattie Mae MacDonald of Feague, Kentucky:

Reporter: Can you give us some health tips for reaching the age of 101?

Hattie : For better digestion, I drink beer.

In the case of appetite loss, I drink white wine.

For low blood pressure I drink red wine.

In the case of high blood pressure, I drink scotch.

And when I have a cold, I drink Schnapps.
Reporter : When do you drink water?
Hattie : I've never been that sick.


Thanks to Hal

You have been hearing that China has put troops on their border with North Korea. That is only to prevent millions of starving North Koreans from migrating into China and becoming their responsibility. North Korea is totally dependent on China for just about everything they need. They can grow rice, but they produce very little else. Fuel must come from China, as well as most of their staples. So our pressure upon China is to bring Kim down to earth and to stop threatening us. China knows that a war in their neighborhood would overwhelm them with refugees. So, the ball is in their court.


2013: Obama admin tried to KILL this report! Obama knew about North Korea's miniaturized nukes bought from Iran...and he still went ahead with his "Iran Deal"


Obama administration knew about North Korea's miniaturized nukes

By Fred Fleitz Published August 09, 2017

Fox News

Tuesday's bombshell Washington Post story that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has determined North Korea is capable of constructing miniaturized nuclear weapons that could be used as warheads for missiles – possibly ICBMs – left out a crucial fact: DIA actually concluded this in 2013. The Post also failed to mention that the Obama administration tried to downplay and discredit this report at the time.

During an April 11, 2013, House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., inadvertently revealed several unclassified sentences from a DIA report that said DIA had determined with "moderate confidence" that North Korea has the capability to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be launched with a ballistic missile.

The Director of National Intelligence and Obama officials subsequently tried to dismiss Lamborn's disclosure by claiming the DIA assessment was an outlier that did not reflect the views of the rest of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Obama officials tried to downplay the DIA assessment to prevent it from being used to force the president to employ a more assertive North Korea policy.

It was clear what Obama officials were doing in 2013. The DIA report represented inconvenient facts that threatened President Obama's North Korea "strategic patience" policy -- a policy to do nothing about North Korea and kick this problem down the road to the next president. Obama officials tried to downplay the DIA assessment to prevent it from being used to force the president to employ a more assertive North Korea policy.

It's worth noting that the Trump White House has not condemned the Washington Post story as a leak. That's probably because it was an authorized disclosure of classified information to advance President Trump's North Korea strategy. That is, instead of concealing intelligence to avoid taking action against the tough North Korea problem like the Obama administration did, the Trump administration publicized this same intelligence to demonstrate the seriousness of this threat and why decisive action by the United States is required.

I believe Trump officials timed the release of the North Korea missile warhead information to bolster their efforts to pressure China to abide by new sanctions imposed on North Korea last weekend by the UN Security Council. If so, this is a good strategy to highlight to Beijing the urgency that it abide by these sanctions and also implement other kinds of diplomatic and economic pressure against North Korea that it has so far refused to employ. As I wrote in an August 7 Fox News Opinion article, this may be China's last chance to prevent a military conflict with North Korea.

Americans need to recognize as they ponder the increasingly dangerous North Korea situation that the Obama administration not only refused to do anything about this crisis but tried to downplay and conceal intelligence from the American people and Congress on how serious it was.

Fred Fleitz is senior vice president for policy and programs with the Center for Security Policy, a national security think tank. Follow him on Twitter@FredFleitz.


So, where did North Korea get the plans to make a nuke ?

Thanks to Hal

Well, North Korea got it from China, and China got it from Russia, and Russia got it from us. Yes, spies and traitors in our midst delivered the secrets and the uranium ore to the Russians in the closing days of World War II. Let me tell you a bit of how that was accomplished....

First of all, there was a race between us and the Germans to develop an Atomic bomb.Whoever got it first would win the war. But some smart scientists defected and came here, and with our home team built the two bombs that ended World War II with the bombing of Japan. That was the Manhattan Project. President Truman's decision to end the war with Japan likely saved a million of our soldiers and Marine's lives. And several million Japanese.

Germany would have likely beat us to it but for some courageous commandos who slipped in and destroyed their supply of Heavy Water, or D20. Duterium oxide. (Get the movie, "The Heroes of Telemark' for one).

But here on the homefront, President Roosesvelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill had met secretly at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and later they both met with the chairman of the Soviet Union, Josef Stalin at Yalta and Potsdam. Not much is known of what was discussed and agreed upon at those meetings.

But both Churchill and Roosevelt were surrounded by Soviet agents. Churchill had the 'Cambridge Five', led by Harold "Kim" Philby who got the secrets to Stalin immediately. You can google them and read up.

Roosevelt never knew it, but his three closest friends and advisors were working for Stalin. They were Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss, and Harry Hopkins. Hopkins felt that Stalin should be as well off as we were in the atomic bomb race. So, according to an Army Major who kept a diary, later released in an obscure book, "Major Jordan's Diary" he told of the material being sent to the Russians via Great Falls, Montana to Fairbanks, Alaska and on to Siberia. He recorded hundreds of suitcases of uranium ore labeled under diplomatic cover. He also saw blueprints in diplomatic pouches going to the USSR.

The Russians were an ally, but they were never a 'friend'. Stalin had his own agenda and it was domination of all Eastern Europe. He had made a pact with Adolph Hitler before the war on how Europe would be divided after Germany won the war. But Hitler made a big mistake, Operation Barbarossa, and once he had conquered all of Western Europe, he turned his Army loose on Russia. Stalin wanted the Americans to get into the war in Europe to take the pressure off his forces. And you know from the recent movie, 'Dunkirk" the Germans had driven the British and French Armies into the sea. Stalin felt that we delayed our landing on Normandy so that the Russian Army and the German Army would destroy each other.

While it was not widely known, the Russians were 'liberating' the German's POW camps, or Stalags, that were holding our men and putting them on trains to Siberia, never to return. The took away 25,600 American POWs. General Patton knew this and wanted to go after them and fight the Russians right now while they were in a weakened state from taking Berlin. He raised such a storm that Supreme Commander General Eisenhower decided to have him assassinated. Squeaky wheel gets replaced, you know. He passed the order to General 'Wild Bill' Donovan of the OSS and he assigned it to OSS agent Douglas Bazata. But he botched it. The plan was to slam into Patton's staff car with a big Army truck, but it didn't kill him. It only broke his neck. He was taken to the Army Hospital at Heidelberg and while in traction it is believed the Russian came in and gave him the needle. Bazata said he did not go to the hospital.
So, we had the advantage with any conflict with the Russians, but it died there. Within a month, the Iron Curtain would fall from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste and we would enter thirty years of a Cold War that few even know about.

The Russians built the atomic bomb and in 1949 tested their first one in Kazakhstan. We no longer had the advantage.

Vice President Harry Truman was thrust unexpectedly into the presidency upon the death of President Roosevelt. He served out FDR's fourth term and ran for election against Tom Dewey. He beat Dewey. the New York Times had backed Dewey and printed the Headlines "Dewey Defeats Truman" and delivered the papers to the news stands at Midnight, but by Dawn the count was final and Truman won. Same mistake in backing Hillary Clinton, it would seem.

Two of the spies that tried to get the plans to the Russians were Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The FBI arrested them and President Eisenhower had them electrocuted at Sing Sing Prison. Congressman Richard Nixon would bring Alger Hiss to trial and send him to prison. But Hopkins and White skated.

So, that's how it all happened.



Thanks to John…I live here and we are on the slippery slope to be sure

…Judicial Watch lays out the specifics: "[T]here were more total registered voters than there were adults over the age of 18 living in each of the following eleven (11) counties: Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (138%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%), Stanislaus (102%), and Yolo (110%)." The letter notes that the percentage in L.A. Country may be as high as 144%.


Thanks to Carl

(A good read!!)

The musings, rants, and dissertations of 3 retired military guys and 1 chick. Two Air Force, two Navy. Old AF Sarge, Juvat, Tuna, & LUSH.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dunkirk Air Tasking Order

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Given the above tasking from USCincChant, callsign Sarge, I entered the target area at precisely 201707221850Z (1350 local. All right! 1:50PM Saturday! Sheesh, a guy can't wander around dreaming of his Glory Days?)

The mission, as assigned, was to evaluate the "flying sequences" for accuracy. The short version is they were pretty good with a couple of "nice touches" that few would have noticed had they been omitted, but that showed RJ Casey, the Aerial Safety Coordinator/Military Advisor, knew what he was about.

Before I get into the specifics of the above mission, first let me say, I went to a theater, by choice, by myself, at almost 2 O'Clock on a Saturday.

Talk about Decadence!

It was exhilarating! I compounded the Decadence by consuming an ice cold Shiner Bock while watching the movie evaluating the tactics.

Also, let me say this, Yes, my precious snowflake, whomever you are, there are no "people of color" or women in any significant role in the movie. There is the possibility that French Senaglese troops were there, but the French forces played little role in the movie either. Similarly, for injured troops being rescued, the female nurses were singularly important to them personally, but again played little role in this story.

Get over it. The solar system revolves around the Sun, not Uranus!

So, back to the tasking.

Stuka scenes.


Given that there are only two intact Stukas left in the world and neither are flyable, their scenes were done with radio controlled aircraft. That having been said, I had to google that info before I realized that the movie used radio controlled models for their scenes, they were that well done.

However, the smaller size of the R/C aircraft as well as sheer physics of cameras led to a historical error. According to Hans Rudel in his book "Stuka Pilot" standard Stuka tactics would involve approaching the target at 15000', then push over or roll and pull into an 80odive.


With a dive this steep accuracy is greatly enhanced. (If I've done the math right, you've traveled about 2350' forward from 15000' until the release point. Compared to a little over 6000' for the usual 30o dive used back in my day.)

So, putting an actual Stuka (with a 45' wingspan) at altitude to give the picture historical accuracy would have meant filming an object only slightly bigger than the size of this period.

Another factor was the extreme stress on the aircraft in the recovery from the dive. Because of this, the actual Stuka required a dive checklist to be completed before the attack began. That checklist looked like this:

Landing flaps at cruise position

Elevator at cruise position

Rudder trip at cruise position
Contact altimeter ON
Contact altimeter set to release altitude
Supercharger set at automatic
Throttle fully closed
Cooler flaps closed
Dive brakes open

All that would have been difficult to achieve in an R/C aircraft.

So, the dive angles weren't quite right.

The second quibble about the Stukas was there were 5 explosions during the attack on the beach. True Stukas carried 5 bombs (1 x 250kg +4 x 50kg), but they would have been released in pairs from the wings. The reason the bombs would have been released in pairs is that releasing them singly would have induced a differential in lift and drag on the two wings, inducing a lateral motion of some sort, thereby reducing accuracy.

However, even though the Stukas were in a lower angle dive than was historically accurate, and as mentioned above, the horizontal distance across the ground was increased, the string of bomb explosions was accurate in that there were a long string of separate explosions.

So, Stuka tactics in the movie were not exactly historically accurate, but aerodynamically accurate and would reflect modern air to ground tactics.

ME-109 Tactics

Again, a certain amount of tactical accuracy had to be sacrificed simply to film the movie. Air to Air action, even in WWII (heck, even in WWI) involves a lot of space, both horizontally and vertically. So getting all the players into one camera scene means the formations and the maneuvering has to be tighter and smaller than would be the case in reality.

That having been said, the escort formation on the Heinkel was correct. The Messerschmits (with their Fokkers in them) were above and behind the bomber positioning themselves in between the bomber and the most probable avenue of attack.

Wider spread, Excellent post describing the how and why of the formation at the source.

There formation was accurate for Luftwaffe formations at the time. The wingman was positioned far enough away from his lead to protect his six as well as to keep a lookout.

The defensive jinking of the ME-109s was far more accurately portrayed than that of the Spitfires. He was changing all three planes as he jinked, vastly improving his chances of survival. But, let's be honest. If someone shows up at your six and the first time you see him is when he opens fire, your chances of survival, or at least returning the aircraft to maintenance undamaged are next to non-existent. So any improvement to those chances is a vast one.

So, the realism of the ME-109 scenes was accurate within the confines of camera physics.

Spitfire Tactics

Initially, I thought the Spitfire scenes were the least accurate in the film. Then I realized that, in fact, they were the MOST accurate. The Luftwaffe had cut their teeth in the Spanish Civil War and learned what formations and tactics had worked and, more importantly, what had not.

The RAF however had not had that advantage, and entered WWII with only lessons learned from the First War. They would learn fast, and indeed, according to this post, shot down 326 Luftwaffe aircraft to the loss of 121 of their own during the extraction.

One of those lessons was shown in the first scene of the Spitfires. They're flying in what was referred to as the VIC formation, and the intent was to concentrate all three aircraft's weapons on a single target. The two wingman fly fingertip formation on each wing of the leaders apparently having no other responsibilities other than to be gun bearers. That's about all they CAN do since, having flown fingertip a time or two in my day, I'm here to tell you that the wingman's attention is 98% consumed with flying formation. He can only spare a quick glance at a fuel gauge or a radio channel change.

Vic Formation

Visual lookout is non-existent in this formation.

Yet, it was the standard combat formation for the RAF up til someone recognized the error of their ways during the Battle of Britain and the RAF adapted a version of the Luftwaffe spread formation for the rest of the war.
Similarly, at no point in the movie, except when they were actually under fire, did I see a Spitfire pilot actively "Checking Six".

I think I actually said "Move the aircraft and check six" out loud as, during one scene, a Spitfire watched his target slowly crash into the sea. Sure enough, everyone else in the audience jumped in their seat as the bullets started flying around him. I think I mumbled something along the lines of "Tolja, ya dumb SOB"

But, that is an entirely accurate situation. At that moment in time, the Spit pilot was master of the universe and invincible. I understand the feeling but it was hammered into me, in F-15 school, that the second most dangerous place to be in an Air to Air engagement is in the general vicinity of your victim. The first being, of course, in the cockpit of your victim.

Move the aircraft, and check six. "Bastards have brothers!"

One of the things that I did find very accurate was the gun shots. Neither Spitfire pilot pulled the trigger (yes, the Spit didn't have a trigger, it had a firing button, I know) when he had enough lead. Just like any shot taken on a moving target, you don't aim where he is, you aim where he will be when the bullets arrive.

The pilots pushed the button (OK?) when the pipper was on the target. That is correct nowadays with lead computing sights that account for time of flight, but that wasn't the case back then. However....the movie correctly portrayed the shots taken with that aimpoint as misses.

I did notice that during those engagements, my legs tensed up, my breath started coming in little gasps, my head would lean in the direction of the turn and my right arm would be moving also. It was a good thing it was a matinee, dark, and there wasn't anybody within about 10 feet of me.

I also noticed one of those little "bon mots" I spoke of earlier. In the first fight scene, as the leader spots the ME-109s. He calls them out and then says "Feet up on the bar, boys". That is a little known and totally accurate thing about the Spitfire. It's rudder pedals had an upper level to them. When about to engage in high G maneuvering combat, Spit pilots would put their feet on the upper level, to reduce the amount of blood pooling in their legs which improved G tolerance by keeping more blood (AKA Oxygen) in the brain.


Since that was in one of the initial scenes, it was one of my first indications that this was going to be a good movie. I was not disappointed, and I highly recommend it.

To be honest, the credits hadn't even started rolling when I texted Sarge "Great Fricking Movie!"


Item Number:1 Date: 08/11/2017 AFGHANISTAN - ISIS COMMANDER DIES IN CLASH WITH TALIBAN IN NORTHERN JOWZJAN PROVINCE (AUG 11/XIN) XINHUA -- A key Islamic State commander in northern Afghanistan has been killed in fighting with Taliban militants, say local police, as cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency. The commander, named Ansar, was killed on Thursday in a gunbattle in the Qushtipa district of Jowzjan province. Two Taliban fighters were also killed, according to provincial police officials. There was no immediate comment on the incident by either ISIS or the Taliban. The two militant groups occasionally fight over territory.

Item Number:2 Date: 08/11/2017 COLOMBIA - ELN MAY DECLARE UNILATERAL TRUCE FOR POPE'S VISIT, SAYS REBEL LEADER (AUG 11/VOA) VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A top guerrilla leader says Colombia's Marxist National Liberation Army (ELN) could announce a unilateral cease-fire during a papal visit next month, reports the Voice of America News. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Colombia in September. The ELN and the Colombian government have been holding peace talks in Ecuador since February. A temporary bilateral cease-fire is possible for the visit, said an ELN leader late Wednesday, as cited by Reuters. "We're going to make all the necessary effort so that the cease-fire is bilateral, but if it's not achievable we will consider the possibility of making it unilateral," he said. The ELN was founded in 1964 by Marxist rebels. It was long supported by radical Catholic priests.

Item Number:3 Date: 08/11/2017 CUBA - U.S., CANADIAN DIPLOMATS SUFFER HEARING LOSS IN HAVANA; PROBE UNDERWAY ABOUT SONIC ATTACK (AUG 11/CNN) CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The U.S. government believes State Dept. employees in Cuba have been attacked by a sonic device, reports CNN. The mysterious hearing loss of diplomats posted to Havana has prompted an investigation, say Canadian and U.S. officials, as reported by Agence France-Presse. Multiple U.S. diplomats in Havana began suffering unexplained loss of hearing beginning in fall 2016, State Dept. officials told CNN. At least two had to return to the U.S. for treatment. The Canadian government said on Thursday that at least one of its diplomats has been treated for hearing loss. The cause may have been a sonic device capable of operating outside the range of audible sound, say officials. Two Cuban diplomats were expelled from Washington in May. The explusion order was a response to Cuba's failure to keep foreign diplomats safe, a State Dept. official said, as reported by the Washington Post.

Item Number:4 Date: 08/11/2017 DENMARK - PRIVATE SUBMARINE SINKS; NAVY RESCUES OWNER ONBOARD (AUG 11/LOCAL) THE LOCAL -- The Danish navy has rescued an inventor whose submarine sank south of Copehagen on Friday, reports the Local (Denmark). The 17-meter (55-foot) Nautilus is considered the world's largest private submarine. It was built by Peter Madsen in 2008. The sub sank Friday in Koge Bay, south of the Danish capital. The boat had lost contact because of bad radio connection, said Madsen, who was aboard with a Swedish journalist. (The journalist apparently left the day before.) Danish naval forces were alerted after the sub failed to arrive at its scheduled time. The military deployed three ships and two helicopters, locating the sub about eight hours later

Item Number:5 Date: 08/11/2017 ESTONIA - U.S. AIRBORNE TROOPS TO AUGMENT AMERICAN PRESENCE IN ESTONIA DURING RUSSIAN DRILLS (AUG 11/BNS) BALTIC NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. military has decided to strengthen its presence in Estonia during the upcoming Belarusian-Russian Zapad military exercises, reports the Baltic News Service. A company from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy, is scheduled to arrive in Estonia at the end of August, according to an Estonian military spokesman. The unit will consist of about 150 soldiers, the spokesman said. Zapad, an annual bilateral drill held by Belarus and Russia, is scheduled for Sept. 14-20. Previous exercises have included simulated invasions of the Baltic states and Poland. The size of the drills is uncertain. Some Russian officials have indicated perhaps 13,000 will take part, though Western accounts have suggested up to 100,000 Russians might be involved, noted the National Interest

Item Number:6 Date: 08/11/2017 INDONESIA - POLICE DETAIN RECRUITER FOR ISIS EFFORTS IN SYRIA, PHILIPPINES (AUG 11/ANADOLU) ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Indonesian anti-terrorism police have arrested an alleged recruiter for the Islamic State, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey). The suspect, a furniture seller identified only as S.P., was picked up on Friday in Tangerang City in Banten province, said a spokesman for the national police. The man raised funds for ISIS and sent Indonesian citizens to the southern Philippines and Syria, charged police. The suspect is believed to be a member of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS, said police cited by Reuters. He reportedly "found people to send to Marawi and Syria," said police. At least 500 Indonesians have joined ISIS in Syria and more than 40 are in Marawi in the Philippines. Militants have been clashing with government forces in that city for months. Separately, 17 Indonesians who joined ISIS in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa were returned and handed over to Indonesian officials, said Indonesia's Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Item Number:7 Date: 08/11/2017 JAPAN - WITH CONCERNS ADDRESSED BY U.S., TOKYO OKS RESUMPTION OF MARINE OSPREY FLIGHTS (AUG 11/JAP) JAPAN TODAY -- Having been assured by the U.S. that the Osprey is safe, the Japanese government has approved continued flights of U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, reports Japan Today. Concerns about the aircraft had again rose after an Osprey went down on Aug. 5 during exercises with Australia off its northern coast. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera asked the U.S. to temporarily ground all MV-22 flights. On Friday, Japan's Defense Ministry said that the U.S. military was "taking reasonable measures" and that its "explanation that it can conduct safe flights of MV-22 Ospreys is understandable." The statement was made after the Marine Corps concluded that the Osprey was safe to fly and resumed operations. Though the tiltrotor aircraft did have problems during its development, the Osprey is one of the safest in the Marine air fleet, the service maintains.

Item Number:8 Date: 08/11/2017 LEBANON - ARMY STRIKES ISIS ENCLAVE NEAR SYRIAN BORDER WITH ARTILLERY, MISSILES (AUG 11/AL-MASDAR) AL-MASDAR NEWS -- The Lebanese army is still hitting Islamic State targets along the border region with Syria, reports Al-Masdar News. Army units began shelling ISIS positions in the Ras Baalbek region of the Beqaa province early Thursday, destroying several positions, said the army. Attack helicopters were also deployed, the army said. The actions were briefly put on hold for negotiations. However, the terror group refused an offer to discuss their surrender, said a Lebanese intelligence official. Lebanon been gearing up in recent days for an assault to dislodge ISIS militants in the region, noted China's Xinhua

Item Number:9 Date: 08/11/2017 PAKISTAN - ISLAMABAD CONSIDERS BUYING 100 OPLOT TANKS FROM UKRAINE (AUG 11/DN) DEFENSE NEWS -- The Ukrainian government is negotiating the sale of 100 Oplot main battle tanks to Pakistan, reports Defense News. Should the deal be completed, Kiev plans to use the funds to modernize its defense industry facilities and invest in research and development, according to the Gazeta Wyborcza daily (Warsaw, Poland). In the 1990s, Ukraine delivered 320 T-84UD tanks to Pakistan in a US$600 million deal. If concluded, would be the second export sale of the Oplot. A contract for 49 of the tanks was reached with Thailand in 2011.

Item Number:10 Date: 08/11/2017 PAKISTAN - REMOTE-CONTROLLED ROADSIDE EXPLOSION KILLS CIVILIANS IN NORTHWEST (AUG 11/GEOTV) GEO TV -- A roadside bomb has killed multiple people in Bajaur in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, reports Geo TV (Pakistan). Friday's remote-controlled blast took place in the Chahrmang area of Nawagai town. The explosion hit a truck with civilians, including many laborer, noted Newsweek Pakistan. Casualties were reported variously. As many as five people were killed and 25 were wounded, according to ARY News. Security forces have begun a search operation. There was no immediate claims of responsibility.

Item Number:11 Date: 08/11/2017 POLAND - PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT BUMP HEADS OVER MILITARY COMMAND SYSTEM (AUG 11/BLOOMBERG) BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Polish President Andrzej Duda has refused to approve the appointments of dozens of generals, citing what he called a lack of clarity over a proposed new command system, reports Bloomberg News. The development reflects increased tensions between the president and the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) that previously supported him. There are currently 46 stalled appointments, according to Polish media. The new generals would replace those removed by Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz. Since Macierewicz took over the defense portfolio, 90 percent of the General Staff's leadership and more than 80 percent of the army's top brass have left service. Political tensions have been on the rise since July, when Duda partially vetoed reforms that would have given the government complete control over the judiciary. Duda and Macierewicz have been at loggerheads for months over the proposed new command system, analysts said. In June, the defense minister blocked a presidential aide's access to classified information. The proposed changes to the command system are needed for the army to address new challenges and are being made in consultation with the president, said a ministry spokeswoman

Item Number:12 Date: 08/11/2017 RUSSIA - AIR FORCE MAKES IT OFFICIAL: NEW FIGHTER WILL BE CALLED SU-57 (AUG 11/TASS) TASS -- The Russian air force has come up with an official designation for its fifth-generation fighter jet, reports Tass (Russia). The Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA will be named the Su-57, Col. Gen. Viiktor Bondarev, the commander of the air force, announced on Friday. The name had been previously reported by industry sources. The PAK FA flew for the first time in 2010. Design work is expected to be completed in 2019, with deliveries scheduled that year. The first pre-production batch will have 12 aircraft, say industry officials. A PAK FA with an advanced main engine is expected to make its maiden flight in late 2017

Item Number:13 Date: 08/11/2017 RUSSIA - MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH NIGER SEEMS NEAR (AUG 11/TASS) TASS -- The governments of Russia and Niger are preparing a military cooperation accord, reports Moscow's Tass news agency. The draft agreement includes cooperation on counterterrorism and measures to strengthen international security, according to the government's website in Moscow on Thursday. The document also calls for exchanging information on military and political issues and developing joint training and cooperation in the areas of military education, military medicine and others. The parties say they intend to exchange experiences in U.N. peacekeeping operations.

Item Number:14 Date: 08/11/2017 SOUTH KOREA - INCREASED THREAT FROM NORTH DEMANDS MILITARY OVERHAUL, SAYS PRESIDENT (AUG 11/YON) YONHAP -- President Moon Jae In has urged a "complete and thorough" overhaul of the South Korean military, emphasizing the need to strengthen its defenses against North Korea's growing nuclear and missile capabilities, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). "I believe we might need a complete defense reform at the level of a rebirth instead of making some improvements or modifications," Moon said on Wednesday during a meeting with the military's top six commanders. The South's military must be capable of countering Pyongyang's nuclear and missile provocations, he said. This apparently includes building more powerful missiles. Moon asked U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this week to support a proposed revision to the bilateral agreement that currently limits the range and payload of South Korean missiles to 500 miles (800 km) and 1,100 pounds (500 kg), respectively. The military in Seoul wants to increase the size of its missile warheads to 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg), which is believed to be powerful enough to destroy North Korea's deeply buried bunkers

Item Number:15 Date: 08/11/2017 SUDAN - U.N., A.U. APPOINT KENYAN OFFICER TO LEAD MISSION IN DARFUR (AUG 11/EA) EAST AFRICAN -- The heads of the United Nations and African Union have named a Kenyan general officer as the next leader of the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in western Sudan, reports the East African (Nairobi). Lt. Gen. Muriuki Ngondi will succeed Rwandan Lt. Gen. Frank Mushyo Kamanzi as the force commander for UNAMID, according to the announcement on Aug. 8. Ngondi is currently the head of Kenya's National Defense College. He took up that post in 2016. He has also served as army chief, commander of the eastern and western commands, respectively, and brigade commander. In 2012, he served as the force commander for the U.N. mission in Liberia.

Item Number:16 Date: 08/11/2017 TURKEY - IN MULTIPLE CITIES, POLICE PICK UP DOZENS OF SUSPECTED PKK, ISIS MILITANTS (AUG 11/REU) REUTERS -- Turkish police have arrested dozens of militants suspected of being linked to the Islamic State or Kurdish groups, say security sources cited by Reuters. Twenty-two alleged ISIS militants were picked up by police on Friday in the eastern province of Elazig, said the sources. Separately, police detained 20 people in Adana province for their suspected links to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Ten more were being sought, reported the state-run Anadolu Agency. At least 12 others were arrested for PKK links in Istanbul, said a police source. A total of 18 were wanted for plotting attacks in the city

Item Number:17 Date: 08/11/2017 TURKEY - SUSPECTED JIHADIST, A RUSSIAN NATIONAL, ACCUSED OF DRONE PLOT AGAINST U.S. AIRCRAFT AT INCIRLIK AIR BASE (AUG 11/ANADOLU) ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Police in Turkey have arrested a Russian national for allegedly plotting to crash a drone into a U.S. military aircraft at Turkey's Incrilik air base, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey). Police said the suspect was linked to the Islamic State. Renat Bakiev was detained while conducting surveillance outside the base in Adana province, said police. The base is used by U.S.-led coalition aircraft fighting ISIS in Syria. According to authorities, Bakiev had been in contact with ISIS to raise about US$800 to buy an aerial drone. He is also suspected of plotting attacks against a Shi'ite Muslim offshoot community in the area. The arrest apparently took place almost two weeks ago, noted the Middle East Eye on Thursday. Bakiev was previously deported from Turkey after he tried to illegally cross the Syrian border, reported the Daily Telegraph (U.K.), citing Turkish accounts. It was unclear how or when he returned. He was charged with being a member of a terrorist group and making threats

Item Number:18 Date: 08/11/2017 USA - DOD ORDERS 32 SUGV ROBOTS (AUG 11/ENDROB) ENDEAVOR ROBOTICS -- The U.S. military has placed an order with Endeavor Robotics for nearly three dozen Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGVs), reports the Chelmsford, Mass.-based defense firm. Endeavor Robotics was previously known as iRobot Defense and Security. The deal covers 32 SUGVs equipped with the uPoint Multi-Robot Control System. The value of the sale was not disclosed. The control system significantly reduces on-robot training time by using commercial technology and a familiar tablet-based user interface, said a release from the firm on Wednesday. The SUGV has been in service with the U.S. military since 2009. The 20-pound (9-kg) robot can be carried in a backpack and integrated with multiple sensors and hardware for various missions. It can climb and descend stairs and offers dexterous and robust manipulation and lift/inspection capabilities, according to Endeavor.

Item Number:19 Date: 08/11/2017 USA - NAVY FIGHTER AIRCRAFT GOES DOWN NEAR KEY WEST; PILOT EJECTS SAFELY (AUG 11/NNS) NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. Navy is investigating the crash of a fighter aircraft earlier this week in Florida. A Navy F-5N Tiger II tactical fighter went down mid-day on Wednesday near Naval Air Station Key West, reports the Navy NewsStand. The pilot, assigned to Fighter Squadron Composite 111 (VFC-111), ejected safely and sustained no major injuries, according to a service statement. The F-5N was involved in training operations off the coast of Florida when it went down. VFC-111 is a reserve squadron that operates aircraft in the adversary role for combat training for Navy and Marine Corps fighter and strike squadrons, noted the Navy Times

Item Number:20 Date: 08/11/2017 USA - NEW AIR, MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS ON DRAWING BOARDS, SAYS LOCKHEED OFFICIALS (AUG 11/BREAKDEF) BREAKING DEFENSE -- Lockheed Martin officials say several new air and missile defense systems are being studied internally, reports Breaking Defense. Under study are a new 6-foot (1.8-m) rocket, a ship-launched version of the Patriot missile and an air-launched version of the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE), officials said at this week's Space and Missile Defense symposium in Huntsville, Ala. The officials acknowledged that few aircraft would be able to carry the 19-foot (5.8-m) PAC-3 MSE missile. Most of the concepts are smaller, with 6 feet seen as being "a sweet spot size for packaging on various platforms," such as ground vehicles, aircraft and naval vessels, said Tim Cahill, the vice president for integrated air and missile defense. At the high end, Lockheed is also pushing its THAAD-ER concept, an extended-range upgrade for the single-stage Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense interceptor. The modernization includes a two-stage rocket booster and improved seeker to hit targets at thrice the range of the baseline missile, said Cahill.


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