Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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The List 4539

To All,
I hope you all had a great long weekend.
This Day In Naval History - September 5
1776 - The Continental Navy adopts the first uniforms for naval officers. The dress prescribed was extremely somber and reflected the attitude of the Congress to eliminate the ornate trappings evidenced in the Royal Navy and move towards a democratic society. The naval officers quickly rebelled and demanded a more ornate uniform with dark blue coat and tri-corner hat, colored facings, and cuffs with gold buttons and lace, a uniform strikingly similar to that of the Royal Navy.
1813- USS Enterprise captures HM brig Boxer off Portland, ME
1918 - USS Mount Vernon torpedoed by German submarine off France
1923 - U.S. Asiatic Fleet arrives at Yokohama, Japan, to provide medical assistance and supplies after Kondo Plain earthquake.
1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Navy to form a Neutrality Patrol to report the presence of foreign warships within 300 miles of eastern United States.
1946 - USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt (CVB-42) and 4 escorts visit Greece to underscore U.S. support for the Greek Government which faced a Communist insurgency.
1954: The icebreakers USS Burton Island (AGB 1) and USCGC Northwind complete the first transit of Northwest Passage through the McClure Strait.
1990 - USS Acadia (AD-42) departs San Diego for first war-time deployment of male-female crew on combat vessel
1698: Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
1950: Beetle Bailey, a Comic Strip by Mort Walker, debuts in newspapers. 
56 years and still a private!
On this day in history (September 5):
1698: Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards. 
1950: Beetle Bailey, a Comic Strip by Mort Walker, debuts in newspapers.  56 years and still a private!
And today is:
National Cheese Pizza Day
Today's quotes:
Camping Tip:  In an emergency, a drawstring from a parka hood can be used to strangle a snoring tent mate.
I'm not saying he's old, but he does have an autographed Bible.
Found floating on the Internet: 
The Top 5 DVDs for Rent at Fast Food Restaurants
Indiana Jones and the Last Croissanwich
Happy Meal Gilmore
Body Doubled
Five Greasy Pieces
My Big Fat Cheeks Spreading
A woman went to a pet shop & immediately spotted a large, beautiful parrot..There was a sign on the cage that said $50.00.
"Why so little," she asked the pet store owner.
The owner looked at her and said, "Look, I should tell you first that this bird used to live in a house of Prostitution and sometimes it says some pretty vulgar stuff."
The woman thought about this, but decided she had to have the bird any way. She took it home and hung the bird's cage up in her living room and waited for it to say something.  The bird looked around the room, then at her, and said, "New house, new madam."
The woman was a bit shocked at the implication, but then thought "that's really not so bad."
When her 2 teenage daughters returned from school the bird saw and said,"New house, new madam, new girls."
The girls and the woman were a bit offended but then began to laugh about the situation considering how and where the parrot had been raised.
Moments later, the woman's husband Ray came home from work. The bird looked at him and said, "Hi, Ray!"
If Women Ran The World
A man would no longer be considered a good catch simply because he is breathing.
Women with cold hands would give men prostate exams.
Men would not be allowed to eat gas-producing foods within two hours of bedtime.
Little girls would read "Snow White and the Seven Hunks"
All toilet seats would be nailed down.
Men would HAVE to get Playboy for the articles, because there would be no pictures.
For basic training, soldiers would have to take care of a two-year old for six weeks.
By James Wilkinson For Dailymail.com - September 4th 2017, 7:19:51 pm
The Embraer A-29B Super Tucano, first built in 1999 may have a vintage style but it packs a powerful punch - and experts say it's better for fighting in Afghanistan than even high-tech jets.
Thanks to Carl….There are a couple other videos available after the first one.
Every week Fox News Sunday picks a 'Power Player of the Week' and this week it was the US Navy Blue Angels! Well, how about that!
Enjoy a unique inside look into the flight demonstration team.
The Blue Angels are still flying high and inspiring pride 
Thanks to Carl…..There are some excellent recommendations here to help you. I have been doing Tai Chi for a few years now and it is also a great way to help you and offers other benefits.
Sense of Balance - Dr Kim
(This is a subject that needs more important as we add years to our "maturity"!  Several of my older neighbors are having serious issues with balance!)
Dr. Ben Kim's Natural Health Newsletter
September 4, 2017

Dear Reader,

I'm finding that a primary area of interest among our readership
is how to maintain and improve upon one's sense of balance.  With
accidental falls being a primary cause of injury and mortality as
we age, this makes sense, of course, and the reasons for working
at our joint position sense, also known as proprioception, are

I've mentioned before that a simple and highly effective way of
improving proprioception is to spend a few minutes a day balancing
on one leg at a time, first with your eyes open and then with your
eyes closed.  It's always prudent to be near a wall or stable
object for support if needed.

You can vary this up by bringing one knee up in front of you while
balancing on the other foot, and even extending one leg straight
in front of you and then straight behind you for several seconds
at a time.  To maintain such positions, even for a few seconds,
requires countless ongoing adjustments throughout your kinetic
chain, and the more you do this, the better your nervous and
musculoskeletal systems become at keeping your body balanced in a
variety of circumstances.

I have found another way of improving overall balance and mobility
is to work at "technical stand-up progressions" - this is one of
the first things that a jiu jitsu martial artist teaches.
Working at technical stand-up progressions develops balance, core
strength, agility, and overall coordination.  Please feel free to
view my brief video tutorial on this here:


You may notice that during a technical stand-up, I keep my front
hand and arm outstretched in front of my face - this serves two
purposes - the first is to help with overall balance, and the second
is that in a self defense situation, the front hand and arm provide
some level of protection against an unexpected strike.

If you find that one or more body parts are restricting you in
going through technical stand-up progressions, please feel free
to use the search bar at our site to find wrist, spinal, hip, and
ankle mobility exercises, all of which will improve your capacity
to properly execute a technical stand-up.  If you don't have enough
time to work on everything at once, I would suggest starting with
your ankles, as this is where your sense of balance largely begins:


I hope these thoughts and resources prove to be helpful to you and
loved ones.
Thanks to Tam
Here's the best site for keeping charity organizations stats.
Sent from Tamara's iUniverse
Thanks to Shadow -
Well guys… the bit about casualties opens up a deep wound in my heart and more than little hate in my mind. Stand by for a rant.
I'd like to take the guy by the throat, who came up with the idea that to gauge progress or success in Vietnam; was through "Body Count". I have seethed about it for decades. And was personal witness to how it corrupted leadership and became a political ploy and was horribly misleading as the war ran on. I can tell you from experience… after 1966, most claims of enemy killed or wounded were about as accurate as counting stars visually out of your back yard. Here's what happened.
Folks who rise to the command of a battalion or regiment were/are not... dumb shits. If they realize the evaluation of their success as commander's (and future promotions), rests on the number of enemy KIA or WIA they produce after each engagement; well then, what I witnessed first hand, I believe was not only not an anomaly, but in fact, became standard practice. In early 1967, we were about to make an SLF landing off the USS Iwo Jima, down by Duc Pho, south of Chu Lai. We were to secure the area so the Army's Special Forces could come in and set up a base camp. I was sitting in on the brief by the Battalion Commander for the various Company Commanders. After going through all the "plan", who was going where, etc. He concluded the meeting with the following and I quote… "Gents, we will not come off the beach until we have at least 300 Enemy KIA, confirmed. I repeat, we will not quit until we have at least 300 Enemy KIA. Anyone have any questions"? Not a single soul said a word!
What he was soliciting, as far as I'm concerned, was to lie if we didn't have a real body count. And folks, that's exactly what happened. We were on the beach about two weeks. In truth, there was very little actual combat. A few short skirmishes, but no intense combat. If my memory is correct, I think there were less than 20 bodies, that you could walk up to and put your foot on and say… "These are dead enemy soldiers"… and seven of those were killed by an air strike before we landed on the beach. What we claimed through intimidation and cajoling… was over 300 Enemy KIA during the Operation. Made me want to puke! It has stuck in my craw the rest of my life.
The fact is… after every major engagement… the idea that we strolled around and counted bodies was a farce! Especially up in the canopy near the DMZ. Fact is… both sides tended to withdraw, dragging their wounded and killed with them. I am telling you… any number cited as to enemy dead… is at best… a WAG… and at worst, a total fabrication. I don't trust the numbers of any historical document from that period. The best indication of success is area controlled… not how many phantom enemy were killed.
And a  gent by the name of Wendell Fertig explained to us  decades before Vietnam, how difficult it is to win an unconventional war. Fertig was an Army Engineer in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded. Instead of surrendering, he fled to one of the southern islands to form a rag tag resistant group. Fetig's rag tag outfit… kept an entire Japanese Division at bay for the duration of the war. They won the hearts and minds of the indigent peoples and practiced hit and run tactics… never staying in a protracted combat with the Japanese. Like ghosts, they evaporated into the jungle after each contact. Fetig explained his tactics with a simple explanation… "It's like sticking your fist into a pillow… as long as your fist is there… you control that finite area… but that leaves 99% of the pillow not in control. Remove your fist and you don't control that small area any more and it reflexively pops back out". Pretty basic stuff.
My rant for today.
Item Number:1 Date: 09/05/2017 BELGIUM - HELICOPTER PILOT FALLS TO HIS DEATH DURING AIR DEMONSTRATION (SEP 05/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- A Belgian helicopter pilot fell to his death over the weekend during a parachute demonstration, reports the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   The pilot fell from a AW109 helicopter without a parachute on Sunday during an airshow at Amay, near the Belgian city of Liege.   The co-pilot was watching three paratroopers jump from the helicopter at a height of more than 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). Then, when he turned back, the door was open and the pilot was gone, reported broadcaster RTBF.   The co-pilot safely landed the helicopter.   A 50-member search team found the pilot's body on Monday. An investigation is underway.   The reason for the fall is unknown, noted the Daily Mail (U.K.).  
Item Number:2 Date: 09/05/2017 CANADA - GOVERNMENT'S LONG-TERM DEFENSE PLAN OMITS COST OF NEEDED UPDATE FOR NORAD RADAR (SEP 05/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- The ultimate cost of the Canadian government's recently announced defense policy remains a question mark since it does not include funding for the modernization of North American early warning systems, reports the Canadian Press.   The existing network of long-range radars used by Canada and the U.S. was built in the Arctic in the 1980s. It is nearing the end of its service life.   The Liberal government's defense policy document included a pledge to upgrade the North Warning System following talks with the U.S. on improving continental security.   However, the extra Can$62 billion (US$49.6 billion) promised in the document for defense over the next two decades does not include funds for the radar replacement.   Claude Rochette, the top financial officer at the Dept. of National Defense, maintains that the department could not account for that cost because Canada and the U.S. have not yet determined the requirements.   Ottawa is likely to need to spend billions of dollars to modernize or replace its part of the North Warning System, say analysts. It is not clear where such money might come from, acknowledged Rochette.   The program is expected to get underway by the mid-2020s, after the next elections, but "will certainly upset the announced spending plans" for defense, said James Fergusson, director of the Center for Defense and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 09/05/2017 COLOMBIA - ELN REBELS, GOVERNMENT AGREE TO CEASE-FIRE, STARTING OCT. 1 (SEP 05/CR)  COLOMBIA REPORTS -- The Colombian government and negotiators for the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group have agreed to a bilateral cease-fire, reports Colombia Reports.   The ELN and Bogota announced on Monday that the truce would begin on Oct. 1.   The cease-fire is set to last until Jan. 12 and can be extended, said President Juan Manuel Santos in a televised address.   The announcement followed months of negotiations and came less than 48-hours ahead of a visit by Pope Francis.   Negotiations began in February in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.   The next question will be if the non-hierarchical ELN follows through with the agreement made by the negotiators, noted the BBC – noting that the group's sympathizers don't necessarily follow orders.  
Item Number:4 Date: 09/05/2017 COLOMBIA - FARC BECOMES POLITICAL PARTY (SEP 05/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- After more than five decades of warfare, Colombia's FARC rebel group has rebranded itself as a political party, reports CNN.   The group finished disarming in June.   FARC announced on Aug. 31 that it was naming its new political party the Alternative Revolutionary Force for the Common People, with the same FARC acronym. The rebel FARC name referred to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.   The FARC is guaranteed five seats in the Senate and five in the House of Representatives in next year's elections as part of a peace deal signed last year
Item Number:5 Date: 09/05/2017 INDIA - NAVY LOOKS ABROAD FOR ANTI-TORPEDO SYSTEMS FOR SUBS (SEP 05/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Indian navy has issued a global request for information on anti-torpedo defense systems and associated equipment for submarines, reports Defense News.   The service hopes to acquire and field the 12 systems within two years, said an unnamed senior Indian navy official last week when the request was floated.   As part of the program, India is asking foreign firms to provide details of possible transfer of production and technology.   No Indian defense firms now produce submarine-launched anti-torpedo defense systems. Such systems launch decoys to district incoming torpedoes by generating a false signature; acoustic jammers; and kinetic destructors.   The RFI has been issued to Rosoboronexport of Russia; Saab of Sweden; Naval Group of France (formerly DCNS); ThyssenKrupp of Germany; and Mitsubishi of Japan.  
 Item Number:6 Date: 09/05/2017 INDIA - SITHARAMEN BECOMES FULL-TIME DEFENSE MINISTER IN CABINET SHUFFLE (SEP 05/BL)  BLOOMBERG -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has named Nirmala Sitharaman as India's defense minister, reports Bloomberg News.   Sitharaman became the nation's first full-time female defense minister in a Cabinet reshuffle announced on Sunday, reported the BBC.   She was previously a minister of state for commerce and industry and a spokeswoman for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).   Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was defense minister in 1975 and 1980, but in conjunction with other posts.   Sitharaman succeeds Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who said last week that he wanted to concentrate on the economy, noted Reuters
Item Number:7 Date: 09/05/2017 JAPAN - RECORD DEFENSE BUDGET REQUEST REFLECTS GROWING REGIONAL INSTABILITY (SEP 05/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- A stronger China and a more aggressive North Korea have affected defense spending in Japan.   The Japanese Defense Ministry has requested a record defense budget for fiscal 2018, in part because of the missile threats from Pyongyang and the need to defend remote islands from Beijing's maritime assertiveness, reports the Kyodo news agency.   Japan's proposed US$47.8 billion defense budget is 2.5 percent increase over the initial budget for fiscal 2017.   The request includes funding to introduce a new missile defense system, possibly the land-based Aegis Ashore system, although that final cost was not included.   The Aegis Ashore system uses similar components to those on Japan's Aegis destroyers, but if used it would reduce the workload of personnel on missile intercept operations because the system is permanently installed on land, officials said.   Two systems would likely be enough to cover all of Japan, with each expected to cost about US$734 million.   The ministry also seeks US$433 million and US$188 million, respectively, to buy more capable SM-3 Block IIA and PAC-3 MSE interceptors.   Another US$98 million is sought to modernize Japan's air defense command-and-control system. The ministry wants US$180 million for the development of a new radar system with improved ballistic missile detecting and tracking capabilities.   The ministry is also seeking US$507 million to build barracks and other facilities on Miyako Island and Amami-Oshima Island near Okinawa.   The request includes US$808 million for six F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters and US$419 million for four V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.   There are also plans to order a new submarine and two compact warships, noted Reuters
  Item Number:8 Date: 09/05/2017 LIBYA - AFTER NEW ISIS ACTIVITY IS DETECTED, HAFTAR'S FORCES STRIKE CLOSE TO SIRTE (SEP 05/REU)  REUTERS -- East Libyan forces say they have hit Islamic State militants with airstrikes near the coastal Libyan city of Sirte, reports Reuters.   ISIS has been setting up temporary checkpoints, attacking local forces and took over a village mosque near its former stronghold of Sirte, said Libyan officials.   The terrorists were driven out of Sirte in December by local forces, backed by U.S. airpower, but the latest activity suggest that ISIS might be regrouping.   On Sunday, airstrikes hit ISIS fighters in the Ain Taqrift area, between Sirte and the town of Zillah, 190 miles to the southeast, according to forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar.   Haftar's Libyan National Army and rival forces from the port city of Misrata report that they have increased patrols to monitor ISIS movements.  
Item Number:9 Date: 09/05/2017 MALAYSIA - POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF RECENT COUNTERTERROR RAIDS (SEP 05/STAR)  THE STAR -- Police in Malaysia have announced the arrests of 19 suspected terrorists over the past two months, reports the Star (Malaysia).   Counterterror police made the arrests in Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Johor between July 4 and Aug. 30, said the newly appointed inspector general of police on Tuesday.   Suspects include 11 foreigners and eight Malaysians. Some were accused of being members of the Islamic State and spreading its propaganda, said a statement from the IG.   In the most recent raid on Aug. 30, authorities picked up eight Abu Sayyaf militants in Kuala Lumpur's Cheras district, said the statement.   Police said the leader of the group, Hajar Abdul Mubin -- also known as Abu Asrie – had been involved in six kidnappings in the Philippines and the murder of a Christian hostage in 2010
Item Number:10 Date: 09/05/2017 MONGOLIA - JOINT EXERCISE WITH RUSSIA CONTINUES IN GOBI DESERT (SEP 05/TASS)  TASS -- Mongolia is hosting Russian military forces at its Zuunbayan training range in the Gobi Desert for a bilateral exercise, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   The drills, which are taking place in the Gobi for the first time, began with a ceremony on Aug. 31. Last year's exercise lasted a week and that is also expected this year.   More than 1,000 military personnel, including around 500 Russians from the separate motor rifle unit based in Kyakhta in the Republic Buryatia in eastern Siberia, are participating in the training.   The exercise is focused on joint operations against illegal armed groups
Item Number:11 Date: 09/05/2017 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG CLAIMS SUCCESSFUL HYDROGEN BOMB TEST (SEP 05/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- North Korea says it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb underground that is capable of being mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile, reports the Washington Post.   The U.S. Geological Survey detected a 6.3-magnitude earthquake noon on Sunday at North Korea's Punggye-ri testing site. A second 4.1 magnitude earthquake, believed to be a tunnel collapse, followed minutes after.   This is North Korea's sixth nuclear test. The U.S. has been analyzing the blast and has not confirmed that it was a hydrogen bomb.   The underground blast was North Korea's most powerful ever, estimated by some to be in the 50-kiloton range. North Korea's last test in September 2016 was 10 kilotons, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. Estimates varied.   The test was condemned internationally. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that any threat from the North would be met with a "massive military response – a response both effective and overwhelming," as quoted by the Chicago Tribune.   In response, South Korea conducted a live-fire exercise early Monday, noted CNN.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 09/05/2017 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB ATTACKS JUBALAND MILITARY BASE; MULTIPLE DEATHS REPORTED (SEP 05/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack on a Somali military base in Jubaland, reports the Voice of America News.   Militants detonated two suicide car bombs at a military checkpoint before attacking the base at Bulogudud town, north of Kismayo, said Somali military officials.   Fighting lasted for two hours because reinforcements from Kismayo were ambushed, the officials said. Some reports said the militants breached the base, which is used jointly by the Somali military and Jubaland regional forces.   At least seven soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded, according to local officials. Deutsche Welle said 10 troops were killed.   Al-Shabaab claimed its fighters killed 26 troops and seized weapons and vehicles.  
Item Number:13 Date: 09/05/2017 SOUTH KOREA - IN WAKE OF MISTREATMENT SCANDAL, SOLDIERS WILL NO LONGER BE ASSIGNED TO COMMANDERS' RESIDENCES (SEP 05/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean government says it will abolish the practice of assigning soldiers to the official residences of commanders, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The practice came under particular fire recently when it was alleged that a general and his wife were treating soldiers like "slaves" in their home.   The 122 soldiers currently assigned to such duties will be re-assigned to combat units by the end of October, said an Aug. 31 statement from the prime minister's office.   Fifty-nine soldiers now assigned to military tennis courts and golf courses will also be reassigned, the statement said.   A criminal investigation is ongoing over allegations made against a four-star army general and his wife.   There have been a series of such incidents.   The government pledged improved education for senior officials and revised regulations and codes of conduct to prevent such mistreatment in the future.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 09/05/2017 SYRIA - ARMY RELIEVES GARRISON IN DEIR EZZOR; ISIS BEGAN SEIGE OF CITY IN JANUARY 2015 (SEP 05/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Syrian army says it has breached an Islamic State blockade of an government enclave in Deir Ezzor province that has been under siege for nearly three years, reports Agence France-Presse.   Government-controlled parts of Deir Ezzor city have been surrounded by ISIS since January 2015. The city's 70,000 residents have relied on U.N. airdrops for food, medicine and other supplies, noted the Independent (U.K.).   On Tuesday, the army broke through ISIS defenses and entered the Brigade 137 base in Deir Ezzor's north, according to Syria's state news agency SANA.   A government-held enclave in the south is still surrounded. Government forces are about nine miles away from there, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   Pro-government forces, backed by Russian air power, have been steadily advancing of late into the mostly ISIS-led province of Deir Ezzor.   Russia cruise missiles fired Tuesday morning from the Admiral Essen frigate in the Mediterranean hit ISIS targets near the city, said the Russian military.   The strike destroyed a communications center, weapons depots and a repair workshop, reported Russia's RT
  Item Number:15 Date: 09/05/2017 UKRAINE - IN MODERNIZATION MOVE, STATE-OWNED FIRM TO REPLACE RUSSIAN EQUIPMENT ON MILITARY HELOS (SEP 05/UKROB)  UKROBORONPROM -- The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and the state-owned Aviakon aircraft repair plant are working together to upgrade the military's Russian-built Mil helicopters with domestic components, reports Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's defense holding company.   In April, Mi-24PU1 helicopters upgraded with domestic voltage regulators and other electronic systems successfully completed control tests. The attack helicopter has since been transferred to combat duty, said a company release on Aug. 29.   Aviakon is also modernizing Mi-8MT aircraft, including with a domestic flight recorder, new weather radar, satellite navigation system and reserve radio station.   By the end of 2017, the company expects to transfer seven upgraded Mi-8MTs to the army and one each to Ukraine's national guard and the State Emergency Service
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/05/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - SOLDIERS IN CUSTODY FOR BEING MEMBERS OF NEO-NAZI GROUP; THOSE ARRESTED SUSPECTED OF TERROR OFFENSES (SEP 05/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- The U.K. Ministry of Defense says police have arrested four people, including serving British soldiers, suspected of being members of a banned-neo-Nazi group and terrorist planning, reports the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   Counterterror police made the arrests on Tuesday in the cities of Birmingham, Ipswich and Northampton and in Powys, Wales, said police.   The suspects were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism and of being members of the National Action.   The group was banned last year after lawmaker Jo Cox was killed and National Action posted a message that endorsed her death
Item Number:17 Date: 09/05/2017 USA - 3 BRIGADES FROM FORT BLISS, STEWART SET FOR DEPLOYMENTS IN KUWAIT, AFGHANISTAN (SEP 05/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army has announced fall deployments for three of its brigades, reports the Army Times.   The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade and 3rd Sustainment Brigade from Fort Stewart, Ga., will head to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.   The two brigades will replace soldiers from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade and 1st Sustainment Brigade, the service said on Aug. 30.   The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, is headed for Kuwait to support Operation Spartan Shield, the Army said.   The unit will take over for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. The division headquarters element has been deployed to Iraq since July.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 09/05/2017 USA - NAVAIR AWARDS $119 MILLION CONTRACT TO DEVELOP MARITIME TOMAHAWK CRUISE MISSILE (SEP 05/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon, Tucson, Ariz., a contract for development work on a maritime variant of the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $119 million contract, announced on Aug. 30, covers analysis, trade studies, architecture, modeling, simulation development, evaluation and prototyping activities for the integration of seeker suite technology and processing capabilities into the Tomahawk Block IV all-up round missile system in support of the Maritime Strike Tomahawk Program.   Work will take place primarily in Tucson; Dallas, Texas; and Boulder, Colo., with an expected completion date of August 2019
Item Number:19 Date: 09/05/2017 USA - PYONGYANG'S NUCLEAR CAPABILITY STILL LIMITED, SAYS SENIOR U.S. GENERAL (SEP 05/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- A senior U.S. general says that North Korea faces a number of significant obstacles before being able to field a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the North American continent, reports Bloomberg News.   "It is clear North Korea has the capability to build a missile that can range the distance to the United States, but North Korea has yet to demonstrate it has the requisite technology and capability to actually target and strike the United States with a nuclear weapon," said a statement to Bloomberg from Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.   For one, Pyongyang must field a guidance and stability control system that can direct a long-range missile thousands of miles accurately and without breaking apart, the general said.   In addition, the North needs a re-entry vehicle that can carry the warhead and survive the heat and stresses of missile launch.   Finally, said the general, such a nuclear warhead must be "small enough and stable enough to survive the trip."   "We don't know how fast Kim Jong Un can accelerate the development of those technologies, but we're certainly paying attention to determine what tools we have to either deter or slow his advance," the vice chairman said last week.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 09/05/2017 USA - USCG RELEASES RFI FOR LONG-RANGE, ULTRA-LONG ENDURANCE UAVS (SEP 05/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a request for information covering land-based long-range and ultra-long endurance (LR/U-LE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related equipment.   The RFI is part of congressionally directed market research to evaluate the feasibility, costs and benefits of using land-based unmanned aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in contraband transit zones such as the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific Ocean, the service said in a release on Aug. 30.   The land-based air vehicles sought would operate beyond the line of sight of the ground control station and would rely on the UAVs' sensors for surveillance and other law enforcement actions, the Coast Guard said.   Responses are due by Oct. 2, 2017.

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