Friday, November 10, 2017

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To All
I hope that your week has been going well.
This Day In Naval History - November 9
1822 - The brig Alligator, commanded by Lt. William H. Allen, recaptures several merchant ships from pirates off Matanzas, Cuba, but Allen dies in battle. Boats from Alligator capture all the pirate vessels except one schooner that manages to escape.
1921 - USS Olympia arrives at the Washington Navy Yard from France carrying the body of the Unknown Soldier for internment at Arlington National Cemetery.
1950 - Task Force 77 makes first attack on the Yalu River bridges. In first engagement between MIG-15 and F9F jets (USS Philippine Sea), LCDR William T. Amen (VF-111) shoots down a MIG and becomes first Navy pilot to shoot down a jet aircraft.
1956 - Secretary of the Navy proposes the Polaris missile program to the Secretary of Defense.
2016 Donald Trump wins the election for the President of the United States of America and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces
Today in History November 9
Napoleon Bonaparte participates in a coup and declares himself dictator of France.
The first U.S. Post Office in California opens in San Francisco at Clay and Pike streets. At the time there are only about 15,000 European settlers living in the state.
Russia completes its occupation of Manchuria.
President Theodore Roosevelt leaves Washington, D.C., for a 17-day trip to Panama and Puerto Rico, becoming the first president to make an official visit outside of the United States.
The Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney wrecks the German cruiser Emden, forcing her to beach on a reef on North Keeling Island in the Indian Ocean.
Germany is proclaimed a republic as the kaiser abdicates and flees to the Netherlands.
Japanese troops invade Shanghai, China.
Nazis kill 35 Jews, arrest thousands and destroy Jewish synagogues, homes and stores throughout Germany. The event becomes known as Kristallnacht, the night of the shattered glass.
Roger Allen LaPorte, a 22-year-old former seminarian and a member of the Catholic worker movement, immolates himself at the United Nations in New York City in protest of the Vietnam War.
Nine Northeastern states and parts of Canada go dark in the worst power failure in history, when a switch at a station near Niagara Falls fails.
NASA launches Apollo 4 into orbit with the first successful test of a Saturn V rocket.
Bones discovered by the Leakeys push human origins back 1 million years.
Alfred Heineken, beer brewer from Amsterdam, is kidnapped and held for a ransom of more than $10 million.
The Berlin Wall is opened after dividing the city for 28 years.
Stari Most, a 427-year-old bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is destroyed, believed to be caused by artillery fire from Bosnian Croat forces.
The chemical element Darmstadtium, a radioactive synthetic element, discovered by scientists in Darmstadt, Germany.
Largest civil settlement in US history: 37 brokerage houses are ordered to pay $1.3 billion to NASDAQ investors to compensate for price fixing.
German Bundestag passes controversial bill mandating storage of citizens' telecommunications traffic date for six months without probable cause.
Striker noted that all the pictures of the carriers that were in the list 4582 only 1 had Aircraft aboard so this note and picture from the Bear seemed like a great way to show a carrier with some bite on board
Thanks to THE Bear -

Dutch... all dressed up and ready to go, and playing with a full deck.... impressive...
On the other hand, a carrier with a bare deck, and looking like a steel beach, is a target...
Bear.... BIG DECKS (loaded with Strike-Fighters) FOREVER!!!


Thanks to Carl and Mark
Patriot Veterans, Then and Now
"It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."
Mark Alexander · Nov. 8, 2017
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it." —Thomas Paine (1777)
From the first shots of the American Revolution until this day, what has distinguished American Patriots then and now is their willingness to sacrifice all in defense of Liberty — for themselves and their posterity. It's an unfortunate truth today, however, that too many Americans know too little of such devotion and sacrifice.
This week, we observe Veterans Day, first designated Armistice Day marking the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former Supreme Allied Commander of World War II, signed legislation formally changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
The highest percentage of constitutionally conservative Americans is found among our veterans, active duty military and their families. Uniformed service personnel are required by law to honor their oaths "to Support and Defend" our Constitution, but there is no such legal mandate for elected officials, too many of whom disregard their oaths their first day in office.
Rarely has the contrast between those who support Liberty with blood and life and those who want to destroy it been so striking. For eight long years, the Left and its MSM propaganda machine assailed our Patriots in uniform, and the cost as measured by military morale has been heavy.
But a year ago this week, there was a new dawn for Patriots in uniform, as a Commander in Chief— one who honors their service and sacrifice — was elected.
If I might digress, antithetically, this week also marks the centennial of the rise of socialism/communism and what would become a reign of murderous terror over hundreds of millions of civilians. Despite the historical record, there are still plenty of socialism deniers in Congress. Untangling eight years of the most invasive socialist policies in our nation's history will take more than one election cycle, but our course has been temporarily reset.
Two years ago this week, I wrote about the life and death of the most influential veteran in my life — my father. He was an exceptional example of his "Greatest Generation," having served in WWII as a Naval Aviator, and he was always vigilant in his commitment "to Support and Defend" Liberty to the day he departed. It was with his encouragement more than 20 years ago that we launched The Patriot Post.

Of the many interests we shared in his later years, one was our family's history, particularly those frontier men and women who settled in the mountains of what is now East Tennessee prior to the Revolutionary War.
Allow me to relate a short story about one of many 18th century grassroots American veterans…
Among our long line of hardheaded Appalachian ancestors is an early Patriot militia colonel, George Gillespie (1730-1794). In 1772, he arrived in the wild and largely uninhabited area of what was then Western North Carolina, and over the next four years constructed Fort Gillespie at the mouth of Big Limestone River on the Nolichucky River. In October of 1780, during the Revolutionary War, he and his brother and sons, joined others to form a gauntlet against British tyranny at the Battle of Kings Mountain on the North and South Carolina border.
Early in 1780, the British shifted their war strategy to the south in an effort to retain the Carolina and Virginia colonies — the breadbasket for the other colonies. General Lord Charles Cornwallis sent British regulars to invade South and North Carolina, and his officers were instructed to force pledges of Tory support from settlers.
In early September of 1780, Cornwallis's campaign henchman, the infamously brutal Scotsman, Major Patrick Ferguson, sent word to Appalachian settlers along the border of western North Carolina that he would "lay waste to their country with fire and sword" if they did not pledge their loyalty to the British. He grossly underestimated the courage and resolve of these fiercely independent mountain folks.
After receiving Ferguson's "fire and sword" message, Patriot militia leaders Isaac Shelby and John Sevier met and determined they would not wait on Ferguson and his legions to arrive and execute his threat. On September 25th, more than 600 volunteers, the "Overmountain Men," mustered at Sycamore Shoals near present-day Elizabethton, Tennessee — Col. Gillespie a leader among them. They set out east across the mountains intent on taking the battle to the British. As they marched toward Ferguson's position, they were joined by 360 additional mountain militiamen.
On October 1st, Ferguson was in North Carolina's Broad River area, where he issued another warning to local militia that they best join him or they would be "pissed upon by a set of mongrels."
On October 6th, Patriot militia determined that Ferguson and his 1,100 men of the 71st Foot, were just east of them, making camp at Kings Pinnacle. To catch up with Ferguson, the Patriot militia put 900 men on horseback. By sunrise on October 7th, they were just 15 miles from Kings Mountain. By mid-afternoon, they confronted Ferguson's Loyalists. As the Patriots began their attack, British Captain Abraham de Peyster exclaimed to Ferguson, "These things are ominous — these are the damned yelling boys!"
The Loyalist forces suffered heavy casualties in the first hour of battle. Soon thereafter the invincible Ferguson, noted for wearing a brightly colored red shirt, which made him a distinct target on horseback even at some distance, was wounded as he rode along his lines. Falling from his mount, his foot lodged in the stirrup, and he was dragged by his horse into the militia lines, where he received seven additional musket rounds. 
In 65 minutes, the battle was over. The British suffered 244 dead, 163 wounded and 668 taken prisoner, while the Patriot militia suffered 29 dead and 58 wounded.
The Redcoats' defeat at Kings Mountain was, arguably, a significant turning point in the Revolutionary War. Our ancestor, Col. Gillespie, went on to fight with Gen. Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox), providing his own mount and arms. He then served under George Washington at Yorktown, until Cornwallis and his British army surrendered in October of 1781.
Sidebar: Col. Gillespie's great grandson, Gen. George Lewis Gillespie of Kingsport, Tennessee, graduated second in his Class of 1862 at West Point and received the Medal of Honor for valorous actions during the War Between the States. He later redesigned the modern Medal of Honor (its current form), which was first awarded for actions around Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1862. As was the case with several of our kinfolk in East Tennessee, brothers fought brothers over divided loyalties. Gen. Gillespie's brother, John, fought with the 43rd Tennessee Infantry in 1863. His wife provides our family lineage to Sam Houston, Governor of Tennessee before leading battles in Texas where he would become the first president of the Texas Republic in 1841 and then governor of the State of Texas in 1859.
These Patriots are much more than our family ancestors — their legacy belongs to all Patriot defenders of Liberty today! They are the founding spirit for The Patriot Post, extending Liberty to the next generation from our home in the foothills of the Great State of Tennessee.
This Veterans Day, join us as we honor generations of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen who have carried forward the banner of Liberty since the first shots at Lexington and Concord.
Of such Patriots, Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, "My estimate of him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world's noblest figures; not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless. His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy's breast. But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements. … Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn."
It is worth remembering the words of Army Veteran Charles M. Province: "It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."
There are, and have always been, pathetic souls who know nothing of our history or the spirit of American Patriotism. These include today's wealthy celebrity "NFL Kneelers," protesting our national flag, and, by extension, all who have sacrificed under it, so that these self-absorbed celebs may demonstrate their abject ignorance.
That notwithstanding, it is with eternal thanks that we honor all those generations of military Patriots who have served our nation.
On this Veterans Day, and every day of the year, may God bless our men and women in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen who have stood and continue to stand in harm's way. For their steadfast devotion to duty, honor and country, we, the American people, offer them and their families our humble gratitude and heartfelt thanks.
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." —John 15:12-14
Operation Torch at 75: FDR and the Domestic Politics of the North African Invasion
(WAR ON THE ROCKS 8 NOV 17)…Carrie Lee

Wednesday, Nov. 8 marks the 75th anniversary of the North Africa landings by Allied forces during World War II. The 1942 landings, which constituted America's first operation fighting Germans in the European theater, protected assets and territory around the Mediterranean and served as the launching point for the Sicilian and Italian invasions the following year.
What many do not appreciate is that U.S. military guidance at the time advocated against the landings. The joint chiefs were overruled by President Franklin D Roosevelt, who was concerned about the domestic political implications of delaying an invasion after the November congressional elections.  Archival evidence from the Roosevelt Presidential Library, Secretary of War Henry Stimson's diaries, and oral histories given by Army Chief of Staff George Marshall reveal that domestic political priorities shaped—in fact, drove—the American president's decision-making about military operations in 1942.
The American Public Gets Impatient
Despite Roosevelt's enthusiasm for an American offensive operation in Europe by the end of 1942, both he and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill realized that logistics were the primary obstacle. After Pearl Harbor, the United States faced significant logistics challenges in mobilizing for war. It had a small standing army and very little existing production capacity. The United States was having trouble training men quickly enough to meet the growing needs in both theaters, and did not have enough ships to transport what men and supplies it did produce. To address shortages, Democratic majorities in Congress quickly implemented a series of rations and factory conversions, and began to debate implementing price controls to curb inflation.
After months of sacrifice with few military victories to show for it, Americans began to question Roosevelt's ability to lead the country in wartime. Republicans were campaigning on economic policies that would significantly reduce rationing and mandatory service, which Democrats were concerned would hinder the country's ability to rapidly meet wartime production demands. Democrats also worried that should Republicans win back Congress, they would be able to roll back Roosevelt's New Deal policies.
The key to winning public support, Democrats felt, was to show that American soldiers were taking the fight to the Germans. George B. Wolf, a friend of the president's and an active player in the Democratic Party, predicted in an April 17 letter to Roosevelt that, "Democrats [will] lose control of Congress at the coming election, barring a military victory by the United States or United Nations." This assessment was common knowledge across the world; White House officials took note of a radio broadcast in Rome, Italy, that, "The ill wind that blows for the Democrats is due to the fact that Roosevelt has brought the nation into war … [S]truggles will continue until there shall be military victories."
Choosing North Africa: Debate, Dissent, and Decisions
Even as late as June 1942, the decision to land in North Africa was anything but assured. It was one of several potential operations being debated by the Combined Chiefs of Staff, and Roosevelt did not even approve the landings until the end of July. U.S. military planners were almost universally against the North Africa landings, feeling the United States was being drawn into a peripheral war to protect British colonial interests. Instead, they favored the logistically intensive cross-channel invasion plan known as Roundup because it took a direct approach and would be able to draw additional German units away from the Eastern Front. However, Churchill and the British chiefs of staff were unanimous in their refusal to support a cross-channel invasion until American troops had been battle-tested. Despite the apparent impasse, Roosevelt remained adamant that an offensive action occur in 1942, going so far as to promise Soviet leader Joseph Stalin a second front before the new year.
Every time American military planners thought they had dissuaded Roosevelt and the British from a North Africa invasion, the operation (known initially as GYMNAST) would resurface in discussions, usually as Roosevelt pushed for an offensive before the year's end. A frustrated Henry Stimson disparagingly called GYMNAST "Roosevelt's secret baby." By July, Roosevelt's advisors felt it necessary to present radical alternatives to the president out of protest, and suggested the United States abandon the European theater to focus on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's Pacific campaign. Roosevelt was less than impressed, and angrily dismissed the idea.
At the end of July, Roosevelt overrode his military advisors and ordered the North Africa landings to occur during the fall of 1942 — one of very few direct orders he would ever give during the war. Marshall recalled, "[T]he main thing about the Mediterranean operation was something occurring at an early date, and that was the only thing we could think of that could be done at an early date." Planning and logistics would be challenging, but Roosevelt was insistent. He threw his hands up in the air and begged Marshall, "Please make it before Election Day!"
Logistics and Delays
To move past the struggle associated with GYMNAST, the operation was rechristened TORCH.  At Roosevelt's urging, Marshall set the target invasion date for Sept. 30. This ambitious timeline gave the American and British militaries just two months to prepare for their first major offensive against the German army. On Aug. 30, Roosevelt doubled down, cabling Churchill that he wanted the operation to be a purely American affair. He wrote,
It is my earnest desire to start the attack at the earliest possible moment … I feel very strongly that the initial attacks must be made by an exclusively American ground force supported by your naval and transport and air units.
Churchill allowed the move, primarily because French North Africa was openly hostile to British forces and was less likely to fight against Americans.
However, logistics proved to be the challenge even Roosevelt could not surmount. Disorganization within the newly established supply line meant American convoys simply could not move enough materials to match Roosevelt's accelerated timeframe. So many materials were dispersed, lost, and sunk while crossing the Atlantic that the projected landing date had to be revised several times. And so the target D-Day of Sept. 30 quickly became Oct. 15, which then became Oct. 30. In September, American military planners insisted upon a third landing site at Casablanca to protect the Strait of Gibraltar and supply lines going in and out of the Mediterranean. In October, Marshall went to Roosevelt with the bad news: TORCH would have to be delayed until Nov. 8 — five days after the congressional elections.
The chiefs made it clear that acting any sooner risked sending an underequipped and under-manned force onto the beaches of North Africa with little or no backup. Roosevelt understood that defeat in the landings would be unequivocally worse than no action at all, and resigned himself to facing public discontent in the elections. Notably, he did not make an effort to move up the landing date. Marshall later recalled, "The president was very courageous about that."
Roosevelt did make one final request of his military commanders leading up to the elections. When he heard that British Gen. Bernard Montgomery was beginning his counteroffensive at El Alamein on Oct. 26, Roosevelt pleaded with Marshall, "Please delay it. The British always get licked." (Even this Marshall was unable to do, and the offensive proceeded on schedule for a resounding British victory.)
The Elections, the Landings, and the Aftermath
On Nov. 3, Democrats took heavy losses in both houses of Congress: In the Senate, they lost nine seats and their supermajority, and in the House their majority slipped from over 100 to just 13. When Stephen Early, Roosevelt's press secretary, was told of the North Africa invasion hours before it happened, the missed political opportunity was obvious. He lashed out at Marshall, yelling, "You almost lost us control of Congress by the delay!" He was not the only one who thought so: A Dec 9 election post-mortem by the Democratic Party reported:
Opinions given very generally indicated dissatisfaction with the conduct of the war … [H]ad the North Africa campaign opened one week earlier, it might have made a substantial difference in this election.
On Nov. 8, 1942, over 100,000 American and British forces landed on the beaches of Morocco and Algeria, commanded by Gen. George Patton under Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. They met little French opposition upon landing, and within days had struck a bargain with French commanders that led to cooperation between the two armies. Allied forces quickly consolidated gains in Morocco and Algeria. The Germans, spooked by the "neutral" Vichy government's deal with the Allies, immediately moved to occupy southern France and support defensive positions in Tunisia. After three months of fighting, Gen.Erwin Rommel's forces withdrew from Tunisia to Libya, where they continued to contest Allied forces for another three months. The Allies would prove victorious, however, as massive supply breakdowns led to German and Italian surrender on May 6, 1943.
Patton wrote that Roosevelt's decision to overrule his military advisors and push forward with TORCH was "about as desperate a venture as has ever been undertaken." In the end, though, it proved to be an enormously successful gamble. American military leaders were correct in their assessment that TORCH would delay a cross-channel invasion by up to a year, but the campaign gave Americans necessary combat experience, secured routes of transit through the Mediterranean, and provided the launch point for the Sicilian invasion.
Seventy-five years later, the landings remain a remarkable feat of coordination, cooperation, and logistical resolve that was unprecedented for the time. The strategic significance and success of Operation TORCH are no less important when placed in its political context. Even so, it is important to recall that the landings were anything but assured. Domestic politics continue to contribute to decisions about military strategy three-quarters of a century after Roosevelt issued his orders. For as long as democratic institutions allow the public to hold their commander-in-chief accountable, leaders will fight wars differently when domestic political considerations enter their decision-making calculus.

Item Number:1 Date: 11/09/2017 AFGHANISTAN - FORMER JIHADI LEADER DIES IN MAZAR-E-SHARIF BOMB BLAST (NOV 09/TN)  TOLONEWS -- At least one person has been killed in an explosion in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, say local authorities cited by Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Witnesses said Thursday's blast targeted a former militant commander who was going to the Mansour restaurant in the southern part of the city.   Haji Ghani, a former district commander for the Jamiat-i-Islami (JI) terrorist group in Marmol, was killed and two of his bodyguards were injured, police told the Pajhwok Afghan News.   Another source, cited by China's Xinhua news agency, said that four people, including the attacker, were killed in the explosion and two were injured.   No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 11/09/2017 ESTONIA - INTERNAL SECURITY SERVICE DETAINS RUSSIAN AGENT SAID TO BE PLANNING CYBER CRIME (NOV 09/EPR)  ESTONIAN PUBLIC RADIO -- Estonian authorities say a suspected agent of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has been arrested at a border checkpoint in Narva, reports Estonian Public Radio.   The Russian citizen was apprehended over the weekend by Internal Security Service officers as he was preparing to leave Estonia.   The Russian is suspected of non-violent activities against Estonia and planning a cyber attack, noted Agence France-Presse. The suspect was targeting Estonian state agencies with his activities, officials said.   The prosecutor was quoted as saying: "We've managed to prevent serious damage" without giving details.   The Estonian authorities said they notified the Russian Embassy in Tallinn of the detention of the Russian citizen
Item Number:3 Date: 11/09/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - INTERNATIONAL ARMS EMBARGO TO BE IMPOSED ON VENEZUELA (NOV 09/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The ambassadors of European Union member states have agreed to impose an arms embargo on Venezuela, reports BBC News.   The move was approved at an E.U. meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, and foreign ministers are expected to sign off on the ban on Monday, noted Reuters.   The measure covers any equipment that could be used to repress the government's political opponents.   The action follows a U.N. report issued in August accusing Venezuela of human-rights violations and using excessive force against the opposition. The Maduro regime dismissed the allegations as "lies," saying it was the victim of an "imperialist war."   The economic and political crisis in the country set off large anti-government protests earlier this year.   Several major opposition figures have been prosecuted, jailed or stripped of their political rights since Nicolas Maduro was elected president in 2013.   The E.U. also plans to create a blacklist of Venezuelan individuals, reported AFP.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 11/09/2017 FRANCE - TOP DEFENSE, MILITARY OFFICIALS HOSTING INDIAN NAVY CHIEF (NOV 09/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Adm. Sunil Lanba, the head of the Indian navy, is in the midst of a six-day visit to France aimed at strengthening bilateral military cooperation, reports the Press Trust of India.   Lanba is expected to meet with French Defense Minister Florence Parly, Gen. Francois Lecointre, the French chief of defense staff, and Adm. Christophe Prazuck, the French navy chief, said a release from the Indian navy.   The Nov. 5-11 visit is intended to consolidate cooperation between the two militaries and explore new areas of cooperation, the service said.   The admiral plans to visit a French air base at Landivisiau and receive a briefing on the Rafale fighter jet. India is buying 36 of the fighters from Paris.   Lanba will also visit the maritime prefectures at Brest and Cherbourg and the French submarine facility in Cherbourg, said the navy
Item Number:5 Date: 11/09/2017 INDONESIA - SEPARATISTS CONTINUE SIEGE OF VILLAGES NEAR MINE IN PAPUA (NOV 09/JAKGLOBE)  JAKARTA GLOBE -- Local Papuan police say gunmen have laid siege to around 1,300 people living in the villages of Banti and Kimbely in Timika, near Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg mine, reports the Jakarta Globe.   Around 30 gunmen, believed to be led by Sabinus Waker, have surrounded the villages since Tuesday, said police officials. Sabinus and his men allegedly attacked police and Freeport Indonesia officials in October, killing one officer.   Papua is the largest and easternmost province of Indonesia.   The Grasberg copper mine, which is owned by the Indonesian subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, has experienced labor unrest and a dispute over operating rights, noted Reuters.   A state of emergency was declared and around 300 additional security forces deployed to the region after the October shooting.   The gunmen are a splinter group of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), said police.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 11/09/2017 IRAN - REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS PICKING MORE DUAL NATIONALS; INCREASE FOLLOWED NUCLEAR DEAL (NOV 09/REU)  REUTERS -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Iran has been arresting dual nationals, primarily on espionage charges, over the last two years, reports Reuters, citing lawyers, diplomats and relatives.   At least 30 dual nationals have been apprehended, a significant increase since 2015, said the sources -- twice as many as previously reported by local or international media.   Nineteen of the 30 allegedly detained have European citizenship. Previously, most such detainees were Iranian-Americans.   According to relatives and lawyers of the detainees, the IRGC uses the captives as bargaining chips for international relations and to deter European firms that were looking to do business in Iran after Tehran reached a nuclear deal with world powers to lift sanctions.   The IRGC has significant business interests and has criticized the government for giving contracts to foreign firms, analysts said
Item Number:7 Date: 11/09/2017 LITHUANIA - U.S. LIGHT COMBAT VEHICLES ON SHOPPING LIST (NOV 09/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Lithuania wants to purchase Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicles (L-ATVs) from the United States, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis informed his U.S. counterpart, James Mattis, of the decision during a meeting on Tuesday in Helsinki, Finland.   If the deal is approved by Washington, the Lithuanian vehicles would be delivered from the same production line as those for the U.S. and other customers, the ministry said.   The U.S. selected the L-ATV for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.   Vilnius wants to buy at least 200 of the vehicles to update its tactical fleet. Deliveries are anticipated to begin around 2021
Item Number:8 Date: 11/09/2017 NORTH KOREA - SATELLITE PHOTOS SPOT 'SIGNIFICANT' ACTIVITY AT PUNNGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE (NOV 09/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- New commercial satellite imagery reveals increased activity at North Korea's main nuclear test facility at Punngye-ri, say analysts cited by the Japan Times.   The photos, dating from Sept. 8 to Nov. 1, indicate "significant movement of equipment, mining carts, material and netting within the area" of the West Portal, according to the 38 North website. That web-based project is affiliated with the U.S.-Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.   The analysts said the activity picked up shortly after Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3. That test was conducted at the sit's North Portal, where all of its previous tests took place.   "While it is not possible to determine the exact purpose of these activities from imagery alone, they could be associated with new nuclear test preparations at the West Portal, further maintenance on the West Portal in general and/or the abandonment of the North Portal," said the exclusive analysis
  Item Number:9 Date: 11/09/2017 PAKISTAN - SECURITY, INTELLIGENCE COOPERATION TO BE BOOSTED BETWEEN PAKISTAN, IRAN (NOV 09/DAWN)  DAWN -- Top Iranian and Pakistani defense officials have agreed to bolster bilateral security and intelligence cooperation, reports the Dawn (Pakistan).   Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistani army chief, met on Tuesday with Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami in Tehran.   They agreed not to allow their territories to be used against each other by any third party.   "In this regard, various steps will be taken which include establishing a communication hotline between the field commanders, fencing by Iran on their side of the border, coordinated border patrolling, intelligence-sharing and more frequent interactions [between the forces of the two countries]," said a release from the Pakistani military.   Bajwa also visited the headquarters of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.   He emphasized the latest steps taken by Pakistan to secure its border with Afghanistan
  Item Number:10 Date: 11/09/2017 PAKISTAN - SUICIDE ATTACK TARGETS POLICE CONVOY IN QUETTA, SENIOR OFFICER AMONG DEAD (NOV 09/GEONEWS)  GEO NEWS -- A senior police officer and two others have been killed in a suicide bombing on the airport road in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan province, reports Geo News (Pakistan).   Deputy Inspector General Hamid Shakeel, who was leading a convoy, and two other officials were killed Thursday when a suicide bomber targeted his vehicle, said police.   Eight others were reportedly injured, two critically.   An initial investigation found that 22 pounds (10 kg) to 33 pounds (15 kg) of explosives were used in the attack, said police
Item Number:11 Date: 11/09/2017 RUSSIA - COMBAT EXPERIENCE GAINED IN SYRIA SEEN AS MAJOR PLUS (NOV 09/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the head of the Russian General Staff, gives high marks to the combat experience gained by Russian commanders during operations in Syria, reports by Interfax-AVN.   "All commanders of military districts, combined-arms armies, and forces of the air defense and air force, as well as almost all division commanders and over half of combined-arms brigades and regiments have gone through the contingent together with their staffs," Gerasimov told the Defense Ministry on Tuesday.   Commanders have managed troops and joint operations, employed reconnaissance, command-and-control and firepower during these operations, he said.   In addition, crews of ships and submarines equipped with precision-guided cruise missiles have improved their combat skills, the general said.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 11/09/2017 SINGAPORE - 2 BEING DETAINED FOR TERROR-RELATED ACTIVITIES, SAYS HOME AFFAIRS MINISTRY (NOV 09/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- Singaporean authorities say they have detained two people for terrorism-related activities, reports the Straits Times.   Abu Thalha Samad, 25, identified as a member of the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist group, and Munavar Baig Amina Begam, a 38-year-old naturalized citizen from India, were both arrested, according to a Home Affairs Ministry release on Thursday.   The ministry said Abu Thalha was educated in Jemaah Islamiah-linked schools in the region and received paramilitary training. He allegedly became a member of the group in 2014.   Since 2016, he has been teaching a Jemaah Islamiah-linked school and was on a committee that selected students for membership in the group, said the government.   The Singapore government worked with an unidentified "regional government" to deport him back to the city-state. He was placed on a two-year detention order in September, the ministry said.   Amina is a supporter of the Islamic State and planned to travel to the Middle East to join it the terror group, said the ministry.   She was accused of promoting terrorism on social media and preparing to undertake military training.   Amina was also detained for two years, the ministry said.   A third Singapore citizen was issued a restriction order after he was allegedly radicalized by ISIS online, according to the government
Item Number:13 Date: 11/09/2017 SOUTH KOREA - CIVILIANS GET NOD FOR KEY DEFENSE MINISTRY POSTS (NOV 09/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean government is taking steps to increase civilian control of the military, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   On Thursday, the Defense Ministry announced that it had chosen a Yeo Suk Joo, a retired lieutenant colonel who left the marine corps in 2010, as the head of the ministry's policy office.   Yeo is the first retired field-grade officer to be selected for the key post, which handles major issues such as responding to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. The post has typically been filled by former army generals.   The Defense Ministry has also promoted two civilians to lead the Office of Personnel and Welfare and the Office of Planning and Coordination.   All three are "suitable" to push for defense reform and promote civilian control of the military, two important policy goals for President Moon Jae In, the ministry said.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 11/09/2017 SWEDEN - NEGOTIATIONS LOOM FOR PATRIOT AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS; DEAL COULD BE WORTH $1.2 BILLION (NOV 09/SMIN)  SWEDISH MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Sweden has selected Raytheon-made Patriots for its new air and missile defense system.   Stockholm authorized the Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) to begin negotiations with the U.S. for the purchase of Patriot air defense systems, reported the Swedish Ministry of Defense on Nov. 7.   The FMV will send a formal letter of request to the U.S. to kick off the talks.   The goal is to begin deliveries in 2020, with systems to be operational by 2025 at the latest.   A formal tender through a letter of offer and acceptance is anticipated in the spring of 2018. A final decision on the purchase is expected in 2018.   The contract is expected to be worth more than US$1.2 billion, said an FMV release.   The Patriot was selected over the SAMP/T system by French consortium Eurosam, noted Defense News.  
Item Number:15 Date: 11/09/2017 SYRIA - LAST ISIS STRONGHOLD IN SYRIA FALLS (NOV 09/REU)  REUTERS -- The Syrian army says the last Islamic State stronghold in the country has been captured, reports Reuters.   The army and its allies, including the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, took control of the town of Albu Kamal in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on the border of Iraq on Wednesday, said an alliance commander.   Hundreds of elite Hezbollah fighters took part in that battle, the commander said.   ISIS still controls some Syrian desert areas and nearby villages, as well as some territory in adjacent areas in Iraq.   Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad control all of Syria's major urban centers, noted Bloomberg News. The rest of the country is held by rebel groups, including a Kurdish region in the north that is establishing self-rule.   The defeat of ISIS may make it possible for government forces to regain full control over the country in the next year, said an analyst from Texas-based Stratfor
Item Number:16 Date: 11/09/2017 TURKEY - ANKARA ANTI-TERROR POLICE PICK UP MORE THAN 100 ALLEGED ISIS SUSPECTS (NOV 09/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Police in Ankara have arrested more than 100 Islamic State suspects in the Turkish capital, says a source cited by the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   The city's police anti-terrorism branch launched an operation on Thursday after arrest warrants were issued for 245 suspects by Ankara's public prosecutor's office, said an unnamed police source.   Police reportedly apprehended 111 of those suspects in simultaneous operations at 250 locations in the Sincan, Etimesgut and Cubuk districts.   Authorities said another 27 ISIS suspects, including Syrians, were arrested in a separate operation in the Osmangazi and Yildirim districts in the western Bursa province.   Seven more alleged ISIS members were picked up in the eastern Bingol province on Thursday, officials said
  Item Number:17 Date: 11/09/2017 USA - 3 CARRIER STRIKE FORCES SET TO TRAIN TOGETHER IN W. PACIFIC (NOV 09/NAVY)  U.S. NAVY -- Three U.S. Navy carrier strike groups will conduct a joint exercise in the Western Pacific this weekend, according to a release from the Navy's U.S. 7th Fleet.   The Nimitz-class carriers Ronald Reagan, Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt, along with their strike groups, will conduct coordinated operations in international waters to demonstrate the Navy's ability to operate multiple strike groups as a coordinated force, said 7th Fleet officials on Wednesday.   The drills are scheduled for Nov. 11-14.   The exercise will cover air defense, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat, close-in coordinated maneuvers and other tasks, the Navy said.   This is the first time that three carrier strike groups have trained together since 2006-2007
Item Number:18 Date: 11/09/2017 USA - MEETING GOAL EARLY, BOEING INSTALLS 44TH GROUND-BASED MISSILE DEFENSE INTERCEPTOR IN ALASKA (NOV 09/BOEING)  BOEING -- Boeing says it has installed the 44th ground-based interceptor (GBI), part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense system, at Fort Greeley, Alaska.   The installation, completed on Nov. 2, meets a Pentagon requirement to increase the inventory of such interceptors to 44 by the end of 2017, said a company release on Nov. 7.   The newest interceptor features capabilities that were demonstrated in the successful intercontinental ballistic missile intercept test in May.   The Pentagon is considering increasing the number of interceptors to 64 by opening up a fourth missile field at Fort Greeley in response to the North Korean threat, reported Defense News
Item Number:19 Date: 11/09/2017 USA - NEW REPORT PUTS BUDGETARY COSTS OF POST 9/11 WARS AT $5.6 TRILLION (NOV 09/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- Overseas combat operations since 2001 have already cost the United States about $4.3 trillion, with trillions more in veterans benefits spending still to come, reports the Military Times, citing a new study.   When the likely costs for fiscal 2018 are added to that of estimated spending on veterans, the total costs are more than $5.6 trillion, notes the study.   The annual analysis is produced by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University in Providence, R.I.   The project aims to illustrate the full costs of military operations abroad, said Neta Crawford, the author of the study.   Of the total, about $1.9 trillion has been reported by defense officials as overseas contingency operations funding.   The study finds another $880 billion in new base defense spending related to combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria since 2001, as well as about $780 billion in Dept. of Homeland Security costs.   Veterans spending increased by nearly $300 billion due to the conflicts, with future spending over the next 40 years estimated at an additional $1 trillion, according to the analysis
Item Number:20 Date: 11/09/2017 USA - TO FILL SHORTFALL, USAF NEEDS TO TRAIN MORE PILOTS (NOV 09/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force is still struggling to combat a major pilot shortage despite new initiatives, reports the Air Force Times.   The active, Guard and Reserve components of the service are short about 1,500 pilots, including around 1,300 fighter pilots, according to Air Force statistics.   Over the last few months, the service has rolled out several initiatives to address the problem, including offering more money to compete with commercial airlines and improving the quality of life of pilots so they can fly more.   There is only one way to truly solve the problem, said Brig. Gen. Mike Koscheski, the Air Force officer assigned to fix the issue. He calls for training many more pilots every year, a tricky proposition that will require more stable funding.   "Our long-term fix to the pilot crisis is to grow our way out of this," Koscheski told reporters at the Pentagon on Oct. 23. "It's going to take a while to get in place what we need to start producing more pilots. One of the biggest things that we need is stable and predictable budgets."   The service wants to expand pilot production by about 25 percent, said the general. The Air Force graduated 1,100 new pilots in fiscal 2016, another 1,200 in fiscal 2017 and hopes to reach 1,400 in the next few years.   According to some estimates, the service would need to graduate 1,600 pilots annually to fill the gap, but only has the capacity to train about 1,400.   More instructor pilots, training aircraft and force structure changes would be needed to meet that figure, officials said.

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