Thursday, November 30, 2017

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A bit of History and some tidbits.
This Day In Naval History - November 29
Nov. 29
1776—Continental brig Reprisal arrives in Quiberon Bay, France, becoming the first Continental vessel to arrive in Europe. Reprisal was carrying Benjamin Franklin who was acting as the diplomatic agent to the country.
1929—Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd makes the first flight over the South Pole.
1943—TBF aircraft of VC-19 based aboard USS Bogue (CVE 9) sink the German submarine U-86 about 385 miles east of Terceira, Azores. 
1944—USS Maryland (BB 46) is hit by a kamikaze off Leyte. She is repaired in time for Okinawa Invasion where she is hit by a kamikaze again April 7, 1945.
1944—USS Archerfish (SS 311) sinks Japanese carrier Shinano on her maiden voyage 160 nautical miles southwest of Tokyo Bay. Shinano is the largest warship sunk by any combatant submarines during World War II. Also on this date, USS Scabbardfish (SS 397) sinks Japanese submarine I-365 east of Honshu. 
1990—The UN approves Security Council Resolution 678 authorizing the use of military force unless Iraq vacates Kuwait by 15 January 1991.
Today in History
November 29
Major Roger Rogers takes possession of Detroit on behalf of Britain.
Louis XVI promulgates an edict of tolerance, granting civil status to Protestants.
The last elements of Napoleon Bonaparte's Grand Armee retreats across the Beresina River in Russia.
The Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tenn., ends with a Confederate withdrawal.
Colonel John M. Chivington's 3rd Colorado Volunteers massacre Black Kettles' camp of Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians at Sand Creek, Colo.
An Inquiry into the U.S. Postal Service demonstrates the government has lost millions in fraud.
An international commission headed by American banker Charles Dawes is set up to investigate the German economy.
Commander Richard Byrd makes the first flight over the South Pole.
The Spanish government seizes large estates for land redistribution.
Soviet planes bomb an airfield at Helsinki, Finland.
The Metropolitan Opera is televised for the first time as the season opens with "Othello."
The popular children's television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, premieres.
The United States announces it will conduct atomic tests at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
NASA launches a chimpanzee named Enos into Earth orbit.
Algeria bans the Communist Party.
President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints Chief Justice Earl Warren head of a commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation.
Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.
Armed forces of the Philippines besiege The Peninsula Manila in response to a mutiny led by Senator Antonio Trillanes.
This Week in American Military History:
Nov. 29, 1760:  Rogers' Rangers under the command of Massachusetts-born Maj. (future Lt. Col.) Robert Rogers capture Fort Detroit from the French. 
U.S. Army Rangers in the 20th and 21st centuries will trace their lineage to Rogers and his British Colonial irregulars.
Nov. 29, 1890:  Navy beats Army, 24-zip, in the first-ever Army (West
Point) – Navy (Annapolis) football game.
Nov. 29, 1929:  U.S. Navy Commander Richard E. Byrd Jr. makes the
first-ever flight over the South Pole. Byrd – a future rear admiral and recipient of the Medal of Honor for his 1926 flight over the North Pole – is the navigator of the South Pole
flight. His companions include pilot Bernt Balchen, radio operator Harold
June, and photographer Ashley McKinley. The team crosses the Pole in a modified Ford tri-motor airplane.
Nov. 30, 1864:  Confederate Army forces under the command of Gen. John Bell Hood (yes, Fort Hood, Texas is named in his honor) clash with Union forces under Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield (yes, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii is named in his honor) near Franklin, Tennessee in what is about to become a Union victory and one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. By early evening, thousands on both sides will have been killed, and six Confederate generals will be dead or mortally wounded. Confederate Private Sam Watkins of the 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment will describe the battle as: "the blackest page in the history of the War of the
Lost Cause. It was the bloodiest battle of modern times in any war. It was the finishing stroke to the Independence of the Southern Confederacy. I was there. I saw it." Schofield, who will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during the 1861 Battle of Wilson's Creek (Missouri), is destined for a third star, a posting as U.S. Secretary of War, and the title, commanding general of the U.S. Army.
Dec. 3, 1775:  The Grand Union Flag (not to be confused with S.C. militia Col. Christopher Gadsden's rattlesnake flag or the Betsy Ross flag) is raised above the 20-gun Continental ship, Alfred.  The ship, originally named Black Prince, has been renamed in honor of Alfred the Great.The hoisting of the "Grand Union" colors is the first time an American flag is raised above an American warship. On an interesting aside, Alfred will be part of the small flotilla that participates in America's first amphibious operation – Continental Marines and sailors seizing gunpowder and a few cannon from British-held Fort Montague in the Bahamas – the following March.
Dec. 4, 1783:  Gen. George Washington bids farewell to the officers of the Continental Army at Fraunces Tavern in New York. According to the memoirs of Col. Benjamin Tallmadge:  "After the officers had taken a glass of wine, General Washington said 'I cannot come to each of you but shall feel obliged if each of you will come and take me by the hand.' General Knox being nearest to him turned to the Commander-in-chief who, suffused in tears, was incapable of utterance but grasped his hand when they embraced each other in silence. In the same affectionate manner every officer in the room marched up and parted with his general in chief."
A bit on Ted Williams from the archives. Compare this Marine to the professional players of today. They are not in the same league with him.
Thanks to Shadow
As a kid who played a lot of baseball… Ted Williams was my idol. He was also my dad's favorite ball player. Growing up as a Navy Brat, I thought it was cool that he had been a Marine, serving both in WW II and Korea. I also heard stories and rumors that he may not have served as honorable as one would hope. Turned out, that's all they were… Rumors.
I finally had the chance to get the straight scoop on Williams from John Verdi who was a squadron and tent mate with Williams when he was in VMF-311 in Korea. John absolutely refuted any inference that Williams did not carry his load… actually quite the contrary. It was John and the others in the tent who forced the grounding of Williams because of his pneumonia. Williams refused to go to the Flight Surgeon because he knew the snipers would be out to get him and claim he was a malingerer. Instead he continued to fly long after he should have been grounded.
On the famous gear up landing… John was a witness to it and opined that anyone other than Williams probably couldn't have pulled it off… He made a perfect gear up landing at over 200 knots… no drop tanks to soften the landing. 
Couple of anecdotes… John said Ted was a "World Class Bitcher"… Complained about everything… The weather, the food, The Corps, the Commies and the cold. But NOT ONCE… did he ever try to snivel out of a hop or mission, no matter how dangerous or how crappy the weather was. John said he and his squadron mates were absolutely supportive of Williams and pointed out his recall to Active Duty was nothing more than a PR stunt and political move. He pointed out that Williams was not even in the Active Reserves and had never even flown any military airplane since WW II… much less a jet, when called back on Active Duty. There were thousands of Active Reserves far more qualified. In conclusion, he said Ted was a stand up guy! They stayed in contact with each other until Ted died.
Thanks to CVAT for this....Hal
 Even if your not a baseball fan this an interesting story.  Probably many Boston Red Sox and Williams fans aren't aware of this part of his history.
When asked to name the greatest team he was ever on,
Ted Williams said, "The US Marines".
Ted Williams was John Glenn's wingman flying F-9Fs in Korea.
I didn't know this about Ted Williams.............

Ted Williams was John Glenn's wingman on F-9Fs in Korea.
The Boston Red Sox slugger, who wore No. 9 as a major leaguer, would now be assigned to an F-9 Panther jet as a pilot. Ted flew a total of 39 combat missions in Korea. He was selected by his commander John Glenn (later the astronaut, senator, and 'septuagenonaut') to fly as Glenn's wingman.
While flying an air strike on a troop encampment near Kyomipo, Williams' F-9 was hit by hostile ground fire. Ted commented later: "The funny thing was I didn't feel anything. I knew I was hit when the stick started shaking like mad in my hands. Then everything went out, my radio, my landing gear, everything. The red warning lights were on all over the plane." The F-9 Panther had a centrifugal flow engine and normally caught fire when hit. The tail would literally blow off most stricken aircraft. The standard orders were to eject from any Panther with a fire in the rear of the plane. Ted's aircraft was indeed on fire, and was trailing smoke and flames. Glenn and the other pilots on the mission were yelling over their radios for Williams to get out. However, with his radio out, Williams could not hear their warnings and he could not see the condition of the rear of his aircraft. Glenn and another Panther flown by Larry Hawkins came up alongside Williams and lead him to the nearest friendly airfield. Fighting to hold the plane together, Ted brought his Panther in at more than 200-MPH for a crash landing on the Marsden-matted strip. With no landing gear, dive brakes, or functioning flaps, the flaming Panther jet skidded down the runway for more than 3000 feet. Williams got out of the aircraft only moments before it was totally engulfed in flames. Ted Williams survived his tour of duty in Korea and returned to major league baseball.
  Pssst: Ted missed out flying combat missions during WW II, because his flying and gunnery skills were so good that he was kept as an instructor for much of the War. During advanced training at Pensacola, Florida Ted would accurately shoot the sleeve targets to shreds while shooting out of wing-overs, zooms, and barrel rolls. He broke the all time record for 'hits' at the school. Following Pensacola, Ted was sent to Jacksonville for advanced gunnery training. This is the payoff test for potential combat pilots. Ted set all the records for reflexes, coordination, and visual reaction time. As a result of his stunning success he was made an instructor at Bronson field to put Marine aviation cadets through their final paces. By 1945 Ted got his wish and was finally transferred to a combat wing, but weeks later the War was over. He was discharged from the military in December of 1945. Seven years later, in December of 1952, Ted was recalled to active duty as a Marine Corps fighter pilot.
Item Number:1 Date: 11/29/2017 ARGENTINA - NAVY OFFERS NEW TIMELINE FOR MISSING SUBMARINE (NOV 29/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Argentinean navy has released a new timeline covering the hours before its missing submarine disappeared, reports CNN.   The new sequence of events, released Tuesday, placed a larger window between initial reports of water entering the ARA San Juan and reports of something that sounded like an explosion aboard the boat.   According to the new timeline, water was first reported entering the submarine's snorkel at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 15. A battery short-circuited and smoke or fire was reported. The short-circuited system was isolated and smoke dealt with, the navy said.   Two routine messages were relayed to base at 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. At 10:31 a.m., a loud explosion was detected in the Atlantic Ocean, a few hundred miles off of Argentina's central coast and near the submarine's presumed location.   The explosion was unknown to Argentine officials until last week, when the U.S. and international organizations provided acoustic data, noted CNN.   The San Juan was traveling from a base in Argentina's southern Tierra del Fuego archipelago to its homeport in Mar del Plata, on the country's northern coast, when it disappeared on Nov. 15.   Search efforts are continuing for the San Juan and its 44 crewmembers
  Item Number:2 Date: 11/29/2017 CANADA - SHIPBUILDING LAYOFFS FEARED BETWEEN NAVAL PROJECTS (NOV 29/OC)  OTTAWA CITIZEN -- The Canadian government and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding are looking at ways to deal with an expected gap in the construction of naval vessels that could lead to personnel layoffs, reports the Ottawa Citizen.   There will be no work between the completion of the Royal Canadian Navy's Arctic patrol ships and the construction of new frigates.   On Monday, government officials acknowledged the hiatus and expressed concern about the possible loss of skilled workers and their expertise without sufficient shipbuilding work.   A similar production gap is anticipated on the West Coast, admitted Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver, which is building coast guard vessels. The yard is trying to obtain more government or commercial work to fill that void.   The government's national shipbuilding strategy, which called for the continuous construction of vessels, was supposed to eliminate this situation.   Separately, on Monday British shipbuilder BAE Systems became the first company to submit its bid for Canada's frigate program, reported CBC News. The firm is offering a variant of the Type 26 frigate, which it is building for the British Royal Navy.   Bids for that program are due on Nov. 30. The Cabinet is not expected to approve a winner until later in 2018, officials said.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 11/29/2017 CHINA - FACING POTENTIAL PUNISHMENT, TOP OFFICER HANGS HIMSELF, SAYS CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION (NOV 29/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Central Military Commission (CMC) says a senior Chinese military officer has committed suicide after authorities launched an investigation into his alleged links to two former senior military officers found guilty of corruption, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Zhang Yang, a member of the Central Military Commission, hanged himself at his home in Beijing on Nov. 23, the CMC said on Tuesday.   The CMC planned to investigate Zhang's involvement in the corruption cases of Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, both former CMC vice chairmen.   Investigators said Zhang had committed serious violations and was suspected of offering and accepting bribes and holding considerable property from unidentified sources.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 11/29/2017 EGYPT - SECURITY FORCES RAID TERRORIST HIDEOUT IN SINAI; 11 KILLED IN SHOOTOUT (NOV 29/EI)  EGYPT INDEPENDENT -- Eleven militants have been killed and six arrested in a police raid in Egypt's northeastern Ismailia governorate, according to the Egyptian Interior Ministry, as cited by the Egypt Independent.   The raid on a hideout was launched after the National Security Apparatus obtained information that militant leaders were operating out of areas in Ismailia and 10th of Ramadan city near Cairo, the ministry said on Tuesday.   The ministry said police were seeking terrorists who were "targeting important and vital buildings and Christian churches," as quoted by AFP.   Other raids in Sharqiya and North Sinai resulted in the arrest of nine terrorist suspects, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The military conducted an operation on Tuesday in central Sinai, killing three militants and arresting five others, said a military spokesman. Troops also seized a truck loaded with explosives and destroyed eight hideouts.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 11/29/2017 FRANCE - MACRON TRIP TO AFRICA STARTS WITH GRENADE ATTACK IN BURKINA FASO; 3 HURT (NOV 29/RFI)  RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE -- The president of France was greeted by a grenade attack during his three-nation African visit.   Three civilians were wounded in the attack on Monday in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, hours before President Emmanuel Macron arrived, reports Radio France Internationale.   Two masked individuals on a motor scooter threw a grenade at a French army vehicle traveling to a barracks housing French special operations forces, security sources told RFI.   Three nearby civilians were wounded, one seriously, the sources said. The vehicle was not hit.   Macron is also scheduled to travel to Ivory Coast and Ghana.   The visit is intended to strengthen French influence in West Africa, cooperation in fighting terrorists and efforts to combat illegal migration.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 11/29/2017 INDIA - BILATERAL COOPERATION STRESSED DURING KYRGYZ MILITARY DELEGATION'S VISIT (NOV 29/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The head of the Kyrgyz armed forces is in India this week for talks on bilateral military cooperation, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   Gen. Rayimberdi Duishenbiev, the chief of the Kyrgyz General Staff, arrived on Nov. 26 and will visit until Dec. 1.   Planned agenda items include Indian assistance in preparing a second-level military field hospital for deployment to U.N. peacekeeping missions, said a spokesman for the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry.   The Kyrgyz delegation is scheduled to meet the Indian defense minister and the heads of the Indian army, air force and navy.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 11/29/2017 NETHERLANDS - APPEALS HEARING SUSPENDED AFTER DEFENDANT DOWNS 'POISON' (NOV 29/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A U.N. war crimes tribunal has temporarily adjourned an appeals hearing after a defendant drank what he said was poison in open court, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Upon hearing that his 20-year sentence had been upheld, Slobodan Praljak, pulled out a small bottle and announced: "What I am drinking now is poison."   "I am not a war criminal!" he shouted.   The presiding judge suspended the hearing and called for medical personnel. The bottle was taken into police custody.   Praljak was taken to the hospital, where he later died, reported Bloomberg News, citing Croatian state news service HINA.   The Bosnian Croat leader was originally sentenced in 2013 to 20 years' imprisonment for crimes committed during the Bosnian war, including the purposeful destruction of an ancient bridge.   Three other defendants, including Croat wartime political leader Jadranko Prlic, had their prison sentences confirmed before the proceedings were suspended, reported Deutsche Welle.   The tribunal in The Hague was scheduled to hand down its final judgement on appeals by six Bosnian Croat leaders Wednesday. They were convicted in 2013 of expelling and murdering Bosnian Muslims during the war.   The hearing was scheduled to be the final case at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia before it closes in December.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 11/29/2017 NORTH KOREA - LATEST MISSILE TEST DEMONSTRATES ABILITY TO HIT ALL OF U.S. (NOV 29/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- North Korea says it has successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the whole of the United States, reports BBC News.   The Hwasong-15 missile was launched early Wednesday from Sain Ni, North Korea, reported Air Force Times.   The missile reached an altitude of 2,780 miles (4,470 km) before going down in the Sea of Japan 590 miles (950 km) east of the Korean Peninsula, said officials in Pyongyang. Military sources in Seoul made similar estimates, noted Air Force Times.   An analysis by the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists concluded that the missile could have reached targets within roughly 8,000 miles (12,870 km), placing the entirety of the U.S. within range, including Washington D.C.   The test did not demonstrate the missile's ability to carry a nuclear-capable warhead for the full distance, the analysis said.   North Korean officials said the missile could be equipped with a "super large heavy warhead," reported the Washington Post.   Representatives from the U.S., South Korea and Japan have requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the test, reported CNN.   A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed "grave concern and opposition" to the latest missile launch and said Beijing "strongly" urged North Korea not to increase tensions.   On Tuesday, South Korea's unification minister said North Korea could announce the completion of its nuclear weapons programs next year, reported the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). Pyongyang has been progressing faster than many analysts had previously predicted, said the minister
  Item Number:9 Date: 11/29/2017 PAKISTAN - ISLAMABAD MUST DO MORE TO SECURE BORDER WITH AFGHANISTAN, SAYS TOP U.S. GENERAL (NOV 29/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- A senior U.S. general says Pakistan has not made sufficient progress securing its border with Afghanistan, reports Bloomberg.   U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top officer in Afghanistan, told reporters on Tuesday that Islamabad has succeeded in weakening terrorist activity within Pakistan, but the same cannot be said for groups fighting in Afghanistan.   Speaking from Afghanistan, Nicholson singled out the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network as two groups of particular concern.   The general also identified shelling of Afghan territory by Pakistani troops in pursuit of terror suspects as an ongoing issue to be remedied if relations between Kabul and Islamabad are to improve.   Nicholson said the U.S.-led coalition wants to work with Afghanistan and Pakistan on control of their mutual border. The two countries have already set up standard operating procedures for this, he said.   The general called on Islamabad to do more to reduce sanctuaries and support for militants and terrorists operating from Pakistan, reported CNN
Item Number:10 Date: 11/29/2017 POLAND - WARSAW IN THE MARKET FOR MULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEMS; STATE DEPT. APPROVES SALE (NOV 29/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. State Dept. has cleared the potential sale of a Lockheed Martin-made rocket launcher to Poland, reports Defense News.   On Tuesday, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Dept. had approved the deal for munitions for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).   The proposed US$250 million sale covers 16 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31A1 Unitary rockets; nine GMLRS M30A1 alternative warheads; 61 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) M57 Unitary rockets; and parts and targeting equipment. Training will be included if the deal goes through.   The Foreign Military Sale will support a parallel, direct commercial sale between Lockheed and PGZ, Poland's state-run defense group, which is the prime contractor for the project, the newspaper said.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 11/29/2017 RUSSIA - 2018-2020 DEFENSE SPENDING EXPECTED TO TOTAL US$120 BILLION (NOV 29/MOS)  MOSCOW TIMES -- The Russian government has allocated nearly US$120 billion for defense spending over the next three years, reports the Moscow Times.   The State Duma passed the overall federal budget last week. Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said it projected GDP growth of 2 percent.   The upper house of Parliament, the Federation Council, is scheduled to review the budget on Wednesday.   The spending plans include US$116.6 billion for defense, security and law enforcement from 2018 to 2020, or about US$39.5 billion annually, said Leonid Gornin, Russia's deputy finance minister, as cited by Interfax-AVN.   The figures were revised up to account for spending on defense infrastructure, program implementation and procurement, Gornin told senators on Tuesday.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 11/29/2017 RUSSIA - ZHURAVLYOV, FORMER HEAD OF TROOPS IN SYRIA, GETS TOP JOB IN EASTERN MILITARY DISTRICT (NOV 29/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Russia has a new commander for the Eastern Military District, reports Interfax-AVN.   On Tuesday, Col. Gen. Alexander Zhuravlyov formally assumed his new post in a ceremony in Khabarovsk, noted the Russian Ministry of Defense.   In 2016, the general commanded the Russian military contingent in Syria. In January 2017, he was named as deputy chief of the General Staff.   The order appointing Zhuravlyov was signed on Oct. 31, reported Ukraine's UAWire.   The Eastern Military District is one of Russia's most combat-capable operational strategic commands. It includes the Far Eastern Military District; Pacific Fleet; eastern part of the Siberian Military District; and the air force and air defense command, noted Interfax.   
  Item Number:13 Date: 11/29/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - TWO FREED AFTER DETENTION UNDER ANTI-CORRUPTION CRACKDOWN (NOV 29/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Several high-profile Saudis detained in an anti-corruption campaign have been released, reports the Wall Street Journal.   The most high-profile of those released Tuesday was Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, former minister of the National Guard, son of the late King Abdullah and cousin of the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The details of his release were not announced, nor the number of others released with him.   Authorities also announced the release Mohammed al-Tobaishi, former head of protocol in the royal court. He agreed to return cash and a property to the state in exchange for freedom, unnamed sources told the newspaper.   Many in the Kingdom see these developments as a sign that the campaign is working, the sources said. Rumors have swirled that the accused would be allowed to go free if they gave their allegedly stolen fortunes to the state. This has not been confirmed by Saudi government sources.   The anti-corruption campaign began on Nov. 4 with the detention of many of the Kingdom's wealthiest businessmen and royal family members, including 11 princes, four ministers and several former ministers, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The allegations against them include money laundering, bribery and extortion.   Billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal is still being held in the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, the capital.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 11/29/2017 SOUTH KOREA - SEOUL WANTS OPERATIONAL CONTROL AND AMERICAN FORCES (NOV 29/YON)  YONHAP -- Seoul says it wants the U.S. to continue to station troops in South Korea after it assumes wartime operational control (OPCON) of military forces within its territory, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   "Even if Seoul takes over OPCON, (South Korea) plans to seek to ensure that U.S. troops in Korea are not withdrawn and the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) is not disbanded," said Defense Minister Song Young Moo on Tuesday.   Seoul plans to push for operational control once the military strengthens its capability, including the "three-axis" defense plan. The latter includes the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system; Korea Air and Missile Defense (KAMD); and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation scheme.   Some lawmakers have expressed concern that following the transfer of OPCON, Washington might decide to withdraw its forces.   There are about 28,000 Americans deployed in South Korea.   The two militaries are discussing a new combined command that would replace the CFC once OPCON is transferred.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 11/29/2017 SYRIA - CEASE-FIRE DECLARED IN REBEL STRONGHOLD NEAR CAPITAL (NOV 29/REU)  REUTERS -- The Syrian government has accepted a cease-fire proposal for the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta, reports Reuters, citing statements by the U.N. envoy to Syria.   Staffan de Mistura told reporters on Tuesday that Syrian officials had accepted a Russian proposal for a cease-fire in the area, the last area near the capital still held by rebels.   Moscow proposed the cease-fire for Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, reported Deutsche Welle. On Tuesday, three people were killed in airstrikes in the town of Hammuriyeh in Eastern Ghouta, before the cease-fire was in place.   According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group, at least 151 civilians have been killed in the past two weeks in and around Ghouta.   Pro-government forces stepped up attacks on the area following a surprise offensive by militants two weeks ago, noted BBC. Rebel shellfire has also killed civilians in neighboring areas, according to Syrian state media.   The announcement came before Wednesday's peace negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.N.-sponsored talks are in their eighth iteration, with little progress expected, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar
Item Number:16 Date: 11/29/2017 USA - ACCUSED MASTERMIND OF BENGHAZI ATTACKS FOUND GUILTY OF TERRORISM, CLEARED OF MURDER CHARGES (NOV 29/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- The man accused of masterminding the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya has been convicted of terrorism-related charges, reports the Los Angeles Times.   Ahmed Abu Khatallah was convicted on Tuesday of two counts of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists; one count of maliciously destroying U.S. property; and one count of using a semi-automatic weapon during a crime of violence.   The verdict represented a mixed victory for prosecutors after the seven-week trial. While Abu Khatallah faces the potential of life in prison, he was found not guilty of the murder of four Americans who died in the attack, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.   Prosecutors admitted that Abu Khatallah did not directly kill the Americans, but said he encouraged those under his command and influence to make the attack.   Abu Khatallah, 46, was a leader of the Ansar al-Sharia militia in Libya that fought to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. He was captured in an operation by U.S. forces in 2014.   Last week, his defense lawyers requested the judge declare a mistrial, calling the prosecution's rhetoric over the top and inflammatory. That motion is pending.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 11/29/2017 USA - COLD WAR-ERA EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM TO RETURN TO DUTY IN HAWAII IN RESPONSE TO N. KOREAN THREAT (NOV 29/WASHEX)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- State officials say Hawaii will test its emergency warning system on Friday, preparing for a possible attack by North Korea, reports the Washington Examiner.   Sirens will sound an alarm, warning residents of Hawaii's eight islands to seek shelter immediately.   The World War II-era air raid siren will be incorporated into the monthly state-wide siren test on the first business day of every month, reported Hawaii Public Radio.   The exercises will be the first using the system since the end of the Cold War.   In the event of a missile launch, the islands' 1.4 million residents would have about 20 minutes to prepare for a strike, noted CNN.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 11/29/2017 USA - NAVAIR AWARDS CONTRACTS TO ORBITAL ATK TO MODERNIZE ANTI-RADAR MISSILES (NOV 29/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Orbital ATK Defense Electronic Systems, Northridge, Calif., two contracts for upgrades to the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), reports the Dept. of Defense.   One deal, worth $32.9 million, is for engineering studies, logistics and test planning to support the development of design adaptations to the AARGM's existing subsystems and components.   The work supports the third phase of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project covering a secondary sensor for the weapon, said a Pentagon release on Nov. 27.   Another contract, also awarded on Monday and valued at $17.2 million, will evaluate the system requirements and design trade space for an extended-range development of the AARGM and explore concepts for adapting the missile's existing subsystems and components.   Work under both awards is scheduled to be completed in February 2019.   
Item Number:19 Date: 11/29/2017 USA - NYC TERROR SUSPECT WHO BRAGGED ABOUT CRIMES PLEADS NOT GUILTY (NOV 29/NPR)  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO -- A man accused of plowing a rented truck into a crowded area in New York City, killing eight and injuring 12, has pled not guilty to murder and terrorism-related charges, reports NPR.   Sayfullo Saipov, 29, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. He is accused of murder, attempted murder and providing "material support" to a terrorist organization, the Islamic State.   Saipov was shot by a police officer and arrested immediately after the attack on Oct. 31, noted BBC News.   Investigators say that Saipov told them he was inspired to attack Americans after watching ISIS propaganda videos online. He allegedly bragged to them about his crimes.   Saipov emigrated from Uzbekistan in 2010. A note referencing ISIS was found in his rented truck. The terrorist group issued a statement days later claiming responsibility for the attack
Item Number:20 Date: 11/29/2017 USA - REAPER UAVS TO GET SMALL DIAMETER BOMBS UNDER USAF CONTRACT (NOV 29/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, Calif., has been awarded an Air Force contract to integrate new weapons on the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $17.5 million deal covers the integration of the GBU-39/B laser Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) onto the Reaper using a universal armament interface on a dual-carriage system, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 27, 2021.

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