Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend. Regards,
This day in Naval History
July 16
1862—Congress establishes the rank of Rear Admiral, with David G. Farragut named as the first Rear Admiral.
1863—The screw sloop of war USS Wyoming, commanded by Capt. D. McDougal, is fired on by shore batteries and Japanese ships of the Prince of Nagoya. During this action, Wyoming became the first foreign warship to take the offensive to uphold treaty rights in Japan.
1915—The first Navy ships, the battleships USS Ohio (BB 12), USS Missouri (BB 11), and USS Wisconsin (BB 9) transit the Panama Canal, steaming from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
1945—The first atomic bomb test, Trinity, is detonated at Alamogordo, NM.
1957—An F8U 1P Crusader (Bu#144608), piloted by Maj. John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC, breaks the transcontinental speed record by crossing the country from Los Alamitos, CA, to Floyd Bennett Field, NY, in three hours and 22 min., 50.5 sec. for an average speed of 723.517 mph. This is the first upper atmosphere supersonic flight from the West Coast to the East Coast.
1987—Republic of Korea Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Choe Sang-Hwa gives a model of the Korean Turtle "Kobuksan" to Secretary of the Navy James Webb Jr., as a symbol of the partnership between the two nations.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
In national news today, headlines are dominated by reports on the upcoming meeting today between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and reports that a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles in New Mexico killed three people and injured 24 others. The Associated Press reports that the USS Gerald R. Ford has entered its next phase of development, after having returned to Newport News for a year of planned upgrades and fixes. While at Newport News Shipbuilding, issues with the Advanced Arresting Gear and propulsion system will be fixed. Rear Adm. William Galinis, the head of the Navy's surface ship program office, told industry representatives at a Navy League breakfast that he is confident that the Navy will meet its 355 ship goal. Additionally, NBC Nightly News reported on the on the Sea Breeze exercise in the Black Sea.
This day in History
July 16
English Prime Minister Lord Grenville resigns and is replaced by Lord Rockingham.
Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji, ending their six-year war.
American troops under General Anthony Wayne capture Stony Point, N.Y.
At the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25-mile march into Virginia for 
what will become the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle of the Civil War. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
The new French constitution is finalized.
Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of Abraham Lincoln, dies of a stroke.
Adolf Hitler orders preparations for the invasion of England.
Soviet troops occupy Vilnius, Lithuania, in their drive towards Germany.
The United States detonates the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, N. M.
Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, heading for a landing on the moon.
A private plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. is lost over the waters off Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
Thanks to Outlaw and Mugs
F-105s at WAr
Rolling Thunder
This just came to my attention, Skip, and even though it focuses on USAF 'Thud' drivers who somehow survived the asinine targeting in Route Pack 6 and others dreamt up by the "whiz kid" McNamara and preapproved by LBJ himself, I believe it would be worth posting in The List.  It's a shared experience with those of us who flew, fought and lived through those days and a salute to those who did not.  
Outlaw oUT
Heroes, every one. And I am honored to know a lot more of them.

When opened, you need to scroll down, as the PP presentation doesn't automatically change photos.
Today on Fighter Sweep
Watch: The Blue Angels: Around the World at the Speed of Sound!
Great video showing a behind the scenes look at the US Navy Blue Angels and some deployments to unusual places! Enjoy! Featured image by the US Navy  
With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/  
July 16, 2018   Bear Taylor  

RIPPLE SALVO… #863… AS THE LEADERS OF THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA MEET EYE-TO-EYE IN HELSINKI TODAY TO TALK, Humble Host brings a little history to the fore from 16 July 1968 that makes it clear that the side that has POWER, POSITION and RESOLVE (P-P-R) on his side of the coffee table will rule the day. They are the three cards that a major power in the world of the 21st century must have in hand to deter war and prevail if unable to prevent it. In 1964 the United States had P-P-R over the PRC as it was devouring itself. The Soviet Union and the United States achieved a balance of P-P-R that resulted in mutual deterrence. Then we committed to a land war in Southeast Asia against a third rate country that forced America to fight an asymmetrical war according to the North Vietnamese rules. It was an expensive war in terms of blood, treasure and national resolve. And we lost.
While we were thus engaged, our POWER was spread thin, our POSITION in Europe and most of the world was weakened as we concentrated in Southeast Asia–the subject of an OpEd below– and American RESOLVE to fight and win dipped enough to encourage the rogues of the world to get aggressive and push forward within their respective regions. American influence waned. Then, American POWER, POSITION and RESOLVE were restored in the 1980s and peaked with a lighting fast victory in DESERT STORM, after which a "peace dividend" was declared and military budgets shifted to other priorities. Our armed forces were cut by 40%. And then, alas, we went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Fifteen years later we remain engaged in a pair of wars that can't be won; reprise Vietnam. And the Russians and Mainland Chinese know it. So do Iran, North Korea and every other ambitious rogue in the world… Russia grabs Crimea and chunks of Ukraine and what's our reaction?… a UN Resolution.
American POWER is not what it used to be and must be. We are out of POSITION as a consequence of involvement in wars that have little or nothing to do with our most important national interests or priorities. The nation is more divided than at any time since 1865. In addition, there is a terrible truth that permanently limits our power and influence–our staggering national debt of $22-trillion, compounded by a lack of national will to change spending plans for the future.
Our President has been led to believe our current POWER account is fat, when it is exceedingly lean. (Somebody needs to tell him aur Air Force is 2,000 pilots short; our Navy is pulling sailors off shore duty early to make up for personnel shortages; our carrier decks have 2/3 the number of strike-fighters they are intended to carry; our Big Bombers are the same ones that were dropping bombs on the DMZ 50 years ago today; our recruiters are lowering standards to fill the ranks. Who is kidding who?…Our national will to wage war –RESOLVE– is at rock bottom. Our forces are out of POSITION and engaged in fights that make no sense. President Trump sits at the coffee table in Helsinki today with a bare-bones wallet–and Putin knows it…. HENRY J. TAYLOR's Op Ed:  "Kremlin Plans Deadly Game In Annexing Mediterranean" is below. But first…
GOOD MORNING.. Day EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE of a daily blog that recalls the history of the years 1965 through 1968 and the events and aviators who fought the great air battle with the coded name Rolling Thunder.
Read the rest thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/  
Thanks to Mugs
Yeah, I've been thinking about all this, too.

Something to Think About
I was thinking;
Since only 11 million people have Obama-Care, how will 24 million people die if it is repealed?  Will an additional 13 million people be randomly shot?
 I was thinking;
If Donald Trump deleted all of his emails, wiped his server with Bleachbit and destroyed all of his phones with a hammer, would the Mainstream Media suddenly lose all interest in the story and declare him innocent.
 I was thinking;
If women do the same job for less money, why do companies hire men to do the same job for more money?
 I was thinking;
If you rob a bank in a Sanctuary City, is it illegal or is it just an Undocumented Withdrawal?
 I was thinking;
Each ISIS attack now is a reaction to Trump policies, but all ISIS attacks during Obama's term were due to Climate Change and a plea for jobs.
 I was thinking;
After the London 'Lone Wolf' terrorist attack government officials arrested at least eight other 'Lone Wolves' who had conspired with the original 'Lone Wolf' in planning the 'Lone Wolf' attack.  Why do they tell us even though all involved are Muslims, you can be assured, the 'Lone Wolf' attack has nothing at all to do with Islam, just like the other 1,000 plus 'Lone Wolf' attacks by Muslims, are completely unassociated with Islam.
 I was thinking;
We should stop calling them all 'Entitlements'. Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, ad nausea are not entitlements. They are taxpayer-funded handouts, and shouldn't be called entitlements at all.  Social Security and Veterans Benefits are Entitlements because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.
 I was thinking;
If Muslims want to run away from a Muslim country, does that mean they're Islamophobic?
 I was thinking;
If Liberals don't believe in biological gender then why did they march for women's rights?
 I was thinking;
How did the Russians get Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders?  How did Russia get Donna Brazile to leak debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of the debates?
 I was thinking;
Why is it that Democrats think Super delegates are fine, but they have a problem with the Electoral College?
 I was thinking;
If you don't want the FBI involved in elections, don't nominate someone who's being investigated by the FBI.
 I was thinking;
If Hillary's speeches cost $250,000 an hour, how come no one shows up to her free ones?
 I was thinking;
The DNC is mad at Russia because they 'think' they are trying to manipulate our election by exposing that the DNC is manipulating our election.
 I was thinking;
If Democrats don't want foreigners involved in our elections, why do they think it's all right for illegals to vote?
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/16/2018 CAMEROON - GOVERNMENT DENIES SOLDIERS INVOLVED IN EXECUTIONS CAUGHT ON VIDEO (JUL 16/JDC)  JOURNAL DU CAMEROUN -- The Cameroonian government denies that its soldiers were responsible for an execution caught on film, but says it will investigate, reports the Journal du Cameroun.   A team of experts reviewed the viral video and concluded that it was a fake intended to harm the reputation of the Cameroonian military, a government spokesman said last week.   In the video, men in fatigues point guns at two women and two small children. One of the men accuses the women of belonging to the Nigeria-based Boko Haram militant group before killing them.   Neither Reuters nor CNN was able to verify the contents of the video but Amnesty International called the allegations of summary executions "credible."   The government spokesman said that the uniforms worn by the men in the video -- black shirts and khaki pants -- is not part of the government-issued uniform.   Amnesty said the casual pairing is common among soldiers in northwestern Cameroon, where Boko Haram and a violent separatist movement operate.   Amnesty has previously documented a series of human-rights violations in the government's campaign against Anglophone separatists
  Item Number:4 Date: 07/16/2018 HAITI - PM RESIGNS AFTER DAYS OF PROTESTS (JUL 16/NPR)  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO -- Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has resigned after days of riots and protest, reports NPR.   Lafontant announced his resignation on July 14, shortly before a scheduled no-confidence vote.   President Jovenel Moise said he had accepted Lafontant's resignation, as well as those of members of his Cabinet, and would work to find a replacement.   Lafontant resigned amid expanding protests in response to proposed cuts in fuel subsidies, which were announced on July 6.   According to the proposal, prices for gasoline, diesel and kerosene would be raised by 38, 47 and 51 percent, respectively. The increases were part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, which often requires reforms in exchange for access to funding.   The proposal was rescinded the following day, but the protests continued. At least two people and as many as seven have been killed in related violence, which saw protesters burn tires and close roads.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/16/2018 ISRAEL - 2 PALESTINIANS KILLED IN WORST FIGHTING SINCE 2014 (JUL 16/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Two Palestinians have been killed in what observers have described as the worst fighting between Israel and Hamas since 2014, reports the Los Angeles Times.   On July 14, militants fired about 200 mortar rounds, rockets and missiles into Israel. Israel responded with strikes on military targets across the Gaza Strip, including Hamas compounds, weapons depots and command centers, said the Israel Defense Forces.   Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in the strikes while playing on the roof of a semi-abandoned building, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The airstrikes came after weeks of tensions over burning kites launched from Gaza. The incendiary devices have burned several acres of crops.   On Saturday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad announced that they had reached a cease-fire with Israel following the heavy fighting, reported CNN.   On Sunday, Israeli officials said that the military had strengthened its air defenses around the Gaza border and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered a firm response to further aerial attacks, reported Ynet News.   Disputes over how to deal with kite and mortar strikes have been a contentious issue within the administration of Netanyahu.   Both Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly favor a stronger approach against the attacks, including launching strikes against anyone suspected of launching incendiary devices. Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, the army chief, reportedly favors continue to focus strikes on Hamas military targets
Item Number:8 Date: 07/16/2018 NICARAGUA - 10 DIE IN LATEST VIOLENCE AGAINST PROTESTERS (JUL 16/REU)  REUTERS -- At least 10 people have been killed in raids by Nicaraguan police and pro-government paramilitaries near the capital, reports Reuters.   On Sunday, police and allied paramilitaries carried out raids to tear downs barricades erected by opponents of President Daniel Ortega in Monimbo and Masaya, about 16 miles (25 km) southeast Managua, according to the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights.   At least 10 people were killed in the raids, said the association's spokesman.   The raids bring the total number people killed to 300 since demonstrations against the government erupted in April.   What began as opposition to proposed cuts to pensions quickly ballooned into a larger movement which Ortega has dismissed as "terrorist."   Nicaraguan police said one officer was kidnapped and killed on Sunday, reported Agence France Presse. It did not comment on the alleged killings in Monimbo and Masaya.   On July 14, religious officials in Managua freed 200 students holed up inside a church to escape from pro-government gunmen.   At least two students were killed in the 16-hour siege.   
Item Number:10 Date: 07/16/2018 RUSSIA - SU-57 FIGHTER WILL NOT ENTER SERIAL PRODUCTION, SAYS TOP OFFICIAL (JUL 16/DIPLOMAT)  DIPLOMAT -- In a reversal, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov has announced that the Su-57 will not be mass-produced, reports the Diplomat (Tokyo).   Borisov defended the performance of the fighter, arguing that producing the aircraft in large quantities would only make sense once Russia's fourth-generation Su-27 and MiG-29 jets fall behind Western fighters.   The Su-57 was expected to begin replacing the Russian air force's older fighters starting in the 2020s.   Observers have questioned the official reasoning, noting that Russia's defense budget is stretched amid economic difficulties.   In addition, the fighter faces a number of technical issues. For example, the new Saturn izdeliye 30 engine is several years away from being ready for service.   The Su-57 has also been criticized for lacking true stealth capabilities, noted the Business Insider.   In late June, Russia announced that it would soon sign a contract for an initial batch of 12 Su-57 fighters.   The air force is currently operating 10 Su-57 prototypes for testing. The first two operational fighters, which were tested in Syria, are expected to enter service next year
  Item Number:12 Date: 07/16/2018 SYRIA - ISRAEL SUSPECTED IN AIRSTRIKE NEAR ALEPPO (JUL 16/ARUTZ)  ARUTZ SHEVA -- Israeli aircraft have attacked an airport near Aleppo, according to Syrian state media cited by Arutz Sheva (Israel).   The SANA news agency accused Israel of carrying out an attack on the Al-Nirab airport on Sunday. There were no injuries, but property was damaged, the news agency said.   At least 10 missiles were fired, according to opposition sources. Local reports cited by Russia's Sputnik news agency said that several aircraft struck the area for approximately 10 minutes.   The strikes targeted the Itm'enan Support Center, which provides equipment and food to pro-Damascus fighters, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It is not known to store weapons, the observatory said.   Casualty counts varied. Nine people were killed, at least six of whom were Syrians, said the U.K.-based monitor. Opposition sources cited by Arutz Sheva said at least 10 people were injured in the strike.   A Syrian opposition source told Haaretz (Israel) that 22 people were killed, including nine Iranians.   This was the fourth suspected Israeli strike in Syria this month.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 07/16/2018 UKRAINE - PARLIAMENT MOVES TO CANCEL DEFENSE INDUSTRY DEBTS WITH RUSSIA (JUL 16/INT-UKR)  INTERFAX-UKRAINE -- The Ukrainian Parliament has passed a law authorizing its state-owned defense holding company Ukroboronprom to forgo payments on military-technical cooperation contracts with Russia, reports Interfax-Ukraine.   The measure passed on July 12, receiving 244 votes, eighteen more than the required minimum for passage.   The legislation allows the government to disregard decisions regarding debt made in foreign courts that are in favor of Russia.   The Ukrainian government cancelled contracts with Russia after the invasion of Crimea in 2014. Even before that, it was impossible to appeal to Russian courts to recover debts, fines and other penalties, as well as for Ukrainian enterprises invoke force majeure provisions, Ukrainian officials said.   Kiev estimates that US$144 million in debt and penalties will be cancelled under the new law.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 07/16/2018 UNITED NATIONS - SECURITY COUNCIL PASSES ARMS EMBARGO ON S. SUDAN (JUL 16/XIN)  XINHUA -- The U.N. Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan, reports Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.   On Friday, the Security Council narrowly renewed a travel ban and asset freeze against designated individuals until May 31, 2019. It also renewed the mandate of the panel of experts that assists the sanctions committee until July 1, 2019.   The resolution received the minimum nine votes needed, with the remaining members of the council abstaining.   The move has been criticized in some quarters for potentially undermining the peace process, which has recently made some progress.   The resolution adds two individuals to the blacklist, including former deputy army chief Malek Reuben Riak Rengu and former army chief Paul Malong Awan.   On May 31, the Security Council adopted a resolution to temporarily renew sanctions until July 15, which allowed time to introduce the new arms embargo.   The resolution is intended to pressure South Sudanese leaders to end the five-year civil war and violations of its peace agreements.   On July 12, South Sudan's Parliament voted to extend President Salva Kiir's mandate until 2021, a move likely to undermine the peace talks, reported Reuters. The opposition has called the move illegal, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar
  Item Number:15 Date: 07/16/2018 USA - ARMY FUTURES COMMAND TO BE BASED IN AUSTIN, TEXAS (JUL 16/USARMY)  U.S. ARMY -- The U.S. Army has announced that it will base its new Futures Command in Austin, Texas.   Austin was selected from a short-list of five cities chosen from an initial list of 15, noted Bloomberg Government. The location will allow the command to better work with academia, industry and the private sector, the service said in a Friday release.   The Futures Command was began operations on July 1 and is scheduled to reach full operational capability in the summer of 2019, the Army said.   It will be led by a four-star general and is expected to have 500 military and civilian personnel at full capability.   The Futures Command will focus on the Army's six top modernization priorities, including long-range precision fires; next-generation combat vehicle; future vertical lift; the network; air-and-missile defense; and soldier lethality, reported Defense News.   It will consolidate soldiers focused on future threats, countermeasures, prioritizing funding and overseeing development through subordinate commands.   The goal is also to accelerate acquisition in support of future Army requirements.   The first priority is improving the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), said Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy in an interview last month
Item Number:16 Date: 07/16/2018 USA - DRONE INTENDED TO SUPPORT MANNED AIRCRAFT SET FOR 1ST FLIGHT (JUL 16/POPMECH)  POPULAR MECHANICS -- The U.S. Air Force says it will conduct the first flight of its newest unmanned aerial vehicle this fall, reports Popular Mechanics.   Maj. Gen. William Cooley, head of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced the planned milestone last week at an Air Force Association event.   The XQ-58A Valkyrie, built by Kratos, San Diego, Calif., is 30-feet (9-m) long with a 27-foot (8-m) wingspan, reported Flight International. It is designed to reach speeds up to Mach 0.9 for short durations; features "extreme agility" to avoid missiles; and has a range of 1,500 nm (2,800 km).   The UAV can carry at least two 250-pound (113-kg) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs internally. The air vehicle has an internal bay to reduce its radar cross-section.   The Valkyrie has been developed for the Air Force's Loyal Wingman concept, which calls for drones to operate in coordination with an advanced manned fighter. The Air Force envisions the Valkyrie conducting a variety of missions ahead of its crewed counterpart, including anti-aircraft, electronic warfare and suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses.   The AFRL developed the Valkyrie under the Low-cost Attritable Strike Demonstrator (LCASD) program, which aims to use modern manufacturing techniques to develop cost-effective combat aircraft that the Air Force can afford to lose. The aircraft is reusable, reported IHS Janes Defence Weekly.

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