Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend.
This day in Naval History
Oct. 15
1917—USS Cassin (DD 43) is torpedoed by German submarine U 61 off the coast of Ireland. In trying to save the ship, Gunner's Mate 1st Class Osmond Kelly Ingram is killed. Ingram is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism and, in 1919, becomes the first enlisted man to have a ship named for him.
1943—USS Tullibee (SS 284) attacks a 10-ship Japanese convoy in Formosa Strait and sinks the transport Chicago Maru.
1948—The first women officers on active duty are sworn in as commissioned officers in the Regular Navy under the Women's Armed Services Integration Act of June 1948 by Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan. The women are Capt. Joy B. Hancock, Lt. Cmdr. Winifred R. Quick, Lt. Cmdr. Anne King, Lt. Cmdr. Frances L. Willoughby, Lt. Ellen Ford, Lt. Doris Cranmore, Lt. j.g. Doris A. Defenderfer, and Lt. j.g. Betty Rae Tennant.
1955—The Navy sets the world speed record for the 500 km closed circuit course at Muroc, CA, when Lt. Gordon Gray flies an A-4D Skyhawk at 695.163 mph.
1965—U.S. Naval Support Activity Danang, Vietnam is established. During the Vietnam War, it becomes the U.S. Navy's largest overseas logistics command. In 1973, U.S. Naval Support Activity Da Nang is disestablished. 
1992—HS-14 becomes the first U.S. squadron to land aircraft on the deck of Russian warship, when an SH-3H Sea King set down onto Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov during joint exercises in the Persian Gulf.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national news includes President Trump and FLOTUS Melania Trump scheduled to visit Florida and Georgia following Hurricane Michael's devastation; Sears Holdings, the parent company that owns Sears and Kmart, declaring bankruptcy; and a federal lawsuit alleging Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants going to court this week in Boston. NBC Nightly News broadcasted aboard the USS Portland, highlighting the importance of the Pacific Fleet in countering the growing threat from great power competition in the region. The Associated Press reports that a dozen Venezuelan doctors have volunteered to join the USNS Comfort as it visits South America to assist with the growing Venezuelan migrant crisis. Additionally, The Peninsula (Qatar) reports that the USS Essex made a port call in Doha on Sunday.
Today in History October 15

Ottoman armies under Suleiman end their siege of Vienna and head back to Belgrade.

The Gregorian (or New World) calendar is adopted in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal; and the preceding ten days are lost to history.

Francois Pilatre de Rozier makes the first manned flight in a hot air balloon. The first flight was let out to 82 feet, but over the next few days the altitude increased up to 6,500 feet.

During the land defeat of the British on the Thames River in Canada, the Indian chief Tecumseh, now a brigadier general with the British Army (War of 1812), is killed.

For the second time, the Confederate submarine H L Hunley sinks during a practice dive in Charleston Harbor, this time drowning its inventor along with seven crew members.

Thomas A. Edison founds the Edison Electric Light Co.

Victorio, feared leader of the Minbreno Apache, is killed by Mexican troops in northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico.

An attempt to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kan., ends in disaster for the Dalton gang as four of the five outlaws are killed and Emmet Dalton is seriously wounded.

Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish army officer, is arrested for betraying military secrets to Germany.

Congress passes the Clayton Anti-Trust Act, which labor leader Samuel Gompers calls "labor's charter of freedom." The act exempts unions from anti-trust laws; strikes, picketing and boycotting become legal; corporate interlocking directorates become illegal, as does setting prices which would effect a monopoly.
Mata Hari, a Paris dancer, is executed by the French after being convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans.

German ZR-3 flies 5000 miles, the furthest Zeppelin flight to date.

Odessa, a Russian port on the Black Sea which has been surrounded by German troops for several weeks, is evacuated by Russian troops.

Vichy French Premier Pierre Laval is executed by a firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans.

President Harry Truman meets with General Douglas MacArthur at Wake Island to discuss U.N. progress in the Korean War.

Nikita Khrushchev is replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as leader of the Soviet Union.

Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale establish the Black Panther Party, an African-American revolutionary socialist political group, in the US.

Rallies for The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam draw over 2 million demonstrators across the US, a quarter million of them in the nation's capital.

The Great Storm of 1987 strikes the UK and Europe during the night of Oct 15-16, killing over 20 people and causing widespread damage.

Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky makes his 1,851st goal, breaking the all-time scoring record in the National Hockey League.

Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the USSR, receives Nobel Peace Prize for his work in making his country more open and reducing Cold War tensions.

Andy Green of the UK becomes the first person to break the sound barrier in the Earth's atmosphere, driving the ThrustSSC supersonic car to a record 763 mph (1,228 km/h).

China launches its first manned space mission, Shenzhou I.

New Zealand police arrest 17 people believed to be part of a paramilitary training camp.

Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets 733.08 points, the second-largest percentage drop in the Dow's history.

Protests break out in countries around the globe, under the slogan "United for Global Democracy."
Thanks to Roger The passing of a real American Hero from the pivotal Battle of Midway
Passing of last Battle of Midway Carrier Pilot - CDR Robert "Soupy" Campbell
From: Specht, Gary A CTR NWDC
Subject: FW: Passing of last Battle of Midway Carrier Pilot - CDR Robert "Soupy" Campbell

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of a Navy hero - Commander Robert "Soupy" Campbell on 11 Sep 2018 at age 101, the last known carrier pilot who participated in the Battle of Midway (and who also participated in raids on Wake and Marcus Islands, the escort of the carrier Hornet for the Doolittle Raid, and the battles of Guadalcanal, Eastern Solomons, and Santa Cruz.  As a dive bomber pilot, he participated in the attack on the Japanese carrier Soryu on the morning of 4 Jun 1942 (Battle of Midway,) shot down two Japanese dive bombers near Guadalcanal, and participated in the attack that sank the Japanese light carrier Ryujo at the Battle of Eastern Solomons.  He was awarded a Navy Cross for his actions at Midway.

My thanks to RADM Boris Becker at SPAWAR who notified me and forwarded the following biography, which I can't really improve upon.

From Larry Wahl CDR., USN(Ret)

September 11, 2018 I regret to inform you that CDR. Robert Campbell died this past Saturday at the age of 101. He was believed to be the last surviving carrier pilot from the Battle of Midway Is. His wife Elizabeth, two years younger, plans to remain in their 1929 farm house where they have lived for 50 years. He was a guest of Tailhook in 2017 where he was honored for his longevity, having received his wings in April, 1941, and 166 straight deck traps during WW2. There will be no service at the request of CDR. Campbell. If I can be of any assistance please call or email.

Robert K. (Soupy) Campbell, CDR., USN (ret)
DOB: August 18, 1917 Mildred, KS

Cdr. Campbell graduated from Paseo High School, Kansas City, KS in 1934. He became enthralled with aviation flying with his cousin who was a TWA pilot. He joined the Missouri National Guard in 1936 and spent time mapping KS, OK, MO and TX bases used in WW1. So as not to be sent to the Army he transferred to the U.S. Navy in 1940 and to Flight School in September 1940.

Bob earned his Wings and a commission as an Ensign in April 1941 having flown the N3N "Yellow Peril" and N2N Stearman. He then joined VB-3, Commanded by then Cdr Max Leslie, aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3) flying the SBD Douglas Dauntless. Arriving at Pearl Harbor December 11, 1941 they refueled and took on stores and proceeded toward Gilbert and Marshall Islands. After taking a Japanese torpedo the Saratoga off-loaded the air wing and Ensign Campbell sailed on the USS Enterprise (CV-6) attacking Wake and Marcus Islands.

The Enterprise next joined the USS Hornet (CV-8) as escort for the Doolittle Raid on Japan. Ensign Campbell, while on a scouting mission encountered one of the picket ships and bombed it before returning to the Enterprise. Returning to Pearl Harbor VB-3 stood down then transferred to the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and sailed for Midway where he flew a bombing mission against Japanese Carrier Soryu on June 4. The Soryu was badly damaged and later scuttled. As the flight was returning to the Yorktown, she was hit by Japanese bombers and his flight was diverted to the Enterprise. That same day VB-3 including Ensign Campbell flew another sortie from the Enterprise against the Japanese Carrier Hiryu disabling her. On June 5th and 6th he flew 2 more bombing missions attacking Japanese Cruisers. For his actions at the Battle of Midway Ensign Campbell was awarded the NAVY CROSS.

Following Midway, still flying the SBD Dauntless he participated in the Battles of Guadalcanal and Soloman Islands where he shot down 2 Japanese Aichi dive bombers. Later that month he was part of the force that attacked the Carrier Ryujo resulting in its sinking. He flew against Japanese forces in the Battle of Santa Cruz attacking ships supporting Japanese resupply of Guadalcanal. Against his wishes Campbell was reassigned back to the states to become a flight instructor. He had accumulated over 1000 hours and 140 carrier landings, mostly in combat.

After his tours as a flight instructor Campbell assumed command of VB-14, flying the SB2C Curtis Dive Bomber (affectionately known as "The Beast"). VB-14 was assigned to the USS Intrepid (CV-11). They were to be in the early part of the invasion of Japan but arrived just in time for the Surrender so they were given Occupation duty which included flying throughout Japan.

Over the next 12 months Campbell flew all over the world including China, Egypt, Algiers, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, Suez Canal and back to Norfolk Va. Late in 1946 Campbell was assigned to "Operation High Jump", the Adm. Byrd expedition to the Antarctic where Campbell and crew did surveying of the coastline. His next duty was at NAS Patuxent River as a Test pilot in the Service Test Unit. Then he was off to Monterey, Ca to the Naval Post Graduate School for Navy Line School.

Completing PG School Cdr Campbell received orders to take command of VU-5 in Guam allowing him to fly all over the Western Pacific as part of his job, including Korea which was at war by this time. By this time he had flown nearly every aircraft in the Navy inventory. CDR Campbell spent the next few years In the Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAir), the 14th Naval District in Barbers Point, HA, OIC of NATTC Memphis and lastly as Inspector of Naval Contracts for Industrial Security at Treasure Island, CA. This position required him to fly throughout 7 Western states performing inspections. CDR Campbell retired in 1962 having done what every Naval Aviator wishes, and that is to fly every year while in the Navy.

After the Navy, CDR Campbell worked for several large companies in corporate security and personnel management. He later sold real estate in the bay area.

In May of 1967 Bob married the former Elizabeth Von Rosseler. In 1971 they settled near Chico, Ca. They enjoyed golf, skiing and traveling over the years. Bob graduated with a Business degree from Chico State in 1973. Their home is a 1929 farm house they purchased nearly 50 years ago and where they still live today.

CDR Bob Campbell had a Naval career that any aviator would envy. He flew bi-planes, carrier based prop planes, multi-engine, sea planes, jet and helicopter aircraft. He accumulated 3586 mishap free hours. He had no bail outs, never ditched or ejected. Cdr Campbell successfully made 166 Aircraft Carrier Landings on 5 different Straight Deck Carriers.

CDR Campbell is the last known living American Carrier Pilot of the Battle of Midway.

He is a Naval Aviation Treasure as well as a National Treasure. His words to live by are:

May I deal with honor

May I act with integrity

May I achieve humilitya
Thanks to Dutch R.
truth - FINALLY - in the WaPo!!
Doubling down on the biofuel boondoggle
October 14 at 7:37 PM
FOR MORE THAN a decade, the United States has pursued the foolhardy energy policy known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. Thanks to legislation passed by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by a Republican president, George W. Bush, in 2007, the RFS illustrates the sad-but-true principle of Washington life that bipartisanship is no guarantee of wisdom. In a nutshell, the RFS required the nation's petroleum refiners to blend ever-increasing quantities of biofuels, chiefly ethanol, into gasoline, purportedly to promote energy independence and fight climate change.
Never mind that the United States has meanwhile become a major oil exporter, due to a production boom. Never mind that the environmental harms of ethanol arguably outweigh its benefits, because it takes massive amounts of energy to distill ethanol from corn — and massive amounts of fragile farmland to grow that crop. Never mind that diverting resources into corn production for ethanol raises the price of food. Never mind all that, because 39 percent of Iowa's corn crop goes to create nearly 30 percent of all U.S. ethanol. And Iowa is a swing state with six crucial electoral votes and a first-in-the-nation presidential caucus; whatever Iowa wants, Iowa gets, from politicians of both parties.
Hence President Trump's announcement, on the midterm-election campaign trail in Iowa, that he would, in effect, double down on this decreasingly justifiable policy. Mr. Trump declared that the Environmental Protection Agency will draft regulations allowing the year-round sale of motor fuel containing 15 percent ethanol, as opposed to the 10 percent limitation in effect for several months a year because of air-pollution concerns related to summertime atmospheric conditions. This would incentivize gas station owners to install pumps capable of delivering the fuel, thus boosting ethanol sales.
The point is to rescue Iowa corn farmers from adverse market conditions, which include lower prices because of retaliation from trading partners against Mr. Trump's tariffs. The more fundamental problem is that, at its inception, the RFS assumed that ever-rising U.S. gas consumption would permit refiners to absorb huge amounts of ethanol. In fact, the year after Congress adopted the bipartisan RFS legislation, the U.S. economy went into a recession, causing a collapse in the number of miles Americans drove and the amount of fuel consumed per capita. Only last year did consumption return to pre-recession levels.
Refiners face high and rising costs when they are forced either to mix more ethanol into their motor fuels or to buy offsetting credits known, obscurely, as Renewable identification numbers (RIN). Plagued by volatility and ma­nipu­la­tion, the market for RIN has turned into a major headache for smaller refiners, which often seek waivers of the ethanol blending requirement. The entire system adds enormous bureaucracy and complexity to the fuel market, with little or no benefit to consumers. E15, as the 15 percent ethanol blend is known, might cost less per gallon, but because of its lower energy content, motorists would probably get poorer mileage and have to fill up more often.
The petroleum industry has promised a lawsuit to stop Mr. Trump's plan. While we hesitate to take sides between agribusiness and Big Oil, in this instance public policy clearly favors the latter.
Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al
     Some think the stock market needed this adjustment. Some think this was a forewarning of the stock market.  Some think the stock market has a fence around it.

     Despite enormous fluctuations in the Dow Jones average this week, billionaire investor Warren Buffett announced Friday that he will continue to invest in the stock market during the current financial crisis.  So remember, everyone, this is no time to panic, as long as you're the richest man on earth.

     A while back in a 2004 study by Georgia State University researchers, based on public information, one "investor group" substantially outperforms not only the stock market as a whole but also financial houses' top stock-pickers. That investor group is U.S. Senators, who somehow between 1993 and 1998 beat the market by an average of 12 percent annually (whereas fund managers are regarded as "stars" if they beat the market by as little as 3 percent). The findings received heightened attention, following revelations that a prominent Senator in 2005 made a huge profit selling stock from his blind trust at just the right time. [The New Yorker, 10-31-05]

Market Terminology for Dummies:
Momentum Investing:  The fine art of buying high and selling low.
Value Investing:  The art of buying low and selling lower.
Broker:  Poorer than you were in 1999.
P/E Ratio:  The percentage of investors wetting their pants as this market keeps crashing.
Standard & Poor:  Your life in a nutshell.
Stock Analyst:  Idiot who just downgraded your stock.
Bull Market:  A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.
Bear Market:  A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry and the husband gets no lovin'.
Stock Split:  When your ex-wife and her lawyer split all your assets equally between themselves.
Market Correction:  The day after you buy stocks. "

The first rule of investing is not to lose money. The second rule is not to forget the first rule!
The market is weird. Every time one guy sells, another one buys, and they both think they're smart.
Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
Profit is only made after all your positions are closed
Money is always there, but the pockets change.

My stockbroker and I are working on a retirement plan. Unfortunately, it's his!
The market may be bad, but I slept like a baby last night. I woke up every hour and cried.
The most successful female financier was Moses' mother. She went to the bank and floated a prophet.
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
From a trader after a major adjustment: "This is worse than a divorce. I've lost half my net worth and I still have a wife."
You know you've gone to the wrong stockbroker when you ask him to buy 10,000 shares in IBM and he asks you how to spell it.
An economist walks into a pizzeria to order a pizza. The waiter asks him: "Should I cut it into 4 pieces or 6 pieces?" The economist replies: "I'm feeling hungry right now. You'd better cut it into 6 pieces."

A study of markets often reveals that the perfect time to buy an asset was yesterday.

Q: How do you find a small-cap fund manager?
A: Find a large-cap fund manager and wait.

Submitted by Kelly Dodson:

"October is a poor month for speculating on the stock market. Other poor months are July, January, March, May, September, November, February, April, June, August, and December."—Mark Twain

Have a great week,
Item Number:1 Date: 10/15/2018 AFGHANISTAN - AT LEAST 39 KILLED IN COUNTRYWIDE VIOLENCE (OCT 15/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- At least 39 people have been killed in weekend attacks across Afghanistan, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   On Saturday, 22 people were killed and 36 wounded in an attack on a political rally in support of a female candidate in the northern Takhar province, reported Tolo News (Afghanistan).   The explosive was attached to a motorbike, which was parked near the rally. At least two security personnel were killed.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The Taliban is active in the region.   On Sunday, at least 17 soldiers were killed and four wounded in attacks on two security checkpoints in the Posht Rod district of the western Farah province.   Eleven soldiers were captured during the attacks, which were claimed by the Taliban, reported Reuters, citing provincial officials.   A defense ministry spokesman said the Taliban had "also suffered huge losses."   The police chief of the Mizan district in the southern Zabul province was killed in fighting with the Taliban on Saturday, according to provincial officials.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/15/2018 AFGHANISTAN - KHALILZAD MEETS WITH TALIBAN REPRESENTATIVES IN DOHA (OCT 15/LWJ)  LONG WAR JOURNAL -- The Taliban has confirmed a meeting with U.S. negotiators in Doha, reports the Long War Journal, a website that monitors militant activity.   On Oct. 12, the Taliban delegation met with the U.S. team, led by U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, according to a Taliban statement released the next day.   The Taliban said the talks focused on bringing an end to the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. The group called foreign forces the main obstacle to peace.   The U.S. says its goals in the talks are to have the Taliban reach a potential settlement with the Afghan government.   A Taliban spokesman told Tolo News (Afghanistan) that future talks on withdrawing foreign troops were planned.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/15/2018 CAMBODIA - TROOPS COMPLETE MINE-CLEARING COURSE IN CHINA (OCT 15/CMO)  CHINA MILITARY ONLINE -- Cambodian military personnel and government civilians have completed a Chinese-led humanitarian mine-clearance training course, reports the China Military Online.   The course concluded on Oct. 10 with a graduation ceremony in Nanjing in China's eastern Jiangsu province.   Forty personnel from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority took part in the training.   The mine-clearance training was based on the International Mine Action Standards and the U.N. Peacekeeping Mine-Clearance Standard Operating Procedures.   Training focused on special techniques for mines and explosive ordnance removal; operating mine-clearance equipment; and familiarization with the standards, procedures, organization and command methods of mine-clearance operations.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 10/15/2018 CHINA - NAVAL EXERCISES SET WITH MALAYSIA, THAILAND IN MALACCA STRAIT (OCT 15/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Chinese navy will take part in drills with Malaysia and Thailand in the Strait of Malacca later this month, reports the South China Morning Post.   The nine-day Peace and Friendship 2018 exercise is scheduled to start on Oct. 20 and take place off Port Dickson and Port Klang in Malaysia. It will be the second time that Chinese warships have drilled in the Malacca Strait.   Beijing is expected to send three destroyers and frigates, two helicopters, three Il-76 transport planes and 692 troops to the drills.   The maneuvers demonstrate a common dedication to peace and stability in the region and do not target any country, said the Chinese Defense Ministry. The training will strengthen cooperation and enhance joint capabilities, the ministry said.   The exercise could help China improve cooperation with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and build trust, analysts said.   The exercises come as U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is in the region for the ASEAN defense ministers' meeting.   Mattis is expected to promote increased ties between the U.S., Singapore and Vietnam amid increasing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, where China has numerous territorial disputes.  
Item Number:6 Date: 10/15/2018 MALI - SECURITY SITUATION CONTINUES TO DECLINE, U.N. SAYS (OCT 15/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- A recent U.N. report says that the security situation in Mali has significantly declined over the last three months, reports the Canadian Press.   The report by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres found that Mali continues to suffer from ethnic violence and attacks by extremist groups.   The assessment coincides with the arrival of Canadian peacekeepers to Mali in June.   About 287 civilians were killed during the latest three-month period, the largest number of casualties since U.N. peacekeepers first arrived in 2013.   Severe flooding and drought, as well as ongoing fighting between ethnic groups and attacks by Islamist militants, has doubled the number of internally displaced people.   The level of need is higher than at any point since 2012, the secretary-general said.   Despite growing needs, only one-third of the total Can$400 million (US$306 million) pledged in emergency aid has been provided to the U.N. as of early September, he noted.   The Canadian contingent's primary mission is to evacuate injured U.N. peacekeepers by helicopter. Canada has only conducted two such missions since its arrival, both on Sept. 11.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 10/15/2018 NIGERIA - AID WORKERS FACE EXECUTION, AGENCIES SAY (OCT 15/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Humanitarian and agencies say two of their workers who were kidnapped earlier this year could soon be executed, reports the New York Times.   The aid workers could be killed on Tuesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told CNN.   The ISIS-aligned faction of Boko Haram kidnapped Hauwa Muhammed Liman, who worked for a center supported by the ICRC, and Alice Loksha, who worked for UNICEF, from Rann in northeastern Nigeria in March.   Another captive who worked for the ICRC was executed on Sept. 16. The militants then announced that the aid groups had one month to meet their demands before more hostages would be killed.   A ransom demand is suspected but aid officials have not confirmed this. The agencies have been working with the Nigerian government to secure the release of the hostages
Item Number:8 Date: 10/15/2018 NORTH KOREA - AGREEMENT REACHED ON ROAD, RAIL LINKS TO SOUTH (OCT 15/REU)  REUTERS -- North and South Korea have agreed to begin the process of reconnecting roads and rail lines between their two countries, reports Reuters.   On Monday, representatives from Pyongyang and Seoul reached the agreement in the border village of Panmunjom.   Ceremonies to inaugurate the reconnecting process will be held in late November or early December.   Joint field studies on transportation are planned to begin later this month.   Roads and rail lines have been cut since the Korean War in 1953.   Follow-on talks to a military pact reached last month will take place soon, said military officials from both countries.   That agreement included, among other items, a no-fly zone near the border, the suspension of military exercises and the removal of land mines from the demilitarized zone.   Ri Son Gwon, the North's representative during the talks, blamed the South for problems in implementing previous agreements.   The U.S. has expressed concern about advances between the North and South absent a comprehensive agreement that deals with Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.  
Item Number:11 Date: 10/15/2018 TAIWAN - PETTY OFFICER ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING CLASSIFIED DATA FROM FRIGATE (OCT 15/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Taiwanese authorities have arrested a naval non-commissioned officer accused of stealing classified information from a frigate, reports the South China Morning Post.   The 40-year-old master petty officer, identified by his surname, Hung, was accused of illegally downloading information from a frigate, including secret correspondence and data on the ship's electronic warfare systems, reported the Taipei Times.   Hung oversaw the computer systems on the Kang Ding-class frigate Chen De between July 2011 and June 2018.   In January 2017, Hung allegedly entered the ship's operation room without authorization and transferred the information to a 50 GB thumb drive, prosecutors said. The drive was discovered at his home during an investigation into separate forgery allegations.   Prosecutors are still determining if Hung passed the information to other parties.   The navy said it did not believe the frigate's systems were compromised and that it had not found any sensitive software or passcodes on the thumb drive
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/15/2018 USA - ADVANCED F-22 FIGHTERS, QF-16 DRONES DAMAGED IN HURRICANE MICHAEL (OCT 15/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- An unspecified number of aircraft at Tyndall Air Force Base were damaged when Hurricane Michael hit Florida last week, reports the Air Force Times.   Some aircraft could not relocate from the base for maintenance or safety reasons, an Air Force spokeswoman said on Oct. 12.   The hangars containing those aircraft were damaged in the storm.   The damage to the aircraft would not be known until they are powered on and operational systems assessed, Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief said on Sunday, as cited by the Pensacola News Journal (Fla.).   According to posts on social media websites, at least four F-22 Raptors from the 43rd Fighter Squadron were grounded when Michael hit and unable to fly to a safer area.   A separate source told the newspaper as many as 10 of the jets may have been damaged, though much of it would be repairable at some cost.   Also damaged was a QF-16 aerial target aircraft, said a source. The unmanned aerial vehicle appeared to have lost its front nose-cone.   The Air Force has not confirmed this account
Item Number:13 Date: 10/15/2018 USA - AIR FORCE STANDS UP NEW WING TO TRAIN SPECIAL OPERATORS (OCT 15/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force has a new unit focused on training airmen for demanding global special operations, reports the Air Force News Service.   The Special Warfare Training Wing was activated during an Oct. 10 ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.   The wing, consisting of about 135 personnel, will select, train, equip and mentor airmen to conduct global combat operations in contested, denied, operationally limited and permissive environments in all environmental conditions.   The training is aimed to produce airmen to meet special operations requirements and improve retention rates.   The existing Battlefield Airman Training Group, which was activated in June 2016, has been renamed the Special Warfare Training Group and will report to the new wing.   The unit will have a Human Performance Support Group to integrate medical and sports specialists into special warfare training to optimize performance and reduce injuries, the Air Force said.   The service plans to combine initial training for all special warfare specialties into a single, cohesive course, officials said.  
Item Number:15 Date: 10/15/2018 USA - NAVY APPROVES 3D-PRINTED PART FOR SHIPBOARD USE (OCT 15/NAVSEA)  NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- For the first time, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has approved a 3D-printed metal component for installation on a warship, reports the command.   A 3D-printed prototype drain strainer orifice assembly, manufactured by Huntington Ingalls Industries, will be installed on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in 2019 for a one-year test and evaluation, NAVSEA said on Oct. 11.   The assembly is a steam system component that allows the drainage or removal of water from a steam line while in use.   HII proposed installing the prototype on an aircraft carrier for evaluation, NAVSEA said.   The prototype will be removed for analysis and inspection following the evaluation period, the statement said.   "This install marks a significant advancement in the Navy's ability to make parts on demand and combine NAVSEA's strategic goal of on-time delivery of ships and submarines while maintaining a culture of affordability," said Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, the deputy commander for ship design, integration and naval engineering.   NAVSEA has used 3D-printing technology for several years, manufacturing a tie bolt anti-rotation tool used for fixing structurally supportive frames and trusses; an F-35 stealth fighter landing gear door component; and flip-top valves for oxygen masks, noted 3DPrintingIndustry.com.   Constructing 3D-printed metal products for use in a naval ship system is a newer concept and requires significant research and testing before being certified for fleet-wide use, the command said

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