Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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The List 5103 TGB

To All,

I hope that your week has started well.

Regards,

Skip

Today in Naval History

September 24

1864 The steam tug USS Fuschia and the sidewheel steamer Thomas Freeborn conduct a raid against a boat works above Milford Haven, Va., on Stutts Creek. Some three miles upstream a force of 40 sailors land, destroying four Confederate boats, capturing five, and demolishing a fishery.

1918 Lt. j.g. David S. Ingalls, while on a test flight in a Sopwith Camel, sights an enemy two-seat Rumpler over Nieuport. In company with another Camel he attacks and scores his fifth aerial victory in six weeks to become the Navy's first ace.

1941 USS Eberle (DD 430) is screening convoy HX 150 in Task Unit 4.1.1. when she rescues the crew of British freighter, Nigaristan after it suffered an engine room fire.

1943 USS Cabrilla (SS 288) attacks three Japanese ships, a carrier, escort carrier and destroyer, northwest of Chichi Jima.

1960 USS Charles Berry (DE 1035) begins a goodwill cruise of the southern Philippine Islands, visiting the small cities not usually visited by naval units.

1960 The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN 65), is launched at Newport News, Va. In 1975, she is designated (CVN 65).



Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Stars and Stripes interviewed CNO Adm. Mike Gilday during his trip to Japan to meet with Sailors from 7th Fleet.

• Navy Times reports that investigators are looking into the suicide deaths of four sailors assigned to USS George H.W. Bush.

• Channel News Asia reports that Singapore Prime Minster Lee and President Trump renewed the 1990 Memorandum of Understanding to continue U.S. access to facilities in Singapore.

• Multiple outlets report Marine Corps released investigation from 2018 mid-air collision between KC-130J and F/A-18D which caused deaths of six Marines.



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Today in History September 24



1788

After having been dissolved, the French Parliament of Paris reassembles in triumph.


1789

Congress passes the Judiciary Act of 1789, establishing a strong federal court system with the powers it needs to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution and federal law. The new Supreme Court will have a chief justice and five associate justices.


1842

Branwell Bronte, the brother of the Bronte sisters and the model for Hindley Earnshaw in Emily's novel Wuthering Heights, dies of tuberculosis. Emily and Anne die the same year.


1862

President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus against anyone suspected of being a Southern sympathizer.


1904

Sixty-two die and 120 are injured in head-on train collision in Tennessee.


1914

In the Alsace-Lorraine area between France and Germany, the German Army captures St. Mihiel.


1915

Bulgaria mobilizes troops on the Serbian border.


1929

The first flight using only instruments is completed by U.S. Army pilot James Doolittle.


1930

Noel Coward's comedy Private Lives opens in London starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself.


1947

The World Women's Party meets for the first time since World War II.


1956

The first transatlantic telephone cable system begins operation.


1957

President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high school.


1960

The Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, is launched.


1962

The University of Mississippi agrees to admit James Meredith as the first black university student, sparking more rioting.


1969

The "Chicago Eight," charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot, go on trial for their part in the mayhem during the 1968 Democratic Party National Convention in the "Windy City."


1970

The Soviet Luna 16 lands, completing the first unmanned round trip to the moon.


1979

CompuServe (CIS) offers one of the first online services to consumers; it will dominate among Internet service providers for consumers through the mid-1990s.


1993

Sihanouk is reinstalled as king of Cambodia.


1996

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty signed by representatives of 71 nations at the UN; at present, five key nations have signed but not ratified it and three others have not signed.


2005

Hurricane Rita, the 4th-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, comes ashore in Texas causing extensive damage there and in Louisiana, which had devastated by Hurricane Katrina less than a month earlier.


2009

LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) "sonic cannon," a non-lethal device that utilizes intense sound, is used in the United States for the first time, to disperse protestors at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Penn.




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Monday morning humor Random Thoughts

Thanks to Al

Submitted by Skip Leonard:



· I thought getting older would take longer.

· A wise man once said nothing.

· Respect your elders; they graduated school without the internet.

· Why do I have to press "1" for English? Did America move?

· Behind every angry woman stands a man who has absolutely no idea what he did wrong.

· Instead of "single" as a marital status I prefer "independently owned and operated".

· Patience: what you have when there are too many witnesses.

· Let's stop sending money to other countries and let them hate us for free.

· Vegetarian: ancient tribal name for the village idiot who can't hunt, fish or light fires!

· In my defense I was left unsupervised.

· If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars make people drive drunk, and spoons make people fat.

· My decision-making skills closely resemble those of a squirrel when crossing the road.

· Some things are just better left unsaid. And I usually realize it right after I say them.

· Camping: where you spend a small fortune to live like a homeless person.

· If my body is ever found on a jogging trail just know that I was murdered somewhere else and dumped there.







Submitted by Norm Rech:



· I used to eat natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

· Can you cry under water?

· How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

· Why do you have to "put your two cents in"... but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going?

· Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

· Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

· What disease did cured ham actually have?

· How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

· Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?

· If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

· Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

· Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

· Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

· Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?

· Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

· Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane ?

· If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

· Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

· If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?

· If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

· If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

· Why do the 'Alphabet Song' and 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' have the same tune?

· Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

· Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

· Do you ever wonder why you gave me your e-mail address in the first place?







Submitted by Doug Miller:



These were written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words.

I've learned....

· That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

· That when you're in love, it shows.

· That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

· That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

· That being kind is more important than being right.

· That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

· That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

· That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

· That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

· That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

· That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

· That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

· That money doesn't buy class.

· That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

· That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

· That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

· That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

· That love, not time, heals all wounds.

· That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

· That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

· That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

· That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

· That opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.

· That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

· That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

· That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

· That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

· That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

· That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

· That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.







Submitted by Mark Logan:



· Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow. In fact, just leave me alone.

· No one is listening until you pass wind.

· Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.

· Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

· If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments.

· Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

· If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.

· If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

· Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree.

· Good judgment comes from bad experience ... and most of that comes from bad judgment.

· A closed mouth gathers no foot.

· There are two excellent theories for arguing with women. Neither one works.

· Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

· Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

· There are limits to intelligence, however, stupidity has no limitations.

· Adventures are what you call stupid human tricks, after-the-fact.

· If at first you don't succeed, blame the failure on a subordinate.

· Trust the government like you'd trust your dentist to not use Novocaine.

· Eat well, laugh often, Love much, and if you're not having a nice day, it's your fault.







Submitted by John Hudson:



· Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement.--Mark Twain

· The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible--George Burns

· Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.--Victor Borge

· Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.--Mark Twain

· By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.--Socrates

· I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.--Groucho Marx

· My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.--Jimmy Durante

· I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.--Zsa Zsa Gabor

· Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.--Alex Levine

· My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.--Rodney Dangerfield

· Money can't buy you happiness...But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.--Spike Milligan

· Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP.--Joe Namath

· I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.--Bob Hope

· I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.--W. C. Fields

· We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.--Will Rogers

· Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.--Winston Churchill

· Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty...But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.--Phyllis Diller

· By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere.--Billy Crystal

· And the cardiologist's diet:--If it tastes good spit it out.





Have a great week,

Al



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This Day in Military History

1846 – During the Mexican–American War, US forces capture Monterrey. In the Battle of Monterrey (September 21–24, 1846) during the Mexican–American War, General Pedro de Ampudia and the Mexican Army of the North was defeated by the Army of Occupation, a force of United States Regulars, Vo

1929 – U.S. Army pilot Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.unteers and Texas Rangers under the command of General Zachary Taylor.



1941 – The Japanese consul in Hawaii is instructed to divide Pearl Harbor into five zones and calculate the number of battleships in each zone–and report the findings back to Japan. Relations between the United States and Japan had been deteriorating quickly since Japan's occupation of Indo-China and the implicit menacing of the Philippines, an American protectorate, with the occupation of the Cam Ranh naval base only eight miles from Manila. American retaliation included the seizing of all Japanese assets in the States and the closing of the Panama Canal to Japanese shipping. In September 1941, Roosevelt issued a statement, drafted by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, that threatened war between the United States and Japan should the Japanese encroach any farther on territory in Southeast Asia or the South Pacific. The Japanese military had long dominated Japanese foreign affairs. So, although official negotiations between the U.S. secretary of state and his Japanese counterpart to ease tensions were ongoing, Hideki Tojo, the minister of war who would soon be prime minister, had no intention of withdrawing from captured territories. He also construed the American "threat" of war as an ultimatum and prepared to deliver the first blow in a Japanese-American confrontation: the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In September 1941, Nagai Kita, the Japanese consul in Hawaii, was told to begin carving up Pearl Harbor into five distinct zones and to determine the number of warships moored in each zone. Little did Japan know that the United States had intercepted the message; unfortunately, it had to be sent back to Washington for decrypting. Flights east were infrequent, so the message was sent via sea, a more time-consuming process. When it finally arrived at the capital, staff shortages and other priorities further delayed the decryption. When the message was finally unscrambled in mid-October–it was dismissed as being of no great consequence. It would be found of consequence on December 7.


1942 – Off Guadalcanal, the routine re-supplying done at night by the Japanese is disrupted by the Americans as they sink two Japanese destroyers and a cruiser.

Medal of Honor One of many awarded this day in history

SCHAEFER, JOSEPH E.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company I, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Stolberg, Germany, 24 September 1944. Entered service at: Long Island, N.Y. Birth: New York, N.Y. G.O. No.: 71, 22 August 1945. Citation: He was in charge of a squad of the 2d Platoon in the vicinity of Stolberg, Germany, early in the morning of 24 September 1944, when 2 enemy companies supported by machineguns launched an attack to seize control of an important crossroads which was defended by his platoon. One American squad was forced back, another captured, leaving only S/Sgt. Schaefer's men to defend the position. To shift his squad into a house which would afford better protection, he crawled about under heavy small-arms and machinegun fire, instructed each individual, and moved to the building. A heavy concentration of enemy artillery fire scored hits on his strong point. S/Sgt. Schaefer assigned his men to positions and selected for himself the most dangerous one at the door. With his Ml rifle, he broke the first wave of infantry thrown toward the house. The Germans attacked again with grenades and flame throwers but were thrown back a second time, S/Sgt. Schaefer killing and wounding several. Regrouped for a final assault, the Germans approached from 2 directions. One force drove at the house from the front, while a second group advanced stealthily along a hedgerow. Recognizing the threat, S/Sgt. Schaefer fired rapidly at the enemy before him, killing or wounding all 6; then, with no cover whatever, dashed to the hedgerow and poured deadly accurate shots into the second group, killing 5, wounding 2 others, and forcing the enemy to withdraw. He scoured the area near his battered stronghold and captured 10 prisoners. By this time the rest of his company had begun a counterattack; he moved forward to assist another platoon to regain its position. Remaining in the lead, crawling and running in the face of heavy fire, he overtook the enemy, and liberated the American squad captured earlier in the battle. In all, single-handed and armed only with his rifle, he killed between 15 and 20 Germans, wounded at least as many more, and took 10 prisoners. S/Sgt. Schaefer's indomitable courage and his determination to hold his position at all costs were responsible for stopping an enemy break-through



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Thanks to Otis - and Dutch

China

To add.....there is no such thing as a "Chinese company". It's simply an extension of the Chinese government. Three years ago
Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. bought Smithfield Foods, the producer of Smithfield Hams (amongst many other products). So, who the hell is Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.? Good luck figuring that out, but they now own a major food supplier in the U.S. If anyone knocks Trump out of the Whitehouse next election we will soon transition to the Yuan as the worlds currency.





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On Sep 23, 2019, at 17:54, Dutch R <flyboy@helndutch.com> wrote:

This was in the CHINFO CLIPS the other day –

I reread it today – and pass it on because this is alarming – and it is just one more step by the Chinese as they build their (now just) Western Pacific empire – one small nation at a time, one sea at a time –

All well out of sight and out of mind of the American Public AND our media AND our politikos, who seem far more interested in conversations between world leaders and banning guns and making health care free for the whole world than making us safe from eventual domination by China

Let's see where the Chinese have moved … quietly, much like Sandburg's "…on little cat feet." Where we can be sure they act with heavy, heavy feet:

South China Sea – NUMEROUS military bases built from what were once pristine atolls

Singapore where they are working to dominate the shipping and ship repair industries

Panama – where Chinese companies hold the ports of Cristobal (Atlantic side) and Balboa (Pacific side)

Australia – where the Chinese company Landbridge now controls the Port of Darwin under a 100-year lease

Philippines – where China controls a minor port facility in Subic City BUT is still trying to gain control of the major facility at the old US Navy facility in Olongapo

Kenya – where Chinese companies are heavily invested in maritime shipping, mainly through Mombasa

Bahamas – where a Chinese company purchased a substantial portion of Cooperstown's waterfront

Africa – as a whole where there are more than 800 Chinese companies doing business taking agricultural and natural resources products back to China AND peddling influence everywhere they operate

World – as a whole – rare earth metals such as europium and terbium for light generation;

praseodymium and alloys of neodymium, terbium and dysprosium for powerful magnets in electric motors and electricity-generating turbines, especially wind turbines; praseodymium, neodymium, lanthanum and cerium for batteries for wind turbines and to supply the electric grid – and a whole lot more are absolutely are essential to the technology / manufacturing of clean energy applications. China's production of such metals dwarfs that of the rest of the world – last year China was #1 in the world producing 120,000 metric tons. Australia was #2 with 20,000 metric tones and the US #3 with only 15,000 metric tons – only 9% of the total world production!!

United States – where China virtually dominates our retail economy with their cheap products and where their heavier industries are a real competitive threat to ours. AND they how vast reserves of our currency AND, especially, our debt.

What/where have I missed ??

What of THE Bear? Shadow??

Dutch

From today's CHINFO Clips -

Taiwan Loses Solomon Islands As An Ally

DULAN, Taiwan — The Solomon Islands has reportedly decided to break diplomatic relations with the government of Taiwan in order to establish official ties with China, dealing a blow to both Taipei's global standing and Washington's regional diplomacy in the Pacific.
Joseph Wu, the Taiwanese foreign minister, said at a news conference on Monday that Taiwan had learned that the Solomons, an archipelago east of Australia, had chosen to end 36 years of recognition of Taiwan's government, leaving only 16 countries that maintain official relations with Taipei. These countries are the most likely to speak up for Taiwan in international bodies such as the United Nations General Assembly, where Taipei is not a member.
For the United States, the Solomons' decision is a setback in its effort to prevent China from continuing to make diplomatic inroads among island nations in the Pacific, a region of increasing geostrategic competition between Washington and Beijing. Five of the nations that still have diplomatic ties with Taiwan are in the region.
China's Communist Party claims self-governing Taiwan as its territory, but has never ruled it. Beijing has intensified its efforts to peel off Taiwan's remaining official allies, and some have found China's economic might too much to resist.
In a statement, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused China of bribing Solomons politicians to abandon Taipei in the run-up to the 70th anniversary on Oct. 1 of the founding of the People's Republic of China under the Communist Party.
"The government of China has once again resorted to dollar diplomacy and false promises of large amounts of foreign assistance to buy off a small number of politicians, so as to ensure that the government of Solomon Islands adopted a resolution to terminate relations with Taiwan before China's National Day," the statement said. "Beijing's purpose is to diminish Taiwan's international presence, hurt the Taiwanese people, and gradually suppress and eliminate Taiwan's sovereignty."
Washington broke official ties with Taipei in 1979 in order to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing as a Cold War counterweight against the Soviet Union. But Taiwan has remained an important, if unofficial, American ally in East Asia.
Relations with Taiwan have grown significantly stronger since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, followed by President Trump's inauguration in early 2017. The United States has authorized two major potential arms sales to Taiwan in recent months.
Both Ms. Tsai and Mr. Trump are facing re-election challenges next year, with Taiwan's presidential and legislative elections scheduled for January.
"It is absolutely evident that China, through this case, deliberately seeks to influence Taiwan's upcoming presidential and legislative elections," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said.
Ms. Tsai's challenger, Han Kuo-yu, the China-friendly mayor of the city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan's south, has attacked her over deteriorating cross-strait relations, even though Beijing has ignored her calls for dialogue since she became president.
Shortly after the announcement about the Solomons, Mr. Han's campaign office released a statement criticizing both China and Ms. Tsai.
"We strongly suggest that the president find concrete steps to stop the domino effects of allies' diplomatic de-recognition, thus safeguarding the R.O.C.'s sovereignty as she has promised," the statement said, referring to the Republic of China, the official name for Taiwan — and the government that lost the Chinese civil war in the 1940s.
On Monday, Ms. Tsai acknowledged that the Solomons' decision was a letdown.
"Changes in the diplomatic arena are indeed challenging," she said. "But Taiwan still has many friends around the world willing to stand with us, and we are not alone."
Ms. Tsai also pushed back against a standing offer by the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, in which Beijing would administer Taiwan under the "one country, two systems" model that China uses to preside over Hong Kong.
For months, Hong Kong has been roiled by protests against its eroding semi-autonomy under the system, a model that Mr. Han appeared to tacitly endorse earlier this year when he met with Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, and Beijing's top official in Hong Kong, Wang Zhimin. He later met with the director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Liu Jieyi.
"China has sought to damage the morale of the Taiwanese people and force Taiwan to accept 'one country, two systems,' " Ms. Tsai said. "I am confident that the 23 million people of Taiwan have this to say in response: 'Not a chance.' "
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/16/world/asia/solomon-islands-taiwan-china.html



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Daily News from Military Periscope for 24 September

USA—Soldier Arrested For Disseminating Bomb-Making Knowledge Army Times | 09/24/2019 A U.S. Army soldier has been arrested for sending instructions on how to make a bomb over the internet, reports the Army Times. Spc. Jarret Smith, 24, an infantryman with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction. At least one of the designs provided by Smith was viable according to an FBI explosives expert. Smith is also known to have discussed attacking Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, killing members of the Antifa group and attacking the headquarters of a major news network with a car bomb with an undercover FBI agent, noted ABC News. He first came to attention of the FBI in March when it was discovered that Smith was providing the information on explosive devices and expressing a desire to go to Ukraine to fight with far-right groups. If convicted, Smith could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.



USA—Air Force Re-Evaluating Munition Buys In Light Of Changing Threats Air Force Magazine | 09/24/2019 The U.S. Air Force is reviewing its munitions acquisition plans as it begins to recover depleted stocks and consider threats beyond counterinsurgency operations, reports Air Force magazine. Over the past several years, the Air Force has increased its munitions budget to restock stores after years of combat in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. The base budget request for missile procurement increased from $1.6 billion to $1.7 billion from fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2019 and is expected to grow to $2 billion in fiscal 2020. In March, Air Force officials said they would continue to buy weapons for the counterterror fight, including Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), Small Diameter Bombs (SDBs) and Hellfire missiles, as well as increasing purchases of Joint-Air-To-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for potential near-peer conflicts. The service is also considering what an appropriate rate of munitions procurement would be moving forward, said Gen. Arnold Bunch, chief of Air Force Material Command. Officials are seeking to level out procurement, instead of being driven by changing combat requirements. This would allow industry to better optimize its production and staffing levels over the long term, proponents say. In addition, the U.S. is working to convince allies to restock their own stores now while they can take advantage of the economies of scale due to increased Air Force purchases.



USA—Orbital Sciences Tapped To Build Ballistic Missile Defense Test Targets Dept. Of Defense | 09/24/2019 The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded a contract to Orbital Sciences, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, for ballistic missile defense targets, reports the Dept. of Defense. The US$1.1 billion contract covers threat-representative subscale targets along with simple and complex re-entry vehicles, said a Pentagon release on Sept. 20. Orbital Sciences will also provide storage, surveillance and maintenance of delivered hardware and software, alongside range execution of the target vehicles. The contract covers a performance period from September 2019 to September 2027. The targets will be used as test articles for the Ballistic Missile Defense System, which is designed to defeat short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range ballistic missiles, noted United Press International.



USA—Falcon Heavy Rocket Certified For Restricted Orbit Set Space News | 09/24/2019 The head of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, Calif., has confirmed that the Falcon Heavy rocket built by SpaceX has been fully certified for national security missions in specific orbits, reports Space News. The Falcon Heavy was certified to compete for national security missions in 2018, but needed to complete three mission before it could be fully certified, said Lt. Gen. John Thomspon. The three missions included one with a SpaceX test payload; one test mission for the Air Force; and a commercial launch for Arabsat. The Falcon Heavy has only been certified for certain orbits, and remains to be cleared to carry satellites to the "most stressing national security orbits," Thompson said. The rocket is cleared for two Phase 1A reference orbits, said a spokesperson for the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. These cover the two National Security Space Launch (NSSL) contracts awarded to SpaceX as part of Phase 1A of the program. SpaceX has offered the Falcon Heavy and the Falcon 9 for Phase 2 of the NSSL program, which calls for rockets able to reach nine reference orbits while lifting a range of payload sizes. SpaceX officials say their rockets can perform the full range of NSSL missions and requirements. The United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman are also competing for the work. Two competitors will be selected, the Air Force said.



Yemen—16 Die In Saudi Airstrike Reuters | 09/24/2019 A suspected Saudi airstrike in the Houthi-controlled Dalea province in Yemen has killed at least 16 people, reports Reuters. On Tuesday, strikes hit the town of Qataba, killing 16 people in one building, including seven children, said the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV. Local residents said that 17 people died in the attack. The attack comes despite a recent Houthi announcement that it would cease attacks in Saudi Arabia if Riyadh would do the same.



Iraq—Green Zone Targeted In Another Rocket Attack Agence France-Presse | 09/24/2019 Several rockets have been fired at the Green Zone in Baghdad, which houses foreign embassies and Iraqi government buildings, reports Agence France-Presse. Three 100-mm Katyusha rockets were fired at the Green Zone late Monday. Two landed near the U.S. Embassy and the third in the Tigris River. The rockets were reportedly fired from an area in southern Baghdad controlled by an Iraqi militia backed by Iran. No casualties were reported. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar). The U.S. ordered non-essential embassy personnel to leave Iraq days before the previous rocket attack on May 19.



Afghanistan—Taliban Claims Attack On Coalition Convoy Military Times | 09/24/2019 The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on a coalition convoy by Afghan security forces in southern Afghanistan, reports the Military Times. The convoy was travelling in Kandahar province on Monday afternoon when members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police opened fire. The Taliban claimed three soldiers were killed in the attack. A U.S. Forces-Afghanistan release denied that there were any fatalities, saying that three U.S. solders only received non-life-threatening injuries. The attacker was killed by return fire, the command said. An investigation has been launched.



Iran—European Leaders Blame Tehran For Saudi Attack Reuters | 09/24/2019 The leaders of Germany, France and the U.K. have released a joint statement blaming Iran for a recent attack on Saudi oil infrastructure, reports Reuters. Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq processing facility and Kurais oil facility, representing around half of the country's oil-processing capacity, were knocked offline in a Sept. 14 attack initially claimed by the Houthi rebel group in Yemen, noted the BBC. "It is clear to us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack. There is no other plausible explanation," said the statement from German Chancellor Angela Merkel; French President Emmanuel Macron; and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The leaders met on Monday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. The European leaders called for Iran to resume talks on its nuclear and missile programs as well as broader regional security issues. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ruled out such negotiations in a statement on social media.



Iran—Government Frees British-Flagged Tanker Fars News Agency | 09/24/2019 The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero is free to leave Iran following the conclusion of the legal process around its seizure, according to an Iranian government spokesperson cited by the semi-official Fars News Agency (Tehran). Iran has decided to accept the violation of international maritime regulations by the tanker and allow her to depart Bandar Abbas in southern Iran, the spokesperson said. The Stena Impero was seized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on July 19 in what was widely regarded as a response to the seizure of its tanker, the Grace 1, in Gibraltar for violating E.U. sanctions by transporting oil to Syria, noted the Financial Times (London). While the Grace 1 was released on Aug. 15 after Iran guaranteed the vessel would not offload its cargo in Syria, the Stena Impero remained impounded. The government spokesperson denied that the release was the result of third-party mediation. The announcement came a day before British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani were scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, noted CNN.



Turkey—2 Soldiers Die In Bombing In N. Iraq Iraqi News | 09/24/2019 Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in northern Iraq in an attack blamed on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), reports Iraqi News. On Monday, an improvised explosive device (IED) went off as a Turkish supply convoy passed, killing at least two soldiers, said the Turkish Ministry of Defense. The ministry blamed the PKK for the attack. Turkish military units launched operations against PKK forces in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq in May, reported the Anadolu Agency (Ankara). The operation is currently in its third phase, which began in late August, officials said.



India—Army Chief Says Balakot Terrorist Training Camp Back In Business Times Of India | 09/24/2019 The head of the Indian army says that the terrorist training camp in Blakot, Pakistan, which was hit by Indian airstrikes in February, has been reactivated, reports the Times of India. On Monday, Gen. Bipin Rawat told reporters that the Balakot facility had been reactivated and that at least 500 militants in Pakistan were waiting to infiltrate Kashmir. While Rawat maintained that the camp was closed up until now due to the airstrikes, it remains unclear how significant the damage was and what effect it had on terrorist training camps. The Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group, under pressure to attack India after it revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, has activated a number of facilities, including training camps such as in Balakot, according to unnamed Indian intelligence sources. The military has been given full authority to deal with attempts to infiltrate Kashmir, said military sources.



China—2 More BeiDou Navigation Satellites Launched Xinhua | 09/24/2019 China has launched another two satellites as part of its BeiDou navigation satellite system (BDS), reports Xinhua, China's state news agency. On Monday, two satellites were launched aboard a Long March-3B rocket. With the addition of the new satellites, the BDS precision navigation and timing (PNT) constellation now numbers 48 space craft. The new satellites were placed in a medium earth orbit, said the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). The craft are equipped with lightweight hydrogen maser clocks to improve accuracy. New payloads have been integrated for international search-and-rescue and messaging missions. The BDS consists of two separate constellations, with the first being launched beginning in 2000 and the second beginning in 2011, reports the Anadolu Agency (Ankara). China plans to launch 10 BDS satellites in 2019 to complete the global network by 2020.



Taiwan—Multinational Cyber Exercise To Evaluate Government's Defenses Central News Agency | 09/24/2019 Taiwan is planning a multinational cyber drill with the U.S. in November, reports the Central News Agency (Taipei). A total of 15 teams representing Asia, Europe and the U.S. are slated to take part in five days of training in early November. The U.S. and other foreign nations will form the red (attack) team, while Taiwan's team will form the blue (defense) team. The drills will be divided into two parts. The first will test the response of government staff and officials to phishing e-mails and text messages. In the second phase, the public and private sectors will have to respond to foreign and domestic cyber attacks. The goal is to prepare the Taiwanese government for future attacks and help create a joint cybersecurity network between Taiwan and other countries.



Taiwan—Parliamentary Committee Passes Draft Bill For F-16V Purchase Taipei Times | 09/24/2019 The Taiwanese Parliament's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee has passed a draft funding bill for the purchase of U.S. fighter aircraft, reports the Taipei Times. The bill would create a special budget to cover the US$8.05 billion cost of purchasing 66 F-16V jets. Taiwan, which has been seeking additional F-16s since the 1990s, received clearance from the U.S. State Dept. to purchase the fighters on Aug. 20. A letter of offer and acceptance with the U.S. is anticipated by the end of the year. Deliveries of the new F-16Vs are expected to begin in 2023 and conclude in 2026. During the committee meeting, Defense Minister Yen De-fa said that the military still expected it would need F-35 stealth fighters in the future. Yen also said that the F-16V was equal to China's advanced J-20 fighter jets, since the F-16V's radar was a match for the J-20's stealth features.



Poland—Accord Finalized For Larger U.S. Military Presence Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | 09/24/2019 The presidents of Poland and the United States have signed an agreement to expand U.S. military deployments to Poland, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. On Monday, the Joint Declaration on Advancing Defense Cooperation was signed by Polish President Andrzej Duda and U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. The deal codifies and expands upon a framework for expanded U.S. deployments to Poland that was agreed in June, noted Deutsche Welle. The document provides for an additional 1,000 U.S. troops to join the 4,500 already deployed to Poland on a rotational basis. The allies have already discussed six sites where the American presence may be strengthened as well as potential locations for an armored brigade combat team. The additional troops will likely be relocated from other U.S. bases in Europe, Trump said.



Venezuela—Rio Treaty Members Agree On Venezuelan Sanctions United Press International | 09/24/2019 Sixteen Latin American countries have agreed to sanction individuals and entities connected to the Venezuelan government, reports United Press International. The 16 states invoked the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, also known as the Rio Treaty, to apply sanctions on individuals and entities connected to the Maduro regime, which the treaty members charged with facilitated money laundering, illegal drug trafficking, terrorism and human-rights violations. The signatories of the treaty are Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S., Uruguay and Venezuela. Uruguay was the only state to vote against the sanctions. Trinidad and Tobago abstained. Under the resolution, the signatories will identify those associated with the crimes of the Maduro regime and add them to a consolidated list for the purpose of applying sanctions and pursuing prosecution. Governments that agreed to the sanctions will also be able to freeze the assets of those government officials and entities, said Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo.

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