Thursday, October 3, 2019

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To All,

I hope that your week has been going well

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Today in Naval History

October 3

1921 USS Olympia (C 6) sails to France to bring home the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Olympia returns stateside Nov. 9, 1921.

1944 USS Samuel S. Miles (DE 183) sinks Japanese submarine I-177, 60 miles north-northeast of Angaur, Palau.

1944 USS Shelton (DE 407) is sunk by Japanese submarine off Morotai Island, Indonesia. During anti-submarine operations, USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403) accidentally sinks USS Seawolf (SS 197), which is transporting U.S. Army personnel to the east coast of Samar. There are no survivors among the more than 100 crew and passengers.

1955 USS Saipan (CVL 48) begins disaster relief in Tampico, Mexico, rescuing people and delivering supplies after three consecutive hurricanes struck the area. Operations end Oct. 10, 1955.

1962 Sigma 7 (Mercury 8) is launched. The mission is piloted by Cmdr. Walter M. Schirra, Jr., and lasts nine hours and 13 minutes. Cmdr. Schirra makes six orbits at an altitude up to 175.8 statute miles at 17,558 mph. Recovery is conducted by USS Kearsarge (CVS 33).



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Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Multiple outlets reported on Tuesday’s SINKEX involving USS Gabrielle Giffords, Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses and two warships from Singapore.

• Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signaled openness to diplomacy with the U.S., reports the Wall Street Journal.

• USNI News reports that repairs to USS Harry S. Truman will likely stretch into November.



Today in History



October 3


1739


Russia signs a treaty with the Turks, ending a three-year conflict between the two countries.


1776


Congress borrows five million dollars to halt the rapid depreciation of paper money in the colonies.


1862


At the Battle of Corinth, in Mississippi, a Union army defeats the Confederates.


1873


Captain Jack and three other Modoc Indians are hanged in Oregon for the murder of General Edward Canby.


1876


John L. Routt, the Colorado Territory governor, is elected the first state governor of Colorado in the Centennial year of the U.S.


1906


The first conference on wireless telegraphy in Berlin adopts SOS as warning signal.


1929


The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes officially changes its name to Yugoslavia.


1931


The comic strip Dick Tracy first appears in the New York News.


1940


U.S. Army adopts airborne, or parachute, soldiers. Airborne troops were later used in World War II for landing troops in combat and infiltrating agents into enemy territory.


1941


The Maltese Falson, starring Humphrey Bogart as detective Sam Spade, opens.


1942


Germany conducts the first successful test flight of a V-2 missile, which flies perfectly over a 118-mile course.


1944


German troops evacuate Athens, Greece.


1951


A "shot is heard around the world" when New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson hits a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the National League pennant.


1952


The UK successfully conducts a nuclear weapon, becoming the world's third nuclear power


1955


Two children's television programs and a family sitcom all destined to become classics debut: Captain Kangaroo, Mickey Mouse Club, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.


1963


A violent coup in Honduras ends a period of political reform and ushers in two decades of military rule.


1985


The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight.


1989


Art Shell becomes the first African American to coach a professional football team, the Los Angeles Raiders.


1990


After 40 years of division, East and West Germany are reunited as one nation.


1993


Battle of Mogadishu, in which 18 US soldiers and some 1,000 Somalis are killed during an attempt to capture officials of the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organization.


1995


Former pro football star and actor O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, ending what many called "the Trial of the Century.".


2008


The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase distressed assets of financial corporations and supply cash directly to banks to keep them afloat.




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Thanks to Carl

Soldier to Steeler: NFL Star Shares Insight to Military Service - MOAA

Since I’ve been in Pittsburgh, the Vietnam veterans have been the biggest influence in my life and the segment of the military I’ve been most in contact with. Every Friday, I go to the VA hospital and I visit veterans.

Click below to read the entire article

https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/soldier-to-steeler-nfl-star-shares-insight-to-military-service/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TMNsend&utm_content=NC+AFHR+1+ERet+L+NC


Soldier to Steeler: NFL Star Shares Insight to Military Service

By: Amanda Dolasinski

SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

This article first appeared in the September issue of Military Officer magazine. Images courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers and Jay Wescott.



Before he joined the NFL and stepped onto Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, where millions of people watch him block for the quarterback making big plays, Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva had a modest dream of serving his country.

His father’s career as a pilot in the Spanish Navy moved the family around every three years, but no matter where he was, Villanueva felt at home with camouflage uniforms and roaring airplanes. That led to his decision to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and eventually serve as a captain in the storied U.S. Army Ranger Regiment.
Soldier to Steeler - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=BF3rQQt0NLg (3:15)







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Thanks to the Early Bird Brief

A real shame for loos of life and an iconic Aircraft….Click the link to read more








1. At least seven dead in fiery crash of World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress
(The Associated Press) A World War II-era B-17 bomber with 13 people aboard crashed and burned Wednesday at New England’s second-busiest airport after encountering mechanical trouble on takeoff. A state official said at least seven were killed.









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Thanks to Brown Bear for providing his note to General Spector on his actions over North Vietnam with his F-8 Crusader against multiple Mig-17s,

General Spector, Sir!

Thank you for your combat photos. I am very envious! I hope my email photos of yesterday can be of some assistance in your worthy research. During my long 14 Dec '67 MiG engagement (firing 3 AIM-9Ds), I did have a gun camera mounted near the bottom of my Crusader's windscreen, viewing my gunsight reticle. Unfortunately, it was not actuated by the missile firing switch, only by the guns trigger. As described on page 217-8 of my ebook Farm Boy to Fighter Pilot, the first of my 3 missile launches appeared to track very well, with the missile passing right under the MiG's starboard wingtip. It was certainly within fuzing range, but like Bob Rasmussen's shot, it failed to explode. My second shot was within range, within angle-off limits, and appeared to be tracking. However, I was under gun attack by the other section and couldn't watch it all the way to the target - results unknown! My third, and last, missile was fired at the leader of a section, within range and angle-off limitations, but again I had to break off without watching it all the way to the target - I had to roll away to initiate a gun attack on his wingman. Unfortunately, my guns failed from a jammed feeder system after firing only a few rounds at him. The gun camera had failed immediately, evidently the film feeder was (as usual with any g force on the aircraft) the problem.

As you are already aware, after the 24th "Yankee Station kill", the score was 16 Migs downed by Crusaders and 8 downed by Phantoms. There were only 1,200 Crusaders built, with 1,170 accidents reported, and by 1968, F8 squadrons were being transitioned into the F4. Attached is an emblem depicting our feelings.

Thanks again for allowing me to contribute in some small way to your research,

With great respect and appreciation,

Dick Schaffert



Sent from my iPad


On Sep 30, 2019, at 12:38 AM, Iftach Spector <iftachspector@gmail.com> wrote:

Dick

In Tillman's book "MiG Masters" P. 152-3 I found 6 camera pics of shooting at MiG-17s.

Pictures are very important in my research, as "forensic evidence."

Copying the pics from the book shall yield marginal results, and I'd like your help in three things -

1. Do you have better copies that you can mail to me?

2. Even more important, can you set them in order (number them), and explain on each one of them who took it, and the circumstances?

3. Do you have pictures from your own AIM-9 three launches?..

Actually, I have another question: where did all the F-8 gun-camera picture go to? were you doing assessing after flights? I didn't see any pictures except these...



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Thanks to Carl

Ray Charles, The Genius 

Dr. Gabe Mirkin on Health
Ray Charles, The Genius

Ray Charles was an incredibly talented singer and composer of jazz, blues, gospel, and country music. He appeared at the presidential inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and had many great hit songs such as "What’d I Say" and "Hit the Road Jack." His "Georgia on My Mind" became the state song of Georgia. Frank Sinatra called him "the only true genius in show business." The nickname "Genius" stuck and became part of many of his album titles. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

He died at age 73 of liver failure caused primarily by infection with the hepatitis C virus, which is very difficult to cure. His liver was also damaged by drugs, too much alcohol, and infections picked up through a lifetime of sexual exposure to many different women.

Early Life
Ray Charles Robinson was born on September 23, 1930, in Albany, Georgia, into the extreme poverty that was common among blacks in the deep south during The Great Depression. His father, a handyman, deserted the family when he was an infant and his mother supported her two small boys by stacking boards in a sawmill. His brother drowned in a washtub at age four. Ray was not born blind but lost his vision at age seven. Doctors blamed glaucoma, but that means that nobody knows what caused his blindness. He still was able to ride a bike, play cards and climb stairs. During his life, he refused to use a seeing-eye dog or a cane. From age seven to 15, he went to the state school for the deaf and blind in St. Augustine, Florida, where he learned to read, write and arrange music in Braille and play the piano, organ, sax, clarinet, and trumpet. His father died when he was 10 and his wonderful mother died when he was 15.


Georgia on my Mind

RayCharles



Musical Career


At age 16, he joined a band called the Florida Playboys and began playing in clubs. He was smart enough to realize that in 1945 a blind, black musician had no chance to succeed in the south, so he moved to Seattle, Washington and started recording songs. He also realized that as Ray Charles Robinson, people would confuse him with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, so he dropped his last name and became Ray Charles. In 1949 he moved to Los Angeles and in 1953, he recorded "The Things That I Used to Do", which sold more than a million copies. In 1954 he recorded "I Got A Woman" which became the top recording in the United States.

He was now rich and famous throughout the world and continued to produce hit songs year after year. In the 1960's he appeared in films. He recorded duets with many other artists such as Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor.

Problems with Drugs
His early touring days took him into low-class nightclubs, where he started taking drugs. At age 31, he was arrested in an Indiana hotel room for possession of heroin and marijuana just before a performance. He told the police that he had been a drug addict since the age of 16. At age 34 he was arrested for drug possession in Philadelphia and in Boston. The following year, Los Angeles police caught him attempting to buy drugs from a street dealer. He was given a five-year suspended sentence for drug possession and sent to St. Francis Hospital drug rehabilitation center in Lynwood, California. He said that he never took heroin after that.


Ray

What'd I Say 
(movie scene) 


Multiple Relationships


Charles was married twice and fathered 12 children with nine different women. At age 20, he had his first child with his girlfriend, Lousie Mitchell. He married Eileen Williams when he was 21, but the marriage lasted for less than a year. He married Della Robinson when he was 25; they had three children and divorced after twelve years. He was living with a girl friend, Norma Pinella, at the time of his death.

Death From Liver Failure
Your liver processes the fuel that powers the cells of your body and cleans breakdown products from your bloodstream. If your liver can no longer perform these functions, you die. Your liver is damaged by:

* Alcohol. Alcohol is a poison. Pour alcohol on a cut and see how much it hurts. It pulls water out of your cells to kill them. Your liver is the only organ that has the enzymes to break down alcohol, so all alcohol you drink must go to your liver to be removed from your body. Too much alcohol replaces liver cells with scar tissue to cause cirrhosis that can kill you. Recent research shows that no amount of alcohol is safe. It increases a person's risk for heart attacks, diabetes, cancers and premature death.

* Drugs. The liver breaks down all types of drugs, both prescription medications and recreational drugs. Doctors monitor liver function in patients taking many types of prescription drugs, but most addicts are not aware of liver problems caused by their drug use until the damage is irreversible.

* Infections that involve the liver. Many different viruses go to the liver and stay there to cause permanent damage, including the viruses that cause hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and so forth. They can be picked up from contaminated drug needles or through sexual contact. Having many different sexual partners increases your chances of acquiring viruses that can damage your liver.


Willie Nelson

Seven Spanish Angels 


Facts About Hepatitis C


* Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplantation and liver cancer in the United States
* 3.2 million North Americans are infected with chronic Hepatitis C
* Less than 50 percent of infected people know that they have it.
* Most people infected with Hepatitis C are between ages 50 to 70 and have had it for more than 20 years
* More people die of hepatitis C than die of AIDS, usually of liver failure (Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(4):271-278).
* Hepatitis C is difficult to cure.
* You can get hepatitis C from promiscuous sex, injecting illegal drugs, unchecked blood transfusions, HIV infection, and tattoos.
* To find out if you have it, get a blood test called Hepatitis C RNA
* You can have Hepatitis C and have no symptoms at all.
* If you have hepatitis C, avoid alcohol and medications that are broken down by the liver. Get a vaccination for hepatitis A and B.

Ray Charles
September 23, 1930 to June 10, 2004

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Some daily news from Military Periscope for 3 October


USA—Air Force Test Launches Minuteman III ICBM From Vandenberg AFB Air Force News Service | 10/03/2019 The Air Force has test-fired an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., reports the Air Force News Service. On Wednesday, airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., successfully launched the missile with a test re-entry vehicle, the Air Force Global Strike Command said. The re-entry vehicle flew about 4,200 miles (6,760 km), landing near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The test demonstrated the continuing operational capability of the system almost 50 years after it entered service, said Col. Omar Colbert of the 576th Flight Test Squadron. The test was the result of months of planning and not a response to any international party or event, said the service.


USA—Bidding Closes For Bradley Replacement Defense News | 10/03/2019 The Army has concluded the bidding phase for its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program to replace the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle, reports Defense News. Two industry teams are known to have submitted bids before the Oct. 1 deadline. A Raytheon and Rheinmetall team, through the newly announced joint venture dubbed Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems, submitted a variant of Rheinmetall’s Lynx 41 infantry fighting vehicle, which integrates advanced weapons, an active protection system, third-generation thermal sights, the Coyote uncrewed aircraft system and cyber protection, Raytheon said in a release. General Dynamics Land Systems also submitted a bid. It has previously shown off its Griffin III technology demonstrator equipped with a 50-mm cannon as a possible candidate. The firm has not revealed details of its official submission, saying that it was offering a “purpose-built” vehicle. BAE Systems had previously been expected to compete, but it was revealed earlier this year that the firm was sitting the competition out. The OMFV program aims to replace the Bradley by 2026. Threshold requirements include a 30-mm cannon and a second-generation forward-looking infrared camera (FLIR). Objective requirements are a 50-mm cannon and a third-generation FLIR.


USA—LCS Demonstrates New Anti-Ship Missile During Exercise With Singapore Navy Newsstand | 10/03/2019 A U.S. Navy littoral combat ship has successfully test-fired a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during an exercise with Singapore in the waters near Guam, reports the Navy NewsStand. The bilateral Pacific Griffin drills began Sept. 24 and run through Oct. 11, noted the Singapore Ministry of Defense. On Tuesday, the Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) launched a missile against the retired frigate Ford, reported USNI News. This was the first operational deployment and first sink exercise (SINKEX) for the NSM. The Ford was also hit by missiles launched from P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft; bombs dropped from B-52 bombers; and Harpoon missiles fired from the Singapore Formidable-class frigates Formidable and Intrepid. Other U.S. Navy vessels that did not participate in the SINKEX but are taking part in the exercise include the destroyer Momsen, a Los Angeles-class submarine and the auxiliary ship Amelia Earhart. Hawker Hunter fighter jets provided by private contractors also participated. Two Singapore air force S-70B Seahawk helicopters embarked aboard the Formidable and Intrepid also took part.


Latvia—Defense Ministry Relaunches Ground Vehicle Competition Defense News | 10/03/2019 Latvia has relaunched a competition to supply the military with tactical ground vehicles after a previous selection was overturned due to bidder complaints about the process, reports Defense News. More than 10 companies have submitted proposals since a government watchdog cancelled a contract with Finnish firm Sisu in January, Janis Garisons, state secretary for the ministry of defense, told the newspaper. A decision is unlikely to come in the short term, the secretary said. There is no set price by the ministry and the final contract will depend on several factors, including the ability to sustain the vehicles domestically. The Latvian Procurement Monitoring Bureau (IUB) stopped the government from signing a US$206 million contract with Sisu following complaints from U.S. firm AM General and South Africa's Paramount Group. The watchdog identified discrepancies in the selection process.


Ukraine—Zelensky Agrees To ‘Steinmeier Formula’ Including Elections In Separatist-Held Regions Kyiv Post | 10/03/2019 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced his support for an agreement including elections in the rebel-held areas of Luhansk and Donetsk in the eastern Donbas region, reports the Kyiv Post. On Tuesday, the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, consisting of Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), agreed to the peace process known as the “Steinmeier Formula” after a 2016 proposal by ex-German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The proposal calls for the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine to receive self-governing status following local elections. The vote would take place in accordance with Ukrainian law and under OSCE monitoring. If the OSCE determines that the elections were fair, the region would receive self-governance. Zelensky has provided no details on what that might look like. Zelensky pledged that the elections would not be held “under the barrel of a gun.” Under the agreement, both sides also committed to pulling back troops from two locations in Luhansk and Donetsk next week. Broader negotiations can now go forward with Russia in the Normandy format involving Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, analysts noted. Putin previously refused to meet with Zelensky without an agreement on local elections, noted the Hill (Washington D.C.). Zelensky made bringing peace to the Donbas a major election promise, noted BBC News. Analysts said that any elections in the region were unlikely to be fair. Most people with pro-Ukraine views left long ago, meaning any vote would likely just consolidate the position of the current pro-Russian leadership and grant them recognition. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of Zelensky’s office to demonstrate against the move after it was announced.


Ukraine—Zelensky Agrees To ‘Steinmeier Formula’ Including Elections In Separatist-Held Regions Kyiv Post | 10/03/2019 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced his support for an agreement including elections in the rebel-held areas of Luhansk and Donetsk in the eastern Donbas region, reports the Kyiv Post. On Tuesday, the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, consisting of Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), agreed to the peace process known as the “Steinmeier Formula” after a 2016 proposal by ex-German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The proposal calls for the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine to receive self-governing status following local elections. The vote would take place in accordance with Ukrainian law and under OSCE monitoring. If the OSCE determines that the elections were fair, the region would receive self-governance. Zelensky has provided no details on what that might look like. Zelensky pledged that the elections would not be held “under the barrel of a gun.” Under the agreement, both sides also committed to pulling back troops from two locations in Luhansk and Donetsk next week. Broader negotiations can now go forward with Russia in the Normandy format involving Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, analysts noted. Putin previously refused to meet with Zelensky without an agreement on local elections, noted the Hill (Washington D.C.). Zelensky made bringing peace to the Donbas a major election promise, noted BBC News. Analysts said that any elections in the region were unlikely to be fair. Most people with pro-Ukraine views left long ago, meaning any vote would likely just consolidate the position of the current pro-Russian leadership and grant them recognition. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of Zelensky’s office to demonstrate against the move after it was announced.


Belarus—Initial Batch Of Su-30SM Fighter Jets Due In November Tass | 10/03/2019 Belarusian officials expect to take delivery of the first four of 12 Su-30SMs from Russia next month, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow). Belarus signed a contract for 12 SU-30SMs with Irkut Aviation Corp. in 2017. The deal has entered into force and financing has begun, noted Belarusian Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov. At the time the deal was signed, the first aircraft were to be delivered in 2018 with all 12 to be handed over by 2020. Deliveries are now expected to be completed in 2021.


Russia—Defense Ministry Denies Testing S-500 Air Defense System In Syria Sputnik | 10/03/2019 The Russian Defense Ministry has denied reports that it has been testing its latest air defense system in Syria, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency. Russia's Izvestia newspaper reported on Wednesday that the advanced S-500 air defense system was recently tested in Syria, citing defense ministry sources. Russian defense officials said that problems were identified but quickly fixed during the tests. Defense sources cited by the Daily Sabah (Istanbul) said that the tests were designed to assess the system's performance in the harsh Syrian climate. The defense ministry said that the S-500 is designed to ballistic and aerial targets at long ranges, so there was no need to employ it in Syria. The military previously said that the system, which entered production in June, could enter service as soon as 2020.


Azerbaijan—Navy Seeks To Increase Ties With Iran Fars News Agency | 10/03/2019 The Azerbaijani navy wants to boost contacts with the Iranian navy, reports Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency. “We hope to have further and more effective contacts with the Iranian navy at the operational and training levels in the future,” said Adm. Zaur Gumbetov, the head of the Azerbaijanian navy, on Tuesday during talks with senior Iranian navy officials. Current interactions between the navies in the Caspian Sea have been constructive. Azerbaijan would also be willing to send naval vessels for joint operations in the Persian Gulf if it were possible, the admiral said.


North Korea—Pyongyang Reveals Details Of New SLBM Test Yonhap | 10/03/2019 North Korea has touted the successful test-firing of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), providing new details about the weapon, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). On Wednesday, the Academy of Defense Science successfully launched the Pukguksong-3 missile from waters near Wonsan Bay, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Thursday. "The test-firing scientifically and technically confirmed the key tactical and technical indexes of the newly-designed" (SLBM), the agency said. A U.S. analysis suggested that the missile was launched from an underwater platform, rather than a submarine. North Korea denied that the test posed a threat to the security of its neighbors. Pictures on the front page of the state newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed a rocket engine propelling the black and white missile above the surface of the water, reported Reuters. The Pukguksong-3 flew about 280 miles (450 km) at a maximum altitude of 565 miles (910 km) and could have reached a greater distance if it were not launched vertically, said analysts. The missile is believed to have a maximum range of at least 1,240 miles (2,000 km). South Korean analysts cited by Yonhap said that the new missile appeared to be larger than the Pukguksong-1 and lacked the fins of the previous missile, suggesting improved flight stability. The missile was said to resemble the Chinese JL-2, potentially indicating that Pyongyang aims to develop a multiple warhead capability.


South Korea—Military And Defense Industry Ties With U.A.E. To Be Strengthened Yonhap | 10/03/2019 South Korea and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to boost military ties and defense industry cooperation, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). The agreement was reached on Tuesday during talks in Abu Dhabi between South Korean Vice Defense Minister Park Jae Min and his Emirati counterpart, Matar Salem Al-Dhaheri. The sides committed to expanding cooperation in information and cybersecurity; boosting personnel exchanges; and working together more closely to develop defense technologies, reported the South Korean Ministry of Defense. The ministers also discussed the security situation on the Korean peninsula and the U.A.E. emphasized its continued support for Seoul’s denuclearization efforts.


Philippines—Army Establishes New Aviation, Rocket, Missile Units Philippines News Agency | 10/03/2019 The Philippine army has activated new aviation, rocket and missile units in the northern part of the country, reports the official Philippine News Agency. On Wednesday, the Aviation "Bagwis" Regiment (Provisional), 2nd Multiple Launch Rocket System Battery and 1st Land-based Missile System Battery stood up in a ceremony at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province. The aviation regiment is a provisional unit that grew out of the previous aviation battalion. The new unit will maintain the previous battalion's fixed-wing capabilities while developing rotary-wing competencies. Future acquisitions will supply the regiment with light attack helicopters, armed reconnaissance helicopters and multipurpose medium-lift helicopters, army chief Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto said during the ceremony. The rocket and missile batteries will be subordinate to the Army Artillery Regiment and enhance army firepower for potential large-scale engagements.


Pakistan—Military Increases Role In Economy Amid Slow Growth Bloomberg News | 10/03/2019 The Pakistani military is apparently increasing its involvement in the nation's economy as growth slows, reports Bloomberg News. In 2019, army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has held at least three meetings with civilian business leaders in Karachi and Rawalpindi, said sources familiar with the meetings. Bajwa solicited advice from business leaders on ways restore confidence in the economy and attract investment. The economy in Pakistan has faltered, with estimates in July putting economic growth at about 2.4 percent, while the budget deficit grew to 8.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). In a statement on Thursday, the military confirmed that the army chief had hosted a meeting of government economic officials and business leaders. Some Pakistani analysts said that the business community views the military as a more capable steward of the economy than the government of Imran Khan, which is considered inexperienced less than halfway through its first term. Others expressed concern about the growing role of the military in Pakistan, which has implemented several coups since the country was founded in 1947.


Iraq—2 Killed In Anti-Government Protests Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | 10/03/2019 At least two people have been killed in demonstrations around Iraq, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. On Tuesday, hundreds of people gathered at the central Tahrir Square in Baghdad and the southern city of Nasiriyah to protest state corruption, unemployment, poor public services, rampant power cuts and water shortages. Violence broke out at the Baghdad protest when police used tear gas, water cannons and live rounds to disperse the crowd before it could cross a bridge into Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone. In response, some demonstrators threw stones at the police. One protester was killed and 160 civilians and 40 members of the security forces were injured in clashes, according to the health ministry. As many as three protesters may have been killed, according to local medical personnel cited by Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan). In a similar protest in Nasiriyah, one protester was killed and 20 others injured. The city of Basra also saw demonstrations. No protesters were reported killed, but security forces used “excessive force,” local officials said. Additional protests on Wednesday in Baghdad were dispersed with live-fire and tear gas, injuring several, reported Al-Jazeera (Qatar). The demonstrations are the first major popular challenge to the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi since it came to power last year.


Saudi Arabia—Keel Laid For 1st Avante 2200 Corvette Saudi Press Agency | 10/03/2019 Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has laid the keel for the first of five Avante 2200 corvettes for the Saudi navy, reports the Saudi Press Agency. The keel-laying ceremony was held on Wednesday at Navantia’s San Fernando shipyard in Cadiz, Spain. The project is a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia. The vessels are scheduled to be delivered by 2023. Construction of the fourth and fifth corvettes will take place in Saudi Arabia as part of the government's push to strengthen the domestic defense industry. The Avante 2200-class ships are designed for maritime security, search-and-rescue and surveillance missions.

Mali—More Details Revealed On Deadly Attacks On Army Bases In Mopti Region Radio France Internationale | 10/03/2019 The Malian government says its forces suffered heavy losses in attacks on two bases in the central Mopti region, reports Radio France Internationale. Initial reports indicated two civilians had been killed in militant attacks on Monday morning at a military command post in Mondoro and a camp in Boulikessi, both near the border with Burkina Faso, as reported by Agence France-Presse. The attacks targeted a Malian battalion of the regional G5 Sahel Force in Boulikessi and a Malian army camp in Mondoro, the government said. Heavy fighting continued on Tuesday. Initial estimates indicated 25 Malian troops had been killed, four were injured and 60 were missing, the government said without providing further details. A counter-attack in Boulikessi had returned the town to government control and killed at least 15 militants, authorities said. The G5 Sahel Force was working to track down the attackers, who were believed to be members of the Ansarul Islam terrorist group,

United Nations—Secretary-General Urges Continued Talks On W. Sahara Agence France-Presse | 10/03/2019 U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that talks to resolve the West Saharan conflict continue to gain momentum, reports Agence France-Presse. The international community must build on gains made by former U.N. envoy Horst Kohler in two rounds of talks held in December and March, Guterres wrote in a report to the Security Council on Wednesday. No breakthroughs were reported following those discussions. No meetings have been held since Kohler retired in May, citing health concerns. Finding a replacement has proven difficult, as many see the conflict between Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania as intractable. The situation was stable between April and September but planned meetings between regional militaries have not materialized due to lingering mistrust, said Guterres. Three meetings are planned this month to review the U.N. Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), reported Morocco World News. The Security Council is also expected to renew the mission's mandate. Morocco annexed the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, in 1975. It fought a low-scale insurgency against the Polisario until 1991, which received support from Algeria and Mauritania. Much of the region is under Moroccan control but the Polisario controls eastern parts of the area, as well as refugee camps in Algeria. 


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