Thursday, May 31, 2012

This Day In Naval History - May 31, 2012

> From: Skip Leonard
> Subject: The List 3125
> Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 9:20 AM
> THE LIST 3125
 To All,
 I hope your short week has gone well.

> This Day In Naval History - May 31, 2012
> 1900 - Sailors and Marines from USS Newark and USS Oregon
> arrive at Peking, China with other Sailors and Marines from
> Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan to protect U.S. and
> foreign diplomatic legations from the Boxers
> 1919 - NC-4's transatlantic mission ends at Plymouth,
> England
> 1944 - USS England sank a record 6th Japanese submarine in
> 13 days.
> Thanks to Chuck  Could not find it in SNOPES
> What do you get when you cross 3 pediatricians, 4
> internists, 3 family doctors, 2 epidemiologists, 2 nurses, a
> PhD, an obstetrician, a perinatologist and an occupational
> medicine doctor? Unfortunately, this is not a joke. ... This
> would be the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF),
> an ad hoc committee charged with making recommendations
> about clinical preventative services. They have just issued
> their findings that there is no role for routine PSA
> screening in men to detect prostate cancer.... You would not
> go to a pediatrician or obstetrician if you had this
> disease, so how does it make sense to aggregate 16 such
> people and have them opine on a subject that they know about
> only from a book? ... Someone in Washington has decided what
> the value of a human life is, and what would be the
> acceptable cost associated with saving it. This is called
> 'comparative effectiveness' and is what happens in a
> socialized healthcare system, like in England, where
> resources need to be allocated prudently, and healthcare is
> rationed. This is the essence of Obamacare." --columnist Hal
> C. Scherz, M.D
> From: Mac Staples
> Fellow Warriors of An Loc,
> If ever there was a reason to pass on an email about the
> treatment that our fellow combat veterans have received,
> this is it.  Evidently, our Commander-in-Chief is more
> interested in developing his skills with the teleprompter,
> than he is in recognizing a generation of warriors - 
> the true architects of our nation's prosperity.
> If you are so inclined, please pass this on to our fellow
> Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties.
> May God Bless America,
> Tom Waskow
> Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret)
> 1150 Eaglecrest Drive
> Stanley, NC, 28164
> (W) 704-827-0456
> (M) 503-710-4689
> All:
> I just wanted a bunch of you to know about this travesty.
> When we were turned away from The Wall, I went to lay
> wreaths on my Mom and Dad and Brother and Sister's graves
> at Arlington. Guess what? They had that closed for the great
> man too!!! Not sure who his canned audiences were at either
> place, but not many veterans like the thousands of guys I
> saw going away pretty angry. Tommy DeFrank, be a voice on
> this, please.
> John
> Today as I usually do each Memorial Day and Veterans Day, I
> joined my fellow Soldiers I served with in Vietnam to lay a
> wreath for our fallen at the Vietnam Veterans Wall. We
> always gather at 0903 hours at the Three Soldier's
> Monument. There we meet for a while and talk, see how
> everyone is doing, if anyone needs help, introduce any new
> guys from out of town who are visiting, new guys who are
> joining us for the first time, introduce any members of our
> family or friends who have come with us, always followed by
> a few remarks about fellow members of the Blackhorse
> Regiment who had passed since we had last gathered and then
> we welcome each other home. Today after walking across
> Memorial Bridge and rounding the Lincoln Memorial I saw our
> guys all gathering outside of a barricade around the Vietnam
> Veterans Memorial. When I joined them I found out to my
> total disbelief that we could not enter. No veterans
> allowed. The reason was that Obama was coming there to make
> a speech and the area was closed to everyone except special
> people with special passes until his speech was over 5 hours
> later. I was stunned. Thousands of Vietnam veterans
> gathering like us with wreaths in hand to recognize our
> fallen and turned away so that a politician could give a
> speech. Most of us had been there when Reagan spoke, Bush 41
> and 43 had spoken, even Clinton, although most of us turned
> our backs on him in one of the largest, silent protests
> ever...seen by everyone...stinging in its impact...totally
> unreported by the media...but even then, we were not turned
> away. Today we were. I saw where in a poll where Obama is
> over 25 points behind Romney with Vets...if they all had
> seen what we experienced today and knew what had transpired,
> the spread would be much wider. I doubt if this will even be
> reported in the media. But, it should. This was not our
> was their day...the boys who lost their lives. But
> it was their brothers day to come and touch their names on
> the Wall and remember them. It was also Decoration Day...the
> day we recognize those who gave all for all of us. It was
> not about our narcissist president and his attempt to appeal
> to the Vietnam Vets for votes. Shut out, we met next to a
> hot dog stand under a shade tree and held our semi-annual
> ritual for our fallen. Later that day, one of our men stayed
> behind and saw to it that the wreath was placed at that
> section of the Wall when we lost the most during the war. We
> won every battle in that war and were denied victory. We had
> to listen to an illiterate world say that we had lost our
> war. Our troops suffered more degradation, insult, hatred,
> and disgust from our countrymen than all other US troops
> from all wars combined. We came home to a country that
> didn't want us...and to many countrymen who loathed
> us...but yet we persevered. Today...was just one more
> cut...but it was a cut that will not heal any time soon.
> Wayne
> Danger Room (
> May 29, 2012
> Danger Room: What's Next In National Security
> This Rock Could Spy On You For Decades
> By Noah Shachtman
> America is supposed to wind down its war in Afghanistan by
> 2014. But U.S. forces may continue to track Afghans for
> years after the conflict is officially done. Palm-sized
> sensors, developed for the American military, will remain
> littered across the Afghan countryside — detecting anyone
> who moves nearby and reporting their locations back to a
> remote headquarters. Some of these surveillance tools could
> be buried in the ground, all-but-unnoticeable by passersby.
> Others might be disguised as rocks, with wafer-sized,
> solar-rechargeable batteries that could enable the
> sensors' operation for perhaps as long as two decades, if
> their makers are to be believed.
> Traditionally, when armies clash, they leave behind a
> horrific legacy: leftover mines which can blow civilians
> apart long after the shooting war is over. These
> "unattended ground sensors," or UGSs, won't do that
> kind of damage. But they could give the Pentagon an enduring
> ability to monitor a one-time battlefield long, long after
> regular American forces are supposed to have returned home.
> "Were going to leave behind a lot of special operators in
> Afghanistan. And they need the kind of capability that's
> easy to put out so they can monitor a village without a lot
> of overt U.S.-made material on pathways and roadways,"
> says Matt Plyburn, an executive at Lockheed Martin, the
> world's largest defense contractor.
> The U.S. military has used unattended ground sensors in one
> form or another since 1966, when American forces dropped
> acoustic monitors on the Ho Chi Minh trail. Tens of
> thousands of UGSs have been emplaced around Afghanistan and
> Iraq, forming electronic perimeters around combat outposts
> and keeping tabs on remote locations. It's a way to
> monitor the largest possible area with the smallest number
> of troops.
> "You use them to cover up your dead space — the areas
> you're concerned about but can't cover with other ISR
> [intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance] assets,"
> says Lt. Col. Matt Russell, an Army program manager
> overseeing the deployment of unattended sensors.
> But earlier UGSs — even ones of the recent past — were
> relatively large and clunky, prone to false alarms, and had
> lifespans measurable in days or weeks. "What we found in
> the field was significant under-usage," Russell tells
> Danger Room. Plans to incorporate them into every combat
> brigade fizzled as the Army's proposed $200 billion
> revamp, Future Combat Systems, went south.
> The new models are dramatically smaller and consume far less
> power, enabling them to operate for months — maybe even
> years — at a time with only the slimmest chance of being
> detected. Lockheed calls them "field and forget" systems
> for "persistent surveillance."
> And they won't just be used overseas. U.S. Customs and
> Border Patrol today employs more than 7,500 UGSs on the
> Mexican border to spot illegal migrants. Defense contractors
> believe one of the biggest markets for the next generation
> of the sensors will be here at home.
> "They could be used for border security or even around
> corporate headquarters," Plyburn tells Danger Room.
> In early 2011, commanders in Afghanistan issued an "urgent
> operational needs statement" for better sensors. In
> response, the Army shipped a new line of about 1,500
> "expendable" UGSs to the warzone. The size of a few
> stacked hockey pucks with a four-inch antenna, these sensors
> are easily hidden, and can "pick up wheels or
> footprints" for up to three months at a time, Russell
> says. It's a perfect surveillance tool for the remote
> valleys of eastern Afghanistan.
> Soon, when one of the sensors picks up a signal, it'll
> queue a spy blimp to focus in on the spot. "That's a
> capability coming to a theater near you soon," he adds.
> Even more sophisticated are the UGSs being tested northeast
> of Norfolk, Virginia, at a Lockheed proving ground. Arrays
> of up to 50 palm-sized acoustic and seismic sensors form a
> mesh network. When one sensor detects a person or a vehicle
> passing by, it uses unlicensed radio frequency bands to pass
> an alert from one node to the next. The alert finally hits a
> communications gateway, which a signal via satellite,
> tactical radio network, or Wi-Fi to a command and control
> center. That signal can tip off additional — or it can
> send a Twitter-like message to an intelligence officer's
> phone or tablet.
> When they're not picking up signals or passing along
> messages, the sensors are all-but-shut-down, barely
> consuming any power. That allows them to last for weeks,
> buried underground. Or the sensors can be encased in hollow
> "rocks" equipped with miniature solar panels. A quick
> recharge from the sun will allow the sensor to "get
> through the night anywhere on Earth that U.S. forces
> operate," says Plyburn.
> Plyburn claims that the sensor's battery, about the size
> of a postage stamp, has been able to go through 80,000
> recharges, compared to a few hundred cycles for a typical
> lithium-ion battery. Even if he's off by a factor of 10,
> the sensor's battery could keep the machine operational
> for nearly twenty-two years.
> Russell is skeptical of these assertions of longevity.
> "I'm sure there are a lot of claims by contractors,"
> he says. "My experience is: the longer the lifespan, the
> bigger the battery."
> Nor does Lockheed currently have a contract with Defense
> Department to mass-produce the sensors. But Plyburn says
> there has been interest around the armed forces, especially
> since the system is relatively cheap. Plyburn says each
> sensor could cost as little as $1,000 each — practically
> expendable for a military paying $80,000 for a single guided
> artillery round.
> Lockheed isn't the only company claiming that its sensors
> can operate for years on end. U.S. Special Operations
> Command has handed out at least $12 million in UGS contracts
> to tiny Camgian Microsystems, based out of Starksville,
> Mississippi. Company CEO Gary Butler, who spent years
> developing ultra-low power integrated circuits for Darpa,
> was awarded in March a patent for such a next-gen unattended
> sensor suite.
> Rather than relaying alerts from node to node, each of
> Butler's sensors is designed to send signals directly to a
> satellite — speeding up notifications, and cutting down on
> power consumed. Rather than a simple acoustic or seismic
> detector, the sensor relies a steerable, phased-array radar
> and moving-target indicator algorithms. That could give it a
> much greater ability to detect people and vehicles on the
> run. High-powered solar cells provide will enable up to
> "500,000 recharge cycles" could give the sensor a
> "10-20 year life," according to the patent.
> Butler won't say how U.S. special operators are using his
> research, if at all. But when I ask him about the
> possibility of leaving UGS networks behind after American
> troops have officially left, Butler calls that "plausible.
> Very Plausible."
> Camgian's patent claims that the sensor's ease-of-use
> and small size means it "is easily emplaced in difficult
> areas, using airborne assets such as Unmanned Aerial
> Vehicles." Edward Carapezza, who has been overseeing UGS
> research for more than two decades, says drones are already
> dropping unattended sensors into hostile locations.
> "In certain areas, we certainly are using unmanned
> vehicles and unattended sensors together," says Carapezza,
> who now works at the defense contractor General Atomics. He
> declined to name where these operations were being
> conducted. He simply gave the rationale for the missions.
> "Instead of sending patrols of our guys in, we send in
> drones and unattended sensors — dropping arrays, locating
> bad guys, and then putting weapons on target."
> The "MicroObserver" UGS from defense contractor Textron
> has been in the field since 2008. The U.S. Army is currently
> using the sensors in Afghanistan. "Another customer —
> we're not allowed to say who or where — used it as part
> of a comprehensive border security program in a Middle
> Eastern country," says Patty Shafer, a Textron
> executive.*
> Textron's seismic sensors come in two varieties. The
> smaller, three inch-long model, weighing 1.4 pounds, will
> last about a month. The bigger system, a 4.4 pound spike,
> can be buried in the ground and gather intelligence for more
> than two years. It can detect and characterize people from
> 100 meters away, and vehicles from three times that
> distance, Shafer says. A conformal antenna allows it to
> communicate with a gateway five kilometers away.
> Northrop Grumman employs a family of sensors for its
> Scorpion surveillance network.
> "Seismic sensors work well detecting vehicles on bumpy
> roads, but lose range as the road becomes smoother, or the
> vehicle lighter. Typically, magnetic sensors sense only
> large vehicles at fairly short distances. The range of
> acoustic sensors depends upon environmental conditions such
> as humidity and surroundings. Most sense engine exhaust
> noise or other periodic pulse trains and measure the period
> to determine numbers of cylinders and classify the
> source," explains a Northrop presentation to an academic
> conference on unattended sensors.
> The Army has purchased over a thousand of the original
> versions, with an average of four sensors, each. The vast
> majority have been sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. Another 20
> Scorpion II systems were recently bought by the Army
> Research Lab. The sensors can today spot people from 800
> meters away, and vehicles from 2,100 meters. The sensors'
> batteries wear out after a month.
> These might have been eye-popping results, not long ago. But
> the U.S. military now has plans to keep its network of tiny,
> hidden spies going for much longer than that.
> Noah Shachtman is a contributing editor at Wired magazine, a
> nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution and the
> editor of this little blog right here.
> *My bet is that the country isn't Israel.  There are
> lots of bad guys wandering in and around the Saudi "Empty
> Quarter".
> Officially apologize to the world for Obama
> No Apologies For Poland from 'President Misspoken'
> By Judi McLeod  Thursday, May 31, 2012
> An idea whose time has come: Americans officially
> apologizing to the world for the man who calls himself
> President Barack Obama.
> Obama has insulted some 38 million Poles.  But that's
> only his latest insult to a nation that has the respect of
> the majority.  In one of his first acts in the Oval
> Office, Obama returned an historic bust of Winston Churchill
> to Britain. In 2009, Obama did not seem to know that there
> is no such language as "Austrian".  The official
> language of Austria is German.  Recognized regional
> languages in Austria include Hungarian, Slovene and
> Croatian.
> Obama's overbearing administration writes off all insults
> to America's allies as tiny, inconsequential 'gaffes'.
> "The White House on Wednesday shrugged off Polish demands
> to express more than mere 'regret' after President
> Barack Obama mistakenly referred to a Nazi Holocaust site as
> a "Polish death camp". (AFP, May 30, 2012).
> "We regret the misstatement, but that is what it was,"
> said Obama spokesman Jay Carney, reiterating that the
> president "misspoke" during a ceremony awarding the
> highest US civilian honor to late Holocaust hero Jan
> Karski.
> "He was referring to Nazi death camps in German-occupied
> Poland."
> Lost in the awarding of the highest US civilian honor to
> late Holocaust hero Jan Karski is that the same honor was
> bestowed upon labor activist and co-founder of the United
> Farm Workers Dolores Huerta, who also happens to be the
> honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.
> Seems that Holocaust heroes and Socialists are one and the
> same to 'President Misspoken'.
> Instead of seeing that Obama dropped his arrogant,
> high-handed ways with a full apology to the people of
> Poland, US officials reiterated Wednesday that Obama had
> visited the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial during his visit to
> Poland last year.
> Mighty big of him.  Millions of tourists in Poland make
> the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial their first stop when travelling
> in that country.
> There is a grassroots movement, growing like untended garden
> weeds, among American patriots, who would like to see
> proffered an official apology to the world for Obama.
> Canada Free Press commenter pleasant peasant 01 is typical
> of American patriots who would like to apologize to the
> world for their commander in chief.
> Pleasant Peasant, whose name is Frank, correctly points out
> that "this isn't the first time Obama has insulted
> Poland.  The first thing he did was to threaten to
> remove the missile defence system protecting them from the
> Russians."
> Frank also recalls the old adage that "a wise man speaks
> because he has something to say; but a fool speaks because
> he has to say something."
> Many patriots share his notion that "what needs to be done
> is for this nation to officially apologize to the world for
> Obama, or Soetoro, or Shabbazz, or Soebaraka, or whatever
> his real name is; no one knows for sure."
> Many in the 'Apologize-to-the-world-for-Obama crowd call
> the First Couple 'Baraka' and 'Moochelle'.
> They do not regret it because "that is what it is".
> Item Number:1 Date: 05/31/2012 AFGHANISTAN - POLICE HIT IN
> At least five people have been killed in a suicide attack in
> Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, reports the Khaama
> Press (Afghanistan).   A car full of
> explosives was detonated Thursday near the police
> headquarters in the Arghistan district, said local
> authorities.   Four police officers and a
> civilian were killed, reported CNN. Six people were injured
> in the incident, according to a provincial government
> spokesman.   In a separate incident, an
> explosion at a police checkpoint in Nangarhar in the east
> killed at least two police, reported Pakistan's Dawn.
> Item Number:2 Date: 05/31/2012 COLOMBIA - AFTER HOLDING HIM
> CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Leftist guerrillas in Colombia have
> released a French journalist who was abducted more than a
> month ago, reports CNN.   Romeo Langlois was
> accompanying Colombian troops in late April on a military
> operation when he was kidnapped by Revolutionary Armed
> Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels.   He was
> released on Wednesday following negotiations involving the
> Colombian government and the Red
> Cross.   Colombian troops halted military
> operations in the region ahead of the
> release.   The hostage, who was wounded
> during the fighting when he was captured, appeared otherwise
> in good health, reported the Christian Science Monitor
> Item Number:3 Date: 05/31/2012 EGYPT - BEDOUIN TRIBESMEN
> -- A pair of U.S. tourists traveling in Egypt's Sinai
> Peninsula have been kidnapped by armed Bedouin tribesmen,
> reports Reuters.   The American men were
> driving near the resort of Dahab when they were seized,
> Egyptian police officials said.   The Bedouin
> have demanded the release of a fellow tribesman who was
> arrested in a drug case, according to the
> police.   The Bedouin have captured several
> other tourists in the region in recent months in similar
> circumstances and all have been released unharmed.
> Item Number:4 Date: 05/31/2012 INDIA - HAL, RUSSIAN FIRM
> SERVICE -- India's state-run Hindustan Aeronautics has inked
> a contract with Russia's United Aircraft Corp. for the
> construction of a multirole transport aircraft (MTA),
> reports the Indo-Asian News Service.   The
> 15-20 ton twin-engine aircraft will be co-developed for
> cargo and troop transportation missions, including air
> drops. A low-altitude parachute extraction system will also
> be fitted, said HAL officials.   Initial
> requirements are believed to be for 205 aircraft: 100 for
> Russia, 45 for India and 60 for the export
> market.   The MTA is expected to replace
> aging An-32 transports in Indian
> service.   Plans call for the first flight in
> 2017, with full-rate production to begin in two years later.
> The project is estimated to cost US$600 million
> Item Number:5 Date: 05/31/2012 INDIA - NATIONAL SECURITY
> 31/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- A task force appointed by the
> Indian government has urged the creation of a military
> command that would combine special operations units from the
> military services and other agencies, reports the Times of
> India.   The unified command structure would
> enhance the conduct of security operations, task force
> officials said.   As one officer put it: "The
> threat of full-blown conventional wars may be receding but
> the specter of terrorism, irregular, asymmetrical or
> fourth-generation warfare is looming large. Inadequately
> equipped Indian special forces are wallowing in merely
> tactical roles, often pulling in different
> directions."   The proposed special
> operations command would make India better prepared to deal
> with non-traditional threats and out-of-area contingencies,
> according to the report
> Item Number:6 Date: 05/31/2012 INDIA - NEW ARMY CHIEF
> 31/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The incoming head of
> the Indian army has promised to help strengthen the
> service's culture and address weaknesses in modernization
> plans, reports the Press Trust of
> India.   Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh will succeed
> Gen. V.K. Singh at a Thursday ceremony in New
> Delhi.   Speaking Wednesday, Singh said the
> service's combat capabilities have been adversely impacted
> by prolonged deployments to internal security
> missions.   Nevertheless, he said, the army
> will continue to train federal police forces to deal with
> internal security situations.   Said the
> general: "My priority would be to ensure operational
> readiness of the force... then to address the hollowness and
> ensure the modernization process proceeds as per stipulated
> timeline and to strengthen army's work culture and core
> values."  The general also downplayed repots suggesting
> there was a rift between the army and the Defense Ministry,
> reported
> Item Number:7 Date: 05/31/2012 IRAQ - BLASTS STRIKE
> CORP. -- At least a dozen people have been killed and 27
> injured in a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad on Thursday,
> reports BBC News.   Eight people were killed
> in a car bombing near a busy restaurant in a market area in
> the primarily Shi'ite district of Shula, said police
> officials.   Witnesses said a vegetable
> delivery truck filled with explosives was left at the
> marketplace minutes before it exploded, reported
> Reuters.   On Thursday morning, there were
> also three bombings in west Baghdad, and two others in the
> south of the capital, reported AFP
> Item Number:8 Date: 05/31/2012 ISRAEL - INTELLIGENCE CHIEF
> 31/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The head of Israel's
> security service says the Palestinian militant group Hamas
> has military capabilities that rival Lebanon-based
> Hezbollah, reports Agence
> France-Presse.   "Hamas has military
> capabilities almost of a state," Shin Bet's Yoram Cohen told
> the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and defense
> on Wednesday. "Some of its military capabilities are even
> better than Hezbollah's."   The Palestinian
> group has become stronger with the acquisition of weapons
> smuggled from Libya since the fall of the Muammar Qaddafi
> regime, he said.   Hamas has also developed a
> sophisticated arms industry that is able to produce rockets
> with ranges up to 25 miles (40 km), said the Shin Bet chief.
> The group currently has about 8,000 rockets, he said.
> Item Number:9 Date: 05/31/2012 JAPAN - NEW HELICOPTER ON
> INTERNATIONAL -- The Japanese Ministry of Defense wants a
> replacement for its aging UH-1 helicopters by 2017, reports
> Flight International.   The UH-X utility
> helicopter is to be developed for the Japan Ground
> Self-Defense Force by Kawasaki Heavy Industries to replace
> UH-1J and UH-1H aircraft now in service, according to the
> ministry.   "The design will be done by
> Japanese industry, but it has not been decided which
> companies will participate in this program other than
> Kawasaki Heavy Industries," according to a ministry
> statement this week.   The ministry said the
> UH-X will have a crew of two and be able to carry 11
> personnel or carry up to 4,200 pounds (1,905 kg) of cargo
> Item Number:10 Date: 05/31/2012 KAZAKHSTAN - CORPSES FOUND
> More than a dozen charred corpses have been found by the
> Kazakh border service at a border post destroyed by fire on
> the frontier with China, reports
> Reuters.   Fifteen guards were originally
> stationed at the post near Usharal in southeast Kazakhstan,
> according to border officials.   Officials
> discovered the bodies of at least 12 border guards and a
> gamekeeper from a nearby reserve, said a deputy chief of the
> border guard service.   The post had been
> reinforced to guard against the illegal gathering of rare
> medicinal plants that grow in the region, according to local
> media reports.   The guards' weapons were
> missing, reported Interfax. The apparent discrepancy in the
> number of bodies found was not explained.
> Item Number:11 Date: 05/31/2012 MALI - AFRICAN UNION SEEKS
> AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- An African Union leader has called
> for a U.N.-backed force to intervene against the Tuareg
> rebels and Islamist militants who have declared an
> independent state in northern Mali, reports Agence
> France-Presse.   "We are proposing that the
> A.U. strengthen its position so that its Peace and Security
> Council can refer the matter to the U.N. Security Council,"
> said Thomas Boni Yayi, the president of Benin, who is the
> current chairman of the African Union regional
> bloc.   Yayi made his remarks in Paris on
> Wednesday.   The proposed force should follow
> the example of the African Union mission in Somalia
> (AMISOM), where African troops are operating with U.N.
> support, he said.   Last week, the Tuareg
> National Liberation Front of Azawad (FNLA) and Islamist
> Ansar Dine jointly declared an independent Islamic state of
> Azawad in northern Mali.   The transitional
> government in Mali rejected the separatist declaration.
> Item Number:12 Date: 05/31/2012 NETHERLANDS - MAJOR FIGHTER
> JSFNIEUWS -- Internal Dutch government documents reveal that
> there are plans to reduce the air force to 42 jets and close
> the air base at Leeuwarden, reports
>   The site says the documents
> show that the Dutch government received new price
> information last year concerning the purchase of F-35 Joint
> Strike Fighters to replace air force F-16s. The new data
> reportedly led to a review of the air force's planning
> assumptions.   The budget of 4.5 billion
> euros (US$5.7 billion) for the F-16 replacement program
> would only allow for 42 F-35s.   The
> confidential documents are said to show the Defense Ministry
> believes it would be more efficient to reduce the fleet to
> 42 F-16s and eliminate one of the two main operating bases
> quickly
> Item Number:13 Date: 05/31/2012 RUSSIA - AIR FORCE SHOWS
> RUSSIAN INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- A number of Russian air
> force units in the Western Military District are making
> preparations to return to abandoned Arctic airfields,
> reports RIA Novosti.   The air force utilized
> military airfields in the Arctic extensively during the
> Soviet era, but the bases have seen limited service since
> 1991.   The Novaya Zemlya and Naryan-Mar
> airfields could be opened as soon as this summer, Maj. Gen.
> Igor Makushev, the head of aviation for the Western Military
> District, said on Wednesday.   Airfields on
> Graham Bell Island, part of Franz Josef Land, are also
> expected to be opened next year, he said.   A
> combined arms force is expected to deploy to the Arctic by
> 2020 to protect Russian interests
> Item Number:14 Date: 05/31/2012 RUSSIA - PUTIN PUSHES
> INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- President Vladimir Putin
> has reinforced the goal of increasing the number of
> professional soldiers in the Russian army to 425,000 over
> the next five years, reports
> Interfax-AVN.   The goal is 2.5 times the
> number of current professional troops in the Russian
> army.   Volunteers will initially be assigned
> to sergeant posts and as specialists working with new combat
> hardware, Putin said on Wednesday during a meeting with
> senior defense officials.   According to the
> president, a new service system will soon be introduced for
> volunteers in order to will encourage professional growth
> Item Number:15 Date: 05/31/2012 RUSSIA - STOIKY CORVETTE
> INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- The Severnaya Verf shipyard in
> St. Petersburg has launched another Steregushchiy-class
> corvette for the Russian navy, reports RIA
> Novosti.   The Stoiky, the fourth ship in the
> class, was floated Wednesday and is scheduled to enter
> service with the Baltic Fleet in November
> 2013.   The Steregushchiy and Soobrazitelny
> are already in service and the Boiky is scheduled to be
> commissioned in November.   The launching
> ceremony was delayed from earlier in the month for technical
> reasons, reported   Russian navy
> plans call for building up to 30 ships in the class for
> coastal protection missions, particularly in the Baltic and
> Black Seas
> Item Number:16 Date: 05/31/2012 SLOVENIA - MACEDONIA'S
> MACEDONIA MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The chief of the general
> staff of the Macedonian military is making a two-day visit
> to Slovenia this week, reports the Macedonian Ministry of
> Defense.   Maj. Gen. Gorancho Koteski is to
> meet with his Slovenian counterpart Brig Gen. Dobran
> Bozic.   On the agenda are issues covering
> the development of operational capability in difficult
> economic conditions; Slovenian activities under NATO's smart
> defense concept and the Central European Initiative; and
> military transformation and NATO
> accession.   The generals are also expected
> to discuss bilateral military cooperation, said a ministry
> release.   The Macedonian delegation is also
> scheduled to visit Slovenia's 9th Air Defense Battalion and
> Air Surveillance Operations Center.   Earlier
> this month, the Slovenian defense minister indicated that
> his government would strongly support Macedonia's bid for
> NATO membership, reported the Slovenia Times.
> Item Number:17 Date: 05/31/2012 SOMALIA - CITING NEARBY
> 31/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The Kenyan military
> says it has taken control of two Somali towns in preparation
> for attacks on the Al-Shabaab stronghold of Kismayo in
> southern Somalia, reports Bloomberg
> News.   At least six suspected militants were
> killed in the towns of Afmadow and Hayo. Eleven more
> fighters died in an attack by Kenyan warships on a suspected
> militant camp in Kismayo, said a military
> spokesman.   Al-Shabaab denied that it had
> lost any territory.   Kenyan officials see
> Kismayo as a key target because it is a major supply route
> for the militant group and a source of tax
> revenue.   Kenyan troops have been fighting
> Al-Shabaab since October; they became part of an African
> Union mission in February
> Item Number:18 Date: 05/31/2012 SOUTH KOREA - 2 ARRESTED AS
> Koreans have been detained as suspected spies for North
> Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (South
> Korea).   Police in Seoul said Thursday they
> have arrested two businessmen who allegedly tried to deliver
> advanced military technologies to North Korea, according to
> the Korea Herald.   The suspects were being
> directed by a North Korean agent based in northern China,
> said police officials.   The technologies
> involved included electronic jamming devices that can
> neutralize global positioning systems and an anti-aircraft
> defense radar, the officials said.   It was
> not clear if the technologies were actually handed over to a
> suspected North Korean agent. Investigators are reportedly
> trying to discover if they were used for recent cyber
> attacks on South Korea.   In April and early
> this month, hundreds of commercial jets and ships in South
> Korea experienced GPS disruptions.
> Item Number:19 Date: 05/31/2012 SYRIA - REBELS ISSUE
> 31/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The rebels in
> Syria have issued conflicting statements over the observance
> of a cease-fire.   Col. Qassim Saadeddine of
> the rebel Free Syrian Army said in Homs on Wednesday if
> there were no response by the government of Bashar al-Assad
> by midday Friday, the rebels would no longer consider
> themselves bound by the plan, reported the
> BBC.   The statement was widely reported and
> published on the Internet Thursday, noted the Voice of
> America News.   However, Gen. Riyad Asaad,
> the chief of the FSA, later said there was no such deadline
> and urged peace envoy Kofi Annan to issue a statement
> declaring the failure of the peace plan.   It
> has been widely noted that the cease-fire has not had any
> apparent effect on the conflict on the
> ground.   Separately, Syrian state media
> announced that the government had released 500 detainees at
> the urging of Annan, reported Reuters
> Item Number:20 Date: 05/31/2012 UNITED KINGDOM - BRITISH,
> 31/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- More than 150
> British and U.S. paratroopers have been participating in an
> annual exchange program in the U.K., reports the U.K.
> Ministry of Defense.   Soldiers from the
> British 4th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, based in
> Pudsey, conducted a jump onto Salisbury Plain with their
> counterparts from members of the U.S. Army's Civil Affairs
> and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), stationed
> at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The paratroopers jumped using each
> other's equipment and C-130 Hercules aircraft, according to
> a ministry release. This qualifies paratroopers to also wear
> the wings of the other nation
> Item Number:21 Date: 05/31/2012 UNITED KINGDOM - RESERVISTS
> 31/DTL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- Officials say the
> Ministry of Defense plans to compensate for army personnel
> reductions with Territorial Army troops may not be possible,
> reports London's Daily Telegraph.   One
> senior ministry official has warned that reservists may not
> have the skills to effectively replace former active
> personnel.   Plans call for the army to be
> reduced from 102,000 to 82,000 active-duty troops, with
> 30,000 reservists making up the difference.  "At some
> point we have to answer the question if this is achievable,
> and if it's not we will have to go back and restructure
> the army to say we have got rid of too many people,"
> according to the unnamed official in emails obtained by the
> newspaper.   Only about 30 percent of
> Territorial Army personnel commit a sufficient amount of
> time to obtain and maintain the skills needed, the official
> said.   Last year, an MoD review concluded
> that the reserve force was "serious decline in terms of
> numbers, capability and morale
> Item Number:22 Date: 05/31/2012 USA - DARPA PROMOTES
> In a Pentagon research effort called Plan X, the Defense
> Dept. is working with the private sector and universities to
> develop advanced cyberwarfare technologies, reports the
> Washington Post.   The Pentagon's Defense
> Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is trying to
> improve the ability to launch effective attacks and
> withstand likely retaliation, according to officials and
> analysts familiar with the program.   The
> program is part of a new phase in cyber military operations,
> which have previously focused on guarding computer systems,
> rather than offensive capabilities.   Such
> cyberweapons would likely be used to support conventional
> attacks, including hindering an enemy's ability to detect an
> airstrike or disabling hostile communication systems, said
> officials.
> Item Number:23 Date: 05/31/2012 USA - PILOT PROGRAM TO
> 31/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The U.S. Marine Corps
> has named 19 units to take part in a pilot program to assess
> how to integrate the roles of female personnel, reports the
> Marine Corps Times.   Forty-four female
> Marines and three sailors will be assigned to artillery,
> amphibious assault, combat engineering, combat assault and
> low-altitude air defense units, said a Marine
> spokeswoman.   Units from the 1st, 2nd and
> 3rd Marine Divisions, and 2nd and 3rd Low-Altitude Air
> Defense Battalions are involved.   Some
> volunteers will also attend the Infantry Officers Course in
> Quantico, Va., as part of the program.   The
> results may effect a service recommendation later this year
> on possible combat roles for women
> Item Number:24 Date: 05/31/2012 USA - PILOTS EJECT SAFELY
> CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES -- There were no serious injuries in a
> U.S. Navy trainer aircraft crash near Naval Air Station
> Kingsville, Texas, reports the Corpus Christi Caller
> Times.   Both pilots ejected safely on
> Wednesday afternoon from the T-45C Goshawk and were taken to
> the hospital for treatment.   The aircraft
> was in the midst of a routine training flight at the time,
> said a Navy spokesman.   The crash is under
> investigation, said an air station spokesman.

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