Thursday, May 3, 2012

This Day In Naval History -Thursday, May 3, 2012

--- On Thu, 5/3/12, Skip Leonard  wrote:

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> To All,
> I hope your week is going well.
> Regards,
> Skip
> This Day In Naval History -Thursday, May 3, 2012
> 1861 - USS Surprise captures Confederate privateer Savannah
> 1898 - Marines land at Cavite, Philippines, and raise U.S.
> flag
> 1949 - First Navy firing of a high altitude Viking rocket at
> White Sands, NM
> You know the honeymoon is over when the comedians start.
> The liberals are asking us to give Obama time. We
> agree...and think 25 to life would be appropriate.
> --Jay Leno
> America needs Obama-care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween
> mask.
> --Jay Leno
> Q: Have you heard about McDonald's' new Obama Value Meal?
> A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay
> for it.
> --Conan O'Brien
> Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted
> felon?
> A: A fund raiser.
> --Jay Leno
> Q: What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a
> penitentiary?
> A: One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers, and threats
> to society. The other is for housing
> prisoners.
> --David Letterman
> Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of
> the ocean and it
> started to sink, who would be saved?
> A: America !
> --Jimmy Fallon
> Q: What's the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo?
> A: Bo has papers.
> --Jimmy Kimmel
> Q: What was the most positive result of the "Cash for
> Clunkers" program?
> A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road.
> --David Letterman
> Solution to the problem in Libya : They want a new Muslim
> leader, Give them ours!
> Thanks to David
> Conservatism is Not Capitalism by Andrew J. Galambos
> I first read this about 45 years ago it just makes more
> sense in this day and age. I have read it numerous times
> over  the years it seems like it was written
> yesterday.  It is worth reading and thinking
> about.  It is very well written.
> Thank you
> David
> A Sunday school teacher asked, "Johnny, do you think Noah
> did a lot of
> fishing when he was on the Ark ?" "No," replied Johnny. "How
> could he,
> with just two worms."
> A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class
> memorize one of
> the most quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave
> the
> youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was
> excited about
> the task - but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After
> much practice,
> he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the
> kids were
> scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the
> congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he
> stepped up
> to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my
> Shepherd, and that's
> all I need to know."
> The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father
> always paused
> and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon.
> One day, she
> asked him why. "Well, Honey," he began, proud that his
> daughter was so
> observant of his messages. "I'm asking the Lord to help me
> preach a good
> sermon." "How come He doesn't answer it?" she asked.
> A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, "So your
> mother says your
> prayers for you each night? That's very commendable. What
> does she say?"
> The little boy replied, "Thank God he's in bed!"
> Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at
> his
> Grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as
> the food
> was being served. When Little Johnny received his plate, he
> started
> eating right away. "Johnny! Please wait until we say our
> prayer." said
> his mother. "I don't need to," the boy replied. "Of course,
> you do" his
> mother insisted. "We always say a prayer before eating at
> our house."
> "That's at our house." Johnny explained. "But this is
> Grandma's house
> and she knows how to cook.
> Because vitamin D is so cheap and so clearly reduces
> all-cause mortality, I can say this with great certainty:
> Vitamin D represents the single most cost-effective medical
> intervention in the United States."
> ~ Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, Medical Director, Penny George
> Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern
> Hospital in Minneapolis
> Any time you pick up a packaged food from your supermarket,
> you rely on its label to tell you what's inside. When
> purchasing fresh foods like a stalk of celery or a bag of
> apples, you can inspect them for blemishes, mold and
> freshness, being reasonably certain of their overall
> quality.
> Processed foods, however, have none of these natural
> indicators of freshness or quality available, while at the
> same time contain far more ingredients.
> Typically, you can't even see the actual food you're
> buying as it's enclosed inside a bag or a box. The label
> is, therefore, the only resource you have to determine
> whether the food is a good choice for you and your family.
> More than half of Americans surveyed as part of the U.S.
> Health and Diet Survey[i] indicated that they do, in fact,
> read food labels the first time they buy a product — but
> many said they are skeptical of claims like "low fat,"
> "high fiber," or "cholesterol free" on the packages.
> And rightfully so.
> Food labels are not always as forthcoming as they should be,
> and sometimes they are downright misleading. Here are some
> of the top lies to be aware of when reading a food label.
> 6 Food Label Lies Every Health Seeker Should Know …
> 1. All Natural
> Surprising as it may seem, the term "natural" on a food
> label means nada, zilch, zip! While meat, poultry and egg
> products that claim to be natural must be minimally
> processed with no artificial [ii]ingredients, any other food
> product can be heavily processed, pumped full of
> preservatives and even contain food coloring and artificial
> flavors, and still claim to be natural. The term simply has
> no legal or regulatory definition!
> 2. Zero Trans Fats
> Most health-conscious consumers avoid artificial trans fats,
> which have been linked to cancer, diabetes, and heart
> disease, like the plague. These fats are so bad for your
> health that U.S. public health agencies have said there is
> no safe level of consumption. Food manufacturers know this,
> so they are quick to pepper their labels with claims of zero
> grams trans fat or "trans-fat free."
> But not so fast. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
> allows food manufacturers to round down when it comes to
> ingredients that account for less than 0.5 grams per
> serving. So your favorite trans-fat free chips or cookies?
> They could actually contain up to 0.5 grams of trans fat per
> serving, and still claim to have zero. The catch here is the
> per serving, as we all know most people do not stop at the
> recommended portion size. This means you could easily be
> taking in 1, 2 or more grams of trans fat for a food item
> you thought was trans-fat free. And considering there is no
> safe consumption amount, this could pose serious problems to
> your health. (As an aside, the "free from" definition of
> less than 0.5 grams applies to other ingredients too, such
> as gluten, sugar, alcohol, etc.).
> 3. Genetically Modified Ingredients
> Think these are listed on the label? Think again. The FDA
> does not require special labeling for genetically modified
> (GM) foods, so its absence from a label does not mean a
> product is GM-free. Foods that are certified organic or
> state they are GM- or GMO-free, will be, however. Generally,
> virtually all non-organic processed foods, especially those
> that contain corn or soy, contain genetically modified
> ingredients.
> 4. Incidental Additives
> Incidental additives are so-called "insignificant"
> ingredients that do not have to be listed on food labels.
> This includes, for example, substances that migrate into a
> food via its packaging. This is also why the recently highly
> publicized "pink slime" – beef scraps and connective
> tissue treated with ammonia that are added to ground beef
> – does not have to be listed on labels; the ammonia is
> technically a "processing agent," not an ingredient, and
> the scraps and connective tissues are considered
> "meat."
> Other unsavory additives can also be in your processed foods
> sans labeling; think rodent droppings, insect parts and mold
> … These belong to a category known as "natural
> contaminants," which the FDA considers a "natural"
> part of food production. Only when levels become exceedingly
> high does the FDA take action. For instance, the following
> are action levels for several common types of food (anything
> below this is legal and fair game):[iii]
> Chocolate: 60 or more insect fragments, or 1 or more rodent
> hairs per 100 grams
> Coffee: 10% or more are insect-infested or insect damaged,
> or moldy
> Frozen strawberries: Average mold count of 45% or more
> 5. Accuracy
> You probably assume that if your ice cream carton says
> there's 120 calories and 6 grams of fat in half a cup,
> that's what you're getting. But assumption may be the
> key word here. The last time the FDA conducted a systematic
> examination of food labels to test for accuracy was in 1996!
> So no one really knows whether nutrition facts are, in fact,
> fact. According to the Centers for Science in the Public
> Interest (CSPI):
> "Some market observers speculate that one out of every
> four labels is inaccurate. Inaccuracies may include sugar in
> sugar-free products and fat and sodium content exceeding
> labeled claims."
> 6. Cage-Free, Free-Range and Free-Roaming
> Cage-free does not mean that the birds have access to the
> outdoors, only that they are uncaged (typically inside a
> warehouse or other building). While they must be able to
> roam freely, "cage-free" chickens are still often
> cramped inside factory farms, and beak cutting is allowed.
> Chickens used for meat are not ordinarily caged inside of
> factory farms, so the term "cage free" has little
> relevance or meaning. The term "free-range" is also
> misleading to consumers looking to support a healthier, more
> humane method of food production. While free-range poultry
> must be given some access to the outdoors, there are no
> requirements on how long or in how large of an area.
> (NOTE: Pastured poultry is the healthy option here-- )
> Item Number:1 Date: 05/03/2012 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN STARTS
> FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Taliban has announced the official
> beginning of its spring offensive in Afghanistan, reports
> Agence France-Presse.   Codenamed Al-Farouq,
> the offensive began on Thursday, the militants said in an
> online posting.   The name came from Islam's
> second caliph, Omar Al-Farouq, who was known for his
> military advances in Asia and the Arab world during the
> seventh century.   It also is the name of a
> former Al-Qaida training camp in southern Afghanistan, noted
> BNO News (Netherlands).   Its primary targets
> will include "foreign invaders, their advisers, their
> contractors, all those who help them militarily and in
> intelligence," said the Taliban
> announcement.   The Taliban claimed it would
> use new tactics to safeguard civilians.
> Item Number:2 Date: 05/03/2012 AUSTRALIA - GOVERNMENT
> DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- Australia has decided to put off
> a planned purchase of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, reports
> the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   The delay is
> part of a plan to find US$4.2 billion in savings from the
> defense budget to deal with the overall budget
> deficit.   The procurement of 12 F-35s will
> be delayed two years, which will save US$1.6 billion, said
> officials.   The government also says it will
> scrap a planned purchase of self-propelled artillery, but
> will proceed with a US$42 billion project to build 12
> submarines.
> Item Number:3 Date: 05/03/2012 CANADA - MINE-CLEARANCE
> 03/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The Canadian and U.S. navies
> and U.S. Coast Guard have begun a joint exercise in Sydney,
> Nova Scotia, reports the Navy
> NewsStand.   The Frontier Sentinel drills
> started with a live diving demonstration on Monday by the
> Canadian navy's Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic at the Sydney
> Marine Terminal.   The exercise continues
> through May 9 along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, in Sydney and
> in Groton, Conn.   In another part of the
> drill, mine countermeasure forces will conduct simulated
> mine-clearing operations in Sydney Harbor, said U.S. Navy
> officials.   Participating in the drills are
> elements of the Canadian Joint Task Force Atlantic, U.S.
> Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area.
> Item Number:4 Date: 05/03/2012 INDIA - MORE DELAYS FOR
> INDIA -- A long-planned Indian army program for new armored
> vests and ballistic helmets with internal communications
> gear remains stuck in place, reports the Times of
> India.   Around 186,000 armored jackets were
> to be purchased under the first phase of a program launched
> in 2009. Another 167,000 jackets were to be acquired in the
> second phase.   A request for proposals was
> issued last March, but then rescinded in December due to
> technical problems and issues with the requirements, said
> officials.   A new process is supposed to
> begin this year with modified
> requirements.   Troops now have less
> effective and heavier jackets and helmets, which are said to
> restrict mobility during counterinsurgency and other
> operations.   The new gear is intended to
> better protect the head, neck, chest, groin and sides, as
> well as provide improved mobility.
> Item Number:5 Date: 05/03/2012 IRAN - IN FACE OF EMBARGO,
> JERUSALEM POST -- Iran has managed to import over US$566
> million worth of weapons over a recent three-year period
> despite international arms sanctions, reports the Jerusalem
> Post.   The imports, made between 2007 and
> 2010, took place despite that fact that the U.N. Security
> Council urged its members to "exercise vigilance and
> restraint" in supplying arms to Iran.   Ten
> other countries under international arms sanctions purchased
> weapons worth over US$2.3 billion from 2000 to 2010,
> according to a report by Britain-based
> Oxfam.   The story was initially reported by
> the Daily Telegraph in the U.K., which noted that Russia and
> China are understood to have been the principal suppliers to
> Iran.   Iran has renamed at least 90 of its
> 123 cargo ships as part of its attempt to circumvent such
> arms transfers, according to a January 2012 report by the
> Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
> (SIPRI).   A significant number of those
> ships were also reflagged, said SIPRI.
> Item Number:6 Date: 05/03/2012 ISRAEL - ANOTHER DOLPHIN
> 03/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Israeli navy is about to
> receive its fourth German-made Dolphin submarine soon,
> reports Defense News.   Vice Adm. Ram
> Rothberg, commander of the Israeli navy, was in Kiel,
> Germany, on Wednesday with senior Defense Ministry officials
> ahead of the planned delivery.   The
> submarine is widely rumored to be capable of carrying
> nuclear weapons, reported the Jerusalem
> Post.   Kiel is home to the shipbuilding
> division of Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems, which has been
> under contract since 2005 for the fourth and fifth Dolphins
> of a planned six-submarine fleet for
> Israel.   The official delivery does not mean
> the boat will sail immediately, said a source. The submarine
> could remain in Germany for several more months for systems
> integration and sea trials.   Israel plans to
> declare its fourth submarine operational in early 2013, and
> its fifth by 2014, a senior navy official said earlier this
> year.   A contract for a sixth submarine was
> also recently signed, with the German government agreeing to
> subsidize US$180 million, about a third of hull construction
> costs
> Item Number:7 Date: 05/03/2012 ISRAEL - MAJOR RESERVE
> ISRAEL -- The Israeli legislature has approved a military
> request to activate up to 22 battalions for emergency duty,
> reports the Times of Israel.   A military
> spokesman said the move was prompted by intelligence
> assessments.   The army has already called up
> six battalions, as a result of growing tension on the
> Egyptian border and instability in Syria, officials
> said.   Under a 2008 law, combat soldiers can
> be called for active reserve duty once every three years and
> for short training sessions during the other two
> years.   This is the second time in three
> years that the military has been authorized to activate
> reserve units
> Item Number:8 Date: 05/03/2012 JAPAN - 4 F-35S ORDERED AS
> SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The Japanese government has
> placed an initial order for four F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
> under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, reports the
> U.S. Defense Security Cooperation
> Agency.   The potential US$10 billion deal
> covers four F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft,
> with an option for another 38 planes.   Japan
> selected the aircraft in December 2011 as the winner of its
> F-X competition.   The conventional F-35s
> will be powered by Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines, with
> five spare engines provided, according to an agency
> release.   The proposed sale also includes
> electronic warfare systems; command, control, communication,
> computers and intelligence/communication, navigational and
> identification (C4I/CNI) systems; autonomic logistics global
> support system (ALGS); autonomic logistics information
> system (ALIS); flight mission trainer; weapons employment
> capability; F-35 unique infrared flares; reprogramming
> center, and F-35 performance-based
> logistics.   Software
> development/integration, flight test instrumentation,
> aircraft ferry and tanker support, spare and repair parts,
> support equipment and related logistics support are also
> part of the contract.   In February, Japan
> warned that rising costs could result in the cancellation of
> the order, reported Flight International.
> Item Number:9 Date: 05/03/2012 KAZAKHSTAN - DEAL MADE WITH
> and Ukraine have signed a US$150 million deal for the joint
> production of BTR-4 armored personnel carriers, reports RIA
> Novosti.  An initial agreement on joint cooperation on
> armored vehicle overhaul was signed at the end of 2011. This
> latest agreement was inked on Thursday at the Kadex 2012
> defense exhibition in Astana, the Kazakh
> capital.   A total of 100 vehicles will be
> built; 10 this year and 90 in 2013, said the general
> director of Ukraine's state-run
> Ukroboronprom.   Ukraine will guarantee
> delivery of technology and systems for joint production, as
> well as personnel training, said Kazakh
> officials.   The 8 x 8 Ukrainian-built BTR-4
> can carry eight troops and provide fire support with a 30-mm
> cannon, anti-tank missiles and machine guns
> Item Number:10 Date: 05/03/2012 KAZAKHSTAN - RUSSIAN AGENCY
> Russian arms export agency Rosoboronexport will be
> exhibiting upgraded air defense systems this week at the
> Kadex-2012 international arms exposition in Astana,
> Kazakhstan, reports Interfax-AVN
> (Russia).   The Luchnik-E system is armed
> with 16 Igla-S missiles and can track four aerial targets
> simultaneously within its field of vision, according to a
> Rosoboronexport release.   The upgraded
> ZU-23/30M1-3 anti-aircraft gun system is equipped with a
> missile module with two Igla-S
> missiles.   The agency also plans to show the
> short-range Tor-M2E and medium-range Buk-M2E surface-to-air
> missile systems, as well as the Pantsyr-S1 anti-aircraft
> artillery system
> Item Number:11 Date: 05/03/2012 NORTH KOREA - S. KOREAN
> (MAY 03/YON)  YONHAP -- A South Korean nuclear expert
> says North Korea likely has enough stocks of highly
> enriched, weapons-grade plutonium for six nuclear bombs,
> reports the Yonhap News Agency (South
> Korea).   For several years, Pyongyang has
> been thought to have enough radioactive material for six to
> seven bombs, using plutonium from its main nuclear complex
> at Yongbyon.   Since 2009, the North appears
> to have begun relying on enrichment activities due to a
> decreasing stock of plutonium following two rounds of
> nuclear tests, said the unnamed expert.   In
> November 2010, North Korea revealed an industrial-scale
> uranium enrichment plant to a visiting U.S. scientist. The
> facility could be used to make fissile material for nuclear
> bombs, experts said.   If the enrichment
> plant began operations in 2009, North Korea could have
> produced enough for three to six bombs, said the South
> Korean expert.
> Item Number:12 Date: 05/03/2012 RUSSIA - TROOPS KILLED IN
> INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- Six Russian soldiers have been
> killed in an accidental ammunition explosion at a military
> base in the western Nizhny Novgorod region, reports RIA
> Novosti.  Three other personnel were injured and taken
> to a local military hospital.   The troops
> were unloading old ammunition for disposal on Wednesday when
> the blast occurred, according to the Defense
> Ministry.   The incident has been tentatively
> attributed to safety violations, said a law enforcement
> source. Investigators are examining the scene
> Item Number:13 Date: 05/03/2012 SWITZERLAND - COMPETITION
> DEFENSE-AEROSPACE -- The Swiss defense procurement agency
> Armasuisse has selected two Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle
> (UAV) designs as finalists to compete for a Swiss air force
> contract, reports
>   The air force
> currently operates ADS-95 UAVs, which are nearing the end of
> their service lives.   Israel Aerospace
> Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems have been invited to
> submit detailed tenders by August
> 2012.   Bids were solicited for 11 aircraft
> designs from nine companies.   IAI is
> competing with its Hermes 900 drone, while Elbit has put
> forward its Heron UAV. Flight evaluations are scheduled for
> the second half of the year.   A winner is
> expected to be announced in the first half of 2014
> Item Number:14 Date: 05/03/2012 SYRIA - DEATHS, MANY
> (MAY 03/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Opposition
> activists say Syrian security forces have attacked
> protesters at Aleppo University in the northern part of the
> country, arresting hundreds of students, reports
> CNN.   At least four people were reported
> killed and 28 injured in Thursday's
> raid.   Soldiers also opened fire on a
> hospital treating the wounded, said the London-based Syrian
> Observatory for Human Rights.   The previous
> day, rebels killed 22 troops, reported the Press Trust of
> India.   The United Nations has accused both
> the regime and its opponents of violating the
> cease-fire   There are 24 unarmed U.N.
> military observers in Homs, Hama, Daraa, Idlib and Damascus.
> Plans call for that number expected to increase to 300 by
> the end of the month
> Item Number:15 Date: 05/03/2012 UNITED KINGDOM - HMS
> 03/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- HMS Diamond, the
> Royal Navy's third Type 45 destroyer, has test-fired its Sea
> Viper air defense system for the first time, reports the
> British Ministry of Defense.   During Joint
> Warrior exercises last week, HMS Diamond destroyed a Mirach
> target drone off Scotland's west coast, said ministry
> officials.   Sea Viper consists of Aster
> missiles, Sampson radar, a combat and command system and the
> Sylver vertical missile launcher.   Following
> this successful test, the warship is ready to be declared
> fully operational, said officials. Diamond is scheduled to
> deploy later this year
> Item Number:16 Date: 05/03/2012 UNITED NATIONS - SECURITY
> Council has threatened both the governments of Sudan and
> South Sudan with sanctions if they do not cease fighting and
> return to the negotiating table, reports Bloomberg
> News.   The council's unanimous resolution
> passed Wednesday set a deadline of three months to settle
> disputes on splitting the revenue from South Sudan's oil
> reserves.   The resolution also called for
> the withdrawal of all forces from disputed territories and
> an end to air raids by the north, said
> diplomats.   The resolution was drafted by
> the United States.   The unanimous vote was
> not achieved without some difficulty. The Voice of America
> News pointed out that China has extensive oil interests in
> the two Sudans, and that Russia had expressed reservations
> about the threatened sanctions.
> Item Number:17 Date: 05/03/2012 USA - 195TH, AND LAST,
> MARTIN -- The U.S. Air Force has taken delivery of its final
> production F-22A Raptor from Lockheed Martin, reported the
> company.   Lockheed handed over the fighter
> on Wednesday during a ceremony at its facilities in
> Marietta, Ga.   This was the 195th aircraft
> built by Lockheed, said officials. The Air Force fleet was
> capped at 187 aircraft by former Defense Secretary Robert
> Gates in 2010.   A recent Government
> Accountability Office report said the production jets will
> need more than $11 billion in modernization work through
> 2017.   A Lockheed release noted that the
> F-22s assigned to seven U.S. bases. Flight testing takes
> place at Edwards AFB, Calif. Operational tactics development
> is contining at Nellis AFB, Nev. Pilot training takes place
> at Tyndall AFB, Fla.   In addition,
> operational F-22 aircraft are assigned to Joint Base
> Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson,
> Alaska; Holloman AFB, N.M.; and Joint Base Pearl
> Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
> Item Number:18 Date: 05/03/2012 USA - 2 NAVY COMMANDERS
> U.S. Navy has fired two more commanders in unrelated
> incidents, reports the Stars and
> Stripes.   Cmdr. Dennis Klein of the
> submarine USS Columbia was relieved Tuesday based on a loss
> of confidence in his ability to command, according to a
> Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokeswoman. The removal
> was said not to be a result of misconduct, but rather for
> inadequate performance in administration and
> operations.   Klein had commanded the
> Columbia since August 2010.   The chief of
> the boat was also relieved of his
> duties.   Separately, Cmdr. Lee Hoey, the
> head of the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory in San Diego, was
> removed from his post due to a "poor command climate,"
> according to a Navy Medicine Support Command
> release.   The executive officer at the lab
> was relieved as well.   The Navy has relieved
> nine commanders of duty so far this year. The service
> removed 23 commanders last year
> Item Number:19 Date: 05/03/2012 USA - ARMY TESTS TACTICAL
> 03/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- Troops from the 1st
> Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, are in the midst of a
> major network field exercise at White Sands Missile Range,
> N.M., reports the Army News Service.   Plans
> call for more than 4,000 soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 1st
> Armored Division, to test network connectivity during
> maneuvers against a variety of threats.   The
> unit is expected to operate against a simulated opposing
> army, insurgents, civilians, host-nation army, criminals and
> others.   Network Integration Evaluation
> (NIE) 12.2 is the third in a series of semi-annual
> exercises. It also serves as the final checkout for
> Capability Set 13, the first integrated group of network
> technologies that is scheduled to be fielded this
> fall.   That set will be anchored by the
> Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2,
> which will enable mission command on-the-move and extend
> satellite communications to the company
> level.   The evaluation began on May 1 and
> runs through June 8
> Item Number:20 Date: 05/03/2012 USA - ARMY TRAINING,
> -- The U.S. Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, is behind
> efforts to adjust training and deployment of troops based on
> lessons learned from special operations forces, reports the
> New York Times.   In an essay published last
> week in Foreign Affairs, Odierno wrote that "the Army will
> need to preserve and enhance its relationship with joint
> special operations forces."   With plans
> calling for the Army to shrink by 80,000 troops over the
> next five years, the service must be prepared for a broader
> set of missions, he said.   Some conventional
> units may train alongside special operations units and then
> be placed officially in their command, Odierno said. Other
> units could be told in advance that they will be assigned to
> hot spots viewed as emerging security risks, allowing
> commanders to develop regional
> expertise.   The U.S. military will also
> focus on working with partner nations, said the general,
> with the goal of limiting the footprint of most new overseas
> deployments.
> Item Number:21 Date: 05/03/2012 USA - FIRESTRIKE
> Grumman says it has demonstrated its Firestrike high-energy,
> solid-state laser in a laboratory test at its Redondo Beach,
> Calif., facility.   The test-firing
> demonstrated that the laser could burn through the skin and
> critical components of a target drone used to simulate
> anti-ship cruise missiles, said company
> officials.   The laser operated at 13.3
> kilowatts for a number of shots over 1.5 hours with stable
> performance and beam quality that exceeded design goals,
> according to a Northrop release.   The
> demonstrator, dubbed Gamma, implements the size and weight
> reduction goals of the Firestrike design, which cuts the
> weight of the finished laser chain to 500 pounds (226 kg)
> and the volume to 23 inches by 40 inches by 12 inches (0.58
> m by 1.0 m by 0.3 m), said officials.   The
> demonstrator is a single "chain" or building block designed
> to be combined with others to create laser systems of
> greater power.   The test wrapped up initial
> testing of the system, said Northrop
> Item Number:22 Date: 05/03/2012 USA - RESULTS OF
> 03/KDM)  KODIAK DAILY MIRROR -- A war game conducted by
> the Naval War College has revealed shortcomings in the U.S.
> Navy for Arctic operations, reports the Kodiak (Alaska)
> Daily Mirror.   Last September's Fleet
> Operations Game, which involved 88 people, reportedly showed
> that the Navy is not adequately prepared for long-term
> maritime Arctic operations; cold weather conditions increase
> the risk of failure; and that the service would need
> assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard or other
> navies.   The scenarios examined included
> search-and-rescue, oil spill response, maritime domain,
> safety and security issues, said a participant from the
> Naval War College
> Item Number:23 Date: 05/03/2012 YEMEN - AL-QAIDA MAGAZINE
> 03/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- Al-Qaida's English-language
> magazine has just been resurrected, calling for firebomb
> campaigns in the United States and chemical weapons
> attacks.   Samir Khan, a Pakistani-American,
> founded and directed Inspire magazine along with American
> cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Both were killed in September 2011
> by a U.S. drone in northern Yemen, noted the Washington
> Post.   Boasting that it was "still
> publishing America's worst nightmare," Al-Qaida's 
> affiliate in Yemen released the eighth and ninth issue of
> Inspire on Wednesday, noted Agence
> France-Presse..   In the eighth issue, Awlaki
> speaks from the grave with an article entitled "Targeting
> the Populations of Countries that are at War with the
> Muslims" – which explains that weapons of mass destruction
> can and should be used, reported the South African Press
> Association.   The ninth edition pays tribute
> to its late editors, and included a primer on building
> firebombs and a piece on the "qualities of an urban assassin
> Item Number:24 Date: 05/03/2012 YEMEN - DRONE STRIKE HITS
> -- A U.S. drone strike has destroyed an Al-Qaida training
> camp in southern Yemen, say Yemeni officials cited by
> CNN.   At least 13 militants were killed in
> Wednesday's airstrike in Abyan province, said the security
> officials.   The strike was said to be one of
> a series of attacks on Islamist targets in Abyan. Other
> targets will include Jaar, Lowder and Zinjibar districts,
> according to the officials.   There have been
> at least two U.S. drone strikes every day since mid-April in
> southern areas controlled by Al-Qaida in the Arabian
> Peninsula (AQAP), said a Yemeni presidential aide.

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