Saturday, April 25, 2015

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To All,
I hope your week is going well.
This Day In Naval History - April 23
1918 - USS Stewart destroys German submarine off France
1934 - In first Navy movement through Panama Canal over 100 ships transitted
1945 - In only U.S. use of guided missiles in WW II, 2 BAT missiles release at Balikiapan, Borneo
1956 - Project Vanguard, earth satellite launching program, assigned to DCNO (Air)
Thanks to Larry
      What to do With an Old Wal-Mart?
Though the building in Punta Gorda, Florida was once a Wal-Mart, it's not any more. When Rick Treworgy saw that it was vacant, he decided it would be the perfect place to showcase almost 200 Corvettes and other GM muscle cars he owns in a vast collection begun more than 30 years ago. He bought it, and now, it's open to the public.
Called Muscle Car City, the venue is attracting thousands of people who harken back to the golden days of muscle cars and their youth. It's also drawing a newer generation of enthusiasts.
Ben around but to a Gear head it is Music and Living Art..
Subject: Fwd: Fiat S76 | Goodwood Road
Sounds like an old threshing machine
This MASSIVE old race car has a 1700+ cubic inch engine 
with only FOUR cylinders!! That's over 425 cubic inches per 
cylinder!! Good GRIEF, and I thought the Allison V-12 with the 
1400+ cubic inch airplane engine was big!! What a sound this 
huge beast makes as it fires directly out the side of the block 
(no exhaust system whatsoever!) and there are several videos and 
links to watch as this old "Beast of Turin" is brought back to life 
after 100+ years! ENJOY!
Thanks toMike
Subject: Bill Clinton's Loving Wife
Mike,  thought this would fan the fires.  Hope all's well and the water is flowing, but I doubt it.
Best, E
Her winning in 2016 means the final death knell for  America ! Her whole public life has been a LIE.
By Dick Morris, former political advisor to President Bill Clinton.

If you happen to see the Bill Clinton five minute TV ad for Hillary in which he introduces the commercial by saying he wants to share some things we may not know about Hillary's background, beware as I was there for most of their presidency and know them better than just about anyone.

I offer a few corrections
Bill says: "In law school Hillary worked on legal services for the poor."

The facts are: Hillary's main extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in  Connecticut for torturing   and killing a federal agent. She went to court every day as part of a law student monitoring committee trying to spot civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal.

Bill says: "Hillary spent a year after graduation working on a children's rights project for poor kids."

The facts are: Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party.

She met Bob when he represented the Panthers and traveled all the way to  San Francisco to take an internship with him.

Bill says: "Hillary could have written her own job ticket, but she turned down all the lucrative job offers."

The facts are: She flunked the DC bar exam, yes, flunked, it is a matter of record, and only passed the  Arkansas bar. She had no job offers in  Arkansas , none, and only got hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at  Fayetteville because Bill was already teaching there. She did not join the prestigious Rose Law Firm until Bill became Arkansas Attorney General and was made a partner only after he was elected Arkansas Governor.

Bill says: "President Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal Services Board of Directors and she became its chairman. "

The facts are: The appointment was in exchange for Bill's support   for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted Kennedy. Hillary then became chairman in a coup in which she won a majority away from Carter's choice to be chairman.

Bill says: "She served on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital."

The facts are: Yes she did. But her main board activity, not mentioned by Bill, was to sit on the Wal-Mart board of directors, for a substantial fee. She was silent about their labor and health care practices.

Bill says: "Hillary didn't succeed at getting health care for all Americans in 1994 but she kept working at it and helped to create the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides five million children with health insurance."

The facts are: Hillary had nothing to do with creating CHIP. It was included in the budget deal between Clinton and Republican Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott. I know; I helped to negotiate the deal. The money came half from the budget deal and half from the Attorney Generals' tobacco settlement. Hillary had nothing to do with either source of funds.

Bill says: "Hillary was the face of  America all over the world."

The facts are: Her visits were part of a program to get her out of town so that Bill would not appear weak by feeding stories that Hillary was running the White House. Her visits abroad were    entirely touristic and symbolic and there was no substantive diplomacy on any of them.

Bill says: "Hillary was an excellent Senator who kept fighting for children's and women's issues."

The facts are: Other than totally  meaningless legislation like changing the names on courthouses and post offices, she has passed only four substantive pieces of legislation. One set up a national park in  Puerto Rico . A second provided respite care for family members helping their relatives through Alzheimer's or other conditions. And   two were routine bills to aid 911 victims and responders which were sponsored by the entire NY delegation. Presently she is trying to have the  US memorialize the  Woodstock fiasco of 40 years ago.


Here is what bothers me more than anything else about Hillary Clinton. She has done everything possible to weaken the President and our country (that's you and me!) when it comes to the war on terror.

1. She wants to close GITMO and move the combatants to the  USA where they would have access to our legal system.

2. She wants to eliminate the monitoring of suspected Al Qaeda phone calls to/from the  USA .

3. She wants to grant constitutional rights to enemy combatants captured on the battlefield.

4. She   wants to eliminate the monitoring of money transfers between suspected Al   Qaeda cells and supporters in the  USA .

5. She wants to eliminate the type of interrogation tactics used by the military & CIA where coercion might be used when questioning known terrorists even though such tactics might save American lives.

One cannot think of a single bill Hillary has introduced or a single comment she has made that would tend to strengthen our country in the War on Terror. But, one can think of a lot of comments she has made that weaken our country and makes it more dangerous situation for all of us.

Bottom line: She goes hand in hand with the ACLU on far too many issues where common sense is abandoned.

Share this with everyone you know ask them to prove Dick Morris wrong. Think about it - he's (Dick Morris) said all of this openly, thus if he were not truthful he'd   be liable for defamation of character!

And you better believe Hillary would sue him.
Thanks to Chuck
Trails End - 4K Ultra HD -STOP AND WATCH....SPECTACULAR!!!!
40 years ago it all went down the drain there in Vietnam
April 1975.... USS Midway - YouTube
Interesting sea story!
Anyone ever hear this story before ???  I think the statement that the F-14 took off with only 2500 lbs of fuel is a bit far-fetched ...
Thirty Minutes to Choose Your Fighter Jet:  How the Shah of Iran Chose the F-14 Tomcat Over the F-15 Eagle
Feb 11 2013 - 35 Comments
Despite all the skepticism about the actual airworthiness of Iran's new stealth fighter "Qaher 313?, one thing is certain: Iran is still flying the iconic Grumman F-14.
More than 6 years after its last flight with the U.S. Navy, the Tomcat is still in service in a small number of examples with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), to such an extent, Iran has recently tested a brand new air-to-air missile dubbed "Fakour", for the combat plane made famous by Top Gun.
In fact, 80 F-14s were ordered by the Shah and 79 were effectively delivered. The procurement of the Tomcat to Iran was very important not only for Grumman, which was facing serious cash flow problems due to the difficult development of the aircraft, but also for the future of the fighter itself, since at the time F-14's program was affected by schedule slippage and cost overruns.
When the Shah announced his intention to replace the old F-4 Phantoms in service with the Imperial Iranian Air Force, it was clear that both the USAF's new F-15 and the Navy's F-14 would have had the same opportunity to become Iranian's main fighter.
So, after briefings held by USAF and Navy personnel in the Shah's palace in Tehran, Iranian officials decided that it would have been the flight demonstration at Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington DC, scheduled in July 1973, to determine which one between the two fighters, would be the best to satisfy the then Imperial Iranian Air Force's requiremens.
The flight demonstration was scheduled not to exceed 30 minutes from the first take off to the landing of the second aircraft.
The base was closed for that short time in which at the presence of the Shah, the two U.S. fighters had to fly their demonstration: it was decided  that the USAF's F-15, piloted by Irv Burrows (McDonnell Douglas' test pilot), would have performed first, while Don Evans and Dennis Romano (Grumman's test crew) with their F-14, would wait their turn after the Eagle.
While the F-15 taxied onto runway, Don and Dennis started engines of the Tomcat ahead of the schedule and burned down fuel in the warm up area during the Eagle demonstration, to reduce the difference in thrust to weight ratio between the two fighters. However F-15's demonstration was spectacular, not only for the raw power of the aircraft but also for pilot's skills: Burrows was a great pilot and that day, he showed all his ability.
The flight demonstration was the same for both aircraft: it consisted in a sequence of maneuvers beginning with a high performance take off followed by an Immelman turn and climb-out, then a descent to a high speed fly-by, two high-g low altitude turns followed by a slow speed fly-by in the landing configuration and last, the landing.
Since the F-15 has a higher thrust to weight ratio than the F-14A, the Eagle performed a really impressive flight profile during which it pulled an incredible 7-g 360 degree turn.
After the F-15 had finished its display, everyone was waiting for the underpowered F-14A demonstration: the Tomcat's TF-30 engines would have not given to the aircraft the same thrust to weigh ratio of the Eagle.
However, during the F-15's performance, Evans and Romano burned down a great quantity of fuel and now they had only 2,500 pounds of remaining gas: while this little quantity was only sufficient to accomplish their flight demonstration, 2,500 pounds was also one eight of the Tomcat's  internal fuel capacity and thanks to this fact the Tomcat had the same thrust to weight ratio of the Eagle.
At this point the F-14 had one thing that the F-15 didn't have: variable geometry wings that would have made the difference for the grace of the flight demonstration.
Don and Dennis pushed both throttles to full zone five afterburner (which was the maximum afterburner thrust setting for TF-30 engine) and took off to perform the same demonstration of the F-15: the sequence of the maneuvers was just like the Eagle's one, but the Tomcat's crew, during the knife-edge pass, decided to sweep the wings from fully swept to fully forward and then they executed a turn at the maximum Tomcat's performance, producing a large cloud of vapor off the wings due to the shock wave.
Then approaching the mid with the wings swept at 40 degrees, the Tomcat went into a full afterburner 360 degree 8 ½ g turn accelerated to 400 knots, very impressive to see. To end the demonstration, Evans and Romano added a touch-and-go landing: when the main landing gears came in touch with the runway they inserted full zone five afterburners and the Tomcat climbed in vertical. At this point, while they had almost ran out of fuel, they made a spectacular carrier landing approach and they fully stopped in one thousand feet of runway.
Once the show ended, the Shah literally ignored the Eagle and walked directly towards the Tomcat speaking for some minutes with the crew still sat in the cockpit of the fighter: he'd chosen the Tomcat, saving the Grumman and assuring a future to the F-14.
Thanks to Jon
Glad you're publicizing how close WW2 came to ending badly for the Allies-like Winston Churchill cryptically said, "The War ended at a quarter to midnight, and not a minute too soon"...
As far as proposed delivery of the Japanese nuclear device, a joint IJA/IJN project named F-GO was being exercised in February-March 1945 to deliver by naval platform extremely high explosive charges into the invasion fleet that the Imperial General Staff felt was sure to be deployed in Tokyo Bay in the  1946 stage of what was eventually to be known among Allied planners as "Operation Downfall".   The admittedly few specialist publications that have studied the matter have posited that the Japanese intended to outfit one of their few surviving larger naval combatants to accommodate a nuclear device-armed suicide run.  By the intended deployment date,  that would probably have been nothing larger than a destroyer (if that much).  Despite the 6-7 thousand hidden suicide aircraft dotted around the Home Islands in anticipation of the eventual invasion, the Japanese never really considered aerial deployment of any potential "Super-weapon". 
Thanks to Carl.
(19 photos on link below.)

TWA Flight 800 was shot down, former Obama pilot argues in OpEd
Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for By Jeff Goldman 
on April 16, 2015 at 12:12 PM, updated April 16, 2015 at 6:13 PM
A longtime airline pilot is disputing the long-held conclusion that a fuel tank explosion caused TWA flight 800 to crash off the coast of Long Island almost 19 years ago.
Andrew Danzinger, who helped fly Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, told that planes don't simply blow up in midair.
Instead, Danzinger claims, the 747 must have been shot down and the FBI covered it up.
The crash on the night of July 17, 1996 killed all 230 people on board the flight that had departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport less than 15 minutes earlier en route to Paris. Seven of the victims were from New Jersey.
While planes' engines can fail and pilots can make mistakes, it's unheard of for a plane to simply blow up in midair unless a bomb is detonated or it's struck by a missile, the pilot said. 
He also disputed the official explanation that cracked insulation in 16 miles of wiring not recovered from the crash site contributed to the explosion of vapors in the empty center fuel tank. Danzinger noted that in the 159 miles of wires found, there was not a "single piece of cracked insulation."
Danzinger also suggested the FBI was covering something up by repeatedly ordering mechanics to leave a hangar where recovered pieces of the plane were being stored to eventually be re-assembled. The FBI blamed the need to keep sterilizing the area when asked why it needed to clear the hangar.
In 2001, then U.S. Senator and current Secretary of State John Kerry also questioned the official version of events, asserting Osama Bin Laden was responsible.  
Item Number:1 Date: 04/23/2015 ALGERIA - WEAPONS, AMMUNITION RECOVERED AFTER CLASH BETWEEN TROOPS, ISLAMISTS (APR 23/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Algerian Defense Ministry says its troops have killed three Islamist militants in the country's north, reports Agence France-Presse.   The Islamists were killed in an ambush on Wednesday near the town of Hammam Righa, about 100 km (62 mi) west of the capital of Algiers, said the ministry.   Security forces seized three assault rifles, ammunition and hand grenades, as well as binoculars and mobile phones, said a statement from the ministry.   No other information on the armed men was released.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 04/23/2015 CANADA - OTTAWA SEEKS 3 PERCENT INCREASE IN DEFENSE BUDGET (APR 23/OC)  OTTAWA CITIZEN -- The Canadian government has unveiled its new budget, which includes a small increase in defense spending, reports the Ottawa Citizen.   The defense budget features an automatic boost each year. The annual escalator, at 2 percent since 2008, is intended to provide the military with stable funding by offsetting inflation and other cost increases.   The budget offered Tuesday would move that escalator to 3 percent starting in 2017. Real benefits to the military are not likely to be realized until years later, officials said.   The built-in escalator, however, has been offset in part by other reductions, analysts say.   The government claims that increasing the escalator to 3 percent will provide an additional Can$11.8 billion (US$9.6 billion) for the defense budget between 2017 and 2026.   Finance Ministry officials told the newspaper that there is nothing to stop the government from realizing savings through cuts and other restraints
Item Number:3 Date: 04/23/2015 CHINA - NAVY DIPS TOES INTO BLOGOSPHERE (APR 23/CMO)  CHINA MILITARY ONLINE -- China's navy has a new micro-blog, reports China Military Online.   The navy launched its official blog account on Wednesday on the People's Daily Online.   Called the "PLA Navy Release," the account will carry information on service operations and military exchanges with foreign countries.   The blog will also cover Chinese naval history, information on conscription and activities and service developments and achievements.   The new account is the first of its kind among the major China military services.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 04/23/2015 EGYPT - ARAB LEAGUE EXAMINES MECHANISMS OF POTENTIAL JOINT MILITARY FORCE (APR 23/CAIROP)  CAIRO POST -- The chiefs of staff of the Arab League member states are meeting this week in Cairo to discuss the details involved in forming a joint military force, reports the Cairo Post.   Such an Arab force was recommended last month during an Arab League summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The force would be aimed at combating extremist threats in the region.   Under consideration are such matters as budget, rules of engagement and the force's legal framework.   Egyptian President Abel Fattal al-Sisi pushed for the regional force after the Islamic State militants killed a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in February, reported Agence France-Presse.   "The creation of a joint Arab force in no way aims to form a new alliance or army hostile to any country, but a force to fight terrorism and maintain security, peace and stability in the region," said Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Wednesday.   Back To Top |
EUROPEAN UNION - MIGRANT-SMUGGLERS IN LIBYA COULD FACE E.U. MILITARY OPERATIONS (APR 23/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Following an emergency meeting, European Union interior and foreign ministers have agreed to conduct military operations against networks of smugglers whose actions have led to the deaths of thousands in the Mediterranean Sea, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   An emergency meeting was held on Monday in Luxembourg after hundreds died off the coast of Libya over the weekend.   The ministers also decided to enhance maritime patrols in the Mediterranean and to expand a naval mission into a broader search-and-rescue mandate.   E.U. leaders are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Thursday to finalize the details.   The representatives also called for closer cooperation with Libya's neighbors, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Niger, in an effort to close down migratory routes.   Senior officials have conceded that this would be difficult and expressed skepticism about the emphasis on the traffickers.   Projected actions include "destroying ships," said Federica Mogherini, the E.U. foreign and security policy coordinator.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 04/23/2015 FRANCE - TERROR THREAT AT HIGHEST LEVEL, SAYS VALLS (APR 23/F24)  FRANCE 24 -- Prime Minister Manuel Valls says French police have thwarted five terror plots since January's Islamist assault that left 20 dead, reports France 24.   Speaking on France Inter radio on Thursday, he said: "Never has the threat been so high."   The prime minister's remarks came after an Algerian national was arrested this week on suspicion of plotting to attack churches near Paris and was linked to the murder of a woman.   Authorities are looking for at least two accomplices in the church plot, including one who may have provided weapons and a car, reported the Local (France).   The prime minister said 178 of the nation's 45,000 churches have been given more protection, reported the Wall Street Journal.   Valls said 1,573 French nationals have been involved in "terror networks." Of those, 442 are currently believed to be in Syria and 97 are said to have died there, including seven who made suicide attacks.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 04/23/2015 IRAQ - GENERAL POINTS TO GAINS MADE AGAINST ISIS IN IRAQ (APR 23/HILL)  THE HILL -- The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State has forced ISIS to "reallocate" its forces from Iraq to Syria, according to a U.S. general cited by the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   ISIS has moved some of its resources back into Syria, where fewer airstrikes are being conducted, Brig. Gen. Thomas Weidley, the chief of staff of the anti-ISIS task force, said on Tuesday.   Pentagon officials have said the campaign is advancing as expected and stressed that ISIS has not pulled back completely into Syria.   In a related report, the Daily Beast contends the Pentagon has been showing incomplete maps to highlight gains in Iraq made against ISIS but not indicating where the terrorists have made advances in Syria
Item Number:8 Date: 04/23/2015 IRAQ - MANY RETURN TO RAMADI AS SITUATION IMPROVES (APR 23/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- Many of the residents of the besieged Iraqi city of Ramadi are starting to return, say Iraqi military officials cited by the Washington Post.   Thousands of police officers and residents began coming home after reinforcements arrived to defend the city from Islamic State attackers, said officials on Wednesday.   Virtually the entire police force, about 5,000 officers, fled last week. At one point, only 1,000 security forces were left to protect multiple front lines, said Maj. Gen. Mohammed Saeed, the head of Anbar operations command.   About half of the officers who fled have returned after escorting their families to safety, said the general.   About 90,000 civilians fled after ISIS took control of neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city.   Four regiments of federal police and counterterrorism forces are said to have arrived in recent days.   Though ISIS fighters are being pushed back, booby-traps, snipers and suicide attacks are slowing the advance of government troops, said security officials cited by Reuters
Item Number:9 Date: 04/23/2015 JAPAN - COAST GUARD OPTS FOR FALCON 2000 MARITIME SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT (APR 23/DASS)  DASSAULT AVIATION -- The coast guard in Japan has chosen the Falcon 2000 for its maritime surveillance aircraft requirement, reports Dassault Aviation, which builds the aircraft.   The Falcon 2000 maritime surveillance aircraft is based on the Falcon 2000 LXS, which has a range of 4,000 nm. The aircraft is intended for maritime surveillance, anti-piracy, drug-interdiction, fishery patrol, law enforcement, search-and-rescue and intelligence and reconnaissance missions, according to a Dassault release on Wednesday.   The coast guard already operates Falcon jets for surveillance and search-and-rescue missions.   The value of the project and delivery schedule were not disclosed.  
Item Number:10 Date: 04/23/2015 LEBANON - LAND ROVERS ARRIVE FOR ARMY AS PART OF SAUDI-FUNDED AID PACKAGE (APR 23/KUWAIT)  KUWAIT NEWS AGENCY -- Lebanon's army has taken delivery of a shipment of Saudi Arabia-funded aid from the British government, reports the Kuwait News Agency.   The aid package included 98 Land Rover Defenders that were delivered to Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport, said an army statement on Wednesday.   On Monday, the first shipment of Saudi-funded aid arrived under a US$3 billion plan. That shipment included 48 French Milan anti-tank guided missiles.   Separately on Thursday, the army arrested three suspected militants believed to be connected to a soldier who defected to the Nusra Front militant group in 2014, reported the Daily Star.   The suspects were arrested in the northern town of Kirbet Daoud; they were wanted on charges of belonging to a terrorist group, said a security source.   Two of those arrested are cousins of the soldier who defected and one is his brother, said the source
Item Number:11 Date: 04/23/2015 LEBANON - PALESTINIAN FORCE AIMS TO KEEP ISIS OUT OF REFUGEE CAMPS (APR 23/TIM)  TIME MAGAZINE -- Palestinians in the largest refugee camp in Lebanon have formed a security force to exclude Islamic State militants, reports Time.   Many Palestinians have tried to stay out of the Syrian conflict. Factions are divided between those aligned with President Bashar Assad and rebels fighting against him.   In the Yarmouk camp near Damascus, Syria, such divisions permitted ISIS access and the group took over the camp.   Lebanese authorities have said the Ain al-Hilweh camp already shelters wanted militants and serves as a refuge for foreign fighters.   ISIS has strengthened its presence along the Syrian border with Lebanon and has attacked the Lebanese army.   According to the head of the new Palestinian force, local leaders in the Ain al-Hilweh camp met last year and agreed to set up an integrated force to secure the camp in cooperation with Lebanese authorities.   There are said to be around 150 members of the force, though there are plans to increase its numbers after the events in Yarmouk, according to the force leader.   The Palestinian Authority has offered to provide most of the funding for the salaries and training to expand the force to other camps in Lebanon
Item Number:12 Date: 04/23/2015 NIGERIA - TROOPS INVADE BOKO HARAM STRONGHOLD IN SAMBISA FOREST (APR 23/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- The Nigerian army, backed by Chadian and Cameroonian troops, has launched an offensive against the last known stronghold of Boko Haram militants, reports the International Business Times.   On Wednesday, ground forces and fighter planes attacked the Sambisa forest, about 100 km (60 mi) from the village of Chibok. The area has been the target of airstrikes since February.   Chadian and Cameroonian troops were prepared to attack the forest from the other side, reported Reuters.   Intelligence officials believe that more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in April 2014 are being held in the forest.   Separately, a top Boko Haram commander was killed Tuesday in an encounter with troops in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State, reported the World Bulletin (Turkey).   Abu Mojahid was among those killed during fighting on the outskirts of Alaharno, said a military spokesman
Item Number:13 Date: 04/23/2015 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG'S NUCLEAR ARSENAL LARGER THAN PREVIOUSLY BELIEVED, SAY CHINESE EXPERTS (APR 23/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Experts in China maintain that North Korea has more nuclear weapons than most official assessments have concluded, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Chinese nuclear specialists, during a closed-door February meeting with U.S. counterparts at the China Institute of International Studies, estimated that North Korea may have 20 nuclear warheads.   U.S. estimates generally range from 10 to 16.   The Chinese specialists reportedly warned that the North had enough weapons-grade uranium to double its number of nuclear weapons by 2016.   This was the first time that U.S. experts were presented with such a high Chinese estimate.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 04/23/2015 NORWAY - NEW DEFENSE PROCUREMENT AGENCY EXPECTED BY JAN. 1, 2016 (APR 23/DEFAERO)  DEFENSE-AEROSPACE -- The Norwegian government has decided to set up a separate defense procurement agency under the Defense Ministry, reports   A bill that will transfer such functions from the Defense Logistics Organization is expected to be submitted before the summer. The new agency should be established on Jan. 1, 2016, according to a ministry release on Tuesday.   "Materiel investment is becoming an increasingly important strategic area, and it is crucial to be able to see this in the context of other strategic areas for the development of defense capabilities," said Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide.   The creation of the new agency will not result in any immediate changes beyond internal reallocations within the defense budget, said the ministry.   There will be no downsizing related to the organizational move, though employees will have new jobs, said the release.   The new agency will be headed by a civilian director.   The change is expected to shorten and simplify management and lines of responsibility for defense purchases, said the ministry.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/23/2015 PHILIPPINES - GOVERNMENT SHOOTS DOWN RUMOR ABOUT ENCOUNTER WITH CHINESE SHIP (APR 23/PDI)  PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER -- The Philippine army has denied reports that a Chinese vessel fired on a military aircraft earlier this week, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.   On Monday, a Chinese frigate was said to have fired an illumination round at an Philippines air force patrol aircraft, supposedly leading to the grounding of a military flights into the South China Sea -- which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea.   A former interior secretary posted allegations about the incident on Facebook.   No such incident occurred, said an armed forces spokesman on Thursday.   The Chinese vessel did turn on its searchlights while the aircraft were in the area, said a separate source.   The Nomad aircraft in question, which was conducting a medical evacuation flight, had technical difficulties, said the spokesman. A civilian plane was used to evacuate a patient instead.   Tensions have been elevated this week after the Philippine government said China's coast guard used water cannons on Monday against Filipino fishermen, reported Reuters
Item Number:16 Date: 04/23/2015 RUSSIA - ANTEY-2500 SAM GOES DOWN FOLLOWING TEST LAUNCH (APR 23/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- A Russian surface-to-air missile has crashed after shortly after being launched in a test, reports the International Business Times.   Russian news agencies carried reports of the failed test. The Antey-2500 surface-to-air missile was launched Wednesday in the Plesetsk military cosmodrome in the northern Adkhangelsk region.   The missile "veered off-course and self-destructed" after launch, according to a spokesman for Almaz-Antey, the manufacturer.   One official said it was a experimental missile, but Almay-Antry acknowledged to Agence France-Presse that it was an Antey-2500.   The test was aimed at testing the missile's maneuvering capabilities, said the spokesman.   There was no damage to the environment or casualties on the ground, said a regional branch of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.   The Antey-2500 is an upgraded version of the S-300 air defense system
Item Number:17 Date: 04/23/2015 RUSSIA - TROOPS START DEFENSIVE EXERCISE ON KURILS (APR 23/REU)  REUTERS -- Russia is conducting military exercises in a disputed Pacific island chain, reports Reuters.   Russia's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that troops were holding large-scale anti-landing drills in the Kurils.   The soldiers are practicing coastal defense against possible air and sea attacks, said the ministry.   Japan has long claimed the islands, which it calls the Northern Territories.   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has previously called any Russian military exercises on the islands "totally unacceptable."   The dispute over the islands, which predates World War II, is a major reason that the two nations technically remain at war, noted the Diplomat (Tokyo
Item Number:18 Date: 04/23/2015 TURKEY - AUSTRALIA, TURKEY VOW TO STEP UP EFFORTS AGAINST TERRORISM (APR 23/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Australian and Turkish governments have agreed to boost bilateral counterterrorism cooperation, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hosted his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott on Wednesday in Ankara.   The leaders also agreed to counter terrorist financing and mitigate the threats from foreign fighters.   Abbott said he welcomed Turkey's efforts to implement tougher border controls and share information to prevent youths from joining the Islamic State and other militant organizations.   Both ministers highlighted the importance of identifying and stopping foreign fighters from traveling to conflict zones at their country of departure.   Annual counterterrorism talks were also planned
Item Number:19 Date: 04/23/2015 USA - CONCERNS OVER MISSILE THREAT HAS NAVY RETHINKING FLEET SIZE (APR 23/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy is said to be re-evaluating the size of its fleet as the number and capabilities of guided missiles increase around the world, reports USNI News.   Much of the increase causing concern is said to be from China.   Ongoing war games have demonstrated to Navy officials that the current fleet of 88 guided-missile destroyers and cruisers would need to expand to more than 100 in the 2020s to be able to keep up with the existing level of risk.   Yet, boosting the number of such expensive ships is unlikely given budget limitations and operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.   The Navy has already decided to reduce the capability of a significant portion of its destroyer fleet over the next five years in a money-saving effort.   Anti-surface cruise missiles, which China has been stockpiling over the last several years, are considered a major threat that has developed since the Navy completed its 2012 force structure assessment that determined the 88-ship requirement.   The Navy is conducting a number of war games that will study that projected number as it prepares for the fiscal 2017 budget. The increased threat of cruise missiles creates a larger requirement for sensors and platforms to counter it, according to an early analysis.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 04/23/2015 USA - ELECTRIC LASER GOOD TO GO, SAYS GENERAL ATOMICS (APR 23/AWST)  AVIATION WEEK AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY -- San Diego-based General Atomics says its third-generation electric laser weapon is ready for action, reports the Aviation Week & Space Technology.   The Office of Naval Research (ONR) issued a solicitation for a 150-kW laser weapon suitable for integration on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to counter unmanned aircraft and small boats.   The ONR's Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation program aims to demonstrate the laser on the Paul Foster, a decommissioned Spruance-class destroyer that is the Navy's ship-defense test vessel at Port Hueneme, Calif.   General Atomics has offered its third-generation high-energy laser (HEL) system, which recently completed independent beam quality and power testing for the U.S. government.   The electrically pumped laser uses the same architecture that was developed for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) program.   The 150-kW HELLADS will be tested this summer at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.   The third-generation laser features increased electrical-to-optical efficiency, improved beam quality and further reduced size and weight, according to General Atomics
Item Number:21 Date: 04/23/2015 USA - VICE ADM. NORA TYSON NOMINATED TO HEAD NAVY'S 3RD FLEET (APR 23/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- President Barack Obama has nominated Vice Adm. Nora Tyson to head the 3rd Fleet in San Diego, reports the Navy Times.   If confirmed, Tyson will be the Navy's first female commander of a numbered fleet responsible for ships.   The first female commander of a numbered fleet is Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, who heads 10th Fleet, or U.S. Fleet Cyber Command. She assumed command in April 2014.   Tyson, a naval flight officer, has commanded the amphibious assault ship Bataan and led the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. She has been the deputy commander at Fleet Forces Command for nearly two years.   The 3rd Fleet is responsible for the eastern and northern Pacific areas, including parts of the Arctic
  Item Number:22 Date: 04/23/2015 USA - WARTHOGS, AIR GUARDSMEN FROM MICH. DEPLOY TO MIDDLE EAST (APR 23/DFP)  DETROIT FREE PRESS -- About 350 airmen from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., have deployed to the Middle East to support operations against the Islamic State terrorist group, reports the Detroit Free Press.   The six-month deployment that began earlier this month centers on a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II strike aircraft -- commonly called Warthogs -- from the 107th Fighter Squadron, military officials said on Tuesday.   The destination for the Guardsmen was not revealed.   More airmen and KC-135 Stratotanker aerial tankers are expected to deploy later this year from the Michigan base, officials said.   That will bring the total deployed from Selfridge to more than 500, about twice the number that have gone overseas in each of the last two years, according to the military
Item Number:23 Date: 04/23/2015 YEMEN - 'GREEN BRIGADE' OF ISIS ATTACKS HOUTHIS IN YARIM (APR 23/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A group said to be affiliated with Islamic State terrorists has claimed responsibility for an attack in Yemen, reports Agence France-Presse.   The group, calling itself the Green Brigade of the Islamic State, said on Thursday that it had killed five Shi'ite Houthi rebels.   The bombing on Wednesday took place in Yarim, in Yemen's central province of Ibb.   This was the first attack in Ibb province claimed by ISIS fighters.   ISIS claimed its first attack in Yemen on March 20. That involved multiple suicide bombings at Houthi mosques in Sanaa, killing 142 people and wounding 350.   For some time, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been the dominant jihadist group in the country
  Item Number:24 Date: 04/23/2015 YEMEN - AIRSTRIKES HIT HOUTHI TARGETS NEAR ADEN (APR 23/REU)  REUTERS -- Saudi-led airstrikes have continued in Yemen two days after an announcement that the bombing operation had ended, reports Reuters.   Tanks being used by Houthi rebels near the port city of Aden were hit on Thursday morning, said witnesses.   Strikes also were said to hit Houthi positions and weapons depots in Ibb province, including a military base in the town of al-Kafr and other targets in the cities of Hubaysh and Yarim.   On Tuesday, the coalition announced it had ended its month-long bombing campaign against Houthi rebels. Strikes continued on Wednesday in Aden and Taiz, noted the Voice of America News.   Separately on Wednesday, Former Yemeni President Ali Saleh, who has allied with the Houthi rebels, reportedly left the country, reported Al Arabiya.   No destination for Saleh and his family was immediately announced.


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