Thursday, March 17, 2016

China, Russia Planning Space Attacks on U.S. Satellites...

Military Newsletter
Latest intelligence on the world situation, updates on US military capabilities, news that affects Military retirees, 
and news that will probably never be reported by the "Liberal American Media!"
Edited by Lt Col Kent Vasby, USAF, Ret


China, Russia Planning Space Attacks on U.S. Satellites
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the Air Force Space Command, said the threat to U.S. space systems has reached a new tipping point, and after years of post-Cold War stagnation foreign states are focused on curbing U.S. space systems.
Adversaries are developing kinetic, directed-energy, and cyber tools to deny, degrade, and destroy our space capabilities, Hyten said

Syrian Kurds Hope to Establish a Federal Region in Countrys North
If they move ahead with the plan, they will be dipping a toe into the roiling waters of debate over two proposals to redraw the Middle East map, each with major implications for Syria and its neighbors.
 One is the longstanding aspiration of Kurds across the region to a state of their own or, failing that, greater autonomy in the countries where they are concentrated: Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, all of which view such prospects with varying degrees of horror.

US Army Generals Criticize Outdated Deployment Model: 'We've Gotten Rusty.' 
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. The US Army must rebuild its ability to deploy quickly and into contested areas, the services senior leaders said Wednesday.
Weve been deploying for 15 years, but I would suggest we havent been doing it the way we need to be doing it for the future, said Lt. Gen. Gustave Perna, the Armys deputy chief of staff for logistics. The [Army Force Generation] model served us well while we were fighting those two wars [in Iraq and Afghanistan], but it wont serve us as we need to be ready to execute expeditionary deployments and then expeditionary operations.

Military Admits Billion-Dollar War Toy F-35 Is F**ked
Officials are finally admitting the F-35 fighter has turned into a nightmare-but it's too late to stop the $400-billion program now.  
The dream of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has turned into a nightmare.
The program is six years behind schedule and tens of billions of dollars over budget. And now, 16 years after the JSF prototypes took off for their first flights, top officials are finally owning up to the trauma the $400-billion fighter program has inflicted on America's finances and war readiness.
The Pentagon can clear its conscience of the jet fighter's misdeeds because doing so is, at this late hour, consequence-free.

Navy admiral warns of growing sense that 'might makes right' in Southeast Asia
The Navy's top admiral in the Pacific said Tuesday that there is a "palpable sense" in the region that "might makes right" has taken root as a philosophy - and he warned that the present chaos in the Middle East, eastern Europe and northern Africa may be an example of what the future could hold.  

Navy's code-cracking officers get their own name
These naval officers have been known as cryptologists, information dominators, spooks and cryppies.
Their new official title: Cryptologic warfare officers.
Naah, they're still spooks.

The U.S. is heading toward a dangerous showdown with China
What makes this dispute so explosive is that it pits an American president who needs to affirm his credibility as a strong leader against a risk-taking Chinese president who has shown disregard for U.S. military power and who faces potent political enemies at home.
This isnt Pearl Harbor, but if people on all sides arent careful, it could be The Guns of August,  says Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for Asia, referring to the chain of miscalculations that led to World War I. The administration, he says, is facing another red line moment where it has to figure out how to carry through on past warnings.

How China's premier survived a two-hour news conference without answering a single hard question
The questions that are chosen -- and those that are not -- can be as revealing as the answers they receive. 


Drug Cartel In Mexico Tells Coca-Cola They Must Pay One Million Dollars...
The drug cartel in the Mexican state of Guerrero demanded from Coca-Cola one million dollars to keep their distribution center in the region. Coca-Cola refused to pay the money. 
The cartel retaliated and began to burn down Coca-Cola trucks. 
This story signifies just how powerful the narco state of Mexico is becoming, even to the point of driving out major American industries.

Oh the Irony: GOP Leaders Ask Cruz to Apologize Before Receiving Their Support
Its funny how the tables turn over time. Ted Cruz is the only one left who can pose any real challenge to Donald Trumps Republican nomination, and now, figures from the political establishment are asking him to make nice with them before they agree to coalesce around his campaign. 
While his uncompromising stances distinguished Cruz as the junior U.S. Senator from Texas, years of stunts like shutting down the government and calling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar have caused many of his colleagues to dislike him.

Trump's unorthodox foreign policy unnerves Republicans
Donald Trump's unconventional approach to foreign policy has confounded Republicans, who question his national security acumen and argue he would make the country less safe. 

Irish Jokes
Young girl from Donegal leaves home to find work among the bright lights of London.
Comes home 6 months later and steps out of a taxi, wearing a full-length mink coat.
"Begorrah, Colleen" says her mother "'Tis a lovely soft coat yer wearin' - an' it looks so expensive. Where did ye get that?"
Colleen replies, "Sure now, I won it at the bingo.
Don't they have wonderful prizes in London."
When the weekend's over, Colleen returns to the bright lights, but she's back to visit her mom a few months later.
This time, when she steps out of the taxi, she's wearing a beautiful gold wristwatch and a large diamond ring.
(Same exchange with mom -- same "Won it at bingo.
" Then Colleen returns to the bright lights once again.)
A few months later, she's back again. And this time she's sporting a beautiful emerald and diamond necklace with matching bracelet and earrings. She hands her mother 1,000 pounds and explains that she won it all at the bingo. 
Then she asks her mom to run her a bath as she needs to freshen up. Her mom draws the bath while Colleen gets undressed in her bedroom, but when she gets to the washroom, there's only a quarter inch of hot water in the bathtub. 
Colleen, a wee bit peeved at her mom being so cheap with the hot water after being handed 1,000 pounds, calls downstairs, "Mom! Sure now didn't I ask you to run me a bath? There's only a quarter inch of water in the tub!" 
"Indade there is, me darlin'" replies her mom. "But we don't want ye gettin' yer bingo ticket wet now, do we?"

Thanks, Skip


An Irishman had been drinking at a pub all night.  The bartender finally said that the bar is closing. So the Irishman stood up to leave and fell flat on his face. He tried to stand one more time; same result. He figured he'll crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that will sober him up.
Once outside he stood up and fell flat on his face. So he decided to crawl the 4 blocks to his home. When he arrived at the door he stood up and again fell flat on his face.  He crawled through the door and into his bedroom. When he reached his bed he tried one more time to stand up. This time he managed to pull himself upright, but he quickly fell right into bed and is sound asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow.   He was awakened the next morning to his wife standing over him, shouting, "So, you've been out drinking again!!"
"What makes you say that?" he asked, putting on an innocent look.
"The pub called. You left your wheelchair there again."



Pat and Mike were doing some street repairs in front of a known house of ill repute in Boston. 
A Jewish Rabbi came walking down the street, looked the left, looked to right, and ducked into the house. 
Pat paused a bit from swinging his pick and said "Mike...will you look at that! A man of the cloth, and going into a place like that in broad daylight!".
A bit later, a Baptist minister came down the street, looked to the left, looked to the right, and scurried into the house.  Mike layed down his shovel, turned to Pat and said "Pat! Are you seeing what  I'm seeing? A man of the Church, and he's giving that place his custom!" 
Just then, a Catholic Priest came down the street, looked to the left, looked to the right, and slipped into the bawdy house.
Pat and Mike straightened up, removed their hats, and Mike says "Faith, and there must be somebody sick in there." 

An Irish daughter had not been home for over five years.  
Thanks, Bob
Upon her return, her Father cursed her heavily.  
"Where have ye been all this time, child?   
Why did ye not write to us, not even a line?   
Why didn't ye call?   
Can ye not understand what ye put yer old Mother thru?" 
The girl, crying, replied, "Sniff, sniff ... Dad ... I became a prostitute ..."   
"Ye what!!?  Out of here, ye shameless harlot!  Sinner!  You're a disgrace to this Catholic family."
"OK, Dad ... as ye wish.  I just came back to give mum this luxurious fur coat, title deed to a ten bedroom mansion plus  a $5 million savings certificate.   
For me little brother, this gold Rolex.   
And for ye Daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's parked outside plus a membership to the country club ... (takes a breath) ... and an invitation for ye all to spend New Year's Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera." 
"Now what was it ye said ye had become?" says Dad. 
Girl, crying again, "Sniff, sniff ... a prostitute Daddy!  Sniff, sniff."   
"Oh!  Be Jesus!  Ye scared me half to death, girl!   I thought ye said a Protestant.   Come here and give yer old Dad a hug."