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New Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center to be established
    The Department of Defense announced yesterday that it will establish a Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSpOC), in conjunction with the U.S. Strategic Command, the Air Force Space Command, and the intelligence community.
    The center, to be located at Schriever Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo., will create unity of effort and facilitate information sharing across the national security space enterprise. The new JICSpOC will improve processes and procedures, ensuring data fusion among DOD, intelligence community, interagency, Allied and commercial space entities. The JICSpOC will have embedded capabilities that enable it to provide backup to the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), located at Vanderberg Air Force Base, Calif., but is not intended as a replacement for the JSpOC. The JICSpOC will be located within existing facilities on Schriever AFB. Military construction funding is not required. The center will have the capability to develop, test, validate and integrate new space system tactics, techniques and procedures in support of both DOD and Intelligence Community space operations.
    The increasing threats to space capabilities necessitates better operational integration of these two space communities, as well as civil, commercial, Allied and international partners. The JICSpOC experimentation and test effort will boost the ability to detect, characterize, and attribute irresponsible or threatening space activity in a timely manner.
    Ultimately, the output of the JICSpOC will enhance U.S. space operations, contribute to operational command and control within the DOD, and improve the nation's ability to protect and defend critical national space infrastructure in an increasingly contested space environment.
    Along with JSpOC, the new JICSpOC will support the Joint Functional Component Commander for Space, the Space Component Commander for the USSTRATCOM. An initial cadre of approximately 30 personnel will develop the facility, network and analytic requirements, as well as the skill sets and organizational representation required to provide the proper experimentation and testing environment for the JICSpOC. Membership of this initial group will come from the DOD and the Intelligence Community. Additional personnel from these and other stakeholders will be added as the detailed experimentation plan is refined.
    Initial funding for stand-up of the JICSpOC consists of $16 million in FY15 funds sourced from DOD and DNI stakeholders. Budget requirements for future years are still being determined.
    Preparatory activities have already commenced. Operational experimentation and testing will begin on Oct. 1. Completion of the initial series of experiments, including incorporation of the results into standard operating procedures, is expected by Jan, 1, 2017.
Saudi Arabia launches inquiry into Grand Mosque disaster
Base of a crane where storms caused a crane to fall in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, September 11, 2015.    
    Saudi Arabia has begun an investigation after a crane collapsed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, killing at least 107 people. The huge red crane crashed into a part of the Grand Mosque - which was filled with worshippers at the time.
Corbin expected to win leadership of Britain
    Britain's opposition Labor Party is expected to crown "hard leftist" Member of Parliament (MP) Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader today after a surprise surge in support for his anti-austerity platform, and despite fears that he will make the party unelectable for years.
Singapore's election won
    Singapore's prime minister today lauded the city-state's youth vote for helping return his party to power in a massive election victory, and reversing a worrying drop in popularity it suffered in the last polls five years ago.
Cuba releases prison inmates prior to pope's visit
    Cuba announced yesterday that it is releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of next week's visit by Pope Francis, the third time Cuba has granted inmates freedom before a papal trip.
Hungary's prime minister calls for Syria aid package
By Lisa Levine, News of the Force Tel Aviv
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called on the European Union to give Syria's neighbors $3.4 billion in financial aid to help those displaced by the civil war.
    "Blame Everyone Else" is the name of the new game in Europe. The Hungarians - who are facing a huge migration crisis - are now blaming the Germans for their dilemma.
    Jeish al-Islam fighters have clashed with Syrian forces in Eastern Ghouta, and the Russians' involvement has President al-Assad worried.
    Israeli officials fear that strikes on Syrian targets could bring it into a direct conflict with Russian forces.
    One day quite soon, Syrians fleeing their country will find their feet in the European countries who have opened their doors to them.
    Back in April, when U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to allow Congress to vote on the then-still-under negotiation nuclear accord with Iran, it was widely covered as a surrender by the White House. In retrospect, it was a great move by the White House. The congressional review process, which effectively came to an end on Thursday when Senate Democrats blocked a resolution disapproving of the Iran deal, gave the appearance of congressional debate on the agreement, but the deck was always stacked heavily in the White House’s favor. In fact, the way the deal was orchestrated sets a precedent for expanded executive power that should concern even those who support this president and this deal.
Deputy Secretary of Defense visits the U.K.
    Deputy U.S. Secretary of Defense Bob Work visited the United Kingdom Sep. 9-12, concluding the last leg of a seven-day trip that included visits to Iceland and Norway.
    The deputy secretary met with senior government officials in London, including the U.K.'s Secretary of State for Defense, Michael Fallon; Minister of State for Defense Procurement Philip Dunne; Secretary of State Michael Fallon; and the Vice Chief of the Defense Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stewart Peach. They discussed European security issues, bilateral defense cooperation, NATO reform, and initiatives to improve Alliance force posture and capabilities.
    Work participated in a Strategic Defense and Security Review panel discussion to exchange views on capability priorities and opportunities for enhanced bilateral cooperation in an increasingly complex security environment. Work noted the unprecedented depth of the bilateral dialogue and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to provide input to the U.K.'s strategic review. The deputy secretary also expressed appreciation for the U.K.'s recent decision to fulfill the NATO defense investment pledge, dedicating two percent of its GDP to defense spending. Work explained that this tough political decision sends a clear signal to the Alliance of the U.K.'s commitment to a strong and capable alliance and also is an example of continued U.K. leadership in NATO.
    Additionally, Work delivered a speech at the Royal United Services Institute focused on the Third Offset Strategy and its opportunities for our Allies and partners.
    He finished his trip by visiting with service members at RAF Lakenheath, including members of the first squadron to deploy to the Baltic region to deter potential Russian aggression on NATO's eastern flank. The deputy secretary also delivered remarks at a base's Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony that included first responders and community leaders. Throughout his visit, he thanked service members, civilians, and their families for their ongoing commitment to defense.
    Work expressed that our partnership with our allies and partners in Northern Europe is critical to ensure deterrence on NATO's northern flank.
U.S. Army
    U.S. Army Reserve brigade and battalion command team leaders have participated in a "huddle" to shape success across the force.
    Brig. Gen. Jonathan J. McColumn, commander of the 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), has addressed Army Reserve soldiers and guests at a historic ceremony at the conclusion of "Nationwide Move 15."
    York County, Pa., Judge Craig T. Trebilcock is returning to military service. Trebilcock, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, holds the rank of colonel in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. Trebilcock will serve one year of active service in support the U.S. Army's overseas operations.
    According to the Army Times, there has been a 17 percent drop in suicides over this same time last year among Army Reserve and Army National Guard members.
    Soldiers from the U.S. Army's Delta Co., 249th Engineer Battalion, are restoring electricity on Saipan.
    A ceremony under the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, Calif, on Thursday afternoon marked the official kickoff for the pending demolition and transformation of the former U.S. Army Reserve Center there.
    The new uniformed leader of the Army and the civilian head of the Air Force will top the list of speakers when 4,200 National Guard officers and their troops meet at a Guard conference in Nashville, Tenn.
    Melissa Shade, a public affairs officer for the West Virginia Army National Guard says that the Guard facility near Potomac State College is to remain open.
    National Guard members have been treated to family game night in Reno, Nev.
    And Army Col. Brad Bishop has taken command of the Tennessee Army National Guard's 194th Engineer Brigade, based in Jackson.
New York City Police
From the video taken outside the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York on Wednesday.    
    The NYPD officer who tackled tennis star James Blake has been sued four times for using excessive force. The awful altercation between Stefon Luckey, a 35-year-old EMT, and the cops, was caught of surveillance video obtained by The New York Daily News.
U.S. Air Force news
    For the first time, troops from the Air Force Reserve, the Mississippi Air National Guard and the Mississippi Army National Guard will train side-by-side at Keesler AFB.
    Roughly 1,100 reservists work at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, but with the F-35 now firmly implanted, the 419th Fighter Wing is in need of even more airmen.
    In Owensboro, Ky., this weekend, the Air National Guard is using a *unique and exciting way" to recruit members.
    There's no let up in the ops tempo for mobility airmen. The Air Mobility Command (AMC) tries to distribute the workload among its "large team" of active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members.
    The Tallahassee, Fla., Civil Air Patrol squadron held a 9/11 remembrance and flagpole dedication ceremony on Thursday night.
    Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Air Force C-21 and F-16 aircraft, and a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter are expected to participate in an air defense exercise this week over Pennsylvania.
    And yesterday, News of the Force received the following e-mail message:
"We had high hopes and ambitions for the Florida Wing with the newest commander, Col. Henry Irrizarry. We have been highly disappointed with his performance. It seems the days of Pineda's reign of terror are back in the wing. Threats and retribution are now commonplace. Remember, if Pineda didn't like you, it was "2-B time." No wonder the CAP is dropping members like flies. We have a deputy commander who is wearing too many hats at present, doing too many jobs for the wing. Just some of the happenings going on that your readers should be aware of: A group of cadets from Florida were threatening to boycott the Florida Wing Encampment because they were disenfranchised with a senior member who was running the encampment. So to come up with a better solution, one of the senior members in charge of the cadets went through his chain of command and requested assistance with getting the cadets to the Texas Wing Cadet Encampment. What a great way to pollinate the organization with ideas from around the nation. But in typical CAP fashion, the wing and Southeast Region both denied the requests. The parents of the cadets then began calling CAP National HQ and the reply from national back to the Florida Wing was: "The cadets are going to the encampment - make it happen." All good, they get airline tickets and go. Upon their return, Col. Irrizarry directed the suspension of the senior member through the group commander. What a shame. The senior can appeal the suspension, however it has to go through the dispenser - in this case Col. Irrizarry. Recently the Chief of Staff of the Air Force's admission of CAP to the Air Force system is a great thing, however, the CAP in the Florida Wing has a long way to go. This is a "good old boy flying club" with consummate amateurs at every turn. This amateur behavior is sickening, to say the least. A notable fact: the Florida Wing is located in the smuggling capital of the world. The federal government spend millions of dollars per year to intercept illicit drugs on the high seas. It is interesting to note that the CAP doesn't even have a piece of that pie. The Florida Wing used to have a high-profile mission and they lost it due to meddling by a former director of operations who couldn't manage the program very well. In true fashion, the CAP was using aircraft and hotels in a personal manner which resulted in a discontinuation of the program by the Coast Guard and Homeland Security. The CAP has real issues facing it. We have never seen a group of people so intent on destroying itself except for the Florida Wing. So right now, in the Wing, you have people sitting on their hands doing nothing because doing nothing is better than doing anything, and you can get in trouble if you do." An e-mail sent yesterday to the Florida Wing commander seeking comment was not responded to by press time today.
American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross was out in Medford, Oregon, yesterday, installing free smoke alarms.
    The American Red Cross has opened three emergency shelters in Amador and Calaveras counties, in California, to assist evacuees from a large forest fire.
    The American Red Cross conducted free home visits on Friday on the west side of Charleston, W. Va., to install free smoke alarms.
    The American Red Cross and Indiana's Terre Haute Fire Department teamed teaming up today for their second time to install free smoke alarms.
    The American Red Cross will hold two Citizen Preparedness Corps training classes at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
    The American Red Cross recently announced that Jacqueline Baldwin-LeClair has accepted the position of Disaster Program Specialist in Missoula, Montana.
    And a suicide awareness workshop was held on Thursday night at American Red Cross headquarters in Savannah, Ga.
U.S. Coast Guard
    A bomb squad, joining San Diego Fire Rescue personnel, was dispatched yesterday to U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Calif., to investigate a report of a suspicious package. The suspect package was found to be harmless.
    The crew of USCGC Margaret Norvell repatriated 52 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, last week.
    The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two missing boaters off the coast of Savannah, Ga.
    The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search off the New Jersey coast for a pilot from Gaylord, Mich., whose plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
    The Coast Guard is searching for a man and a woman whose fishing boat was found capsized on Thursday evening in the Pacific Ocean, near Grays Harbor, Oregon.
    The U.S. Coast Guard yesterday said it had closed a section of the Mississippi River in response to barges breaking away from their tow.
    Members of U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., stopped to remember the anniversary of Sept. 11, yesterday.
    There are fifty scientists aboard USCGC Healy doing a wide range of scientific tests, from mapping changes in sea ice to search and rescue, in the Arctic.
    For the first time, the media are hearing from the Coast Guard Auxiliary pilot who crashed a plane onto a field in New Jersey, avoiding another one filled with children.
    And the U.S. Coast Guard has towed a leaky boat back to port from 400 miles off the coast of Oahu.
News from the U.S. Marshals Service
    Yesterday, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Lewis Cheresnowsky, formerly of Canton, Bradford County, Pa., for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Cheresnowsky was convicted of unlawful sexual contact in Somerset County, Maine, which required him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
    On Sept. 8, Joshua Lamonte Roberts, Jr., was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force in Greensboro, N.C. Roberts was wanted by the state of North Carolina for assault by strangulation, felony probation violations and breaking and entering with the intent to injure an occupant.
    Also on Sept. 8, the U.S. Marshals’ Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team arrested fugitive Michael D. Burroughs on an outstanding warrant from the Hamilton County Municipal Court in Cincinnati, Ohio, on charges of kidnapping and robbery.
UFO news
    A UFO was sighted flying over South Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 5.
    A black UFO was sighted and captured on video footage flying over Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 9.
    A UFO was sighted and photographed as it flew over Beckenham, in Western Australia, on Sept. 10.
    And a UFO was seen flying over the Kitimat Mall, in northern Canada, also Sept 10.
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