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
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
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
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,
Saudi Arabia launches inquiry into Grand
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'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 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
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
By Lisa Levine, News of the Force Tel
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
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.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
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
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
Work delivered a speech at the Royal United Services Institute focused on the
Third Offset Strategy and its opportunities for our Allies and
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
expressed that our partnership with our allies and partners in Northern Europe
is critical to ensure deterrence on NATO's northern flank.
Reserve brigade and battalion command team leaders have participated in a
"huddle" to shape success across the force.
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."
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
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
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.
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.
members have been treated to family game night in Reno,
And Army Col.
Brad Bishop has taken command of the Tennessee Army National Guard's 194th
Engineer Brigade, based in Jackson.
New York City
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
U.S. Air Force
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
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
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.
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
And yesterday, News of
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
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
Members of U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape
May, N.J., stopped to remember the anniversary of Sept. 11,
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.
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.