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    November 1, 2002USCG upgrades intelligence jobAdmiral Thomas H. Collins, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, has appointed Frances Fargo-Townsend as the service's first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence. Townsend came to the Coast Guard in August, 2001 as the first Director of Intelligence, a new senior executive post for the military organization. Elevating the director position to assistant commandant recognizes the growing prominence of the intelligence mission in the Coast Guard's national security role. The announcement brings the total number of assistant commandants to six, only two of whom are civilians. The prestigious post is the highest-level appointment that the Commandant can bestow upon a civilian employee. Townsend spent thirteen years at the U. S. Department of Justice in a variety of senior positions, most recently as Counsel to the Attorney General for Intelligence Policy. She began her prosecutorial career in 1985, serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY. Her professional expertise ranges from intelligence policy to international law enforcement matters. Her education includes a bachelor's degree cum laude from American University and a juris doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. She also attended the Institute on International and Comparative Law in London.

    May 30, 2002Loy takes important transportation security job We can all start feeling a little happier about the effectiveness of the new Transportation Security Administration. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today announced the appointment of outgoing Coast Guard Commandant James M. Loy to the newly created post of Deputy Under Secretary for Transportation Security and Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration .In his new position, Admiral Loy will report directly to Under Secretary for Transportation Security John Magaw, the head of the TSA. The secretary's announcement was included in remarks he gave at today's change of command ceremony, when Admiral Loy was succeeded by Admiral Thomas Collins as Coast Guard commandant."Jim Loy is a world-class executive and an experienced transportation professional. TSA's already strong team will benefit from this phenomenal addition. Our mission, protecting every facet of America's transportation system, remains daunting," Secretary Mineta said. "But when individuals like these are willing to continue to serve their country, even formidable challenges become attainable. It is difficult to imagine a stronger, more experienced team to lead the TSA."Magaw, the former head of the U.S. Secret Service and of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, praised Loy's willingness to continue his public service."All of us at TSA welcome Jim Loy to TSA as chief operating officer," said Under Secretary Magaw. "Admiral Loy has gained an international reputation for operational excellence and innovative leadership as Commandant of the Coast Guard. Jim brings his enormous talent to the TSA team to help this new agency meet our vital transportation security mission."Admiral Loy, who retired today after 38 years of commissioned years in the Coast Guard, will take up his new duties after a brief vacation with his wife, Kay."I am honored that Secretary Mineta has provided me this opportunity for further service," Loy said. "I look forward to bringing my experience in management, security issues and the maritime domain to bear as the TSA grows from its transition phase to maturity. Along the way, I expect to foster close public-private partnerships with TSA's industry stakeholders in the longstanding tradition of the Coast Guard."Loy, a native of Altoona, PA, graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in 1964 and holds masters degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Rhode Island. He also attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and interned at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

    Bollinger to build more CPB'sWhat began in 1996 as a contract from the U. S. Coast Guard to Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., to build one 87-foot Marine Protector Class Coastal Patrol Boat with options, has led to the delivery of 50. Now, more will follow.Bollinger delivered its 50th CPB, the USCG PETREL, on Sept. 4. Because of increased homeland security and other mission requirements, the Coast Guard has received authorization for Bollinger to build up to 13 additional CPB's. Funding has been secured for four and construction will begin on the 51st USCG boat in the 4th quarter of 2002, with delivery planned for Sept 2003. The others will follow at one month intervals.The Marine Protector Class boats are multi-mission platforms capable of performing Search and Rescue , Law Enforcement , and Fisheries Patrols, as well as drug interdiction and illegal alien interdiction duties up to 200 miles offshore. The CPB's are based on the Damen STAN 2600 design developed for the Hong Kong police. Bollinger modified the design to meet U. S. Coast Guard requirements some of which are: Maximum continuous speed of 25 knots; Patrol speed not less than 10 knots; Maneuvering speed not greater than four knots with one engine continuously engaged; Berthing for a mix of male/female crew members of 10 plus a spare berth; Maximum crew comfort consistent with the operational requirements, and provisions for stores for a crew of 10 for a five day mission. The delivered 50 patrol boats are nearly identical. They are 87 ft l long, 19 ft 4 in wide with a maximum draft of 5 ft 8 in . They are armed with two 50 caliber machine guns as well as small arms. The CPB's can carry approximately 2,900 gallons (11,000 liters) of fuel, and approximately 400 gallons (1500 liters) of potable water.They were designed in accordance with the American Bureau of Shipping's Guide for Building and Classing High Speed Crafts, and are capable of towing vessels weighing up to 200 tons. One of the CPB's most important features is its ability to carry, launch and recover a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat in seas up to 8 ft wave height. Bollinger drew upon the experience of David Cannell, a famous English marine designer, in the design of the RIB stern launch and recovery system. The pilothouse of the CBP is a dramatic improvement over the aging Point Class cutters. Their fully integrated system is housed in an area of 205 square feet as opposed to 42 square feet on the Point class. The command and control console stretches the full width of the pilothouse. Visibility is a full 360 degrees with no obstructions from the mast, exhaust, or other hull structure.There are 17 heated windows, including two sliding windows to ensure that the commanding officer has a full view of the surrounding area. The navigation station faces forward and can accommodate full sized charts without folding.The Electronic Chart Display with radar overlay is visible from the navigation station, the helmsman's position, and the commanding officer's chair. The ECDIS system is a Windows-based computer system that has pre-programmed search and rescue patterns including track line, expanding square, and sector searches. This single unit can display "own ship" and all radar "targets" on the selected navigational chart at the current position. The cutters have a ship's office to house the U. S. Coast Guard Standard Workstation (personal computer) and a fiber optic Local Area Network that can be used internally or externally when connected to a shore tie. Accommodations for two safes for the storage of classified material are also provided in the ship's office.Two MTU 8V 396 TE94 diesel engines developing 1,500 hp drive five-bladed propellers via ZF BW 255 reverse/reduction gears. The system includes a slow speed drive capability to ensure that the vessels can maneuver in restricted waters as well as tow small pleasure craft after a successful search and rescue mission. The engine control and monitoring systems are equipped with operational data recorders to provide performance-based maintenance and to improve logistic support. Each vessel is equipped with a 250-gallon per day reverse osmosis water maker.The RIB launch and recovery system allows for the safe and rapid deployment and recovery of the RIB with minimal assistance from the crew of the "mother" ship. To launch, the boat crew boards the RIB and starts its diesel water-jet engine. The mother ship's transom gate is raised hydraulically from the down position to an open position parallel to and over the main deck. The crew then activates a quick release hook, allowing the force of gravity to slide the RIB down a 13-degree incline and out of the stern. For recovery, the coxswain can either drive the RIB into the notch and up the incline where a crew member passes a line over a Samson post to capture the craft or the coxswain can winch the RIB into the notch using a high speed electric winch mounted on the main deck of the mother ship. The aluminum hulled RIB has a foam collar with an inflatable bladder beneath it to provide durability and safety. The RIB has a top speed in excess of 20 knots when carrying six crewmembers but approaches 30 knots with a two-person crew. Crew comfort is achieved through the use of four two-person staterooms and one three-person stateroom. Each stateroom is equipped with internal telephones and sound-powered phones as well as sinks and potable water service. There are two water closets and two showers to give maximum utilization to the sanitary facilities. The mess deck has seating for nine crewmembers and is furnished with television, a VCR, and stereo equipment for crew relaxation.

    From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm David Byrd reporting.

    The head of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee says he will not step aside despite Democrats' calls to recuse himself from the committee's probe into Russian interference in last year's election.

    California Republican Devin Nunes says the committee will continue its inquiry even though it has cancelled all scheduled hearings this week.

    "We're doing a very thorough job on this investigation. As you know, this Russia issue, we have been on it for many, many years, and so we'll continue to be on the issue."

    On Monday, the ranking Democrat on the committee, Representative Adam Schiff, released a statement calling for Nunes to step down, saying it would be difficult for the public to maintain faith in the investigation if it could not be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman.

    澳门金莎娱乐网址,Last week, Nunes, a member of President Trump's transition team, spoke with reporters and the president about intelligence reports that said Trump transition team members had been caught up in incidental surveillance between November and January.

    Nunes acted without informing any of the other 21 members on the house committee, angering Democrats on the committee who then questioned his credibility.

    President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at rolling back many of the Obama administration's environmental regulations.

    "Perhaps no single regulation threatens our miners, energy workers and companies more than this crushing attack on American industry."

    Trump's 2018 budget proposal slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, including an almost total cut of climate research funds.

    For more on these stories, log on to our website voanews.com. This is VOA news.

    The commander of American forces in Iraq says the U.S. military likely played a role in an airstrike in Mosul, an attack that witnesses said killed more than 100 civilians earlier this month.

    Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the commander leading the counter-Islamic State fight in Iraq and Syria, told reporters in a conference call from Baghdad on Tuesday that "there is a fair chance that we did it."

    Townsend said Iraqi military leaders "firmly believe" that civilians were gathered by Islamic State ahead of the strike, either to lure the coalition into a trap that would kill civilians or possibly for the extremists' use as human shields.

    "The coalition respects human life, which is why we will not abandon our partners in their time of need or because of ISIS's inhumane tactics of terrorizing civilians using human shields and fighting from protected sites, such as schools, hospitals, religious sites, and civilian neighborhoods."

    Air Force Brigadier General Matthew Isler has been appointed to lead the civilian casualty credibility assessment of the March 17 attack.

    Meanwhile, the U.N. human rights chief is calling on Iraq's military and the U.S.-led coalition to review their tactics in the battle against Islamic State in Mosul.

    The U.N. says at least 307 people were killed and 273 others wounded between February 17 and March 22 in western Mosul.

    A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, said Tuesday that Islamic State is committing war crimes by using civilians as human shields.

    "Under international humanitarian law, the use of human shields amounts to a war crime. And shooting civilians in the back as they flee for their lives is an act of monstrous depravity."

    The U.N. attributed the casualties to all sides [in vi...] involved, that is, in the fight for western Mosul, including Iraqi and coalition airstrikes as well as Islamic State shelling and improvised explosive devices.

    U.S. consumer confidence, home prices, and the trade deficit all improved in March, according to economic reports published Tuesday.

    Consumer confidence hit a 16-year high as buyers said they were more confident about getting or keeping jobs and the economic outlook in general. The Conference Board said its index jumped more than nine percentage points in March.

    A separate report by S&P Case-Shiller showed home prices rose sharply over the past 12 months.

    And the Census Bureau said the trade deficit shrank as imports dropped sharply.

    All that good news sent stock prices higher on Wall Street, with all three major indices closing up.

    I'm David Byrd in Washington.

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