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Manmade quakes force Dutch to face future without gas

Manmade quakes force Dutch to face future without gas

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When Nienke Bastiaans fell in love with and bought a 17th-century thatched house in a rural Dutch village, there was one person who warned about possible earthquakes due to gas extraction. "Nobody listened to him," she said. Now, 20 years later, thousands of homes in the northeastern Groningen province are facing reinforcement or even demolition because of hundreds of small tremors caused by decades of gas extraction. The scope of the problem is forcing the Dutch government to confront the prospect of a future without locally produced gas and lucrative gas tax revenue years earlier than previously expected. Bastiaans and her husband Tom Robinson just had the entire front wall of their home reinforced — paid for by the gas extraction company — and two chimneys replaced because of fears tha
Afghan air force has made progress but work not yet done, Pentagon says in new report

Afghan air force has made progress but work not yet done, Pentagon says in new report

Business
Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The Pentagon's Inspector General said this week that U.S. and coalition forces are making progress in training the Afghanistan air force, but that work still needs to be done concerning strategic planning and other logistical and maintenance requirements.The IG report, released on Thursday, notes that the Afghan Air Force has garnered "notable accomplishments." Using Embraer-made A-29 Super Tucanos, the Afghans have made progress in aircraft mission performance, night-vision capabilities, and air-ground integration between the air force and the Afghan national army.The report said, however, that the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air, or TAAC-Air, mission that develops the Afghan Air Force does not yet have a strategic plan for development of the force into a "professional, ...
Harris contracted by Army for radios for security force assistance brigades

Harris contracted by Army for radios for security force assistance brigades

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Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Brigades that train and organize coalition forces are to be equipped with Harris Corporation communications systems.Harris, which did not detail the financial value of the contract, said it will supply its Falcon III AN/PRC-152A wideband networking handheld radios, AN/PRC-117G multi-band networking manpack radios and AN/PRC-160 high-frequency manpack radios to the U.S. Army.The radios will be equipped with the Soldier Radio Waveform and the Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform for enhanced battlespace communications.Additional details of the order, however, were not disclosed."The Security Force Assistance Brigades are an important, near-term Army priority," Chris Young, president of Harris Communication Systems, said in a press release....
Air Force pilot shortage has grown, is 'stretching the force to the limit'

Air Force pilot shortage has grown, is 'stretching the force to the limit'

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Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The Pilot shortage that has dogged the U.S. Air Force has gotten worse as the service's top officials say the shortage has surged to about 2,000 airmen.In September, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Goldfein told attendees at the annual Air Crew Summit at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland that the service is "in a crisis" that could compromise its ability to defend the nation. According to Goldfein and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, it's gotten worse."Last summer, we were reporting to people that we were about 1,500 pilots short in the Air Force -- and we expected it to get worse," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters on Thursday. "Almost 2,000 pilots short of a force that has 20,000 pilots, so that's one in 10 that we're short."At the Air Crew Summit, Goldfein...
Mattis, Tillerson ask Congress for authorization of military force without end date

Mattis, Tillerson ask Congress for authorization of military force without end date

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Oct. 31 (UPI) -- As the 16-year debate rages on Capitol Hill over the legal authority sending the U.S. military to combat, a new bipartisan bill proposes a new legal authority to replace active authorities that date back to President George W. Bush's administration.On Monday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cemented the White House's reliance on a pair of 15-year-old authorizations for military force as the legal cornerstone permitting the executive branch to stage counter-terrorism operations.A new authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, has been proposed by Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and is being considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.The new AUMF would seek to replace two previous ones, the 2001 AUM...