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U.S. military bases to face an increase in extreme heat

U.S. military bases to face an increase in extreme heat

Science
Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Over the next three decades, members of the United States military stationed on bases in the contiguous U.S. could experience an extra month of extreme heat each year, as climate change continues unabated. Researchers with the Union of Concerned Scientists used climate models to simulate temperatures on U.S. military bases under a range of warming scenarios. They published their findings in a new report. "Our results show that with no action to reduce global heat-trapping emissions, on average, by mid-century U.S. installations would experience nearly five times as many days with a heat index above 100°F as they have historically," Kristy Dahl, a senior climate scientist and the lead author of the study, wrote in a blog update. "These results imply that living, working,
Keel laid for U.S. Navy’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

Keel laid for U.S. Navy’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

Business
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The keel has been laid for the first Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyer, the USS Jack H. Lucas, representing the ceremonial start of ship construction. A keel-laying ceremony was held Thursday at Huntington Ingalls Industries' shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., with ship sponsors Ruby Lucas, widow of the ship's namesake, and philanthropist Catherine B. Reynolds etching their initials into the keel plate. The vessel, designated DDG 125, will be the first of the Navy's new Burke-class ships in the Flight III configuration, which includes the new SPY-6 radar system and Aegis Baseline 10, both of which are said to be significant upgrades. "The Flight III ships will bring increased lethality and warfighting capacity to our warfighters, and today's milestone is the first of m...
U.S. women’s soccer co-captain Alex Morgan to play in 2020 Summer Olympics

U.S. women’s soccer co-captain Alex Morgan to play in 2020 Summer Olympics

Sports
Nov. 6 (UPI) -- United States women's national soccer team star Alex Morgan said she plans to play in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo despite expecting her first child less than four months before the start of the event. Morgan, 30, announced her pregnancy on social media two weeks ago. She is expecting a baby girl in April, about three months before the beginning of the Olympics. "I hope to get back on the field as soon as possible," Morgan told reporters Tuesday. "After having a healthy baby, I want to get back with the national team and look forward to playing in Tokyo." Morgan, who helped guide the U.S. women's national team to a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics and wins in the 2019 World Cup and the 2015 World Cup, said she believes she will continue to play at a high level after h...
Taiwan ready to buy A1M2T Abrams tanks from U.S.

Taiwan ready to buy A1M2T Abrams tanks from U.S.

Business
Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Taiwan is prepared to purchase 108 Abrams M1A2T tanks from the United States under a $ 2.2 billion deal, the Taiwanese army chief of staff said. At a question-and-answer session this week before the national legislature's foreign affairs and defense committee, Lt. Gen. Yang Hai-ming confirmed that Taiwan will sign a letter of offer and acceptance in November. Committee member Johnny Chaing said at the meeting that the letter from the United States is expected soon. In July, the U.S. Department of State gave its approval of the sale of 108 M1A2 Abrams tanks, 1,240 BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles, 409 FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 250 FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missiles through the Foreign Military Sales program. The sale of the tanks, built in several variants i...
A 355-ship U.S. Navy may not be attainable, Adm. Robert Burke says

A 355-ship U.S. Navy may not be attainable, Adm. Robert Burke says

Business
Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A lack of funding will prevent the U.S. Navy from maintaining a planned fleet of 355 ships, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Robert Burke said. The Navy has 290 ships, with 300 projected by the autumn of 2020, but maintaining the ships, and expected declining budgets in future fiscal years, are a cause for concern, Burke said Friday. "Will we get to 355 ships?" Burke asked at the Military Reports and Editors conference in Arlington, Va. "I think with today's fiscal situation, where the Navy's top line is right now, we can keep around 305 to 310 ships whole, properly manned, properly maintained, properly equipped, and properly ready." He added that although the 355-ship target is appropriate, "it's more important that we have the maximum capability to address every cha...