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"If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military." -- Harry S. Truman

Largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, erupts for first time in nearly 4 decades MikeRivero Mon, 11/28/2022 - 09:34

The world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, has erupted for the first time in almost four decades, authorities said Monday.

Mauna Loa erupted at 11:30 p.m. local time Sunday, in what was its first eruption since 1984, according to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

For the better part of two years, Liliu Ross had lived in a one-room tin-roofed shack in the rural outer reaches of Hawaii’s Big Island. It had no running water and no electricity. But it provided shelter for Ross as she raised sheep and grew crops on land that her Native Hawaiian ancestors once called home. From the open fields and gentle slopes of her five-acre farm lot, she marveled at the stunning views of nearby Mauna Kea, one of the world’s tallest island mountains. Still, there were challenges to living under such conditions.

The Indonesian government has announced plans to procure Boeing F-15 jets, reinforcing its pledge to increase military interoperability with the US.

As part of a defense treaty between the countries, Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto expressed his government’s continued support of the US military presence in the Indo-Pacific.

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday reaffirmed that an attack on Philippine vessels in the South China Sea would trigger a US response under the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the US and the Philippines. The warning to Beijing came as she was visiting Manila.

The United States is seeking an expansion of its military presence in the Philippines under a 2014 defense pact, U.S. and Philippine officials said, one of the initiatives that will be discussed during Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit that focuses on the defense of its treaty ally in the face of China’s sweeping territorial claims.

Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project (PMDP) pulled 64,000 pounds of ghost nets from the reefs, 32,530 pounds from the shorelines and 9,125 pounds of ocean plastic debris was gathered from shorelines.

Data shows that around 57 tons of marine debris accumulates on the reefs of Papahānaumokuakea every year, and 2022 marked the first year to 'catch up' on backlogged accumulation.

The group's total of marine debris removed for this year so far is 100 tons - the equivalent weight of 10 buses or greater than three humpback whales.

Aircraft company Indonesian Aerospace has signed deals with American firms Boeing and Sikorsky to bolster the archipelago’s defense modernization efforts.

The state-owned aircraft maker, also called PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), secured a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to beef up the country’s aerospace manufacturing capabilities.

Under the pact, the companies will “explore teaming opportunities in manufacturing, support, and maintenance of defense products and training.”