The US, Taiwan and Japan are to share real-time data from naval reconnaissance drones. US defence contractor General Atomics is due to deliver four MQ-9B Sea Guardian drones to Taipei beginning in 2025. Washington would allow the aircraft to be integrated into the same system that US forces in the region and the Japanese Self-Defense Force will use. This would allow the US and its allies and partners to observe the same information gathered simultaneously by the unmanned aerial vehicles — a set-up referred to as a common operational picture.
- Date Posted:
- June 8, 2023
Citi expects labor shortages, permitting challenges and other issues will propel lithium prices higher by as much as 40% by year’s end. It forecasts copper will jump 50% by 2025, noting that it is less vulnerable than some other metals to recent innovations for electric-vehicle batteries. The overall industry’s seasonally adjusted head count shrank by nearly 39% since 1990 as power generators turned away from coal, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Colleges and universities have struggled to rebuild the depleted talent pipeline. “The problem is that talent isn’t lying around waiting to be paid more—there just isn’t enough of it,” said Andrea Brickey, an associate professor of mining engineering and management at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.