Trump wants forces reduced in Afghanistan by next U.S. election: Pompeo

Reuters | July 30, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump wants combat forces reduced in Afghanistan by the next U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, introducing a timeline to Washington’s plan for cutting troop numbers there. Trump’s South Asia strategy, unveiled in August 2017, called for an open-ended deployment of U.S. forces with the goal of compelling the Taliban to negotiate peace with the Kabul government to end nearly 18 years of war.

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Many imagery users in the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are familiar with satellite imagery, however most FSA user’s interaction with aerial imagery comes via the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). Satellite imagery from various platforms is available for free usage in many cases as well. The imagery comes in various pixel sizes (ground sample distance) and band combinations. The variety and amount of data could be of great use to FSA users. These uses include vegetation analysis, disaster preparedness, post-disaster evaluation, field assessments, etc. The goal of this paper is to present some of the satellite imagery options, how these options could be used with FSA programs, and how the data could be integrated with FSA policies. Also, there will be some discussion of how the USDA-FSA-Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) can be used as a resource for assistance with satellite imagery. This paper is intended to be a brief overview of satellite imagery resources and usage.

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Many imagery users in the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are familiar with satellite imagery, however most FSA user’s interaction with aerial imagery comes via the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). Satellite imagery from various platforms is available for free usage in many cases as well. The imagery comes in various pixel sizes (ground sample distance) and band combinations. The variety and amount of data could be of great use to FSA users. These uses include vegetation analysis, disaster preparedness, post-disaster evaluation, field assessments, etc. The goal of this paper is to present some of the satellite imagery options, how these options could be used with FSA programs, and how the data could be integrated with FSA policies. Also, there will be some discussion of how the USDA-FSA-Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) can be used as a resource for assistance with satellite imagery. This paper is intended to be a brief overview of satellite imagery resources and usage.

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Hadean's Web 3.0 Tech to Power Ministry of Defence Project

Hadean | November 25, 2021

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CoreView SaaS Management Solutions Now Available on Carahsoft SEWP V and National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance Contracts

CoreView | September 30, 2020

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Labcon Awarded $59.3 Million U.S Government Contract to Increase Domestic Production of Pipette Tips and Tubes

Labcon North America | October 22, 2021

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