Monday, September 27, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
Beijing says it wants integration but critics warn they will struggle to meet CPTPP requirements
SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 by FT reporters
President Carlos Alvarado says rising debt risks instability: ‘we won’t all be OK until we’re all OK’
SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 by Christine Murray
The outgoing chancellor remains far more popular than those hoping to succeed her
SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 by Ben Hall, Europe editor
The haggling in Congress this month over ambitious spending bills will be a defining moment for his presidency
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 by James Politi in Washington and Colby Smith in New York
SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 by Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times chief foreign affairs columnist talks to the decision-makers and thinkers who are shaping world affairs.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 by Gary Jones and William Langley in Hong Kong
But western intervention has left countries trapped in despotism, making continued instability likely
SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 by David Gardner
Okay, you ready to get into something really nitty-gritty about politics, but super important? Redistricting.
You are hearing a lot about it because it’s happening right now across the country, and it will shape which party controls the House, potentially for the next decade. Let’s learn more about it.
What redistricting is, in one sentence: A federally mandated, once-in-a-decade redraw of congressional and state legislative districts based on new census data.
Why it’s happening now: Because new census data just came out this summer. It revealed that for the first time basically ever, the White population is declining. The politically important suburbs are where much of the new, racially diverse growth is happening.
How redistricting works: In most states, state lawmakers control the redraw process.
Army Chief: We're Not Pushing Critical Race Theory
By Elizabeth Howe
Just one day after the removal of Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville pushed back on claims that the military is attempting to “indoctrinate” troops into critical race theory.Read more »
Five Ways 9/11 Changed the Defense Industry // Marcus Weisgerber: More outsourcing, more services contracts, more generals on corporate boards—and that's just for starters.
The Marines Are Copying the Air Force's Efforts to Counter Online Disinformation // Brandi Vincent: Meanwhile, the Army is trying to get inside perpetrators' OODA loops.
Boost Defense Spending? Congress Owes Us a Better Explanation // Billy Ostermeyer: The proposed 2022 budget plus-ups add to a long history of hiding flimsy arguments behind dramatic rhetoric.
The U.S. Should Get Serious About Submarine Cable Security // Justin Sherman: Three trends are accelerating risks to underwater cables' security and resilience.
Will Congress Ever Repeal Its Post-9/11 War Authorizations? // Jacqueline Feldscher: The passage of two decades since the Sept. 11 terror attacks might be a "wake-up call" for lawmakers.
Tell Us Why Small Businesses Can't Get Contracts, Pentagon Asks // Courtney Bublé: The department has met its goals in that area, but is looking to do even better.
Australia Will Get Nuclear-Powered Subs In New Partnership With US, UK // Jacqueline Feldscher: Dubbed AUKUS, the new security partnership will increase focus on the Indo-Pacific.
Conference COVID update: If you're attending the Air Force Association's Air, Space & Cyber conference next week, you now must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test if you want to attend in person. That's a change from previous guidance which said attendees needed to simply attest to being vaxxed or having negative test in the prior 72 hours. Another change since last week: Vaccines are now required for everyone attending next month's Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting. And the National Defense Industrial Association announced this week that it's requiring vaccines for its Precision Strike Technology Symposium at Johns Hopkins next month.
UAV Factory, which is owned by private equity firm AE Industrial Partners, has acquired drone maker Jennings Aeronautics.
Weekend reading: The Arms Control Association has a new report titled: Understanding Hypersonic Weapons: Managing the Allure and the Risks. "Some claim that hypersonic weapons will strengthen conventional deterrence by leveling the playing field with adversaries who are also developing—and have already deployed—hypersonic weapons. Still others argue they will create instability between nuclear-armed nations by increasing fears of a disarming attack and by fueling a dangerous arms race," the report states.
Leonardo is overseeing the construction of a test laboratory for the next-generation Tempest fighter jet being developed by the U.K. and other European allies. "The programme will see the partners completely overhaul a commercial airliner, turning it into a flying laboratory for combat air technology. On board, scientists and engineers will test futuristic sensors and communications for the Future Combat Air System that the UK and its international partners are developing to fly into service in 2035." A concept image of the lab, named Excalibur after King Arthur's sword, shows a modified Boeing 757 with a fighter jet nose cone.
Using an airliner to test fighter jet electronics is nothing new. Lockheed Martin did this with its F-22 CATFish, a modified 757, and F-35 CATBird, a modified 737. China also has a modified Tupolev Tu-204C that's believed to be used as a flying lab for its J-20 stealth fighter.
The State Department awarded GM Defense a $36.4 million contract to develop new armored Suburbans for the U.S. government. The company "will create a purpose-built Heavy-Duty (HD) Suburban, building 10 vehicles over the next two years." That's about $3.6 million per vehicle. By comparison, an Army general purpose Joint Light Tactical Vehicle costs about $280,000. The Suburbans will have "a new and unique body-on-frame chassis and suspension, designed to specifically support increased government vehicle performance requirements with a higher payload capacity and greater ground vehicle weight."
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
COSTA MESA, California — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has easily survived an effort to recall him, thwarting an attempt to boot the Democrat from office early.