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Space

Space enterprise more unified than ever, says Space Force chief (Nathan Strout, Defense News)

The head of the U.S. Space Force said the new service has successfully put the various space organizations in the Department of Defense and beyond on the same page, ensuring they are avoiding duplication and working together.

“For the first time ever, everybody’s rowing in the same direction,” said Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond on Sept. 21 at the 2021 Air Space & Cyber conference. “It’s going to pay a huge advantage to our nation to reduce duplication, reduce costs and increase our ability to go fast.”

Space enterprise more unified than ever, says Space Force chief (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

$1B Iron Dome fund stripped from new continuing resolution (Joe Gould, Defense News)

A proposal to send Israel $1 billion for the Iron Dome air defense system has been cut out of a stopgap government funding bill, meant to avoid a government shutdown after Sept. 30, in order to ease its passage in the House.

House Democrats introduced the bill Tuesday with the Iron Dome proposal in it, alongside $6.3 billion in emergency funding to resettle Afghan refugees and other Pentagon-friendly provisions. However, the lron Dome funding had to be cut because it created an internal schism for Democrats, who must unify to overcome Republican opposition to the broader bill, according to a source familiar with the matter.

$1B Iron Dome fund stripped from new continuing resolution (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

Air Force cyber defense taking aim at core weapon systems (Mark Pomerleau, Defense News)

The Air Force’s information warfare entity is focusing more attention toward defending weapon systems from adversary probes.

Enemies have begun to be more active below the threshold of war, using cyber and digital capabilities to conduct espionage against military and non-military targets while also accessing sensitive systems to disrupt them or sow doubt among users.

Air Force cyber defense taking aim at core weapon systems (defensenews.com)

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Russia

Demographic Decline and Urbanization Threaten Moscow’s Control over Borderlands (Paul Globe, The Jamestown Foundation)

Demography is not destiny except over the long term, it is often said. But for Russia, that time may be now. Accelerating population decline, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing migration from the countryside to large urban centers, mean that vast swaths of the country, especially in critical border regions like Siberia and the North Caucasus, will no longer have the sizeable ethnic-Russian population needed to hold these locations and keep them pacified (see EDM, September 13, 2016).

Demographic Decline and Urbanization Threaten Moscow’s Control over Borderlands – Jamestown

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Iran SCO

Iran’s Full Membership in the SCO: A Win-Win Game? (Omid Shokri, The Jamestown Foundation)

Iran’s bid to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) dates to one year after it received observer status in 2005. All along, however, the most important legal obstacle to its accession has been a series of United Nations Security Council resolutions that identify the Islamic Republic of Iran as a threat to world peace and security (Ensafnews.com, September 18). Nevertheless, Iran’s regional neighbors recognized that the country could be an important element of the so-called “North-South” multimodal transit corridor that will more closely connect eastern and western Eurasia, and which can become a leading symbol of cooperation among all the members of the SCO (Donya-e-eqtesad, September 17). Iranian participation in both would, thus, ease, if not wholly overcome, the years of extensive effort by Western countries, led by the United States, to isolate the Islamic Republic using various means of economic, political and security pressure (Tasnimnews, September 18)

Iran’s Full Membership in the SCO: A Win-Win Game? – Jamestown

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Georgia

Mikheil Saakashvili Vows Return to Georgia (Giorgi Menabde, The Jamestown Foundation)

On September 6, former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who now heads the Executive Committee of the National Council of Reforms in Ukraine, announced that he will come back to Georgia for the upcoming October 2 municipal race. According to all polls, Saakashvili’s United National Movement (UNM) party will be the most formidable opponent of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili’s ruling Georgian Dream (GD).

Mikheil Saakashvili Vows Return to Georgia – Jamestown

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Japan

LDP dominance still cripples Japanese democracy (Jiro Yamaguchi, East Asia Forum)

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has long dominated Japanese politics, losing power on only two occasions since 1955. But despite this dominance, it has not always been easy for LDP prime ministers to implement key policies. At least until the mid-1990s, a series of check-and-balance mechanisms embedded in the party and the bureaucracy prevented them from doing so.

LDP dominance still cripples Japanese democracy | East Asia Forum

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Afghanistan China

The fall of Afghanistan and its implications for China (Stefanie Kam, East Asia Forum)

The political vacuum left in the wake of the US exit from Afghanistan and swift Taliban takeover is likely to embolden jihadi militant groups, provide a sanctuary for the resurgence of terrorism and consolidate the country’s status as an attractive destination for foreign fighters. The shift in the centre of gravity from the Middle East to Afghanistan will potentially lead to greater instability in the region, which will increase China’s cross-border concerns. While Beijing appears to have stepped up its engagement with the Taliban regime, it is reluctant to play a more salient role in stabilising the country.

The fall of Afghanistan and its implications for China | East Asia Forum

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TechInnovation

Seeing past the cool: Facebook’s new smart glasses (Tom Wheeler, Brookings)

The announcement of Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories glasses that capture audio and video is a technological triumph that adds yet another facet to the debate over the protection of personal privacy. While the product is new, the issues it raises are over a century old.

Seeing past the cool: Facebook’s new smart glasses (brookings.edu)

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