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A Quartet of Warnings Highlight Climate-Related Threats (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

Climate change is likely to crank up geopolitical tensions as temperatures rise and nations argue about who is responsible for fixing it, according to a new national intelligence estimate.

The intelligence community document is one of four climate-related reports released on Thursday by national-security agencies ahead of President Joe Biden’s trip to the United Nations Climate Change Conference at the end of this month. They explain how a warming planet is expected to escalate geopolitical tensions, increase instability, and drive migration. Biden will travel to Glasgow for the conference armed with this data in a bid to convince allies around the world to act.

A Quartet of Warnings Highlight Climate-Related Threats – Defense One

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It’s Not About Submarines. It’s about Software (Nicole Camarillo, Oliver Lewis, Defense One)

The Australia-United Kingdom-United States, or AUKUS, security partnership is about much more than submarines. It is a down payment on an even more momentous commitment by the United States and its allies to develop advanced technologies and scale up capabilities such as artificial intelligence and other critical areas in which the United States and allies now face strategic competitors such as China.

It’s Not About Submarines. It’s about Software – Defense One

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China USA

China’s Hypersonic Test Raises Questions About US Missile Defense, Deterrence (Patrick Tucker, Defense One)

The “deeply concerning” test of a Chinese hypersonic missile shows that the United States has “a lot of work to do” on technology and policy, military officials and lawmakers said yesterday.

The August test, first reported in the Financial Times, featured a hypersonic glide vehicle that entered orbit. Hypersonic weapons descend at more than five times the speed of sound while retaining enough maneuverability to evade missile defenses designed for the more predictable paths of ICBMs. China’s recent orbital test suggests that a weapon based on its vehicle could have essentially unlimited range.

China’s Hypersonic Test Raises Questions About US Missile Defense, Deterrence – Defense One

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USA

Army Delays IVAS Display Headset by a Year (Caitlin M. Kenney, Defense One)

The Army is delaying testing and fielding of its augmented-reality headset while tweaks are made to improve the system, service officials announced Monday.

One of the Army’s top-priority equipment programs, the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS, is a heads-up digital display that enables soldiers to view video or other data from a network.

Army Delays IVAS Display Headset by a Year – Defense One

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DDS Security Clearance Tool Evolves into ‘SITH’ Insider Threat Program (Aaron Boyd, Defense One)

An automated background investigations prototype developed by the Defense Digital Service is being retooled to focus instead on identifying insider threats, including a rebranding from the System for Automated Background Evaluation and Review, or SABER, to the System for Insider Threat Hindrance, or SITH.

The agency had been developing a tool to automate the preliminary information gathering involved in background investigations as part of the wider Trusted Workforce 2.0 program. The new security clearance process includes automating the initial review and replacing the five- to 10-year reinvestigation process with continuous vetting.

DDS Security Clearance Tool Evolves into ‘SITH’ Insider Threat Program – Defense One

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Turkey USA

It’s Time for Rapprochement Between Turkey and the United States (Hasan Murat Mercan, Defense One)

Recent developments unfolding in the Middle East, North Africa, Black Sea Basin, and Asia have rippling effects that are testing the robustness of the transatlantic alliance. Political, social, and security fractures are triggering mass refugee flows and increased asymmetrical threats that require us once again to revisit our partnership.

But transitioning transatlantic security priorities to an era of great power competition inevitably will necessitate exploring venues of gradual rapprochement between Turkey and the United States.

It’s Time for Rapprochement Between Turkey and the United States – Defense One

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What Can the United Nations Do About Counterterrorism? (Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Defense One)

In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United Nations Security Council moved swiftly and laid the keystone of an international framework of counterterrorism efforts. Twenty years later, it’s past time to rethink all of them.

Back then, the Security Council obliged states to deny terrorists safe haven and material support through Resolution 1373. The resolution is still unique in its scope, with no limits on its application in terms of groups, geography, or time. To help advance it, Security Council members established the Counter-Terrorism Directorate, or CTED. They have visited over 100 countries to assess compliance and needs, and identified gaps and challenges in their counterterrorism frameworks.

What Can the United Nations Do About Counterterrorism? – Defense One

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Army Gets Strategic About Going Digital (Brandi Vincent, Defense One)

The newly crafted Army Digital Transformation Strategy, or ADTS, marks a key component of the branch’s overarching modernization efforts that is meant to reform policies, advance technical capabilities and prepare personnel for the next era of conflict, senior defense officials confirmed.

Army Chief Information Officer Dr. Raj Iyer announced the creation and impending release of the multi-year plan at the annual Association of the U.S. Army meeting in Washington on Wednesday. The strategy aligns with a broader culture and mindset shift, according to him, and is intended to transform the Army into a technology-driven, multi-domain operations force by 2028.

Army Gets Strategic About Going Digital – Defense One

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USA

US Army to Stage Largest Robot Tank Experiment Ever (Patrick Tucker, Defense One)

The U.S. Army intends to test an entire company of unmanned combat vehicles in simulated battle next year, a wargame that leaders called unprecedented and a big step toward refining the hardware and software that will one day enable wheeled robots to take the battlefield.

Gen. Ross Coffman, the director of Army Futures Command’s Next Generation Combat Cross-Functional Team, told reporters at AUSA this week that the closest thing to the Army’s upcoming robot exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, was last year’s platoon-sized effort at Fort Carson, Colorado.

US Army to Stage Largest Robot Tank Experiment Ever – Defense One

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