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Japan USA

A Rahm Emanuel is Exactly What Japan Wants, Asia Scholars Say (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

Former White House Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker at Fox Business Network studios on August 1, 2019 in New York City.

Former White House Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker at Fox Business Network studios on August 1, 2019 in New York City. GETTY IMAGES / STEVEN FERDMAN

Progressives hate him and Republicans love to hate on him, but Rahm Emanuel’s controversial nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Japan is receiving strong support from one key constituency far from the fringes of left-right politics: Asia security experts. Leading watchers of the region say Emanuel is poised to offer the Japanese what they most want in an ambassador: a personal connection to President Joe Biden.

A Rahm Emanuel is Exactly What Japan Wants, Asia Scholars Say – Defense One

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USA

Biden to Pitch Partnership at UN, Amid Tension With France and Other Allies (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

President Joe Biden will tout the importance of diplomacy and alliances in front of the United Nations on Tuesday at the same time his administration is trying to patch up the relations with America’s oldest ally.

Biden’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York will kick off one of the most foreign-policy-heavy weeks of his presidency, which will also include meetings with important allies in Washington and the first in-person meeting of leaders of the Quad. But hanging over it all is tension with France, which was blindsided last week by a new U.S.-UK-Australia partnership, as well as lingering frustration from allies about the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Biden to Pitch Partnership at UN, Amid Tension With France and Other Allies – Defense One

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Defense USA

US Air Force Developing Combat Tanker-Airlifter that Can Land on Water (Tara Copp, Defense One)

A rendering of a twin float amphibious modification to an MC-130J Commando II.

A rendering of a twin float amphibious modification to an MC-130J Commando II. COURTESY PHOTO

The U.S. Air Force is working on detachable pontoons and other modifications for its MC-130J Commando II that could enable special forces to rely less on land-based runways in future conflicts, the service said Monday. 
US Air Force Developing Combat Tanker-Airlifter that Can Land on Water – Defense One
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Computer Science Education TechInnovation USA

How Arkansas implemented its computer science education program (Brian Fowler and Emiliana Vegas, Brookings)

Computer science (CS) education helps students acquire skills such as computational thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration, among others. It has been linked with higher rates of college enrollment (Brown & Brown, 2020Salehi et al., 2020), and a recent randomized control trial study also showed that lessons in computational thinking improved student response inhibition, planning, and coding skills (Arfé et., 2020). As these skills take preeminence in the rapidly changing 21st century, CS education promises to significantly enhance student preparedness for the future of work and active citizenship. CS education can also reduce skills inequality if education systems make a concerted effort to ensure that all students have equitable access to curricula that provide them with the needed breadth of skills, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

How Arkansas implemented its computer science education program (brookings.edu)

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USA

Why schools still need a remote option to mitigate COVID-19 (Nicol Turner Lee, Brookings)

COVID cases are on the rise again – this time hitting K-12 students, especially those who are unvaccinated, under 12, and back in the classroom. Before the start of the new school year, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona shared that “[s]tudents belong in the classroom” as more buildings were encouraged to fully open. But over the last two weeks, more than 500,000 new COVID-19 cases have been reported among students, accounting for 29% of all cases reported nationwide. Students below the age of 12 are still not eligible for vaccinations and are at greater risk of hospitalization and the infection of other unvaccinated family members.

TechTank Podcast Episode 28: Why schools still need a remote option to mitigate COVID-19 (brookings.edu)

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Defense Lebanon USA

US 5th Fleet kicks off first-ever Central Partnership Station exercise in Lebanon that pairs training, humanitarian aid (Megan Eckstein, Defense News)

The Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2), arrives in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit Dec. 30, 2015. Choctaw County is the second of 10 vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transportation of troops and military equipment. (Heather Judkins/US Navy)

U.S. 5th Fleet is beginning the inaugural Central Partnership Station exercise in Lebanon, meant to marry partner-building military training with humanitarian work in U.S. Central Command.

The exercise, which mirrors the partnership station series that have been conducted in U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, will grow the Lebanese Armed Forces’ ability to conduct missions like mine countermeasures, naval construction and disaster-related public health activities, as well as deliver goods like baby formula to the Middle East partner nation, 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Tim Hawkins told Defense News.

US 5th Fleet kicks off first-ever Central Partnership Station exercise in Lebanon that pairs training, humanitarian aid (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

Northrop Grumman now has five B-21 stealth bombers in production (Valerie Insinna, Defense News)

B-21 Raider concept

Artist rendering of a B-21 Raider concept in a hangar at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., one of the future bases to host the new airframe. (Courtesy photo by Northrop Grumman)

The U.S. Air Force has five B-21 Raider bombers currently in various states of production at manufacturer Northrop Grumman’s plant in California, the service’s top civilian said on Monday.

“We have been living off of bomber fleet investments made many decades ago, but that is rapidly changing,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told the audience at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference here.

Northrop Grumman now has five B-21 stealth bombers in production (defensenews.com)

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Space USA

Space Development Agency approves design for satellites that can track hypersonic weapons (Nathan Strout, Defense News)

An artist’s depiction of L3Harris’ tracking layer satellite, which will be part of a solution designed by the Space Development Agency and the Missile Defense Agency to track and target hypersonic weapons from space. (L3Harris)

The Space Development Agency has approved design plans for its new missile warning satellites, which will be capable of detecting and tracking hypersonic weapons.

L3Harris Technologies announced Sept. 20 that the agency had completed preliminary design review of their satellites, marking an important milestone as the company prepares for production of the spacecraft. L3Harris will continue development of the missile warning satellites as it works toward critical design review.

Space Development Agency approves design for satellites that can track hypersonic weapons (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

Air Force testing how to do intelligence in disconnected environments (Mark Pomerleau, Defense News)

16th Air Force is maturing its ability to converge intelligence, cyber and information warfare capabilities, but it needs to improve its speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Byers)

As the Air Force looks to mature its information warfare organization and posture, it is beginning to experiment with how to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in disconnected and disaggregated environments.

Unlike the last 20 years, the U.S. military expects every aspect of its operations ― including the flow of data and information — to be stressed by high-tech adversaries.

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