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Summit for Democracy

Biden’s misguided framing of US-China rivalry as democracy versus autocracy (Baogang He, East Asia Forum)

On 9 December 2021, US President Joe Biden will hold the ‘Summit for Democracy’, where he will likely repeat his emphasis on a battle between democracies and autocracies in the 21st century. Biden’s aim to promote democratic renewal around the world is admirable, and China needs to tame its authoritarian tendencies. But framing US–China strategic competition in terms of democracy versus autocracy is a poor strategy.

Biden’s misguided framing of US-China rivalry as democracy versus autocracy (eastasiaforum.org)

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USA

How Buffalo’s East Side Avenues is training citizen developers to revitalize commercial corridors (Laura Quebral, Brookings)

In 2018, the state of New York committed an unprecedented investment—$65 million—to a new place-based initiative to revitalize Buffalo’s East Side. There is perhaps no place in the region where wealth generation is more important: People of color make up 80% of the East Side’s population, and decades of disinvestment have left residents with limited opportunities for economic mobility.

How Buffalo’s East Side Avenues is training citizen developers to revitalize commercial corridors (brookings.edu)

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China USA

SecDef Warns Against Over-Hyping Recent Chinese Weapons Tests (Marcus Weisgerber and Tara Copp, Nextgov)

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin cautioned national security leaders and industry executives against over-hyping recent Chinese weapons tests—but also called for deeper ties between the Pentagon and large and small technology companies to counter China.

In a Saturday speech titled “The China Challenge” at the 2021 Reagan National Defense Forum, a gathering of defense leaders, lawmakers, and private industry executives here, Austin said China’s recent hypersonic launch and its gains in nuclear weapons, cyber, and space should be met “with confidence and resolve—not panic and pessimism.”

SecDef Warns Against Over-Hyping Recent Chinese Weapons Tests – Nextgov

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Technology

VA Aims To Reduce Administrative Tasks With AI, Machine Learning (Alexandra Kelley, Nextgov)

Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs are looking to increase efficiency and optimize their clinicians’ professional capabilities, featuring advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

In a November presolicitation, the VA seeks to gauge market readiness for advanced healthcare device manufacturing, ranging from prosthetic solutions, surgical instruments, and personalized digital health assistant technology, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.

VA Aims To Reduce Administrative Tasks With AI, Machine Learning – Nextgov

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USA

US Missile Defense Agency declares initial delivery of Long-Range Discrimination Radar in Alaska (Jen Judson, Defense News)

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has finished installing radar arrays and wrapped up military construction for the Long-Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR).

The agency held a Dec. 6 ceremony at the radar’s location at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, declaring the initial fielding of the radar.

US Missile Defense Agency declares initial delivery of Long-Range Discrimination Radar in Alaska (defensenews.com)

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Russia Ukraine USA

Here’s what America must do to counter Russian aggression against Ukraine (Sen. Joni Ernst, Defense News)

America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan put vulnerable democracies around the globe at severe risk. Allies and partners who stood beside us in our fight now question our nation’s commitment to those difficult tasks. Nations who routinely balance the challenges of building their democracies against the seeming ease of aligning with autocrats now question the strength and validity of American support in that endeavor. Worse, opportunistic adversaries are plotting and calculating the ways they can undermine American efforts and capitalize on perceived weakness in our commitment and resolve.

Just a couple short months after America’s exit from Afghanistan, we can already see the geostrategic effects in the aggression of Russian President Vladimir Putin against the vulnerable country of Ukraine.

Here’s what America must do to counter Russian aggression against Ukraine (defensenews.com)

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Space USA

NRO director: Innovation is the key to America’s advantage in space (Chris Scolese, Defense News)

The National Reconnaissance Office has spent six decades developing the best space-based intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance systems in the world. These systems are a critical source of information for policymakers, analysts and the military. They are used to understand the intentions of those who wish to do us harm, as well as to support disaster recovery and address climate change.

Our nation’s advantage in space was built and maintained through innovation, the hallmark of the NRO. Innovation is enabled by an environment that encourages creativity, understands and is willing to take risk, empowers its workforce, and stays aware of progress being made by others. It has defined our past and will continue to be a beacon for our future.

NRO director: Innovation is the key to America’s advantage in space (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

US military tech leads: Achieving all-domain decision advantage through JADC2 (Rob Parker and John Stuckey, Defense News)

Militaries have attempted to improve command-and-control capabilities across the fighting force since the dawn of recorded history.

Over time, the speed of communications and the range of effects made C2 increasingly important across all warfighting domains. With the added speed of hypersonic munitions, global non-kinetic fires and emerging algorithmically enhanced warfare, it is now an imperative that the Department of Defense develop a unified approach to capability development necessary to seize, maintain and protect our information and decision advantage over adversaries.

US military tech leads: Achieving all-domain decision advantage through JADC2 (defensenews.com)

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Russia USA

What are the 10 key areas of tension between the US and Russia? (Al Jazeera)

The Kremlin has described the state of US-Russia relations as “quite lamentable” on the eve of a video call between President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden when the two will discuss tensions around Ukraine on Tuesday.

US officials have in the last month pointed to unusual Russian troop movements near Ukraine and raised concerns over what they say is a possible Russian invasion, something Moscow has dismissed as fear-mongering.

What are the 10 key areas of tension between the US and Russia? | News | Al Jazeera

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