Why the S-400 and the F-35 Can’t Get Along | Defense One


U.S. military officials have repeatedly warned that Turkey’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft system could compromise the F-35 fighter jet. But they haven’t gone into great detail about how.

In June, for example, Gen. Tod Wolters, who leads U.S. European Command, offered this explanation: “You cannot operate an F-35 in the vicinity of an S-400. They won’t talk to each other, and what the two systems will attempt to do, certainly the S-400 against the F-35, is attempt to exploit the F-35’s capabilities. I can tell you that we aren’t interested in sharing the F-35’s capabilities from a radar perspective, from an operational perspective, with the Russians. We’ve made that very, very clear.”

Yet Israeli F-35s have operated near Russian S-400s deployed to Syria.

Yet while the U.S. officials have big reservations about co-locating the S-400 and the F-35, the Russian government has expressed no similar concern.

“Russians are not crying about selling their best tech to a NATO country, despite the obvious implications for technology access. That should make us wonder,” he said.

Source: Why the S-400 and the F-35 Can’t Get Along – Defense One

Ejecting Turkey from the F-35 Effort Will Cost At Least Half a Billion Dollars | Defense One


It will cost the U.S. Defense Department between $500 million and $600 million to remove Turkey from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon acquisition chief said Wednesday.

That’s the cost of finding and setting up U.S. suppliers to make the 900-plus components currently made by ten Turkish manufacturers, Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary of acquisition and sustainment, told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday.

Source: Ejecting Turkey from the F-35 Effort Will Cost At Least Half a Billion Dollars – Defense One

The legislative challenges facing Democrats if they win the White House in 2020


To win a presidential nomination, candidates in both parties often embrace policies tailored to win support of the party faithful. Not infrequently, these stands hamper later efforts to appeal to the broad electorate.

Candidates for the Democratic nomination face an additional risk this year…that in fighting for the nomination they will make commitments regarding legislation so far beyond their capacity to deliver that victory must be followed by disillusionment.

Source: The legislative challenges facing Democrats if they win the White House in 2020

Does renewables pioneer Germany risk running out of power? | Reuters


Germany, a poster child for responsible energy, is renouncing nuclear and coal. The problem is, say many power producers and grid operators, it may struggle to keep the lights on.

The country, the biggest electricity market in the European Union, is abandoning nuclear power by 2022 due to safety concerns compounded by the Fukushima disaster and phasing out coal plants over the next 19 years to combat climate change.

Source: Does renewables pioneer Germany risk running out of power? – Reuters

Trump’s tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry | Reuters

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About 85% of the recreational vehicles sold in the United States are built in and around Elkhart County, making it a popular stop for politicians to tout their visions for U.S. manufacturing – including President Donald Trump, who staged a rally here last May.

And yet this uniquely American manufacturing sector has been caught in the crossfire of Trump’s trade war, according to interviews with industry insiders and economists, along with data showing a steep sales decline amid rising costs and consumer prices.

The industry has taken hits from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and other duties on scores of Chinese-made RV parts, from plumbing fixtures to electronic components to vinyl seat covers.

Source: Trump’s tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry – Reuters

Verizon resurrects media business as safe haven on the internet | Reuters


Banning pornography from Tumblr was not necessarily meant to define Verizon Media’s strategy to turn around a collection of Internet has-beens. But that is how it has played out.

After Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), which owns media brands like Yahoo, AOL and social media site Tumblr, declared its media properties nearly worthless last year with a $4.6 billion write-down, the division of the U.S. telecoms giant is resurrecting the businesses as an antidote to the cesspool of the internet.

Source: Verizon resurrects media business as safe haven on the internet – Reuters

How Reuters counted a quarter million people at Hong Kong’s protests | Reuters


When large-scale demonstrations plunged Hong Kong into political crisis, the size of the crowds quickly became a contentious issue.

Police provided relatively low estimates and the protest organizers gave much higher numbers, both trying to prove a point.

For Reuters, this was an opportunity to provide an independent estimate that would be an indicator of political sentiment in one of the world’s premier financial hubs.

To do this, a team led by Deputy Head of Graphics Simon Scarr used Google Earth and TripAdvisor, fishing chairs and sunscreen, and pored over 18 hours of video to come up with an estimate of the size of the crowd in the streets.

Source: How Reuters counted a quarter million people at Hong Kong’s protests – Reuters

House holds Barr, Ross in criminal contempt over census documents | Reuters

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt for defying congressional subpoenas related to the U.S. census.

The criminal contempt vote against the two Trump cabinet members is likely to be little more than symbolic since the charges would be referred to Barr’s Justice Department.

Still, the maneuver intensified a Democratic assault on President Donald Trump’s stonewalling of congressional probes.

Source: House holds Barr, Ross in criminal contempt over census documents – Reuters

China and Russia Build New Ties with Africa As U.S. Struggles to Assert Itself in Region

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China and Russia have been forging new ties with Africa, a continent in which the United States has struggled to assert itself under President Donald Trump.

Beijing has long prioritized its relationship with the continent, a frequent stop for Chinese diplomats and investors, and the People’s Republic has increasingly sought to boost engagement in the defense sector as well.

On Sunday, the first China-Africa Peace and Security Forum brought together nearly 100 senior representatives from the defense departments of 50 African countries and the African Union, including 15 defense ministers and chiefs of general staff, “to discuss new approaches of China-Africa security cooperation in the new era,” according to the official website of the Chinese armed forces.

Source: China and Russia Build New Ties with Africa As U.S. Struggles to Assert Itself in Region

Romania’s EU presidency: A glance back | EURACTIV.com

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Romania held its first rotating presidency of the Council of the EU between January and June. But how did the Eastern European country perform during its six months at the helm?

This special report outlines its main outcomes and successes.

Source: Romania’s EU presidency: A glance back – EURACTIV.com