Although video broadcasting has been a reliable source of revenue for satellite operators for decades, the rapid evolution of fiber technology could become a major challenge for these legacy satellite businesses. From the perspective of Italo Andriani, head of procurement for Eurovision Media Services, satellite has not kept pace with improvements in the cost of fiber on the video side.
If the trend continues, fiber telcos could end up swiping some of the broadcast market share satellite operators have relished for so long.
Source: Fiber Is Aggressively Invading Satellite’s Video Markets – Via Satellite –
For starters, it calls out Russia and China for what they are—revisionist powers that are central challenges to the prosperity and security of the United States and our allies. They are the two key long-term threats we must face.
As authoritarian regimes, along with Iran and North Korea, they often act without worrying about support from the public or legislatures, unlike the United States and its fellow democracies. Our adversaries can often move more quickly and with greater singleness of purpose than many governments in the free world.
This characterizes the new strategy’s intellectual honesty. Far from abandoning alliances, the strategy acknowledges that the United States cannot go it alone. The nation needs treaties, agreements and partnerships with like-minded nations.
Yet the strategy also declares that these allies and partners must place the same level of effort as the United States on modernization, including interoperability with our nation. Without this, the capability chasm between U.S. and coalition partner capabilities will grow even beyond what it is today.
Source: President’s Commentary: At Last, a Realistic National Defense Strategy | SIGNAL Magazine
The U.S. Army has partnered with NATO and other coalition nations to enhance operational readiness in a series of multinational exercises this year focused on interoperability. The drills enable national militaries to assess and adjust the interoperability of their capabilities long before meeting adversaries in the battlespace.
“Establishing and maintaining military coalition interoperability takes more than just software applications, hardware standards and a network capable of transferring data among partner nations,” says Mary Woods, Army deputy program executive officer for Command, Control and Communications–Tactical (PEO C3T). “True success is a byproduct of each country’s planning efforts, technical expertise and coordination behind the scenes months before any equipment ever touches the ground in an operational setting.”
Source: Army Marches Toward Coalition Interoperability | SIGNAL Magazine
“We need also to think imaginatively about ways our adversaries can use advanced data analytics,” adds Sam Visner, Cyber Committee member and director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center operated by The MITRE Corporation, pointing out that enemies could employ the tools the United States uses in ways the nation has not anticipated or even imagined.
“We need to focus cybersecurity R&D on these issues and include the R&D resources of academia, industry and the nonprofit world in addition to the resources of government,” Visner states.
Source: Big Data Can Lead to Big Problems | SIGNAL Magazine
Maj. Gen. John George, USA, force development director, Office of the Army Chief of Staff G-8, told the the AFCEA Army Signal Conference in Springfield, Virginia, that the Army is focusing on the IT box concept pretty heavily.
“What it means is that we can define a requirement and bound it by resources and simply over a five-year time period say we are going to spend X amount of dollars, we’re going to spend X amount of dollars annually, [we] cannot exceed those resources, and we establish the limit of capabilities that we want to provide. Then inside of that box of resources, [we] can deliver incremental improvements and capabilities through capability drops,” Gen. George explained.
Source: Army Aims for Agile Acquisition of Offensive Cyber Weapons | SIGNAL Magazine
Like Cohn, Kudlow worked for decades in the financial sector, rising to become chief economist at Bear Stearns before pivoting to punditry in the 1990s. But unlike Cohn, Kudlow is an extremely doctrinaire supply-sider, almost to the point of parody.
It is only a very slight exaggeration to say that Kudlow thinks every major social problem can be solved by cutting tax rates on corporations and the rich. He’s also an ardent free trader, a point of sharp contrast with the president, whose protectionist tendencies helped spur Cohn to leave.
At the same time, Kudlow’s long history of (often failed) prognostications has perhaps given him an ability to shift with the winds, which could be an invaluable asset in a White House helmed by a mercurial president.
Source: Larry Kudlow, Trump’s new top economic adviser, explained – Vox
Many former Illinois companies are now settled in other states, leaving behind the state’s continuing financial turmoil. Illinois has about $9.1 billion in unpaid bills, about $239 billion in adjusted net pension liabilities and $37.4 billion in bonds, to name a few.
These debts compelled legislators to push up business and property taxes, force the state’s credit status to near junk and lock horns during political struggles, according to the Illinois comptroller’s office, the Commission on Government Forecasting & Accountability and Moody’s Investor Services.
Source: Companies Want Out of Illinois | Best States | US News
Larry Kudlow’s familiarity with being on camera is believed to be viewed as an asset in the White House, as Cohn – along with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross – have been regulars on cable news programs ever since the president took office.
But his appearances on CNBC are in some ways a double-edged sword.
Source: Kudlow Emerges as ‘Leading Contender’ for Cohn’s Job | The Report | US News
Trump also turned partisan, saying Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, “does a very poor job running California. They have the highest taxes in the United States. The place is totally out of control. You have ‘sanctuary cities’ where you have criminals living in the sanctuary cities.”
State Democratic leaders fired back. “It’s official,” said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is running for governor, in an online video timed for Trump’s arrival.
“Donald Trump finally worked up the nerve to visit California, bringing his fear-of-everything agenda with him. Let’s get real, Donald Trump’s border wall is a monument to idiocy. A 1,900-mile waste of taxpayer money that – news flash – is impossible to complete.”
Governor Brown wrote on Twitter, “[B]ridges are still better than walls. And California remains the 6th largest economy in the world and the most prosperous state in America. #Facts.”
Source: Trump’s Travel Highlights His Divisive Nature | The Report | US News
.. if Democrats are to ride a much bigger blue wave in November – a 2010-in-reverse prospect that looks increasingly plausible – more incursions into deep red Trumpian districts will be required. And that means harvesting more Lambs.
That’s easier said than done.
Lamb had the altar boy look, the sterling military cred, the comfortable speaking style and the centrist issue matrix packaged together impeccably. Even with all that, his margin was just over 600 votes.
Source: The Flock of Lambs Running For Congress | The Report | US News