‘Almost a melding’ of US, UK, Aussie services coming: NSC’s Kurt Campbell | Breaking Defense


If China wonders how committed Australia, the US and the UK are to working together, they need look no further than today’s comments by Kurt Campbell, who leads all things Indo-Pacific on President Biden’s National Security Council.

Look for “almost a melding of our services” between the allied navies in a remarkable new phase of allied partnership, Campbell said at the US Institute of Peace this morning.

“We will have more British sailors serving on our naval vessels, Australians and the like on more of our forward-deployed assets in Australia. This leads to a deeper interconnection and, almost a melding in the new respects of our services and working together on common purpose that we couldn’t have dreamed about five or 10 years ago,” Campbell said.

Source: ‘Almost a melding’ of US, UK, Aussie services coming: NSC’s Kurt Campbell – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

Royal Navy to boost electronic warfare (EW), anti-ship missile defense capability on U.K. surface warships | Military Aerospace


Under the Babcock-led partnership with Elbit Systems UK and QinetiQ, the electronic warfare (EW) systems will aim to improve the simultaneous detection and identification of radar signals over a greater frequency range than current capabilities.

The technology is expected to enable faster decision-making, enhanced situational awareness, and anti-ship missile defense capability. The 13-year contract also is expected to drive job creation from software development to manufacturing roles.

Source: Royal Navy to boost electronic warfare (EW), anti-ship missile defense capability on U.K. surface warships | Military Aerospace

Democracies Bear Some Blame for Democracy’s Global Erosion


The week before Sudan’s military leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, arrested his country’s prime minister and seized power in a coup d’etat, U.S. President Joe Biden finalized the invitation list for his upcoming Summit for Democracy. The summit, claimed administration officials, aimed to counterbalance powerful autocracies such as Russia and China, and “galvanize democratic renewal worldwide.”

The world is a far cry from anything resembling democratic renewal. To the contrary, democracy is threatened on multiple fronts: not only by illegal seizures of power by military strongmen, as in Sudan, but by more subtle power shifts that subvert the will of the people. While Sudan did not make Biden’s summit guest list, countries such as Poland and the Philippines were included, despite experiencing dramatic democratic backsliding in recent years.

Source: Democracies Bear Some Blame for Democracy’s Global Erosion

Down in a hole: Bosnia miners fear green revolution | EURACTIV.com


For years, life in Bosnia’s Breza revolved around its coal mine, but the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables threatens the industry that was once the pride of communist Yugoslavia.

Armel Jekalovic and other miners, once hailed as local heroes who brought home steady incomes, now fear theirs could be the last generation to earn a living from Bosnia’s coalfields.

“This situation around the energy transition worries us,” says Jekalovic, 36, who oversees the operations at the mine northwest of Sarajevo.

“Production is constantly decreasing, as are the number of employees. People don’t feel safe and are looking for an alternative.”

Source: Down in a hole: Bosnia miners fear green revolution – EURACTIV.com

The lure of progressive authoritarianism | Michael Bröning


The public debate on the threat to democracy typically focuses on the dangers from the right. When an ousted United States president still refuses to acknowledge his defeat, this seems only too justified.

But in their activist enthusiasm, progressive circles tend to overlook the inconvenient truth that alarming authoritarian tendencies have also taken hold on their side of the political spectrum. In a September edition, the Economist dedicated its cover to the ‘threat from the illiberal left’. So far, however, the progressive response has largely consisted of eye-rolling indignation, as opposed to reflective self-criticism.

Source: The lure of progressive authoritarianism – Michael Bröning

Modi vows to repeal India farm laws after prolonged protests


In a surprise announcement, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday his government will withdraw the controversial agriculture laws that prompted yearlong protests from tens of thousands of farmers and posed a significant political challenge to his administration.

The decision is a major climbdown by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party government, which enjoys a brute majority in Parliament but has been often accused by opposition leaders and constitutional experts of ramming through laws without enough consultation.

Source: Modi vows to repeal India farm laws after prolonged protests

Dreams are a precious resource. Don’t let advertisers hack them | Aeon Essays


Advertisers have begun invading our sleep in an attempt to place their products in our dreams. This is neither metaphor nor fiction; it’s a fact. The night before Super Bowl LV, the beverage company Molson Coors ran what they called the ‘world’s largest dream study’. They explicitly aimed to place images of Coors beer, along with positive imagery (of refreshing alpine rivers, for instance), into dreamers’ minds. They hired a Harvard psychologist to design dream-incubation stimuli, incentivised participation with offers of free drinks, and, in a marketing coup, had the pop star Zayn Malik agree to sleep on Instagram Live while having an incubated Coors dream – though he did mention the whole project was ‘kinda messed up’.

Source: Dreams are a precious resource. Don’t let advertisers hack them | Aeon Essays

CISA Moves to Standardize Federal Cybersecurity Responses With New Playbooks

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a document outlining procedures on how civilian agencies should respond to information system incidents and vulnerabilities.

CISA said Tuesday it incorporated the private sector’s best practices into the Federal Government Cybersecurity Incident and Vulnerability Response Playbooks.

Source: CISA Moves to Standardize Federal Cybersecurity Responses With New Playbooks; Matt Hartman Quoted

VIDEO | Don’t miss Lake Kawaguchiko’s fantastic fall foliage


If you still haven’t made a daytrip to check out the vivid colors, heading to the Fuji Five Lakes in Yamanashi Pref. might be a great option you and your entire group will enjoy.

Fuji Kawaguchiko Town is only about a two-hour drive from most U.S. military bases in the Kanto Plain. This year its annual Momiji Matsuri, an autumn foliage festival, is back on until Nov. 23.

Source: VIDEO| Don’t miss Lake Kawaguchiko’s fantastic fall foliage

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Helps Drive Commercialization of 2D Devices with the European Graphene Flagship Funded Pilot Line | Semiconductor Digest

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, a supplier of plasma processing solutions for high volume manufacturing and research and development (R&D), announced its involvement in the European Graphene Flagship funded pilot line. Leading European semiconductor foundries and research institutions are working together in the Graphene Flagship-funded pilot line to bring two-dimensional (2D) materials from the laboratory into commercial devices.

Oxford Instruments is proud to be the exclusive Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) hardware and process solution partner in this cross-European collaboration named the “2D Experimental Pilot Line”, continuing its strategy of working with innovative global partners to translate leading research into the manufacturing environment, pushing technology and device performance. This programme is funded by the European Commission, who will invest 20 million euros over 4 years. Started on 1 October 2020, the project will establish a European ecosystem for prototype production of 2D materials-based electronics, photonics, and sensors.

Source: Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Helps Drive Commercialization of 2D Devices with the European Graphene Flagship Funded Pilot Line – Semiconductor Digest