The Pentagon’s first-ever chief software officer abruptly quit earlier this month, and now we know exactly why: Nicolas Chaillan, former CSO of the United States Air Force and Space Force, told the Financial Times that the United States has “no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years” when it comes to cyberwarfare and artificial intelligence.
Chaillan, a 37-year-old tech entrepreneur, added that cyber defenses at many government agencies are at “kindergarten level,” and that companies like Google were doing the US a disservice by not working with the military more on AI, since Chinese companies were making a “massive investment” in AI without getting all hung up on the ethics of it all. And while quitting your job because America has already lost the AI race is a bit dramatic, Chaillan isn’t the only one who’s concerned about China’s dominance in this arena.
Source: China’s AI dominance worries Pentagon and other US officials – Vox
Rather than going all the way to joint gas purchasing and strategic stocks, a European solidarity mechanism could be implemented quickly and relatively cheaply to address Europe’s current – and likely future – energy supply problems, argue Christian Egenhofer and Irina Kustova.
Christian Egenhofer is Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Senior Research Associate at the School of Transnational Governance, part of the European University Institute in Florence. Irina Kustova is Research Fellow at CEPS.
The EU and its Member States are struggling with the growing political fallout of what some are calling the ‘energy price crisis’. Various governments are reacting with transfers, tax reductions or tax holidays to help embattled consumers and businesses.
Source: Is joint EU gas purchasing really a bad idea? – EURACTIV.com
Eleven European countries have called on the European Commission to put forward ambitious measures to crack down on waste in the textiles industry in its textiles strategy, expected to be proposed in the coming months.
In a joint paper sent last week, the eleven countries – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden – highlight the need for an “ambitious and comprehensive” strategy that covers the whole value chain.
Source: Eleven European countries call for ambitious measures to tackle waste in textiles – EURACTIV.com
G7 Finance Ministers have agreed on a new set of principles aimed at improving global supply chain resiliency and backing a new initiative from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) aimed at helping developing countries boost green economic opportunities. EURACTIV’s media partner, Edie.net, reports.
A meeting of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Washington DC has led to a new agreement on collaborative efforts to monitor supply chain pressures across the globe.
Source: G7 to explore carbon pricing and green finance for developing nations – EURACTIV.com
The European Commission unveiled on Wednesday (13 October) a “toolbox” of measures EU countries will be able to draw from when responding to rising energy prices in the short term, while pointing to an upcoming gas market reform for measures to be considered in the long term.
The measures outlined on Wednesday are designed to alleviate the pressure on households and small businesses “without harming the EU internal energy market or the green transition in the medium-term,” the EU executive said in a statement.
Source: EU outlines short and long-term answer to global energy price surge – EURACTIV.com
Even with the fielding of the Army’s future vertical lift capabilities years away, the service is adjusting how it trains its aviators to prepare them for new tactics, techniques and procedures for future wars.
For the last 20 years of counter-terrorism operations, Army rotorcraft have operated higher altitudes in battle. But the future battlefield, the Army will fly in the lower tier of airspace to avoid the anti-access/area denial capabilities of advanced adversaries like China and Russia, according to Maj. Gen. David Francis, commander of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence.
Source: ‘Come In Low’: Army Aviation Modifies Training To Prepare For Rivals Like Russia, China – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
A major new report provides a stark warning ahead of the UN climate summit: Yes, clean-tech deployment is really surging, but energy systems are still transforming far too slowly to rein in global warming.
Driving the news: The International Energy Agency is out with its big annual World Energy Outlook, a 386-page trove of data and analysis.
Source: Energy systems transforming too slowly to rein in global warming: Report – Axios
The UN Climate Summit in Glasgow is less than 20 days away, and diplomats have entered a crucial period when expectations are raised or lowered to guard against any blowback that might come from a particular outcome.
Driving the news: Officials in the U.S. and abroad are sending clear signals that the odds that COP26 will meet some of its most important goals are diminishing, for a variety of reasons both macro and micro in scale.
Source: COP 26 expectations lowered as officials see fewer emissions pledges – Axios
Decades after Pacific Islanders first raised the alarm, the rest of the world is finally catching up: The climate crisis is here, and it’s accelerating.
Why it matters: Pacific Islanders, whose nations face an existential threat from climate change, were a major force behind the Paris Agreement. Heading into November’s UN climate summit, they are calling for greater urgency in meeting the goals of the accord, and more direct action from world leaders — especially President Biden.
Source: Pacific Islanders urge world to listen ahead of UN climate summit – Axios
The Biden administration plans to identify and lease federal waters along seven coastal areas to offshore wind power developers over the next few years, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Wednesday.
Why it matters: The new plan constitutes an aggressive push by the federal government to reach its goal of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind-generating capacity in U.S. waters by 2030.
Source: Biden administration outlines “ambitious” plans for coastal wind farms – Axios