May 13, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

CNO Confident Navy Gets Bigger Budget Portion

CNO

While competition for defense funds is high among the services, Chief of Naval Operations ADM Mike Gilday is confident the Navy Department has a “sound case” for getting a bigger piece of the defense budget.

DoD, Environmental Interests Partner to Keep Navy Aircraft Flying

Environment

Deputy DefSec Kathleen Hicks made a visit to Maryland’s Eastern Shore as part of a DoD land preservation initiative and environmental protection program. The Middle Chesapeake Sentinel Landscape was formed in 2015 to protect the Atlantic Test Ranges used by NAS Patuxent River.

DefSec: Climate Change Poses Security Risks

Climate

DefSec Lloyd Austin told attendees at an international climate summit late week that the climate crisis is making it more difficult for the military to defend the US and its allies. “The climate crisis is a profoundly destabilizing force for our world,” he said during the virtual event.

No Unity on Afghan Withdrawal

Biden’s plan for a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan withdrawal by Sept. 11 meets fierce GOP congressional opposition but support from former SecState Colin Powell.

Who Pays for Clearing Suez Canal?

Disputes grow regarding who should pay for dislodging the massive Ever Given container ship from the Suez Canal. Egyptian authorities say they won’t release the ship until its owners agree to pay up to $1 billion in compensation.

Who Has AI Advantage in US vs. China?

AI

National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence releases its AI report and shows how the US stacks up against China. The NSCAI vice chair says the US does not have the strategy, organizational structure, and resources to win the competition with China for effective implementation of AI, and he warns that the US needs to take the competition seriously, and it needs to win it.