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For U.S. Defense Contractors, North Korean Hostilities Are Good For Business

September 20, 2017 North Korea is making the world uneasy with its missile launches. It’s also driving business for defense contractors. Take, for example, US defense giant Northrop Grumman’s planned $7.8 billion purchase of Orbital ATK, a smaller contractor focused on aerospace and missiles. As part of the deal—announced Monday (Sept. 18) and...

Booming Miami Is Littered with Tower Cranes Not Built to Withstand a Massive Hurricane

September 6, 2017 The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma, could wreak havoc on Florida this weekend, depending on its still-uncertain path. While it will create bigger problems to worry about if it does, the booming city of Miami is already warning residents about the potential danger posed by...

Beijing's Latest Moves in the South China Sea Spark Fears of a New Land Grab

August 25, 2017 In 2012, China wrested control of Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea from the Philippines. With the shoal—reefs, rocks, and a vast lagoon—located just 220 km (137 miles) from the Philippines’ main island Luzon, the incident heightened tensions and embarrassed Manila, which the following year opened a case in...

'We Do Not Have Long to Act': Tech Heads Warn UN About Autonomous Arms

August 21, 2017 The prospect of tanks, machine guns, and drones that think for themselves becoming widespread is giving tech luminaries the heebie-jeebies. In an open letter today (Aug. 21), a group of specialists from 26 nations called for the United Nations to ban the development and use of autonomous weapons. The signatories...

'We Do Not Have Long to Act': Elon Musk and Others Warn the U.N. About Autonomous Weapons

August 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The prospect of tanks, machine guns, and drones that think for themselves becoming widespread is giving tech luminaries the heebie-jeebies. In an open letter Aug. 21, a group of specialists from 26 nations called for the United Nations to ban the development and use of autonomous weapons. The signatories include...

The Upcoming U.S.-South Korea Military Drills Occur Every Year—But Not Amid Tension Like This

August 14, 2017 The upcoming military exercises by the US and South Korea occur every year. What doesn’t: a fiery war of words between North Korea and the US president just ahead of the drills. Pyongyang has long viewed the “Ulchi-Freedom Guardian” exercises, slated for Aug. 21-31 this year, as preparation for war,...

Security Fears Over Chinese Involvement Are Prompting Australia to Halt an Undersea Cable Project

July 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To get faster internet, the Solomon Islands, a struggling island nation northeast of Australia in Oceania, plans to lay an undersea fiberoptic cable about 4,000 km (2,485 miles) from its capital Honiara to Sydney. Currently it relies on satellite-based services that are slow, unstable, and expensive. Solomon Islands. (TUBS via...

The Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Has No Urinals

July 25, 2017 The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford, which can carry about 5,000, is the first new US aircraft carrier designed in 40 years. Of course, a lot has changed in 40 years. For one thing, it’s not uncommon to find women serving aboard such carriers these days. Women account for...

A Hawaii Judge Is Loosening The Restrictions On Trump’s Travel Ban, Citing 'Common Sense'

July 14, 2017 A judge in Hawaii has struck again, and Donald Trump will not be pleased. On Thursday (July 13) evening in Honolulu, federal judge Derrick Watson ruled that a broader group of relatives of people in the US are exempt from Trump’s temporary travel ban than what the US president had...

North Korea Is Helping China in the South China Sea—Whether It Knows It or Not

May 30, 2017 Like most of the world, China is fed up with North Korea, which yesterday (May 29), in defiance of international pressure, conducted its third missile test in three weeks. The unpleasant neighbor is steadily progressing toward its goal: the ability to hit much of the world, including the US mainland,...