It’s been more than a decade since Adm. Mike Mullen, then-Joint Chiefs chairman, predicted that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be the last manned fighter jet. Now, years later, the Pentagon needs to do more to move to a robotic force, says a recently retired commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
Two longtime spaceflight experts told a group of congressional representatives that NASA needed stronger leadership to meet its ambitious 2024 lunar-landing goal, much less to put humans on Mars. That testimony came during a meeting of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology's space and aeronautics subcommittee held on Wednesday (Nov. 13).
...there are lingering questions about whether even smart authoritarian regimes can stay at the cutting edge of innovation while restricting the free flow of information, maintaining a rigidly hierarchical system and enforcing political orthodoxy within its universities. “Until and unless China relaxes its draconian political controls,” writes David Shambaugh, one of America’s leading experts on China, “it will never become an innovative society and a ‘knowledge economy.’”
The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees broadband policy, on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, which would require the government to collect granular information about which areas in the U.S. have access to high-speed internet and which do not.
The Department of Commerce has again extended the temporary general license allowing American companies to sell to Huawei, the embattled Chinese tech company. The existing temporary license was set to expire Monday. The announcement is good news for Huawei and for American tech companies who rely on it as a key customer. The Commerce Department also said the extension is largely designed to help the rural US wireless providers who use Huawei's inexpensive equipment in their networks.
NASA is heading back to the moon, and it’s planning to use the long-delayed Space Launch System (SLS) to get there. The agency is working to assemble the first SLS rocket, which will be the most powerful in the world upon completion. Some of that power will come from four RS-25 engines on the core stage. If they look familiar, that’s because the RS-25 has a storied history in NASA’s Space Shuttle program, having first debuted in the 1970s. Now, NASA has just finished installing them on the SLS.
Amazon, which has faced increasing antitrust pressure this year in the US and European Union, may have to spin off its lucrative cloud business, Oppenheimer warned investors on Monday, November 18.
In October 2020 (just before the anniversary on Nov. 2), NASA's two-time space veteran Chris Cassidy will leave the orbiting complex in a Russian Soyuz with rookie Russian cosmonauts Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin. The trio, who make up the Expedition 62/63 crew, is expected to fly up in April and remain about five months, although dates are always subject to complex scheduling. Their journey will be one of the last in the current pattern of space station operations.
To add to the pressure on the banks, tech giants like Apple, Facebook and now Google have been making inroads into finance. Apple earlier this year launched a credit card, piggybacking off an account provided by Goldman Sachs, while Facebook announced its libra cryptocurrency initiative and Google is set to debut a checking account next year.
To keep up with and drive the rapid advancements emerging across the national computing landscape, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released Thursday an update to the National Strategic Computing Initiative. “These priorities will help ensure next generation computing will enable technological advancements and scientific discoveries for the benefit of all Americans,” Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios said in a statement.