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Artificial intelligence: Pros, cons and what to really fear

From the moment the word “robot” was first uttered in a Czechoslovakian play nearly 100 years ago, man has feared his creation will someday kill the creator. It's a narrative that has stuck with us, said Patrick Tucker, Defense One’s Technology Editor, at a recent event in Washington called Genius Machines: The Next Decade of

Trump imposes new tough sanctions on North Korea

US President Donald Trump rolled out sanctions against North Korea-linked shipping assets Friday, hailing the package as the “heaviest sanctions ever” levied on the Pyongyang regime. Trump used a speech to conservatives just outside Washington to step up his campaign of “maximum pressure” designed to force North Korea to roll back

The new innovation champions of the world?

While the US is seen as the world leader in innovation, a new survey of 2,000+ global business executives found that China is rising (+4% since 2014). Find out how business leaders view the landscape in the 2018 Global Innovation Barometer. Download full reports here: GE_Global_Innovation_Barometer_2018-Summary_Report GE_Global_Innovation_Barometer_2018-Full_Report Credits| QDF, GE

India to build major military facility in Seychelles amid growing China influence

•India signs 20-year-pact with Seychelles to build airstrip and jetty for navy on Assumption Island  By Samuel Osborne Insecurities deepen in Delhi after Beijing inaugurates overseas base near one of world's busiest shipping lane. India is preparing to build a military base in the Seychelles as part of the country’s ongoing contest with China for influence in

Asia’s rocketing ambition

Nathan Gardels In his 2011 book, “Civilization: The West and the Rest,” historian Niall Ferguson credits a series of “killer apps” for enabling the West to take off in the 15th century and remain dominant for the next 500 years while the rest of the world stalled. The two leading

Is Europe bold enough to counter US ambivalence?

The Munich Security Conference is expected to be dominated by US President Donald Trump's ambivalence toward traditional alliances, leaving Europe no choice but to step up its defense initiatives.   So much for basing scholarly foreign-policy debate on the international order. "The world is becoming less international and less orderly," Ambassador Wolfgang

China’s military reach goes global, leaving rivals behind

By William Holland An annual assessment of global military capabilities and defense economics has been released by the UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. Titled “The Military Balance,” it provides government leaders with sound analysis regarding contemporary spending trends on military capabilities. This year’s report startled many in the US defense establishment, for

What if North Korea Had Prevailed in the Korean War?

It nearly did By Robert Farley In the summer of 1950, the Korean People’s Army came tantalizingly close to rolling up U.N. forces on the Korean peninsula. Only a heroic defense around Pusan prevented a total victory for North Korea, thus allowing Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s war-changing invasion at Inchon. But what if

US intelligence agencies to Americans: Avoid Chinese smart phones 

•Warns against use of Huawei, ZTE phones By Selena Larson  The US  intelligence agencies have issued a stern warning to Americans: Do not buy smartphones made by Chinese tech companies Huawei or ZTE. Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on

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