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Daily Archives: September 27, 2017

Rand – U.S.-Russia-China Cooperation Could Hinder Proliferation of Hypersonic Missiles, Reduce Risk of Strategic Wars

“A new RAND report, Hypersonic Missile Nonproliferation: Hindering the Spread of a New Class of Weapons, is available at www.rand.org. Other authors of the report are George Nacouzi, Carrie Lee and Richard M. Moore.proposes that despite their differences, Russia, China and the United States should act jointly to head off a little-recognized security threat—the proliferation of hypersonic missiles beyond the three nations. The spread of this new class of weapons would increase the chance of strategic (missile-based) wars and would jeopardize nations small and large—including the three nations that now have the technology, according to the study, which is the first-ever detailed examination of the issue. Hypersonic missiles—including both hypersonic glide vehicles and hypersonic cruise missiles—are a new class of threat because they are capable both of maneuvering and of flying faster than 5,000 kilometers per hour, more than five-times faster than traditional cruise missiles. These features allow such missiles to penetrate most missile defenses and compress the timelines for a response by a nation under attack. Hypersonic missiles are being developed by the United States, Russia and China. Their further proliferation could result in other powers setting their forces on hair-trigger states of readiness, according to researchers. And such proliferation could enable other powers to more credibly threaten attacks on major powers. The diffusion of hypersonic technology is underway in Europe, Japan, Australia and India, with many nations beginning to explore such technology. Proliferation could cross multiple borders if hypersonic technology is offered on world markets, leaving little time available to prevent proliferation….The report recommends that the United States, Russia and China agree not to export to other nations complete hypersonic missile systems or their major components. In addition, the broader international community should establish controls on a wider range of hypersonic missile hardware and technology…”

Supreme Court October Term 2017: A Preview of Select Cases

CRS report via FAS – Supreme Court October Term 2017: A Preview of Select Cases, September 19, 2017. “On October 2, 2017, the Supreme Court is to begin its new term. While the Court issued a number of notable decisions during its last full term, Court watchers have largely agreed that, at least compared to… Continue Reading

Most Americans think government could be monitoring phone calls and emails

Pew – “Seven-in-ten U.S. adults say it is at least somewhat likely that their own phone calls and emails are being monitored by the government, including 37% who believe that this type of surveillance is “very likely,” according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in February. Just 13% of the public say it is… Continue Reading

GOP 9 page tax plan framework and corporate impact

Axios – “Here’s a [copy of the] summary of the plan that’s being released today, obtained by Axios from outside sources. More details to come.” Axios – What you need to know about the GOP tax plan – “While it includes some key policies — like the elimination of the deduction for state and local… Continue Reading

BLM moves forward with plan for oil and gas leases on southern Utah lands rich in ancient Puebloan ruins

Salt Lake Tribune – Study of acreage spanning Recapture and Jenny canyons goes to public comment as the Bureau of Land Management pushes Trump’s ‘America First’ energy strategy: “The Bureau of Land Management plans to move forward on nearly 52,000 acres of proposed oil and gas leases in archaeologically sensitive parts of southeastern Utah. Among… Continue Reading

Twitter in the news – terms of service – tweet length increases to 280 characters – role in Russian election interference

Columbia Journalism Review – “This week, following an incendiary tweet by President Trump toward North Korea, Twitter is making an update to its terms of service. The social media company will now consider newsworthiness alongside its other criteria in determining whether to allow speech on its platform…By deciding what is newsworthy, Twitter will effectively be… Continue Reading