European Commission Proposes Renewed Alliance With US: The European Commission and the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs have drafted a plan to strengthen EU-U.S. relations and meet the “strategic challenge” posed by China. The draft, a copy of which was obtained by The Financial Times, is expected to be submitted to national leaders for approval next week. Titled “A New EU-US Agenda for Global Change,” it reportedly proposes more collaboration on technology policy and in dealing with the “strategic challenge” posed by China. Reports indicate the document also proposes an “EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council,” which would work to reduce trade barriers, align regulatory standards and coordinate foreign investment screening. The draft also reportedly suggests an EU-U.S. summit for the first half of next year to help launch the renewed relationship.
DOD Inspector General Highlights Tech Challenges: In mid-November, the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General released its annual report summarizing the biggest management and performance challenges facing the agency in the coming fiscal year. It identified 10 challenges, including “Building and Sustaining the DoD’s Technological Dominance,” “Securing the DoD’s Information Systems, Networks, and Data” and “Transforming Data Into a Strategic Asset.” The report highlighted the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning to “revolutionize how war is conducted,” but stressed the need to maintain “realistic expectations” about AI/ML’s integration and future use. It also emphasized the importance of protecting technological advantages, citing inconsistent security practices among DOD contractors. The report’s section on “transforming data into a strategic asset” and its emphasis on “cultivating a culture that understands how to use data” echoed the conclusions of the Pentagon’s Data Strategy published earlier this year.
PRC Ministry of Science and Technology:Chinese R&D Analysis of the State of Chinese R&D Personnel Development in 2018. China’s research and development personnel pool is the largest in the world and growing rapidly, according to this statistical report by the PRC Ministry of Science and Technology. However, the report also notes that on a per capita basis, China has fewer R&D workers than the West.
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