Technology, Innovation and Modern War — Class 13 — ONR-Rear Admiral Lorin Selby

We just held our twelfth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War. Joe Felter, Raj Shah and I designed a class to examine the new military systems, operational concepts and doctrines that will emerge from 21st century technologies – Space, Cyber, AI & Machine Learning and Autonomy.

Today’s topic was The Navy and Modern War.

Catch up with the class by reading our summaries of the previous twelve classes here.

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Some of the readings for this week included Defense Primer: Dept of the NavyNavy Lasers and RailgunsNavy Large Surface CombatantsNavy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans, Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea VehiclesChina’s Navy Modernization.

Our guest speaker was Rear Admiral Lorin Selby, Chief of Naval Research, United States Navy.

Admiral Selby is responsible for the Naval Research Enterprise. It is the “venture capital” of the Navy and

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COVID-19 app payment loophole won’t be fixed by the end of England lockdown | Science & Tech News, Reports

People who are told to isolate by the contact tracing app will not be able to claim financial support after lockdown ends, and may not be able to before Christmas, Sky News can reveal.

Workers with low incomes in England are entitled to receive £500 if they cannot work from home while they self-isolate, but they can only claim the support if they are given a code by a human contact tracer.

Leaked documents seen by Sky News reveal that a technical fix has been drawn up and signed off by the Treasury and Downing Street.

Yet delays in its implementation mean it will not be in place for the end of England’s lockdown on December 2, and may not arrive for several weeks after that, despite fears that contacts will increase over the holiday period.

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A leaked document shows the plan for the proposed fix

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World Internet Conference unveils leading cyberspace sci-tech achievements in Wuzhen of E China’s Zhejiang



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Liu Yunjie, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, speaks during the World Internet Conference — Internet Development Forum in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang Province, Nov. 23, 2020.  (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

WUZHEN, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) — Fifteen of the world’s leading Internet scientific and technological achievements were unveiled Monday at the World Internet Conference — Internet Development Forum held in the water-town of Wuzhen in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

The achievements, selected by a group of nearly 40 experts from around the world, cover post-pandemic industrial recovery and coordinated development, digital social governance, global public crisis response, cloud life based on artificial intelligence (AI) and other Internet-related fields.

The achievements include several that have helped in the fight against COVID-19, such as “Tech for Good: Communication for Boundless Collaboration,” an experience based on the Tencent Meeting application by Tencent Cloud Computing (Beijing) Co., Ltd.



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More efforts needed for forest protection: expert

Vietnam has abundant forest resources, but there are many ongoing problems relating to forest protection. Trieu Van Hung, Chairman of the Vietnam Forest Science Technology Association, talks to Viettimes about the issue.

Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant got hit by a landslide on October 12. VNA/VNS Photo

Given the flooding in the central region recently, it could be said that one of the reasons is the development of hydroelectricity as hydropower seems to be the cause of the decreasing forest area. What do you think?

Hydropower development is an environmental trade-off for economic development. For many years, we have often heard leaders talking about not exchanging the environment for economic development, but in fact, there is a trade-off because otherwise economic development cannot be performed. However, we cannot make any trade-offs at any cost. A trade-off with a too high price is not advisable because when it comes to the

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UP, Ateneo, PRRI scientists honored in 1st virtual Science & Technology Awards



a group of people posing for the camera: The University of the Philippines’ Dr. Cynthia Saloma (Philippine Genome Center) and Dr. Rachel June Gotanco (Marine Science Institute), Dr. Erwin Enriquez of the Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering at the Ateneo de Manila University, and Dr. Roel Suralta of the Philippine Rice Research Institute were awarded cash prizes in the virtual awards led by DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña.


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The University of the Philippines’ Dr. Cynthia Saloma (Philippine Genome Center) and Dr. Rachel June Gotanco (Marine Science Institute), Dr. Erwin Enriquez of the Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering at the Ateneo de Manila University, and Dr. Roel Suralta of the Philippine Rice Research Institute were awarded cash prizes in the virtual awards led by DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña.

JUST IN: Filipino scientists from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and the Philippine Rice Research Institute have been honored in the first virtual National Science and Technology Week Science & Technology Awards.

The annual awards given by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST Philippines) gave recognition to four scientists and their teams for exemplifying outstanding achievements in science and technology, namely: University of the Philippines’ Dr. Cynthia Saloma

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Life Science Ontario Announces Recipients of the 2021 LSO Awards

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LSO today announced the recipients of its 2021 LSO Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals and companies contributing to the success of Ontario’s life sciences sector. The awards will be presented during LSO’s Celebration of Success Awards in February 2021.

The 2021 awardees are as follows:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Julius
  • Community Service Award: Eugenia Duodu Addy
  • Volunteer Award: Anne Woods
  • Life Science Company of the Year: VIVE Crop Protection Inc.
  • LSO Leadership Award: John Kelly, Deputy Minister at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

The LSO Awards are an important part of the organization’s mandate to advocate for Ontario’s life sciences sector, by celebrating the individuals and companies behind its success.

“2020 has been a difficult year for everyone; but COVID-19 has also highlighted the amazing contributions of the life sciences sector to solving some of societies largest challenges,” said LSO President and CEO Dr. Jason

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World Internet Conference unveils leading cyberspace sci-tech achievements



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Photo taken on Nov. 22, 2020 shows the venue of the Light of Internet Expo of the 2020 World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang Province. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

WUZHEN, Zhejiang Province, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) — Fifteen of the world’s leading Internet scientific and technological achievements were unveiled Monday at the World Internet Conference — Internet Development Forum held in the water-town of Wuzhen in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

The achievements, selected by a group of nearly 40 experts from around the world, cover post-pandemic industrial recovery and coordinated development, digital social governance, global public crisis response, cloud life based on artificial intelligence (AI) and other Internet-related fields.

The achievements include several that have helped in the fight against COVID-19, such as “Tech for Good: Communication for Boundless Collaboration,” an experience based on the Tencent Meeting application by Tencent Cloud Computing (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

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Institut Polytechnique de Paris and Accenture Form Strategic Partnership to Leverage Science and Technology to Address Major Societal, Economic, and Environmental Challenges

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris) have entered into a five-year strategic partnership to co-develop solutions in response to the major social, economic, and environmental challenges that humanity faces. A central aspect of the partnership is the creation of an academic and research chair that aims to foster the development of innovative technologies in response to these challenges.

The partnership is being led by Jean-Marc Ollagnier, CEO of Accenture in Europe; Olivier Girard, CEO of Accenture in France and Benelux; Eric Labaye, president of Institut Polytechnique de Paris; and Jean-Paul Cottet, executive director of the École Polytechnique Foundation.

Building on IP Paris Interdisciplinary Research Centers, the academic and research chair — known as the “Chair of Technology for Change” — seeks to promote industry transformation and the emergence of innovative business models to foster environmental and social sustainability. It aims to accelerate

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ASMS receives state funding for new science research center

MOBILE, Ala. — The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science has received funding to build a state-of-the-art science research center, the school announced Friday.



a group of people sitting at a table with wine glasses: The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science has received funding to build a state-of-the-art science research center.


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The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science has received funding to build a state-of-the-art science research center.


The school has received a $6.2 million appropriation from the state of Alabama to build the facility within the next three to five years. ASMS is one of just 20 entities in Alabama that received funding as part of the governor’s Public School and College Authority projects appropriation announcement.

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“The ASMS Science Research Center is our commitment to advancing student success well into the future, and it follows through on our dedication to improving the landscape of education in the state of Alabama,” says ASMS School Board Chairman Jo Bonner for a news release.

According to the news release, the world-class facility will significantly increase

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Penn plans stunning West Philly lab for energy science and technology

The University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees has approved the design for a $173 million energy research lab in West Philadelphia, creating a home for interdisciplinary work advancing sustainability.

The project, designed by German firm Behnisch Architekten, will be named after Penn alumnus P. Roy Vagelos and his wife, Diana T. Vagelos, who led the way in gifts that totaled more than $70 million to support the initiative.

Situated at 3200 Walnut St., the Vagelos Laboratory for Energy Science and Technology will provide 110,000 square feet in laboratory space across seven floors. It will house the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research, an undergraduate dual degree program run jointly by Arts & Sciences and Engineering.

Facilities in the planned building will include wet chemistry research labs and optics research labs, as well as collaborative spaces, offices and a landscaped courtyard.

The building’s energy

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