Milley Makes Case for U.S. Military Keeping Up With Global, Technology Changes



December 2, 2020


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By Jim Garamone , DOD News

Defense.gov

The geopolitical world has changed mightily over a generation, but that is nothing compared with the changes in technology, and the U.S. military must keep pace to defend the nation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley touched on a wide range of subjects during a virtual talk with The Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon. Milley started with a discussion of the changes he has seen in his 40-year military career.

Milley was commissioned in 1980. The United States and Soviet Union were still involved in a Cold War, and most military thinkers believed it would last through the foreseeable future. The Soviets had invaded Afghanistan. Iran was an Islamic Republic and had taken American hostages from the U.S. Embassy in 1979. There were terror attacks inside Saudi Arabia, and China

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The geopolitical world has changed mightily over a generation, but that is nothing compared with the changes in technology, and the U.S. military must keep pace to defend the nation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley touched on a wide range of subjects during a virtual talk with The Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon. Milley started with a discussion of the changes he has seen in his 40-year military career.



There’s a lot of change that’s occurred at paces that are much more rapid than in any time period we’ve ever seen in history.”

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Milley was commissioned in 1980. The United States and Soviet Union were still involved in a Cold War, and most military thinkers believed it would last through the foreseeable future. The Soviets had

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By, John Kedzierski, Senior Vice President, Video Security and Analytics, Motorola Solutions

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EU fines drug makers for keeping cheap medicine off market

Boxes of tablets, produced by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg | Getty Images

The European Union has fined two pharmaceutical companies for colluding to keep a cheap alternative to a sleep disorder medicine off the market for their profit and at the expense of patients.

EU antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said that Teva pharmaceuticals and Cephalon, a company it later acquired, must pay 60.5 million euros ($72 million) for agreeing between themselves to delay for years the launch of Teva’s cheaper version of Cephalon’s blockbuster Modafinil. In return for the delay, Teva got beneficial side deals and some payments.

Vestager said that “Teva’s and Cephalon’s pay-for-delay agreement harmed patients and national health systems, depriving them of more affordable medicines.”

Modafinil treats excessive daytime sleepiness and under the brand name Provigil it accounted for more than 40% of Cephalon’s turnover. A cheap alternative would have had a serious impact

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In early lockdown, four kids from Toronto’s underground gay club scene were distraught. The nightlife they depended on — “safe spaces, where we get to exist freely” — had vanished. Two of them worked as musicians and DJs, and were deprived of live performance and income. So they looked for another way.

“Someone in our Insta group chat said Zoom,” says co-founder Ceréna Sierra. “We tried it, and we could see all these people in funny little squares. We thought, what is this mess?”

Club Quarantine, their online queer dance party, started in March and was an instant global phenomenon: lively, anarchic, with DJs, musicians and performance artists entertaining partygoers and fans.

They turned up in their thousands from bedrooms all over the world, every night of the week. “On the fourth night we had an email from Charli XCX who wanted to be part of it,” says Sierra, 29,

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Two organizations that focus on cleaning up ocean plastic are hawking goods. The goods are made from ocean plastic, so that’s a … good thing. And potentially a clever gift for someone (or yourself).

You know the deal: Before it’s Halloween it’s already Christmas, and time for seasonal shopping. The folks at 4ocean, who have been selling bracelets to fund ocean cleanups around the world, recently introduced an iPhone case made from certified, recovered ocean plastic.

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Dan Saks is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of AppDirect, the only end-to-end cloud commerce platform for succeeding in the digital economy.

For many businesses, the past few months have been a crash course in what happens when a trend that seems abstract — digital transformation — suddenly becomes very real. Companies around the world have rushed to spin up or scale digital products and channels to not only equip their employees to work remotely but also find new ways to reach their customers.

The changes have been so fast and dramatic that McKinsey & Co. estimates that Covid-19 has accelerated digital business adoption by five years in a matter of only eight weeks. How have companies managed to do so much in such a short period of time? And how are they coping with the ongoing uncertainty?

To find out, my company, AppDirect, commissioned a survey of 500 senior

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How Clinique La Prairie Is Keeping Humanity Fashionably Healthy In The Age Of Covid

Fashion, beauty, health and wellness are all intertwined. You can’t really have one without the other…

The Clinique La Prairie (CLP) in Montreux, Switzerland has been purveyors of luxury health and wellness for 89 years. This is Switzerland’s thing, and one of the main reasons why people travel to the scenic nation of wellness facilities, mountains and natural springs because the country knows and understands the value of health and wellness, especially in this time of Covid. There are facilities like CLP all over Switzerland, with expert and advanced care that offer an intimate luxury environment. For CLP, it’s their mission to partner with visitors by providing personalized treatment to ‘help and inspire’ people to live longer, healthier and better lives.

“Our vision is always looking at pioneering longevity,” says Simone Gibertoni, the CEO of CLP.

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