Susan R. Johnson, Ronald E. Neumann and Thomas R. Pickering / the Washington Post
American diplomacy is facing a crisis. The Foreign Service is being relegated to a secondary status: staff support to political elites who set and manage police. Long-held concepts about the disciplined, competitive, promotion-based personnel system are being called into question.
David Malakoff / Science
The cuts to the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California appear to be a direct consequence of the project’s failure to create burning fusion plasma by its 2012 goal.
Jeannette Gaida / Take Five
Airmen and Soldiers give lessons in conversational English to Afghan students at thet Korean Vocational Training Center here, as part of the effort to create a better future for coalition partners.
Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney / U.S. Air Force
President Barack Obama is looking to make good on his promise to tackle climate change during his second term, even including a promise of continued EPA action against climate change in his 2014 budget proposal.
John Roach / NBC News
The deep oceans have recently been soaking up much of the excess heat trapped under the ever-thickening blanket of greenhouse gases that humans pump into the atmosphere, according to a recent study.
Clifton Yin / the Energy Collective
President Obama’s proposal for a Race to the Top for energy innovation, a relatively modest $200 million program, would be the first one of its kind for energy and could be an interesting pilot project for using similar policy models to bridge the gap between energy research and the market.
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President Obama announced his intent to nominate Matthew C. Armstrong to serve as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the bipartisan federal board in charge of U.S. international broadcasting.
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The President released his budget for fiscal year 2014, which did reveal a good outcome for fusion energy.
The defense industrial base is tied to American competitiveness in the 21st Century. For that reason, leaders in the private and public sector must take steps to thrive during a drawn out period of changing expectations while also remaining committed to keeping the country strong through innovation, long-term investments and disciplined management.
The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is currently conducting research into inertial fusion energy. Using 192 of the largest lasers in the world, the NIF is the leading global research facility on inertial fusion.
Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on the state of energy research and development (R&D) in the United States, coming on the heels of the nomination hearing for Secretary of Energy. Ernie Moniz stated that U.S. energy R&D is underfunded by a factor of three. The Wonk Blog’s Brad Plumer looks at that figure.
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ASP welcomed member of the UK parliament Tobias Ellwood for a discussion on the UK in the EU and the Future of Transatlantic Cooperation earlier today. BGen. Stephen Cheney, ASP’s CEO, joined the panel along with its COO, Paul Hamill.
Yesterday, I attended an event at American University discussing the merits of “gastrodiplomacy”—a term basically meaning the public diplomacy of food. The event was hosted by the School of International Service’s Public and Cultural Diplomacy Forum.
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A round-up of public diplomacy-related news.
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