California Governor Reappoints Members to Military Council

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) this week re-appointed 19 members to the Governor’s Military Council, a body he established in 2013 to strengthen the state’s support for the military.“California plays a crucial role in our nation’s defense, and military bases and activities are vital to our state’s economy,” Brown said when he created the body three years ago. “As federal priorities shift to cyber security and new military technology, this council will work to expand defense industry jobs and investment in California,” he said.The governor also appointed two new members. The council is led by Ellen Tauscher, a former Democratic member of Congress and undersecretary of state. The vice chair is Edward Hanlon Jr., president of Transatlantic Insights LLC and a former top executive at Raytheon.Other members include Dennis Kenneally, executive director of the Southwest Defense Alliance, and Philip Coyle, a former Pentagon test director and member of the 2005 BRAC Commission.California is home to more than 30 installations. The council is aimed at protecting the state’s installations and operations amid cuts in defense spending, and leveraging changes in DOD’s military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.Last June, the council released a report outlining steps the state should pursue to enhance California’s defense missions and their benefits to the state’s economy. The report’s recommendations included:actively engaging federal decision-makers to shape defense budget and policy proposals;partnering with other states to strengthen integration of the Southwest defense testing and training complex;supporting the aerospace industry, military contractors and other entities that sustain national defense activities in addition to conventional installations;maintaining bipartisan support in California’s national security mission;encouraging installations to partner with local governments and companies to reduce operational costs;strengthening incentives for veterans and discharging service members to stay in California;assisting installations to expand renewable energy and other shared energy priorities; andhelping installations secure reliable water supplies amidst drought and climate change.last_img read more

NBCUniversal streaming service to launch in April

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Top 5 unanswered questions about Apple TV Plus 1 50 Photos Comment 2:21 2019 TV shows you can’t miss NBCUniversal is working on its own streaming service.  SOPA Images/Getty NBCUniversal, a streaming service from Comcast, will launch in April, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said during a Comcast earnings call Thursday.The service, which will reportedly be ad-supported, has been expected and caused some consternation among fans of The Office, when it was announced in June that the show would be leaving Netflix for the NBC platform in 2021.There’s no shortage of companies getting into the streaming business. Both Apple and Disney, for instance, are working on platforms. Originally published at 7:09 a.m. PT.Update 7:20 a.m. PT: Adds additional information about streaming platforms. Tags Digital Medialast_img read more

N Korea says still open to talks

first_imgThis combination of pictures created on 24 May 2018 shows US president Donald Trump speaking to the media as he makes his way to board Marine One at the White House on 23 May 2018 in Washington, DC, and an undated picture released from North Korea`s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 18 May 2018 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un speaking while attending the first Enlarged Meeting of the 7th Central Military Commission of the Workers` Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang. Photo: AFPNorth Korea responded on Friday with measured tones to US president Donald Trump’s decision to call off a historic summit with leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, saying Pyongyang hoped for a “Trump formula” to resolve the standoff over its nuclear weapons programme.On Thursday, Trump wrote a letter to Kim to announce his withdrawal from what would have been the first-ever meeting between a serving US president and a North Korean leader in Singapore on 12 June.“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it would be inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote.Trump’s announcement came after repeated threats by North Korea to pull out of the summit over what it saw as confrontational remarks by US officials.Friday’s response by North Korean vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan was more conciliatory, specifically praising Trump’s efforts.“We have inwardly highly appreciated president Trump for having made the bold decision, which any other US presidents dared not, and made efforts for such a crucial event as the summit,” Kim said in a statement carried by state media.“We even inwardly hoped that what is called “Trump formula” would help clear both sides of their worries and comply with the requirements of our side and would be a wise way of substantial effect for settling the issue,” he said without elaborating.North Korea has sharply criticised suggestions by Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton and vice president Mike Pence that it could share the fate of Libya if it did not swiftly surrender its nuclear arsenal. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and murdered by NATO-backed militants after halting his nascent nuclear programme.Trump had initially sought to placate North Korea, saying that he was not pursuing the “Libya model” in getting the North to abandon its nuclear weapons program. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said: “This is the president Trump model. He’s going to run this the way he sees fit.”Kim Kye Gwan said its recent criticisms against certain US officials had just been a reaction to unbridled American rhetoric, and that the current antagonism showed “the urgent necessity” for the summit.“His sudden and unilateral announcement to cancel the summit is something unexpected to us and we cannot but feel great regret for it,” Kim Kye Gwan said, while noting that North Korea remained open to resolving issues with Washington “regardless of ways at any time”.“The first meeting would not solve all, but solving even one at a time in a phased way would make the relations get better rather than making them get worse. The US should ponder over it,” Kim said.Nuclear Site DecommissionedTrump’s letter came just after North Korea announced it had completely dismantled its Punggye-ri nuclear test facility “to ensure the transparency of discontinuance of nuclear test”.Footage of the event broadcast by South Korean media showed explosions throwing huge clouds of dust and debris as they destroyed tunnel entrances as well as multiple wooden structures around the site.Other images showed North Korean officials displaying a map of the site, including several major tunnel complexes they said were unused and completely operational prior to being collapsed.Analysts worried the cancelling of the talks could prompt resumption in hostilities on the Korean peninsula, including renewed shorter-range missile tests or stepped-up cyber-attacks by Pyongyang and increased sanctions or deployment of new military assets by Washington.Trump, in scrapping the 12 June summit in Singapore, sounded a bellicose note, warning Kim of the United States’ greater nuclear might, reminiscent of the president’s tweet last year asserting that he had a “much bigger” nuclear button than Kim.Speaking later, Trump said the US military stood ready if Kim were to take any “foolish” action, and that the United States would continue its “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who worked hard to help set up the summit and urged Trump at a White House meeting on Tuesday not to let a rare opportunity slip away, said he was “perplexed” by the cancellation. He urged Trump and Kim to talk directly.US secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, held a phone call and agreed to continue working towards creating the right conditions for the United States and North Korea to talk, the South’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.Pyongyang had not responded in recent days to queries by the United States about the leaders’ summit, Pompeo told a Senate hearing.Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tokyo understands Trump’s decision to cancel the Singapore summit, Kyodo News reported.“It’s meaningless to have talks that don’t achieve results,” Kono told reporters on a visit to Mexico City, the news agency said.Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera also played down the significance of the cancelled meeting.“The important thing is not the US-North Korea meeting itself, but that the meeting becomes an opportunity to move forward in the issues of denuclearisation and abductions,” he told reporters in Toyko.last_img