US, Republic of Korea intensify cooperation on emerging and disruptive technologies


President Biden and a team of senior U.S. officials recently visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) and established with their leading counterparts a plan to deepen the nations’ cooperation on critical and emerging technologies — including semiconductors, batteries, civil nuclear power, artificial intelligence, space development, quantum computing and cyberspace. Part of Biden’s larger first trip to Asia as president, that engagement came just a few months after the White House released…

Senate confirms Andrew Hunter as Air Force acquisition chief


Senate lawmakers last week confirmed Andrew Hunter as assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics. He was confirmed unanimously by a voice vote on Feb. 2 after first being nominated for the position by President Biden in July last year. Hunter was previously director of the Center for Strategic International Studies’ defense-industrial initiatives group and also worked as a senior fellow within the center’s international security…