United States To Fly Long-range Drones From Japanese Base

David Cannon/Getty Images Its a confounding trend that must have current Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson searching for answers in advance of the 2014 matches scheduled for next September at Gleneagles in Scotland. The Americans will be looking to topple the Europeans on their home turf for the first time since 1993 . If the legendary Watson was paying any attention this weekend, he would have witnessed a United States team that was focused, confident and above all else loose at Muirfield. Pairings such as Woods and Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, and even Steve Stricker and rookie Jordan Spiethweren’tjust effective, they were engaged and having fun. As a result, even when the Americans fell behind, as they did early in the final foursomes session on Saturday, the Yanks managed to stay relaxed and eventually rallied. “When you’re prepared, you’re more confident. When you have a strategy, you’re more comfortable.”–U.S. Captain Fred Couples Golf Digest (@GolfDigestMag) October 7, 2013 Ironically, thats the exact winning formula the Europeans have utilized during their run of dominance in the more intense and prestigious Ryder Cup. By contrast, the Americans play the event as if in a vice grip of pressure and angst. Top golfers like Tiger and Phil play like the world is on their shoulders and other veterans and less experienced golfers often appear in over their heads to put it kindly. That was certainly the case at Medinah last year as the Americans blew a four-point lead at the start of the singles competition and appeared to be playing golf in quick sand as the Europeans rallied to retain the cup by a single point.

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The drones primary mission will be to fly near North Korea, an area where US officials hope they will greatly enhance current spying capabilities. The Air Force already has Global Hawks stationed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the US territory in the Pacific, but North Korea is at the edge of their range and their flights often are curtailed because of bad weather. The Air Force also has Global Hawks stationed in the Persian Gulf. They fly at altitudes above 60,000 feet, placing them out of range of most air defences. Without pilots in the cockpit, they can fly for more than 28 hours at a time, giving them an unmatched range of nearly 9000 nautical miles. The presence of Global Hawks in East Asia is sure to irritate China, which has increasingly pushed back against the US military presence in the region. Officials in Beijing had criticised Tokyo in recent days over reports that the Japanese military was considering acquiring its own Global Hawks, saying the move could escalate tensions. China is also engaged in a bitter territorial dispute with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, an uninhabited group of outcroppings in the East China Sea that Japan nationalised last year, sparking confrontations between the two countries ships deployed in the area. Besides flying missions over North Korea, the Global Hawks would presumably give the United States and Japan better information about the movements of Chinese ships in the vicinity of Senkaku. The same goes for Chinese ships elsewhere in the region, such as the South China Sea, where China is mired in territorial disputes with the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and other countries. The US military has flown drones over Japan in the past on a temporary basis, including after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but next year will mark the first time it will base them in that country, according to US officials. They said the drones would be deployed on a rotational basis, meaning they could be moved elsewhere, such as Guam, for months at a time. In addition to the Global Hawks, P-8 maritime surveillance patrol aircraft will also start to be deployed in Japan in December, US and Japanese officials announced. It would be the first time the aircraft will be stationed outside the United States.

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In October 2013, Indonesia will become the lead Chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Steering Committee.We are supporting implementation of Indonesias OGP National Action Plan, expansion of the OGP, and will work to assist Burma in becoming eligible for OGP by 2016. The Working Groups activities also have included interfaith dialogue; youth engagement; exchanges on bureaucratic reform, media, rule of law, parliamentary and electoral processes; womens economic and political empowerment; and formal consultations with civil society. Under the Education Working Group, USAIDs five-year $165 million Higher Education Partnership will expand opportunities for bilateral study and research exchanges, strengthen university partnerships, and enhance the quality of education. The Fulbright program is among the largest in the world and the Peace Corps return in 2010,after a 45-year hiatus, is a sign of our long-term commitment to Indonesias education system and people-to-people ties. Under USAIDsfive-year,$83 million PRIORITAS program, the United States is also working to strengthen basic education at the early grade levels. The Security Working Groupis advancing Indonesias defense modernization efforts in order to enhance Indonesias role in regional and global security. These efforts include the transfer of Excess Defense Article (EDA) F-16s, and the initiation of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) cases for Maverick missiles and other essential equipment to meet Indonesian defense requirements. In August, Indonesia agreed to purchase Apache helicopters worth $720 million. The United States and Indonesia also initiated a Defense Planning Dialogue to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation, exchange best practices for organizing and managing the defense sector, and support Indonesian-led reform efforts. The Environment and Climate Working Group has made progress in institutionalizing Indonesias Climate Change Center to ensure the core role of science in environmental policymaking. In 2011, Indonesiaand the United States completed the second debt-for-nature swap, in which the United States forgave $28.5 million in debt in exchange for Indonesian commitments to protect forest areas and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. Under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)s $332.5 million Green Prosperity Project, two priority districts were identified for environmental impact assessments to advance sustainable land use and forest management practices. Under the Energy Working Group, the United States and Indonesia cooperate to promote clean energy technologies and policies to help meet Indonesias growing energy demands, improve energy access, and reduce the growth in Indonesias energy-sector greenhouse gas emissions. This cooperation includes the MCCs $332.5 million Green Prosperity Project, USAIDs $16.2 million Indonesia Clean Energy Development (ICED) project, over $3 million in project funding through the U.S. Trade and Development Agencys (USTDA) Indonesia Geothermal Development Initiative, and the Department of Energys (DOE) new $1.2 million Sustainable Energy for Remote Indonesia Grids (SERIG) project.

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