Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023

Government Executive | March 15, 2019

Defense officials want to test a neutral particle-beam in orbit in fiscal 2023 as part of a ramped-up effort to explore various types of space-based weaponry. They’ve asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to develop such beams, more powerful lasers, and other new tech for next-generation missile defense. Such weapons are needed, they say, to counter new missiles from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. But just figuring out what might work is a difficult technical challenge.

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The previous Parliament was a time of great challenge and opportunity for local government – and now the expectation is that the next five years are likely to follow a similar course. Since 2010, councils have dealt with a 40 per cent real terms reduction to their core government grant. In adult social care alone, funding reductions and demographic pressures have meant dealing with a £5 billion funding gap. Even in this challenging context, local government continued to deliver. Public polling has shown that roughly 80 per cent of those surveyed are satisfied with local services and that more than 70 per cent of respondents trust councils more than central government to make decisions about services provided in the local area – a trend that has been sustained during the last five years.1 Since 2010, councils have made significant efforts to minimise the impact of funding reductions. However, this hasn’t been without cost:

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The previous Parliament was a time of great challenge and opportunity for local government – and now the expectation is that the next five years are likely to follow a similar course. Since 2010, councils have dealt with a 40 per cent real terms reduction to their core government grant. In adult social care alone, funding reductions and demographic pressures have meant dealing with a £5 billion funding gap. Even in this challenging context, local government continued to deliver. Public polling has shown that roughly 80 per cent of those surveyed are satisfied with local services and that more than 70 per cent of respondents trust councils more than central government to make decisions about services provided in the local area – a trend that has been sustained during the last five years.1 Since 2010, councils have made significant efforts to minimise the impact of funding reductions. However, this hasn’t been without cost:

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Privacera | January 02, 2023

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VidCruiter | January 10, 2023

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Accela to Assist with Butte County’s Digital Transformation Efforts

Accela | December 30, 2022

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