U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Today’s topics:  SelectUSA 2016 summit / Kerry with Angelina Jolie Pitt on refugees / Alert for possible N. Korea missile launch / Silicon Valley / Security networks

SelectUSA2016

President Obama's opening remarks at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit
President Obama’s opening remarks at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

This years’ SelectUSA summit will be held in Washington D.C., on 19-21 June 2016.  This Summit is the highest-profile event promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.

20 June 2016 Remarks by President Obama at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit  And no other country is home to more foreign direct investment than the United States of America.  Over the last four years, no other country has been named by CEOs around the world more frequently as the best place to invest with confidence.  And all of this is for a very good reason:  In large part because the decisions we’ve made since the financial crisis to build our economy on a new foundationfor the future, there is no country on Earth that’s better positioned for the long run than the United States.

State Department

20 June 2016 Kerry’s Remarks With Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie Pitt

And we’re living in a contentious time when some try to make a negative out of being a refugee or somehow turn people who are refugees into threats. But we have just met together with a group of people who are working at the United States State Department, each of them contributing enormously to the work of this department, to the fiber of our country, and most importantly, all of them working with refugees themselves. They are American; they’re as American as anybody; and they have a story to tell about how America keeps faith with people’s dreams and hopes and aspirations.

So I’m very, very grateful to Angelina for her personal leadership, for her commitment to this issue. She’s been working at this for years. This is not a passing fancy for her at all; it is a lifetime commitment. And it’s my pleasure to introduce her as well as to thank her for all that she is doing to help us with this extraordinarily important cause.

Defense

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Army Major General Bradley Becker, commander of the Military District of Washington, approach the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., 6th June 2016 (Army photo by Rachel Larue)
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Army Major General Bradley Becker, commander of the Military District of Washington, approach the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., 6th June 2016 (Army photo by Rachel Larue)

20 June 2016 DoD’s Carter Describes Security Networks’ Role in Confronting Threats  Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed the importance of establishing and maintaining security networks with partner nations to confront global threats during a speech to the Center for a New American Security.

Carter focused on the security networks the United States has forged in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and in Europe.

The Asia-Pacific networks are based on weaving together bilateral, trilateral and multilateral relationships into a larger, regionwide network, Carter said, noting that there has never been a regionwide security arrangement there in the past.

“In the Middle East and North Africa, we’re leading coalitions and networks to address key security challenges like [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] and other terror groups, and to counter Iran’s malign influence,” the secretary said.

In Europe, the United States is working within the NATO alliance to bolster deterrence, handle unregulated migration and confront threats in new domains.

 

South Korea

FILE - A South Korean army soldier walks by a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with superimposed letters that read: "North Korea's nuclear warhead" during a news program at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, March 9, 2016.
FILE – A South Korean army soldier walks by a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with superimposed letters that read: “North Korea’s nuclear warhead” during a news program at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, March 9, 2016.

21 June 2016  Japan, South Korea on Alert for North Korea Missile Launch  North Korea appears to have deployed a ballistic missile to its east coast, but there are no signs of an imminent launch, according to an unnamed government source.

Japan’s military is on alert for a missile launch, and their navy and anti-missile Patriot batteries have been instructed to shoot down any projectile headed for Japan, according to a government source.

The missile is presumed to be an intermediate-range Musudan missile, similar to one the North unsuccessfully tried to test launch three times in April. Another launch, most likely of the Musudan, failed in May.

 

Silicon Valley

The late Steve Jobs. He and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (top left) are pictured in 1976 with their rudimentary but revolutionary Apple I. (AP Images)
The late Steve Jobs. He and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (top left) are pictured in 1976 with their rudimentary but revolutionary Apple I. (AP Images)

21 June 2016 In Silicon Valley, bright ideas blossom into billion-dollar businesses  Silicon (atomic number 14, for those in the know) is all around us. It makes up a quarter of the Earth’s crust. Ancient humans used it in their first tools. And today’s humans use it

for their tools: Because silicon is a fine semiconductor, the processor chips that power today’s computers are silicon-based.

That’s why the part of California south of San Francisco Bay and home to tech giants like Apple, Google, Facebook and many others is known as Silicon Valley.

It’s famed for young entrepreneurs who turned bright ideas into billion-dollar businesses, for venture capitalists who bankrolled their dreams, and most of all for innovation.