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Nuclear Policy News – February 22, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – February 22, 2017

 


TOP NEWS

China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles
Reuters

Israeli Artillery Corps poised for long-ranged, improved precision strikes
Defense News

The CTBT & North Korea Discussed at Munich Security Conference
CTBTO



EAST ASIA

China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles
Reuters
Building the concrete structures with retractable roofs on Subi, Mischief and Fiery Cross reefs, part of the Spratly Islands chain where China already has built military-length airstrips, could be considered a military escalation.

Talks with N. Korea would give Trump same old lesson Pyongyang isn’t interested in disarming: ex-official
Yonhap
"North Korea doesn't want to give up its nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are key to its survival," Evan Medeiros, senior Asian affairs director at the National Security Council under former President Barack Obama said. "Talks for North Korea are really about getting sanctions relief, playing for time, playing for advantage, trying to get sanctions lifted."




MIDDLE EAST

Israeli Artillery Corps poised for long-ranged, improved precision strikes
Defense News
With increasing connectivity, new weaponry and a network-centric concept of operations, IDF ground forces in general — and the Artillery Corps, in particular — are taking on missions traditionally entrusted to air power. 

Turkey doesn’t see NATO compatibility issues with Russian missiles
Reuters
Ibrahim Kalin made the comment at a news conference in Ankara. Turkey's defense minister said earlier on Wednesday that talks with Moscow on procuring the missiles had "progressed significantly".

UAE to become first Arab country to join civilian nuclear club within weeks
Al Arabiya
The country’s first reactor is scheduled to be operational by May 2017, after further inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure the fuel is used only for peaceful purposes.




RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia to rely less on nuclear weapons as their conventional strength rapidly increases
Business Insider
Weapons such as the long-range Kalibr cruise missiles carried by navy ships, long-range cruise missiles carried by Russian strategic bombers and the land-based short-range Iskander missiles will play an increasingly important role as a non-nuclear deterrent. 

 

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

The CTBT & North Korea Discussed at Munich Security Conference
CTBTO
Highlights from discussions at the Munich Security Conference held February 17-19, 2017 in Germany.

 

OPINIONS

Reconsidering the reversal: South Korea’s nuclear choices
William Caplan & Kenneth Turner,The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The geopolitical factors of nearly 50 years ago bear an eerie resemblance to those seen today, making a reexamination of South Korea’s nuclear reversal a timely and useful exercise for the new administration when navigating its East Asian alliances.

The Trouble with Doomsday
Michael Ruhle, Real Clear Defense
The Doomsday Clock does not represent accurate scientific forecasting. Its major purpose is to alert the broader public about the many unresolved problems the world is facing. 

It’s Not Just ‘Strangelove’—Today’s Bombers Rely on America’s Weakest Nuclear Links
Elaine Grossman,War is Boring
The nation’s 44 B-52 and 16 B-2 nuclear-tasked strategic bombers are often termed the most “flexible” leg of the nuclear triad. In theory at least, a pilot could be ordered to return to base instead of nuking a target. By contrast, a nuclear-tipped, sea- or ground-launched ballistic missile is limited to a one-way journey that invariably ends in a mushroom cloud.

Can North Korea Launch Pearl Harbor II?
J.D. Gordon, American Military News
Though Pearl Harbor is home to Aegis ships armed with SM-3 interceptors which can shoot down incoming warheads, to reliably protect the islands, we’d need to get lucky with one off the coast and ready to launch.

 

SPECIAL INTEREST

Air Force Attack Drones Will Fire Laser Weapons
Scout
Laser weapons could provide drones with a way to incinerate targets without causing an explosion.

 

 

 

Thursday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS

Nuclear Tests Will ‘Never Stop,’ North Korean Government Official Says
CNN

Iran’s Military Fires New Cruise Missiles Amid Gulf Tensions With U.S.
Newsweek

White House Briefs Senate Amid Scary Moment with North Korea
Military Times

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