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Nuclear Policy News – January 24, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – January 24, 2017



China deploys ICBM near Russian border

Russia may deploy Nuclear-Powered Combat Vessels at Syrian Naval Base
Defense World

Pakistan conducts first flight test of nuclear-capable ‘Ababeel’ missile
The Indian Express


Japan launches first military communications satellite
The satellites is one of three planned so-called X-band satellites, that will quadruple broadband capacity, unify a fractured and overburdened communications network and allow communications across more territory.


China deploys ICBM near Russian border
China has deployed top-notch Dongfeng-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles in the northeast Heilongjiang province. the Dongfeng-41 is a nuclear solid-fuel road-ICBM. With a range of 14,000 kilometers and a payload of 10-12 nuclear warheads, it can target anywhere in the world and is widely considered one of the most advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles



Russia may deploy Nuclear-Powered Combat Vessels at Syrian Naval Base
Defense World
Russia will be deploying up to 11 warships, including nuclear-powered combat vessels, at the Tartus naval facility in Syria

Why Trident Missile Test is Rocking UK Politics
The New York Times
Why did the failed test become a political issue? Because Mrs. May did not reveal it when she addressed Parliament to persuade lawmakers to spend £40 billion ($49 billion) on a new generation of Trident-armed submarines that would replace Britain’s aging current fleet. 




Pakistan conducts first flight test of nuclear-capable ‘Ababeel’ missile
The Indian Express
The test flight was aimed at validating various technical parameters of the weapon system. The missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 2,200 kms, which brings many Indian cities within its striking range. Ababeel is capable of delivering multiple warheads using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology.




At the Last Minute, Trump Asks Nuclear Safety Administrator to Stick Around After All
The NNSA finally has an answer to the question of who exactly is in charge under President Trump. Trump’s transition team asked Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Frank Klotz to stay on as chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration until his eventual replacement could be named and confirmed by the Senate.



The Art of a Deal With North Korea
Joel Wit and Richard Sokolsky, POLITICO
The use of U.S. military force against North Korea will be ineffective and carries great risks. And engineering regime change is a fool’s errand. Trump’s only realistic option for stopping North Korea’s nuclear march is this: reinvigorated diplomacy, followed by significantly ratcheting up the pressure if it fails. Can he do it? Will he?


Preventing another Pearl Harbor
Keith Payne, The Washington Times
North Korean nuclear missile threats to the United States must no longer elicit uneasy disdain. The Hawaiian Islands and West Coast may well be North Korea’s initial ICBM targets in the United States given their closer relative proximity to North Korean launch sites.


Staying on Course on Nuclear Modernization
Tom Karako, The Cipher Brief
With this year’s review of the state f U.S. nuclear forces, comes an opportunity to communicate to friends and adversaries alike that deterrence has returned to the top of the U.S. nuclear agenda. Communicating that priority should begin with the reaffirmation of commitment to modernizing the nuclear triad, as essential now for 21stcentury deterrence as it has ever been.


The Case for Arms Control and Drawing Down Nuclear Forces
Hans Kristensen, The Cipher Brief
Deterrence without arms control is dangerous; they must be two sides of the same coin. While maintaining sufficient (not excessive) nuclear forces to deter adversaries, arms control contributes to strengthening U.S. national security and that of its allies by achieving limitations on potential adversaries’ nuclear forces.



Raytheon wins $235 million SM-6 production contract
Under the contract, Raytheon will provide SM-6 missiles to be deployed on AEGIS-equipped cruisers and destroyers.


Now We’re Talking: SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite Responding to Ground Control
Lockheed Martin
“After a successful ULA launch, signal acquisition is the first critical event in SBIRS' mission to support the Air Force with early missile warning and defense," said David Sheridan, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) systems mission area. "With communications now established, our job begins to deliver SBIRS to its final orbit so we can complete deployments and operational testing in anticipation of the satellite's formal acceptance by the Air Force."

Friday's Top Nuclear Policy News


Having nuclear weapons ‘matter of life and death’ for North Korea: RIA

Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation: Kerry

North Korea writes open letter to Parliament urging Australia to move away from Trump administration
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Russia’s Lavrov warns one-sided changes could sink Iran deal
Associated Press

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