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Nork Nukes Redux

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In Robert Farley
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On February 13, 2013
My latest at the Diplomat expresses skepticism that the North Korean nuclear test is something to get all that excited about: The first and most important lesson is that North Korean policy towards its neighbors does not appear to have appreciably changed in Kim Jong Il’s wake. North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles, it […]

Nukes!

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On February 11, 2013

Early, but looks as if the Norks may have just “expended some fissile material.” Jeffrey Lewis thinks maybe 10kt (probably bigger than either of the previous two tests), but obviously it&#

Nukes!

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On January 23, 2013

In my latest Diplomat column I make the case for retaining a (reduced) boomer fleet: My own view is that the United States can accept a lower threshold for at sea nuclear deterrence, but this leg shou

Form Without Substance

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In Robert Farley
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On January 22, 2013
Derp: The Department of Defense is a leader in equal opportunity for all patriots seeking to serve this great nation. . . The vigilant warriors in AFGSC understand they are all equal and unified in purpose to provide a safe, secure and effective deterrent force for the United States. . . Dr. King would be […]

Saudi Nukes?

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On December 13, 2011

Is Saudi Arabia laying the groundwork to go nuclear? The idea that an Iranian nuclear test would force Saudi Arabia and other regional powers to develop their own nuclear programs was one of the most

Apparently wide swaths of the US public approve of the use of nuclear weapons in non-retaliatory circumstances. Randomly selected groups of survey respondents were told that the nuclear and conventional attacks would either be equally effective or that the nuclear attack had a greater chance of success. Everything else was held constant. When both options […]
Hey now, it’s not as if knowing whether China has nuclear weapons is at all relevant to the practice of American foreign policy: I do view China as a potential military threat to the United States… we already have superiority in terms of our military capability, and I plan to get away from making cutting […]

Pu Transfer?

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On September 22, 2011

Now this is fascinating. Jeffrey Lewis discusses a startling claim by AQ Khan: Simon Henderson and I disagreed on an issue related to the broader question of whether North Korean officials really show

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