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Global Strike

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On October 25, 2008
In response to a variety of nuclear mishaps (B-52s flying while armed with nukes, nuclear triggers delivered to Taiwan, personnel falling asleep on nuclear weapons duty), the Air Force has created Global Strike Command, which is intended to concentrate on the management of nuclear weapons. Careless handling of nukes was the proximate cause of the […]

Nuk-ya-lar

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On October 6, 2008

This is interesting; I got the impression on Thursday night that Palin had intentionally mispronounced nuclear, presumably as some sort of anti-elitist message to the base. Before the first time she s

Nuclear Families

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On September 16, 2008

This is such an interesting article;I don’t know quite what to think of it. The president of Switzerland stepped to a podium in Bern last May and read a statement confirming rumors that had swir

The Soviet Missile Threat

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On September 15, 2008
Pavel Podvig has a fabulous article in the Summer 2008 IS on the development of Soviet nuclear doctrine and force structure in the 1970s: The data presented here demonstrate that concerns about the U.S. “window of vulnerability,” which figured so prominently in U.S. political discussions of the Soviet Union’s missile modernization program in the late […]

On Minimal Deterrence

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On July 23, 2008

Jeff Lewis has a good article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists on minimal vs. robust deterrence. The latter, advocated by folks like Albert Wohlstetter, asserts that nuclear deterrence is a delica

National Suicide, My Ass

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On May 23, 2008
It’s difficult for me to express just how moronic this column is: THIS MAY sound like an extreme conclusion but, as Ari Bar Yossef, retired lieutenant-colonel and administrator of the Knesset’s Security Committee, writes in the army journal Ma’arachot, such cases of Islamist national suicide are not uncommon. He cites three such examples of Arab-Muslim […]

Hans Kristensen has a good post on the inactivity of Russian SSBNs: The number of deterrence patrols conducted by Russia’s 11 nuclear-powered ballistic missiles submarines (SSBNs) decreased to only

Chuckie Krauthammer comes not to praise nonproliferation, but to bury it: The era of nonproliferation is over. During the first half-century of the nuclear age, safety lay in restricting the weaponry to major powers and keeping it out of the hands of rogue states. This strategy was inevitabily going to break down. The inevitable has […]

Stratcom Offers a Deal

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On March 6, 2008

Via Armchair Generalist, STRATCOM Chief General Kevin Chilton is asking Congress to make a deal: But as U.S. officials look to the future, Chilton said, “What we need is a modernized nuclear weapon

On Killing the NPT

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On January 8, 2008

So, Michael Dobbs at the Washington Post, in his capacity as debate fact-checker, made the argument that Barack Obama’s claim that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty “fell apart” d

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