Senator Jim Jeffords died in August. He represented Vermont vigorously and faithfully. he was a Republican in the tradition of Vermont Senators Aiken, Flanders and Stafford, members of the moderate and modern wing of the Republican Party.
They were resolutely independent, who listened to the people and gave them Continue →
By Lt. Gen. Robert Gard (USA, ret.)
Dealing with other nations to reduce tensions and advance mutual interests is facilitated by establishing embassies and consulates in those countries to enhance communication and increase understanding. This is a long-established diplomatic practice that has been recognized through the ages as highly beneficial Continue →
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal published a letter to the editor by yours truly in response to a recent op-ed by Keith Payne and Mark Scheinder's alleging that Russia is a serial violator of arms control treaties and the Obama administration has been uniquely weak in calling out Russia's bad Continue →
On the radar: Strategy and optics; Expensive risks; Who might they deter; IAEA and Iran making progress; Iran and oil companies consider a deal; Questioning the need for new plutonium pits; Shaking up the nuclear field; Radiation hunters; and the Need for nuclear restraint in Asia.
August 26, 2014 | Edited Continue →
Our nuclear future would take a significant turn for the worse if Beijing and New Delhi begin to mimic Cold War thinking about the utility of nuclear weapons. So far, they haven’t. New Delhi waited 24 years in between nuclear tests, and Beijing took about as long to begin sea Continue →
Since returning from paternity leave I've penned two new pieces on the issue of the costs of nuclear weapons. The first, published in RealClearDefense, assesses the conclusions of the recently released report of the National Defense Panel Review of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review on the costs of nuclear weapons. Continue →
Are NATO based nuclear weapons an advantage in a dangerous world? Or are they an expensive and obsolete weapon that undermine NATO burden sharing? Is NATO divided about US nuclear weapons in Europe? Are the weapons secure? Are Euro-Hippies a threat to world peace?
Today, Jeffrey and Aaron discuss Brent Scowcroft, Continue →
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As I suspected, some of North Korea’s recent “MLRS” tests are more likely tests of the solid-fueled SS-21 Toksa SRBM. The missile in question is an extended-range SS-21, that may eventually be dubbed the KN-10. The Chosun Ilbo reported that North Korea was Continue →
The MV Cape Ray at Portsmouth, Virginia.
By Greg Thielmann
It was exactly one year ago that Syrian government forces unleashed poison gas attacks on an opposition-held suburb of Damascus, killing hundreds of innocent civilians. At the time, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad controlled the world’s second largest operational arsenal of chemical Continue →
Original Caption: “Professor Bernard Brodie conducting a class.” September 1946. Walter Sanders, photographer.
It’s been awhile since I’ve steered aspiring wonks and ACW readers to the virtues of reading Bernard Brodie’s first take about the Bomb. Brodie made some incorrect predictions, but on the whole, nobody was more prescient about the Continue →
On the radar: Senators call out backwards budget priorities; IAEA and Iran making headway; the Pits; About NATO’s nukes; Intellectual freedom at National Labs; Israel’s expanding nuclear capability; Is arms control really dead; and the Tallest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi.
August 19, 2014 | Edited by Geoff Wilson and Continue →