The Russian Navy Is Relying More on Precision-Guided Weapons
The Russian navy will be focusing more effort on fielding new long-range precision-guided weapons as a form of non-nuclear strategic deterrence, reducing Moscow’s reliance on so-called “tactical” nuclear forces. Nonetheless, Russian forces are likely to retain significant non-strategic nuclear forces indefinitely into the foreseeable future. “The Navy General Command will particularly focus... Read more
The Overhyped Threat of a North Korean EMP
If a war were to break out on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang’s development of long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles and its thermonuclear weapons development efforts, the resulting conflict would be catastrophic even if it remained purely conventional. Worse still would be if nuclear weapons were used — which could... Read more
Say Goodbye to Russia’s Nuclear-Armed Doomsday Train
In 2013, the Russian military announced it would bring back rail-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles. In other words, trains with big nukes crammed inside, capable of darting around Russia, raising their launchers and firing at a moment’s notice. It was called Barguzin and would begin testing in 2019. That was... Read more
How South Africa Voluntarily Gave Up Its Nuclear Weapons
The Republic of South Africa is the only country in the world to build a nuclear weapons program, then unbuild that program after domestic and international conditions changed. Why did South Africa decide to build nukes, how did it build them and why did it decide to give them... Read more
Despite the Fearmongering, Russia Is Actually Relying Less on Nuclear Weapons
In recent months there has much hysteria in Washington about Russia allegedly lowering its nuclear threshold and particularly about Moscow’s arsenal of non-strategic nuclear weapons. However, there is little evidence that Moscow has lowered its nuclear threshold — nor are there concrete figures available for how many non-strategic nuclear... Read more
The White House Could Inadvertently Goad North Korea Into Nuking the Pacific
The Trump administration may inadvertently be provoking North Korea into conducting a live-fire test of a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. While it is clear that North Korea has both ballistic missile technology and a working hydrogen bomb, the U.S. State Department recently suggested in a tweet that Pyongyang does not... Read more
There May Be No Way to Shoot Down North Korea’s Ballistic Missiles
Just days after North Korea tested an intermediate range ballistic missile that overflew Japan, the U.S. Navy intercepted a medium range ballistic missile target on Aug. 30 using a Raytheon Standard SM-6 missile. The weapon, which was launched from USS John Paul Jones, intercepted the target in its final seconds... Read more
How North Korea Crashed the Atomic Club
It appears the fat kid in Pyongyang has backed off his threat to rain missiles on Guam. Still, one can only say: welcome to the second nuclear age. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave — no matter how many treaties nonnuclear states negotiate purporting to ban the... Read more
B-52, B-2 and B-21 Bombers Are Getting Nuclear-Tipped Cruise Missiles
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon a pair of contracts worth about $900 million each to develop the stealthy Long Range Standoff — or LRSO — nuclear-tipped cruise missile. Each contact will run for 54-month period of performance during which the two companies will perform... Read more
There Are Several Military Options to Attack North Korea — All of Them Bad
The standoff between the United States and North Korea continues to escalate with neither side willing to back down. With each passing day, the possibility of open warfare breaking out seems to increase as each side ups the ante. Indeed, Pres. Donald Trump has ratcheted up his rhetoric in... Read more
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