The World’s Most Dangerous Flashpoint
With the world’s attention firmly fixated on North Korea, the greatest possibility of nuclear war is in fact on the other side of Asia. That place is what could be called the nuclear triangle of Pakistan, India and China. Although Chinese and Indian forces are currently engaged in a standoff, traditionally the most... Read more
Testing Satellites … by Nuking Them
Here’s the challenge. You want to make sure your military satellite is tough enough to withstand the radiation from a nuclear blast. Here’s the problem. You can’t just put the sat in orbit and nuke it. That’s illegal and dangerous. Plus, you’ll need to study the spacecraft after the... Read more
How to Nuke a Submarine
Can you kill a sub with a nuke? It seems pretty obvious that a nuclear explosion deep in the ocean should sink a submarine, but you need to be sure if you’re gearing up for World War III. During the heyday of nuclear testing in the 1950s, the U.S.... Read more
The ‘Tsar Bomba’ Was a 50-Megaton Monster Nuke
Maj. Andrei Durnovtsev, a Soviet air force pilot and commander of a Tu-95 Bear bomber, holds a dubious honor in the history of the Cold War. Durnovtsev flew the aircraft that dropped the most powerful nuclear bomb ever. It had an explosive force of 50 megatons, or more than... Read more
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades the most dangerous place on Earth has been the Indian-Pakistani border in Kashmir. It’s possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket exchanges across that border might — given the known military doctrines of the two nuclear-armed neighbors — lead inexorably to an... Read more
How the U.S. Military Could Kill Superman
Hollywood’s latest take on the decades-old rivalry between Batman and Superman may be a dud, but it does raise an important question. How could humanity take down a seemingly invulnerable demi-god? I reached out to a noted U.S. military scientist and weapons-designer who once helped us devise a strategy... Read more
When America Nuked Beer for Science
America nuked a lot of weird stuff in the 1950s. Scientists considered using atom bombs to drill for oil in Canada, disrupt hurricanes and even blow a hole in the moon to scare the Soviet Union. At the same time, the Pentagon detonated hundreds of nukes and studied the... Read more
Yes, Australia Still Needs Nukes
In the wake of our recommendation that the United States revise its interpretation of Australia’s nuclear rights under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, three Australian defense academics — Michael Clarke, Stephan Frühling and Andrew O’Neil — have responded to the strategic elements of our article. Their critique is... Read more

Christine Leah

Post-doctoral fellow in grand strategy at Yale University.

Crispin Rovere

Independent analyst of defense and nuclear policy issues.

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