(The Guardian) – Plan to spend $10bn on updating nuclear bombs goes against 2010 pledge not to deploy new weapons, say critics
Barack Obama has been accused of reneging on his disarmament pledges after it emerged the administration was planning to spend billions on upgrading nuclear bombs stored in Europe to make the weapons more [...]
The word truth often signifies an expression of profound belief. Opponent of higher taxes insist that low tax rates promote new jobs and an expanding gross domestic product. Proponents of higher taxes insist that historical data shows just the opposite. Who knows the truth of these assertions or if there is any true answer? The [...]
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board recently announced its decision to keep the Doomsday Clock at five minutes to midnight. Today, the Bulletin reprinted the Board’s open letter to President Obama explaining why and calling upon him to take concrete steps to address the three big problems that kept the [...]
OK, now that things have settled down a bit, I’m ready to take on what I think will be the key issue over the next few weeks: filling Obama’s Cabinet. John Kerry should be a slam-dunk for Secretary of State. Yes, the Swift Boaters are rearing their ugly heads again, but now that John Corsi [...]
Shashank Joshi, of the Royal United Services Institute, examines Pakistan’s new strategy of developing tactical nuclear weapons and a doctrine of battlefield use for them, in an attempt to close the growing conventional warfare capability gap with India. Worth a read, scary in its future implications.
Reuters Analysis: U.S. arms sales to Asia set to boom on Pacific “pivot”.
The pivot “will result in growing opportunities for our industry to help equip our friends,” said Fred Downey, vice president for national security at the Aerospace Industries Association, a trade group that includes top U.S. arms makers.
Demand for big-ticket U.S. weapons [...]
What an interesting turn of phrase the NRA has resorted to, after nearly five days of utter silence with regard to the Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter:
After days of silence, the National Rifle Association released a statement Tuesday on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it will make “meaningful contributions to help make [...]
Reuters – North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents.
The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labelled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as [...]
Dr. Christopher A. Ford is a Senior Fellow at the neoconservative Hudson Institute, and regarded by the Beltway set as something of a conservative expert on matters nuclear and on nonproliferation. He and i have locked horns a few times – on one occasion he called me an “opportunistic listserve dilletante”, a badge I wear [...]
Global Post, December 3
From Mexico’s drug violence to conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, the global trade in small arms is helping fuel violence around the world. Legal sales alone have more than doubled in the past six years to an annual $8.5 billion, according to one study. GlobalPost looks at the sources [...]
Washington Post, By Chico Harlan
SEOUL — With fresh satellite images showing increasing activity at its launch site, North Korea could be ready to fire a long-range rocket within several weeks, South Korean officials said Tuesday.
“There is a high possibility” of a launch between December and January, a senior military official told South Korea’s [...]
An F-22 has crashed in South California – $190m that US taxpayers won’t see again, in a $71.6 billion program to build an aircraft that can’t even reliably deliver oxygen to the pilot.
The US Air Force has at least scrapped its Enterprise Resource Planning software project after spending US$1 billion, concluding that finishing it [...]
Reuters, By Fredrik Dahl
The U.N. nuclear agency said it would hold a new round of talks with Iran on its atomic program next month, in the latest push to resolve a dispute that has raised fears of war in the Middle East.
Friday’s announcement was made days after the re-election of U.S. President Barack [...]
Reuters, By Peter Apps
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From a suspected Israeli airstrike in Sudan to cyber warfare in the Gulf and a drone shot down over Israel, the largely hidden war between Iran and its foes seems heating up and spreading.
Despite months of speculation, most experts and governments believe the risk of a direct [...]
Independent, By Oliver Wright
Technology expected to be rolled out across Britain’s ports and airport as part of the UK’s secret Cyclamen nuclear monitoring system
British scientists have created a machine that can detect terrorist attempts to smuggle nuclear material through ports and airports – even if it has been shielded from giving off radiation.