In addition to the US having seriously neglected the sustainment and improvement of its nuclear deterrent enterprise for over two decades, equally serious is that the U.S. seems to have lost sight of some of the alarmingly real nuclear dangers America still faces.
Since 1972, for example, the U.S. and the Soviet Union — and [...]
America’s policy of opposing the proliferation of nuclear weapons needs to be more nuanced. What works for the United States in the Middle East may not in Asia. We do not want Iran or Saudi Arabia to get the bomb, but why not Australia, Japan, and South Korea? We are opposed to nuclear weapons because [...]
The U.S government today released a precise accounting of its strategic nuclear forces, something it is required to do by treaty, and it’s worth a careful read.
The world now knows that, by February of 2018, the U.S. will have approximately 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles, down from 450; 240 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, down about 50; [...]
The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Iran, despite its agreement with the West, would continue to enhance its nuclear weapons capability.
Officials said the intelligence community has dismissed the prospect that Iran would slow down its nuclear weapons program.
The officials said the community, despite assurances by the White House, assessed that Teheran would [...]
“The global situation is extremely serious,” Lars Christensen from Danske Bank. “Russia is committing economic suicide, there is a massive corruption scandal in Turkey, and capital outflows from China threaten to have huge ramifications.”
“If the US dollar were to strengthen drastically at this point, we would go straight into a global recession.”
Indeed it [...]
The astronomical funding required to replicate our Cold War arsenal does not square with the security threats in today’s world. Nor will our conventional forces be able to withstand the cuts necessitated by the price burden of these nuclear delivery systems.
Procurement is racing ahead of policy. Do we need these new nukes? Can we [...]
In the end, there are credible reasons for the United States to forgo deep reductions in the size of its nuclear arsenal, avoid significant cuts in its nuclear force structure, and move ahead with planned nuclear modernization programs. By shrinking the arsenal and divesting force structure, Washington could find it increasingly difficult to simultaneously preserve [...]
“Iran is not expanding its nuclear program because it already has the foundations needed for nuclear weapons,” the prime minister said. “The question is not whether they are expanding the program, but how to stop the Iranian military nuclear program.”
Netanyahu, who was speaking in English to a gathering in Jerusalem of young diaspora Jews [...]
Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.
While the kingdom’s quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran’s atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy [...]
China expert Gordon Chang is the author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” and says this is a threat that needs to be taken very seriously. “Of course, the United States has nuclear submarines,” he said, “but we don’t talk about incinerating Chinese cities and showing diagrams with blast radiuses. This is clearly very [...]