The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
The director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Syria, terrorists looking for chemical weapons, and the need to watch out for weapons that haven't even been invented yet
The author argues that the Obama administration’s refusal to accept limits on missile defense makes it impossible to achieve nuclear goals such as maintaining strategic stability and pursuing disarmament.
If they participate in military cyberoperations—intentionally or not—could employees at Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and many other tech firms be considered “civilians directly participating in hostilities” and therefore legitimate targets of war?
The author argues that reducing nuclear arsenals to the point that they represent only a minimum deterrent might be a useful interim step for disarmament, but complete abolition must remain the eventual goal.
Close study of photographic and video imagery of Israeli Iron Dome defense inceptors engaging with Hamas rockets—both in the current conflict and in the 2012 hostilities—shows that the Israeli rocket-defense system's success rate has been very low—as low as 5 percent or, perhaps, even less.
The Energy Department appears to have lost track of 96 kilograms of uranium 233, a fissile material made from thorium that can be fashioned into a bomb, and wants to put nearly a ton of left-over fissile materials in a government landfill, in apparent violation of international standards.