Month: October 2017

Nuclear Roundup: 10/31/2017

Nuclear Roundup: 10/31/2017

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Up to 200 killed at North Korea’s nuclear test site: report Is Mt. Mantap suffering from “Tired Mountain Syndrome?” Jim Mattis: Officials ‘routinely’ rehearse response to North Korean nuclear attack America is finally punishing China over North Korea’s deadly missile launchers United States More must … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 10/30/2017

Nuclear Roundup: 10/30/2017

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea US warns of N Korean ‘provocations’ as it sends bombers, carriers to region In Seoul, Mattis Accuses North Korea of ‘Outlaw Behavior’ North Korea rouses neighbors to reconsider nuclear weapons In standoff with North Korea, the U.S. keeps deployment of ‘strategic assets’ mysterious Sen. Chris … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 10/27/2017

Nuclear Roundup: 10/27/2017

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Pentagon chief Mattis stresses diplomacy in North Korea crisis Democrats push bill to stop a Trump pre-emptive strike on North Korea Chinese scientists warn North Korea about disaster threat at nuclear test site United States Pence to tour North Dakota’s nuclear weapons base Putin casts … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 10/26/2017

Nuclear Roundup: 10/26/2017

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea North Korean official: Take hydrogen bomb threat ‘literally’ Trump says Russia hurting U.S. efforts on North Korea nuclear issue Asean defense chiefs call on North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons, condemn missile launches UDMH production in North Korea: additional facilities likely The United States and … Continued

Ballistic missiles: Limit them first. Then ban them.

Former Defense Secretary William Perry and several other experts have recently advocated the elimination of the United States’ nuclear-armed, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). According to Perry, this component of America’s nuclear triad is no longer necessary to deter adversaries and is inherently dangerous, fueling instability during crises and arms races with Russia and China. While Perry proposes to eliminate only land-based ballistic missiles and retain submarine-based missiles, such a move could create powerful international momentum to negotiate new international limits or bans on certain types of ballistic missiles—with an ultimate goal of banning all nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. If a united international community were to seriously consider such a course, it could bring increased pressure on North Korea, Iran, and other nations to suspend or roll back their offensive ballistic missile programs.

Nuclear Roundup: 10/25/2017

Nuclear Roundup: 10/25/2017

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea One of the best weapons for crushing North Korea in a war just arrived in Japan It’s time to accept that North Korea is a nuclear state United States Nuclear leak sends worker fleeing to shower International Why Israeli nuclear experts disagree with Netanyahu sbout … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 10/24/2017

Nuclear Roundup: 10/24/2017

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Trump says ‘totally prepared’ for military action; North nixes six-party talks Leaders of S. Korea, Japan renew call on N. Korea to abandon nuclear ambition Trump’s North Korea Nuke Plan? Nixon Thought of It First Ted Cruz: A Pressure Point for North Korea Army reveals … Continued

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The persistence of the radioactive bogeyman

Since 1950, a remarkable number of American and European horror movies have used radiation as a central plot device. It is a rich, if not distinguished, history. In fact, it is a mostly miserable history, full of bad production values, bad plots, and bad acting. But that doesn’t mean these radioactive B-movies are unimportant. They reflect the fears and misconceptions of their era as they relate to scientific advances—and scientific arrogance.

Nuclear Roundup: 10/23/2017

Nuclear Roundup: 10/23/2017

  A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Defense chief Mattis in Asia, will discuss North Korea crisis with allies Boris Johnson says North Korea is holding a ‘nuclear sword of Damocles’ over a ‘trembling human race’ Japan warns North Korea nuclear threat is at critical level North Korean EMP Attack Would … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 10/19/2017

Nuclear Roundup: 10/19/2017

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea North Korea warns US of ‘unimaginable’ nuclear strike North Korea is Building a Bigger, Better Missile Submarine South Korea developing missiles to destroy North Korea nuclear facilities Calls to Bring U.S. Nuclear Weapons Back to South Korea Are Getting Louder Kim Jong Un’s Threats Rattle … Continued

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Blockchain: A new aid to nuclear export controls?

While most people may not have heard of blockchain, many do know of its most visible implementation, Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency used to store and transfer value. Although cryptocurrencies tend to dominate media attention, the underlying technology, blockchain, has far-reaching applications; it can be used to store property records, clear and settle accounts, ensure the validity and execution of contractual arrangements, and—possibly— prevent the illicit procurement of weapons of mass destruction-related goods and technologies.