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David Sanger on the perfect weapon

The longtime New York Times national security reporter talks about his new history of cyberwar, why we need a public debate, and how cyberattacks make nuclear war more likely.

Artificial Stupidity

Dumbing down AI might be the best way to keep it from making humans obsolete. Doesn't that feel good?
President Donald Trump poses with service members after signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, on August 13, 2018.

Protectionist export controls could be bad for nonproliferation

The 2019 US defense spending bill calls for expanded export controls on dual-use goods and technologies. Ironically, that could undermine nonproliferation efforts.
An undated aerial shot of the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, where US nuclear weapons are assembled and taken apart. Credit: US Government.

Under siege: Safety in the nuclear weapons complex

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board faces difficulties that include the actions of some if its own members, who either don’t want or can’t seem to execute its mission. Last year, Sean Sullivan, the acting chairman, tried to secretly convince the Trump White House to get rid of the board entirely, claiming it was “a relic of the Cold-War era defense-establishment.” Sullivan failed and was compelled to resign, but the board has adopted a backup plan that imposes large budget and staffing cuts on the safety agency.
California State Senator Robert Hertzberg. Photo credit: Christopher Michel

The California lawmaker who wants to call a bot a bot

State Senator Robert Hertzberg is zeroing in on data privacy, blockchain, and automated social media accounts.

Artificial intelligence beyond the superpowers

Much of the debate over how artificial intelligence (AI) will affect geopolitics focuses on the emerging arms race between Washington and Beijing, as well as investments by major military powers like Russia. And to be sure, breakthroughs are happening at a rapid pace in the United States and China. But while an arms race between … Continued

Annual Dinner and Meeting Logistics

2019 Annual Dinner & Meeting Logistics   When Thursday, November 7, 2019 Annual Meeting: 12:00pm-5:30pm Annual Dinner: 5:30-9:00pm Location The University Club of Chicago, 76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603 Room Reservations The University Club of Chicago, 76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603 Hotel Phone: 312.726.2840 Cost: Average $282/night Reservations:  For accommodation requests and … Continued

JAIC: Pentagon debuts artificial intelligence hub

The Defense Department is initiating a whole new approach to artificial intelligence, and maybe even to technology development and procurement. But in the long run, the new program’s most important implications may concern ethics and safety.

Dawn of a new Armageddon

A personal essay on the meaning of a ballistic missile alert issued in Hawaii in January 2018, at the height of nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea.

A report on the effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs

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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Was Nagasaki necessary?

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A letter from Hiroshima

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Memories of Hiroshima

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The physical, social, and medical effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

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The continuing sanctification of Hiroshima

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Trumping The Manchurian Candidate. Again.

Political pundits have been making many references lately to The Manchurian Candidate, but few seem to know the origins of the phrase.
Laurélène Faye

Laurélène Faye

Laurélène Faye just graduated with a masters in Public Policy and Global Affairs from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and was part of a project that examined Canada’s position on the Nuclear Ban Treaty.

JEDI: Outlook for stability uncertain as Pentagon migrates to the cloud

As the Pentagon migrates vast amounts of data, including some nuclear secrets, to a private-sector cloud service, will incentives to launch nuclear war increase?

The United States has learned the wrong lessons from previous diplomacy with North Korea

Physical steps to change North Korea’s relationship with the West may be key to rolling back their nuclear weapons program.