Monthly Archives: October 2016

Russia’s Land Based Cruise Missile Tests and the INF Treaty: The Lessons of History

In November 1983, during NATO Operation Able Archer 83, we came within a hair’s breadth of nuclear war. We are learning just how close, and what transpired, with greater depth and accuracy thanks to the work of the National Security … Continue reading

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RS-28 Sarmat Image Released: Low Key Hypersonic Glider Warhead Test To Boot?

On Sunday the Makeyev Design Bureau released an image of what the RS-28 Sarmat ICBM will look like. The RS-28 Sarmat is the heavy ICBM replacement for the SS18 and SS19. The image appears above. On Tuesday Russia tested an … Continue reading

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Space Surveillance Telescope Heads to Australia, Space Control and Cosmological Models

The Defense Advanced Projects Agency has transferred the Space Surveilleance Telescope to United States Space Command, whereupon it will be deployed to the Harold E Holt Naval Communication Station in Western Australia. The Space Surveillance Telescope will be a sensor … Continue reading

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The Role of Airpower in International Relations: The S300/S400 SAM and the Offence-Defence Balance

There are three types of airpower; (1) close air support for large scale ground operations (2) strategic bombing of urban-industrial-command and control targets (3) colonial use of airpower in support of military interventionism. All three have been enduring features of … Continue reading

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The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent and Tailored Deterrence

The shell game, dense pack, warhead fratricide, road mobile ICBMs, it’s all coming back now! It’s hard not to think of the MX missile and the Midgetman road mobile ICBM and the furore they provoked in the late 1970s and … Continue reading

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*Another* Musudan Launch and Another Failure

US Strategic Command reports that North Korea has just conducted another test of the Musudan missile, hot on the heels of Friday’s failed test, and a reemphasis by Washington of extended deterrence on the Korean peninsula. Today’s test, as with … Continue reading

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The Nobel Prize in Economics and Neoliberalism: Positivism and Economic Rationality

A great book has just been published by Princeton University Press, hot on the heels of the awarding of the various Nobel Prizes, including the Nobel Prize for Economics. The book appears to be a tour de force that exposes … Continue reading

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Latest Musudan Missile Test: North Korean Island Hopping?

On Friday North Korea conducted a, failed, test of the Musudan (Hwasong-10) Medium Range Ballistic Missile, and informative analysis is slowly emerging given the paucity of data. The Musudan is widely seen as being based on Soviet SS-N-6 “Serb” technology … Continue reading

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Spaceplanes Boarding Now! Another (Chinese) Sputnik Moment and the X-37B.

This week saw some interesting, almost Sputnik like, discussion of China’s space programme that is well worth reflecting upon. Firstly, we saw media reports about a looming Chinese space shuttle launch and a hypersonic space plane. I can just imagine … Continue reading

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