The LRSO Nuclear Cruise Missile and Tailored Deterrence

August 27, 2017 Mbeljac 0

As stated in my previous post there were two big strategic nuclear news items this week, one Kim Jong Un’s visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defence Sciences, and the other the US Air Force’s awarding of $900 million contracts to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to […]

Is North Korea’s Hwasong-14 ICBM Blowback?

August 15, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Blowback is an intelligence community term for the unintended negative consequences that follow the pursuit of policy conducted for reasons of state. For an economist, I suppose, they would be a type of externality. The concept was popularised by Chalmers Johnson following the onset of The War on Terror in […]

Is North Korea’s Hwasong-14 ICBM a Paper Tiger?

August 12, 2017 Mbeljac 0

A lot has happened this week on the North Korean front, and rather than discuss each discrete issue in one mega post I’ll stretch them, when able, over a number of posts. One of the things, I’ll confess, that threw me about the July 28 Hwasong-14 ICBM test, after seeing […]

Hwasong-14 ICBM: Conjectures and Refutations

August 5, 2017 Mbeljac 0

A little bit more detail, and a little bit more controversy, has emerged regarding the comparative analysis of the Hwasong-14 test one (July 4) and Hwasong-14 test two (July 28). First, the detail. Ankit Panda writing at The Diplomat has received interesting information from US government sources, and that of […]