Possible New Centrifuge Plant at Kahuta and the Nuclear Suppliers Group

September 19, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Public domain satellite imagery shows new construction activity at the Khan Research Laboratories, Kahuta Pakistan, consistent with development of a new uranium enrichment plant. The imagery was obtained on 28 September 2015 and 18 April 2016. According to Jane’s Intelligence Review In addition to being located near to the KRL, […]

Hollow North Korean Nuclear Warhead Pits?

September 18, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Jeffrey Lewis has an interesting article exploring some of the possible technical advances represented by North Korea’s fifth nuclear weapons test. He reminds us of the boast earlier this year, from Kim Jong-un, that North Korea had developed a nuclear warhead capable of delivery by ballistic missile North Korea’s propaganda […]

The K-N-11 and THAAD: Sleepwalking Toward Catastrophe in Korea.

September 4, 2016 Mbeljac 0

North Korea recently (August 24) conducted a test of the K-N-11, solid fuelled, submarine launched ballistic missile. There are a number of issues worth reflecting upon in light of the test, but I shall restrict myself here to its possible implications for Ballistic Missile Defense. Toward that end excellent discussion […]

Climate Science and Nuclear Strategy

August 16, 2016 Mbeljac 0

There is a good article with much food for thought in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the climatic impacts of nuclear exchanges by William Ossoff, a budding young scholar. The article opens by saying, Improvements in climate modeling have provided greater insights into the long-term consequences of nuclear […]

The Nebula and the Swamp: Just Responses to Terrorism

August 5, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Ramzi Kassem, of the City University of New York, has a splendid oped in The New York Times on France, the state of emergency and terrorism. It is well worth reading, and thinking about. Gilles Kepel in a work on jihadi groups in Egypt, written not long after the assassination […]

Quantum Social Science is Intellectual Quackery

July 26, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Intellectual life is replete with blind alleys, and wrongful paths. Some of these strike latter observers as being oddities, such as say alchemy, but nonetheless for all their weirdness it is easy to see how a reasonable person could come to follow the quixotic path given prevailing systems and standards […]