Rationality and Nuclear Launch Authority

November 28, 2017 Mbeljac 0

One of the more electorally telling advertisements in US political history was a 1964 LBJ campaign ad featuring a girl in the meadows picking away at a flower whilst an austere and mechanical voice in the background counts down to nuclear launch. LBJ’s opponent at the time, Barry Goldwater, who’s […]

Additional Reprocessing of Plutonium at Yongbyon?

July 16, 2017 Mbeljac 0

A study of the thermal patterns at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre conducted and published by researchers at 38North suggests that North Korea has engaged in two plutonium reprocessing campaigns not previously, publicly, known which naturally boosts external estimates of the available plutonium stock that North Korea has for […]

Linking INF to New Start: Whither Arms Control?

June 27, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Two recent developments, both linked, on the arms control front are worth reflecting a little bit on. The thing that links them is the apparent Russian violation of the INF Treaty. Republican hawks in Congress seek to link renewal of the New START treaty to continued Russian compliance with the […]