Tag Archives: Ballistic Missile Defense

North Korea’s Pukguksong-3 SLBM Test: What Insights Might We Draw?

What insights about capability and strategy might be drawn from North Korea’s Pukguksong-3 SLBM test? Continue reading

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Not So Squeezy: What to Make of North Korea’s Latest Round of Missile Testing?

Much water has flowed down the Kuryong since our last greeting on North Korea. Developments have been dominated by continued North Korean short range missile testing, although the enshrining of changes to the constitution of the DPRK (announced at a … Continue reading

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Kim Rattles the Sabre: North Korea Unveils a Romeo Class SSB Mod and Conducts Two KN-23 SRBM Tests.

What an extraordinary week it was, with those of us following all things nucleus kept busy by one development after the next. As usual Kim Jong-un was front and centre, however there was more to it than North Korea this … Continue reading

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North Korea’s KN-23 SRBM and Strategic Stability

It’s not the KN-23 SRBM alone that’s a threat to strategic stability on the Korean peninsula. That threat comes from a mutual strategic interaction between the US, South Korea, and North Korea. Continue reading

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It Takes Two Baby: North Korea’s Second Iskander Like SRBM Test and Strategic Stability

The escalation ladder we are climbing with North Korea is starting to take some serious and some ominous shape. Continue reading

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What Happened at Hanoi, What You’re Supposed to Think Did, and What Should Happen Now

What you’re supposed to think happened at Hanoi, didn’t happen at Hanoi and Donald Trump is no Forrest Gump because though a moron Gump wasn’t a hustler. Continue reading

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Dissuasion and the Logical Fallacy in Trump’s Missile Defense Review

The 2019 Missile Defense Review is based on a growing missile threat, yet the Review claims missile defence dissuades states from growing their arsenals. Continue reading

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Full Spectrum FU: On Trump’s Withdrawal from the INF Treaty

Hitherto in the nuclear age humanity has relied upon a thin margin of survival provided by arms control, for arms control has tended to provide some measure of strategic stability and some reduction of nuclear dangers. For the most part … Continue reading

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Framing North Korea’s Solid Fuel Missile Programme as First Strike Weapons

The week has seen further developments regarding North Korea’s solid fuel missile programme. I have already written about some of those developments here. Basically, it appears that North Korea is upgrading and preparing to upgrade production facilities associated with the … Continue reading

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The Road to Denuclearisation in Korea: Strategic Stability and Minimum Deterrence Now, Denuclearisation Through Economic Leverage Later

Rather than focus on denuclearisation the emphasis for now should be on mutual and balanced conventional force reductions on the Korean peninsula. Washington’s economic clout gives it leverage to demand denuclearisation thereafter. Denuclearisation continues to dominate the airwaves, with President … Continue reading

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