Climate Science and Nuclear Strategy

August 16, 2016 Agrippa 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 Agrippa 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 […]

Hey RRW Baby, Welcome Back Iz Missed Ya!

July 13, 2016 Agrippa 0

Michael Klare is a good analyst, and I have been reading his stuff for a long time. For instance, he has written a good book on the security implications of the looming energy crisis, that is the crisis posed by the depletion and over use of fossil fuels, and his […]

SUSY, Feynman, and Plutonium

July 7, 2016 Agrippa 0

SUSY where ‘art thou? The University of Melbourne is currently hosting a conference on supersymmetry or SUSY, which is a theory that seeks to address outstanding anomalies in particle physics by positing a new symmetry principle, that is one beyond the standard model, that links fermions (characterised by units of […]

Blurring the Threshold Between Nuclear and Conventional War

May 13, 2016 Agrippa 0

I will be doing everything that I can to attend the Pine Gap peace convergence, near Alice Springs, in late September – early October. Pavel Podvig, an American analyst of Russian providence, writing for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, reminds us why activism of this type remains important. Podvig […]

What’s in a Missile Engine? Heaps, if it’s North Korean

May 2, 2016 Agrippa 0

Hitherto, among serious analysts, two major technical limitations have been seen as characterising North Korea’s strategic programme. The first is the drive to develop a nuclear warhead of relatively low throw weight, light enough for an ICBM programme and even light enough for use against South Korea and Japan. North […]