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From “Limited” to “Robust” Ballistic Missile Defense: Star Wars and MIRV Redux.

The Washington Post recently carried an important article on Ballistic Missile Defense. Essentially, the article reports on moves in Congress to change the official legislative remit of Ballistic Missile Defense, and its potential strategic consequences. There are two that I … Continue reading

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Climate Science and Nuclear Strategy

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 … Continue reading

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The Nebula and the Swamp: Just Responses to Terrorism

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 … Continue reading

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Hey RRW Baby, Welcome Back Iz Missed Ya!

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 … Continue reading

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SUSY, Feynman, and Plutonium

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 … Continue reading

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The ACTU and Globalisation: Not Representative, Effective or Progressive

In 2001 the then Assistant Secretary of the ACTU released a statement on the position of Australia’s peak union body, the ACTU, regarding globalisation. That statement remains the ACTU’s position on the matter, for it remains on the ACTU website … Continue reading

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Bringing Blitzkrieg Back to Europe? Anakonda 2016 and NATO, Russian Combined Arms Operations

NATO recently completed a 10 day military exercise, billed as its largest since the end of the cold war, in Poland that involved 30,000 troops from about 24 different countries The exercise is designed to emulate a “joint defensive operation … Continue reading

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Obama Uses Visit to Hiroshima to Reward Abe for Remilitarising Japan

In order to understand the world, both natural and social, one needs to look beyond appearances. This is especially the case with President Obama, whose uplifting rhetoric is designed to hide a much grubbier reality. The much hailed visit to … Continue reading

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Blurring the Threshold Between Nuclear and Conventional War

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, … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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