U.S. Nukes Russia in Simulation Exercise

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February
25

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper earlier this week participated in a “mini exercise” in which the United States launched a simulated nuclear strike against Russia, a senior Pentagon official announced Feb. 21. While the U.S. military frequently conducts exercises …

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Pentagon reveals deal with Britain to replace Trident

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February
25

Britain has committed itself to buying a new generation of nuclear warheads to replace Trident, which will be based on US technology. The decision was revealed by Pentagon officials who disclosed it before an official announcement has been made by …

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India’s Hypersonic Missile Could Start A Nuclear War

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February
21

India’s test of a hypersonic missile signifies more than the advance of Indian weapons technology. It also is one step closer to triggering a nuclear war with Pakistan. Ironically, the first launch of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle, or HSTDV, …

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Doomsday Clock closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight

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February
13

Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but …

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Low-Yield Nukes Are a Danger, Not a Deterrent

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February
13

Low-yield nuclear weapons are being manufactured and deployed again in the United States, for the first time since the end of the Cold War. They are not the lowest-yield nuclear weapons ever manufactured, and they still can destroy a city. …

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How Quickly Can Iran Make a Nuclear Bomb?

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February
13

Iran has accumulated 1,200 kilograms of enriched uranium—more than doubling the stockpile it had just three months ago, according to a statement from a senior official at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran on 25 January. That’s enough to build …

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Under Trump administration, EMP threat being taken seriously

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February
5

The recently-passed 2020 National Defense Authorization Act includes President Donald Trump’s executive order to assess the risks of a man-made or natural electromagnetic pulse (EMP) hit on the United States. The Pentagon believes an EMP event could knock out the …

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US deploys new weapon in its nuclear arsenal

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February
4

The US military has deployed a new addition to its nuclear arsenal, a long-range missile armed with a nuclear warhead of reduced destructive power. The so-called low-yield missile joins other, more powerful weapons aboard stealthy submarines prowling the oceans. The …

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AI, Cyberspace and Nuclear Weapons

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February
4

A new generation of AI-augmented offensive cyber capabilities will likely exacerbate the military escalation risks associated with emerging technology, especially inadvertent and accidental escalation. Examples include the increasing vulnerability of nuclear command, control, and communication (NC3) systems to cyber attacks. …

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Nuclear weapons in an age of emerging technologies

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February
4

Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence increase the risk that nuclear-armed states will use those weapons, said Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The only way to prevent that from happening, she contends, is to …

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