Nobody is Checking for Violations of the Biological Weapons Convention

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September
24

A global treaty bans development or stockpiling of biological weapons — but allows biodefense planning. Scientists are making dramatic progress with techniques for “gene splicing” – modifying the genetic makeup of organisms. This work includes bioengineering pathogens for medical research, …

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A Deterrence by Denial Strategy for Addressing Biological Weapons

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September
23

Washington’s political failures have loomed large in coverage of the COVID-19 crisis. What’s more, a number of analysts have warned that, after watching these failures play out, hostile powers might take a new interest in using biological weapons to target …

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Five Top Secret B-21 Raider Nuclear Bombers Already in Production

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September
23

“It’s detectable. Until it’s not.” This is how Northrop Grumman describes a new heavy nuclear bomber it’s working on, the B-21 Raider. In the pipeline ever since 2014, the deadly wing-shaped airplane is quickly moving toward operational status, as it …

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Needed: A Strategy for Unmanned Vehicles

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September
22

Regarding U.S. defense planning, as Chinese military analysts remind us, Americans too often operate on the basis that technology drives strategy, not the reverse. The Manhattan Project that developed nuclear weapons, the antiballistic missile Strategic Defense Initiative, and stealth aircraft …

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Where Does India Stand In the Indo-Pacific Nuclear Tinderbox?

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September
22

The new Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) alliance is the latest warning of the looming threat of war in the Indo-Pacific region. In the middle of this month, we saw competing missile tests conducted by North and South Korea, there have been successive …

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Nuclear Weapons, Deterrence and What’s Next

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September
21

“Right now, we can hold any target on the planet at risk today. We do. And we do that every day, and everybody knows it. That’s the nuclear weapons that are deployed every day. The adversaries that we face cannot …

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September
21

“There are nearly 13,500 nuclear warheads in current arsenals of nine nuclear-armed states. That the U.S. has more nuclear warheads than hospitals should be a wake-up call,” says award-winning documentary filmmaker, environmentalist, nuclear weapons abolition activist, Cynthia Lazaroff who having …

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UN warns North Korea’s nuclear programme is going ‘full steam ahead’

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September
20

North Korea’s nuclear programme is going ‘full steam ahead’ and Pyongyang has restarted a reactor that ‘produced plutonium for nukes,’ the UN warned today. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last month warned of activity around a five-megawatt reactor in …

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Nuclear Dilemma: New Challenges for a New Era of Arms Control

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September
20

The United States’ nuclear arsenal has been shaped by six major bilateral arms control agreements with the Soviet Union and Russia that date to the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks in 1972 (SALT I). That agreement provided a cap on the …

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Making Nuclear Weapons 90 Percent Less Lethal to Your Community

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September
20

In today’s increasingly tense world, the eventual use of widely proliferated nuclear weapons is likely if not inevitable. The U.S. Strategic Command released on Twitter the following as a preview to testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee: “The spectrum …

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