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Affirming Extended Deterrence

Sixty-­‐nine years ago, Bernard Brodie published his famous precept about the consequences of the atomic bomb: “Thus far the chief purpose of our military establishment has been to win wars.  From now on its chief purpose must be to avert them. It can have almost no other useful purpose.”1 Brodie was well ahead of his […]

Iran says No to ending missile program? Then U.S. should say No to deal

With just weeks until the latest P5+1 Iran nuclear deal deadline, Senator Corker recently sent a letter to President Obama encouraging him to keep ‘walking away’ a viable option. It is difficult to see the president doing this so late in the game, but Senator Corker is right, of course. If one party to negotiations […]

Iran Sends a Message to the West at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference

Reza Najafi, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), used his speech this month at the 2015 Review Conference on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to lecture the West on its behavior and “remind” states of the importance of eliminating nuclear weapons. Speaking for the non-aligned movement, Najafi called the use of nuclear […]

Corker-Menendez Iran Bill Better Be Just A First Step

Supporters of the Obama administration Iran deal have had a rough couple weeks. The bipartisan passage of the Corker-Mendez bill (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015) out of the Foreign Relations Committee, conveyed in no uncertain terms that Congress is concerned enough about this deal to insist it have a voice. It also raises the question: how […]

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Erdogan in China Amid Tensions on Uighurs, Missile System

Turkey’s president is meeting top officials in China to strengthen ties that have been strained over the delayed sale of a Chinese missile system and Beijing’s treatment of its Turkic-speaking Uighur minority. After landing in Beijing Wednesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang and is also expected to confer with President Xi Jinping following a formal ceremony.

Russia Successfully Test-Fires Iskander-M Tactical Missile Systems

Russia’s Central Military District has successfully test-fired Iskander-M operational-tactical missile systems, an official in the Russian armed forces announced Wednesday. The Kremlin has deployed several Iskander missiles to its territories over the past few months amid growing tensions with the West over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Navy Pursuing Upgraded Railgun, Higher-Power Laser Gun By 2020

The Navy is pursuing a multi-pronged approach to fielding energy weapons by the end of the decade, with the hopes of upgrading its 30 kilowatt laser gun to 100 kw or more, and giving its electromagnetic railgun a higher repetition rate.

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