Sun, 23 April 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the the Trump Administration is conducting a comprehensive review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the Iran nuclear deal. Jeffrey and Aaron catch up on the deal and try to put the review in context.
Tue, 18 April 2017
Where were you, April 15th? Because we were in front of our computers ironically tweeting about what new missiles North Korea would show us, and then suddenly it got weird.
The North Korean's showed off 8 missile and launch systems, of which 5 were mods, reconfigurations, or totally new. While we don't think all of the missile systems actually exist yet, this was probably a glimpse of the DPRK's aspirational future missile arsenal.
Jeffrey and Scott get granular as they go through each ballistic missile system in detail and try to parse out what was real, what was signalling, what we learned, and what we will be watching for in the future.
Due to the lack of a very high resolution parade at time of recording, this link was used.
The Kumsong-3 (Kh-35 lookalike)
The Pukguksong-1 SLBM
The KN-18 ASBM (UPDATE: ID'd erroneously in the pod as the KN-17)
The KN-08+ or - (UPDATE: Called the Hwasong-12 and KN-17, though KN-17 designation erroneously used for the terminally guided possible ASBM)
The Soviet-looking DF-21A/31 ICBM MEL(no extant public designation)
The DF-41/RT-2PM2 Topol-M ICBM TEL lovechild (no extant public designation)
Fri, 7 April 2017
Syria's Bashar Al Assad has used chemical weapons (again.) Jeffrey and Aaron discuss what happened, why and what to do about it. Jeffrey and Aaron debate the merits of a strike in a episode recorded a few hours before the airstrike on al-Shayrat Air Base.
Thu, 6 April 2017
Why are more than 100 countries negotiating a legally binding prohibition on nuclear weapons, at the same time that Donald Trump is arguing for more nukes, the P5 are modernizing, and Kim Jong Un is threatening to use Japan as target practice?
Andrea and Gaukhar explain the initiative’s origins, and report back from the first week of UN talks on the proposed treaty.