Mon, 28 August 2017
The relationship between the United States and Russia is in the toilet. The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act contains a number of provisions that call into question the viability of the INF and New START treaties, as well as the future of the entire bilateral arms control process.
Jeffrey and Aaron discuss Russian nuclear modernization including new missiles like the Son of Satan, RS-26 Rubezh and the 9M729 GLCM and the prospect of renewed nuclear testing at Novaya Zemlya.
Links of Note
The House NDAA Bill.
Models of some of the Russian missiles in question.
Mon, 21 August 2017
In all the squinting at shiny missile bits, the bigger picture on North Korea has gotten a bit lost. Jeffrey and Andrea talk about some of the less pointy topics like new sanctions on North Korea, mollusks, and the reaction in Japan and South Korea.
Links of Note
Andrea's article on the new UN sanctions.
U.S. Fact Sheet on Resolution 2371 (2017) Strengthening Sanctions on North Korea.
U.S. unilateral sanctions introduced in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (text here).
Fri, 11 August 2017
The fourth part in our The Donald and The Nuclear series.
The crazy lunatic with the odd hair style and long-range nuclear weapons is talking about "fire and fury". So naturally North Korea's Kim Jong Un threatened to fire four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles into the waters around Guam, saying that Donald Trump was "bereft of reason."
Aaron, Scott and Jeffrey survey the smoldering wreckage that was Jeffrey's marriage-saving vacation in wine country and try to find a happy note.
Links of Note:
NYT article about trump's "Fire and Fury" comment being improvised.
NBC discussion of a preemptive strike plan.
Instead of linking to KCNA, here is a link to the text of the KCNA article, but posted on twitter by friend of the pod Joshua Pollack.