FAS Roundup – August 20, 2018

By August 20, 2018

A new kind of Cold War

Hans Kristensen appeared on The Washington Post‘s “Checkpoint” video primer to discuss the history of nuclear weapons, his process for calculating estimates of the world’s nuclear arsenals, and the current state of Cold War-esque U.S.-Russian relations. 

Why aren’t more people freaking out about the nuclear warheads sitting 20 miles from downtown Seattle? 

Hans Kristensen provided expertise for the Ground Zero Center’s Seattle-area bus campaign. 


New Air Force B-2 “Earth Penetrating” Nuclear Weapon Changes Combat Strategy

Hans Kristensen to Warrior Maven: B61-12 covers all gravity bomb targeting scenarios in one. 

North Korea Has the Trump Administration All Figured Out 

Ankit Panda writes for The Diplomat: North Korea is actively working to decouple Trump from the rest of his administration. 

Pentagon Moves to Support War in the “Grey Zone”

The Department of Defense issued a directive this month based on new authority granted by Congress last year to engage in “low-visibility, irregular warfare” operations. 

Considering a “Space Force,” & More from CRS

The CRS says that, as a constitutional matter, it will be up to Congress to determine whether and how to reorganize U.S. national security assets management in space, and whether to establish a new “space force.” 

Steven Aftergood publishes analysis and new/updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports in the FAS Secrecy News blog. To subscribe to the FAS Secrecy News mailing list, click here.

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