FAS Roundup: U.S. Nuclear Deterrence, North Korean Hypersonic Missiles and more

By September 30, 2021

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Highlights from FAS Experts: U.S. Nuclear Deterrence, North Korean Hypersonic Missiles and more

Saving Billions on the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent. The U.S. could save billions of dollars on its nuclear deterrent by pausing its risky, expensive, and unnecessary plan to build a brand-new ICBM, argues Senior Research Associate Matt Korda in a new Day One Project proposal.

Biden, You Should Be Aware That Your Submarine Deal Has Costs. “The administration should be investing in more cost-effective ways to thwart China’s ability to project military power, like long-range air defenses and anti-ship missiles, not expensive systems that stand little chance of overwhelming China’s forces near its borders,” writes Senior Fellow Dr. Adam Mount about the landmark AUKUS defense pact in a New York Times op-ed with Wellington University professor Van Jackson.

North Korea’s Arsenal Has Grown Rapidly. Here’s What’s in It. “Pyongyang has been in a dizzying sprint to build an arsenal that contains the kinds of advanced capabilities you would find in the United States or Russia. But for the most part, these have been single-serving demonstrations: Pyongyang tests the system once then moves onto the next one. It’s less clear whether they will complete testing or deployment of any or all of these systems,” Dr. Adam Mount tells the New York Times about North Korea’s latest missile launch.

North Korea Tested a Hypersonic Missile. Here’s Why it Matters. “With so many capabilities being demonstrated but not fully tested, the U.S.-South Korea alliance will have to be ready for anything in a crisis,” Dr. Adam Mount tells Voice of America.

Intelligence Agencies Pushed to Use More Commercial Satellites. The ever-growing number of commercial satellites has eroded privacy, but the government contracts with commercial satellite companies themselves have not yet drawn much criticism, Project on Government Secrecy Director Steven Aftergood tells the New York Times.

Verification of Nuclear Disarmament. Senior Fellow Jenifer Mackby made a presentation on Sept 27 on the Verification of Nuclear Disarmament to a United Nations Group of Governmental Experts. The (virtual) meeting was convened by Wilton Park, an executive agency of the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

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