Top News U.S. might rethink Iran sanctions in light of coronavirus outbreak, says Pompeo The National REPORT: The strategic postures of China and India: A visual guide Belfer Center OPINION: Full Speed Ahead With Navy Prompt Strike Real Clear Defense United States OPINION: Full Speed Ahead With Navy Prompt Strike Real Clear DefenseFrank Miller 3/31/20 Last week’s news that the Navy had successfully conducted a test of the common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) is most welcome. OPINION: The Coronavirus Teaches Us Not to Let Trump Press the Nuclear Button Defense OneTom Collina 4/1/20 Some of the president’s poor decisions on COVID-19, like proposing to reopen the nation by Easter, have been reversed. But a presidential decision to start nuclear war cannot be. Middle East U.S. troops in Iraq finally get Patriot air defense Jerusalem Post3/31/20 Growing Iran-US tensions in the last year have led to US airstrikes in Iraq against Iranian-backed proxies, and this has angered the Iraqi government. U.S. might rethink Iran sanctions in light of coronavirus outbreak, says Pompeo The National4/1/20 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held out the possibility on Tuesday that the US may consider easing sanctions on Iran and other nations to help fight the coronavirus epidemic. IAEA says continuously monitoring nuclear deal in Iran amid pandemic TASS3/31/20 On March 9, the IAEA director general reported that the agency had not identified any changes in Iran’s honoring its obligations to the nuclear deal after Tehran announced the fifth step in scaling back its commitments. Russia and Europe Russia Upgrades Facility to Produce RS-28 Sarmat ICBM The Diplomat3/31/20 Russia has reportedly upgraded production facilities to mass-produce its latest intercontinental-range ballistic missile. OPINION: Macron’s vision: a European role for the French nuclear deterrent European Leadership NetworkCarlo Trezza 3/31/20 President Macron’s speech at the Ecole de Guerre last month, contemplating the possible role of French nuclear deterrence in the context of European security and defence, did not receive the attention one would have expected for such a significant announcement. South Asia REPORT: The strategic postures of China and India: A visual guide Belfer Center3/31/20 Militarily, Indian discussions on the strength of its military position against China in their disputed ground frontier areas have converged on the view that China holds the conventional and nuclear edge over India in this domain. Multilateral Arms Control OPINION: Fitting Hypersonic Weapons into the Nuclear Arms Control Regime Union of Concerned ScientistsCameron Tracy 4/1/20 Despite the hype surrounding this new technology, the challenges of hypersonic flight severely limit their performance.