Top News Top U.S. military official assumes N.K. leader still in control of armed forces Yonhap Iran says it puts first military satellite into orbit, triggers U.S. condemnation Reuters ANALYSIS: NATO and outer space: Now what? Brookings United States The Air Force made a surprise decision to sole-source the Long Range Standoff Weapon. Here’s who will move forward. Defense News4/22/20 In a surprise move, the Air Force on Friday announced plans to continue its Long Range Standoff Weapon program with Raytheon as the prime contractor. OPINION: U.S. should extend the New START nuclear weapons treaty to make us all safer Union of Concerned ScientistsLisbeth Gronlund 4/22/20 According to an AP News story, last Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the fate of the 2010 New START agreement, as well as potential future agreements to limit nuclear weapons. East Asia Top U.S. military official assumes N.K. leader still in control of armed forces Yonhap4/23/20 A top U.S. military official said Wednesday he assumes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is still in full control of his country’s armed forces despite reports he may be seriously ill. Middle East Iran says it puts first military satellite into orbit, triggers U.S. condemnation Reuters4/22/20 Iran said on Wednesday it successfully launched the country’s first military satellite into orbit, triggering protests from the United States and stoking already high tensions over Tehran’s nuclear and missile programs. Pompeo says Iran military satellite launch might defy U.N. resolution Reuters4/22/20 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called for Iran to be held accountable for the launch of a military satellite, adding that he thinks the action defied a U.N. Security Council resolution. Coronavirus puts missile showdown between Turkey and U.S. on hold Reuters4/20/20 Turkey’s plans to switch on its new Russian missile defence systems have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak but it does not intend to reverse a decision which has raised the threat of U.S. sanctions, a senior Turkish official said. Russia/Europe ANALYSIS: Russian Modernization of Its ICBM Force Real Clear DefenseMark Schneider 4/23/20 Since 1997, Russia has been modernizing its ICBMs by replacing legacy Soviet ICBMs with new (post-Cold War) systems. Multilateral Arms Control ANALYSIS: NATO and outer space: Now what? BrookingsFrank Rose 4/20/20 Given the increasing role outer space is playing in NATO military operations, and the growing anti-satellite threat from states like Russia and China, NATO’s decision to declare outer space an operational domain was the correct one.