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Pantex moves closer to ‘rate production’ of sub-launched warhead
Exchange Monitor

OPINION: China has no reason to make a deal on nuclear weapons
Bloomberg

Russia slams US arguments for low-yield nukes
Associated Press

United States

Pantex moves closer to ‘rate production’ of sub-launched warhead
Exchange Monitor4/29/20
The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Pantex Plant in Texas said Monday it assembled the “first production capability unit” of the W88 Alt-370 submarine-launched nuclear warhead.

The Space Force’s next missile warning satellite is one step closer to a 2021 launch
C4IRS4/29/20
With thermal vacuum testing having begun April 16, the next space-based missile warning satellite has reached a major milestone, the Space and Missile Systems Center announced April 24.

ANALYSIS: Trump fixates on China as nuclear arms pact nears expiration
Foreign PolicyRobbie Gramer, Jack Detsch
4/29/20
The administration insists any future START treaty has to include Beijing as well as Moscow, but experts say there is almost no chance China will agree.

OPINION: How many intensive care beds will a nuclear weapon explosion require?
Bulletin of Atomic ScientistsTom Sauer, Ramesh Thakur
4/28/20
A novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China late last year, hopping in one way or another from other animals to humans.

East Asia

OPINION: China has no reason to make a deal on nuclear weapons
BloombergHal Brands
4/29/20
The Trump administration is right that dealing only with Russia makes no sense.

Russia and Europe

Russia slams US arguments for low-yield nukes
Associated Press4/29/20
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected U.S. arguments for fielding low-yield nuclear warheads, warning that an attempt to use such weapons against Russia would trigger an all-out nuclear retaliation.

DoD’s border wall funding shift hits Russia deterrence efforts
Defense News4/29/20
The Pentagon is moving to scuttle nearly 19 more military construction projects ― including $274 million worth in Europe to deter Russia ― as a means to backfill a number of building projects at home that were deferred to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Multilateral Arms Control

Postponement of NPT conference an ‘opportunity’
NHK4/29/20
The president-designate of a conference on a global nuclear non-proliferation treaty says the meeting’s postponement is unfortunate but it can also be an opportunity.

ONLINE COURSE: Missiles
UNODA4/28/20
Missiles pose a variety of distinct concerns for international peace and security. In particular, they pose challenges for stability, crisis management, the protection of civilians and the achievement of broader disarmament objectives.