TOP NEWS

Britain tells Iran there will be no tanker swap as calls increase for military coalition to secure Gulf waters
ABC News

North Korea fires two short-range projectiles off country’s East coast
Wall Street Journal

Lapse of nuclear treaty throws doubt on future of arms control
Wall Street Journal

When is more actually less? Situational awareness and nuclear risks
War on the Rocks

U.S. Nuclear Policy

Nuclear weapons security agency moving apps to cloud
Federal Computer Week8/1/19
The National Nuclear Security Administration plans to deploy the initial phases of a number of hybrid cloud platforms to support its secure IT networks and applications.

Middle East

Iran says it is ready for worst in fight to save nuclear deal
Reuters8/1/19
President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday Iranian officials were ready for the worst as they tried to salvage their nuclear deal with world powers, but he was sure they would eventually prevail.

Wary of Trump’s hard line on Iran, Europeans decline to join escorts in Gulf
New York Times8/1/19
With tensions rising with Iran, the United States and Britain have been shopping for European support to bolster patrols in the Persian Gulf around the Strait of Hormuz, a vital passage way for global oil supplies.

Britain tells Iran there will be no tanker swap as calls increase for military coalition to secure Gulf waters
ABC News8/1/19
Britain has ruled out exchanging an Iranian tanker detained by Gibraltar for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran, saying a barter “is not on the table”.

East Asia

North Korea fires two short-range projectiles off country’s East coast
Wall Street Journal8/2/19
North Korea conducted its third weapons test in just over a week, launching a pair of short-range projectiles off its east coast on Friday, South Korean officials said, ratcheting up pressure against the U.S. amid stalled nuclear talks.

Nuclear power in South Korea: Past, present, future
Power Technology8/1/19
A look into South Korea’s history, present and future with nuclear power, a sector that faces an uncertain future.

South Asia

Pakistani officials say Indian national allegedly spying on nuclear enrichment facility arrested
Gulf News Asia8/1/19
Two Pakistani security officials say authorities have arrested an Indian national who was allegedly spying on a nuclear enrichment facility in eastern Punjab province.

Multilateral Arms Control

Lapse of nuclear treaty throws doubt on future of arms control
Wall Street Journal8/2/19
The landmark treaty on intermediate-range nuclear forces lapses Friday, opening the way for a new generation of land-based missiles and casting a shadow over the future of arms-control agreements.

Opinion/Analysis/Commentary

When is more actually less? Situational awareness and nuclear risks
War on the RocksRebecca Hersman and Bernadette Stadler
8/2/19
For most of the nuclear age, enhanced strategic situational awareness — the ability to characterize the operating environment, detect nuclear and conventional strategic attacks, and discern real attacks from false alarms — has been viewed as beneficial to crisis stability. But can there be too much of a good thing?

What the INF Treaty’s collapse means for nuclear proliferation
Council on Foreign RelationsLori Esposito Murray
8/1/19
The collapse of the Cold War–era nuclear arms treaty signals trouble for U.S.-Russia relations, European security, and nonproliferation efforts.

Command and control of nuclear weapons in India
Nautilus InstituteM.V. Ramana and Lauren J. Borja
8/1/19
Indian nuclear weapons reportedly are controlled by the Nuclear Command Authority, a two layered structure, one of which is headed by the Prime Minister.

Unleashing the power of space: The case for a separate U.S. space force
War on the RocksMatthew Donovan
8/1/19
The space force should be separate from the U.S. Air Force to ensure it is not constrained by Army missions and demonstrate to our adversaries that the United States is committed to preserving its dominance in space.