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The “Tirada” anti-satellite system will be presented for the first time at “Army-2020” in Yekaterinburg
Russian Ministry of Defense

Trump administration sends mixed signals on nuclear weapons budgeting
Defense News

Iran says talks with IAEA chief in Tehran were ‘constructive’
Reuters

United States

Trump administration sends mixed signals on nuclear weapons budgeting
Defense News8/25/20
Defense hawks in Congress are pushing a contentious plan to give the Pentagon a stronger hand in crafting nuclear weapons budgets, but the Trump administration has been sending mixed messaging over recent weeks about whether the change is needed.

East Asia

North Korea puts focus on big problems piling up at home
Wall Street Journal8/25/20
In a year that once looked primed for outward provocation through its weapons program, North Korea has instead turned inward in recent months.

ANALYSIS: Modernizing without destabilizing: China’s nuclear posture in a new era
Carnegie-TsinghuaTong Zhao
8/25/20
China’s emerging sea-based nuclear capability is going to be increasingly important for the country’s overall nuclear deterrent.

Middle East

Iran says talks with IAEA chief in Tehran were ‘constructive’
Reuters8/25/20
Talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief were constructive, Iran’s top nuclear official Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying on Tuesday, after meeting Rafael Grossi during a visit to seek access for inspectors to two suspected former atomic sites.

Russia and Europe

Russia working with China to design submarine, missile defence system
The Week8/25/20
Despite advances in weapons’ development, China continues to import from Russia.

The “Tirada” anti-satellite system will be presented for the first time at “Army-2020” in Yekaterinburg
Russian Ministry of Defense8/24/20
Visitors to the site of the international military and technical forum “Army-2020” in Yekaterinburg will see for the first time the newest mobile electronic warfare (EW) complex “Tirada” for blocking satellite signals.

ANALYSIS: Proliferation and threats of reconnaissance-strike systems: a Russian perspective
Nonproliferation ReviewDmitry Stefanovich
8/24/20
Russian military officials, scholars, and politicians have long been aware of reconnaissance-strike systems, and have developed a sophisticated set of military countermeasures, as well as a number of weapons with roughly the same traits.

South Asia

Tests of increased-range BrahMos cruise missiles set for 2020
Tass8/24/20
Earlier this summer, BrahMos’s air-based modification, BrahMos-A, was successfully certified in India, the Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC CEO recalled.