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Israeli PM aims to push Biden away from Iran nuclear deal
Associated Press

STRATCOM: China’s pursuit of nuclear and hypersonic weapons adds urgency to U.S. deterrence
USNI

Army’s Reagan Test Site supports missile test
US Army

United States

STRATCOM: China’s pursuit of nuclear and hypersonic weapons adds urgency to U.S. deterrence
USNI8/26/21
China’s recent full-speed-ahead breakout in nuclear forces, space and cyber efforts, and hypersonic systems adds new urgency to America’s need to ensure its deterrence systems are holding, U.S. Strategic Command’s top officer said Thursday.

Army’s Reagan Test Site supports missile test
US Army8/26/21
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, during Air Force Global Strike Command’s operational test impacting in a pre-established target zone roughly 4,200 miles away near USASMDC’s Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

ANALYSIS: Does the U.S. have any real capability to forward deploy nuclear weapons rapidly outside of NATO Europe?
Real Clear DefenseMark Schneider
8/27/21
At the end of the Cold War, in an extraordinarily bad example of making national security policy, the United States, as part of what is called the Presidential Nuclear Initiatives (PNIs), eliminated almost its entire arsenal of nonstrategic or tactical nuclear weapons.

East Asia

US currently has enough capabilities to counter N. Korean threat: Strategic Commander
Korea Herald8/27/21
Adm. Charles Richard still highlighted the importance of an early warning system that he said can allow his country to do more with less.

Middle East

ANALYSIS: Saudi Arabia’s ballistic-missile programme: an overview
IISSMark Fitzpatrick
8/26/21
Having relied on missile imports from China since the late 1980s, in the last few years Saudi Arabia appears to have sought an indigenous production capability.

Russia calls for restart of Iran’s nuclear talks in Vienna
Reuters8/26/21
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian that talks on the Iranian nuclear deal in Vienna should restart as soon as possible, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Israeli PM aims to push Biden away from Iran nuclear deal
Associated Press8/27/21
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is aiming to dissuade President Joe Biden from returning to the Iran nuclear deal when the two leaders meet at the White House Friday.

Russia and Europe

Russia to continue building Yasen-class nuclear-powered submarines
Tass8/26/21
Currently, seven such submarines are at various stages of their construction at the Sevmash Shipyard in northwestern Russia.