Nuclear Policy News – June 11, 2019

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HASC Adds NC3 Funds; Wants Talks with Russia, China
Breaking Defense

Raytheon, United Technologies Merger Will Create A New Aerospace Giant

German minister: nuclear disarmament treaty in crisis
ABC News

U.S. Nuclear Policy

HASC Adds NC3 Funds; Wants Talks with Russia, China
Breaking Defense6/10/2019
HASC calls on Pentagon for “near- and long-term plans and options to ensure resilience” of the nuclear command, control and communications network, including requirements for survivability and protection of the supply chain.

‘Space Force’ Shrinks in House Proposal
Defense One6/10/2019
Lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee are expected to approve a trimmed version of the Pentagon’s proposal to sweep space-related personnel into a new component of the Air Force.

Raytheon, United Technologies Merger Will Create A New Aerospace Giant
The Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in an all-stock deal that the two companies say is a merger of equals. The new company’s name will be Raytheon Technologies Corp. — and it’s expected to have nearly $74 billion in annual sales.

Middle East

Trump is reportedly giving Saudi Arabia access to secretive US technology that the Kingdom could use to build smart bombs
Business Insider6/7/2019
President Donald Trump’s administration is allowing the US military defense contractor Raytheon to work with Saudi Arabia to develop high-tech parts for smart bombs, The New York Times reported.

Iran unveils homebuilt air defense missile system to destroy ‘stealth targets’ (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Tehran’s military displayed a brand-new indigenous air defense missile system, capable of tracking and shooting down six targets at the same time. The weapon was rolled out amid growing tensions around the Persian Gulf.

Iran has increased production of enriched uranium – IAEA
BBC News6/10/2019
The head of the global nuclear watchdog has confirmed Iran is increasing its production of enriched uranium.

Multilateral Arms Control

German minister: nuclear disarmament treaty in crisis
ABC News6/11/2019
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says a treaty on disarmament and nuclear nonproliferation is in crisis.

Kiev remains party to Non-Proliferation Treaty, says Russian Foreign Ministry
TASS Russian News Agency6/11/2019
Allegations that Ukraine may restore its nuclear capacity after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty ceases to exist are irresponsible, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at the Primakov Readings international forum in Moscow on Tuesday.

Save This One Piece of the INF Treaty
Defense OneGreg Thielman
Preserving the ballistic-missile ban would reduce the danger of leaving the treaty — and light a path to its replacement.


Will Trump Object to the Raytheon-United Technologies Merger?
Defense OneMarcus Weisgerber
After an analyst said Obama-era opposition to consolidation had dissipated, Trump appeared to signal the opposite.

America’s Hypersonic Weapons Are Coming
The National InterestMichael Peck
The U.S. Army plans to field a battery of hypersonic missiles by 2023, according to a senior Army official. Hypersonic weapons travel at faster than Mach 5.

Adapting to a Nuclear North Korea Is Better than Swapping Away U.S. Regional Assets
The National InterestRobert E. Kelly
There are several possibilities of what, if any, concessions the United States might make to North Korea to achieve at least some denuclearization of that country. But since President Donald Trump began engaging North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un in negotiations early last year, U.S. offers have been consistently one-sided.

Special Interest

Double dread: UFOs and nuclear war
Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsDawn Stover
Many UFOs turn out to be identifiable flying objects, atmospheric phenomena, or hoaxes. Sometimes they are secret military projects. The mother of all UFO narratives, the so-called Roswell Incident, is deeply rooted in the nation’s nuclear history.

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