Nuclear Policy News – June 24, 2019

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U.S. government rejects call to disclose size of nuclear arsenal
The Japan Times

Russia warns of repeat of 1962 Cuban missile crisis

Will Hypersonic Weapons Finally Push Us Toward AI-Powered Missile Defense?

U.S. Nuclear Policy

U.S. government rejects call to disclose size of nuclear arsenal
The Japan Times6/24/2019
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected a request from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) to disclose the number of nuclear warheads possessed by the country, according to the Washington-based think tank.

Space in transition as DoD leaders depart in quick succession
Within the span of two days last week at the Pentagon, three top officials who played key roles in DoD space organization, policy and procurement stepped down from their posts.

Meet The AIM-260, The Air Force and Navy’s Future Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile
The Drive6/21/2019
Concerns about the improving capabilities of China’s air-to-air missiles pushed the services to quietly begin the program two years ago.


Russia warns of repeat of 1962 Cuban missile crisis
The U.S. deployment of land-based missile systems near Russia’s borders could lead to a stand-off comparable to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday.

Washington’s mindset sliding back to ‘limited nuclear war’ says Russian Foreign Ministry
TASS Russian News Agency6/22/2019
Statements by the US officials are clearly designed to justify expanding the Pentagon’s arsenal of nuclear weapons to support the projection of military force around the world,” the diplomat said.

Kazakhstan ratifies treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons
The Senate of Kazakhstan at a plenary session today passed a law on ratification of a treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons, reports.

South Asia

Work begins on India’s next gen nuclear-powered submarines
The Economic Times6/24/2019
Work has started on the Rs 1 lakh crore project to produce next generation nuclear-powered submarines for the Indian Navy, with a defence public sector unit working on a special alloy for the hull. A scale model is likely to be tested soon as part of the design process.

Why India’s Hypersonic Missile Could Trigger A Nuclear War
The National InterestMichael Peck
India’s test of a hypersonic missile signifies more than the advance of Indian weapons technology. It also is one step closer to triggering a nuclear war with Pakistan.


The Case Against Arms Control
RealClearDefensePeter Pry
Historically, U.S. modernization of its nuclear deterrent Triad—ICBMs, bombers, and missile submarines—has advanced hand-in-hand with arms control treaties. Of necessity, the Trump Administration is breaking this longstanding precedent.

Only Congress Stands Between Saudi Arabia and Nuclear Weapons
The National InterestVictor Gilinsky, Henry Sokolski
Congress must act now in anticipation if it is to stop an arrangement that would allow Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to outfit himself with everything he needs for a bomb.

Will Hypersonic Weapons Finally Push Us Toward AI-Powered Missile Defense?
ForbesKalev Leetaru
The rise of hypersonic weapons, with just minutes between launch and impact, may be the development that pushes countries to begin exploring automating their missile defense systems.

Special Interest

Book Synopsis and Author Spotlight: ‘Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism in the Post-9/11 World,’ by David Hafemeister
Federation of American ScientistsAllison Feldman
FAS Visiting Scientist, Dr. David Hafemeister, has just released his new book, Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism in the Post-9/11 World (Springer 2016), a unique textbook tailored for undergraduate courses on nuclear proliferation and nuclear weapon issues and policy.

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