Nuclear Policy News – March 19, 2020

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REPORT: Under the nuclear shadow: Situational awareness technology and crisis decisionmaking

Spanish parliament approves North Macedonia’s NATO membership bid
Defense News

STATEMENT: Constraining Iranian nuclear scientists
State Department

United States

REPORT: Under the nuclear shadow: Situational awareness technology and crisis decisionmaking
Informed by research and eight tabletop exercises conducted with nearly 150 participants overall, this two-year study examines implications of the emerging strategic situational awareness ecosystem and its impact on crisis decisionmaking.

Raytheon completes first tests of radar for anti-hypersonic sensor
Space Daily3/17/20
Raytheon said Tuesday it has completed the first round of testing of the radar antenna array for the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier and Missile Defense Sensor, a next generation radar intended to counter hypersonic weapons.

BAE nabs next-gen seeker design work for US Army’s missile defense system
Defense News3/18/20
Lockheed Martin, which builds the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system for the U.S. Army, has awarded BAE Systems a contract to design and manufacture a next-generation seeker for the system’s interceptors, according to a BAE announcement posted March 17.

STATEMENT: Constraining Iranian nuclear scientists
State DepartmentU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
On March 16, in response to the Iranian regime’s unacceptable nuclear escalations, the Department of Commerce is imposing restrictions on five Iranian nuclear scientists by adding them to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List.

Middle East

IAEA raises safeguards questions
Arms Control Association3/17/20
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi raised concerns in March about Tehran’s failure to cooperate with an agency investigation into possible storage and use of undeclared nuclear materials at three locations in Iran.

Russia and Europe

Bomber Task Force conducts Icelandic mission with Norwegian F-35s, U.S. F-15s
Two U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and the 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, operating out of RAF Fairford, U.K., conducted an Icelandic Air Policing mission March 16, 2020.

F-35 factories in Italy, Japan are reopening after closing for coronavirus
Defense One3/17/20
Both of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter assembly plants outside the United States are expected to be up and running by Wednesday after brief coronavirus-related shutdowns.

Spanish parliament approves North Macedonia’s NATO membership bid
Defense News3/18/20
The Spanish Senate on Tuesday ratified the accession protocol for North Macedonia to join NATO, clearing another hurdle for the country to become the alliance’s 30th member.

Research into Russia’s fifth generation subs well in progress — Navy’s commander
Research is well in progress into Russia’s fifth-generation submarines, the Navy’s commander-in-chief, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, told the Russian army daily Krasnaya Zvezda in an interview.

Multilateral Arms Control

ANALYSIS: How to fix, preserve and strengthen the Open Skies Treaty
Deep Cuts CommissionAlexandra Bell, Wolfgang Richter, Andrei Zargorski
A picture, it is said, is worth 1,000 words. The image-centric Treaty on Open Skies (Open Skies) embodies that concept perfectly.

ANALYSIS: Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50: an analysis
Modern DiplomacyAditya Raj
The bipolar world ended with the disintegration of the Soviet Union and after witnessing a unipolar world for around two decades, the world is entering into a new era of multipolarity.

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