Top News Survey: Most Americans Want to Curb the President’s Power to Launch Nuclear Attacks The Center for Public Integrity Is the Air Force Really Testing an ‘Earth-Penetrating’ Nuclear Bomb? The National Interest Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference Could Hit A US Roadblock – Analysis Eurasia Review U.S. Nuclear News Survey: Most Americans Want to Curb the President’s Power to Launch Nuclear Attacks The Center for Public Integrity05/16/2019 With rising tensions between the United States and other nations, the public overwhelmingly wants to curtail the president’s power to unilaterally order the first use of nuclear weapons, preferring instead that Congress stand between the commander-in-chief and nuclear launch orders when the country is not officially at war or under attack. US Submarine Test Fires Ballistic Missile The Diplomat5/20/2019 The Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), USS Rhode Island, test-fired an unarmed Trident II D5 ballistic missile from a submerged position off the coast of Florida on May 9, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. The test was overseen by the service’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). Middle East Trump: ‘I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons’ The Hill5/19/2019 President Trump said in a Sunday night Fox News interview that he doesn’t want to go to war with Iran but emphasized he will never allow the nation to develop nuclear weapons. East Asia U.S. State Department approves possible $314 million sale of missiles to South Korea Reuters5/18/2019 The U.S. State Department has cleared $314 million in possible sales of air defense missiles to South Korea, the Pentagon said on Friday, as tensions re-emerge on the Korean peninsula. Opinion/Analysis/Commentary Is the Air Force Really Testing an ‘Earth-Penetrating’ Nuclear Bomb? The National InterestAaron Miles 5/18/2019 Following the Cold War, the United States eliminated all of its nonstrategic nuclear weapons except for the B61. Modernizing the B61 is therefore critical to ensuring that the United States can still deploy nuclear weapons abroad as a tangible element of its nuclear umbrella. Extending deterrence in this way serves not only to defend America’s allies in Europe and Asia, but also to help assure them that they do not need to develop nuclear weapons of their own. Israel vs. Russia: The Middle East War That Could Become a Nuclear Train Wreck The National InterestMichael Peck 5/19/2019 Relations between Jerusalem and Moscow are far warmer than during the Cold War. The result is a strange embrace reminiscent of the U.S.-Soviet detente of the 1970s. On the surface, a certain friendliness and desire for cooperation. Yet beneath the smiles is wariness, suspicion and a clash of fundamental interests. Time to Pull US Nuclear Weapons Out of Turkey Defense OneHarvey M. Sapolsky 5/17/2019 Storing nuclear weapons close to trouble is a bad idea, and giving Ankara a shared finger on the nuclear trigger is rapidly losing its charm. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference Could Hit A US Roadblock – Analysis Eurasia ReviewShanta Roy 5/20/2019 The Trump Administration, which has been recklessly wielding a wrecking ball against multilateral treaties, will be put to a test next year when the 1970 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will be up for review at the 2020 conference scheduled to take place in New York in April-May. Special Interest Inside the Secret Dinners Where Congress Figures Out How to Stop a Nuclear Apocalypse The Daily BeastSam Brodey 5/20/2019 Lawmakers know less about nuclear threats than ever before. A former congressman runs a dinner series to educate them in hopes of averting global annihilation.