TOP NEWS PAC-3 interceptor hits two ballistic missiles during test Defense News Iran starts key step in building second nuclear power plant Reuters India’s nuclear arsenal keeps growing, and that’s bad news for Pakistan and China National Interest United States New Pentagon technology can detect enemy nuclear attacks faster Fox News11/9/19 The Pentagon and industry are taking new technical steps to quickly alert commanders in the event that the U.S. comes under nuclear attack by increasing the time window with which decision-makers have to both defend and potentially retaliate. PAC-3 interceptor hits two ballistic missiles during test Defense News11/9/19 Two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Cost Reduction Initiative interceptors successfully hit two ballistic missile targets Thursday at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, according to Lockheed Martin. Russia Russia blames U.S. for not doing enough on nuclear arms treaty Wall Street Journal11/8/19 Time is running out for the U.S. to agree to a replacement for the last major nuclear arms control treaty, Russia warned Friday, as China joined Moscow in blaming Washington for undermining efforts to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Middle East Iran starts key step in building second nuclear power plant Reuters11/11/19 Iran started pouring concrete on Sunday at its second nuclear power plant, a key step in building the facility with Russian help in the southern port of Bushehr, state television reported. Iran able to enrich uranium up to 60%, says atomic energy agency spokesman Reuters11/9/19 Iran has the capacity to enrich uranium up to 60%, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Saturday, far more than is required for most civilian uses but short of the 90% needed to make nuclear bomb fuel. Turkey should scrap Russian missile system or face U.S. sanctions: White House official Reuters11/10/19 The United States is very upset about Turkey’s purchase of Russian missile defense systems and could impose sanctions on Ankara if it does not “get rid” of them, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday. Analysis/Commentary India’s nuclear arsenal keeps growing, and that’s bad news for Pakistan and China National InterestMichael Peck 11/10/19 India is estimated to have produced enough military plutonium for 150 to 200 nuclear warheads, but has likely produced only 130 to 140. Trump is more vulnerable than ever to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear extortion Foreign PolicyJung H. Pak 11/8/19 Trump’s growing impulsiveness and unilateral decision-making may signal to Kim that he can get precisely what he wants. Counter nuclear command, control, and communications Nautilus InstituteCarol Ann Jones 11/7/19 Denying a country use of their nuclear combat forces could be the key to avoiding or limiting damage from a pending strike, but it could trigger unexpected actions from that country’s nuclear forces and political leaders, its allies, and the international stage.