Top News: China extends range of its hypersonic missile system Janes Why Iran sees Biden as the “more promising” candidate in the U.S. election CBS ANALYSIS: Adapting to the hypersonic era CSIS Defense 360 United States ANALYSIS: Adapting to the hypersonic era CSIS Defense 360Ian Williams 11/2/20 Since the late-1940s, the United States has used forward-based forces to deter military aggression against its allies and interests. PODCAST: Eric Gomez on what we need to know about nuclear weapons CATO11/2/20 Eric Gomez takes stock of the state of play with respect to nuclear weapons. East Asia North Korea building two submarines, one capable of firing ballistic missiles Reuters11/3/20 North Korea is building two new submarines, including one capable of firing ballistic missiles, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday, following a closed-door briefing by the South’s National Intelligence Service. China extends range of its hypersonic missile system Janes11/2/20 The first public display of China’s new DF-17 medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) system was on 1 October 2019 during the 70th anniversary parade to mark the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Middle East Why Iran sees Biden as the “more promising” candidate in the U.S. election CBS11/2/20 Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has indicated to CBS News that the Islamic Republic’s leadership would prefer Joe Biden win the U.S. election. Iran’s supreme leader, quoting Trump, mocks U.S. election Associated Press11/3/20 Iran’s supreme leader mocked America’s presidential election Tuesday in a televised address, quoting President Donald Trump’s own baseless claims about voter fraud to criticize the vote as Tehran marked the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis. Russia and Europe UK to retake direct control of nuclear warheads site DW11/2/20 The UK’s AWE entity is in charge of maintaining the country’s nuclear warheads. For many years, it has been managed by a consortium dominated by the US arms company Lockheed Martin. RESEARCH: Perceptions in the Euro-Atlantic UNIDIRUlrich Kuhn 11/2/20 The third instalment of our Nuclear Risk Reduction policy brief series, this publication looks at the risk of nuclear weapons use in the Euro-Atlantic. It discusses sources of the political volatility and risk drivers that are contributing to the tense environment, and recommendations in the service of nuclear risk reduction. Multilateral Arms Control ANALYSIS: First Committee foreshadows disarmament fights at 2020 NPT Review Conference ICAN11/2/20 For the last month, the First Committee of the United Nations has met to discuss, debate and vote on resolutions related to disarmament issues.