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No AI for nuclear command & control: JAIC’s Shanahan
Breaking Defense

Iran ready to accept nuclear deal changes if US lifts sanctions, spokesman says
The Hill

India deploys warships to keep tabs on Pakistan
Times of India

United States

No AI for nuclear command & control: JAIC’s Shanahan
Breaking Defense9/25/19
The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center won’t automate nuclear response—but it is working towards AI on conventional weapons and leery of arms control.

Middle East

Iran ready to accept nuclear deal changes if US lifts sanctions, spokesman says
The Hill9/25/19
Iran is prepared to accept changes to the 2015 nuclear agreement and not seek nuclear weapons if the United States agrees to the deal and lifts sanctions, a spokesman for Iran said Wednesday.

Iran nuclear deal parties committed, though ‘increasingly difficult’: EU envoy
Reuters9/25/19
The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal are committed to preserving the pact though it is “increasingly difficult,” European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters after a meeting of the parties at the United Nations.

East Asia

South Korean, Chinese foreign ministers reaffirm cooperation on North Korea
Korea Herald9/26/19
The foreign ministers of South Korea and China met in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and agreed to continue their cooperation for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

South Asia

India deploys warships to keep tabs on Pakistan
Times of India9/26/19
India has “forward deployed” some warships, submarines, maritime patrol aircraft and fighter jets to keep track of a major naval exercise by Pakistan in the north Arabian Sea, which will include missile and rocket firings as well as combat maneuvers over the next few days.

Analysis/Opinion

America needs a new strategic triad to face the 21st century
TIMEAdmiral James Stavridis
9/26/19
The U.S. needs to be mindful that despite our trillions of dollars invested in the traditional nuclear triad, we will need to quickly develop new defensive systems to defeat these capabilities and the creation of our own new triad for deterrence.

Iceberg dead ahead! Deconstructing the Pentagon’s Arctic strategies
War on the RocksLindsay L. Rodman
9/25/19
The Defense Department has released two Arctic defense strategies in recent years, one in 2016 and the other in early 2019.

Back in 2018, a B-2 stealth bomber ‘test-dropped’ a nuclear bomb
National InterestKris Osborn
9/25/19
The Air Force’s B-2 Stealth bomber last year test-dropped an upgraded, multi-function B61-12 nuclear bomb which improves accuracy, integrates various attack options into a single bomb and changes the strategic landscape with regard to nuclear weapons mission possibilities.

An “undeclared phaseout” of the nuclear industry
Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsDawn Stover
9/25/19
The number of nuclear reactors operating worldwide has increased significantly over the past year, according to the latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

Bringing China into the fold on arms control and strategic stability issues
Brookings InstitutionFrank A. Rose
9/25/19
Including China in a future arms control framework is the right objective, but the plan to get there appears lacking.

Trump’s Iran policy is a failure
Foreign PolicyIlan Goldenberg and Kaleigh Thomas
9/25/19
Blame U.S. blunders for the worsening crisis in the region.