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Biden hit with backlash over removal of Pentagon’s top nuclear policy official
Defense News

North Korea launches missiles as diplomat decries U.S. policy
Associated Press

Questions for the U.S. pile up in the wake of Australian sub deal
Politico

United States

Biden hit with backlash over removal of Pentagon’s top nuclear policy official
Defense News9/27/21
Members of Congress and nuclear experts question whether Leonor Tomero’s dismissal from the Defense Department was ideologically motivated, rather than a product of departmental reorganization.

ANALYSIS: The adversary gets a vote
CSISRebecca Hersman, Reja Younis
9/27/21
While the U.S. must modernize information and decisionmaking architectures, it should avoid pursuing “superiority and dominance,” as this may lead to escalation and strategic instability.

PODCAST: Survivors of the Trinity Nuclear Test weren’t warned – then were lied to after
NPRLeila Fadel
9/27/21
Locals were not given warnings prior to the 1945 Trinity Nuclear Test, and their resulting health issues were largely ignored.

South America

ANALYSIS: Brazil might get nuclear-powered submarines even before Australia
The Economist9/27/21
Brazil’s nuclear submarine program may produce a submarine by the early 2030s, which would make it the first non-nuclear-armed country to do so.

Pacific

Questions for the U.S. pile up in the wake of Australian sub deal
Politico9/27/21
AUKUS faces a difficult road ahead, requiring complex legal and export control negotiations, as well as industrial burden-sharing.

East Asia

North Korea launches missiles as diplomat decries U.S. policy
Associated Press9/28/21
North Korea fired short-range missiles into the sea on Tuesday. The Japanese Prime Minister noted that they were possibly ballistic missiles, which would violate the UN Security Council’s ban on North Korean ballistic missiles activities.

ANALYSIS: Nuclear deterrence and the risk of miscalculation
Australian Strategic Policy InstituteJohn Storey
9/28/21
China’s perception of America’s resolve to defend Taiwan, specifically with nuclear weapons, may lead to miscalculation.

Middle East

‘Full of lies’: Iran bashes Israeli PM’s UN Speech
Al Jazeera9/28/21
Iran’s UN Representative said Israel’s UN General Assembly Speech was “Iran-phobia,” full of falsehoods, and hypocritical.

International

Security Council marks 25th anniversary of Test Ban Treaty with call for nuclear weapons-free world
UN News9/27/21
On the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the UN Security Council heard calls for its entry into force and universal disarmament.