TOP NEWS

Turkish forces begin training for S-400 defense systems
Hurriyet News Agency

Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani rules out bilateral talks with U.S.
BBC News

Pakistan says “no change” in nuke policy hours after Imran Khan’s speech
NDTV

U.S. Nuclear Policy

The Navy’s Aegis ballistic missile defense is about to get a major radar upgrade
National Interest9/4/19
The Raytheon AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR will improve the Burke-class destroyer’s ability to detect hostile aircraft, surface ships, and incoming ballistic missiles, Raytheon officials say.

Russia/Europe

Turkish forces begin training for S-400 defense systems
Hurriyet News Agency9/4/19
Turkish Air Force personnel are attending a training for S-400 missile defense systems in Russia.

Russia to deploy additional missiles on 2 Kuril Islands, deepening tensions with Japan
International Business Times9/3/19
The missiles are aimed at increasing Russia’s defense capabilities in the Sea of Okhotsk, where a nuclear weapon stronghold is located against any U.S. attack.

Raytheon offers boosterless SkyCeptor weapon for Poland’s Narew air defense system
PR Newswire
9/4/19
Raytheon Company is offering a boosterless version of its SkyCeptor interceptor to Poland to fulfill the country’s Narew short-range and Wisla medium-range air defense requirements.

Middle East

Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani rules out bilateral talks with U.S.
BBC News9/3/19
Rouhani said Iran would agree to resume multilateral talks if all U.S. sanctions on Iran were lifted.

Iran ratchets up pressure ahead of weekend nuclear deadline
Associated Press9/4/19
Iranian officials ratcheted up pressure Wednesday ahead of a weekend nuclear deadline for European nations to come up with a solution for Iran to sell its oil abroad in the aftermath of escalated U.S. sanctions.

Iran warns of further retreat from nuclear deal without EU action
Al Jazeera9/4/19
Paris reportedly proposing billions of dollars in credit lines to Tehran but deal could hinge on U.S. approval.

East Asia

China tells North Korea it wants ‘closer communication and cooperation on world stage’
South China Morning Post9/3/19
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho during Pyongyang visit that the two countries ‘have always been in the same boat’.

South Asia

Pakistan says “no change” in nuke policy hours after Imran Khan’s speech
NDTV9/3/19
The prime minister’s comments on Pakistan’s approach towards conflict between two nuclear armed states are being taken out of context, the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a late night tweet on Monday.

Commentary/Opinion/Analysis

What if the U.S. military neglects AI? AI futures and U.S. incapacity
War on the RocksZachary Kallenborn
9/3/19
If the United States fails to develop robust AI for national security, the net effect on national security could plausibly range from devastating to net positive.

The great duality and the future of the army: Does technology favor the offensive or defensive?
War on the RocksRobert Scales
9/3/19
Technology favors the defensive.

A North Korean sub with nuclear missiles raises the stakes
The HillSarah Vogler
9/3/19
North Korea is showing the world that it can continue to achieve significant developments to its strategic nuclear capabilities despite maximum pressure and diplomatic dialogue at the highest levels.