07 Feb 2019

Is China about to abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy?

As China advances its nuclear weapons programs and works to close some of the major nuclear gaps between it and other major powers, some controversy is developing over whether these developments will lead to changes in its “no first strike” nuclear policy. With a kind of naval arms race and

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12 Oct 2018

Russia conducts huge exercise with its nuclear forces

“The Russian military says it has conducted a massive test of the nation’s strategic nuclear forces involving multiple missile launches. The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday’s maneuvers featured launches of ballistic missiles by the navy’s nuclear submarines from the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. As part of the

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05 Oct 2018

U.S. indicts Russians in hacking of nuclear company Westinghouse

The US has charged seven Russian intelligence officers over a plot to hack computers and steal data from a nuclear energy company, anti-doping watchdogs, and sporting federations. These charges came only hours after the Netherlands announced the disruption of Russian hacking efforts against an international agency on chemical weapons that is

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28 Sep 2018

Netanyahu claims Israel has found Iran’s ‘secret atomic warehouse’

Speaking before the UN general assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted that Israel has identified a “secret atomic warehouse” in Iran that houses nuclear equipment and materials. Tehran has mocked the claims and it is uncertain that Netanyahu’s claims may be made substantive enough to prove a breach of

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25 Jul 2018

Tactical nuclear weapon launches into development with Pentagon policy bill

The new $716 billion defense authorization report has authorized $65 million towards the development of a new submarine-launched low-yield, “tactical” nuclear weapon. The specifics of the weapon have been a part of the administrations recent Nuclear Posture Review. Congress will still maintain its authority to authorize or prevent the development

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20 Jun 2018

Nuclear arsenals increasing among smaller nuclear powers

While the U.S. and Russia both decreased the size of their nuclear stockpiles in 2017, China, India, North Korea, and Pakistan all increased theirs. A new SIPRI report recorded China, Pakistan, and India each adding ten nuclear warheads, bring their totals to around 280, 135, and 145, respectively. North Korea

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