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Pyrrhic Victories and Draws

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:32:17 +0000

Quote of the week: “What history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for, but the methods we used to accomplish them.” — Hans Bethe In “Lonesome Day,” Bruce Springsteen offered this hopeful lyric: Hell’s brewing, dark sun’s on the rise This storm will blow through by and by House is on fire, …(image)

SAR Image of Punggye-ri

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:04:17 +0000

Last week was pretty awesome — we had a huge “new tools” conference here at Monterey with all kinds of cool space and tech companies like Airbus. We have a great relationship with Airbus, which made available a pair of images taken with synthetic aperture radar of North Korea’s nuclear test site before and after …(image)

Proliferation in the Age of Uncertainty

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:17:46 +0000

Quote of the week: “It is clear that the use of such a weapon cannot be justified on any ethical ground which gives a human being a certain individuality and dignity, even if he happens to be a resident in an enemy country.” — Enrico Fermi and I.I. Rabi, addendum to the Report of the …(image)

A Third War in Sixteen Years?

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 19:35:03 +0000

Quote of the week: “Go, my people, enter your chambers, And lock your doors behind you. Hide but a little moment, Until the indignation passes.” — Isaiah At times like these, Biblical prophecy is called for. Instead, we get op-eds. Donald Trump spirals downward. He has no other place to go. Due to circumstances comprehensible …(image)

The Hwasong that Never Ends

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:20:48 +0000

A guest post from my colleague Matt Korda Here we go again: another guide to North Korean missile designations. You might be asking yourself, “Self, why do I need to learn all these pesky Hwasongs if I already know all the KN numbers? Surely they’re just different names for the same things?” Well, to quote the …(image)

Bombs and Dollars

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 02:33:46 +0000

Two professors who study nuclear proliferation — Nick Miller at Dartmouth and Vipin Narang at MIT — have a neat little piece in Politico Magazine about which poli-sci theories predicted North Korea’s bomb and which didn’t. Long story short: most didn’t. Etel Solingen’s Nuclear Logics (2007) holds up well. It was, of course, published four years after North Korea’s …(image)

Parallel Crises

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:51:15 +0000

Quote of the week: “Of course I got lawyers. They are like nuclear weapons. I’ve got ‘em because everybody else does. But as soon as you use them, they screw everything up.” —Danny DeVito Crises are usually singular events, but on rare occasions they come in pairs. A third pairing might be in the offing. …(image)

Glocom Is at It Again

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:40:22 +0000

Readers may recall my earlier rantings about a company called ‘Glocom’, a North Korean military communications firm masquerading as Malaysian, and selling missile navigation systems and other arms-related products around the world. The company was outed by the UN Panel of Experts and a Reuters special investigation in February, around the time of Kim Jong …(image)

The Trump Effect

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:28:33 +0000

Quote of the week: Alas! Lonely sits the city Once great with people! She that was great among nations Is becoming like a widow; The princess among states Is become a thrall. —The Book of Lamentations Muslim extremists aren’t the only ones using moving vehicles as instruments of death and injury. A neo-Nazi has done …(image)

Modern Man is Obsolete

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:06:10 +0000

Quote of the week: “It is such a supreme folly to believe that nuclear weapons are deadly only if they’re used. The fact that they exist at all, their presence in our lives, will wreak more havoc than we can begin to fathom. Nuclear weapons pervade our thinking. Control our behavior. Administer our societies. Inform …(image)