Years of failed negotiations between the Russian Federation, NATO, EU and US that led to war in Ukraine has entered a next phase. Not a new phase, but a ‘next phase’. The delivery of F-16 fighter systems delivers a next level of fear and loathing — and more that is not in the open
Author: Strategic Demands Online
CNN ‘Town Hall’ Debacle
Where does an objective assessment start as one attempts to describe the May 10th CNN live, staged TV event with former president Trump? Across the mediaverse, online commentary after the show varied, but two themes emerged: ‘The event was a spectacle’ and ‘it was a debacle’ …
Xi Calls Zelensky
People’s Republic of China (PRC): “Dialogue and negotiation are the only way out. There are no winners in a nuclear war. Regarding nuclear issues, all relevant parties should maintain calm and restraint, truly consider their own and the future of all humanity, and work together to manage and control the crisis.
Tipping Points & National Security, Global Security
Strategic Demands and its associate, GreenPolicy360, for many years have advanced new vision and definitions of national security. An escalating threat environment cannot be ignored and new science aims at “tipping points”. On the day after Earth Day, we look again at the risks of national/global catastrophe
The Movement and the Madman: 1969, Near Nuclear Use
PBS The Movement and the ‘Madman’: PBS PREMIERE MARCH 28, 2023 ON AMERICAN EXPERIENCE — A nuclear war planner and National Security Policy staff recall how close the US came to using nuclear weapons in Vietnam in 1969
Ex-President Donald Trump Arraigned in NY State Court: Pleads Not Guilty
The former US president pleaded not guilty today to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. The court appearance comes five days after a New York grand jury voted to indict Trump as part of multiple, years-long investigations.
Xi Meets with Putin in Moscow
No public promise made that weapons from China are to be provided to Russia to wage war in Ukraine. The alliance and expressed friendship between presidents XI and Putin are center stage.
Oil & Gas Companies Report New Profit Records
So for the oil/gas industry, judging by profits reported Q1 2023 for Q1 / Q4 2022, this past year was the best ever. Of course, the accounting doesn’t take ‘externality’ costs of emissions into account, nor does the accounting calculate the costs of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions
Nuclear Arms Race 3.0
A multi-billion dollar ‘modernization’ of US nuclear weapons delivered an unsurprising ‘next gen’ nuclear arms race. Strategic Demands called this a “Cold War 2.0”. Now, with threats and an announced ‘suspension’ of the New START treaty, the final remaining nuclear weapons agreement is foreclosed. A “Nuclear Arms Race 3.0” has commenced
Focus on the ‘Thin Blue’
A Thin Blue Layer separates life on Planet Earth from a planet devoid of life… Focus on this fact of science. A #StrategicDemands Day is a day to re-consider global & national security, above & beyond. #Planet Citizens, today, is an #EarthDay
Official End to the AUMF?
Is an official end to Authorization for Use of Military Force in sight? It is over 20 years since the beginning of AUMF-enabled war in Afghanistan… which begat the Iraq war, which begat two decades of US war in MidEast / CentralAsia / North Africa and beyond. Today, Congress may begin a new direction
A Nuclear Ticking Clock
The Doomsday Clock, first unveiled in the late 1940s when atomic scientists who built the first nuclear weapons were having second thoughts, is now closer to a midnight of disaster than ever before. We’ve arrived, humanity has arrived. The clock’s hands of fate display we’re on the brink of paroxysm and unimaginable cataclysm
Nuclear Weapons Control Remembered
Is it still possible in the midst of war in Ukraine to resurrect nuclear weapons control as nuclear weapons reductions and disarmament agreements of the past three decades breakdown and the arm control architecture collapses
Where is a Peace Light Rally
As talk of peace negotiations appears and the Russia-Ukraine war rages on, recall the candlelight of Heroes Square, Budapest, Hungary, March 20, 2005. Now, as Christmastime 2022 arrives, is there hope for peace in the coming year?
A Long War?
The news this week was of a sudden, surprise visit to Washington DC, then huddled talks and negotiations between the president of Ukraine and the United States, followed by a speech to the US Congress … Many are now talking of escalation and a ‘long war’ as international news reports a re-strategizing of the war
Add Another Nuclear Weapon Generation
How can we properly acknowledge the rollout of another generation of nuclear weapons and delivery systems funded by one of the largest US programs in the federal budget? We will simply quote the Los Alamos Study Group’s email of December 6, 2022
PACT (Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics) Act
“The costs of America’s post-9/11 wars are nearly impossible to calculate. The government has made a practice of concealing so many of them from public view for so long that we Americans have forgotten to look for them,” said Quincy Institute Chairman of the Board Andrew Bacevich