A feature news story by the globally distributed Associated Press (AP) service only begins to touch on a deeper story of nuclear proliferation. Strategic Demands takes a few salient lines from the AP update on US nukes and reminds our readers of what we are now calling a “Nuclear Arms Race 3.0”
How many nuclear energy reactors are being built around the world by Russia and China? Another way of putting this is, how many tons of ‘supplies of nuclear fissionable materials’ are becoming available for ‘reprocessing’? For decades the question of how to stop nuclear proliferation has continued to be ‘the question of questions’.
In Command and Control military parlance, and in blunt medieval terms, ‘to behead’ means disrupting, eliminating, ending communications of the enemy. An end of Yevgeny Prigozhin would be an act of beheading
Posted by Reinhard Bütikofer At the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue June 5, 2023 China’s Minister of National Defense Li Shangfu at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue Notable Euro Greens reactions First, by Reinhard Bütikofer Reinhard Bütikofer is a German MEP for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, part of the Confederal Group of the European United […]
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?
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
Yes, Elon Musk’s tweets can produce tens of thousands of intense Twitter replies and a surge of media op/eds, especially when he steps into the middle of a war and acts out by presenting a peace plan. A plan that isn’t talking to the ‘woke’ left, or neo-con right …. Elon’s clearly not hard […]
On a Sunday in September… StratDem focus attention on the following ‘Closer to Getting Nuked’ thoughts. First from the Washington Post Editorial Board, then from a Financial Times’ Bureau Chief in Moscow. Then from Presidents Putin and Zelenskyy …
The speech by Russia’s president, it can be said, was not a surprise. Russia’s war against Ukraine was not, by any account, progressing the way the Russians expected and a shift in tactics was expected. What wasn’t expected was the mobilization of 300,000 reserves and a new wave of nuclear weapons threats
As the political world calls the war in Ukraine what it is, “a war”, Russia’s president travels to the East and announces that Russia is winning in Ukraine and ‘the West’ will pay a steep price as winter arrives and Russia cuts off gas supplies to Europe. Perhaps previous winter wars are on President Putin’s […]
Is the Russian-Ukraine war turning toward a Long War? President Putin orders Russian defense ministry to begin plan for 2023 increase in troop strength. Additional 137,000 troops, with new total in uniform increasing to ~1,150,628 …
Burgess Meredith, the actor, in a classic Rod Serling ‘Twilight Zone’ … Henry was in the vault when the Bombs hit …. the story becomes relevant again as Russian media reports bellicose nuclear threats to turn the U.S. into ‘radioactive ash’ … today, a foreboding calculus of nuclear weapons escalates far beyond the Russian-Ukraine war […]
President Putin compares himself to Peter the Great as he explains the war in Ukraine with an analogy to retaking land that is Russian land. The Russian Federation president sees an expansive Russian future
As the war in Ukraine grinds on and new weapon systems are escalating the fighting, a war of words, threats, and responses are delivering new levels of risks, collapsing arms control agreements, and calls for a negotiated wars end. Will the 2022 Russia-Ukraine war continue to expand with dire consequences
Russia continues months of nuclear threatening language, newly announced nuclear weapons, “Sarmat-2” deployments, as its “special operation” war in Ukraine grinds on… Today, Finland announces an intent to join NATO and Russia’s deputy chair of the defense committee responds
A moment last fall in the Moscow press talked of turning the U.S. into a ash wasteland, the result of Russian nuclear weapons. This carryover from the first Cold War (call it 1.0) has bestowed another level of Mutually Assured Destruction to today’s new Nuclear MAD, a Cold War 2.0 getting hotter day by day…