Nuclear Issues / Cold War 2.0



The beginning of the “Atomic Age”

In a desert called Jornada del Muerto


Trinity monument_m


Strategic Demands Reporting on Nuclear Risk

Witnessing the End of Nuclear Weapons Control

End of the INF, New START — the Global Architecture Collapses



More Nukes, More ‘Usable’ Nuclear Weapons

StratDem: Think about what’s going thru the minds of North Korea, China, Russia… think about the collapse of INF negotiations, the end of New START negotiations… consider that one aftger another of the previous generations nuclear weapons agreements are ‘biting the dust’ … ask yourself how any  potential for constructing lasting nuclear agreements comes about as the hard-won agreements are peremptorily abandoned. Those who deconstruct the arms control will have a legacy to live with and it is one of less security and greater national and global security risk.

As the US unilaterally abandons, withdraws from, violates or sets aside (pick ur phrase) existing arms control agreements, the consequences will be judged.

Recall this language in the JCPOA. Paragraph 26 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) states: The United States will make best efforts in good faith to sustain this JCPOA … and to prevent interference with the realisation of the full benefit by Iran of the sanctions lifting specified… The U.S. Administration, acting consistent with the respective roles of the President and the Congress, will refrain from imposing new nuclear-related sanctions. Iran has stated that it will treat such a re-introduction or re-imposition of the sanctions specified in Annex II, or such an imposition of new nuclear-related sanctions, as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part.



Dems Re-Intro Bill to Prevent Nuclear First Use


Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: Two Minutes





The President of the United States (phone in hand)…
July 22, 2018, 11:24 PM EST in the White House. Fingers on his Twitter keypad.

Recalling his “first order”, the US president plays a nuclear card as he tweets a late-night threat to the Iranian President and people of Iran.




Nuclear Chain of Command


Renewed Nuclear Arms Race


US Nuclear Posture Review Released


February 2018: Nuclear Weapons Time, ‘Usable’ Nukes on the Horizon


Two Minutes to Midnight


Green Politics / Nuclear Weapons





Doomsday Machine






A Nuclear Meme



Strategic Demands proposes Congressional legislation to limit presidential authority to order first-use of nuclear weapons


Let Us Warn of Consequences


Via Washington Post / Fall 2017

Analysis / Trump’s Request for More Nuclear Weapons


#StratDem Comments

Extremely dangerous. Damaging to national and global security. Accelerant to nuclear proliferation globally.

China-Russia and nuclear states will now, in turn, multiply nuclear weapon systems far beyond current spending …

Cruise nukes are esp threatening. Read former Sec of Defense Bill Perry. The push toward ‘usable’ nukes is serious threat on near horizon.



Stephen F. Cohen / Summer 2017

“We’re at maybe the most dangerous moment in US-Russian relations in my lifetime, and maybe ever. And the reason is that we’re in a new cold war, by whatever name. We have three cold war fronts that are fraught with the possibility of hot war, in the Baltic region where NATO is carrying out an unprecedented military buildup on Russia’s border, in Ukraine where there is a civil and proxy war between Russia and the west, and of course in Syria, where Russian aircraft and American warplanes are flying in the same territory. Anything could happen.”



Nuclear #HairTrigger, Nuclear First Use





President Trump setting the stage


President Trump has called for a new global arms race, and the Pentagon is ready.

Trump’s newly released budget for 2018 contains hundreds of millions of dollars to speed up development of the Long Range Stand Off missile — a jet-propelled nuke designed to be launched from an airborne bomber and stealthily zip to a target virtually anywhere in the world.

It will carry a “variable yield’’ warhead that can be adjusted to deliver an atomic blast ranging from 5 to 150 kilotons — that is, from about one-third of a Hiroshima-sized bomb to as much as 10 Hiroshima bombs…

“This weapon makes fighting nuclear wars even more possible. Its accuracy and potency will be greater. We don’t need it. It’s dangerous. And the weapons that we have already can do the job,’’ said Senator Edward Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat and longtime proponent of a freeze and reduction on nuclear weapons.

“We’re going to ask other countries to engage in restraint while we’re making . . . nuclear war-fighting even more possible, even more imaginable.”





“I miss it, the Cold War. It gave you a reason to get up in the morning.”

— Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, in John Updike’s Rabbit at Rest  (1990)


Sleepwalking Into a Nuclear Arms Race with Russia

The nuclear issue boils down to a question of understanding how America’s spending decisions and actions impact patriotic Russians.







The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists takes the unprecedented step of moving the Doomsday Clock ahead 30 seconds, moving the nuclear hands of the clock to 2½ minutes to midnight …


Thirty seconds closer to midnight…




Trump’s Nuclear Options






Hypersonic Nuclear Weapons on the Horizon

Russia has unveiled the first image of a new thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-28 Sarmat. The Sarmat, designed to be fitted with a hypersonic glider warhead, is expected to go into production as early as 2018. US and Chinese hypersonic nuclear weapons, land-, sea-based, air-launched, stand-off cruise missiles in accelerated active development/testing

Calculus of War; Hypersonic Arms Race



‘Satan’ Sarmat






As the US Preps for a New President

Now is the time to set in place additional protection against first-use


Poll: Nearly half of voters think Trump will detonate a nuke


Donald Trump: “Why are we making them?”‘If we have them, why can’t we use them?’




“Commander-in-Chief Forum”


NextGen Nuclear Weapons and the Codes


NextGen Nuclear Weapons and the Codes

More Than a Dust Up

More Than An Email Dust-Up

End First-Use of Nukes


Nuclear Arsenal & Reflections on a President’s Last Days in Office / July 2016

Nuclear Use Scenarios / June 2016

New Nuclear Arsenal / June 2016

Hiroshima / May 2016

Stewards of the Apocalypse / May 2016

Recipe for Proliferation / April 2016

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink / January 2016




Remembering a Day in 1962 / October 2015

Next-Gen Nuclear Weapons / October 2015

Mideast Proliferation v Non-proliferation / Sept 2015

The Iran Deal / August 2015

Iran and Diplomacy / August 2015

A Win for Non-proliferation / July 2015

Deal: Now to Implementation / July 2015

A Day in the Life of a Nuclear Arms Race / June 2015

Hair Trigger Revcon / June 2015

Pits: Future of Nuclear Warhead Cores / May 2015

Nuclear Modernization and the NPT / April 2015

“The Edge”, Europe and Russia – Cold War 2.0 / Feb 2015

Blip on the Screen / Jan 2015

Going Bzhrk / Jan 2015


Blip on the Screen




Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear Arms Race




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