President Biden's Nuclear Posture Review, publicly released on October 27, 2022, adjusts US nuclear policy and programs at the margins while making no significant changes, argues Joe Cirincione. Biden’s NPR adjusts nuclear policy and programs at the margins while making no significant changes to the Pentagon’s budgets and deployments. Including in that estimate missile defense programs, weapons programs added after the Congress report and expected inflation could bring the cost to almost $1 trillion per decade for several decades to come. Primarily this is because US nuclear posture is not a rational response to an external threat environment. Let this be the end of a flawed, inadequate, and dangerous nuclear posture review process.
This has included the so-called “tripwire” deployments of large contingents of US troops to Japan and South Korea. Polling shows a majority of Japanese support nuclear disarmament and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), a legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We asked participants—in English, Japanese, or Korean—how the United States should respond to hypothetical scenarios in which North Korea attacked Japan or South Korea. Our central finding was extremely limited public support in all three countries for the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea. By contrast, our study of a North Korean nuclear crisis under the shadow of the nuclear umbrella represents a most-likely case for US nuclear strikes.1 month ago Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its nuclear saber-rattling have roused the nuclear war genie, with the word “Armageddon” creeping into general discussion during the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. 20, 1962) remains a definitive moment in United States national security history and was the general public’s first up-close-and-personal introduction to the real possibility of nuclear war. To those of us who witnessed this crisis, the days were long, nervous, and doomy. Many books have been published since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Harrison Brown started writing his guest editorial “The Twentieth Year” on October 24, 1962, during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.1 month ago Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Illustration by Thomas GaulkinThe Biden administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) was released Thursday, after nearly a year of anticipation. It affirms the goal of a world without nuclear weapons, the necessity of diplomacy to achieve that goal against the challenges of the moment, and the desirability of reducing the role of nuclear weapons in US national security strategy. Along with the ongoing use of nuclear weapons to deter non-nuclear threats, the review maintains a potentially disastrous misalignment of implicit and explicit commitments. There are credible paths forward to reducing nuclear risk, setting a course toward disarmament, and addressing the profoundly unjust order nuclear weapons have held in place. Let the Biden’s Nuclear Posture Review be an opportunity to push for a better nuclear status quo.29 days ago Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
When these bees are on their own, we already know that they do carry a small amount of electric charge and this actually helps them do things like pollination. So we already knew that there was some small amount of charge on individual bees, but we've never measured an entire swarm. What do you think causes these bees to generate this charge? In the same way when you rub a balloon against your hair, the balloon becomes charged, your hair becomes charged, and you can move your hair around with it. And it's generally true that most insects tend to build up at least some amount of positive electric charge.29 days ago The Naked Scientists
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, dunks over Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Portland Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard (0) celebrates with Josh Hart (11) and teammates after the Trail Blazers defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant, right, shoots against Los Angeles Lakers forward Troy Brown Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Los Angeles. Somehow, though, a 106-104 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers was a lot harder to swallow. Related Articles Lakers | Troy Brown Jr. hopes to boost Lakers’ wing depthTroy Brown Jr. hopes to boost Lakers’ wing depth Lakers | Lakers’ slow start underscores major roster concernsLakers’ slow start underscores major roster concerns Lakers | Swanson: Clippers, Lakers heading in different directionsSwanson: Clippers, Lakers heading in different directions Lakers | Balanced Clippers hold off Lakers in Kawhi Leonard’s returnBalanced Clippers hold off Lakers in Kawhi Leonard’s return Lakers | Lakers coach Darvin Ham deftly handles controversial quotes from his starsJames and Davis played arguably their best games since the season began.1 month ago Daily Bulletin
Just days after FIFA president Gianni Infantino slammed broadcasters for lowball offers to screen next year’s Women’s World Cup, the Seven Network has announced its acquisition of the Australian free-to-air rights for the tournament. “We know it’s the biggest women’s sporting event in the world, and I can’t think of anything bigger (in Australia) since the (2000 Sydney) Olympics and I don’t think that’s overselling it.”Sport presenter Mel McLaughlin will be part of the Seven Network’s FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage. “We know that a billion people watched the women’s World Cup in France (in 2019) and stupid numbers went through the turnstiles in France as well, and ticket sales (for next year’s women’s World Cup) are attracting already now four times that of France,” she said. “It might shock some people, but I don’t think it will shock everyone if the Matildas had plenty of success during the World Cup as well. “We saw during Seven’s award-winning Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games coverage that theMatildas are one of the most-loved sporting teams in the country, and we are absolutelythrilled to have the opportunity to bring our rich story-telling capabilities to this incredibleteam of athletes.”Originally published as Seven Network wins free-to-air rights for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup1 month ago Townsville Bulletin
Meet Catherine Osten, Democratic candidate for Connecticut's District 19 senatorElection Day in Connecticut is Nov. 8, when dozens of candidates will vie for positions in federal and state offices. Catherine Osten is the Democratic candidate and incumbent, while Pietro Camarella is the Republican candidate. Name: Catherine OstenCampaign website: CathyOsten.comProfession: State SenatorWhat makes you the best candidate to represent District 19? These funding sources will continue to provide this resource on into future years. I stay in tune with all communities and people of the 19th district to meet their needs.1 month ago Norwich Bulletin