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  On the radar: Interoperable and heavily criticized; Kill vehicle sequestered; Red Team pitches new Y-12 plan; Ukraine and the nuclear order; Fighting in Ukraine could lead to a nuclear reactor meltdown; Assessing the prospects of an Iran deal; Squandering resources on UPF; and Terminated Army facility employee faces charges of uranium possession.   Read more »
Posted on April 17, 2014
  On the radar: Iran in compliance with interim agreement; Fifth installment of blocked funds on its way; Containment, not containment, and not not containment; Productive U.S.-China talks on North Korea; Using radiation to thwart nuclear smuggling; and U.S. anti-missile assets encounter hurdles in Europe.   Read more »
Posted on April 16, 2014
  On the radar: Crawling toward New START ceilings; US still maintains fissile material for 20,000 nuclear bombs; Tax day priorities; Russia tests new missile; State of play with North Korea; Gottemoeller in Hiroshima; Iran’s diplomat denied visa; Managing perceptions of diplomacy with Iran; and Back when we had nuclear landmines.   Read more »
Posted on April 15, 2014
  On the radar: More nukes wouldn’t help; Inching toward an Iran deal; Khamenei’s political bind; Iran oil exports on target; White House denies visa to Iran ambassador; Cutting nonpro, surging nuke spending; Expanded NSG; S-400s to China; BJP rolls back nuclear policy statement; Morale and dishonesty problems in the missile force; and Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns to retire.     Read more »
Posted on April 14, 2014
  On the radar: Simultaneous tests and other possibilities; Congress votes to ban Iran ambassador; Taking diplomacy hostage; Navy searches for savings on nuclear sub; Red Team on Y-12; DOD to update counter-WMD strategy; Fired nuke commander’s rank reduced; NNSA awards Princeton $25M on nuclear arms control; and Japan localities push back on plans to stockpile plutonium.   Read more »
Posted on April 11, 2014
  On the radar: Arms control amid the U.S.-Russia downturn; Patraeus on after an Iran deal; Progress in Iran negotiations; Arak proposal; About Aboutalebi; Japan’s foreign minister on disarmament; Japan to produce new stockpiles of plutonium; DOE’s plans to secure nuclear materials; India, elections and force posture; and the NNSA’s sloppy record keeping.   Read more »
Posted on April 10, 2014
  On the radar: Pork politics trump strategy and budgets; Nuclear forces to see reductions in compliance with New START; Lt. Gen. Klotz confirmed as NNSA Administrator; and Five years after Prague.   Read more »
Posted on April 9, 2014
  On the radar: Implementation slow; Deal-making calculus; Iran talks lay groundwork for draft deal; $100 billion sub specs; B61 delays; Air Force nuclear reviews; Why Gulf States should be optimistic; BJP might chance nuclear posture; and Mother Nature forces shutdown of North Korean reactor.   Read more »
Posted on April 8, 2014
  On the radar: Nuclear deal in the forecast; Fear of sanctions hampers good faith transactions; the Crimea crisis and nuclear zero; Pentagon plans to plan nuclear force cuts; NNSA finds budget numbers that make it look good; DOE to subsidize the unaffordable; Moscow forgets about Lisbon Agreement; and North Korea makes Asian pivot deployments possible.   Read more »
Posted on April 7, 2014
  On the radar: Regional perspective; Iran talks resume; U.S. meets with Japan and South Korea on North Korea’s nuclear program; South Korea rattles saber; Radioactive waste vulnerable to earthquakes; MOX critics organized; and Red teaming UPF.   Read more »
Posted on April 4, 2014