North Korea Guam missile strike plan ‘ready by mid-August’

BBC – North Korea says a plan that could see it fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will be ready in a matter of days.

Nuclear Warfare – Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

Commentary – As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regime’s chemical weapons and whether Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after Assad’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on Syria’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not.

Nuclear Warfare – Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine

WiredInside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine

It’s supposed to be the stuff of science fiction: A device that triggers a nuclear holocaust in the event of a U.S. strike against Russia. But the “Dr. Strangelove”-esque technology isn’t just fantasy. The Cold War-era Soviet “doomsday machine” was — and might still be — very much a reality.

Nuclear Warfare – The Worst Pakistan Nightmare for Obama

New York Times MagazineThe Worst Pakistan Nightmare for Obama

The new administration’s biggest fear is not jihadists taking control of the border regions. It’s what happens if the country’s nuclear arsenal falls into the wrong hands.

Nuclear Warfare – Atomic John

New YorkerAtomic John

A great way to begin the new year – an amazing piece of open source intelligence work – A truck driver uncovers secrets about the first nuclear bombs.

Nuclear Warfare – A Smuggler's Story

The Atlantic – Meet Oleg Khintsagov, a small-time hustler in Russia who can get you dried fish, furs, Turkish chandeliers Ö and weapons-grade uranium. Heís not the only one.

The AtlanticUranium on the Loose – Lawrence Scott Sheets discusses the lawlessness of the former Soviet republics and the nuclear threat no one talks about..

Nuclear Warfare – Calculating the Risks in Pakistan

Washington Post – Thomas Ricks reports a small group of U.S. military experts and intelligence officials convened in Washington for a classified war game last year, exploring strategies for securing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal if the country’s political institutions and military safeguards began to fall apart.

Nuclear Warfare – U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan in Guarding Nuclear Arms

New York Times – Over the past six years, the Bush administration has spent almost $100 million on a highly classified program to help Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistanís president, secure his countryís nuclear weapons???But with the future of that countryís leadership in doubt, debate is intensifying about whether Washington has done enough to help protect the warheads and laboratories, and whether Pakistanís reluctance to reveal critical details about its arsenal has undercut the effectiveness of the continuing security effort.

Nuclear Warfare – U.S. Study Panel Eyes New Nuclear Weapons Submarine

Global Security Newswire – In a closed-door meeting in November, advisers to U.S. Strategic Command are slated to report their recommendations for what could become the Navyís next nuclear weapons-carrying submarine.

Nuclear Warfare – Israelis 'blew apart Syrian nuclear cache'

The Times – It was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syriaís formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way???

Nuclear Warfare – The Stuff Sam Nunn's Nightmares Are Made Of

New York Times Magazine – Can the head of the Nuclear Threat Initiative do more now to curtail uranium smugglers, loose nukes and the proliferation of nuclear states than he could as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee?

Nuclear Warfare – Islam, Terror and the Second Nuclear Age

New York Times Magazine – If Iran gets the bomb, what will it do with it? Does Islamic law justify the use of weapons of mass destruction? Is there a Shiite urge for apocalypse? Is atomic warfare suicide bombing writ large?

Nuclear Warfare – Nuclear Exchange: Does Washington Really Have (or Want) Nuclear Primacy?

Foreign Affairs – Could the U.S. government really destroy all of an adversary’s nuclear weapons in a nuclear first strike? Does Washington want that ability? And what–if anything–should be done about it?

Nuclear Warfare – U.S. military reports successful sea-based missile defense test

Associated Press – The Navy intercepted and destroyed a warhead as it separated from its booster rocket during a test Thursday off Hawaii ñ the first time a ship at sea has shot down a multi-stage missile.

Nuclear Warfare – Not Just a Last Resort?

Washington Post – A fascinating article by William Arkin on STRATCOM’s new mission of global strike – what it means and how they intend to carry it out.