October 02, 2018

A Challenge and an Opportunity in the Latest Inter-Korean Military Agreement

Toby Dalton | War on the Rocks

The heavy scrutiny of North Korea’s promises on denuclearization at the September North-South summit in Pyongyang buried otherwise important progress: If the new inter-Korean military agreement signed by the leaders of the two Koreas is implemented, the chances of accidents or miscalculation escalating to full-blown war will decline. But there is an inherent contradiction in the agreement that presents both a serious challenge to its implementation and an opportunity to bolster progress toward a stable peace on the peninsula.

U.S. Would Destroy Banned Russian Warheads if Necessary: NATO Envoy

Robin Emmott | Reuters

Russia must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States will seek to destroy it before it becomes operational, Washington’s envoy to NATO said on Tuesday.

North Korea has up to 60 Nuclear bombs, Seoul Says

Sky News

South Korea says it believes North Korea has up to 60 nuclear bombs - but refuses to accept it is a nuclear state. Estimates on the size of the isolated nation’s nuclear arsenal range from 20 bombs to as many as 60, the South’s unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon told parliament. It is the first time a senior Seoul official has publicly spoken about the size of the North’s secretive haul of weapons.

America’s Newest Nuclear Gravity Bomb Completes Design Review

Aaron Mehta | Defense News

The B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb has completed its final design review, setting up production for March of 2020, the National Nuclear Security Administration has announced. The B61-12 life-extension program consolidates and replaces the older B61-3, -4, -7 and -10 variants, in a move that proponents say will both update aging parts of the weapons and drive down upkeep costs.

Russia’s Mig-31 Spotted with Possible Anti-Satellite Missile

Kyle Mizokami | Popular Mechanics

A mysterious fighter with a new, large missile suspended underneath could be a Russian anti-satellite weapon. The MiG-31 “Foxhound” interceptor was spotted last month at an aircraft test site near Moscow carrying a missile that could be used as an anti-satellite weapon or a means of quickly placing small satellites in orbit. 

Blame a Spark Plug for U.S.-Japan Missile Failure, Pentagon Says

Anthony Capaccio | Bloomberg

A device that’s like a spark plug, not a design flaw, was behind the high-profile failure of a U.S.-Japanese missile interceptor built by Raytheon Co. in a test launch in January, a Pentagon review board has found.