Donald Trump has picked James Mattis as his secretary of defense and Michael Flynn as his national security advisor. While they are both retired generals with experience in the Middle East and Afghanistan, they are otherwise very different. Read more >
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December 14, 2016 10:19 AM EDT
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October 28, 2016 5:23 PM EDT
In a faceoff at the United Nations yesterday, a large majority of the world’s countries voted to begin negotiations of a legal ban on the possession of nuclear weapons. The United States and the other states with nuclear weapons opposed this effort, but did not have the votes to stop it.
We applaud this vote, and the efforts that led to it. Read more >
September 6, 2016 4:34 PM EDT
One of the frustrations of trying to change policy is that frequently repeated myths can short-circuit careful thinking about current policies and keep policy makers from recognizing better alternatives.
That is particularly frustrating—and dangerous—when the topic is nuclear weapons. Read more >
June 6, 2016 1:17 PM EDT
The US early warning system is on watch 24/7, looking for signs of a nuclear missile launched at the United States. As a highly complex system with links to sensors around the globe and in space, it relies heavily on computers to do its job. So, what happens if there is a glitch in the computers?
Between November 1979 and June 1980, those computers led to several false warnings of all-out nuclear attack by the Soviet Union—and a heart-stopping middle-of-the-night telephone call. Read more >