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DPRK Moves Launch Barge

Jeffrey Lewis

Dave Schmerler and I observe that North Korea just moved the launch barge it keeps at the Sinpo South Shipyard to test submarine-launched ballistic missiles. On April 6, North Korean towed the barge from the secure boat basin where it is normally docked to the boat launch in front of the shipyard’s main construction hall. …

Multiple Choice Quiz

Quotes of the week: “Changes in technology…are eroding the foundations of nuclear deterrence.” – Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The New Era of Counterforce” “A powerful taboo against the use of nuclear weapons has developed in the global system” — Nina Tannenwald, The Nuclear Taboo OK, readers: take out your pencils. (Am I dating myself?) …

A Tale of Two Launches

North Korea has been active the past few weeks, launching a set of cruise missiles (probably just coastal defense systems) and a separate set of ballistic missiles (which look like stretched KN23 short-range ballistic missiles) a few days later. But these events were received very differently by the Biden administration and analysts. Jeffrey, Aaron, and …

Britain Increases Its Defense Spending and Shortchanges Its Future

Quote of the week: “Anyone attempting to understand why there has been no third world war confronts a problem not unlike that of Sherlock Holmes and the dog that did not bark in the night: how does one account for something that did not happen?” – John Lewis Gaddis How have we evaded major war …

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