Nuclear Policy News - January 17, 2013

Jan 17, 2013


Kaspersky Lab reports major malware discovery
Los Angeles Times
Eurofighter Typhoon Fires First Meteor Missile
Russia says seeking agreement on nuclear talks with Iran
Secret Nuclear Redesign Will Keep U.S. Subs Running Silently for 50 Years
Another Face-Off for Nuclear-Armed Rivals



U.S. Japan review defense guidelines amid tension with China
The United States and Japan began on Thursday the revision of defense cooperation guidelines for the first time in 15 years as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a territorial dispute with China and North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.
U.S.-Taiwan weapons deal near
The United States is set to sell 30 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Taiwan this year, along with 60 Blackhawk helicopters next year and additional Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile systems in 2015, according to Sen. James M. Inhofe, who led a congressional delegation to Taiwan last week and met with key leaders including President Ma Ying-jeou and the speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Wang Jin-pyng.
U.S. Presses for Sanctions Against N. Korea
A senior U.S. diplomat says Washington is pushing hard for tough international sanctions against North Korea following its successful long-range rocket launch last month.
Prospects for nuclear talks with Iran dim
Four weeks after agreeing in principle to nuclear talks, Iran has gone silent about its plans for the negotiations, baffling U.S. and European diplomats while also signaling internal discord over what analysts on both sides see as the best chance in years for a nuclear bargain with the West.
Israeli company successfully tests anti-missile system
An Israeli defense technology company, Elbit Systems Ltd, says it has successfully tested an anti-missile system designed to protect commercial passenger jets.
U.S. Shoots Down Secret Report That Syria Used a Hallucinogen Weapon
The State Department is publicly discounting claims made by its own diplomats about a chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Pakistan’s Regional Pivot: A Conversation with Hina Rabbani Khar
We do believe that nobody should be concerned about the safety and security of any of Pakistan's nuclear weapons at all.
Kaspersky Lab reports major malware discovery
In what is being called a new hunt for Red October, a Russian cyber-security company says it has discovered a major international malware system that has attacked and compromised the computers of government agencies, diplomatic consulates, research centers and defense installations, among other sensitive institutions.
Eurofighter Typhoon Fires First Meteor Missile
The Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile has been successfully launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon as part of the Future Enhancements Flight Test Program.
Russia says seeking agreement on nuclear talks with Iran
Russia says it is working hard to firm up plans for a new round of talks between global powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme, which the West suspects is aimed at developing nuclear weapons capability.
Secret Nuclear Redesign Will Keep U.S. Subs Running Silently for 50 Years
The U.S. Navy is betting the future of its submarine force on a secret and revolutionary nuclear drive system that aspires to be more efficient and quieter than anything under the water today.
Nuclear Arms Control: Another New START
Brookings Institution, by Steven Pifer
President Obama has the opportunity — provided that Russian President Vladimir Putin is prepared to engage — to enhance U.S. and global security significantly through further reductions in nuclear arms and a cooperative NATO-Russia missile defense arrangement. Steven Pifer wrote this memorandum to President Obama as part of Big Bets and Black Swans: A Presidential Briefing Book.
Senator Jim DeMint: Missile Defense Works
The Heritage Blog, by Michaela Bendikova
What do welfare reform and missile defense have in common? Both were gutted under the Obama Administration, says Senator Jim DeMint, who will become Heritage’s president in April.
Another Face-Off for Nuclear-Armed Rivals
One of the likeliest flash points for a nuclear war is the enduring conflict between India and Pakistan, which have scores of nuclear weapons. In recent weeks, several fatal incidents across the disputed Kashmir border have stoked new fears that the firing of bullets could escalate into something even worse.
Beijing to trigger arms race by testing anti-satellite missiles
China's imminent test-firing of an anti-satellite missile is set to prompt an arms race with the United States and Russia, a Russian military expert has warned.
Replacing Trident will bankrupt the defence budget
Financial Times, by Mark Campbell-Roddis
Sir, Your excellent Analysis article on replacing Britain’s nuclear deterrent falls down by accepting the Ministry of Defence’s flawed line that a submarine-based cruise missile solution would be more expensive than like-for-like Trident replacement (“The price of deterrence”, January 10).