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2018 Nuclear Posture Review – 2 February 2018

  https://admin.govexec.com/media/gbc/docs/pdfs_edit/2018_nuclear_posture_review_-_final_report.pdf   President Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review released Friday shows greater willingness to use nukes first, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The document said the U.S. will develop for deployment a “low-yield” nuclear warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. It also shows the U.S. plans to “strengthen the…


War on the Rocks – Assorted Articles – 15 January 2018

War on the Rocks:  A platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens. 1/15 Daily Update An Unconventional Proposal to Bringing the OA-X To Life by William Miller The False Dawn of International Law: Revisiting the Doomed Kellogg-Briand Pact by Seva…


The Week – 5 National Security Challenges America Faces in 2018 – 2 January 2018

DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images http://theweek.com/articles/745311/5-national-security-challenges-america-faces-2018 Harry J. Kazianis is director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, founded by former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon. In 2018, we will see a world trying to navigate around a series of potential powder kegs — some armed with a nuclear…




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New York Times – A Tillerson Slip Offers a Peek Into Secret Planning on North Korea -17 December 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/politics/tillerson-north-korea-china.html This is a breathtaking public acknowledgement by a senior US Government official, notwithstanding OCT 2017 reportage that: North Korean hackers were reportedly able to obtain a copy of the U.S. military’s OPLAN 5015. This is a detailed outline for what has been described as a “decapitation strike,” that would,…




CERL – North Korea: Bargaining in the Shadow of Armed Conflict – 11 October 2017

https://www.law.upenn.edu/newsevents/calendar.php#!event_id/55177/view/event October 11, 2017 North Korea: Bargaining in the Shadow of Armed Conflict Time: 1:00pm – 6:30pm Location: Perry World House Event Website https://www.law.upenn.edu/institutes/cerl/conferences/shadowofarmedconflict/ Please RSVP below. https://www.law.upenn.edu/newsevents/calendar.php#!event_id/55177/view/event This program has been approved for 4.5 CLE ethics credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as…


Presidential Executive Order on Restoring State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement’s Access to Life-Saving Equipment and Resources – 28 August 2017

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/28/presidential-executive-order-restoring-state-tribal-and-local-law And see: https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/us/politics/trump-military-equipment-police.amp.html And see: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21727910-air-conditioners-seem-help-more-guns-military-kit-cuts-crime?frsc=dg%7Ce See also: Govern, Kevin H., Defense Support of Civil Authorities: An Examination of Trends Impacting Upon Police Militarization (2016). Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 89-134, Fall 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2978460