Front and Center: August 19


There Is No Trump Administration

Center Board Member Col. Richard Klass penned an op-ed in The Hill explaining that the lack of key personnel, a rigorous interagency review process, and a coherent strategy is proof that the Trump Administration is not equipped to address the North Korean crisis. To read his op-ed, click here.

THAAD: A Band-Aid for Potential Bullet Wounds

Center Intern Kevin Kramer wrote a Nukes of Hazard blog post explaining the limitation of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)’s ability to defend the U.S. and our allies against North Korean missiles. To read his blog post, click here.


Last Week’s Winner and This Week’s Quiz

Last Week’s Winner: Blake Narendra was the first to rightly name Bill Clinton as the American President who signed the Agreed Framework between the United States with North Korea.

This Week’s Quiz: What was the official name of missile defense system planned under President Ronald Reagan popular referred to as the Star Wars program?

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Senior Science Fellow Philip Coyle was quoted in BBC News on the Soviet Union’s Tsar Bomba. To read the article, click here.

Philip Coyle was quoted in LA Times on North Korea’s progress on intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). To read the article, click here.

Board Member Col. Richard Klass was quoted in The Hill on U.S. military options with North Korea. To read the article, click here.


ICYMI: The Once and Future Framework

In case you missed last week’s Nukes of Hazard podcast on the Agreed Framework – an agreement that curbed North Korea’s nuclear ambitions for eight years – featuring North Korea experts Jon Wolfsthal, Joel Wit, and Ambassador Robert Gallucci, listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher or SoundCloud.

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