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Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the Trump administration’s decision to put a mini nuclear weapon on a US submarine for the first time. They explain what a mini-nuke actually is, the reasons for this decision, the cases for and against doing it, and how to think about the future of nuclear weapons policy in a world of renewed great power politics and weakening arms control agreements. Zack confesses his fascination with pre-modern warfare, Jenn coins a Ringo Starr theory of nuclear policy, and Alex describes himself as an “end of the world enthusiast.”
This is a really great summary of the debate on putting mini-nukes on submarines.
Here’s a link to the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review.
Zack talked about Vipin Narang’s War on the Rocks piece on the discrimination problem when using low-yield nukes.
Alex discussed Russia’s “escalate to de-escalate” strategy.
Here’s a link to the “mineshaft gap” scene in Dr. Strangelove.
Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp), senior correspondent, Vox
Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth), senior foreign editor, Vox
Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox), national security reporter, Vox
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