Donald Trump has just passed the half-way mark of his first 100 days in office – a yardstick by which every new president's early performance is measured – and the rush of news out of the White House, the new administration, and Congress has been so overwhelming that it’s easy to miss interesting and pertinent stories on global and nuclear security issues.
So setting aside stories about healthcare and hacking, leaks about tax returns, and tweets about wiretapping, we’ve pulled together some of the most interesting reading, reporting, and listening on the top security issues making headlines.
With the usual disclaimer that the views expressed may not necessarily reflect those of NTI, members of our Board or the organizations with which they are associated, we recommend the following:
On cyber nuclear security:
Did secret Pentagon cyberwarfare cause some of North Korea’s test missiles to explode or plunge into the sea? New York Times reporters David Sanger and Bill Broad’s stories (here and here) about the Pentagon’s disruption efforts raise a host of questions about the wisdom and effectiveness of new so-called “left of launch” tactics designed to hobble or stall nuclear programs in rogue states.
In a Times podcast about the stories,
Sanger—in just 60 seconds—offers what may be the simplest, most cogent and most
important analysis of how and why evolving cyber capabilities and strategies
may unravel strategic deterrence and the long-held nuclear order. The whole
piece is well worth a listen, but Sanger articulates the significant risks
ahead in that one minute, starting at 17 minutes and 26 seconds.