Saturday, February 4, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Nuclear Materials Index, "Conventional Prompt Global Strike")

In today's edition:

* The unveiling by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) of the "NTI Nuclear Materials Index," which it presents as "a first-of-its-kind public benchmarking project of nuclear materials security conditions on a country-by-country basis." (You can get an overview from William J. Broad of the New York Times.)

* From the Wired Danger Room's Spencer Ackerman, an update on the "Conventional Prompt Global Strike" scheme, which is apparently still around. (Like many another bad idea, this notion of using submarine-launched ballistic missiles to hunt terrorists simply refuses to go away – a reminder that the fantasy of mating total omniscience with a capacity for instant, devastating strikes anywhere in the world remains alive and well.)

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