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The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast. Companion to the popular Arms Control Wonk blog (www.armscontrolwonk.com). Hosted by Jeffrey Lewis & Aaron Stein.

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The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast. Companion to the popular Arms Control Wonk blog (www.armscontrolwonk.com). Hosted by Jeffrey Lewis & Aaron Stein.

    Investigating PS752 with Open-Source Intelligence

    Investigating PS752 with Open-Source Intelligence

    After the Iranian ballistic missile raid on U.S. forces in Iraq, the IRGC appears to have accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner flying out of Tehran. The Iranian government took about 3 days to admit that it was shot down, initially denying that it was shot down.
    Prior to the admission, the Arms Control Wonk Podcast slack channel jumped on the case and started a collaborative open-source intelligence effort to figure out what actually had happened and if Iran's denial held water.
    Friend of the pod Patrick Kerley joins Jeffrey to talk about the Arms Control Wonk Podcast slack channel's collaborative OSINT efforts at tracking down details of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, including tracking flight paths, pulling satellite imagery, and locating videos based on sound cues. 
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    • 32 min
    Iran’s Missile Strikes in Iraq

    Iran’s Missile Strikes in Iraq

    As it turns out, the ACW trio thinks that Iran’s missiles are accurate. Super accurate. As Anne flies across the United States, Aaron and Jeffrey spoke about Iran’s ballistic missile strikes Ain Assad Air Base in Iraq, why the strike on Erbil may have been an outlier, and how nobody is in control of escalation.
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    • 47 min
    Iran's Fifth Step

    Iran's Fifth Step

    The ACW crew discusses the JCPOA...again. Iran has announced its 5th step away from the JCPOA. The trio discusses what that means, what it doesn't mean, and where we go from here. 
    And, for your ease of reference, Iran's Five Steps:
    May 2019: No longer limit stockpiles of LEU or heavy water July 2019: No longer limit uranium enrichment to 3.67% September 2019: Abandoned all limits on R&D for new centrifuges  November 2019: Resume uranium enrichment at Fordow, resulting in a podcast. January 2020: Abandon limits on number of centrifuges.   
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    • 19 min
    The U.S.'s Post-INF Ballistic Missile

    The U.S.'s Post-INF Ballistic Missile

    Launch a missile, get a pod, post-INF Treaty edition. 
    On December 12, 2019, the U.S. Air Force and the Strategic Capabilities office tested a "prototype conventionally-configured, ground-launched ballistic missile" from Vandenberg AFB. The trio talks Twitter hot takes, the Strategic Capabilities Office, the future of U.S. missile procurement, and the future of intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
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    • 20 min
    North Korea's Mysterious Engine Test

    North Korea's Mysterious Engine Test

    Sohae is open for business!
    The ACW Gang talks North Korea's recent engine test at Sohae and marvels (again) at the power of satellite imagery. Was this test Kim's "Christmas Gift" to Trump? Or just a stocking stuffer? 
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    • 16 min
    The Future of Opens Skies

    The Future of Opens Skies

    What is the future of the Open Skies Treaty? The Arms Control Wonk trio talk the Open Skies Treaty, the conspiracy theories that now permeate the debate about Russian aircraft, and why the treaty matters.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

bob2735427 ,

Technical but approachable

I love how they makes a point to use the proper technical terms while explaining the jargon so a layperson can track with them.

Waltmarkers ,

Too much one party politics

Great technical insight and foreign policy analysis. Leave the liberal politics at the door. Other shows handle that just fine.

Lew in Chicago ,

They’re the bomb.

Details and information provided on the topic that a non-academic like me, wouldn’t normally have access.

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