FYSA: For Your Situational Awareness l Issue 25

LRSO: Underappreciated Component of 21st Century Deterrence by Thomas Karako
The U.S. Air Force awarded a much-anticipated contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) last month, a critical platform to support both conventional missions and nuclear deterrence. Much remains to be done to deliver a nuclear-capable LRSB on budget and on schedule.

A Surprising Consensus on Nuclear Modernization by Rebecca Hersman
U.S. nuclear policy has been mired in growing disagreement and political polarization throughout the past year. Differing and firmly held beliefs from both sides of the political aisle have frustrated hopes for a united front on a number of issues—foremost among them, the Iran deal, the U.S. response to Russian nuclear saber rattling, and the long-term objective of a world without nuclear weapons as outlined by President Obama in the Prague Agenda.

Food Is a Security Issue by Scott Aughenbaugh
Food is at the core of most security crises of the day, from events such as the Arab Spring to places like Syria, Ukraine, Russia, and the resource disputes of the South China Sea. Yet the availability of and access to food has been largely absent from U.S. and international discussions of these issues.

A Future for U.S.-Thailand Relations? by John Schaus
The past 18-month period has seen remarkable changes throughout Asia. It has seen the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and the election in India of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with his exhortation for India to “Act East.”

Japan’s Nuclear Energy Future by Yukari Sekiguchi
Four years after the Fukushima accident, the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture was restarted on August 11, 2015. Additionally, the No. 3 reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture is likely to restart next year.
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Tom Karako
Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project
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John Schaus

John Schaus

Former Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Rebecca Hersman

Scott Aughenbaugh

Former Fellow, International Security Program

Yukari Sekiguchi