Study shows that defensive military alliances enhance peace

Countries that enter into defense pacts with other nations are less likely to be attacked, according to new research from Rice University. And those countries are not more likely to attack others.
The study, “Defense Pacts: A Prescription for Peac…

US nuclear safety claim is a ‘dangerous fantasy’

London, UK (November 1, 2010) — In April 2010, the US government adopted a new nuclear strategy that depends on the conclusion that the current missile defense systems will reliably protect the continental United States in the extreme circumstan…

Octopus mimics flatfish and flaunts it

Paul the Octopus — the eight-legged oracle who made international headlines with his amazingly accurate football forecasting — isn’t the only talented cephalopod in the sea. The Indonesian mimic octopus, which can impersonate flatfish and sea sn…

WMD in Wrong Hands is ‘Greatest Security Risk’ This Decade

Weapons of mass destruction in the wrong hands is the “greatest security risk of this decade,” said deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz during a symposium at the third annual Conference on Counterproliferation May 13. The United States will continue to have a requirement for a “robust WMD elimination capability” even after the discovery and the destruction of Iraq’s WMD capabilities, he noted.

DoD Bolsters Service Members’ Post-Deployment Health Assessment Process

Thousands of active duty and reserve U.S. service members deployed overseas for Operation Iraqi Freedom will undergo an enhanced post-deployment health assessment process. The new health evaluation process was approved mid-April and is being implemented now to provide added safeguards for the health of deployed service members, Dr. William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, told Pentagon reporters April 29.

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