Sept. issue: Cutting defense spending

3 min readSep 10, 2021

Pakistan nukes | Air quality | Virtual program

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Sept. 9, 2021

Cutting defense spending in a pandemic and climate change era
Expert observers of US military spending provide their views in five different articles on how to bring a measure of sanity to the ever-expanding defense budgets. Read the September issue.​​​​​

Counting Pakistan’s nuclear weapons
This Nuclear Notebook column examines Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Hans M. Kristensen and Matt Korda estimate that the country’s stockpile could realistically grow to around 200 by 2025. Read more.

Air quality surveillance and control
Governments around the world need to support better airborne illness surveillance, improved vaccines, reduced vaccine hesitancy, and safer indoor air if we want to prevent the spread of all respiratory pathogens, writes physician Laura K. Hahn. Read more.

Conversations Before Midnight
Engage with experts in nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies at the Bulletin’s annual event. Take your seat and converse with the most informed and influential researchers, policy makers, and advisors tracking man-made threats to our existence. Join us on Nov. 9.

China’s new nuclear silo fields: Negotiating card or arms race catalyst
On Sep. 21, join Duyeon Kim, adjunct senior fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at CNAS; Matt Korda, senior research associate for the Nuclear Information Project at FAS; and Tong Zhao, senior fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, in conversation with Bulletin associate editor Susan D’Agostino as they discuss the recent open source discoveries of the new Chinese nuclear missile fields and offer insights into whether this move is indicative of a larger strategy shift or a negotiating card for future talks. Learn more.


“(The US) should pay close attention to this development and take any opportunity to begin nuclear talks with North Korea,”

Susan D’Agostino, Bulletin associate editor, “Why is North Korea resuming its nuclear programme,” Al Jazeera

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