Special Reports

Special Reports are longer, often more technical, documents consisting of entire articles, government statements, and other documents relevant to security and peace in Northeast Asia.

NAPSNet, Special Reports

The corporatisation of Pine Gap

by Desmond Ball, Bill Robinson, Richard Tanter, and Philip Dorling 25 June 2015 The full PDF version of this report is available here I. Introduction The Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, located just outside the town of Alice Springs in Central Australia and managed by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), is one of the largest […]

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Expanded Communications Satellite Surveillance and Intelligence Activities Utilising Multi-beam Antenna Systems

by Desmond Ball, Duncan Campbell, Bill Robinson and Richard Tanter 28 May 2015 The full report is available here. I. Introduction The recent expansion of FORNSAT/COMSAT (foreign satellite/communications satellite) interception by the UKUSA or Five Eyes (FVEY) partners has involved the installation over the past eight years of multiple advanced quasi-parabolic multi-beam antennas, known as Torus, […]

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북한의 핵무기 개발과 능력

이 춘 근 (과학기술정책연구원 연구위원) 11 May 2015 English version (영어 버전) here http://www.kdjlibrary.org/ 요약 이춘근 한국 과학기술정책연구원 선임연구위원은 글에서 ‘북한은 수십 년의 노력을 거쳐 국내산 원료를 사용하는 원자력 주기를 완성하였다’고 하고 ‘북한의 핵무기는 … 각종 부품과 재료, 기술이 부족하’지만 ‘자력갱생으로 이러한 난관들을 상당히 극복했’다고 분석한다. 이 연구위원은 ‘북한의 핵 관련기술 개발과 수준에 대한 보다 […]

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Assessing North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Capability

by Lee Chun-keun 11 May 2015 For the Korean language version of this report click here. I. Introduction Lee Chun-keun writes that ‘North Korea, after decades of effort in its nuclear endeavor, has managed to develop its nuclear program using homegrown resources.’ He states that while North Korea’s ‘nuclear weapons program…lacks parts, resources and technology to […]

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동북아 핵안전 보장: 동북아 핵안전 장치에 대한 한국의 제안

박윤원 5 May 2015 English version (영어 버전) here http://www.kdjlibrary.org/ 요약 박윤원 교수는 한국, 중국, 일본에게 주어진 핵에너지 사용의 불가피한 확장을 고려할 때, 핵에너지를 사용해야한다는 불가피한 운명을 공유하고 있으며 이런 까닭에 한중일 3국간의 협력의 필요성은 여전히 크게 남아있음을 언급하고 있다. 그러나 한중일 원자력안전 최고규제자회의(TRM)을 제외하면 한중일 3국의 협력을 위한 다른 어떤 조직도 현재로서는 아직 보이지 […]

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Securing Nuclear Safety in Northeast Asia: ROK Proposal on Northeast Asia Nuclear Safety Mechanism

by Park Younwon 5 May 2015 For the Korean language version of this report click here. I. Introduction Professor Park Younwon writes that given their ‘inevitable expansion of nuclear energy use’, Japan, Korea and China ‘ultimately share a common fate in terms of nuclear power, which is why the need for cooperation remains large. But other […]

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Nuclear terrorism risks in Northeast Asia: Japan’s reactor restart and spent fuel

NAPSNet Special Report by Peter Hayes 23 March 2015 I. SUMMARY In this report Peter Hayes examines the risk of nuclear terrorism in Northeast Asia with particular reference to Japan. He states that Japan is no more immune to nuclear terrorism than it was to a catastrophic reactor accident. In this context, the combination of […]

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North Korea in 2014: A Fresh Leap Forward Into Thin Air?

NAPSNet Special Report by Peter Hayes and Roger Cavazos 9 March 2015 I.     SUMMARY In 2014, North Korea neither overcame its isolation due to its nuclear weapons and hostile geostrategic posture, nor reformed its economy. Kim Jong Un learned on the job, consolidated his leadership, avoided military risk, and opened new channels to South Korea, […]

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North Korea’s nuclear force roadmap: hard choices

by Peter Hayes and Roger Cavazos NAPSNet Special Report 2 March 2015 I. SUMMARY In this report Peter Hayes and Roger Cavazos lay out a possible roadmap for North Korea’s nuclear operational force. The authors state: “The laws of physics that determine how nuclear weapons and delivery systems perform are the same in North Korea […]

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Nuclear command-and-control in the Millenials era

In this report Peter Hayes writes about the risk of nuclear war and complexity. He states that “very few leaders or even strategic scholars pay attention to the new complexity of the operating environment in which national nuclear command-and-control systems operate, or the new characteristics of the command-and-control systems and their supporting CISR systems that may contribute to the problem of loss-of-control and rapid escalation to nuclear war.

“Today, the underlying ground is moving beneath the feet of nuclear-armed states. The enormous flow across borders of people, containers, and information, and the growth of connectivity between cities, corporations, and communities across borders, is recasting the essential nature of security itself to a networked flux of events and circumstances that no agency or state can control. The meta-system of nuclear command-and control systems has emerged in this new post-modern human condition.”

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