President Trump Nears Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal

by Derek Bisaccio, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

White House briefing on situation in Syria in April 2018, ahead of President Trump’s decision to conduct missile strikes on Syrian government positions. Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead.

Toward the end of April, French President Emmanuel Macron made a three-day state visit to the United States to meet with his American counterpart, President Donald Trump, to discuss in particular the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. The French president, who enjoys a productive relationship with President Trump, sought to urge his American counterpart to remain in the deal. Continue reading

In Post-Cold War Era, the NUDET Detection System Remains Viable

by Richard Sterk, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.


The space-based Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (NDS) was developed during the Cold War for the purpose of detecting, locating, and reporting on nuclear detonations in the Earth’s atmosphere and near space in as near real-time as possible. Now, the system supports nuclear force management, integrated tactical warning and attack assessment, and monitoring for compliance with the test-ban treaty. Continue reading

US Seeks to Reassure Its Allies Over Iran Deal

By Derek Bisaccio, Forecast International.

786666Ever since coming to office, United States President Barack Obama has maintained a “dual track policy of engagement and pressure”[i] toward Iran in the hopes of pressuring Iran through sanctions to come to the negotiating table over its nuclear ambitions. On July 14, the P5+1 – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany – reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. In the weeks since the July 14 announcement, President Obama has worked to reassure skeptics that the deal the negotiators reached is sufficient to stop Iran from having the ability to develop a bomb. Continue reading

Iranian Nuclear Deal Struck

By Nicole Auger, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

786666In a deal “not built on trust, but built on verification,” according to United States President Barack Obama, world powers and Iran struck a milestone agreement July 14 that would curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. In Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said “a new chapter” has begun in his nation’s relations with the world. Continue reading