Bits From Abroad

March 2015

USA:  The space domain is changing, and the U.S. military must remain ahead of these changes to maintain the nation’s military dominance, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, Navy Admiral Cecil D. Haney,said in February. “To effectively deter adversaries — and potential adversaries — from threatening our space capabilities, we must also understand their capabilities and their intent and make it clear that no adversary will gain the advantage they seek by attacking us in space,” the admiral said. “We must apply all instruments of power and elements of deterrence.”






On 12 th February 2015 World Nuclear News reported that Finland’s radiation and nuclear safety authority (STUK) had given final approval to Posiva’s application to construct a final repository and waste encapsulation plant.Johan Swahn, Director of the NGO Office for Nuclear Waste (MKG) says: “It is unfortunate that the Finnish regulator STUK went ahead with this decision. The proper action for them would have been to wait for a decision on the safety case of the parallel Swedish license application from the Swedish regulator SSM.”

Nuclear Waste Advisory Associate



At the third annual summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), heads of state of all 33 countries, issued a declaration fully supporting the outcomes of the Third International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna last December and formally endorsing the Austrian Pledge. CELAC is the first regional group of states to recognise that a treaty banning nuclear weapons is the best option to fill the “legal gap” in the international framework regulating nuclear weapons