Weapons http://nhpr.org en An Opening In Iran? http://nhpr.org/post/opening-iran <p>After more than three decades of tension and distrust, a new President and his charm offensive have caused hopes for better relations. But skepticism remains&hellip; about what Iran&rsquo;s intentions are &ndash; and how other actors like Syria and Israel could play a role.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><p><strong>Bill Martel</strong>, professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. His most recent book is called &quot;Victory in War&quot;</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35868 at http://nhpr.org An Opening In Iran? A Smart Rifle That Turns Amateurs Into Sharp-Shooters http://nhpr.org/post/smart-rifle-turns-amateurs-sharp-shooters <p>Pop culture has made the sniper out to be the lone wolf of warfare.&nbsp; The truth is that long-distance shooting is a two man-job.&nbsp; The sniper may hold, aim and fire the rifle, but it’s the other half of the team – the spotter – who does the ballistics calculations of distance, drop, the slant of the earth, along with wind and other atmospheric factors. They’re typically equipped with a scope and a notepad, sometimes even a laptop.&nbsp; So, what if there was a weapon that could do all the arithmetic for you, transforming even amateur fire-arm users into deadly sharp-shooters?&nbsp; Well…now there is.</p><p><strong>Derek Mead </strong>is host of the short film called “<a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/long-shot-inside-the-scope-of-smart-weapons" target="_blank">Long Shot</a>” – covering his investigation and field test of the so-called “smart-rifle”, created by the Texas-based company Tracking Point&nbsp; Solutions. “Long Shot” was produced by <em>Vice</em> magazine’s tech-based video channel <em>Motherboard, </em>and&nbsp; <strong>Derek</strong> is also editor-in-chief of <em>Motherboard.</em></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:37:31 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35612 at http://nhpr.org A Smart Rifle That Turns Amateurs Into Sharp-Shooters Weapons: The Great Equalizer? http://nhpr.org/post/weapons-great-equalizer <p>For those who live under oppressive regimes, weapons are the subduing tool of tyrants.&nbsp; But for many others, they’re thought of as the great equalizer.&nbsp; Consider the principle behind the much debated 2<sup>nd</sup> amendment:&nbsp; “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” <a href="http://test.newscientist.com/article/mg21628862.000-lethal-weapons-and-the-evolution-of-civilisation.html">In the latest issue of New-Scientist</a>, <strong>L<strong>aura </strong>Spinney</strong> inv Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:50:12 +0000 Virginia Prescott 15308 at http://nhpr.org Weapons: The Great Equalizer? N. Korea May Stage Nuclear Test After Rocket Launch http://nhpr.org/post/n-korea-may-stage-nuclear-test-after-rocket-launch As North Korea reaches the final stage of preparations for a long-range rocket launch, concern is growing that it is in the early stages of preparing its underground test site for another nuclear explosion.<p>Pyongyang established the pattern three years ago when it tested a similar rocket and then followed it a month later with a nuclear test.<p>This time around, there may be a more urgent need to test a nuclear device. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:04:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 3082 at http://nhpr.org N. Korea May Stage Nuclear Test After Rocket Launch North Korea To Launch Rocket, And A New Power Play http://nhpr.org/post/north-korea-launch-rocket-and-new-power-play As North Korea gears up to launch a long-range rocket, political changes are afoot, too: Pyongyang has consolidated its succession process, giving a new title to its new leader, Kim Jong Un, who came to power in December after his father's death.<p>The rocket launch, which could come as early as Thursday in North Korea, has been condemned by the international community as being in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. So why now?<p>Amid ceremony, Workers Party delegates have been meeting in Pyongyang to bestow an official title on their new 20-something leader. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:56:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 3081 at http://nhpr.org North Korea To Launch Rocket, And A New Power Play