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Posted on 10/25/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT by Scythian
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) The last of the nation's most powerful nuclear bombs a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.
The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns with President Barack Obama's goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons.
Thomas D'Agostino, the nuclear administration's chief, called the bomb's elimination a "significant milestone."
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So on the week where our Secretary of State said on news of death of Quadaffi, “we came, we saw, we killed him” and the EU is collapsing economically, and Libya announces it is moving to a radical sharia state...and I am supposed to sleep better knowing the world is going to hell in a hand basket?
Iran, Commie China, & North Korea LIKE!
That’s just a GRAVITY bomb. We got a ton more on the missiles in the silos, Vlad.
Don’t even THINK about it.
“I’m going to get them doors open if it harelips everybody in Bear Creek!”
Eh. Outmoded gravity bomb that needed to be dropped right over the target by a manned sub-sonic and decidedly unstealthy bomber.
These and the version on the Titan were for an age when the guidance system was mechanical gyros and CPEs were measured in miles. “Throw weight’ was the metric then. The demise of this venerable system is not to be lamented.
What I am more concerned about is the dramatic reduction in our modern systems overall and a potential unbalancing of the triad. That and the fact that the bad guys WILL militarize space as their capabilities grow.
Obeyme will let our inventory and options drop right through the floor of what is a credible deterrent, just because he thinks we deserve to be humbled, humiliated and neutered as a world power.
It´s been obsolete tech for decades, the only reason it´s not been taken out of service completely was that the disassembly process was a pain. They have been retired since 1997. Trying to spin this as some sort of disarmament success is silly. That won´t stop the admin from giving it a shot of course...
In the meantime, death to Future Combat System, Zumwald, F22, cut backs on the F35, cuts on missile defense, cuts on defense personnel and end strength...
Nothing good has ever come from American weakness or isolationism.
What is more concerning is whether they are being replaced by anything other than this administration's well wishes to our enemies.
Let's tell the terrorist where to look.
Well...yeah. We have. OK, they may not be “more powerful”, but they more than make up for reduced power with quantity and target accuracies measured in inches instead of miles. This puppy has been obsolete for decades, and is being dismantled now because it was too much of a hassle to dismantle it earlier.
What has Iran's agenda been since 1980?
What has China's agenda been regards Taiwan since the 50s?
It not the fighting men and women of our armed forces, it's the political games/process and social fads as well as hedonistic and shortsighted public that is to blame. On the field of battle we do well, we even do well nation building, until it becomes “political.”
Obama must fear losing the election if he's in such a hurry to reduce our inventory and options. Could his biggest fear be an elected Republican might be able to undo some of his damage?
Where are the pieces going?
One of my favorite movies!
I bought that one.
Dr. Strangelove and how I learned to love the bomb.
It certainly seems as though he’s accelerating his ‘transformation’ of the country.
Too bad no one in the lame stream media bothered to ask, “transform into what, exactly?”
I was being funny.