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US's most powerful nuclear bomb being dismantled
Yahoo News ^ | 10/25/2011

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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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: amarillo; b53; b53bomb; bomb; nuclearbomb; nuclearweapons; pantex
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1 posted on 10/25/2011 7:35:19 AM PDT by Scythian
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Hmmmm .... You don't say ...
2 posted on 10/25/2011 7:37:11 AM PDT by Scythian
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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?
Freegards,
Lex


3 posted on 10/25/2011 7:39:10 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Scythian

Iran, Commie China, & North Korea LIKE!


4 posted on 10/25/2011 7:39:46 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Scythian

That’s just a GRAVITY bomb. We got a ton more on the missiles in the silos, Vlad.

Don’t even THINK about it.


5 posted on 10/25/2011 7:41:50 AM PDT by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: hoagy62
“Well boys, this is it.
Nuclear combat, toe to toe with the Rooskies...”
6 posted on 10/25/2011 7:44:31 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“I’m going to get them doors open if it harelips everybody in Bear Creek!”


7 posted on 10/25/2011 7:48:31 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Scythian

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.


8 posted on 10/25/2011 7:48:50 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: SandRat

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...


9 posted on 10/25/2011 7:50:19 AM PDT by globelamp
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To: Scythian
So we're replacing it with a more powerful one that is smaller and lighter, deployable via cruise missile with stealth technology so that bad guys don't know what's coming until there is a giant mushroom cloud in their backyard!? Just dreaming-

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.

10 posted on 10/25/2011 7:52:09 AM PDT by Red6
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I'm not so concerned that some of these things are being dismantled. They have a limited shelf life anyway.

What is more concerning is whether they are being replaced by anything other than this administration's well wishes to our enemies.

11 posted on 10/25/2011 7:52:23 AM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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The weapon is considered dismantled when the roughly 300 pounds of high explosives inside are separated from the special nuclear material, known as the pit. The uranium pits from bombs dismantled at Pantex will be stored on an interim basis at the plant, Cunningham said.

Let's tell the terrorist where to look.

12 posted on 10/25/2011 7:54:30 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Cincinatus
Yeeee Haw!!!!

13 posted on 10/25/2011 7:57:11 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Red6

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.


14 posted on 10/25/2011 8:01:51 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Scythian
Dictatorships and authoritarian centralized type regimes as in Iran, China or even Russia today have the same people in power over a long time and their national agenda as well as their strategies don't change that much. America is a nation where you really have no strategic vision (we just throw buzzwords around) and no consistent long term unified approach to anything. The bad guys take us apart or “win” because of this.

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.”

15 posted on 10/25/2011 8:01:51 AM PDT by Red6
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To: SargeK
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.

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?

16 posted on 10/25/2011 8:02:14 AM PDT by GOPJ (OWS - a scam to shift blame for unemployment and misery away from Obama..)
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To: Scythian

Where are the pieces going?


17 posted on 10/25/2011 8:04:09 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: SERKIT

One of my favorite movies!

I bought that one.

Dr. Strangelove and how I learned to love the bomb.


18 posted on 10/25/2011 8:06:19 AM PDT by Red6
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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?”


19 posted on 10/25/2011 8:13:07 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: ctdonath2

I was being funny.


20 posted on 10/25/2011 8:16:30 AM PDT by Red6
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