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US's Most Powerful Nuclear Bomb Being Dismantled
ABC NEWS ^ | October 25, 2011 | BETSY BLANEY

Posted on 10/25/2011 7:48:27 AM PDT by penelopesire

"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: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: asia; b53; bho44; bhonukes; bomb; coldwar; decline; disarmament; guineamilestone; hurray4europe; icbm; nationalsecurity; obamalegacy
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Hmmmm....just as Obama is setting the Middle East on fire..he is weakening America's defenses. What could go wrong?
1 posted on 10/25/2011 7:48:29 AM PDT by penelopesire
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To: penelopesire

We started disassembling these in the 1980s. So it’s Reagan’s fault.

Seriously? This is in breaking? Giant iron-bomb nukes are pretty useless. I doubt a BUFF would make it close enough to a real target to drop it.


2 posted on 10/25/2011 7:52:06 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: penelopesire

Why do I suddenly feel sick?


3 posted on 10/25/2011 7:52:41 AM PDT by goodnesswins (My Kid/Grandkids are NOT your ATM, liberals! (Sarah Palin))
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To: penelopesire

4 posted on 10/25/2011 7:52:41 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: penelopesire

In the meantime we have Chinese scientist throughout our nuclear programs and China, no doubt, continues to develop EMP bombs, neutron bombs and killer satellites, using technology stolen from the US.


5 posted on 10/25/2011 7:54:55 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: penelopesire

‘Cause, y’know, if we do it, everybody else will...

Freakin’ Pollyanna.


6 posted on 10/25/2011 7:57:24 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: penelopesire

The original intent of this weapon was as a bunker buster. We now have much more effective deep penetrating and very accurate weapons to do the job. It’s obsolete. Like the Sherman tank, a good piece of engineering in its day,


7 posted on 10/25/2011 7:57:24 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: goodnesswins
Why do I suddenly feel sick?

Because you don't read articles, and just glance at headlines?

8 posted on 10/25/2011 7:57:24 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: goodnesswins

Like I said in the OTHER thread on this same subject...we got a ton more nukes sitting atop missiles in silos. They can go anywhere in the world with a few minutes notice. No reason to feel sick, worried, distraught, upset, on even slightly shaken. The B-53 did it’s job, and it’s being retired. There is NO MORE to read into it than that.


9 posted on 10/25/2011 7:57:36 AM PDT by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: hoagy62

Good perspective. Thanks.


10 posted on 10/25/2011 7:59:49 AM PDT by Obadiah (I am an official program sponsor of The Mitt Busters.)
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To: penelopesire

Well if there is a work accident it would happen in amarillo where you couldnt tell the difference in the landscape.


11 posted on 10/25/2011 8:01:58 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: RedStateRocker

“The original intent of this weapon was as a bunker buster.”

But it could also be detonated at altitude to optimize effect on a city. 9 mile effective blast radius. Double that for lethal thermal effects. That’s one bad piece of work.


12 posted on 10/25/2011 8:04:49 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: penelopesire

Too bad it wasn’t dismantled as originally intended: instantaneously in a 10 million degrees F, 4-mile wide fireball above Iran’s nuclear development facility, or even better, on Amahdi-jihad himself.


13 posted on 10/25/2011 8:05:54 AM PDT by Westbrook
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To: penelopesire
obama promised to disarm America and he is doing so at an accelerated rate.

LLS

14 posted on 10/25/2011 8:06:07 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: goodnesswins
Well if we need to nuke a Giant Asteroid we are SOL:


15 posted on 10/25/2011 8:07:51 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Strategerist
"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."

MAYBE that's why....

16 posted on 10/25/2011 8:07:58 AM PDT by goodnesswins (My Kid/Grandkids are NOT your ATM, liberals! (Sarah Palin))
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To: hoagy62

Thanks.


17 posted on 10/25/2011 8:09:13 AM PDT by goodnesswins (My Kid/Grandkids are NOT your ATM, liberals! (Sarah Palin))
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To: penelopesire

The B-53 is an early to mid-60’s era device, 9000 lbs, 12-1/2 feet long. It is a complete pig. The first ones to be dismantled were dismantled in 1968. That’s how old it is. If ever we became engaged in a nuclear exchange, this is the absolute last thing we would use on anything or anybody. It’s a museum piece, at best. Not that it wouldn’t ruin your day if it went off, but it’s better to dismantle it, from any conceivable standpoint, war OR peace.


18 posted on 10/25/2011 8:09:23 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Madoff screwed the rich. Bernanke screwed us all.)
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To: hoagy62
It had deterrent value back in the day (50’s and 60’s) when the Soviets and the Western Alliance seemed to place great value on putting lots of megatons out in the field, ready to fly. I have heard that current strategic planning values accuracy and the destructive power of a lot of smaller warheads properly placed for maximum effect. Fielding big blockbusters that have little chance of reaching the target is a lot like loading up on battleships. Better to have subs to take them out, and do other things.
19 posted on 10/25/2011 8:09:58 AM PDT by chimera
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To: RedStateRocker
Oh, come on, we can do better, I can build somethign that can take out 7/8 of a solar system...


20 posted on 10/25/2011 8:10:22 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: RedStateRocker; Strategerist

Your post actually makes me feel a little better..however something tells me that Obama isn’t finished disarming this country...he has only just begun.


21 posted on 10/25/2011 8:11:39 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: goodnesswins

We’ve been reducing the number of our nuclear weapons throughout the Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and Obama administrations.

Still plenty to destroy the world several times over.


22 posted on 10/25/2011 8:12:17 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: penelopesire

We’ll just have to reassemble it in 16 months.


23 posted on 10/25/2011 8:12:43 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Obama - No matter how thin he slices it, it's still baloney.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

the Pt would make a nice anti-asteroid warhead, when mounted in a suitable delievry vehicle.


24 posted on 10/25/2011 8:13:44 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Squantos

Big Honking Widget Ping


25 posted on 10/25/2011 8:17:24 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

Why? What will you deliver it with? What possible reason do we need it for? We have a TON of smaller, more accurate nukes that’ll do the job. You will kill just as many with them as with this.


26 posted on 10/25/2011 8:18:59 AM PDT by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: Strategerist

I read somewhere last year that the Obama regime was not maintaining our nuclear missiles the way they are suppose to be though. Something about routine maintenance was not being done properly if at all. ???


27 posted on 10/25/2011 8:22:31 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

I wonder if they will sell the parts on E-Bay....:^)


28 posted on 10/25/2011 8:23:09 AM PDT by az_gila
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29 posted on 10/25/2011 8:30:07 AM PDT by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: RitchieAprile

Wikipedia says the B-53 actually uses Oralloy (Oak_ridge_alloy = 90+% pure HEU) and *not* Plutonium! That’s how old it is! Seriously, this is something like a 1955 design. Good for Chevys, bad for nukes. (almost good enough for tagline material right there)

Thing is > If we really, truly needed it for asteroid repulsion, I’d want a much lighter (and thus more reliably launched) and newer (more reliably fired) device, I think. When it comes to frying Mecca, I wouldn’t be as picky. (just not really kidding)


30 posted on 10/25/2011 8:33:23 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Madoff screwed the rich. Bernanke screwed us all.)
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To: penelopesire
Did Perry and Obama get together and plan this terrorists temptation?

Gee, if terrorist broke in and steal this weapon, what would they do with it?
31 posted on 10/25/2011 8:33:31 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: penelopesire

Now they can build a bunch of small ones for home defense!


32 posted on 10/25/2011 8:37:06 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: az_gila

We destroy our stockpile and China builds theirs

http://chinatunnels.drupalgardens.com/karber_report

Why is it that the only government programs ahead of schedule involve destroying American assets? Nukes, forest roads, nothing to see here, move along . . .


33 posted on 10/25/2011 8:45:45 AM PDT by Buchal ("Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .")
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To: hoagy62

“What will you deliver it with?”

You put it in the basement of your embassy in crappy countries for instant effect.


34 posted on 10/25/2011 8:49:17 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Strategerist
Still plenty to destroy the world several times over.

Just like you don't need more than one bullet for your gun because "one is all it takes to kill someone".

35 posted on 10/25/2011 9:03:17 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: penelopesire

36 posted on 10/25/2011 9:06:01 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“obama promised to disarm America and he is doing so at an accelerated rate.”

Tragic indeed and it is shocking that Obama while just a college sophomore way back in the 1980’s could give the order to dismantle our most powerful atomic bombs.


37 posted on 10/25/2011 9:06:35 AM PDT by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: freedomlover

“Do you know what kind of a bomb it was?”

“The exploding kind.”


38 posted on 10/25/2011 9:07:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: penelopesire
...the Obama regime was not maintaining our nuclear missiles the way they are suppose to...

It is not up to the Administration to dictate how missiles or anything else in the military inventory is maintained. It is up to the Air Force and the subcontractors.

39 posted on 10/25/2011 9:08:20 AM PDT by Mr. Quarterpanel (I am not an actor, but I play one on TV)
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To: Mr. Quarterpanel

Obama is the CIC and is using his power like any leftist dictator would do. I will try to find the article later today if I can. I remember Clinton ordering the military to take the nuclear tips off of bombs during his ‘reign’ and then he used the decommisioned warheads in his bombing of tents and aspirin factories during his ‘Wag The Dog bombings in Iraq and Kosovo. That’s how he went stealth and got rid of some bombs.....so this is not unheard of for the left to do in this country when they have power.


40 posted on 10/25/2011 9:15:14 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Travis McGee; SLB; Jeff Head

Yep Dog and Pony going on now.......... I took day off to avoid the back slappin .

My first experience with that was Kincheloe AFB in early 70’s where we put em on BUFF’s. Bad event was Damascus Arkansas Titan site when the W53 variant of that beast blew out of a silo there after a fueling accident. Now they are DONE. GPS accuracy and the Mod 11 lawn dart B61 makes em archaic yet everybody loves a big bomb !.....:o) I will miss it. Only hazard on that pig now is DDOT....dont drop on toes !

Warm and fuzzy deterrent did it’s job.......!!!!!

Snow predicted Thursday morning for poohville so mount that snow blade on yer truck ! Gotta pass ya on the way here most of the time !

Stay safe !


41 posted on 10/25/2011 9:18:31 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Oldexpat

...China, no doubt, continues to develop EMP bombs, neutron bombs and killer satellites, using technology stolen from the US.

***
No need to give it to them when you have a Clinton or an Obama to give it to them.

Remember the Wen Ho Lee affair at Los Alamos? I have absolutely no proof of this; it’s just a hunch. Clinton sent Richardson there to investigate alleged data management problems. Wen was subsequently charged.

I suspect that Clinton sold secrets to China and then had Wen framed in order to account for China’s sudden acquisition of our nuclear secrets.


42 posted on 10/25/2011 9:18:51 AM PDT by Bigg Red
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To: Strategerist

The BUFF might not make it, but the B-2 would.


43 posted on 10/25/2011 9:21:05 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: hoagy62

Last I heard we have 500 silo weapons with one warhead each. W-87. Now if you add in the remaining 14 Ohio’s then it is a bit more.


44 posted on 10/25/2011 9:25:48 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: hoagy62

So Hussein is doing this to FOOL his handlers (our enemies) into THINKING we’ve dismantled one of our most powerful weapons?

I’m not going to be convinced he doesn’t know this is happening. His “team” controls all that is reported by Big Media.

Nosir, he will do anything he can to weaken America, despite the knee jerk “What are you, stupid?” posts by some alleged conservatives here.

Why do some insist on ASSUMING that SOME of what Hussein does is BENEFICIAL to America?

I say, ask who is doing the dismantling, where are the materials going, and who or what cause is he benefiting?

Leftist freaks had no difficulty in telling us EVERYTHING GW did was BAD. Why do some like to assume Hussein means well about ANYTHING?


45 posted on 10/25/2011 9:30:37 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: treetopsandroofs
Obama & his Media friends are getting real good at claiming credit for things that they have nothing to do with. The withdrawal from Iraq is being done because neither GWB nor BHO could successfully negotiate a “status of forces” agreement with Maliki. Now dismantling this nuke. This thing is a museum piece and pretty much was negotiated into retirement by weapons agreements that went into affect when BHO was merely an unknown “community agitator”.

Sadly many Americans will be taken in by this nonsense.

46 posted on 10/25/2011 9:43:21 AM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: penelopesire

Same warhead (Mk-6) that armed the Titan II ICBM.
(Worked that system as a 46350)
Later, as a civilian, I worked the last operational test flight of the Titan II ICBM in 1976, installing a new guidance harness for the new guidance system.
During tech school in 1971, there was a B53 training unit that had the parachute removed from the rear area.
One of my buddies found that a good spot to stretch out and take a nap.....
That bomb actually had a plane designed just to carry it.
The lumbering old B-36.


47 posted on 10/25/2011 9:46:44 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Tallguy

How is this headline

“US’s most powerful nuclear bomb being dismantled”

anything but good news to Hussein’s friends our enemies?


48 posted on 10/25/2011 9:47:47 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Squantos

Mind your knot bro.

We had 25 degrees here this morning. Cloudy last night nut no precip.


49 posted on 10/25/2011 9:51:09 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: G Larry

That’s cool info! Interesting...I saw a big lumbering old bomber plane flying low out of a Fort Worth base yesterday. Wonder if this old bomb was being transported in that plane to Pantex in Amarillo yesterday? We don’t usually have old bombers around here...just fighter jets and those big cargo planes.


50 posted on 10/25/2011 9:58:52 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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