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  • Hackers in Iran target foreign nuclear experts and US officials

    12/16/2018 6:00:44 PM PST · by Steve Schulin · 5 replies
    The National (UAE) ^ | Dec 17, 2018, p. 1 | The Associated Press
    <p>Iranian-backed hackers scrambled to break into the personal emails of US Treasury officials after harsh economic sanctions were placed on Tehran last month, a cyber security group said.</p> <p>The hacking group, named Charming Kitten, also targeted foreign nuclear experts in data tracked by Certfa analysts in the UK.</p>
  • Introduction to Electromagnetic Defense Task Force

    12/07/2018 9:04:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Air University, Maxwell Air Base, Alabama ^ | 2018 | Electromagnetic Defense Task Force
    The electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) is a broad area of activity characterized by physically observable activities such as visible light and lasers and unobservable phenomena such as microwaves and electro-magnetic energy. EMS manifests through various frequencies and wavelengths produced by natural sources like solar storms or artificially by hardware such as radar or nuclear weapons. EMS impacts every domain of warfare. On 20–22 August 2018, the Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF) hosted an inaugural summit in the National Capital Region (NCR). The summit was designed to aid and encourage actions to recover footing where our technological lead in EMS is being...
  • Pompeo: US to leave nuclear treaty in 60 days unless Russia complies with terms

    12/04/2018 11:31:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/04/18 01:15 PM EST | y Morgan Chalfant -
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States would suspend its obligations under a decades-old nuclear arms pact in 60 days if Russia does not come back into full compliance with the treaty. Pompeo made the announcement following meetings with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium, describing Russia’s violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty as part of a broader pattern of “lawlessness” by Moscow on the global stage. President Trump signaled earlier this fall that he planned to unilaterally withdraw the United States from the INF Treaty, citing Russian violations of the agreement. U.S. officials...
  • Robots come to the rescue after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

    11/27/2018 11:29:14 AM PST · by Tilting · 39 replies
    CBS News - 60 Minutes ^ | Nov 25, 2018 | Lesley Stahl
    Lake Barrett: It's even a bigger project in my view. But there's a will here to clean this up as there was a will to put a man on the moon. And these engineering tasks can be done successfully. Lesley Stahl: Why not just bury this place? Why not do what they did at Chernobyl? Just cover it up, bury it, and just leave it here all-- you know, enclosed? Lake Barrett: Number one this is right next to the sea. We're 100 yards from the ocean. We have typhoons here in Japan. This is also a high earthquake zone....
  • China Panics over Bolsonaro: ‘Unthinkable’ for Brazil to Align with U.S. and Taiwan

    10/29/2018 5:17:48 PM PDT · by familyop · 39 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 29, 2018 | John Hayward
    China’s state-run Global Times panicked over the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, penning a Monday editorial sternly lecturing the new Brazilian leader that shifting trade away from China to the United States would be “unthinkable...On the other hand, Reuters found Chinese officials and senior executives eyeing Bolsonaro with “varying degrees of concern,” particularly when he talks about tightening Brasilia’s grip on the supremely valuable niobium industry. Bolsonaro has been critical of China’s efforts to dominate Brazilian mines, but might be obliged to mute his criticism because China has become such an important customer for Brazilian iron and...
  • Trump says US will withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia

    10/20/2018 2:43:35 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 42 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | October 20, 2018
    Donald Trump said on Saturday the US will “terminate” a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.The Guardian reported on Friday that Trump’s third national security adviser, John Bolton, was pushing for a US withdrawal from the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty (INF), which the US says Russia has been violating with the development of a new cruise missile. Speaking to reporters in Nevada after a campaign rally on Saturday, Trump said: “Russia has violated the agreement. They’ve been violating it for many years and I don’t know why President Obama didn’t negotiate or pull out.
  • Russia’s power play to control global revival in nuclear energy

    10/05/2018 9:56:56 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 11 replies
    The Telegraph - Business (UK) ^ | Oct 5, 2018 | Jillian Ambrose (Telegraph biz energy editor)
    ... amid the financial fallout of the West’s attempts at a new nuclear dawn, Russia is quietly building an army of nuclear reactors across the world ... Kirill Komarov, the first deputy chief executive of Russia’s Rosatom, is also the head of the World Nuclear Association...“We are the ultimate leader in the majority of nuclear sectors,” he says, and it is hard to disagree. “In the last 11 years we have commissioned 13 new nuclear plants, which is probably the biggest number in the world even compared to the increase from our Chinese friends.” Rosatom is the leader in constructing...
  • Trump says N. Korean leader agrees to nuclear inspections

    09/18/2018 10:53:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | September 19, 2018 | Yonhap
    US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to allow nuclear inspectors in and permanently shut down nuclear and missile testing sites. Trump made the remarks in a tweet after Kim held his third summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang where the reclusive ruler reaffirmed his commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula. "Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts," Trump said in the tweet. "In the meantime there...
  • The Iran Deal’s Disastrous Legacy Has Nothing to Do with Nukes

    09/18/2018 6:45:59 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 2018 | Noah Rothmans
    In March, State Department veteran and former adviser to Barack Obama, Frederic Hof, bid farewell to public life with a stunning admission. Amid a confession regarding his failure to prevent the expansion of the Syrian civil war into a regional crisis, Hof laid the blame for that all-consuming conflict (as well as a notable uptick in Russian aggression) at the feet of Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The administration sacrificed Syrian civilians and American credibility for the mistaken notion that Iran required appeasement in Syria as the price for a nuclear agreement,” Hof wrote. Today, with 500,000 dead, millions...
  • How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship: Prinz Eugen, once the pride [tr]

    09/18/2018 9:25:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Sept 17, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. military is trying to recover the oil form a ship that's been underwater for 72 years. In an interesting twist, it's not even an American warship. The United States captured the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen as a war prize after the end of World War II. The Prinz Eugen capsized in 1946 after being nuked—twice—during the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. For decades, experts have feared that the radioactive ship's oil might leak into the Pacific. Now the Pentagon is trying to do something about it.
  • Sheep Glands Point to Nukes as Source of Mysterious 1979 Explosion

    09/13/2018 6:23:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 12, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    A mysterious event detected by U.S. satellites in 1979 was the detonation of an atomic bomb. The incident correlates with an equally mysterious rise in radioactivity in sheep in nearby Australia, confirming that a nuclear test took place. Experts believe that Israel and South Africa conducted a secret joint test of a tactical nuclear weapon in the Indian Ocean, hoping it would escape detection. On September 22, 1979, a U.S. Vela satellite, part of the globe-scanning U.S. Nuclear Detonation Detection System (NDS), detected the characteristic “double flash” of a nuclear weapon. Nuclear bombs produce two distinct flashes: the superheating of...
  • After the Bombs Fell: Imagining nuclear war with North Korea.

    09/02/2018 4:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 2, 2018 | Ethan Epstein
    Works of fiction that purport to be collections of documents—let’s call them “assemblage novels”—are hard to pull off. The Scottish writer Graeme Macrae Burnet succeeded in 2015—and ended up on the Booker Prize shortlist—with His Bloody Project, a novel that was supposedly a collection of documents relating to a 19th-century murder. Max Brooks’s Zombie Survival Guide, a clever fake manual for enduring the zombie apocalypse, is another recent entry in the genre. Now comes Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a prolific tweeter (he’s @armscontrolwonk), and his 2020 Commission Report on the...
  • Iran is complying with nuclear deal restrictions: IAEA report

    08/30/2018 11:59:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2018 | by Francois Murphy, Robin Emmott
    VIENNA - Iran has remained within the main restrictions on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with major powers, a confidential report by the U.N. atomic watchdog indicated on Thursday. In its last report in May, the IAEA had said Iran could do more to cooperate with inspectors and thereby “enhance confidence”, but stopped short of saying the Islamic Republic had given it cause for concern. Thursday’s report to member states seen by Reuters contained similar language. It said the Vienna-based U.N. nuclear watchdog was able to carry out all so-called complementary access inspections needed to verify Iran’s...
  • Vladimir Putin makes fresh start in South Africa

    08/26/2018 2:39:27 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 63 replies
    John Helmer in Moscow ^ | August 26, 2018 | John Helmer
    When it comes to support for President Vladimir Putin’s international positions, the South African (SA) Government has been among the most consistent and enthusiastic of any in the world. However, Russian policy in South Africa has been damaged by the behaviour of Russian oligarchs and state businesses implicated in the corrupt schemes of former SA president Jacob Zuma; he is now facing multiple indictments for seeking and taking bribes for himself and his family. Putin’s landing in Johannesburg on Thursday ought to have been the signal for a fresh start. Ahead of his departure from Moscow, Putin’s advisor on foreign...
  • The US Government Is Updating Its Nuclear Disaster Plans (Truncated) FEMA update

    08/24/2018 2:52:09 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 20 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 8/24/2018 | Dan Vergano
    SCIENCE The US Government Is Updating Its Nuclear Disaster Plans And They Are Truly Terrifying “We are looking at 100 kiloton to 1,000 kiloton detonations,” a FEMA official said. By Dan Vergano Map of Washington, DC Reporting From Washington, DC Posted on August 24, 2018
  • Russia’s Nuclear Tsunami Apocalypse Torpedo is Named 'Poseidon'

    07/25/2018 7:27:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 24, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    Russia’s dreaded nuclear torpedo, designed to nuke entire coastal cities into oblivion and trigger tsunamis, has been sighted in tests at sea. Once thought a hoax, internet researchers have tracked development of the system all the way back to 2008. The weapon was recently named “Poseidon” after the Russian military polled the public for a new name. The weapon, formerly known as “Status-6” and KANYON, was recently renamed Poseidon. Poseidon beat out two other names, Aurora and Skif, in a naming contest held by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Unfortunately The Worst Weapon Ever was not part of the contest,...
  • North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but expert warns against getting 'drunk on optimism'

    07/24/2018 10:57:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/24/2018 | By Linda Mottram
    The think tank 38 North has obtained satellite images that they say show North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which is used to develop engines for ballistic missiles. 38 North report key facts: Commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station indicates dismantling of key facilities has startedThe rail-mounted processing/transfer structure has been moved and partly dismantledMost of the vertical engine stand has been removed It is good news, nuclear expert and MIT Associate Professor Vipin Narang has told PM, "but there are a couple of caveats."It has taken five weeks for...
  • Russia tests new nuclear weapons that can strike ANYWHERE on the planet [tr]

    07/24/2018 9:02:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 24, 2018 | Tim Collins
    Nuclear super weapons that Vladimir Putin claims can strike anywhere on the planet are being tested by Russia, military footage has revealed. Daunting images purport to show the latest round of tests for the missiles, which the military says are capable of wiping out an area ‘the size of Texas or France’. The RS-28 Sarmat missiles are capable of striking targets via both the North and South poles and can carry more nuclear warheads than any other missile on the planet, Russia claims. What's more, the RS-28 Sarmat missiles are able to deliver up to 24 of Russia's new Avangard...
  • What Would Happen If We Nuked the Bottom of the Ocean?

    07/24/2018 8:02:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 23, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    What would happen if you detonated the most powerful nuclear weapon ever used at the deepest point on Earth? Would an enormous fireball consume the trench? Would the world crack open and would earthquakes and volcanoes tear the entire region apart? Would anyone even notice? The YouTube channel Kurzgesagt decided to find out:
  • How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran’s Nuclear Secrets

    07/17/2018 3:08:54 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 15, 2018 | David E. Sanger and Ronen Bergman
    TEL AVIV — The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes and get out of the city with a half-ton of secret materials: six hours and 29 minutes... The agents arrived that night, Jan. 31, with torches that burned at least 3,600 degrees, hot enough, as they knew from intelligence collected during the planning of the operation, to cut through the 32 Iranian-made safes... In late April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced...