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  • Pentagon Denies Reports of Russian Sub near U.S.

    08/17/2012 4:51:36 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 45 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 16 August 2012 | Staff
    Pentagon denied on Thursday media reports that a Russian nuclear powered submarine cruised unnoticed for several weeks in the Gulf of Mexico near the shores of the United States. “I don't know what that information was based on, but it was not correct,” Wendy Snyder, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, said. The Washington Free Beacon reported earlier that Russia’s Akula class nuclear powered submarine (Project 971) freely traveled in June and July in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico undetected by the U.S. Navy.
  • [Ended 4 Hours Ago] Gunmen have attacked and entered a Pakistani Air Force Base thought to house nuc

    08/15/2012 9:23:04 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 41 replies
    Six hours old twitter post from Reuters reposted by Business Insider ^ | Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | reposted by Adam Taylor
    Gunmen have attacked and entered a Pakistan air force base, according to Reuters. The target is the Minhas Air Base in the town of Kamra, located around 40 miles outside Islamabad. The attacked is believed to be conducted by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) — reports in the Pakistan press have suggested they were planning attacks in retaliation for upcoming military action. A three hour gun battle is reportedly raging between security guards and attackers.
  • Iran can build an N-bomb by Oct. 1. Cairo coup hampers Israeli action

    08/13/2012 2:28:03 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 19 replies
    DebkaFile ^ | August 13, 2012 | Staff
    At its present rate of enrichment, Iran will have 250 kilograms of 20-percent grade uranium, exactly enough to build its first nuclear bomb, in roughly six weeks, and two-to- four bombs by early 2013, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. Hence the leak by an unnamed Israeli security source Sunday, Aug. 12, disclosing Iran’s progress in developing the detonator and fuses for a nuclear warhead which can be fitted onto Shehab-3 ballistic missiles capable of reaching Israel. Since 20 percent refined uranium is a short jump to weapons grade fuel, Iran will have the capability and materials for building an...
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki: the reckoning

    08/13/2012 7:59:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 63 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 13, 2012 | Dan Jones
    ‘There are no civilians in Japan.” This was the judgment of a US Air Force intelligence report produced before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during August 1945. The meaning was clear. The global conflict that had raged since 1939 had become a total war. London, Coventry, Berlin, Dresden, Tokyo and many other cities had all suffered “strategic bombing”. The leading participants in the Second World War did not view civilian population as pure collateral. By 1945 they were the principal targets. The bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 respectively were the...
  • M65 Atomic Cannon ("Atomic Annie")

    08/12/2012 3:45:46 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 61 replies
    US Army Gun, Heavy, Motorized, 280mm, M65 Atomic Annie | 12 August 2012 | Tankograd Technical Manual Series N° 6001
    20 cannons were manufactured from 1951 to 1953. The cannon fired a W9 or W19 nuclear artillery shell with a maximum range of 24-29 miles. 5 Field Artillery Battalions were deployed to the 7th Army in West Germany between October 1953 and April 1954. The units were hosted by the 42nd Field Artillery Group. Each battalion had 3 280mm guns, 30 officers, 7 warrant officers and 401 enlisted men. All of the cannons were retired in December 1963.
  • Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapons Within a Year, Says Expert

    08/02/2012 4:18:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/12 | Elad Benari
    Dr. Ephraim Asculai, senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, said on Thursday that he doubts the sanctions being imposed on Iran will lead its leaders to give up the country's nuclear weapons program. He predicted that Iran could have nuclear weapons within a year. Dr. Asculai told Arutz Sheva that the sanctions imposed so far on Iran, whether by the UN Security Council or by the United States and other Western countries, have yet to have a real effect. “We still do not see that the Iranians are willing to be flexible on critical matters, even...
  • U.S nuclear bomb facility shut [down] after security breach

    08/02/2012 2:46:43 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 13 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 2 August 2012 | Mark Hosenball
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's only facility for handling, processing and storing weapons-grade uranium was temporarily shut this week after anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year-old nun, breached security fences, government officials said on Thursday. WSI Oak Ridge, the contractor responsible for protecting the facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is owned by the international security firm G4S, which was at the center of a dispute over security at the London Olympic Games. Officials said that the facility was shut down on Wednesday at least until next week after three activists cut through perimeter fences to reach the outer wall of...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • Russia to get stronger nuclear navy, Putin says

    08/01/2012 1:27:20 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 July 2012 | Gleb Bryanski
    (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin oversaw the start of construction of one of Russia's newest generation submarines on Monday and vowed to boost nuclear naval forces to safeguard the country's position as a leading sea power. Warning that its navy would protect top energy producer Russia's interests in the oil-rich Arctic, Putin led the ceremony to begin building the submarine Prince Vladimir, named after the ruler who founded a precursor state to modern Russia. The vessel is the fourth Borei class submarine, designed to carry one of the country's newest and most powerful intercontinental nuclear missiles, the Bulava, or Mace....
  • Putin Attends Nuclear Sub Ceremony (fourth Borei class sub)

    07/30/2012 5:05:24 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 6 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 30 July 2012 | Staff
    Russian President Vladimir Putin participated on Monday in a ceremony to launch construction of Russia’s fourth Borei-class (Project 955A) ballistic missile submarine. “By 2020, we should have eight Borei-class submarines,” he said. “Two of them - the Alexander Nevsky and one other - are in trials. I am sure the entire project will be implemented.” The ceremony for the boat, the Knyaz Vladimir, was held at Sevmash, Russia’s largest shipyard and sole nuclear submarine maker located in the port city of Severodvinsk on the White Sea. More new-generation warships - both surface ships and submarines - should be built for...
  • Mitt Romney meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (video at link)

    07/29/2012 8:07:19 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 July 2012 | Staff
    US Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree Israel's greatest danger comes from Iran. The Republican presidential candidate's trip to the region is part of a three-nation foreign tour that has already taken in a somewhat unsuccessful stint in the UK and will finish in Poland, as the Romney campaign team hope to boost their man's foreign policy credentials. Meeting in Mr Netanyahu's office, the Israeli Prime Minister spoke to Mr Romney in front of assembled journalists and photographers. "I have to say that I heard some of your remarks and you said that the...
  • Officials want to turn World War II nuclear-weapon development sites into national parks

    07/29/2012 5:53:01 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 28 July 2012 | Darryl Fears
    Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory was such a well-kept secret during World War II that most Americans still don’t know that it sits off one of busiest highways in the South. Every year, streams of vacationers whiz by the complex that enriched uranium for America’s first atomic bomb project. It’s on the way to Great Smoky Mountains National Park — the most-visited U.S. national park. And every year, right about this time, the city of Oak Ridge, just west of Knoxville on Interstate 40, holds a Secret City Festival, crying out to potential tourists. “They don’t even know we’re here,”...
  • Romney would back Israeli strike against Iran, senior adviser says

    07/29/2012 3:05:01 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 20 replies
    Associated Press/Fox News ^ | 29 July 2012 | Staff
    Mitt Romney would back an Israeli military strike against Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining nuclear capability, a top foreign policy adviser said early Sunday, outlining the aggressive posture the Republican presidential candidate will take toward Iran in a speech in Israel later in the day. Romney has said he has a "zero tolerance" policy toward Iran obtaining the capability to build a nuclear weapon. "If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability, the governor would respect that decision," foreign policy adviser Dan Senor told reporters ahead of the...
  • Romney: 'Nuclear Iran Represents the Greatest Threat to the World'

    07/26/2012 6:47:31 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 4 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 26 July 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney bluntly states that "A nuclear Iran represents the greatest threat to the world." "I have said in the past and I can reiterate now that it is essential that Iran does not become nuclear," Romney says, according to a transcript of the interview. "A nuclear Iran represents the greatest threat to the world, to the United States and to the very existence of Israel. A nuclear Iran would mean that Hezbollah or other actors would potentially someday be able to secure fissile materials which would threaten the...
  • Kansas man selling 'doomsday' missile silo from nuclear age

    07/25/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 25 replies
    KCTV5 ^ | 24 July 2012 | DeAnn Smith and Alice Barr
    ^^ Video is at the link
  • China'a DF-21D Missile Is A One-Shot Aircraft Carrier Killer

    07/24/2012 9:30:33 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 81 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 24, 2012 | Andrew Tarantola
    Since the end of WWII, America's naval might has been undisputed and our aircraft carriers have been its crown jewels. However, the days of dominance could end with China's new DF-21D ballistic missile—the only device on Earth capable of sinking an aircraft carrier—four and a half acres of sovereign US territory—with one shot. VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi0d-eFiGN4&feature=player_embeddedThe DF-21D (Dong-Feng 21 variant D) is the world's first and only anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). It's a two stage, land-launched missile with a maximum estimated range of 2,700 to 3,000 km. Its single fuel-air explosive warhead packs 200 to 500 kilotons. It was developed by...
  • Japan probes alleged cover-up at nuclear plant

    07/22/2012 5:41:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Jul. 2012 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay on the job longer. Labor officials said Sunday that an investigation had begun over the weekend following media reports of a cover-up at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters. A subcontractor of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, acknowledged having nine workers cover their dosimeters with lead plates late last year so the instrument would indicate a lower...
  • 5 men withstand 1.7 kiloton nuclear explosion

    07/19/2012 7:42:23 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 37 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3 November 2011 | atomcentral
    ^^ The link
  • Germany counts the costs as it buries nuclear past

    07/17/2012 6:21:23 PM PDT · by NCjim · 11 replies
    SwissInfo ^ | July 17, 2012 | Christoph Steitz and Tom Käckenhoff
    <p>WUERGASSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Peter Klimmek has spent his entire career at a nuclear plant in Germany. Next year, he will retire -- just months before his workplace does.</p> <p>The nuclear plant in the small and remote village of Wuergassen, halfway between Frankfurt and Hamburg, has been Klimmek's passion for the past 37 years.</p>
  • British Spymaster Says Iran Is 2 Years From Nuclear Bomb Capability

    07/13/2012 7:46:05 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | 13 July 2012 | ALAN COWELL
    In an unusually public forum, the head of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI6, has forecast that Iran would likely achieve a nuclear weapons capability within two years, a British newspaper reported Friday. The newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, quoted Sir John Sawers, once the ranking British diplomat on the Iranian nuclear issue and now head of the Secret Intelligence Service, as making the disclosure last week to a gathering of around 100 high-ranking civil servants. The reported remarks play into a highly contentious debate over Iran’s intentions and capabilities, in which estimates have varied widely. American intelligence agencies have cited a...