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  • Haunting 1950 images imagine the effects of an atomic bomb attack on the Big Apple

    08/21/2012 8:00:36 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 August 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    It wasn't a movie poster for a monster or disaster film. It was an illustration of America's worst nightmare - that an atomic bomb would strike a major U.S. metropolis. The harrowing image of the New York City skyline marred by a giant mushroom cloud splashed the cover of Collier's magazine on August 5, 1950 - at a time of heightened American anxiety. The Collier's issue was spotlighted recently on, which ran the same pictures that appeared in the same 1950 issue of the magazine. While recent films like The Avengers, Independence Day and Cloverfield touched on a fictional...
  • Navy to repair nuclear-powered sub badly damaged by fire in dry dock in Maine

    08/19/2012 11:14:52 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 14 replies
    Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 19 August 2012 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Navy intends to repair a nuclear-powered attack submarine that was severely damaged by a fire while in dry dock and then return it to the fleet, Navy officials Friday. While engineering assessments are ongoing, the Navy has decided to repair the USS Miami and is committed to doing so, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Courtney Hillson told The Associated Press. “Our goal is to return the Miami to the fleet because this makes sense operationally and fiscally,” Hillson said. There had been lingering questions over whether it would make financial sense to repair the 22-year-old submarine, which...
  • 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: 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...
  • Nuclear Arsenal in China Much Bigger Than Believed

    07/12/2012 7:40:00 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | July 10, 2012 | Matthew Robertson
    The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) notoriously opaque nuclear arsenal could be much bigger than the estimates prevalent in the United States—up to 1,800 warheads as opposed to the 300 or 400 currently thought—according to a report authored by a retired Russian colonel general. In addition, the report says that the PRC has rail-mounted intercontinental ballistic missiles equipped with nuclear warheads, and nuclear warheads on a series of ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) and cruise missiles—statements that contradict dominant understandings of China’s nuclear posture. Viktor Yesin, the former chief of the main staff of the Strategic Rocket Forces and currently professor...
  • North Korea says it needs weaponry to defend against US nuclear threat

    07/12/2012 12:00:33 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 July 2012 | Aaron Clements-Hunt
    North Korea has claimed that it needs atomic weaponry to defend itself from a constant threat of US nuclear attack and that Pyongyang would never give up its right to a "peaceful space programme". Pak Ui-Chun, North Korea's foreign minister, told a crowd at the ASEAN forum that it was Washington's aim to "eliminate the political ideology and system our people have opted for". Mr Pak said North Korea would use its "peaceful space programme" to "explore and utilise the outer space to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes". Mr Pak justified his claims by describing a US and South...
  • Low-yield tactical nukes in Vietnam?

    07/11/2012 7:25:41 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 73 replies
    vanity | 11 July 2012
    Would it have been worth it to use low-yield tactical nuclear weapons during Vietnam War?
  • Raytheon awarded $636 million for Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle

    07/10/2012 12:30:54 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 9 replies
    Raytheon ^ | 9 July 2012 | Staff
    UCSON, Ariz., July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded a $636 million development and sustainment contract to provide the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle to The Boeing Company, which is the prime contractor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. Raytheon booked the award during its second quarter. EKV represents the centerpiece for the Missile Defense Agency's GMD as the intercept component of the Ground Based Interceptor, also known as GBI, which is designed to engage high-speed ballistic missile warheads in space. "When it comes to developing, testing and deploying technologies that enable the intercept of threats in space,...
  • Night to day

    07/09/2012 9:54:38 AM PDT · by Kenika · 4 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | 8 JUL 12 | Jim Borg
    50 years ago today, a hydrogen bomb lit the sky over Hawaii in a renewed nuclear race between superpowers "The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch." — Revelation 8:10 The "great star" that lit up the night sky over Honolulu 50 years ago today had no roots in the Bible. But its effects rivaled the dramatic imagery of Revelation. A hydrogen bomb test above Johnston Atoll called Starfish Prime turned night to day on Oahu, 860 miles to the northeast.
  • Electricity ministry to hand report backing nuclear program to Morsy

    07/09/2012 5:23:54 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 2 replies ^ | July 8, 2012 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    The Electricity Ministry has prepared a report for President Mohamed Morsy on the steps necessary for implementing Egypt’s controversial nuclear program. Minister of Electricity Hassan Younis has reviewed the report, which argues for the implementation of the project. It will be submitted to the cabinet, then the president. The report says that an important reason for going ahead with a nuclear program is Egypt's increasing demand for electricity, which requires an additional 300 megawatts annually. It says the drop in both traditional sources of energy and employment opportunities mean Egypt should realise the project, which is economically feasible compared to...
  • Red Dawn, Still Crazy After All These Years…

    07/08/2012 2:21:39 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 17 replies ^ | July 8, 2012 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Š—Š“рŠ°Š²ŃŃ‚Š²ŃƒŠ¹Ń‚Šµ! A formal hello, how ya doinĀ’? salute with a middle finger and a nuclear bomber from the Ruskies has come our way not once, but twice in the last two weeks. Seems to me the Russians are itching for war and are prepping on all fronts. This time Moscow dispatched nuclear-capable bombers into the 200-mile zone surrounding U.S. territory. They came just short of breaching the 12 mile zone we consider sovereign air space. The previous incident involved two Tu-95 Bear H bombers and took place near Alaska as part of arctic war games that Russian military claim included...
  • Iran Says It Has Plan To Close Strait Of Hormuz

    07/07/2012 11:55:14 AM PDT · by edpc · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 7 July 2012 | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will block the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the passageway through which a fifth of the world's oil flows, if its interests are seriously threatened, a senior Iranian military commander said Saturday. "We do have a plan to close the Strait of Hormuz," state media quoted Gen. Hasan Firouzabadi as saying Saturday. "A Shiite nation (Iran) acts reasonably and would not approve interruption of a waterway ... unless our interests are seriously threatened," Press TV quoted him as saying.
  • Hollande visits submarine to show support for France nuclear arms

    07/06/2012 9:52:57 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 6 replies
    Euro News ^ | 4 July 2012 | Staff
    France’s President Francois Hollande has reaffirmed his commitment to nuclear arms. Boldly going where no French head of state has gone for almost 40 years, Hollande took a three hour trip off the coast of Brittany on the submarine ‘Terrible’.
  • Obama edges toward decision on plan that could mean large new cuts in nuclear arms

    07/04/2012 9:17:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    AP/Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2012 | AP
    The Obama administration is moving toward decisions that would further cut the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly to between 1,000 and 1,100, reflecting new thinking on the role of nuclear weapons in an age of terror, current and former officials say. The reductions under consideration are in line with President Barack Obama's vision of trimming the nation's nuclear arsenal without harming national security in the short term, and in the longer term, eliminating nuclear weapons.
  • Iran: We Can Destroy US Bases 'Minutes After Attack'

    07/04/2012 6:32:53 PM PDT · by edpc · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4 July 2012 | Reuters
    DUBAI - Iran has threatened to destroy US military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes of being attacked, Iranian media reported on Wednesday, as Revolutionary Guards extended test-firing of ballistic missiles into a third day. Israel has hinted it may attack Iran if diplomacy fails to secure a halt to its disputed nuclear energy program. The United States also has mooted military action as a last-resort option but has frequently nudged the Israelis to give time for intensified economic sanctions to work against Iran.
  • "It's a boson:" Higgs quest bears new particle

    07/04/2012 7:20:50 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 4, 2012 | Reuters
    GENEVA: Scientists at Europe's CERN research center have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," CERN director general Rolf Heuer told a gathering of scientists and the world's media near Geneva on Wednesday. "The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle's properties, and is likely to shed light...
  • Iran's Nuclear-Submarine Folly

    07/04/2012 7:05:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 3, 2012 | John Gay
    Last month, Iran announced its intent to build nuclear-powered submarines. While some may worry that this is yet another Iranian bid for destabilizing power, there is no need to panic. Tehran will be wasting money it does not have on a tool it does not need. Iranian nuclear submarines are not a realistic threat to American security. They may even be a bluff—Tehran has announced plans for a stealth-fighter aircraft and other high-tech weapons that have never seen the light of day. However, the nuclear program shows that the leadership can commit to internationally and financially costly programs for decades...
  • US Quietly Bolstering Presence In Persian Gulf

    07/03/2012 4:03:53 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3 July 2012 | JPost Staff
    The United States has quietly increased its military presence in the Persian Gulf to deter Tehran from attempting to shut the Strait of Hormuz, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday. Linking the Persian Gulf with the Indian Ocean, the Strait is used to transport about a fifth of the world’s oil on a daily basis, and the popular assessment within the IDF is that Iran – which borders the channel to the north and east – has the ability to shut it down if it so chooses.
  • No to Nukes: Nuclear power isn’t cost-effective, no matter how you do the math.

    06/27/2012 9:04:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 100 replies
    Reason ^ | July 2012 | Veronique de Rugy
    When Barack Obama was just a baby, nuclear energy was touted as the technology that would finally provide pollution-free, limitless electricity for all. In its famous 1962 Port Huron Statement, the left-wing Students for a Democratic Society gushed about how “our monster cities…might now be humanized” thanks to nuclear power. Like so many predictions about the future, that one rather dramatically missed the mark. Surprising as it may seem, the United States still generates around 20 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants. This despite the fact that no new facilities have been built since the notorious Three Mile...
  • US edging toward decision on new nuclear arms cuts

    07/02/2012 5:01:33 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    Fox News/Associated Press ^ | 2 July 2012 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is edging toward decisions that would further shrink the U.S. nuclear arsenal, possibly to between 1,000 and 1,100 warheads, reflecting new thinking on the role of nuclear weapons in an age of terror, say current and former officials. The reductions that are under consideration align with President Barack Obama's vision of trimming the nation's nuclear arsenal without harming national security in the short term, and in the longer term, eliminating nuclear weapons. The White House has yet to announce any plan for reducing the number of nuclear weapons, beyond commitments made in the recently completed...
  • Japan switches on Ohi nuclear reactor amid protests

    07/01/2012 4:22:06 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Japan has restarted the first nuclear reactor since the meltdown at the Fukushima power plant last year. Hundreds gathered near the plant in the town of Ohi to protest against the move, which has divided public opinion. Last month, the prime minister urged support, saying a return to nuclear power was essential for the economy. All 50 of Japan's nuclear plants were shut after the meltdown at Fukushima, which was triggered by a tsunami and earthquake. The crisis was regarded as the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. Road blocked It will take until Wednesday before the No 3...
  • Iran: There Will Be War – And We'll Win

    06/30/2012 12:42:04 PM PDT · by edpc · 31 replies
    WND ^ | 30 June 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Just days after the breakdown of talks with the West over Iran’s nuclear program, the deputy chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards announced that there soon will be war - and that Allah will ensure his forces are victorious.
  • Letter--Russian Highly Enriched Uranium (State of Emergency)

    06/26/2012 1:00:53 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 46 replies ^ | 6.25.12 | Barak Obama
    TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE June 25, 2012 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Pursuant to section 204(b) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. 1703(b), I hereby report that I have exercised my authority to declare a national emergency to deal with the threat posed to the United States by the risk of nuclear proliferation created by the accumulation in the Russian Federation of a large volume of weapons-usable fissile material. In Executive Order 13159 of June 21, 2000, the...
  • Iranian general: Israel ‘will be destroyed’ if it attacks our nuclear program

    06/23/2012 1:06:45 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 32 replies
    National Post ^ | 23 June 2012 | Marcus George
    DUBAI – A high-ranking Iranian general said on Saturday Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear program would lead to the collapse of the Jewish state, Fars news agency reported. Last week’s round of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers in Moscow failed to secure a breakthrough, heightening fears Israel might take unilateral military action to curb Iran’s nuclear activities. The two sides agreed to a follow-up meeting of technical experts on July 3, saving the process from outright failure. “They cannot do the slightest harm to the [Iranian] revolution and the system,” Brigadier General Mostafa Izadi, deputy chief of...
  • 90 B61 nuclear bombs at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey (2009)

    06/23/2012 5:20:03 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 70 replies
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ^ | 23 NOVEMBER 2009 | ALEXANDRA BELL AND BENJAMIN LOEHRKE
    Today, Turkey hosts an estimated 90 B61 gravity bombs at Incirlik Air Base. Fifty of these bombs are reportedly assigned for delivery by U.S. pilots, and forty are assigned for delivery by the Turkish Air Force. However, no permanent nuclear-capable U.S. fighter wing is based at Incirlik, and the Turkish Air Force is reportedly not certified for NATO nuclear missions, meaning nuclear-capable F-16s from other U.S. bases would need to be brought in if Turkey's bombs were ever needed.
  • Administration defends nuclear modernization

    06/21/2012 6:52:07 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 21 June 2012 | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration insisted on Thursday that it is modernizing the nation's nuclear arsenal in the face of withering criticism from Republicans that it is moving slowly in anticipation of President Barack Obama's push for further reductions. Officials from the Energy, Defense and State departments provided the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with an update on the implementation of the U.S.-Russian pact, commonly known as the New START treaty, reducing both sides' nuclear warhead limit to 1,550.
  • Going Nuclear GOP Armed Services chiefs call planned deeper nuclear cut ‘unilateral disarmament’

    06/21/2012 12:03:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies ^ | 6/21/12 | Bill Gertz
    Two senior leaders of the House Armed Services Committee this week criticized President Obama’s forthcoming plan to seek deeper cuts in strategic nuclear warheads, calling a Pentagon study on the matter “unilateral disarmament.” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon and Rep. Michael Turner, chairman of the strategic forces subcommittee, made the comments in response to a report in the Free Beacon disclosing that the president has decided to seek a deployed strategic warhead goal of as few as 1,000 warheads under the Nuclear Posture Review implementation study. McKeon and Turner said in a statement issued Tuesday...
  • Iran, Syria, Russia, China Plan Largest Middle East War Games Ever

    06/20/2012 1:05:48 PM PDT · by Syncro · 13 replies
    We Stand With Israel ^ | 6/19/1012 | Staff
    Friends, As of this writing world powers are meeting in Moscow with Iran's nuclear negotiators.Ā  Most observers have given up on any real agreement or breakthrough coming through negotiation with Iran.Ā  While nobody knows the outcome of this or any future talks, reports today say Russia and China, two of the world powers negotiating by the U.S side., are planning the largest ever war games with Iran and Syria.Ā  This is a frightening development for Israel and to anyone paying attention to the diplomatic cushion Russia and China have provided the leaders of both Syria and Iran in their...
  • US takes back supercomputing crown with world's fastest computer

    06/18/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies ^ | 6/18/12 | FoxNews
    A U.S. supercomputer has won back the crown in the never-ending battle for the world's most powerful supercomputer. Its victory is the latest milestone marking the steady climb of computing power all across the globe. The Top500 industry list gave its No. 1 ranking to the Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California — a spot earned by Sequoia's ability to crunch 16.32 quadrillion calculations per second (16.32 petaflops/s). Such supercomputing power is used by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration to simulate nuclear weapons tests for older weapons that have been sitting in the U.S. arsenal....
  • Russian Delta IV SSBN Yekaterinburg will need two years to recover from fire.

    06/18/2012 7:00:31 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 16 replies
    RUS NAVY ^ | June 18 2012
    Repair of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Yekaterinburg suffered fire in Dec 2011 will start on June 21 at JSC Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center and last up to the middle of 2014, reports RIA Novosti referring to a source in the shipyard. According to the source, SSBN Yekaterinburg (Project 667BDRM Delfin) will arrive at the yard on June 21. "Through the next two years, the sub's technical availability will be recovered; it is also planned to carry out emergency repairs of sonar system damaged by fire", reports the news agency. The source of RIA Novosti said that "recovery works on...
  • Peres: World Running Out of Patience With Iran

    06/18/2012 1:22:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/12 | David Lev
    In an interview on CNN in advance talks between Iran and Western countries on Tehran's nuclear program, President Shimon Peres said that “time is running out” for Iran. You cannot provoke the world, assuming the world is made of fools only," Peres told the network. The talks got underway in Moscow Monday, after several inconclusive sessions over the past several months in Baghdad and Istanbul. The talks, with the U.S., Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany on one side of the table and Iran on the other, were “not going well,” an Iranian source quoted by European news agencies said...
  • £1billion deal paves the way for Trident nuclear deterrent replacement

    06/16/2012 3:36:07 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 16 2012 | Robert Watts and Patrick Hennessy
    Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, will reveal the scheme to build a new nuclear deterrent in a move which will cause tensions with the Liberal Democrats. He will announce a deal ordering nuclear reactors for a new class of submarines to replace the current Vanguard fleet, which carries Britain’s Trident nuclear arsenal. The decision is the most public statement yet that the Government is committed to a full-scale replacement of Trident - something opposed by the Lib Dems, who want a cheaper way of maintaining nuclear weapons. Mr Hammond will say that a Rolls-Royce plant at Raynesway, in Derby, will...