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  • US military uses 8-inch floppy disks to coordinate nuclear force operations

    05/26/2016 6:02:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 25, 2016 | Dan Mangan
    Maybe they use the '80s flick "War Games" as a training film, too. The U.S. Defense Department is still using — after several decades — 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces, a jaw-dropping new report reveals. The Defense Department's 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Government Accountability Office report.
  • What do these new images of North Korea mean?

    08/11/2015 9:58:45 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | August 12 2015 | Brian Todd
    Kim Jong Un might be enriching uranium for nuclear bombs and planting landmines in South Korea.
  • Iran nuclear deal: Fine 'new chapter' or 'historic mistake'?

    07/14/2015 12:24:44 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 25 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatcj ^ | 7/14/2015 | Bradley Klapper, Julie Pace, Josh Lederman, Darlene Superville and Connie Cass i
    Iran, the United States and other world powers struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iranian nuclear programs and ease fears of a nuclear-armed Iran threatening the volatile Middle East. In exchange, Iran will get billions of dollars in relief from crushing international sanctions. The accord, reached after long, fractious negotiations, marks a dramatic break from decades of animosity between the United States and Iran, countries that have labeled each other the "leading state sponsor of terrorism" and "the Great Satan." "This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction," President Barack Obama declared at the White House...
  • Saudi Arabia to buy nuclear bombs from Pakistan: report

    05/17/2015 5:52:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 112 replies
    New York Post ^ | may 17/2015 | bill sanderson
    Saudi Arabia will join the nuclear club by buying “off the shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.
  • Declassified report: Two nuclear bombs nearly wiped out North Carolina

    06/12/2014 8:19:31 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/12/14 | Emma Lacey-Bordeaux
    On a January night in 1961, a U.S. Air Force bomber broke in half while flying over North Carolina. From the belly of the B-52 fell two bombs -- two nuclear bombs that hit the ground near the city of Goldsboro. A disaster worse than the devastation wrought in Hiroshima and Nagasaki could have befallen the United States that night. But it didn't, thanks to a series of fortunate missteps. Declassified documents that the National Security Archive released this week offered new details about the incident. The blaring headline read: "Multi-Megaton Bomb Was Virtually 'Armed' When It Crashed to Earth."...
  • Website shows impact of nuclear bomb. You select site.

    02/21/2012 1:10:59 PM PST · by aimhigh · 59 replies
    You select the target and bomb size. The website shows you the results. In other words, when the Russians attack, how far away from a big city do you need to live?
  • Threats Claim Nuclear Bombs Hidden All Over U.S.

    03/30/2011 6:22:44 AM PDT · by library user · 217 replies · 2+ views
    CBS Chicago ^ | March 30, 2011 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS 2) – The threats came in the mail and to date, there have been 25 letters that warn of nuclear bombs destroying America. People who got them called the FBI and CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman learned, the Bureau’s Chicago office is leading the investigation. FBI Special Agent Andre Zavala said, “Yes, they alarmed a lot of people.” Attorney Tracy Rizzo was alarmed. A number of days ago, an envelope, with a Chicago postmark and a hand-written address to her private investigations firm, came in the mail. The letter inside said, “The Al-Qaeda organization has planted 160 nuclear bombs...
  • America On The Brink Of Nuclear Destruction?

    08/30/2010 5:50:24 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 97 replies
    The Silent majority ^ | 08-30-10 | J. D. Longstreet
    “ … intelligence reports from various sources say al Qaeda has already smuggled from 7 to 70 nuclear weapons into the country across the Mexican border. American intelligence experts believe the number to be closer to 7 than 70 but admit the threat is very real.” (SOURCE) “ … Intelligence information from captured al Qaeda documents, computers, and operatives indicates that al Qaeda has targeted 9 American Cities for nuclear attack.” (SOURCE) While the Obama Regime fiddles modern day Rome is about to burn. Iran is quickly, quickly, reaching the point at which they can produce an atomic bomb. Never...
  • 'It's Terrifying': Students Build Grassroots Momentum for Nuclear Disarmament

    05/03/2010 6:33:02 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 784+ views
    'It's Terrifying': Students Build Grassroots Momentum for Nuclear Disarmament Activist Students Say Nuclear Weapons Elimination Should Be a Top Priority for Their Generation By HUMA KHAN May 3, 2010— Scott Ibaraki has been on the road for the last three weeks. Ibaraki, 22, has driven from Florida to Washington, D.C., in a dusty green van, accompanied by two colleagues for what he describes as an important mission: warning people about the dangers of a nuclear world. It is so important to him that Ibaraki, at one college campus, used a Pikachu outfit and ran across the campus with a megaphone...
  • New Treaty Could Trim U.S. Bombers' Nuclear Role

    04/04/2010 10:42:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 506+ views
    Defence & Arms ^ | 04/3/2010 | Ocnus,net
    The new START treaty that would cut the number of U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons could also prompt the United States to trim the bomber leg of its nuclear force. Limits that reduce the number of deployed "launchers" to 700 could encourage U.S. nuclear policy makers to rely more on land-based and sea-based ballistic missiles and less on B-2 and B-52 bombers, said Tom Collina, research director at the Arms Control Association. "The bomber leg of the triad is not what you think about when you think about survivability and quick response," he said. At present, the United States has...
  • Problems at Air Force nuclear weapons site in New Mexico were administrative

    02/12/2010 8:51:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 497+ views
    Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune ^ | 1/11/2010 | Tim Korte and Robert Burns
    The Air Force on Thursday blamed administrative problems for the decision to remove an Air Force squadron overseeing an underground nuclear weapons cache, detailing another instance of questionable oversight even after the military took steps to correct similar issues. Ron Fry, spokesman for the Air Force Materiel Command, said the problems were related to a failed inspection. But a nuclear expert suggested it appears the problems ran deeper, based on the Air Force's decision to reassign five non-commissioned officers. The Air Force on Jan. 27 decertified the 898th Munitions Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, which maintains an estimated 2,000...
  • Squadron that handles nuclear warheads at New Mexico base is decertified by Air Force

    02/11/2010 12:45:34 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 973+ views
    Minneapolis-St Paul Star Tribune ^ | 2/10/2010 | Tim Korte
    The Air Force has decertified a unit responsible for maintaining an estimated 2,000 nuclear warheads at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, but top military officials won't discuss specifics of the decision. Decertification means members of the 898th Munitions Squadron cannot perform their usual duties with nuclear weapons. Air Force officials declined to specify what that means. Air Force officials also declined to disclose what concerns prompted the action, but Ron Fry, a spokesman for the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, said Wednesday the move wasn't prompted by any risk to the public....
  • Europe's Secret Nuclear Weapons: What Should NATO Do?

    12/02/2009 8:01:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1,378+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 12/02/2009 | Eben Harrell
    Is Italy capable of delivering a thermonuclear strike? Could the Belgians and the Dutch drop hydrogen bombs on enemy targets? And what about Germany - a country where fear of atomkraft is so great that the last government opposed all civilian nuclear power? Germany's air force couldn't possibly be training to deliver bombs 13 times more powerful than the one that destroyed Hiroshima, could it? It is Europe's dirty secret that the list of nuclear-capable countries extends beyond those - Britain and France - who have built their own weapons. Nuclear bombs are stored on air-force bases in Italy, Belgium,...
  • Uranium Centrifuges and Uranium Bombs

    11/04/2009 8:17:59 PM PST · by Cindy · 29 replies · 1,152+ views
    LONG WAR - Threat Matrix ^ | November 4, 2009 12:48 PM | By ROBERT BARRY
    Iran reports having thousands of centrifuges spinning away to make fuel for their upcoming power reactors. Others think that Iran has it in mind to make weapons material using those same centrifuges. In fact, Iran could divert just 1% of its centrifuge production and have enough weapons-grade material to make a few bombs per year. The arithmetic is provided here below. Note: I was with Westinghouse civilian nuclear power for 30 years as a registered professional engineer with nuclear specialization. I hold a doctorate in engineering. All information here is unclassified." Read more:
  • Iran Makes Obama Look Stupid AGAIN !

    10/23/2009 11:21:17 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 503+ views
    Various/The Lid ^ | 10/23/09 | The Lid
    Iranian despot Ahmadinejad said it back in May but it is obvious that he still believes it. At a joint press conference with the Syrian President, Ahmadinejad boasted that “those who one day called Iran and Syria part of the axis of evil now want to develop relations with Iran and Syria. Circumstances are changing rapidly in our favor,we are on the road to victory." The way the tyrant intends to win is by making US President Obama and his "outreach" attempts look as foolish as possible In August Obama made a formal proposal to start talks between Iran and...
  • 'Saudi Arabia working on plans to build a nuclear power plant'

    08/20/2009 9:14:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1,141+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/20/09 | HERB KEINON AND YAAKOV KATZ
    With the world seemingly unable to stop Iran's nuclear march, other countries in the region are now pushing forward with their own plans to build nuclear power plants. The Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reported on Thursday that the Saudi minister of water and electricity, Abdullah al-Hosain, said the kingdom was working on plans for its first nuclear power plant. The US inked civil nuclear power deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates last year.
  • Israel Ready To Strike At Iran's Nukes

    04/18/2009 6:07:18 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 10 replies · 616+ views
    Times of London/The Lid ^ | 4/18/09 | The Lid
    ...So far it doesn't seem as it Obama sees stopping Iran nuclear ambitions as a priority, in fact the State Department has announced it is comfortable appeasing talking to Iran while they are still refining their nuclear fuel. Or as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said: "We welcome [the call by the West for dialogue with Iran], but we put forth several proposals to them: We say to you that you yourselves know that you are today in a position of weakness. Your hands are empty, and you can no longer promote your affairs from a position of strength." (MEMRI translation)...

    04/15/2009 12:37:11 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 265+ views
    The Lid ^ | 4/15/09 | Barry Rubin
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tehran is building new rockets that can carry heavier satellites. Allegedly these are for carrying peaceful satellites into orbit but, of course, they can also carry nuclear devices. He also voted that Iran will make nuclear fuel. Allegedly these are for the peaceful production of nuclear energy though why Iran, a country whose oil and natural gas reserves are almost beyond any others, needs a more costly and risky source of power is also questionable. Of course, this can and will be use for making nuclear weapons. European states, with U.S. encouragement, have for years...
  • Why China Helped Countries Like Pakistan, North Korea Build Nuclear Bombs

    01/03/2009 11:10:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,788+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | January 2, 2009 | Alex Kingsbury
    Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Thomas Reed knows nuclear bombs better than most people. For starters, he designed two of them when he worked at the Livermore National Laboratory as a weapons designer. His new book The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation, co-written with Danny Stillman, the former director of the technical intelligence division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, rewrites much of the public understanding about how countries with nuclear weapons came to acquire them. All countries that built bombs, including the United States, spied on or were given access to the work of...
  • Nuclear Ring Reportedly Had Advanced Weapon Design

    06/15/2008 9:55:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 307+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 15, 2008 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON — American and international investigators say that they have found the electronic blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon on computers that belonged to the nuclear smuggling network run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist, but that they have not been able to determine whether they were sold to Iran or the smuggling... --snip-- It was not until 2005 that officials of the I.A.E.A., which is based in Vienna, finally cracked the hard drives on the Khan computers recovered around the world. And as they sifted through files and images on the hard drives, investigators found tons...
  • Arab states seek to condemn Israel in UN over nuclear bombs

    09/24/2005 5:50:23 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 10 replies · 357+ views ^ | 07:40 24/09/2005
    Last update - 07:40 24/09/2005 Arab states seek to condemn Israel in UN over nuclear bombs By Reuters Arab member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency are pushing for it to condemn Israel as a threat to peace in the Middle East for having nuclear weapons. Israel neither denies nor admits having a nuclear arsenal, though experts estimate it has between 100 and 200 atomic bombs. In a letter submitted to the IAEA on behalf of its Arab member states, Oman asked that the agency's annual General Conference of the IAEA's 138 member states in Vienna next week consider...
  • Project Orion

    04/30/2005 3:48:34 PM PDT · by MRMEAN · 9 replies · 636+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 1/14/05 | George Dyson, reviewed by Sam Dinkin
      If President Bush wants the 51st state to be New Texas on the Moon, he should consider reviving Orion. (credit: Phil Smith courtesy of Sam Dinkin) Revisiting Project Orion by Sam DinkinMonday, January 24, 2005 If you look on for Jeff Bezos’s personal book reviews, the only rocket book you will see is Project Orion. His summary from April 14, 2002 is as follows: For those of us who dream of visiting the outer planets, seeing Saturn’s rings up close without intermediation of telescopes or charge-coupled devices, well, we pretty much *have* to read “Project Orion.” In...
  • A Fierce Debate on Atom Bombs From Cold War

    04/02/2005 8:13:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1,159+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/3/5 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    For over two decades, a compact, powerful warhead called the W-76 has been the centerpiece of the nation's nuclear arsenal, carried aboard the fleet of nuclear submarines that prowl the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But in recent months it has become the subject of a fierce debate among experts inside and outside the government over its reliability and its place in the nuclear arsenal. The government is readying a plan to spend more than $2 billion on a routine 10-year overhaul to extend the life of the aging warheads. At the same time, some weapons scientists say the warheads have...
  • A Fierce Debate on Atom Bombs From Cold War

    04/02/2005 7:34:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 63 replies · 1,727+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 3, 2005 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    For over two decades, a compact, powerful warhead called the W-76 has been the centerpiece of the nation's nuclear arsenal, carried aboard the fleet of nuclear submarines that prowl the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But in recent months it has become the subject of a fierce debate among experts inside and outside the government over its reliability and its place in the nuclear arsenal. The government is readying a plan to spend more than $2 billion on a routine 10-year overhaul to extend the life of the aging warheads. At the same time, some weapons scientists say the warheads have...
  • Pyongyang Knocking

    02/15/2005 1:47:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 638+ views
    NRO ^ | February 15, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version February 15, 2005, 1:19 p.m. Pyongyang KnockingThe exasperating nuclear bomb issue. The North Korean nuclear bomb issue is as exasperating as any post-Soviet dilemma the U.S. has ever faced. We don't know whether Dear Leader Kim Jong Il actually has the several bombs alleged, but there is no alternative to assuming that he does have them, and we know that he has missiles nimble enough to fly right over Japan. Great-circle-wise, Alaska is cheek by jowl with that part of the world. There is, then,...

    11/26/2004 8:20:51 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 549+ views
    It is, as foreign policy expert Yogi Berra would put it, a case of "déjà vu all over again." But this time, the weapons of mass destruction menace is Iran. And the question for the Bush administration, struggling with a difficult and still-unfinished war of preemption against Iraq, is how to get it right the second time around. The best advice I've heard for dealing with Iran comes from former CIA analyst David Kay. He's the man who finally uncovered the truth about Iraq's weapons program -- namely that, contrary to the expectations of nearly every intelligence service, it had...
  • Documents: U.S. had plan to nuke N. Korea

    11/08/2004 7:40:00 AM PST · by WmShirerAdmirer · 41 replies · 921+ views
    United Press International/Washington Times ^ | November 8, 2004 | United Press Internatioanal
    Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Newly declassified documents revealed the United States planned as recently as 1998 to drop nuclear bombs on North Korea if the country attacked South Korea. As part of "scenario 5027," 24 F15-E bombers flew simulation missions at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina to drop mock nuclear bombs on a firing range between January and June 1998, the Korea Times reported Sunday.

    02/17/2004 2:56:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 344+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 17, 2004 | BERNARD-HENRI LEVY
    <p>Abdul Qadeer Khan We've not yet seen all the fallout from Pakistan's nuclear proliferation.</p> <p>PARIS--We observed the Abdul Qadeer Khan affair, the incredible story of this Pakistani nuclear scientist who delivered over 15 years--freely and with impunity--his most sensitive secrets to Libya, Iran and North Korea. Then we learned that President Musharraf in person, after an interview from which little or nothing has been divulged, ended up granting Khan his "pardon." Case closed? End of story? That's what the American administration, falling oddly in step with the official Pakistani doctrine, would have us believe. But knowing something of the case--and being the first French observer, to my knowledge, to have tried to alert public opinion to the extreme gravity of the situation--I believe that we are only at the very beginning this story.</p>
  • Libya's black market deals shock nuclear inspectors

    01/16/2004 7:54:45 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 677+ views
    Uk Guardian ^ | Jan. 17, 2004 | Ian Traynor
    Colonel Muammar Gadafy of Libya has been buying complete sets of uranium enrichment centrifuges on the international black market as the central element in his secret nuclear bomb programme, according to United Nations nuclear inspectors. The ease with which the complex bomb-making equipment was acquired has stunned experienced international inspectors. The scale and the sophistication of the networks supplying so-called rogue states seeking nuclear weapons are considerably more extensive than previously believed. The purchase of full centrifuges, either assembled or in parts, marks a radical departure in what is on offer on the black market, sources said. While it is...
  • U.N. nuke czar to U.S.: Disarm

    08/28/2003 10:28:04 AM PDT · by Patriotways · 54 replies · 231+ views ^ | August 26, 2003 | United Nations
    U.N. nuke czar to U.S.: Disarm ElBaradei says Washington has double standard on arms policy The head of the United Nations' nuclear-watchdog agency is calling on the U.S. to set an example to the rest of the world by cutting its arsenal of nukes, suggesting Washington is employing a double standard by demanding other nations be prevented from possessing atomic weapons. Mohamed ElBaradei, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, also told Germany's Stern weekly today President George W. Bush is unjustified in pushing a space-based missile-defense plan, Reuters reported. "The U.S. government demands that other nations not possess nuclear...
  • Study: Nuclear stockpiles vulnerable (How Much For That Nukie In The Window.. The One With The ..)

    03/13/2003 5:23:28 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 2 replies · 187+ views
    USA Today ^ | 13 March, 2003
    Peter Eisler USA TODAYWASHINGTON -- U.S. efforts to help Russia and other nations secure and destroy poorly protected nuclear material and warheads are moving too slowly to address the threat that those stockpiles could be tapped by terrorists or hostile states, a new study says. In Russia, about 37% of ''potentially vulnerable'' nuclear material has gotten U.S.-funded security upgrades, such as new alarm systems, fences and surveillance equipment, the study says. It also notes that many civilian reactors using weapons-usable fuel in former Soviet states and developing countries are ''dangerously insecure.'' The study, done by Harvard University researchers, contends that...
  • Weapons Of Mass Destruction

    01/15/2003 8:44:29 AM PST · by philosofy123 · 7 replies · 268+ views
    1/15/03 | philosofy123
    The nuclear bombs issue, as well as the all the other chemical and biological weapons are very confusing dilemma to our world. Nations, and thinkers around the globe are confused with the hypocritical standards. As we currently observing the crisis in Korea, and Iraq. N. Korea attempts to develop nuclear bombs, and its population is starving! It appears that for the sake of the North Korean people that its leaders should devote more resources to economic development, and reduce expenditures on military matters. However, tyrant leaders around the world do not have to be rational, or even care about being...

    09/17/2002 12:19:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies · 536+ views ^ | 9-17-02 | Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUE SEPT 17 2002 11:13:02 ET XXXXX ALERT AS NUCLEAR BOMBS GO MISSING[EXPRESS] TWO hundred nuclear warheads have gone missing in a country suspected of selling high tech arms to Iraq, it emerged last night. The terrifying revelation will heighten fears that Saddam Hussein could be just one step away from having all the ingredients of an atomic bomb. He has threatened terrorist attacks if Britain and America confront him. The warheads, which have vanished in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, contain enough highly-radioactive plutonium to destroy every capital in Europe and North America several...
  • UK reveals nuclear bomb plans (Detailed How-To)

    04/17/2002 3:08:17 PM PDT · by My Identity · 24 replies · 1,098+ views
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2002
    <p>LONDON, England -- Britain's Ministry of Defence has confirmed it has made public information describing in detail the make-up of a nuclear bomb.</p> <p>The plans give complete cross-sections, precise measurements and full details of materials used for all the components, including the plutonium core and the initiator that sets off the chain reaction causing the blast.</p>