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  • Pentagon Report And Chinese Nuclear Forces

    05/21/2016 10:03:21 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 2 replies ^ | May.18, 2016 | Hans M. Kristensen
    The Pentagon’s latest annual report on Chinese military developments mainly deals with non-nuclear issues, but it also contains important new information about developments in China’s nuclear forces. This includes: The size of China’s ICBM force has been relatively stable over the past five years China has deployed a new version of a medium-range ballistic missile A new intermediate-range ballistic missile is not yet deployed China’s SSBN fleet has yet to conduct its first deterrent patrol The possibility of nuclear capability for Chinese bombers Changes (or not) to Chinese nuclear policy ICBM Developments The future development of China’s ICBM force has...
  • US nuclear officers caught napping with blast door open [why these leaks? why now?]

    10/23/2013 12:52:07 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 71 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | October 23, 2013 | ROBERT BURNS
    <p>U.S. Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to long-range nuclear missiles have been caught twice this year leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials said.</p>
  • Inside the Ring: Russia builds up, U.S. down

    05/02/2013 10:51:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 1, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    As the Obama administration prepares to launch a new round of strategic nuclear missile cuts, Russia’s strategic nuclear forces are undergoing a major modernization, according to U.S. officials. Russia's military announced last month that as part of the nuclear buildup, Moscow later this year will deploy the first of its new intercontinental ballistic missiles called the Yars-M. Details of the missile are being kept secret, but it has been described as a fifth-generation strategic nuclear system that Russian officials say will be able to penetrate U.S. missile defenses using a new type of fuel that requires a shorter burn time...
  • U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command officials dedicated to bomber mission

    02/24/2010 1:24:56 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 331+ views
    AFNS ^ | 2/23/2010 | AFNS
    Air Force Global Strike Command's top officer emphasized his command's dedication to the bomber mission during the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition Feb. 19 here. "Let me state right up front," said Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, the AFGSC commander. "Global Strike Command (Airmen are) absolutely committed to providing robust and relentless advocacy for current and future bomber capabilities; in the conventional, as well as in the nuclear realm." Bombers have always been at the "heart and soul" of the Air Force since its very beginnings, General Klotz said. "The ability to hold at risk or strike...

    01/27/2010 12:00:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 433+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 01/01/2010 | Peter Grier
    In the mid-1960s, senior Pentagon officials became concerned about the state of the US nuclear deterrent force. The Soviet Union for years had been churning out more and more heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles—long-range, fast-flying, silo-based nuclear weapons. At the same time, the Soviet Union had begun building anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense systems around important homeland targets. The two developments, either singly or in combination, had the potential to alter the strategic superpower balance. The problems were fundamental ones. First, increasingly numerous ICBMs posed a threat to America’s own weapons. How could the US maximize the portion of the nuclear arsenal...
  • US Air Force sets up new command for nuclear forces

    08/09/2009 11:43:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 1,401+ views
    Space War ^ | 08/09/2009 | AFp
    The US Air Force on Friday launches a new Global Strike Command responsible for nuclear forces after two major mishaps raised doubts about the supervision of the country's atomic weapons. The opening of the command marks a shake-up that followed the botched handling of nuclear weapons and the subsequent sacking of the air force's top civilian and military leaders last year. The command, located at Barksdale Air Force base in the southern state of Louisiana, will combine nuclear-capable B-52 and B-2 bombers as well as the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force -- which had previously been under the Air Force...
  • Russia can never surrender its nukes

    04/12/2009 11:42:30 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 19 replies · 888+ views
    Pravda ^ | 06.04.2009
    This past week, following the G20 conference and with a North Korean missile launch as a back ground, the American president Obama made an impassioned plea for the world to be free of nuclear weapons. In his words, America must lead the way: “As a nuclear power – as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon – the United States has a moral responsibility to act". He planned on doing this through a series of measures such as the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. He also proposed gathering up all vulnerable nuclear material,...