Nuclear Issues / Cold War 2.0

Strategic Demands tracks a new Cold War arms race

 

“I miss it, the Cold War. It gave you a reason to get up in the morning.”

— Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, in John Updike’s Rabbit at Rest  (1990)

 


 

Nuclear “Hair Trigger” & First Use

 


 

President Trump setting the stage

 

President Trump has called for a new global arms race, and the Pentagon is ready.

Trump’s newly released budget for 2018 contains hundreds of millions of dollars to speed up development of the Long Range Stand Off missile — a jet-propelled nuke designed to be launched from an airborne bomber and stealthily zip to a target virtually anywhere in the world.

It will carry a “variable yield’’ warhead that can be adjusted to deliver an atomic blast ranging from 5 to 150 kilotons — that is, from about one-third of a Hiroshima-sized bomb to as much as 10 Hiroshima bombs…

“This weapon makes fighting nuclear wars even more possible. Its accuracy and potency will be greater. We don’t need it. It’s dangerous. And the weapons that we have already can do the job,’’ said Senator Edward Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat and longtime proponent of a freeze and reduction on nuclear weapons.

“We’re going to ask other countries to engage in restraint while we’re making . . . nuclear war-fighting even more possible, even more imaginable.”

 


 

http://billmoyers.com/story/sleepwalking-nuclear-arms-race-russia/

Sleepwalking Into a Nuclear Arms Race with Russia

The nuclear issue boils down to a question of understanding how America’s spending decisions and actions impact patriotic Russians.

 


 

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has taken the unprecedented step of moving the Doomsday Clock ahead 30 seconds, taking the world to 2½ minutes to midnight …

Thirty seconds closer to midnight…

 


 

Trump’s Nuclear Options

 

 


 

Hypersonic Nuclear Weapons on the Horizon

Russia has unveiled the first image of a new thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-28 Sarmat. The Sarmat, designed to be fitted with a hypersonic glider warhead, is expected to go into production as early as 2018. US and Chinese hypersonic nuclear weapons, land-, sea-based, air-launched, stand-off cruise missiles in accelerated active development/testing

Calculus of War; Hypersonic Arms Race

 

‘Satan’ Sarmat

 

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September 2016

As the US Preps for a New President

Now is the time to set in place additional protection against first-use

Poll: Nearly half of voters think Trump will detonate a nuke

Donald Trump: “Why are we making them?”‘If we have them, why can’t we use them?’

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“Commander-in-Chief Forum”

 

August 2016

NextGen Nuclear Weapons and the Codes

 

NextGen Nuclear Weapons and the Codes

More Than a Dust Up

More Than An Email Dust-Up

End First-Use of Nukes

 

Turkey, Incirlik, US & Russia / July 2016

Nuclear Arsenal & Reflections on a President’s Last Days in Office / July 2016

Nuclear Use Scenarios / June 2016

New Nuclear Arsenal / June 2016

Hiroshima / May 2016

Stewards of the Apocalypse / May 2016

Recipe for Proliferation / April 2016

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink / January 2016

Remembering a Day in 1962 / October 2015

Next-Gen Nuclear Weapons / October 2015

Mideast Proliferation v Non-proliferation / Sept 2015

The Iran Deal / August 2015

Iran and Diplomacy / August 2015

A Win for Non-proliferation / July 2015

Deal: Now to Implementation / July 2015

A Day in the Life of a Nuclear Arms Race / June 2015

Hair Trigger Revcon / June 2015

Pits: Future of Nuclear Warhead Cores / May 2015

Nuclear Modernization and the NPT / April 2015

“The Edge”, Europe and Russia – Cold War 2.0 / Feb 2015

Blip on the Screen / Jan 2015

Going Bzhrk / Jan 2015

 

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The beginning of the “Atomic Age”

In a desert called Jornada del Muerto

 

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Final 2017 Clock Statement

 

 

 

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