Extremely dangerous. Damaging to national and global security. Accelerant to nuclear proliferation globally.
China-Russia and nuclear states will now, in turn, multiply nuclear weapon systems far beyond current spending …
Stephen F. Cohen / Summer 2017
“We’re at maybe the most dangerous moment in US-Russian relations in my lifetime, and maybe ever. And the reason is that we’re in a new cold war, by whatever name. We have three cold war fronts that are fraught with the possibility of hot war, in the Baltic region where NATO is carrying out an unprecedented military buildup on Russia’s border, in Ukraine where there is a civil and proxy war between Russia and the west, and of course in Syria, where Russian aircraft and American warplanes are flying in the same territory. Anything could happen.”
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.”
“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)
The nuclear issue boils down to a question of understanding how America’s spending decisions and actions impact patriotic Russians.
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
Now is the time to set in place additional protection against first-use
Donald Trump: “Why are we making them?” … ‘If we have them, why can’t we use them?’
Turkey, Incirlik, US & Russia / 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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