PBS Newshour Takes On The Holy Nuclear Triad

By Hans M. Kristensen It has almost become dogma: the United States needs to keep a Triad of strategic nuclear forces. Therefore, expensive modernization of every leg is necessary plus a fourth leg of non-strategic fighter-jets. Oh, and don’t forget nuclear command and control systems such as terminals and satellites. Without that, deterrence of potential adversaries […]

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FAS Roundup: February 16, 2016

From the Blogs Pentagon Portrays Nuclear Modernization As Response to Russia: The final defense budget of the Obama administration effectively crowns this administration as the nuclear modernization leader of post-Cold War U.S. presidencies. Hans Kristensen, Director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project discusses such nuclear modernization programs and what they could mean for the future. Streamlining […]

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Pentagon Portrays Nuclear Modernization As Response to Russia

By Hans M. Kristensen The final defense budget of the Obama administration effectively crowns this administration as the nuclear modernization leader of post-Cold War U.S. presidencies. While official statements so far have mainly justified the massive nuclear modernization as simply extending the service-life of existing capabilities, the Pentagon now explicitly paints the nuclear modernization as […]

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FAS Roundup: February 9, 2016

From the Blogs RAND Report Questions Nuclear Role In Defending Baltic States: The RAND Corporation has published an interesting new report on how NATO would defend the Baltic States against a Russian attack. Hans Kristensen, director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project, analyzes the report’s observations and offers recommendations for “a better strategy.” Declassified: US Nuclear Weapons At […]

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RAND Report Questions Nuclear Role In Defending Baltic States

By Hans M. Kristensen The RAND Corporation has published an interesting new report on how NATO would defend the Baltic States against a Russian attack. Without spending much time explaining why Russia would launch a military attack against the Baltic States in the first place – the report simply declares “the next [after Ukraine] most […]

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Declassified: US Nuclear Weapons At Sea

By Hans M. Kristensen Remember during the Cold War when US Navy warships and attack submarines sailed the World’s oceans bristling with nuclear weapons and routinely violated non-nuclear countries’ bans against nuclear weapons on their territories in peacetime? The weapons were onboard ballistic missile submarines, attack submarines, aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, frigates and supply […]

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FAS Roundup: January 19, 2016

From the Blogs Video Shows Earth-Penetrating Capability of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb: The capability of the new B61-12 nuclear bomb seems to continue to expand, from a simple life-extension of an existing bomb, to the first U.S. guided nuclear gravity bomb, to a nuclear earth-penetrator with increased accuracy. Hans Kristensen, Director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project, […]

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Video Shows Earth-Penetrating Capability of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb

By Hans M. Kristensen and Matthew McKinzie* The capability of the new B61-12 nuclear bomb seems to continue to expand, from a simple life-extension of an existing bomb, to the first U.S. guided nuclear gravity bomb, to a nuclear earth-penetrator with increased accuracy. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) previously published pictures of the drop […]

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North Korea’s Fourth Nuclear Test: What Does it Mean?

By Charles D. Ferguson North Korea’s boast on January 5 about having detonated a “hydrogen bomb,” the colloquial name for a thermonuclear explosive, seems highly hyperbolic due to the relatively low estimated explosive yield, as inferred from the reported seismic magnitude of about 4.8 (a small- to moderately-sized event). More important, I think the Korean Central […]

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