Public Interest Report

The Journal for Science and Security

Spring 2014- Volume 67 Number 2

The B61 Family of Bombs

  • In the new Nuclear Notebook, Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris take a look at the B61 nuclear bomb family, and the half dozen different types of B61 nuclear weapons that were derived from the original design. The Obama administration is about to give birth to the newest member of the B61 family: the B61-12; this “baby” is worth more than its weight in gold, and estimated to cost about $10 billion. The new B61-12 will be capable of holding at risk the same targets as current gravity bombs in the U.S. stockpile, but will able to do so more effectively and less yield (thus less collateral damage and radioactive fallout) than the existing bombs. Article available here.


Screening of “Garwin”


Missing U.S. Military Nuclear Material: Missing in Action or Sloppy Practices?

  • The United States has the gold standard when it comes to accounting for fissile materials especially in the military sector. Yet, for more than 30 years, government reports have sounded the alarm that the accounting system for these materials is not adequate and the United States is still not meeting its most stringent standards. FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson examines missing U.S. nuclear fissile materials in a book chapter published by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach? The chapter examines incidents of missing materials (such as missing highly enriched uranium from the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation in Pennsylvania from the 1960s) and provides an overview of U.S. military control and accounting systems and recommendations on how to improve these systems.Read the chapter here.


Intelligence Directive Bans Unauthorized Contact with News Media


Nuclear Weapons Modernization: A Threat to the NPT?

  • In 1968, the five declared nuclear-weapon states pledged under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to pursue negotiations to cease production of nuclear arms. However, all of the world’s nuclear-armed states are busy modernizing their arsenals, and by doing so, continue to reaffirm the importance of such weapons. In a new article published in Arms Control Today, Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, examines the modernization programs underway in the nine nuclear-armed countries, and finds that none of the countries appear to be planning to eliminate its nuclear weapons program; instead they are committing hundreds of billions of dollars to modernize their nuclear forces. Article available here.


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