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For Heaven’s Sake: Why Would Russia Want to Nuke Space?

Detonating a nuclear weapon in space would not only damage U.S. assets but those of all countries, including Russia. It would set back the use of space for multiple purposes – peaceful and otherwise – by decades.

02.21.24 | 7 min read
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Construction Of New Nuclear Weapons Facility At Barksdale AFB

Satellite images show that the Navy has begun construction of a new nuclear weapons storage and handling facility at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

02.20.24 | 3 min read
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Upgrades to Russia’s Nuclear-Capable Submarine Fleet

Russia is in the midst of a decades-long nuclear force modernization program intended to replace Soviet-era missiles, aircraft, and submarines with new systems.

02.07.24 | 6 min read
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“Critical” Overrun of Sentinel ICBM Program Demands Government Transparency

The Sentinel program has been plagued with cost increases, flawed assumptions, and misleading arguments from the beginning; this most recent overrun demands hawk-eyed scrutiny of the program’s next steps.

02.02.24 | 8 min read
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Chinese Nuclear Forces, 2024: A “Significant Expansion”

Analyzing and estimating China’s nuclear forces is challenging, particularly given the relative lack of state-originating data and the tight control of messaging surrounding the country’s nuclear arsenal and doctrine.

01.16.24 | 4 min read
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What Did the DOD Know About Chinese Missiles in the Latest PRC Nuclear Capabilities Report?

The Federation of American Scientists seeks answers about the Department of Defense’s annual report on “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.”

01.10.24 | 5 min read
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A Reflection on the 2023 Hiroshima ICAN Academy

“These weapons are being cleaned and shined as arsenals expand and the risk of nuclear weapons use grows to be higher than at any time since the Cold War.”

12.14.23 | 5 min read
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New Nuclear Bomb Training At Dutch Air Base

The Dutch air base at Volkel appears to have started integration training with the new U.S. B61-12 guided nuclear gravity bomb in 2021, even before the bomb went into full-scale production and entered the U.S. stockpile in 2022.

12.13.23 | 3 min read
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TPNW2MSP: Overview and Key Takeaways

Here’s what we learned at the 2nd Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

12.08.23 | 8 min read
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New Voices on Nuclear Weapons Fellowship: Creative Perspectives on Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence 

To empower new voices to start their career in nuclear weapons studies, the Federation of American Scientists launched the New Voices on Nuclear Weapons Fellowship. Here’s what our inaugural cohort accomplished.

11.28.23 | 3 min read
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Biden Administration Decides To Build A New Nuclear Bomb to Get Rid Of An Old Bomb

[UPDATED] The Biden administration has decided to add a new nuclear gravity bomb to the US arsenal. The bomb will be known as the B61-13.

10.27.23 | 8 min read
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Upgrade Underway for Russian Silos to Receive New Sarmat ICBM

New satellite imagery shows that preparations to deploy Russia’s new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile are well underway.

10.19.23 | 4 min read
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