Russia Upgrades Nuclear Weapons Storage Site In Kaliningrad

Posted on June 18, 2018

A buried nuclear weapons storage bunker in the Kaliningrad district has been under major renovation since mid-2016. Click on image to see full size. By Hans M. Kristensen During the past two years, the Russian military has carried out a major renovatio …


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US SSBN Patrols Steady, But Mysterious Reduction In Pacific In 2017

Posted on May 24, 2018

The U.S. SSBN fleet conducted 27 nuclear deterrent patrols in 2017, but with a mysterious reduction in the Pacific. Click graph to view full size. By Hans M. Kristensen Despite their age, U.S. nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) continue to ca …


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Despite Rhetoric, US Stockpile Continues to Decline

Posted on March 22, 2018

Click on image to view full size. Full document here. By Hans M. Kristensen The US nuclear weapons stockpile dropped to 3,822 warheads by September 2017 – down nearly 200 warheads from the last year of the Obama administration, according to new informa …


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After Seven Years of Implementation, New START Treaty Enters Into Effect

Posted on February 8, 2018

Russia and the United States are currently in compliance with the treaty limits of the New START treaty. This table summarizes the evolution of the three weapons categories reported between 2011 and 2018. (Click on graph to view full size.) By Hans M. …


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New Data Shows Detail About Final Phase of US New START Treaty Reductions

Posted on January 13, 2018

By Hans M. Kristensen The full unclassified New START treaty data set released by State Department yesterday shows that the US reduction of its nuclear forces to meet the treaty limit had been completed by September 1, 2017, more than four months early …


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NNSA’s New Nuclear Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan

Posted on November 16, 2017

By Hans M. Kristensen The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has published its long-awaited Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP) for Fiscal Year 2018. The SSMP is NNSA’s 25-year strategic program of record. I’ll leave it to oth …


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US B-1B bomber assurance missions to Korea

Posted on November 6, 2017

Two USAF B-1B Lancer bombers fly alongside a JASDF F-2 over the East China Sea, October 21, 2017. Photo: PACAF, http://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2001830673/ By Adam Mount As the Trump administration has prioritized North Korea, it has expand …


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CBO Study Presents Options For A More Affordable Nuclear Modernization Plan

Posted on October 31, 2017

A new report by the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the current plan to sustain and modernize US nuclear forces will cost $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years – or $41.4 billion per year. A study by the James Martin Center for Nonp …


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NATO Nuclear Exercise Underway With Czech and Polish Participation

Posted on October 17, 2017

Image: https://www.facebook.com/lowapproach/posts/1468961693225121. Hat tip: Roel Stynen. By Hans M. Kristensen NATO reportedly has quietly started its annual Steadfast Noon nuclear strike exercise in Europe. This is the exercise that practices NATO’s …


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‘Small Hands’ Don’t Like Small Nuclear Arsenals

Posted on October 11, 2017

By Hans M. Kristensen According to an NBC News report, President Donald Trump said during a meeting at the Pentagon on July 20 that “he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal,” according to three officials who wer …


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New START Data: Russia Slashes Deployed Warheads, US Reaches Limits

Posted on October 2, 2017

Click on graph to view full size. By Hans M. Kristensen The United States has now reached the limits for all three weapons categories under the New START treaty. The latest data published by the State Department shows that the United States for the fir …


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NASIC Removes Russian INF-Violating Missile From Report

Posted on August 22, 2017

By Hans M. Kristensen The U.S. Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) has quietly published a corrected report on the world’s Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threats that deletes a previously identified Russian ground-launched cruise …


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