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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New START Data Shows US Implementation, Questions About Bomber Force

Posted on July 11, 2017

By Hans M. Kristensen While defense hawks try to block funding for implementing the US-Russian New START treaty, the US military is making rapid process toward meeting the treaty limits by February 2018. The latest full declassified aggregate data for …


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Review of NASIC Report 2017: Nuclear Force Developments

Posted on June 30, 2017

Click on image to download copy of report. Note: NASIC later published a corrected version, available here By Hans M. Kristensen The National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson AFB has updated and published its periodic Balli …


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The Flawed Push For New Nuclear Weapons Capabilities

Posted on June 29, 2017

Click on image to view full size By Hans M. Kristensen Voices in the United States are once again calling for new and better nuclear weapons. The claim is that adversaries somehow would no longer be deterred by existing capabilities and that new or sig …


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The Pentagon’s 2017 Report On Chinese Military Affairs

Posted on June 8, 2017

The Pentagon report says China is “developing a strategic bomber that officials expect to have a nuclear mission.” The Internet is full of artistic fantasies of what it might look like. By Hans M. Kristensen The Pentagon’s latest annual report to Congr …


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B-52 Bomber No Longer Delivers Nuclear Gravity Bombs

Posted on May 25, 2017

A B-52H bomber conducts a B61-7 nuclear gravity bomb drop test at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. Image: NNSA By Hans M. Kristensen The venerable B-52H Stratofortress long-range bomber is no longer listed by the National Nuclear Security Administrati …


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