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US to loosen nuclear weapons constraints and develop more 'usable' warheads

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+Mirumir    5,535

 

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US to loosen nuclear weapons constraints and develop more 'usable' warheads

 

The NPR also expands the circumstances in which the US might use its nuclear arsenal, to include a response to a non-nuclear attack that caused mass casualties, or was aimed at critical infrastructure or nuclear command and control sites.

 

 

North Korea is more rationale when it comes to nuclear weapons.

 

 

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+Zagadka    2,225

If you're gonna kill a few million people, you might as well do it efficiently.

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+Mirumir    5,535
15 minutes ago, Zagadka said:

If you're gonna kill a few million people, you might as well do it efficiently.

Heinrich Himmler would agree. It's like you've taken these words out of his mouth.

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DocM    13,437

Sounds like an upgrading of the inventory to use variable yield W76 weapons, aka dial-a-bomb, which IIRC the UK already has in some of their Tridents. These can be adjusted from 100 kilotons to 10kt or  0.3kt for use as tactical weapons, or as enhanced radiation/reduced blast "neutron" bombs.

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jupe    516

Just what the world needs, nuclear weapons that are MORE likely to be used. /s

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+Mirumir    5,535
DocM    13,437

 

Turns out this nuclear modernization program isn't really "new," it was initiated under Obama after a 2010 nuclear posture review. Even the dial-a-yield bombs aren't really new. Trump is continuing existing policy with a few wrinkles. 

 

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/nuclear-force-modernization-costs-much-less-you-think-17125

 

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July 26, 2016

 

The U.S. government is embarking on the biggest surge in nuclear weapons spending since early Cold War years.  Pursuant to the findings of a Nuclear Posture Review released in 2010, the Department of Defense will replace all of the long-range missiles and ballistic-missile submarines in the nuclear "triad," plus most of the bombers.  Working with the Department of Energy, it will also refurbish and modernize many of the 4,500 nuclear warheads in the active stockpile

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