Nuclear Weapons Headlines

  • US calls on Russia to destroy new missile system

    The U.S. has called on Russia to destroy a new cruise missile system which it said constituted a "direct violation" of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

  • Super Weapon: Israel Could Arm Stealth F-35s with Nuclear Weapons

    Zachary Keck Security, Middle East Imagine this.  There is no reason to think that Israel doesn’t have the technical capability to make its new F-35s nuclear capable By the end of this year, Israel is expected to become the second country after the United States to declare Initial Operational Capability for its F-35s. Already, Tel Aviv has taken possession of five of the multirole fighters, and following an agreement late last month to buy an additional seventeen planes, will ultimately...

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  • Trump promises system to shoot down missiles 'anywhere, anytime' after Pentagon defence strategy review

    Critics say ambitious plan would be 'technically unachievable' and too expensive to be effective
  • Video Alert: What Happens if Washington, D.C. Is Attacked with Nuclear Weapons

    Harry J. Kazianis Security, World War III? What could be the next “failure of imagination”?  The present national security environment America faces today is loaded with challenges as far as the eye can see—but it might just be the dangers we don’t see coming or fail to see, those that are so difficult to imagine, so gut wrenching and horrific to even contemplate, that a future calamity someday might take us by surprise and do the most harm of all. (This first appeared in 2016.)  Consider the...

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  • Report: North Korea's Hidden Artillery Threatens Tens of Millions of People

    David Axe Security, Asia A DPRK artillery barrage could inflict as many as 250,000 casualties in Seoul alone, RAND reported, citing a U.S. Defense Department estimate. By 2020 the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could possess as many as 100 nuclear warheads, allowing it to pursue war strategies that could hold the Republic of Korea and the United States hostage to the threat of devastating atomic attack. But North Korea's conventional weapons pose a major threat of their own,...

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  • Israel’s Nuclear Weapons: The Worst-Kept Military Secret on the Planet

    Robert Farley Security, If a hostile power (let’s say Iran, for sake of discussion) appeared to be on the verge of mating nuclear devices with the systems needed to deliver them, Israel might well consider a preventive nuclear attack Key point: There is no question that Israel could consider using its most powerful weapons if the conventional balance tipped decisively out of its favor. Israel’s nuclear arsenal is the worst-kept secret in international relations. Since the 1970s, Israel has...

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  • Russian Navy Will Soon Deploy 32 "Poseidon" Nuclear Drones Across 4 Submarines

    Mark Episkopos Security, Europe How worried should the U.S. Navy be?  The Russian Navy is on track to deploy up to 32 of its “Poseidon” thermonuclear drones across four submarines, according to Russian state media. Citing a military insider source, TASS reported earlier this week that "Two Poseidon-carrying submarines are expected to enter service with the Northern Fleet and the other two will join the Pacific Fleet. Each of the submarines will carry a maximum of eight drones and, therefore,...

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  • With 100 Nuclear Warheads by 2020, North Korea Could Hold the World Hostage

    David Axe Security, Asia "The DPRK’s growing arsenal will provide its regime with multiple options to employ its nuclear weapons," the RAND report warns. By 2020 North Korea could possess as many as 100 nuclear warheads. That's the startling conclusion of a January 2019 report from RAND, a California think tank with close ties to the U.S. military. "North Korean provocations and threats have created an unstable environment on the Korean Peninsula," RAND's report explains. "North Korea’s...

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  • How America Could Have Won the Korean War: Use Nuclear Weapons?

    Warfare History Network Security, Asia Douglas MacArthur proposed to use atomic bombs to contain China and ultimately win the Korean War. "Would MacArthur really have employed atomic weapons in Korea and Red China as the Considine interview asserted?" In his 1964 book Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Gold Medal Books, Greenwich, Conn.), Bob Considine writes, “MacArthur’s final plan for winning the Korean War was outlined to this reporter in the course of an interview in 1954 on his 74th birthday.

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  • NASA's deep-space nuclear-power crisis may soon end, thanks to a clever new robot in Tennessee

    NASA relies on plutonium-238 (Pu-238), a human-made radioactive element, to power its longest-operating and farthest-flying spacecraft. Nearly all Pu-238 was made during the Cold War, and supplies are running low. The shortage threatens to limit deep-space exploration. The Department of Energy is now making new Pu-238 and recently achieved an eight-fold increase in production with a new robot. Oak Ridge National Laboratory says its robot is "the next key step" in making enough plutonium to...

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  • Russia Wanted a Tank That Could Fire Missiles and Nuclear Weapons

    Charlie Gao Security, Russia A Cold War wonder weapon--or not? In the 1950s and 1960s when tactical nuclear weapons were expected to rule the battlefield, the Soviet Army developed a variety of short-range tactical nuclear launchers, their answer to the American launchers like the Davy Crockett. One of these systems was the “Reseda” launcher, two 230mm recoilless rifles that would fire an oversize 360mm tactical nuke up to six kilometers away. These launchers were mounted on a BTR-60...

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  • North Korea Could Have 100 Nuclear Warheads by 2020: Analyst

    Daniel R. DePetris Security, Asia Calling Donald Trump. Decked out in a dark suit, surrounded by leather-bound books and sitting comfortably on a plush sofa, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivered an olive branch of sorts to the United States during his annual New Years Day speech. His meeting with U.S. president Donald Trump last June in Singapore was a helpful and productive exchange of ideas, Kim told his countrymen—one he would like to continue in 2019. But, Kim continued, if Washington...

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  • US Strategic Command apologizes for tweet about dropping bomb

    The U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear and missile arsenal, boasted that it's ready if ever needed "to drop something much, much bigger" than the Times Square ball.