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« Reply #1665 on: July 17, 2018, 05:38:20 am »
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2131261/china-needs-more-nuclear-warheads-deter-us-threat

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In the PLA Daily on Tuesday, a commentary said China had enough nuclear weapons to prevent “bullying” by other nuclear powers but still needed to respond to changes in US strategy.

“To enhance China’s strategic counterbalance in the region and maintain China’s status as a great power, and protect national security, China has to beef up and develop a reliable nuclear deterrence capability,” it said.

It also said China would still stick to the “no first use” doctrine, meaning there were no circumstances in which it would be the first to use nuclear weapons.

The commentary comes as the administration of US President Donald Trump is expected to unveil its new military weapons policy later this week.
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« Reply #1667 on: July 23, 2018, 10:51:10 pm »
https://mobile.wnd.com/2018/07/china-adding-significant-capabilities-to-nuclear-forces/

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China is quietly adding “significant capabilities” to its nuclear forces, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris of the Federation of American Scientists write that the nation’s nuclear force “includes about 280 warheads for delivery by ballistic missiles and bombers” and the “stockpile is likely to grow further over the next decade.”

Kristensen is director of the Nuclear Information Project with the FAS and Norris is a senior fellow there. Their Nuclear Notebook column has been published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1987.

China is continuing a modernization program begun in the 1980s, putting more types and bigger numbers of nuclear weapons in play.

“Since our previous Nuclear Notebook on China in July 2016, the country has continued fielding a new version of an existing nuclear medium-range mobile ballistic missile, a new dual-capable intermediate-range mobile ballistic missile, and an improved road-mobile launcher for an existing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM),” they write.

“It has also continued development of a road-mobile ICBM, and might be developing an air-launched dual-capable ballistic missile.”

The analysts estimate China has a stockpile of approximately 280 nuclear warheads for delivery by 120 to 130 land-based ballistic missiles, 48 sea-based ballistic missiles, and bombers.

“This stockpile is likely to grow further over the next decade as additional nuclear-capable missiles become operational. Moreover, in response to the U.S. deployment of missile defense systems in the Pacific, China has equipped some (or all) of its silo-based ICBMs with multiple warheads,” the report said.

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« Reply #1668 on: July 26, 2018, 08:12:53 pm »
https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2018/07/24/tactical-nuclear-weapon-launches-into-development-with-pentagon-policy-bill/

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to get congressional authorization to start building a controversial new submarine-launched low-yield nuclear weapon.

The Senate and House came together Monday on a $716 billion defense authorization report that authorizes $65 million to develop the weapon, aimed at deterring Russia, according to the bicameral compromise conference report.

The requirement for the weapon — likely to be a submarine-launched Trident II D5 with a W76-2 warhead — is part of the administration’s Nuclear Posture Review.

The report for the sweeping 2019 National Defense Authorization Act is expected to come to a vote in the House this week and the Senate next week. The annual must-pass bill covers military hardware, personnel and a wide swath of hot-button national security issues.

In a minor win for opponents of the new weapon, the energy secretary would not be able to reprogram money to begin a nuclear weapons program or begin a new phase of a nuclear weapons program.

Low-yield nuclear weapons per 2004 law need special authorization from Congress, but the new legislation would make them equivalent to other nuclear weapons, with the same authorization requirements. That’s a win for W76-2 advocates.
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« Reply #1669 on: July 26, 2018, 08:27:53 pm »
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« Reply #1670 on: July 27, 2018, 05:27:35 pm »
https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2018/07/27/the_trump_administration_must_revitalize_natos_nuclear_deterrent_113657.html

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Russia is a military power primarily because of its large arsenal of nuclear weapons. So central are these weapons to Moscow’s foreign and defense policies that it was even willing to deploy a new long-range, land-based cruise missile in violation of the long-standing Intermediate-Range Nuclear Weapons Treaty to bolster Russian theater nuclear force capabilities.

While Russian conventional forces have been modernized over the past decade, they are a one-trick pony, capable only of limited offensive operations against NATO in areas immediately beyond its Western borders. Russian anti-access/area denial forces are relatively brittle and intended largely to shield the homeland from the power of U.S. and Alliance air and sea forces. The Kremlin’s efforts to organize a national mobilization capability, which would be required in the event of a conflict with NATO, have been largely unsuccessful. Thus, the Russian military is really designed to support a “smash-and-grab” strategy similar to what we saw in Crimea.
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« Reply #1671 on: July 30, 2018, 11:44:02 pm »
 North Korea 'working on new missiles', US officials say

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North Korea appears to be building new ballistic missiles despite recent warming ties with the Trump administration, media reports say.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45015343

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« Reply #1673 on: July 31, 2018, 10:51:55 am »
US Intelligence: North Korea Is Continuing to Produce ICBMs

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North Korea is continuing production of intercontinental-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at a known missile manufacturing site, U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest classified intelligence of North Korea’s weapons programs confirmed to The Diplomat. The new U.S. military intelligence assessment was first reported on Monday by the Washington Post.

At least one—possibly as many as two—Hwasong-15/KN22 intercontinental-range ballistic missiles are being manufactured at the site known as the Sanum-dong Research Center, outside the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, sources confirmed to The Diplomat.

“Work on the new missile likely began after the summit,” one source told The Diplomat, referring to the June 12 meeting between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

https://thediplomat.com/2018/07/us-intelligence-north-korea-is-continuing-to-produce-icbms/

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« Reply #1674 on: July 31, 2018, 10:17:09 pm »
https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.3969

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The Department of Energy announced in May that it will spend at least $7.6 billion to build new facilities to manufacture plutonium cores, known as pits, for nuclear weapons. Given the shrinking US stockpile, the probable usability of many pits from retired weapons, and the lack of new weapons on the drawing board, why are new pits required at all?

The Trump administration’s nuclear posture review released in February calls for DOE to build 20 new pits a year beginning in 2024 and increase production to 80 pits annually by 2030. The document said that a sustained pit-manufacturing capability is required “to avoid stockpile age-out, support life extension programs, and prepare for future uncertainty.”

If a US nuclear weapon were ever detonated, high explosives would implode the grapefruit-sized pit as it is flooded with neutrons from a generator. Fissioning of the plutonium would then generate x rays that implode the secondary, fusion–fission stage of the weapon.

28 years ago (1990), at the Pantex Plant in Texas, the United States assembled its last completely new nuclear warhead—a 455-kiloton W88.
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« Reply #1675 on: August 08, 2018, 04:17:45 pm »
https://breakingdefense.com/2018/08/detect-nukes-in-flight-with-electron-beam-technology/

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SPACE & MISSILE DEFENSE SYMPOSIUM, HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: Imagine a technology that could detect roadside bombs and landmines buried underground, pick out a nuclear warhead from a cloud of decoys miles away, or even fry enemy electronics, potentially disarming those warheads from a distance. Well, physicist William Dent has invented that technology and briefed its potential to the Army and industry here. It’s called a neutron beam generator.

Dent’s idea is a potential breakthrough for bomb squads and missile defenses, enthused conference organizer David Mann, a three-star Army general who ran Space & Missile Defense Command here (SMDC) until his retirement in 2016. Despite the Star Trek-esque name, Mann told me after Dent’s presentation, this is a feasible real-world technology, a matter of “when, not if.”
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« Reply #1676 on: August 09, 2018, 05:07:32 am »
I remember reading back in the day that the purpose of a neutral particle beam would be to distinguish warheads from decoys as part of SDI.
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« Reply #1677 on: August 09, 2018, 05:36:14 am »
I remember reading back in the day that the purpose of a neutral particle beam would be to distinguish warheads from decoys as part of SDI.

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« Reply #1678 on: August 10, 2018, 07:13:34 am »
https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/u-s-nuclear-weapons-performance/

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A just-released and about-to-be-published scientific report, authored by two respected Los Alamos nuclear experts, raises serious questions about the reliability and performance of U.S. nuclear weapons!

This is important.  In today's nuclear weapons era, America's existence depends on our nuclear weapons stockpile.  The instant readiness of these weapons for launch by our deployed submarines, bombers, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the absolute, unquestioned ability of the weapons themselves to perform meticulously to their certified military characteristics, are our nation's only guarantee of survival.

This is what the Cold War was all about, avoiding global thermonuclear war.  For 46 years, the Soviet Union and the United States each had tens of thousands of high-yield nuclear weapons poised for instant launch.  If there had been any hint of incipient U.S. weapons failure, our nation would have ceased to exist.  Our Strategic Air Command used to say that their mission was to ensure that the Kremlin's daily morning meeting ended with the leader saying "Not today, Comrades."
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