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Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Reply #1185 on: December 01, 2017, 11:21:20 am »
Here a podcast episode about nuclear weapons from November 26th, 2017. Maybe this episode features nothing really new for the most of you all - but still might be something for the long winter nights.  :)
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270 – Nuclear Weapons
In this episode we chat about the science and engineering involved in nuclear weapons. Our guest is Alex Wellerstein of the Stevens Institute of Technology.
We talk about atomic bombs as well as hydrogen bombs, how to refine the necessary fuels as well as a little bit of history. [...]
Link: http://omegataupodcast.net/270-nuclear-weapons/
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Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Reply #1187 on: December 07, 2017, 05:33:41 pm »
https://apnews.com/900859587c9c4f6db430c07b37aa7fa4/Questions-swirl-about-plutonium-pit-production-at-US-lab

80 pits by 2030 ??  The Nation of Trinity, Alamagordo, the Manhattan Project :'(

Here is a BoTAS article from the '80s
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Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Reply #1189 on: December 07, 2017, 05:54:40 pm »
http://defense360.csis.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Caplan_Resuming-Nuclear-Testing_Bad-Idea.pdf

https://warontherocks.com/2017/12/deterrence-retreat-cold-wars-core-principle-fell-fashion/

Probably should stick those over in politics as those two look prime for heading that way.  (Nuclear testing is obviously a good idea from a technical standpoint, there's no disputing that, but the political aspects. . .) 
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Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Reply #1190 on: December 07, 2017, 10:22:27 pm »
http://defense360.csis.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Caplan_Resuming-Nuclear-Testing_Bad-Idea.pdf

https://warontherocks.com/2017/12/deterrence-retreat-cold-wars-core-principle-fell-fashion/

Probably should stick those over in politics as those two look prime for heading that way.  (Nuclear testing is obviously a good idea from a technical standpoint, there's no disputing that, but the political aspects. . .)
Was going to initially but that thread was locked, sorry.
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Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Reply #1191 on: December 08, 2017, 03:53:18 am »
http://defense360.csis.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Caplan_Resuming-Nuclear-Testing_Bad-Idea.pdf

https://warontherocks.com/2017/12/deterrence-retreat-cold-wars-core-principle-fell-fashion/

Probably should stick those over in politics as those two look prime for heading that way.  (Nuclear testing is obviously a good idea from a technical standpoint, there's no disputing that, but the political aspects. . .)
Was going to initially but that thread was locked, sorry.

That was quick, and unsurprising.  I just hope they stay away from this thread. Certainly we don't want to give a toe back into this thread, so probably best to keep those topics out of this one lest they manage to get this one locked too.
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"DARPA Hard"  It ain't what it use to be.

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Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Reply #1196 on: December 14, 2017, 04:06:58 pm »
"DARPA Hard"  It ain't what it use to be.

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Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Reply #1198 on: December 16, 2017, 09:50:30 am »
http://www.nipp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IS-426-1.pdf


Interesting read.  Thanks for posting.

There is a case, within the presented argument, to be made for re-establishment of the USIA.

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Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Reply #1199 on: December 17, 2017, 08:21:56 am »
https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2017/12/17/trumps_security_strategy_and_the_new_nuclear_world_112793.html

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Pentagon officials reportedly fear that Russia is planning to expand its own arsenal to as many as 8,000 deployed warheads a decade from now.

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Department of Defense reports that China is “is developing and testing several new variants of missiles, forming additional missile units, retiring or upgrading older missile systems;  and developing  methods to counter ballistic missile defenses.” Furthermore, as the National Institute for Public Policy noted, “China is expanding its strategic nuclear forces; the question is the limit of that expansion,” the Obama administration estimated it to be “several hundred,” while some independent estimates are far higher.

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Matthew Kroenig of the Atlantic Council notes that over the past decade, “spending on US homeland missile defense has actually decreased by roughly 46 percent from $3.7 billion to $2 billion.”

And others continue to write how OUR modernization, that has not even really started yet, is destabilizing.
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