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Current Nuclear Weapons Development

Arjen

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DOT&E's report pages on Columbia can be found here: https://www.dote.osd.mil/Portals/97/pub/reports/FY2019/navy/2019columbia.pdf
Page 120:
Assessment
• The Columbia EOA identified several design risks that may affect the ship’s operational effectiveness and suitability. The details are classified and can be found in the Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force and DOT&E classified reports. The Program Office had identified many of these risks prior to the 2018 EOA and has plans to mitigate them prior to the start of Columbia’s IOT&E in 2029.
• The 2018 Columbia EOA addressed M&S limitations identified in the 2013 Ohio Replacement EOA and revealed additional, albeit known M&S limitations. The Columbia- and Virginia-class programs are collaborating to update the M&S for future operational assessments and IOT&E.
• DOT&E will continue to work with the Navy to secure test resources needed to evaluate Columbia’s susceptibility against emerging threats identified by the Intelligence Community as relevant to the effectiveness and survivability of the Columbia-class submarine program.
• Evaluation of the Columbia-class’s survivability to underwater threats was assessed in the first Columbia Survivability Assessment Report in February 2018. Additional analysis is ongoing and the next Columbia-class submarine Survivability Assessment Report is expected in 2026, prior to lead ship delivery from the shipyard
 

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Top House defense Dem plans to 'claw back' billions in nuke, wall funds
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said today he has plans to "claw back" billions of defense dollars the Trump administration has slated for modernizing nuclear weapons and building a southern border wall
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Who’s surprised? :rolleyes:
 

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For the people not knowledgeable on nuclear weapons, why does it cost to make the f35 nuclear capable? A bomb is a bomb, right?
 

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It's primarily down to security concerns and protocols (along with associated bureaucracy) some of which date back to McNamara's time. In the United States and by extension NATO (with the exception of France), aircraft that can carry and deploy nuclear weapons, whether they be tactical or strategic, must have certain DOD mandated physical interfaces and software interlocks in order to be able to use such weapons. The situation with regard as to the F-35 is further complicated by it's on-going issues, in particular it's avionics and software woes. To say that IOC was declared prematurely would be putting it mildly.
 

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Navy reveals six-year, $700M plan to design second Trident SLBM life extension
The Navy is proposing a $700 million, six-year project to define a second life extension of the Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile to keep the 27-year old strategic weapon system in service for the life of the new Columbia-class submarine fleet through 2083, potentially stretching the life of the Trident across a century
 
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