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  • France uses Rafale fighter in 'rare' nuclear attack test

    02/05/2019 9:05:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Week, India ^ | February 6, 2019
    The French Air Force announced on Tuesday that it had conducted the test launch of a nuclear-capable missile from a Rafale fighter. An ASMPA cruise missile, which is the French military's main nuclear strike weapon for aircraft, was reportedly used by the Rafale. According to the French Air Force, the nuclear strike mission lasted 11 hours and included aerial refuelling of the Rafale. "These real strikes are scheduled in the life of the weapon's system," French Air Force spokesman Colonel Cyrille Duvivier said. "They are carried out at fairly regular intervals, but remain rare because the real missile, without its...
  • NNSA: New GBSD Warhead Plan Costs Slightly More Than Refurbished Option

    02/01/2019 6:01:10 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 7 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 1/31/2019 | RACHEL S. COHEN
    The National Nuclear Security Administration has canceled its previous plan to refurbish a warhead for use on the Air Force’s future land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as on the Navy’s submarine-launched ballistic missiles, according to a December 2018 NNSA report to Congress that Air Force Magazine viewed Jan. 29. “[NNSA] is no longer planning for an interoperable warhead program as previously conceived,” the report states. “NNSA has no plans to pursue a W78 life-extension program using the existing aeroshell.” Instead, NNSA will pursue a safer but slightly more expensive warhead for the future Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, the W87-1, which...
  • ‘North Korea promises to destroy enrichment facilities’ | Trump prepares to end Korean War...

    02/01/2019 1:21:38 PM PST · by Steve Schulin · 15 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | Feb 2, 2019 | Kim Yoo-chul
    North Korea has agreed to hand over a list of its still-unknown uranium and plutonium enrichment facilities inside the country, as its leader Kim Jong-un promised to dismantle all of its such facilities, not just the regime’s well-known Yongbyon site, a top U.S. nuclear envoy said, early Friday (KST). Stephen Biegun, the special representative for North Korea, said in a speech at Stanford University in California, that the North has “committed to the dismantlement and destruction” of all its uranium and plutonium enrichment facilities both to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and to leaders in Seoul. The Korea Times...
  • Warren introduces bill to stop US using nuclear weapons first

    01/30/2019 11:15:11 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | January 30 | Ryan Browne
    CNN)Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation Wednesday seeking to stop the US from launching a first-strike nuclear weapons attack on another country. Warren, of Massachusetts, and Rep. Adam Smith of Washington -- both of whom are Democrats -- introduced separate, but identical, bills in their individual chambers Wednesday. "By making clear that deterrence is the sole purpose of our arsenal, this bill would reduce the chances of a nuclear miscalculation and help us maintain our moral and diplomatic leadership in the world," they wrote in a joint statement.
  • Man killed after trespassing at nuclear site in Nevada

    01/28/2019 10:52:58 PM PST · by Cementjungle · 45 replies
    <p>MERCURY, Nev. (AP) — Authorities shot and killed a man who entered a secured federal site north of Las Vegas where the government used to test nuclear bombs.</p> <p>A spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration says the man failed to stop at the security gate on Monday at the Nevada National Security Site. Darwin Morgan says the man drove for about 8 miles before he parked, got out of his car and approached security officials.</p>
  • A Second Summit Between President Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un is Being Planned

    01/18/2019 12:51:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2019 | Katie Pavlich
    The White House announced Friday afternoon President Trump plans to hold a second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February. The President looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released in a statement. Trump's first summit with Chairman Kim was held in June 2018 from Singapore. This is a developing story, stay tuned...
  • White House Announcement: Second nuclear summit between Trump, North Korea to be held in February

    01/18/2019 12:16:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/18/2019 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    A second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place next month, the White House announced Friday. President Trump met with a top North Korean official Friday afternoon in the Oval Office. “President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February. The President looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date," the White House said in a statement. The face-to-face came after Secretary...
  • Bill Gates' nuclear venture hits snag amid US restrictions on China deals

    01/01/2019 8:31:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/01/2019
    TerraPower reached an agreement with state-owned China National Nuclear Corp in 2017 to build an experimental nuclear reactor south of Beijing. But Gates wrote in an essay published late last week that TerraPower is unlikley to follow through on its plans in the face of new U.S. restrictions on technology deals with China. The Bellevue, Washington-based company is now unsure which country it will work with to conduct trials of its technology, which is desgined to use depleted uranium as fuel for nuclear reactors in a bid to to improve safety and costs, company officials told the Journal. “We’re regrouping,”...
  • China tests submarine-launched missile capable of range of 9,000km

    12/21/2018 8:36:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Week, India ^ | December 22, 2018
    US and Hong Kong-based media agencies have reported that China has tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capable of a range of around 9,000km. The weapon is expected to significantly improve China's nuclear strike capabilities. In comparison, the Indian Navy's INS Arihant, which completed its first deterrent patrol recently, is armed with missiles with a range of 750km and will only get the 3,500km-range K-4 missiles in the future. The South China Morning Post reported China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) had tested the new missile, dubbed the JL-3, in the Yellow Sea in November. The Washington Free Beacon,...
  • Hackers in Iran target foreign nuclear experts and US officials

    12/16/2018 6:00:44 PM PST · by Steve Schulin · 5 replies
    The National (UAE) ^ | Dec 17, 2018, p. 1 | The Associated Press
    <p>Iranian-backed hackers scrambled to break into the personal emails of US Treasury officials after harsh economic sanctions were placed on Tehran last month, a cyber security group said.</p> <p>The hacking group, named Charming Kitten, also targeted foreign nuclear experts in data tracked by Certfa analysts in the UK.</p>
  • Introduction to Electromagnetic Defense Task Force

    12/07/2018 9:04:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Air University, Maxwell Air Base, Alabama ^ | 2018 | Electromagnetic Defense Task Force
    The electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) is a broad area of activity characterized by physically observable activities such as visible light and lasers and unobservable phenomena such as microwaves and electro-magnetic energy. EMS manifests through various frequencies and wavelengths produced by natural sources like solar storms or artificially by hardware such as radar or nuclear weapons. EMS impacts every domain of warfare. On 20–22 August 2018, the Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF) hosted an inaugural summit in the National Capital Region (NCR). The summit was designed to aid and encourage actions to recover footing where our technological lead in EMS is being...
  • Pompeo: US to leave nuclear treaty in 60 days unless Russia complies with terms

    12/04/2018 11:31:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/04/18 01:15 PM EST | y Morgan Chalfant -
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States would suspend its obligations under a decades-old nuclear arms pact in 60 days if Russia does not come back into full compliance with the treaty. Pompeo made the announcement following meetings with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium, describing Russia’s violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty as part of a broader pattern of “lawlessness” by Moscow on the global stage. President Trump signaled earlier this fall that he planned to unilaterally withdraw the United States from the INF Treaty, citing Russian violations of the agreement. U.S. officials...
  • Robots come to the rescue after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

    11/27/2018 11:29:14 AM PST · by Tilting · 39 replies
    CBS News - 60 Minutes ^ | Nov 25, 2018 | Lesley Stahl
    Lake Barrett: It's even a bigger project in my view. But there's a will here to clean this up as there was a will to put a man on the moon. And these engineering tasks can be done successfully. Lesley Stahl: Why not just bury this place? Why not do what they did at Chernobyl? Just cover it up, bury it, and just leave it here all-- you know, enclosed? Lake Barrett: Number one this is right next to the sea. We're 100 yards from the ocean. We have typhoons here in Japan. This is also a high earthquake zone....
  • China Panics over Bolsonaro: ‘Unthinkable’ for Brazil to Align with U.S. and Taiwan

    10/29/2018 5:17:48 PM PDT · by familyop · 39 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 29, 2018 | John Hayward
    China’s state-run Global Times panicked over the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, penning a Monday editorial sternly lecturing the new Brazilian leader that shifting trade away from China to the United States would be “unthinkable...On the other hand, Reuters found Chinese officials and senior executives eyeing Bolsonaro with “varying degrees of concern,” particularly when he talks about tightening Brasilia’s grip on the supremely valuable niobium industry. Bolsonaro has been critical of China’s efforts to dominate Brazilian mines, but might be obliged to mute his criticism because China has become such an important customer for Brazilian iron and...
  • Trump says US will withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia

    10/20/2018 2:43:35 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 42 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | October 20, 2018
    Donald Trump said on Saturday the US will “terminate” a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.The Guardian reported on Friday that Trump’s third national security adviser, John Bolton, was pushing for a US withdrawal from the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty (INF), which the US says Russia has been violating with the development of a new cruise missile. Speaking to reporters in Nevada after a campaign rally on Saturday, Trump said: “Russia has violated the agreement. They’ve been violating it for many years and I don’t know why President Obama didn’t negotiate or pull out.
  • Russia’s power play to control global revival in nuclear energy

    10/05/2018 9:56:56 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 11 replies
    The Telegraph - Business (UK) ^ | Oct 5, 2018 | Jillian Ambrose (Telegraph biz energy editor)
    ... amid the financial fallout of the West’s attempts at a new nuclear dawn, Russia is quietly building an army of nuclear reactors across the world ... Kirill Komarov, the first deputy chief executive of Russia’s Rosatom, is also the head of the World Nuclear Association...“We are the ultimate leader in the majority of nuclear sectors,” he says, and it is hard to disagree. “In the last 11 years we have commissioned 13 new nuclear plants, which is probably the biggest number in the world even compared to the increase from our Chinese friends.” Rosatom is the leader in constructing...
  • Trump says N. Korean leader agrees to nuclear inspections

    09/18/2018 10:53:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | September 19, 2018 | Yonhap
    US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to allow nuclear inspectors in and permanently shut down nuclear and missile testing sites. Trump made the remarks in a tweet after Kim held his third summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang where the reclusive ruler reaffirmed his commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula. "Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts," Trump said in the tweet. "In the meantime there...
  • The Iran Deal’s Disastrous Legacy Has Nothing to Do with Nukes

    09/18/2018 6:45:59 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 2018 | Noah Rothmans
    In March, State Department veteran and former adviser to Barack Obama, Frederic Hof, bid farewell to public life with a stunning admission. Amid a confession regarding his failure to prevent the expansion of the Syrian civil war into a regional crisis, Hof laid the blame for that all-consuming conflict (as well as a notable uptick in Russian aggression) at the feet of Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The administration sacrificed Syrian civilians and American credibility for the mistaken notion that Iran required appeasement in Syria as the price for a nuclear agreement,” Hof wrote. Today, with 500,000 dead, millions...
  • How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship: Prinz Eugen, once the pride [tr]

    09/18/2018 9:25:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Sept 17, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. military is trying to recover the oil form a ship that's been underwater for 72 years. In an interesting twist, it's not even an American warship. The United States captured the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen as a war prize after the end of World War II. The Prinz Eugen capsized in 1946 after being nuked—twice—during the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. For decades, experts have feared that the radioactive ship's oil might leak into the Pacific. Now the Pentagon is trying to do something about it.
  • Sheep Glands Point to Nukes as Source of Mysterious 1979 Explosion

    09/13/2018 6:23:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 12, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    A mysterious event detected by U.S. satellites in 1979 was the detonation of an atomic bomb. The incident correlates with an equally mysterious rise in radioactivity in sheep in nearby Australia, confirming that a nuclear test took place. Experts believe that Israel and South Africa conducted a secret joint test of a tactical nuclear weapon in the Indian Ocean, hoping it would escape detection. On September 22, 1979, a U.S. Vela satellite, part of the globe-scanning U.S. Nuclear Detonation Detection System (NDS), detected the characteristic “double flash” of a nuclear weapon. Nuclear bombs produce two distinct flashes: the superheating of...