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A case for unilateral US nuclear warhead reductions

Lasrick (2629253) writes | about a year ago


Lasrick (2629253) writes "Interesting read of the geopolitics between the US and Russia when it comes to reducing nuclear warheads. Pavel Podvig is a physicist trained at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology who works on the Russian nuclear arsenal, US-Russian relations, and nonproliferation. His take here is essential to understanding what is happening between Washington and Moscow on nuclear weapons cuts."
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If only the defense industry weren't that strong ! (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about a year ago | (#44155043)

Unfortunately there are way too many right wing radicals that only agree with chest beating, we're the strongest and we're not going to be smart. "Me neanderthal man beats on the chest on defense subjects".
Indeed it would be an interesting window for the US to dismantle older nukes, and if Russia doesn't follow suit, rebuilt some of those afterwards.
Tritium - very heavy hydrogen, has a half live of around 12 yrs, so the thermonuclear fusion weapons need to be recycled like every 20 yrs, or their yield will be significantly reduced.
The real hot nukes, those on board navy boomers, should be less than 15yrs old. Those are the truly critical deterrent Russia fears, since they those boomers stay in patrol much closer to Russia, far lower alert times.

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