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    Re: U.S. Nuclear Forces: News and Discussion

    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:06 am

    Air Force Makes Pitch for New ICBM, Nuclear Cruise Missile

    The nation’s nuclear deterrent triad isn’t what it used to be, the Air Force said Tuesday in a pitch for the nation to take on the huge costs of modernization.

    The Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles in silos throughout the northwest are based on 1960s technology upgraded once in the 1980s and are “working well beyond their service lives,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein.

    The Minuteman missiles should be replaced by new missiles, dubbed the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent by the Air Force, said Weinstein, deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration.

    As part of a panel of nuclear experts at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland, Weinstein also argued for a nuclear cruise missile to be called the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) as a replacement for the Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM).

    “I think the LRSO is the most critical piece of the modernization effort” for its ability to be launched from all bombers in the U.S. fleet — the B-52, B-1, B-2 and the future B-21, christened the “Raider” at the AFA on Monday, Weinstein said.

    Weinstein said he was leaving the discussion of costs to another day, but said the Air Force had no choice but to press ahead as Russia and China upgrade their own nuclear arms and North Korea seeks to develop a warhead to fit on a long-range missile capable of hitting the U.S.

    However, the estimated cost of the LRSO is $20 billion, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent is put at upward of $60 billion, and various projections for the B-21 put the cost in the neighborhood of $100 billion. At the same time, the Navy is pressing for replacements for its Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines at a cost of upward of $80 billion.

    Ronald Lehman, chairman of the Defense Department’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, backed Weinstein on the need for the LRSO and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent. Without them, “the unthinkable may become thinkable in the minds of some adversaries,” Lehman said.

    To underscore the need for nuclear modernization, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter next week will go to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota — home to the B-52H Stratofortress bombers of the 5th Bomb Wing and the Minuteman ICBMs of the 91st Missile Wing.

    On Sept. 27 and 28, Carter will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to thank personnel at Kirtland Air Force Base for their work to ensure the readiness of the nuclear force, the Defense Department said in a release. The base is home to critical operational, testing, storage and development units.

    http://www.defensetech.org/2016/09/20/air-force-makes-pitch-for-new-icbm-nuclear-cruise-missile/


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    Re: U.S. Nuclear Forces: News and Discussion

    Post  George1 on Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:45 am

    America’s Updated B61 Nukes to Cost Taxpayers Over $9 Billion

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/201610201046562353-b61-upgrade-cost-estimates/


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    Re: U.S. Nuclear Forces: News and Discussion

    Post  George1 on Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:54 pm

    The American program for the creation of a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

    US Air Force began its consideration of applications from Northrop, Boeing and Lockheed to develop replacement for Minuteman-III, an intercontinental ballistic missile silo-based.



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    Re: U.S. Nuclear Forces: News and Discussion

    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:19 pm

    More Money: Pentagon Approves $125 Billion Nuclear Submarine Expansion

    The Pentagon Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, has officially signed off on a top-priority $125-billion Navy program to buy 12 sophisticated, nuclear-capable submarines.

    Specifically, a recent "continuing resolution," or partially-annualized budget, passed by the Senate in late 2016, authorized the use of $773 million to go toward the program. Kendall’s decision makes that procurement official.

    The Columbia-class underwater ballistic missile warships are poised to begin construction in 2021. The 171 meter submarines use a slew of propulsion mechanisms, including nuclear, a turbo-electric drive, and a pump-jet. The submarines can be equipped with 16 Trident D5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Trident D5s are reported to allow US and UK navies to achieve nuclear deterrence with fewer submarines and are said to be almost as accurate as land-based ballistic missiles. Submarines are a vital component to the US Navy’s strategic nuclear force, according to the Pentagon, amplifying the significance of the approval of a top-priority US Navy weapons program.

    "Without that $773 million, we’d still be twiddling our thumbs," US Representative Joe Courtney, ranking member of the House of Representatives subcommittee on seapower and projection forces, said, following Kendall’s move. Part of the $125-billion program includes approximately $30 billion in expenses dedicated to research and development for the US Navy’s next-generation Columbia-class nuclear submarines. The finished project will coincide with the phasing out of the US fleet’s previous Ohio-class submarines.

    Outgoing US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter previously lambasted the US Congress for its failure to pass an adequate, full-year budget, which in 2013 caused a temporary federal government shutdown. The continuing resolution puts military commanders in a "straight jacket,"Carter said in a Congressional Research Service brief. These types of budgets from the US Senate hinder the Pentagon’s capacity to "keep pace with complex national security challenges," he added.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/201701071049343176-money-pentagon-billions-nuclear-submarine/


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    Nuclear Strike Survival for Russia, China Get New U.S. Review

    Post  Project Canada on Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:41 am

    Nuclear Strike Survival for Russia, China Get New U.S. Review


    U.S. intelligence agencies and the Pentagon’s Strategic Command are working on a new evaluation of whether the Russian and Chinese leadership could survive a nuclear strike and keep operating,

    Under the little-noticed provision in this year’s defense authorization measure, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. Strategic Command -- which plans and would execute nuclear strikes -- will evaluate the post-attack capabilities of the two nuclear powers. The law mandates a report on Russian and Chinese “leadership survivability, command and control and continuity of government programs.”

    The review is to include “the location and description of above and underground facilities important to the political and military” leadership and which facilities various senior leaders “are expected to operate out of during crisis and wartime.”

    Targeting “leadership and relocation locations is part of long-standing U.S. strategy to make clear that potential enemy leaders understand they cannot win a nuclear war,” Franklin Miller, a former senior Pentagon official who served under seven defense secretaries and as the National Security Council’s senior director for defense policy and arms control, said in an interview.

    Nuclear leaders in Russia and China “plan to direct nuclear forces from inside command bunkers buried deeply beneath the earth or deeply inside mountains,” said Bruce Blair, a Princeton University research scholar on nuclear security policy and co-founder of Global Zero, a group devoted to eliminating nuclear weapons.

    Turner’s statement implies that “deterring them requires U.S. strategic cruise missiles that can maneuver around the mountains to strike the bunkers from any angle,” Blair said.

    imagine the outrage if this review is made by Russia.. Rolling Eyes
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    The US Congress has directed intelligence agencies and the Pentagon’s Strategic Command to evaluate the ‘survivability’

    Post  franco on Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:38 pm

    The US Congress has directed intelligence agencies and the Pentagon’s Strategic Command to evaluate the ‘survivability’ of Russian and Chinese leaders in the event of a nuclear strike on their aboveground and underground defense facilities.

    The comprehensive study will be carried out by the US intelligence agencies as well as the Strategic Command, which is in charge of the American nuclear forces. They will evaluate whether the Russian and Chinese leadership could survive a nuclear attack and continue to operate in a post-strike environment, according to a little-reported section of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

    The review will include “an identification of which facilities various senior political and military leaders of each respective country are expected to operate out of during crisis and wartime,” as well as the “location and description of above-ground and underground facilities important to the political and military leadership survivability.

    “Key officials and organizations of each respective country involved in managing and operating such facilities, programs, and activities” should also be identified, says the document, which is somewhat reminiscent of an elaborate war plan.

    “Our experts are drafting an appropriate response,” Navy Captain Brook DeWalt, spokesman for the Strategic Command, said in an email to Bloomberg on Monday. While “it’s premature to pass along any details at this point, we can update you further at a later date.”

    Although the study was ordered before Donald Trump took office, it appears to coincide with his statement that he would unconditionally support strengthening US strategic arsenals. In an incendiary tweet in December, Trump wrote that Washington “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

    Later in the month, Trump stunned arms control experts, reportedly telling Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ program: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

    The remarks came despite Trump’s separate statement that he would consider a rapprochement with Moscow in response for a possible new deal on nuclear arms reduction.

    While seemingly opaque, Trump’s comments left many to speculate as to whom his threats of a renewed arms race were directed against. Currently, Russia is the only country that can match the US in terms of nuclear strategic capabilities in both size and quality, with Moscow’s nuclear triad believed to be enough to bring about so-called ‘mutually assured destruction.’

    Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said in an email to Bloomberg that the US “must understand how China and Russia intend to fight a war and how their leadership will command and control a potential conflict. This knowledge is pivotal to our ability to deter the threat.”

    The US and Russia possess roughly 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons, while most of them are many times more powerful than the American atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. A single nuclear warhead, if detonated on a large city, could result in millions of fatalities, with contamination effects persisting for decades.

    Last week, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists adjusted the famous ‘Doomsday Clock,’ which visualizes the perceived distance to a nuclear disaster. The hand was moved 30 seconds closer to midnight, and it now stands just 2.5 minutes away – a time unseen since 1953, when the US and USSR were designing and testing hydrogen bombs.

    “Over the course of 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change,” the scientists stated.
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    Re: U.S. Nuclear Forces: News and Discussion

    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:21 pm

    Infrastructure of nuclear weapons in Europe



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    U.S. has Gained an Insurmountable Nuclear Edge over Russia?

    Post  Odin of Ossetia on Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:28 pm

    U.S. has Gained an Insurmountable Nuclear Edge over Russia?


    According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

    http://thebulletin.org/how-us-nuclear-force-modernization-undermining-strategic-stability-burst-height-compensating-super10578


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    Re: U.S. Nuclear Forces: News and Discussion

    Post  GarryB on Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:19 am

    Oh do fuck off with this shit.

    How gay that sounds... a super fuse for a nuclear weapon.

    Welcome to reality buddy but an airburst above a nuclear hardened silo will do fuck all... that is why they are called hardened silos and even with only 15 minutes warning by the time an SLBM gets to a Russian ICBM silo it will be empty.

    The Russian assets that are not hardened and therefore would be very vulnerable to an airburst attack will be train mounted and truck mounted weapons the US has no chance of finding in the event of a WWIII scenario... just like they could not find Scud missile platforms in a tiny country called Iraq despite having complete air and space superiority over that small area...

    And of course there is the tiny factor of the S-400 system that can intercept 4.8km/s targets like SLBMs and the soon to enter service S-500 with 7km/s intercept capability which will prevent US missiles from hitting Russian silos directly.

    And then we have the Moscow ABM system and the missiles developed from that and those that are right now evolving into capable ABM systems too.

    BTW their lead in smart fuses is of course insurmountable... because the Russians will be leveling US cities and killing US citizens and not wasting their missiles hitting empty ICBM silos.

    What the Russians are doing however is building a whole new generation of breeder reactors that can be used to create enormous amounts of fuel grade and weapons grade Uranium very rapidly... not to mention their 100 MT super torpedoes... Smile


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    Re: U.S. Nuclear Forces: News and Discussion

    Post  George1 on Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:33 pm

    Lockheed Martin Wins Contract for Trident II Missile Production, Support

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded additional funding for production and engineering support of the Trident DII (D-5) submarine launched ballistic nuclear missile, according to the Pentagon.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Lockheed Martin has been awarded additional funding for production and engineering support of the Trident DII (D-5) submarine launched ballistic nuclear missile, the US Department of Defense said in a press release.

    "Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded $11,867,147 modification to a previously awarded contract for Trident II (D5) missile production and deployed system support," the release stated on Friday.

    The Trident II D5 missile is housed on board OHIO-class and British VANGUARD-class strategic missile submarines, according to published US Navy information. submarines. Trident II has a range of approximately 7,500 miles and can carry up to 14 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs). It is lighter than previous iterations and, as such, can carry a heavier payloads.

    https://sputniknews.com/military/201707221055778156-lockheed-martin-trident-missile/


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