Pakistan is likely working to create tactical nuclear weapons, which are smaller warheads built for use on battlefields rather than cities or infrastructure. These weapons are diminutive enough to be launched from warships or submarines, which makes them easier to use on short notice than traditional nuclear weapons.
Developing tactical nuclear weapons calls for [...]
We assume Iran’s leaders will abide by the very international rules they are dedicated to destroying.
When we refer to Iranian missiles as a legitimate form of “deterrence,” we just fool ourselves into imagining that Iranian missiles, which support aggression, are no different from American and allied missiles, which prevent and deter aggression.
The U.S. [...]
A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United [...]
A Scottish vote to leave the United Kingdom on Thursday could ultimately lead to the end of the country’s nuclear arsenal, which consists of 225 warheads.
The UK’s nuclear deterrent is currently housed in western Scotland – and if the newly independent Scots decide to banish the UK’s major nuclear base London could decide that [...]
Analysis of the flight indicated the aircraft were conducting practice runs to a pre-determined “launch box”—an optimum point for firing nuclear-armed cruise missiles at U.S. targets, said defense officials familiar with intelligence reports.
Disclosure of the nuclear bombing practice comes as a Russian general last week called for Moscow to change its doctrine to include [...]
But Putin would never actually use nuclear weapons, would he?
The scientist and longtime Putin critic Andrei Piontkovsky, a former executive director of the Strategic Studies Center in Moscow a political commentator for the BBC World Service, believes he might.
… In August, Piontkovsky published a [...]
‘Baluyevsky stressed that, according to the current doctrine, “Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapon in response to the use of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, or in case of use of regular weapon, which threatens the existence of the entire state [of Russia].”’
“First of all, [...]
Last month, the U.S.-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said that commercial satellite imagery from late June showed that the reactor was active.
“North Korea has apparently made a decision to renovate the aged 5 MW (e) reactor to make plutonium for nuclear weapons for many more years,” it said. “However, without more [...]
A Russian general has called for Russia to revamp its military doctrine, last updated in 2010, to clearly identify the U.S. and its NATO allies as Moscow’s enemy number one and spell out the conditions under which Russia would launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the 28-member military alliance, Interfax reported Wednesday.
Russia’s military doctrine — a strategy document through which the government interprets military threats and crafts possible responses — [...]
The forces responsible for Russia‘s strategic nuclear arsenal will conduct major exercises this month involving more than 4,000 soldiers, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday, in the latest sign of rising tension with NATO over the Ukraine crisis.
In an announcement a day before the start of a NATO [...]