Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country’s north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad.”
Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul [...]
Trouble is looming at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, as a leak has forced the shutdown of a cooling system that could cause temperatures to exceed dangerous levels.
Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) was forced to switch off the cooling system at Reactor Unit 5, after engineers discovered it had been leaking water. If [...]
The organization responsible for securing America’s highly sensitive nuclear sites has been suffering from a “chaotic” and “dysfunctional” security policy that has endangered the country’s nuclear sites and left them vulnerable to attack, according to a new report by the government’s watchdog group.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which is tasked with managing the [...]
A three-year study into the value of renewing Britain’s Trident nuclear missile programme in 2016 has come out in favour of retaining it, saying the weapons could yet prove their worth in preventing national blackmail or another security threat.
The verdict will dismay anti-nuclear campaigners, although the commission’s membership, drawn heavily from the establishment, meant [...]
China’s DF-41 solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile is capable of wiping out three American cities in just one attack, according to the Kanwa Defense Review, operated by Canadian military analyst Andrei Chang, also known as Pinkov.
Once China is capable of launching three warheads simultaneously, the magazine said that a single DF-41 missile would [...]
Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said the recent testing of Russia’s newest air-launched cruise missile is part of a pattern of nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.
The nuclear missile test firings followed a large-scale nuclear forces exercise in May that Haney said was a cause for concern in light of Ukraine.
I think the authors of this story mean “overestimate” not “underestimate.” An Iranian study of breakout times purposefully overestimated the time to breakout. What would you expect from someone who is trying to hide their true intentions?
“Using its data and correcting for mistakes, we arrive at a breakout estimate of 2-3 months in [...]
Nuclear war, the exchange of nuclear weapons between two or more states in open conflict. It’s unthinkable. It can’t happen.
If you decide to ride out a nuclear war in an underground bunker, then many years later the area may become at risk of fire due to lack of decay of leaves and trees. New trees may grow but their dropped leaves won’t decay. Also, dead trees won’t decay properly. These are great sources of [...]
The Pentagon is planning on building a new long-range stealth bomber, but the first units are not expected to become available until the mid-2020s. In the meantime, the ability of the Air Force’s current fleet of nuclear-capable bombers “to get close enough to targets to employ weapons will likely continue to deteriorate” as potential adversaries [...]