Nuclear Notebook: United States nuclear weapons, 2021

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May
11

At the beginning of 2021, the US Defense Department maintained an estimated stockpile of 3,800 nuclear warheads for delivery by 800 ballistic missiles and aircraft. Most of the warheads in the stockpile are not deployed, but rather stored for potential …

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US Nuclear Weapons Systems Facing Risk with Replacements

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May
11

Last Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office released a declassified version of a once-secret June 2020 report titled: Nuclear Triad: DOD and DOE Face Challenges Mitigating Risks to US Deterrence Efforts. Conducted under the Trump administration, the report raised questions about …

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How to deal with a nuclear-armed Kim Jong Un

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May
10

The Biden administration has pledged to pursue “calibrated” diplomacy to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to halt his mad dash toward a deliverable nuclear weapon. But that is a vain hope. Instead, the world and especially the United …

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Troubling Trends in Russian Nukes

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May
8

In the new great power competition, Russia is ready to rumble. Indeed, in recent years, Russia has unveiled the hypersonic vehicle-carrying Sarmat ICBM, the Avangard hypersonic boost-glide vehicle, the Tsirkon sea-launched hypersonic cruise missile, and the Kinzhal air-launched hypersonic ballistic …

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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Upgrade to See Delay on Old Silos, Tech

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May
7

Upgrading America’s nuclear missile arsenal will likely take longer than expected because of the complexities of pulling 1970s-era ICBMs out of aging silos and testing and installing replacement missiles and technology to run the system for decades to come, according …

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US Air Force aborts ICBM test before launch

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May
6

The Air Force aborted a planned test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile prior to launch Wednesday, the service said. The test had been planned for early Wednesday morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but “experienced a …

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Admiral Describes Growing Threat From Nuclear-Armed China, Russia

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May
6

U.S. Strategic Command is responsible for America’s nuclear deterrence, using nuclear weapons-capable submarines, intercontinental ballistic missiles and strategic bombers. The two peer nuclear-armed nations that have displayed aggressive behaviors are China and Russia. Navy Adm. Charles A. Richard, commander of …

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Russia announces tests of Putin’s ‘invincible’ ‘Satan 2’ nuke

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May
5

Russia is to carry out three tests of its new deadly hypersonic ‘Satan-2’ intercontinental ballistic missile this year, it was announced today. The 208-ton weapon, officially called RS-28 Sarmat, is the biggest beast in Vladimir Putin’s modernised nuclear arsenal, and …

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