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The following story illustrates for me how dangerous is the notion that a limited nuclear war can be carried out.  Such wars by their very nature would be extremely difficult to control.  They imply a level of agreement between potential adversaries that simply does not exist.  If such a level did exit, then a limited war would not be needed.  Other means of accomplishing the desired ends would be found.  A war that failed to stay limited would result in an unimaginable amount of destruction.  The maps hint at what the U.S. arsenal would do.  They do not even consider the added destruction by Russian and Chinese  arsenals.

 

1100 DECLASSIFIED U.S. NUCLEAR TARGETS

 

https://futureoflife...uclear-targets/

 

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The National Security Archives recently published a declassified list of U.S. nuclear targets from 1956, which spanned 1,100 locations across Eastern Europe, Russia, China, and North Korea. The map below shows all 1,100 nuclear targets from that list, and we’ve partnered with NukeMap to demonstrate how catastrophic a nuclear exchange between the United States and Russia could be. If you click detonate from any of the dots (see link for this featurea), you can see how large an area would be destroyed by the bomb of your choice, as well as how many people could be killed. 

 

Even though today’s nuclear targets list is classified, it probably doesn’t look dramatically different. The United States still has about 1,900 nuclear warheads deployed on missiles and bombers (with thousands more on reserve), ready to be launched at a moment’s notice and able to hit their targets within 30 minutes. This unstable situation is extremely risky and has repeatedly come close to triggering nuclear war by accident. Moreover, many of today’s hydrogen bombs are hundreds of times more powerful than the two atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If a nuclear war were to break out today, nuclear winter might kill most people on Earth.

 

This leads to an important question: Just how many nuclear weapons do we actually need? Seven of the nine nuclear nations have determined that deterrence requires fewer than 300 nuclear weapons, and none of them have been attacked. Yet, not only do the United States and Russia each have approximately 7,000 nuclear warheads — accounting for 90% of the world’s arsenal – both countries are currently escalating the situation, making massive investments to enhance their arsenals with more accurate and lethal nuclear weapons. Many military analysts agree that the U.S. and Russia could easily meet their deterrence needs with much fewer nuclear weapons. Even the Pentagon has stated that the U.S. needs no more than 1,000 nukes to deter a nuclear attack. But don’t take their word for it: play with the map yourself and see just how destructive nuclear weapons can be!

While the maps above show a general radius of nuclear destruction, weather patterns would play a role in how many people would be affected by nuclear fallout. 

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Chinese Navy Tests Experimental Magnetic Propulsion System

Chinese Navy tested a ship that uses Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) propulsion system to reach a satisfactory speed which can navigate without any sound in water

Engineers and scientists in China have started up the first Chinese ship with a magnetohydrodynamic propulsion system. The system, which uses magnetic fields propel a ship through the water, promises to make quieter military submarines that are harder to detect. However, the technology is not new and has failed to catch on in the mainstream.
The report in China's official military news site and mentioned by China Defense Blog, says that a ship with a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) propulsion system or "rim-driven pumpjet" drive was tested in southern China, on Hainan island. The ship, docked at the Chinese naval base at Sanya, was tested on October 18th and "then reached the designated speed."


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Analysis | Nuclear sub sailors fired after ‘absolutely disgraceful’ parties with a prostitute and cocaine

 

https://www.msn.com/...=ob-fb-enus-280

 

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(The Washington Post) The British sailors who spend their lives in submarines safeguarding the nation’s nuclear missiles are, without hyperbole, contenders for the most important job in the world.

 

The gravity of their mission is even evident in the names the British Royal Navy gave to the nuclear missile-equipped tubes of metal that glide beneath the globe’s oceans: the Vanguard, the Victorious, the Vengeance, the Vigilant.

 

But several sailors on the HMS Vigilant have recently been dismissed after their mission devolved into more of a drug-fueled booze cruise — transgressions that happened last month as the sub was docked in the United States to pick up nuclear weapons.

 

According to the Associated Press, at least nine sailors tested positive for cocaine following “drug-fueled parties.” The Telegraph reported that one man had sex with a prostitute in a swimming pool.

 


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So, we are having trouble keeping nukes in the hands of responsible officials who are not strung out on drugs. Right?

 

Trump's answer:

 

Trump team drawing up fresh plans to bolster US nuclear arsenal

 

https://www.msn.com/...enal/ar-AAubdgD

 

 

 

The Trump administration is working on a nuclear weapons policy that is intended to mark a decisive end to the era of post-cold war disarmament, by bolstering the US arsenal and loosening the conditions under which it would be used.

 

A draft of the new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) was presented in September at a White House meeting between Donald Trump and his top national security advisers. Congress and US allies have been briefed on the progress of the new draft.

 

The document is still being debated with a target for completion by the end of this year or the beginning of next. Among the new elements under consideration are a low yield ballistic missile intended primarily to deter Russia’s use of a small nuclear weapon in a war over the Baltic states; a sea-launched cruise missile; a change in language governing conditions in which the US would use nuclear weapons; and investments aimed at reducing the time it would take the US to prepare a nuclear test.


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Trump Plans for Nuclear Arsenal Require $1.2 Trillion, Congressional Review States
Source: New York Times

By WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
OCT. 31, 2017

 


The price tag of President Trump’s vision of remaking the American nuclear arsenal soared on Tuesday as a new government estimate put the cost of a 30-year makeover at $1.2 trillion, more than 20 percent higher than earlier figures.

The rebuilding proposal includes the nation’s nuclear weapons, bombers, missiles and submarines.

The report from the Congressional Budget Office was the most authoritative accounting yet of the full cost of rebuilding an aging, potentially vulnerable nuclear arsenal that often relies on Cold War-era technology. It was published just weeks before the Pentagon is supposed to issue its first broad nuclear strategy of the Trump administration, an assessment called the Nuclear Posture Review.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who had been a skeptic about the need to preserve the nuclear force’s 400 land-based missiles, in silos across the American West, said in September that he had changed his view and now believed it was necessary to preserve them

 

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^^^All to be paid for by cutting services to the poor and increasing taxes on the middle class.  All to give us a nuclear arsenal that will be more prone to accidental use and make us less secure. All so that the Donald can brag about what a powerful sack of...I mean powerful person that he is.


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Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile over capital

 

https://www.msn.com/...=ob-fb-enus-280

 

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(CNN) Yemen's air force on Saturday targeted an airport in Saudi Arabia's capital with a ballistic missile, according to Yemen's Houthi-controlled Defense Ministry.

 

But the missile was intercepted over northeast Riyadh, the Saudi Ministry of Defense said in a statement carried on government-backed Al-Arabiya television.

 

Yemen's Defense Ministry said the missile attack "shook the Saudi capital" and the operation was successful. It said the attack was conducted using a Yemeni-made, long-range missile called the Burqan 2H.

 

The Riyadh airport tweeted that it hadn't been affected.

 

"Travelers across King Khalid international airport in Riyadh, we assure you that the movement is going on as normal and usual, and trips going according to time," the airport said on Twitter.

 

 

 

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Technology breakthrough will let China’s aircraft carrier use electromagnetic jet launching system
brian wang | November 4, 2017 |
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A technological breakthrough in naval propulsion will enable China’s second home-grown aircraft carrier to use the world’s most advanced jet launch system without having to resort to nuclear power, overcoming a huge hurdle in the vessel’s development.

The development of the integrated propulsion system (IPS) would allow the vessel to be more efficient, allowing more power for an electromagnetic catapult, rather than a less technologically advanced steam-driven catapult launch system, the sources said.

China’s first two carriers, the Liaoning and its sister ship, the Type 001A, are conventionally powered vessels equipped with Soviet-designed ski-jump launch systems.

But an electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) on the Type 002, China’s second home-grown aircraft carrier, would mean less wear and tear on the planes and allow more aircraft to be launched in a shorter time than the ski and steam-catapult systems.

 

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Lockheed Martin to build high-energy airborne laser for fighter planes
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Lockheed Martin is helping the Air Force Research Lab develop and mature high energy laser weapon systems, including the high energy laser pictured in this rendering(Credit: Air Force Research Lab)

In a move that could revolutionize aerial combat, the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin a US$26.3 million contract to design, develop, and produce a high-power laser weapon that the AFRL wants to install and test on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The new test weapon is part of the AFRL Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program tasked with developing airborne laser systems.

 

https://newatlas.com...-fighter/52089/


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Fighter-Jet Whistleblower Case Lands in Fifth Circuit

 

https://www.courthou...-fifth-circuit/

 

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HOUSTON (Courthouse News) – With Lockheed Martin in the crosshairs of a whistleblower who claims its fighter-jet program defrauded the United States of more than $50 million, attorneys for the defense giant urged a Fifth Circuit panel Tuesday to affirm a lower court’s dismissal of the case.

 

The Maryland-based company won the contract in 2001 and the Pentagon promptly put its first order in for 3,000 F-35 Lightning II jets. The aircraft are built with stealth technology for bombing and strafing ground targets and reconnaissance.

 

Lockheed Martin hired fellow defense contractor Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. to install communication and navigation systems in the jets as part of the government’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Air System Program. The Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program, it churns out jets for the U.S. military and to sell to U.S. allies the United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Turkey, Israel and Japan.

 

The would-be-whistleblower Paul Solomon worked for Northrop from 1976 to 2008 and audited its F-35 subcontract from December 2005 to September 2007, according to his November 2012 lawsuit.

 

Solomon says in the whistleblower complaint that he discovered Lockheed and Northrop were “concealing from the government the true cost overruns of the JSF Project” and reported his findings to the Defense Department’s Defense Contract Management Agency, or DCMA.

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Russia’s upgraded Tu-160M2 strategic bomber prototype first flight in Feb, 2018
brian wang | November 15, 2017 |
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Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bomber prototype will take to the skies for the first time from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise in February 2018. Serial production of Tu-160M2 bombers should begin in 2023.

In 2015, Russia had made a decision to resume the production of Tu-160 bombers in their upgraded Tu-160M2 modification and delayed development of the new-generation bomber PAK DA stealth bomber. Russia plans at least 50 Tu-160M2 bombers. All the Tu-160 bombers operational in the Aerospace Force will be fully upgraded with new engines and electronics. the Tu-160ME is projected to have an estimated combat effectiveness two and a half times greater than the old Tu-160.

 

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I wonder, is the article below another sign of an empire in decline?

 

Or is it just a bump in the road?

 

 

Senate Grills Trump Nominees on Military Woes

 

https://www.courthou...-military-woes/

 

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WASHINGTON (Courthouse News) – Three men nominated for Defense Department leadership positions volleyed tough questions at the Senate on Tuesday about military-recruitment numbers, described as stagnating at levels unseen since the 1970s.

 

Addressing the nominees this afternoon at a meeting of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, which he chairs, Sen. John McCain blamed insufficient training and readiness with contributing to making 2017 the deadliest on record for the U.S. Navy since 1989 when an explosion aboard the USS Iowa killed 47 sailors.

 

This past August, 17 people were killed when the USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker off Singapore. Two months earlier, the USS Fitzgerald crashed into a container ship in June, killing seven.

 

A statement by the Navy’s Seventh Fleet called the McCain collision “avoidable,” calling it the result of “poor seamanship” along the ship’s highly congested routes. The USS Fitzgerald crash meanwhile was blamed on “flawed watch stander teamwork and inadequate leadership.”

 

McCain noted this afternoon that there is a simple course of action the Defense Department can take to prevent future disasters.


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Argentina's navy searches for missing submarine with at least 40 on board

 

https://www.msn.com/...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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(The Guardian) Argentina’s navy has launched a massive search and rescue operation for a military submarine with at least 40 crew members that has been missing off the coast of Patagonia for more than two days.

 

The last radio contact with the San Juan submarine was on Wednesday, when it was 430km off the coast of the southern province of Chubut, in the area of San Jorge bay, a naval spokesman said on Friday.

 

“The latest official and reliable information is that the submarine has not yet been found,” said navy spokesperson Enrique Balbi. A tracker aeroplane and navy ships are scouring the area in search of the missing vessel, he said.

 

Local media reported that contact with the San Juan was lost after a fire affected the submarine’s radio equipment.

 

“We are investigating the reasons for the lack of communication,” Argentine naval spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. “If there was a communication problem, the boat would have to come to the surface.”


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Lawmakers Fear President Trump's Authority To Launch Nuclear Weapons

 

https://www.npr.org/...nuclear-weapons

 

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(NPR) President Trump's unorthodox approach to foreign policy is causing rising anxiety among lawmakers and experts who worry about his singular authority to launch nuclear weapons.

 

While the first use of nuclear weapons is generally prohibited under international law, the speed of executing a strike means it would be difficult to stop the president if he decided to launch a unilateral attack, says Bruce Blair, a former nuclear missile launch officer and co-founder of Global Zero, a group that advocates eliminating nuclear weapons.

 

"The president has absolute authority, unilateral power to order the use of nuclear weapons," he tells Here & Now's Robin Young. "The legal question falls by the wayside if the president has carte blanche authority to order the use of nuclear weapons and all the means at his disposal to ensure that his decision is quickly implemented."

 

Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said that he would challenge an order from Trump if it were illegal.

 

"I provide advice to the president," Hyten said. "He'll tell me what to do, and if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? I'm gonna say, 'Mr. President, that's illegal.' Guess what he's going to do? He's going to say, 'What would be legal?' And we'll come up with options of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that's the way it works."

 

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South Korean and U.S. marine fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a training on Aug. 31, 2017 in Gangwon-do, South Korea.

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Russia military official claims mach 8 Zircon hypersonic missile is operational
brian wang | November 25, 2017 |
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The head of Russia’s defense council Viktor Bondarev confirmed the Zircon cruise missile is now available in Russia’s arsenal while speaking on Tuesday. The weapon – which Russia boasts is capable of Mach 8 – was last tested back in June.

In April 2017, it was revealed that the Zircon had reached a speed of Mach 8 (6,090 mph; 9,800 km/h; 2,722.3 m/s) during a test.

According to the state-owned media, the longest range is 540 nmi (620 mi; 1,000 km) for this purpose a new fuel was created.

The Zircon will be incorporated into the Kirov-class battlecruiser Admiral Nakhimov in 2018, and the Pyotr Velikiy in 2022.

 

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Russia postpones stealth fighters and other expensive miltary gear past 2027
brian wang | November 28, 2017 |
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Russia will not make large purchases of the fifth-generation Su-57 PAK-FA stealth fighter until after 2027. Russia will wait until improved engines are available.

The Center for Naval Analyses senior research scientist Dmitry Gorenburg wrote in a new PONARS Policy Memo the following analysis.

The Russian State Armament Program (SAP) for 2018-2027 will spend about 19 trillion rubles (USD325 billion). The previous eight years had the same budget. The military had wanted two to three times more but had to settle for the same amount.

 

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Navy's 2nd stealthy destroyer heads out to sea for 1st time
Source: Associated PressUpdated 2:50 pm, Monday, December 4, 2017

 

BATH, Maine (AP) — The second in the U.S. Navy stealthy Zumwalt class of destroyers headed out to sea for the first time on Monday, departing from Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works for builder trials.

The future USS Michael Monsoor carefully navigated the winding Kennebec River before reaching the North Atlantic. It'll be at sea for several days before returning to Bath Iron Works for tweaks and adjustments.

Part of the 610-foot-long (186-meter-long) ship's crew posed for photos at Fort Popham, in Phippsburg, as the ship cruised past.

The Monsoor is the second in a class of three futuristic-looking ships that feature electric-drive propulsion, new radar and sonar, powerful guns and missiles and a stealthy shape.

 

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US Navy not ready for major war as they forgot to train sailors to sail and operate ships
brian wang | December 9, 2017 |
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The US surface fleet may not be adequately trained for high-intensity combat, four experienced former skippers and the former deputy secretary of defense warned a US Naval Institute conference here on Monday.

The US Navy has huge budgets but has mismanaged so that many sailors are trained for basic tasks

“Navigation and seamanship, these are the fundamental capabilities which every surface warfare officer should have, but I suspect if called to war, we’ll be required to do a lot more than safely navigate the Singapore strait,” where the destroyer USS McCain collided with an oil tanker, said retired Capt. Kevin Eyer, former skipper of the cruisers Shiloh, Chancellorsville, and Thomas Gates. “If our surface forces are unable to successfully execute these fundamental blocking and tackling tasks, how can it be possibly be expected that they are also able to do the much more complex warfighting tasks?”

 

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