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U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:51:48 AM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/us/us-ramping-up-major-renewal-in-nuclear-arms.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=4&assetType=nyt_now

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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 States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines.
It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars.

So... 1 trillion in 3 decades, for strategic weapons, 12 new missile submarines, up to 100 new bombers and 400 land-based (ICBM) missiles.
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Re: U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2014, 01:33:01 PM »
Heh.  The war profiteers are making out like bandits!
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Re: U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2014, 04:46:05 PM »
Others that watch cryptome closely may recall last year, someone had 'leaked' the non-classified material for future planning and projection of U.S. nuclear forces. (maybe this was 2012, actually).

Anyway, Obama and the Government talking heads were going on about shrinking the arsenal and matching cuts while the actual planning was showing an aggressive modernization and development of current forces across the board. I was almost shocked at the time by the total polar opposites for the impression being given publicly and this stuff going to the Air Force people related to the programs and just a step below Confidential at least. (The same batch or month at Cryptome had contained the missile-man crew tests for the guys assigned to the pods as well).

Interestingly, Putin had his plans for new subs, bombers and land mobile missile systems fairly open in 2011/2012. It's confusing where the impression of that part of the military doing the opposite could have really started. It sure isn't the impression being given now though.

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Re: U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2014, 08:04:51 PM »
And this is only what they are willing to account for at the time.
As has always been, weapons development remains classified for a long
period of time, as mentioned before, 40 to 50 years.

One such previously classified nuclear weapon.

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The unreal testing of the Atomic Cannon. Yes that's a nuclear gun. On May 25, 1953 at 8:30am local time, the Atomic Cannon was tested at Nevada Test Site (specifically Frenchman Flat) as part of the Upshot-Knothole series of nuclear tests. The test--codenamed Grable--was attended by then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Arthur W. Radford and Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson; it resulted in the successful detonation of a 15 kt shell (warhead W9) at a range of 7 miles. This was the first and only nuclear shell to be fired from a cannon. Subsequent to the successful test, there were at least 20 of the cannons manufactured at Watervliet and Watertown Arsenals, at a cost of $800,000. They were deployed overseas to Europe and Korea, often continuously shifted around to avoid being detected and targeted by opposing forces. Due to the size of the apparatus, their limited range, the development of nuclear shells compatible with existing artillery pieces (the W48 for the 155mm and the W33 for the 203mm), and the development of rocket and missile based nuclear artillery, the M65 was effectively obsolete soon after it was deployed. However, it remained a prestige weapon and was not retired until 1963
http://www.military.com/video/nuclear-bombs/nuclear-weapons/the-280mm-atomic-cannon-test/2911015953001/

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Re: U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2014, 09:21:39 PM »
I figured I'd hop back to add a little substance to the general references I made above.

The first link is a 341 Page PDF on the Federation of American Scientists servers and is a publication of Uncle Sam.

The Nuclear Matters Handbook (2011)

It spans topics/chapters from the dry, straight forward early history of Nuclear weapons to the physics and unclassified weapons designs for them. It covers testing, effects, survivability in various yields and conditions, as well as all the various agreements and treaties which have come and/or gone over time.

This second link is the Cryptome page index it comes from, and is a basic 'what's what' of nuclear open source material of general interest.

Cryptome Nuclear Power Plants and WMD Series

For anyone not familiar with Cryptome? It's best described as handling material that exists somewhere between the grey of alternative media and black of Wikileaks that gets people in real trouble. Always interesting but not illegal.

 


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