Facility Spotlight, Feb. 17 2017: Ctr. for Public Integrity Files Lawsuit v. DOE FOIA request for performance evaluation reports 2006-2011 has been ignored for 18 months. Labs named in the complaint include the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos Labs, the Pantex Plant, Sandia National Labs, the Savannah River Site, the Kansas City Plant, and Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. (more)
Nuclear Weapons Complex Misconduct
Dec. 3, 2015. POGO: Updated Federal Contractor Misconduct Database, focussing on Nuclear Complex
(see report at POGO)
Click the image to view and download this large printable map of DOE sites, commercial reactors, nuclear waste dumps, nuclear transportation routes, surface waters near sites and transport routes, and underlying aquifers. This map was prepared by Deborah Reade for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.
Quote of the Week
"A chilling return to Cold War nuclear dangers in addition to the more recent possibilities of nuclear terrorism and regional nuclear conflicts lead me to conclude that the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War. One thing is very clear: our policies are totally inadequate for dealing with these existential dangers"
- Fmr. Sec. Def. William Perry, The Hill, April 25
Dossier: The Kirtland AFB Nuclear Weapons Complex
Kirtland Air Force Base, which abuts and shares some runways with the Albuquerque airport, has become a major nuclear weapons complex of it's own. It hosts the Air Force's Nuclear Weapons Center, Sandia National Laboratories, and what is probably the nation's (and perhaps the world's) largest repository of nuclear weapons, estimated at up to 2,500 warheads... (read more)
CBO presentation based on the report:
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Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan
- View/Download FY 2017 SSMP (PDF)
-SSMP Analysis of Hans Kristensen, FAS:
Nuclear Transparency and the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (PDF)
- View/Download FY 2015 SSMP (PDF)
- NWNM Analysis (PDF) /
Analysis Summary (PDF)
Nuclear Watch Media
KUNM FM: LANL's Long Environmental Cleanup
KUNM public radio discussion of Los Alamos cleanup, and Nukewatch lawsuit Archived podcast here
Jay Coghlan, Nukewatch Director Interview Earth Matters Radio re legacy of the US nuclear weapons program on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings. Thursday Aug 6 at 10 am and 8 pm on 89.1FM. Archived podcast here
Successful Citizen Activism Against
Expanded U.S. Plutonium Pit Production
This is the unsung story of successful citizen activism against repeated government attempts to expand the production of plutonium pit cores, which has always been the choke point of resumed U.S. nuclear weapons production. This history is a critical part of the march toward a future world free of nuclear weapons. We gratefully dedicate it to Leroy Moore, longtime activist with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, and J. Carson Mark, retired director of the Los Alamos Lab's Theoretical Division and ardent arms control advocate.
(View/download full report- PDF)
July 14, 2016: Debate Is On Over Making More Nuclear Triggers At Los Alamos Lab
"The National Nuclear Security Administration is under orders from Congress to produce as many as 80 new nuclear weapons triggers a year by around 2030, and Los Alamos National Laboratory is the only place in the country that is equipped to make them now... The plans for a higher-capacity plutonium pit production facility make Los Alamos key - some call the lab 'ground zero'..." (ref: Albuquerque Journal)
Updated March 2017: NukeWatch Fact Sheet: "Plutonium Pit Production at LANL" (View/download PDF)
Beyond the Summit:
New Approaches to Nuclear Security William Perry: "Danger of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than during the Cold War. Our public is blissfully unaware.
Consequently, the policies that this country follows are in no way commensurate to the danger."
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"Things Are Coming To A Head..."
Just as the majority of the world's nations are now in the process of drafting a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, former leaders are warning we are closer to a nuclear war than at any time in the last 50 years.
- Flashpoint North Korea: The currently preoccupying flashpoint is North Korea (see our dossier), where the Pyongyang regime seems determined to be able to threaten not only US regional bases and allied capitals, but also the US mainland with nuclear missiles. The US defense establishment is not willing to allow this possibility to establish itself. And so, as the Chinese Foreign Minister said in March, "The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming toward each other."
Regarding the effort to prohibit nuclear weapons, note that the North Korea problem is not so much the risk of a conflict escalating to a nuclear dimension. It is a conflict based on the nuclear dimension. If the DPRK was not developing a nuclear arsenal and long-range strike capability, if the nuclear weapon was not in the equation, the North and South would eventually arrive at a modus vivendi, even if not terribly friendly. And why has the DPRK gone nuclear? Deterrence. To deter the United States, and it's ally South Korea, which are and have been, at least technically, at war with the DPRK since the early 1950s.
"He promised he wouldn't start a war; Russia wouldn't start a war. And America says they won't start a war either. Then, how come we keep making bombs for a war if there's no-one to start it?" - Samantha Smith, 10 yrs old, commenting on her phone conversation with Yuri Andropov, Soviet Premier, 1983. (left: Slate.com)
- Flashpoint NATO-Russia:
Then there is the tense situation with Russia, the only nation that rivals the US in its nuclear arsenal. In fact, the US and Russia combined hold approximately 94% of the world's nuclear weapons, so a full scale nuclear exchange between these two would most definitely be the death of civilization, and likely of our species...
And yet, provocative actions, belligerent posturing, and, especially on the US side, vilification of the "enemy" abound. Contact channels meant to serve to dampen and defuse misunderstandings during the Cold War have atrophied or been dropped. US troops are conducting military exercises on the Russian border in the Baltics.
New smarter bombs and delivery vehicles are under development in both countries. The US, which has a defense budget 9x as large as the Russian, is set to spend one trillion dollars over the next 3 decades on a wholesale "modernization" of our arsenal of nuclear bombs and delivery systems, including new bombs, bombers, ICBMs, nuclear cruise missiles, and submarines.
During the years of the Cold War, US-Soviet nuclear standoff forced both sides to see the avoidance a nuclear war as an imperative element of national security. Some of the leaders of those times who are still with us, William Perry, George Schultz, Mikhail Gorbachev, are all sounding the alarm, warning that we have become reckless and insouciant about a possible armed conflict with each other going nuclear. They have all publicly expressed worry that today's military and political leaders were not schooled in that long period of the imperative of conflict prevention.
Able Archer 1983, a timely and important reminder
Recently, a declassified report lifted the veil on the events of a week in November 1983, the year KAL007 was shot down and America watched "The Day After", when we had in fact, a very close brush with World Death.
The Able Archer story is a timely and important reminder of the variety of things that can happen to drive a situation to the brink of nuclear disaster when there is posturing and provocation and no trust. Read Slate Magazine's in depth report:
"The World Almost Ended One Week in 1983".
Fmr. Secretary of Defense Bill Perry: "The nuclear danger today is more acute than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962." "What we're talking about is no less than the end of civilization."
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: The US and Russia now "on the verge of a military clash". (ref)
Prof. Stephen Cohen: "Powerful forces are out to make sure that there will be no improved relationship with Russia." (ref)
Russian President Putin: "I don't know how to get through to you anymore." (ref) "Somebody is trying to provoke war between the United States and Russia." (ref)
Fmr. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev: "It all looks as if the world is preparing for war... the nuclear threat once again seems real."
(l.) Conference President Elayne Whyte of Costa Rica, and (r.) Tim Wright of ICAN
"Many citizens, scientists and laymen alike, view nuclear-weapons abolition as an essential milestone in the development of human civilization, a moral, ideological and practical campaign that could catalyze the transformation of international relations and improve the outlook for civilization at a critical time." -James Doyle
A Successful First Session of Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Negotiations
The first of two sessions of the Ban Treaty discussions at the UN has ended; participants from the 130 countries and the civil society groups participating are pleased with the outcome and optimistic about the prospects of a full ban treaty being voted in July. Countries' and NGOs' suggestions regarding terms and details of an eventual prohibition treaty which were put forward during the week will be used by conference President Whyte to prepare a draft treaty for consideration by the parties prior to the second session, June 15 to July 7 of this year.
The conference brought some fairly surreal opposition, including a senior US general opining that without nuclear weapons wars would be much worse, and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley leading a protest boycott in front of the UN against the effort. While Haley's stunt did get her the lion's share of the American press coverage of the talks, the US, along with its allies and the other nuclear weapons states, are clearly isolated on the issue.
Recommended: A Transformational Moment in Nuclear & International Affairs?
by John Burroughs, Director UN Office, Int'l Assoc. of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.
"The initiative and the negotiations have been marked by close cooperation between governments and civil society, notably the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and with the International Committee of the Red Cross. Civil society was given ample opportunity to comment throughout the first week.
"Such cooperation has never before occurred in the nuclear sphere. Also noteworthy is that the negotiations are taking place in a UN process over the opposition of the permanent five members of the Security Council, perhaps a harbinger of democratization of the United Nations.
"Diplomats and civil society organizations involved in the negotiations are clearly energized, even passionate, and determined to work constructively. If all goes well, members of a ban treaty, working together with civil society, will become a potent collective actor that will transform nuclear and international affairs for the better."
We have a dossier on the background and trajectory of this initiative, and we'll keep it up to date with news and developments: Ban Treaty dossier.
For further in-depth coverage of these negotiations, see the Reaching Critical Will and ICAN websites. Also note the ban treaty blog at ICAN for daily news and developments.
Note: ICAN has posted a Flickr album of annotated high-def photos of the UN Ban Treaty negotiations.
Above, from left to right: Rick Wayman, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley Cares (Lawrence Livermore); Ralph Hutchison, OREPA (Y-12); Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch NM (Los Alamos, Sandia), and Hans Kristensen, Federation of American Scientists.
March 28, 2017, UN, NYC: Ban Treaty Conference: Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Panel Discussion
See video clips of some of the speakers:
Introduction: Rick Wayman, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
March 28, 2017: An Open Letter from Scientists
in Support of the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Negotiations As of 3/28: 3,447 signers Some excerpts:
"Nuclear arms are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention, even though they are the most destructive and indiscriminate weapons ever created.
"[Nuclear war] is more likely than one may hope, because it can start by mistake, miscalculation or terrorist provocation. There is a steady stream of accidents and false alarms that could trigger all-out war, and relying on never-ending luck is not a sustainable strategy.
"But there is also cause for optimism. On March 27 2017, an unprecedented process begins at the United Nations: most of the world's nations convene to negotiate a ban on nuclear arms, to stigmatize them like biological and chemical weapons, with the ultimate goal of a world free of these weapons of mass destruction. We support this, and urge our national governments to do the same, because nuclear weapons threaten not merely those who have them, but all people on Earth."
- See the full Open Letter, signers to date, and sign-on form (please sign if you have, or are working toward, a PhD in a STEM field!): Future of Humanity.
March 24: The White House officially sent the Senate Armed Services Committee the nomination of Heather Wilson for Air Force Secretary this week. A confirmation hearing could come soon. It's important Wilson be rejected for this post.
Talking Points: Reject Heather Wilson As Air Force Secretary
Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, DC. Instead, he added to the muck by nominating Heather Wilson to be the next Air Force Secretary.
According to two Department of Energy Inspector General reports, ex-congresswoman Heather Wilson entered into a contract with the Sandia National Laboratories while she was still in office. Sandia, which was in her district, started paying her $10,000 a month the day after she stepped down from Congress. She then went on to get a similar contract with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, also for $10,000 a month. These contracts were for "consulting services" that had no written work requirements, and her billing justifications did "not meet even minimum standards" for federal payments.
DOE made both labs pay the government back the ~$430,000 they paid Wilson. There is no public record of her paying back one red cent.
According to an article by the Center for Public Integrity, Wilson was in effect double-dipping, being paid by both LANL and Sandia to be at the same meetings. The Center's article also links to damning emails exchanged between Wilson and the manager of Sandia Labs, the defense giant Lockheed Martin, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Contrary to Wilson's denials, a Washington Post article quoted DOE Inspector General Gregory Friedman (now retired) as saying that Wilson was "deeply, deeply involved" in illegal lobbying efforts by Lockheed Martin to extend its $2.4 billion Sandia management contract without competition. Lockheed subsequently paid a pittance of $4.7 million to settle those charges with the Department of Justice.
Bottom line: As Air Force Secretary, Heather Wilson would oversee Lockheed Martin's problem-plagued $1 trillion dollar F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and other contracts with the world's largest defense contractor. Heather Wilson was a paid consultant for the Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. In order to keep the Sandia Labs contract without competition, Lockheed Martin's Sandia Corporation violated federal anti-lobbying laws, in which the DOE Inspector General said Wilson was heavily involved (but she denies). Because of this clear conflict of interests and skirting of federal anti-lobbying law, the Senate should help drain the swamp by rejecting Heather Wilson's nomination as Air Force Secretary.
Tell your Senators to reject this nomination:
New Mexico Senators:
Martin Heinrich 202.224-5521
Tom Udall 202.226.6778
Capitol switchboard for all other senators: 202.224-3121
March 19, 2017, A major investigative report by the LA Times: This Troubled, Covert Agency Is Responsible For Trucking Nuclear Bombs Across America Each Day "The terror threat is significant, If you are in one of the communities along the route, you have something to worry about."- 'high level DOE official'
"The unmarked 18-wheelers ply the nation's interstates and two-lane highways, logging 3 million miles a year hauling the most lethal cargo there is: nuclear bombs.
"The covert fleet, which shuttles warheads from missile silos, bomber bases and submarine docks to nuclear weapons labs across the country, is operated by the Office of Secure Transportation, a troubled agency within the U.S. Department of Energy so cloaked in secrecy that few people outside the government know it exists.
"The $237-million-a-year agency operates a fleet of 42 tractor-trailers, staffed by highly armed couriers, many of them veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, responsible for making sure nuclear weapons and components pass through foggy mountain passes and urban traffic jams without incident. read on at the LATimes.com
N.B. OST is headquartered at Kirtland AFB.
Trump Budget: Cuts to DOE, But Increase For NNSA
The Trump FY 2018 budget earmarks $28.0 billion for DOE. That is a $1.7 billion or a 5.6 percent decrease from the FY 2017 continuing resolution (CR) level. However, DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration would see a $1.4 billion increase, or 11 percent more than last year's CR level.
"That increase could be especially good news for NNSA's Office of Secure Transportation, the little-known agency that moves nuclear warheads around the country in 42 tractor-trailers, according to a recent investigation by the Los Angeles Times." [see above]. (ref)
For all the details: View/download the White House Budget Blueprint PDF
March 4, 2017: How US Nuclear Force Modernization is Undermining Strategic Stability:
The Burst-Height Compensating Super-Fuze By Hans M. Kristensen, Matthew McKinzie, Theodore A. Postol
"The US nuclear forces modernization program has been portrayed to the public as an effort to ensure the reliability and safety of warheads in the US nuclear arsenal, rather than to enhance their military capabilities. In reality, however, that program has implemented revolutionary new technologies that will vastly increase the targeting capability of the US ballistic missile arsenal. This increase in capability is astonishing- boosting the overall killing power of existing US ballistic missile forces by a factor of roughly three- and it creates exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike.
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"The revolutionary increase in the lethality of submarine-borne US nuclear forces comes from a 'super-fuze' device that since 2009 has been incorporated into the Navy's W76-1/Mk4A warhead as part of a decade-long life-extension program. We estimate that all warheads deployed on US ballistic missile submarines now have this fuzing capability. Because the innovations in the super-fuze appear, to the non-technical eye, to be minor, policymakers outside of the US government (and probably inside the government as well) have completely missed its revolutionary impact on military capabilities and its important implications for global security...
"The W76 upgrade reflects a 25-year shift of the focus of US hard-target kill capability from land-based to sea-based ballistic missiles. Moreover, by shifting the capability to submarines that can move to missile launch positions much closer to their targets than land-based missiles, the US military has achieved a significantly greater capacity to conduct a surprise first strike against Russian ICBM silos.
"... In spite of its severe limitations, this growing defense system could appear to both Russia and China as a US attempt to reduce the consequences of a ragged Russian or Chinese retaliation to a US first strike against them.
"We cannot foresee a situation in which a competent and properly informed US president would order a surprise first strike against Russia or China. But our conclusion makes the increased sea-based offensive and defensive capabilities we have described seem all the more bizarre as a strategy for reducing the chances of nuclear war with either Russia or China..."
(Read more, w/ detailed graphs and charts, at The Bulletin)
March 3, 2017: Defense Science Board Recommends "A More Flexible Nuclear Enterprise"
Sometimes, maybe, the status quo is something we need to safeguard, not disrupt. That may be the case when it comes to a new push to abandon the US-Russian mutual prohibition on deployment of low-yield nuclear weapon systems as part of theater warfighting doctrine.
Since the late 1980s both US and Soviet, now Russian, policy has been to not develop and deploy 'tactical' nuclear weapons, including theater range missiles, because it was agreed that it would be very difficult to prevent a 'tactical' exchange in a regional conflict from progressing rapidly to a civilization-ending 'strategic' exchange.
But new doubts are arising about the credibility of a strategic deterrent in the case of a local or regional conflict- one which, for example, the US could be involved in, even though the stakes may not put essential US security at risk. In such cases some US warfighters would like to have the option of threatening counterforce and intermediate range strikes using low-yield nukes. Or, they argue, what if an adversary uses a tactical nuke to "escalate to de-escalate"? Some want to be able to respond in kind.
These doubts about classical deterrence, along with a 'multipolar' landscape of nuclear-armed states, are the basis for the nuclear boosters' meme of "The Second Nuclear Age").
- Pentagon Panel Urges Trump Team to Expand Nuclear Options, Roll Call, Feb 2, 2017
Senator Feinstein: Bad Idea. Don't Do It.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D.CA) Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair, argues that the potentially rapid and uncontrollable progression from tactical use to strategic exchange means there is effectively "No Such Thing as 'Limited' Nuclear War".
"Let me be crystal clear: There is no such thing as "limited use" nuclear weapons, and for a Pentagon advisory board to promote their development is absolutely unacceptable. This is even more problematic given President Trump's comments in support of a nuclear arms race.
"As Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work testified in 2015, 'Anyone who thinks they can control escalation through the use of nuclear weapons is literally playing with fire. Escalation is escalation, and nuclear use would be the ultimate escalation.'
"Nuclear weapons present us with a paradox: We spend billions of dollars building and maintaining them in the hope that we never have to use them. The sole purpose of nuclear weapons must be to deter their use by others. Designing new low-yield nuclear weapons for limited strikes dangerously lowers the threshold for their use. Such a recommendation undermines the stability created by deterrence, thereby increasing the likelihood of sparking an unwinnable nuclear war."
(read full statement, Washington Post, March 3, 2017)
Update: Former Secretary of Defense William Perry agrees with Sen. Feinstein.
February 28, 2017: FOIA Docs Reveal MOX Contractor Totally Failed NNSA Assessment SRS Watch, our fellow ANA member organization, has obtained through FOIA request the scathing National Nuclear Security Administration's FY 2016 assessment of the performance of the contractor in the mismanaged plutonium fuel (MOX) construction project at the DOE Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Here are some excerpts from their report:
"NNSA repeatedly states that CB&I AREVA MOX Services provided inaccurate and misleading information, stopping just short of stating that the company lied. Some major findings on the performance of MOX Services, charged with designing and constructing the MOX plant, include:
- "NNSA disagrees with the majority of the input provided by the contractor to justify its self-rating of Excellent (92%) for the Integrated Project Management criteria." In contrast, NNSA gave the contractor a 0% rating.
View/download the full SRS Watch report: MOX: A Project in Disarray (PDF)
View/download the FY 2016 MOX Services performance evaluation, obtained Feb. 21, 2017 by SRS Watch: (PDF)
More related docs linked here
Where will the Trump Administration Take US Nuclear Weapons Policies?
The new administration's attitude and policies on nuclear weapons are clearly a work in progress. Trump's own pronouncements on the subject have been spotty and sometimes contradictory.
He has called for a new Nuclear Policy Review to be delivered later this year. The last NPR was done in 2010.
President Trump's perceived enthusiasm for upending the status quo, along with a lack of clear indications where he wants to take it, have invited influencers to try and guide his developing policies. Certain quarters are pressing for production of 'more usable' nukes- tactical nuclear weapons for battlefield use... (read on at our dossier on the developing Trump admin nuclear policies)
Disclosure of Trident Missile Launch Gone Awry
Causes a Furor in UK
"Reports state that the missile was meant to fly over 5,600 miles to a target off the coast of Africa, but instead went awry, flying in the complete opposite direction towards the US..."
Was the Trident hacked?
NukeWatch gets a Santa Fe Mayor's Award
In addition to our work toward limiting and ultimately eliminating nuclear weapons, NukeWatch also works to protect Northern New Mexico aquifers from the radioactive wastes dumped over the last 70 years of atomic bomb production at Los Alamos Lab. This week, Nukewatch was given the Santa Fe Mayor's Sustainability Award in the category of Environment for that work. (more)
Above: Scott Kovac, Jay Coghlan, Mayor Javier Gonzales
Cleanup Lawsuit: NukeWatch v. DOE, LANS See all docs related to the ongoing Nuclear Watch lawsuit against DOE and LANS (the corporate manager of Los Alamos Lab), over multiple missed deadlines and failures to execute cleanup of radioactive wastes at the Los Alamos site: Cleanup Lawsuit.
U.N. Considers a Historic Ban on Nuclear Weapons, But U.S. Leads Boycott of the Talks Democracy Now, March 30, 2017: Interview with Zia Mian, physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
ANA 29th Annual DC Days May 21-24
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's 29th Annual DC Days will take place from May 21-24, 2017. We expect over 60 activists, from newcomers to experienced hands, to hold over 80 meetings with congressional and executive branch offices.
In addition to key Senate and House offices that ANA members - as constituents - can uniquely access, the Alliance will target the key Armed Services and Appropriations Committees, the Government Accountability Office and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Executive branch meetings will likely include the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the State Department, the EPA, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Office of Management and Budget, often with their senior leadership.
To register for ANA's 2017 DC Days, click here.
Funding is available for youth scholarships to cover partial costs of registration, transportation and DC housing: contact your local ANA member group to apply. (ANA members include Nuclear Watch New Mexico.)
(more info at ANA) / (register)
What Putin Wants
Alexei Arbatov details the basis for an understanding between the US and Russia from Putin's perspective; this event organized and hosted by the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies on May 13, 2016.
See our report: Nuclear Flashpoints: NATO-Russia
Nth Korea threatens nuclear war if US strikes
As a US war fleet approaches, Pyongyang stages huge military parade, showing off new ICBMs, SLBMs, and mobile launch platforms.
Updates and backgrounder to the crisis on our Flashpoints:DPRK page.
LANL's Central Mission Los Alamos Lab officials have recently claimed that LANL has moved away from primarily nuclear weapons to "national security", but what truly remains as the Labs central mission? Here's the answer from one of its own documents:
LANL's "Central Mission"- Presented at: RPI Nuclear Data 2011 Symposium for
Criticality Safety and Reactor Applications (PDF) 4/27/11
Nukes Of Hazard audio podcast: Goldsboro and the Nuclear News
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has launched a brand new podcast- Nukes of Hazard. It's a 15-minute bi-weekly roundup of the most important nuclear news and some lesser known stories on weapons of mass destruction history.
In 1961, a nuclear bomb almost detonated over North Carolina. The first episode, Goldsboro and the Nuclear News, explains how a nuclear catastrophe was barely avoided, and brings you up to date on two key nuclear news stories in North Korea and Iran. (listen audio)
Dan Carlin's HardCore History: The Destroyer of Worlds
What happens if human beings can't handle the power of their own weaponry? This show examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind's efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.
Current nuclear stockpiles
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