June 20, 2013 |
BERLIN - President Obama on Wednesday called for reducing the number of deployed U.S. strategic nuclear warheads by one-third if the Russian government agrees to a similar cut, reviving a goal outlined early in his presidency to work toward a world without nuclear weapons. Obama's proposal, which met with a cool reception in Moscow, came during a much-anticipated speech here that sought to shake Western nations from complacency that he said has taken hold since the end of the Cold War. Speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, a historic backdrop for U.S. presidents, Obama said the dissolution of the Soviet Union has brought "a sense that the great challenges have somehow passed.
June 3, 2013 |
STOCKHOLM - China, India and Pakistan have increased their nuclear weapons by about 10 warheads each in the past year, and other nuclear states appear set on maintaining their arsenals, a Swedish think tank said today. At the start of the year, China had raised its number of nuclear warheads to 250 from 240 in 2012 as part of a process to modernize its defense, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said. However it also said China is "highly nontransparent" when it comes to its nuclear arsenal.
April 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - North Korea likely has a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile, according to a new assessment by the Pentagon's intelligence arm that comes amid growing alarm over Pyongyang's warmongering. The conclusion by the Defense Intelligence Agency said the weapon would have "low reliability," but the disclosure during a congressional hearing Thursday is likely to raise fresh concerns about North Korea's capabilities and intentions. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.)
January 11, 2013 |
In a nuclear crisis, the United States' secret war plan calls for the president to decide in just 13 minutes what he should do in the event of a serious warning of missile attack. That's right: 13 minutes to decide the fate of the world. President Obama has the power to change that in his second term - and live up to a campaign promise he made, by the way, back in 2008. It won't be as simple as a pen stroke, but with some creative thinking and deft diplomacy, Obama could make the world much, much safer by eliminating this Cold War hangover.
February 19, 2012 |
VIENNA, Austria - Iran is poised to greatly expand uranium enrichment at a fortified underground bunker to a point that would boost how quickly it could make nuclear warheads, diplomats have told the Associated Press. They said that Tehran has put finishing touches for the installation of thousands of new-generation centrifuges at the cavernous facility - machines that can produce enriched uranium much more quickly and efficiently than its present machines. While saying that the electrical circuitry, piping and supporting equipment for the new centrifuges was now in place, the diplomats emphasized that Tehran had not started installing the new machines at its Fordo facility and could not say whether it was planning to. Still, the senior diplomats - who asked for anonymity because their information was privileged - suggested that Tehran would have little reason to prepare the ground for the better centrifuges unless it planned to operate them.
July 19, 2011
Old warheads stolen on train BUCHAREST, Romania - Dozens of small, old rocket warheads were stolen from a train carrying military equipment from Romania to Bulgaria, officials said Monday. Authorities insisted the 64 warheads posed no danger to the public but offered varying explanations why. The Romanian national police said there was no risk because they were not attached to rockets. Spokesman Florin Hulea declined to provide further details. Bulgaria's Economy Ministry said the warheads belonged to 122mm diameter Grad rockets, which are typically fired from vehicle-mounted multiple-rocket launchers.
April 11, 2010 |
Physicist Bruce Goodwin compares our nuclear weapons to vintage cars: 20 to 40 years old and subject to corrosion. They weren't designed to last forever. At some point, they may no longer work. Scientists can't assess the stockpile by exploding a few warheads; nuclear testing would violate U.S. policy in place since 1992. Solving this conundrum falls to the national weapons labs, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where Goodwin heads up weapons research. Livermore's approach involves a combination of supercomputer simulations and experiments, the most ambitious of which will use a $5 billion laser apparatus in an attempt to create a controlled version of an exploding hydrogen bomb.
February 6, 2006
Mourns Strawbridge's I do not know where your reporter found his "shoppers on the street," because everyone I have talked to, both friends and strangers, is mourning the passing of Strawbridge's (Strawbridge's countdown: Many sales, few regrets," Jan. 31). I have been shopping there for more than 50 years. Back before malls dotted the landscape, we would travel into "the city" and shop at Lits, Gimbels, Strawbridge & Clothier and Wanamakers. Strawbridge's always offered the best merchandise at the best prices.
September 17, 2003 |
Senate Republicans yesterday defeated an effort to block the Bush administration from making mini-nuclear weapons for battlefield use and resuming underground nuclear tests. The largely party-line vote, 53-41, killed a measure sponsored by Democratic Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Dianne Feinstein of California. The measure was similar to legislation that the Republican-led House endorsed in June despite White House objections. The administration worries that conventional warheads will not destroy deeply buried chemical, biological or nuclear arsenals.
April 6, 2003 |
U.S. tanks rolled briefly into Baghdad yesterday, flaunting America's military power and impressing the capital's five million residents that the city was no longer fully under Saddam Hussein's control. To the southeast, meanwhile, Marines discovered at least two caches of military warheads that were being tested as possible chemical or biological weapons. The warheads were found in Aziziyah, about 55 miles from Baghdad. An initial field test "confirmed" the presence of anthrax, according to a Marine radio operator in touch with the analysis team.