Nuclear weapons

And we will also practice pissing into the wind

For some reason Labour still thinks that this sort of stuff from the 70s and 80s is still relevant.



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It looks like I’m in charge of the ‘football’

Tracy Watkins reckons the nuclear deterrent and the doctrine of MAD has been destroyed this week. Further that I am akin to a rogue state with a nuclear arsenal.

Well she may well right there.

These days, the speed at which stories can go viral on social media means they can land like a bomb in the middle of an election campaign even without being picked up by traditional news outlets.

The Brown/Chuang affair may yet signal the moment when politicians lost control of the dirt files and the nuclear arsenal fell into the hands of a rogue state.

They have good reason to be fearful.¬† Read more »

Could the rest of the world invade CONUS?

The short answer is no, and the chances are not even likely…remote is even too brave as description.

VICE has the long answer.

First of all you have to assume that the uS has lost its nuclear capability…let’s assume that.

So, once the nuclear capabilities are down, what could an invasion of the US look like?
The US is the sole country in the world that has the capability to project force across the globe on a large scale. The combined military air- and sea-lift capability of the rest of the world would be insufficient to even get a foothold on the continental United States. The amphibious assault capability of the world’s militaries, excluding the United States, is simply too small.

That means the adversary would have to seize and use civilian aircraft and ships not designed for nonpermissive environments. These ships would require secure bases in Canada and Mexico, since they lack the capability to deliver forces onto unimproved shores. Thus, any attempted invasion of the US would first look like a rather motley caravan of vulnerable civilian ships and aircraft.

If these forces managed to avoid US attacks and build up, they could then launch an attack over land.¬† Read more »

Maybe they can lend a few to us

ŠĒ• Foreign Policy

The seppos have too many nukes.

On Wednesday, May 16, just days before the leaders of NATO countries meet in Chicago to discuss the future of the military alliance, retired Gen. James Cartwright, former head of U.S. nuclear forces, dropped his own bomb: a¬†report¬† arguing that the United States could reduce the number of nuclear weapons it deploys by two-thirds and the number of warheads it keeps in reserve by nearly 90 percent. Calls for lower numbers are not new, certainly not from groups dedicated to nuclear disarmament like the one Cartwright worked with — and not even among¬†former heads of Strategic Command.

New Zealand needs a nuclear deterrent mainly to piss off the Greens.

Tsar Bomba

The biggest nuclear bomb ever detonated:

Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb was originally designed to have a yield of about 100 megatons of TNT (420 PJ), but the yield was reduced to 50 megatons in order to reduce nuclear fallout. This attempt was successful, as it was one of the cleanest (relative to its yield) nuclear bombs ever detonated. Only one bomb of this type was ever built and it was tested on October 30, 1961, in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.