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US's most powerful nuclear bomb being dismantled
Yahoo News ^ | 10/25/2011

Posted on 10/25/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT by Scythian



AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The last of the nation's most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.

The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns with President Barack Obama's goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons.

Thomas D'Agostino, the nuclear administration's chief, called the bomb's elimination a "significant milestone."

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: amarillo; b53; b53bomb; bomb; nuclearbomb; nuclearweapons; pantex
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1 posted on 10/25/2011 7:35:19 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian


Hmmmm .... You don't say ...
2 posted on 10/25/2011 7:37:11 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

So on the week where our Secretary of State said on news of death of Quadaffi, “we came, we saw, we killed him” and the EU is collapsing economically, and Libya announces it is moving to a radical sharia state...and I am supposed to sleep better knowing the world is going to hell in a hand basket?
Freegards,
Lex


3 posted on 10/25/2011 7:39:10 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Scythian

Iran, Commie China, & North Korea LIKE!


4 posted on 10/25/2011 7:39:46 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Scythian

That’s just a GRAVITY bomb. We got a ton more on the missiles in the silos, Vlad.

Don’t even THINK about it.


5 posted on 10/25/2011 7:41:50 AM PDT by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: hoagy62
“Well boys, this is it.
Nuclear combat, toe to toe with the Rooskies...”
6 posted on 10/25/2011 7:44:31 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“I’m going to get them doors open if it harelips everybody in Bear Creek!”


7 posted on 10/25/2011 7:48:31 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Scythian

Eh. Outmoded gravity bomb that needed to be dropped right over the target by a manned sub-sonic and decidedly unstealthy bomber.

These and the version on the Titan were for an age when the guidance system was mechanical gyros and CPEs were measured in miles. “Throw weight’ was the metric then. The demise of this venerable system is not to be lamented.

What I am more concerned about is the dramatic reduction in our modern systems overall and a potential unbalancing of the triad. That and the fact that the bad guys WILL militarize space as their capabilities grow.

Obeyme will let our inventory and options drop right through the floor of what is a credible deterrent, just because he thinks we deserve to be humbled, humiliated and neutered as a world power.


8 posted on 10/25/2011 7:48:50 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: SandRat

It´s been obsolete tech for decades, the only reason it´s not been taken out of service completely was that the disassembly process was a pain. They have been retired since 1997. Trying to spin this as some sort of disarmament success is silly. That won´t stop the admin from giving it a shot of course...


9 posted on 10/25/2011 7:50:19 AM PDT by globelamp
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To: Scythian
So we're replacing it with a more powerful one that is smaller and lighter, deployable via cruise missile with stealth technology so that bad guys don't know what's coming until there is a giant mushroom cloud in their backyard!? Just dreaming-

In the meantime, death to Future Combat System, Zumwald, F22, cut backs on the F35, cuts on missile defense, cuts on defense personnel and end strength...

Nothing good has ever come from American weakness or isolationism.

10 posted on 10/25/2011 7:52:09 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Scythian
I'm not so concerned that some of these things are being dismantled. They have a limited shelf life anyway.

What is more concerning is whether they are being replaced by anything other than this administration's well wishes to our enemies.

11 posted on 10/25/2011 7:52:23 AM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: Scythian
The weapon is considered dismantled when the roughly 300 pounds of high explosives inside are separated from the special nuclear material, known as the pit. The uranium pits from bombs dismantled at Pantex will be stored on an interim basis at the plant, Cunningham said.

Let's tell the terrorist where to look.

12 posted on 10/25/2011 7:54:30 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Cincinatus
Yeeee Haw!!!!

13 posted on 10/25/2011 7:57:11 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Red6

Well...yeah. We have. OK, they may not be “more powerful”, but they more than make up for reduced power with quantity and target accuracies measured in inches instead of miles. This puppy has been obsolete for decades, and is being dismantled now because it was too much of a hassle to dismantle it earlier.


14 posted on 10/25/2011 8:01:51 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Scythian
Dictatorships and authoritarian centralized type regimes as in Iran, China or even Russia today have the same people in power over a long time and their national agenda as well as their strategies don't change that much. America is a nation where you really have no strategic vision (we just throw buzzwords around) and no consistent long term unified approach to anything. The bad guys take us apart or “win” because of this.

What has Iran's agenda been since 1980?

What has China's agenda been regards Taiwan since the 50s?

It not the fighting men and women of our armed forces, it's the political games/process and social fads as well as hedonistic and shortsighted public that is to blame. On the field of battle we do well, we even do well nation building, until it becomes “political.”

15 posted on 10/25/2011 8:01:51 AM PDT by Red6
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To: SargeK
What I am more concerned about is the dramatic reduction in our modern systems overall and a potential unbalancing of the triad. That and the fact that the bad guys WILL militarize space as their capabilities grow. Obeyme will let our inventory and options drop right through the floor of what is a credible deterrent, just because he thinks we deserve to be humbled, humiliated and neutered as a world power.

Obama must fear losing the election if he's in such a hurry to reduce our inventory and options. Could his biggest fear be an elected Republican might be able to undo some of his damage?

16 posted on 10/25/2011 8:02:14 AM PDT by GOPJ (OWS - a scam to shift blame for unemployment and misery away from Obama..)
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To: Scythian

Where are the pieces going?


17 posted on 10/25/2011 8:04:09 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: SERKIT

One of my favorite movies!

I bought that one.

Dr. Strangelove and how I learned to love the bomb.


18 posted on 10/25/2011 8:06:19 AM PDT by Red6
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To: GOPJ

It certainly seems as though he’s accelerating his ‘transformation’ of the country.

Too bad no one in the lame stream media bothered to ask, “transform into what, exactly?”


19 posted on 10/25/2011 8:13:07 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: ctdonath2

I was being funny.


20 posted on 10/25/2011 8:16:30 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Red6

The film department at Iowa had a copy of this movie and ran it free nearly every Saturday night when I was there in the 60s.
Most of the audience could repeat the lines as the actors said them.


21 posted on 10/25/2011 8:25:49 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SargeK

But what is true is that are armed forces are in full scale decline right now, and that goes complelety under the radar because of the economy and a President that is very popular with the media.


22 posted on 10/25/2011 8:26:54 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Scythian

But what are we going to use to send out to a giant asteroid to blow the crap out of it before it hits the earth?


23 posted on 10/25/2011 8:33:31 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: newheart
What is more concerning is whether they are being replaced by anything other than this administration's well wishes to our enemies.

They were replaced in 1997. Back in the 90s B-52Hs were fitted with the Common Strategic Rotary Launcher. Those planes could no longer carry the B53. The B53 role of bunker busting by laydown delivery was replaced by the earth penetrating B61-11, up to eight of which could be carried on the CSRL, instead of the single B53 previously carried.

24 posted on 10/25/2011 8:36:22 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: Red6

My brand of humor includes taking absurdities to logical conclusions with a straight face.


25 posted on 10/25/2011 8:40:34 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Red6

Agreed, and the biggest cause of the decline isn’t material (although that is bad enough).

It is the loss of focus, loss of a sense of mission and accomplishment and loss of the warrior ethos. The mental infection of the libtards is contagious. Every member of the armed services has to be asking him/her self, “What’s the point?” The social experimentation, and especially the withdrawal of DADT will have far reaching consequences. The interplay of sexual issues is bad enough now. Once the effects of the repeal of DADT are manifest, the prolems will increase exponentially and really cut into readiness.


26 posted on 10/25/2011 9:00:20 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: SargeK
Too bad no one in the lame stream media bothered to ask, “transform into what, exactly?”

Are you talking about the same lamestream media that couldn't find Chicago on a map when Obama ran last time, but could fine Wasilla? Might be they don't want to know...

27 posted on 10/25/2011 9:17:31 AM PDT by GOPJ (OWS - a scam to shift blame for unemployment and misery away from Obama..)
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To: Scythian

Damn, that’s like being 12 years old and having to throw away the biggest firecracker in your collection.

Couldn’t they’ve just dropped it on Tehran, say instead of sending a Chrismas card?


28 posted on 10/25/2011 9:31:04 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Scythian

I’m surprised we didn’t donate it to a lesser country. It isn’t fair that Venezuela doesn’t have one, or the emerging democracies of Libya, Egypt...


29 posted on 10/25/2011 9:37:18 AM PDT by Professional
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To: Moltke

Assuming a detonation at optimum height, a 9 megaton blast would result in a fireball some 4 to 5 kilometers (2.5 to 3 miles) in diameter.[9] The radiated heat would be sufficient to cause lethal burns to any unprotected person within a 28.7 kilometers (17.8 mi) radius (995 square miles (2,580 km2)). Blast effects would be sufficient to collapse most residential and industrial structures within a 14.9-kilometer (9.3 mi) radius (300 square miles (780 km2)); within 5.7 kilometers (3.5 mi) virtually all above-ground structures would be destroyed and blast effects would inflict near 100% fatalities. Within 4.7 kilometers (2.9 mi) a 500 rem dose of ionizing radiation would be received by the average person, sufficient to cause a 50% to 90% casualty rate independent of thermal or blast effects at this distance.


Your post isn’t particularly amusing in light of this, is it? This weapon is immoral, and its dismantling should be celebrated by all people of good conscience.


30 posted on 10/25/2011 9:37:43 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel
I'm curious.

What, in your view, is a moral weapon?

I'd agree that the actual use of such a weapon may be immoral. But the mere prospect of the consequences of the use such weapons (conventional wisdom has it) kept two enemies apart for half a century.

The scenario wherein such weapons would have actually been used is apocalyptic. He who Is would render the verdict, not any of us.

31 posted on 10/25/2011 10:19:48 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

I believe that’s been common knowledge for years.


32 posted on 10/25/2011 10:22:12 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Scythian

Obama is sure making sure the world for America is a very unsafe place! Middle East ready to erupt into G-d knows what, every ally we ever had wondering if we will stand with them and now here we are destroying weaponry we can’t afford to rebuild.


33 posted on 10/25/2011 10:22:36 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: DuncanWaring
I believe that’s been common knowledge for years.

You are absolutely correct.

It was published in the Sandia Base newspaper
in 1959 available in the PX on base for all to see.

Listing the locations involved in the softball league.

Sandia Base was an open base in 1959.


34 posted on 10/25/2011 10:39:37 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

Don’t be a smart-ass.

Anyone who knows anything about the US nuclear arsenal knows that everything goes through Pantex sooner or later.

And Pantex is almost 400 miles from Sandia.


35 posted on 10/25/2011 10:44:12 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: mvpel

Were Little Boy and Fat Man immoral weapons?


36 posted on 10/25/2011 10:45:23 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
I give you a piece of TradeCraft
from 1959 and you go non-linear.

The article made no sense,
they did not know how to
disassemble something from 1964.


37 posted on 10/25/2011 10:53:59 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: SargeK
I'm curious. What, in your view, is a moral weapon?

I'm not sure, but I reckon that a weapon that levels a 20-mile-wide circle and can inflict fatal burns across nearly a thousand square miles is not moral.

When in your war against a city, you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees, wielding the ax against them. You may eat of them, but you must not cut them down. Are trees of the field human to withdraw before you into a besieged city? - Deuteronomy 20:19.

38 posted on 10/25/2011 10:54:49 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel
This weapon is immoral, and its dismantling should be celebrated by all people of good conscience.

Do you own a firearm?

39 posted on 10/25/2011 10:56:21 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: mvpel; SargeK
When in your war against a city, you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees, wielding the ax against them. You may eat of them, but you must not cut them down. Are trees of the field human to withdraw before you into a besieged city? - Deuteronomy 20:19.

Do you consider yourself under the Law ?

Or do you use the Law to promote Lawlessness ?

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
40 posted on 10/25/2011 11:04:54 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Oztrich Boy
They were replaced in 1997.

So all the press hoopla about dismantling this thing is just Obama's press corpse (pun intended) trying to make people believe he is following through on a campaign promise, when in reality it was begun under the Bush admin.

41 posted on 10/25/2011 11:09:06 AM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: Grizzled Bear
Do you own a firearm?

There is a fundamental difference between a weapon that propels a piece of metal at high speed in a specific direction, and a weapon which is designed to inflict fatal burns across a thousand square miles. Surely you can agree on that point, yes?

And I do own a number of firearms, but that's irrelevant.

42 posted on 10/25/2011 11:44:43 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel
Just so we're clear - a thousand square miles is about the size of the entire state of Rhode Island excluding Narragansett Bay.
44 posted on 10/25/2011 11:57:19 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel
There is a fundamental difference between a weapon that propels a piece of metal at high speed in a specific direction, and a weapon which is designed to inflict fatal burns across a thousand square miles. Surely you can agree on that point, yes?

A generation of Americans who would not have been born had their fathers taken part in a land invasion of Japan would find you immoral.

And I do own a number of firearms, but that's irrelevant.

A handgun held by a homeowner protecting his family is no more moral then the handgun used by a rapist. It's a tool, just like a nuclear weapon.

Don't you have some whales to save?

45 posted on 10/25/2011 12:09:32 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: mvpel; Moltke

Here’s the real deal: Tsar Bomba.

Tested on October 30th, 1961. It was planned as a 100 megaton device, however for the test, it was scaled down to 50 megatons.

The fireball reached nearly as high as the altitude of the release plane, 6.5 miles (10 km) and was seen almost 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from ground zero. The subsequent mushroom cloud was about 64 kilometres (40 mi) high (nearly seven times the height of Mount Everest), which meant that the cloud was well inside the Mesosphere when it peaked. The base of the cloud was 40 kilometres (25 mi) wide. All buildings in the village of Severny (both wooden and brick), located 55 kilometres (34 mi) from ground zero within the Sukhoy Nos test range, were completely destroyed. In districts hundreds of kilometers from ground zero, wooden houses were destroyed, and stone ones lost their roofs, windows and doors; and radio communications were interrupted for almost one hour. One participant in the test saw a bright flash through dark goggles and felt the effects of a thermal pulse even at a distance of 270 kilometres (170 mi). The heat from the explosion could have caused third-degree burns 100 km (62 mi) away from ground zero. A shock wave was observed in the air at Dikson settlement 700 kilometres (430 mi) away; windowpanes were partially broken to distances of 900 kilometres (560 mi). Atmospheric focusing caused blast damage at even greater distances, breaking windows in Norway and Finland. The seismic shock created by the detonation was measurable even on its third passage around the Earth.[8] Its seismic body wave magnitude was about 5 to 5.25.[7] The energy yield was around 7.1 on the Richter scale but, since the bomb was detonated in air rather than underground, most of the energy was not converted to seismic waves.

Now THAT’S a bomb.


46 posted on 10/25/2011 12:33:09 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Scythian
A year ahead of schedule! This has to be the first efficient government effort in history, disarmament. Obama can be efficient on some things.
47 posted on 10/25/2011 1:01:28 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Wow, they really nuked themselves!


48 posted on 10/25/2011 1:11:57 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

I am PRETTY SURE that we had at least one deployed 24 megaton bomb. See below.
B41 Y1 NGB Sep 1960 1960 1976 Jul 1976 3-stage TN, dirty 4840 ~25 500


49 posted on 10/25/2011 1:38:58 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: Grizzled Bear
A generation of Americans who would not have been born had their fathers taken part in a land invasion of Japan would find you immoral.

There is also a fundamental difference between an 80 kiloton bomb and a 9,000 kiloton bomb. The firebombing of Tokyo killed more people than either atomic bomb. Note that I said "THIS weapon" not "THESE weapons."

50 posted on 10/25/2011 2:15:59 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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