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  • Trump’s Virus Treatment Revives Questions About Unchecked Nuclear Authority (barf)

    10/12/2020 5:05:22 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | Oct 11, 2020 | David E. Sanger and William J. Broad
    President Trump’s long rants and seemingly erratic behavior last week — which some doctors believe might have been fueled by his use of dexamethasone, a steroid, to treat Covid-19 — renewed a long-simmering debate among national security experts about whether it is time to retire one of the early inventions of the Cold War: the unchecked authority of the president to launch nuclear weapons. Mr. Trump has publicly threatened the use of those weapons only once in his presidency, during his first collision with North Korea in 2017. But it was his decision not to invoke the 25th Amendment and...
  • Scare-Mongering Morning Joe: Drug-Addled Trump Has Nuke Codes!

    10/07/2020 9:40:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Dust off the Daisy ad! Looks like the liberal media is launching an attack on President Trump similar to the one run against Barry Goldwater in 1964: that his control of the "nuclear codes" threatens the world! On today's Morning Joe, JoeScarborough was "seriously" suggesting that Trump's decision to suspend talks on a new stimulus package was "the steroids talking." It soon transitioned to Scarborough asking Kasie Hunt whether she's heard from Republicans worried about Trump, given the virus-treatment drugs he's been taking, and if they're "concerned about a president acting irrationally with the nuclear codes?" Get the rest of...
  • UN chief: World is living in ‘shadow of nuclear catastrophe’ [defund]

    10/02/2020 9:52:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | October 2, 2020 | Edith M. Lederer
    U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned Friday that the world is living “in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe,” fueled by growing distrust and tensions between the nuclear powers. […] As examples, Guterres has expressed deep concern at the escalating disputes between the Trump administration and China. Relations between the U.S. and Russia are at a low point. Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan are feuding over Kashmir, and India just had a border skirmish with China. And North Korea boasts about its nuclear weapons. […] Guterres also pointed to the only treaty constraining the size of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals — the...
  • America launched its nuclear doomsday planes after Trump’s positive Covid-19 test; Pentagon could have wanted atomic-armed rivals to know that America's nuclear command system is intact, even if commander-in-chief is sick.

    10/02/2020 8:13:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    The London Economic ^ | 10/02/2020 | Jack Peat
    An eagle eyed plane spotter in Hawaii raised suspicions that the president could be incapacitated moments before news broke that he had tested positive for coronavirus. Two E-6B Mercury jets – known as the Navy’s doomsday planes – were launched off both the east and west coast in the early hours of the morning.The planes are designed to fly aerobatic-like manoeuvres over the sea that allows them to send messages to ballistic missile submarines hiding below, effectively safeguarding the country in the event that the White House is immobilised. In an atomic war, the E-6s would relay directions to help...
  • Biden would push for less US reliance on nukes for defense

    09/19/2020 10:47:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | September 19, 2020 | Robert Burns
    Democrat Joe Biden leaves little doubt that if elected he would try to scale back President Donald Trump’s buildup in nuclear weapons spending. And although the former vice president has not fully detailed his nuclear priorities, he says he would make the U.S. less reliant on the world’s deadliest weapons. The two candidates’ views on nuclear weapons policy and strategy carry unusual significance in this election because the United States is at a turning point in deciding the future of its weapons arsenal and because of growing debate about the threat posed by Chinese and Russian nuclear advances. […] Biden...
  • Jordan king warns that Israel's annexation plans jeopardise regional peace

    07/14/2020 2:52:24 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 23 replies
    https://uk.reuters.com ^ | JULY 13, 2020 | Reuters
    Jordan’s King Abdullah warned on Monday that any unilateral Israeli moves to annex territory in the occupied West Bank would fuel instability and dim hopes of a final settlement of the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict. The monarch told British lawmakers the only path to a comprehensive and lasting Middle East peace was the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on land captured by Israel in the 1967 war, and with East Jerusalem as its capital. “Any unilateral Israeli measure to annex lands in the West Bank is unacceptable, as it would undermine the prospects of achieving peace and stability in...
  • The Day After - The 80's Nuke Movie That Terrified The Public

    07/13/2020 7:44:29 AM PDT · by AggregateThreat · 79 replies
    I remember watching this as a kid, everyone was freaking out. Had an almost War of The Worlds radio broadcast feel to it. Before Nicholas Meyer's made-for-television film The Day After had its official airing on November 20, 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan and his Joint Chiefs of Staff were given screening copies. In his diary, Reagan recorded his reaction to seeing Meyer's graphic depiction of a nuclear holocaust that devastates a small Kansas town, writing: "It's very effective and left me greatly depressed. So far they [ABC] haven't sold any of the 25 spot ads scheduled and I can see...
  • Iran Accuses West of 'Disinformation' As Another Huge Explosion Rocks Tehran; The Third Time in Three Weeks!

    07/11/2020 10:22:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/11/2020 | Rick Moran
    section class="post-body"> For the third time in three weeks, an explosion has rocked the Iranian capital of Tehran, leading many to conclude that these were coordinated attacks probably planned by Israel and the United States. Iran is denying that the explosion even occurred, although social media postings and “unofficial” news agencies say it did. They are accusing the west of mounting a disinformation campaign to undermine the regime. That’s a good idea. Why didn’t we think of that?The blast yesterday was so powerful, it knocked out power to thousands of residents. The Jerusalem Post reports that the blast may have...
  • Mysteries Abound: Yet Another Tehran-Area Explosion … Near Nuclear-Program Archives?

    07/07/2020 6:37:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/07/2020 | Ed Morrissey
    Ho-hum, another day in Tehran, another incident of careless explosive-tank handling. Or so the Iranians want everyone to think, for now. Officials claim that “careless handling” of oxygen tanks triggered an explosion south of Tehran that killed two people in Baghershahr late yesterday. “Human error,” the Iranian regime called it: Two men have been killed in yet another Iran explosion, as officials blamed ‘human error’ for the blast.The explosion rocked the Sepahan Boresh factory in the city of Baqershahr, south of Tehran, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to state media.It was caused by ‘workers being negligent...
  • Iran Hints at Cyber Attacks on Their Centrifuge Production Facility

    07/06/2020 7:03:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/06/2020 | Rick Moran
    Iran is stewing over the potential loss of its most advanced centrifuge production plant after some kind of explosion and fire severely damaged it. Naturally, the Iranians are being pretty closemouthed about the incident. They haven’t said much about the fire and explosion at what was suspected to be a nuclear research facility in the mountains outside of Tehran, either. But it’s hard to hide what happened at Natanz — the nuclear facility with the highest-profile in the country. And Iran is hinting that the destruction of its advanced centrifuge plant might have been caused by some kind of variation...
  • Massive Explosion Rocks Suspected Nuke Site in Iran

    06/29/2020 8:58:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/29/2020 | Rick Moran
    Ali Shaigan The Associated Press is reporting that a huge explosion occurred on Friday that rattled Tehran and lit up the horizon. The site of the blast was a region where many nuclear experts believe Iran conducted high-explosive tests relating to its nuclear program. The explosion happened in the Alborz mountains, just east of the city. Satellite photos show the massive extent of the blast. This Sentinel-2 GIF shows the difference at Khojir Missile Base in 🇮🇷#Iran (35.687799 N, 51.651720 E) because of the recent explosion: it looks like fire burnt down 20 ha of land WNW of a now...
  • N Korea blows up S Korea liaison center

    06/16/2020 12:48:25 AM PDT · by FRinCanada2 · 21 replies
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  • Chinese navy puts two new nuclear submarines into service

    04/29/2020 11:29:30 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 42 replies
    www.scmp.com ^ | 4/29/2020 | Minnie Chan
    The vessels are upgraded versions of a Jin-class sub and join the PLA fleet in time for the military wing’s 71st anniversary The subs are the latest in a long list of hardware additions to the navy over the last year Two new upgraded nuclear-powered strategic submarines have gone into service in China in time for the 71st anniversary of the navy, according to Chinese military sources. The vessels are revamped versions of the Type 094, or Jin-class, nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) and will bolster the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s underwater combat strength, two military sources told the South...
  • SIGNAL Play Fest: Online Wargaming Event

    11/09/2019 10:12:54 AM PST · by gandalftb · 15 replies
    On Tuesday, Nov 12th (6 pm ET / 3 pm PT), we’ll be hosting a SIGNAL online play festival to bring together as many players as possible for a one-time event. Join students, policy scholars, military experts, and others across the world playing together to help better our understanding of strategic stability.
  • US set to upgrade controversial nukes stationed in Germany

    03/25/2020 6:52:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.26.2020 | Naomi Conrad
    Viewed from above, the fields surrounding Büchel air base stretch out like a greenish-brown patchwork quilt, punctuated by the small villages and woodlands that make up the Eifel region in western Germany. Take a closer look at satellite imagery, and you can make out several dozen camouflaged airplane hangars. Hidden deep below them lies a carefully guarded secret: underground vaults housing American nuclear bombs that date back to the Cold War. […] In March 2010, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, passed a cross-party resolution urging the government to “emphatically” work towards getting its American allies to withdraw all nuclear weapons from...
  • US staged 'limited' nuclear battle against Russia in war game

    02/25/2020 9:51:11 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 34 replies
    Guardian ^ | 2/25/2020 | Guardian
    The US conducted a military exercise last week which simulated a “limited” nuclear exchange with Russia, a senior Pentagon official has confirmed. The war game is notable because of the defence department’s highly unusual decision to brief journalists about the details and because it embodied the controversial notion that it might be possible to fight, and win, a battle with nuclear weapons, without the exchange leading to an all-out world-ending conflict.
  • United Arab Emirates issues operating licence for Arab world's first nuclear plant

    02/17/2020 10:02:20 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 28 replies
    wion ^ | 2/16/20 | wion
    The United Arab Emirates has issued an operating licence for the Arab world's first nuclear power plant, a senior official at the nuclear regulator said on Monday, paving the way for it to start production later this year.
  • An Interactive Look at the U.S.-China Military Scorecard

    02/15/2020 12:53:14 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 16 replies
    rand.org ^ | RAND Corporation
    Over the past two decades, China's People's Liberation Army has transformed itself from a large but antiquated force into a capable, modern military. Although China continues to lag the United States in terms of aggregate military hardware and operational skills, it has improved its relative capabilities in many critical areas. To advance the public debate, RAND used open, unclassified sources to compile The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power. This comprehensive report examines U.S. and Chinese military capabilities in ten operational areas, and presents a "scorecard" for each.Each scorecard assesses the relative advantage or disadvantage...
  • Pentagon confirms ‘low-yield’ nuclear weapon on submarine

    02/04/2020 9:00:48 AM PST · by DTAD · 60 replies
    The US Defense Department announced Tuesday that it has deployed a submarine carrying a new long-range missile with a relatively small nuclear warhead, saying it is in response to Russian tests of similar weapons.
  • 2 GTA men indicted in U.S. for allegedly trafficking items for Pakistan nuclear program [Greater Toronto Area]

    01/21/2020 3:48:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | Jan 16, 2020 6:14 PM ET
    Two Mississauga, Ont., men have been indicted for allegedly helping to run an international procurement network over a five-year period to traffic materials such as aircraft parts and satellite communications equipment to support Pakistan’s nuclear program. Father and son Muhammad Ahsan Wali, 48, and Haji Wali Muhammad Sheikh, 82, are among five men accused of being associated with an alleged front company called Business World, based in Rawalpindi, a city in northern Pakistan, according to the United States Department of Justice. The other three charged include another one of Sheikh’s sons in Pakistan, as well as one man in Hong...