I’ve written before about the strengths and weaknesses of radioactive materials as a terrorist weapon, but what about using radioactive materials as a tool of assassination? Turns out there aren’t very many good options. Any material that would be deadly in a single dose would be difficult to acquire and most would present a serious risk […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Polonium"
As I pointed out two weeks ago, Reagan’s legacy vision that ballistic missiles would become “impotent and obsolete” wasn’t practical. It wasn’t a threat to nuclear stability either, as some of its critics claimed. Nor was it the program that won the Cold War, as Reagan’s idolators claim. Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative found itself without a purpose after the […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Star Wars Legacy Systems"
Fifteen years is long enough. It is time to put away the sackcloth and ashes, time to dismiss the professional mourners. It is time to leave the solemn ceremonies to those who personally experienced loss. Let them mourn alongside those who understand, while the rest of us leave them in peace. National trauma, politicized trauma, […]Read more "Sackcloth and Ashes"
If you’ve heard anything about current US nuclear weapons programs, you’ve heard of the expensive B61 Mod-12. When completed, each bomb will cost more than its weight in gold. There are other controversies besides just the price. The B61, once known under the informal code name “Silver Bullet”, has been around a long time and is […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: New Lives for Silver Bullets"
There was this really incredible TV show once. You probably remember it. Highest ratings ever for any live television event. The producers spent less than a million dollars and had no pre-event hype to boost viewership. It aired live on almost every channel, and was considered so compelling that a lot of stations showed nothing but […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Isotopes"