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Lost Nuke: The Last Flight of Bomber 075, Revised Edition

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Despite progress in reducing Cold War nuclear arsenals, the world’s combined inventory of nuclear warheads remains at a very high level: approximately 15,350 warheads as of early-2016. Was it entirely necessary that we drop such a devastating weapon? ... According to recently released White House tapes, on April 25, a few weeks before he ordered a major escalation of the war, Kissinger presented him with a series of escalation options, including attacking North Vietnamese power plants and docks.

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The Battle of Okinawa: The Blood and the Bomb

George Feifer

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And I think the important thing for the period ahead, the important thing for the big May Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference which is looking at all these issues – the important thing is that we adopt a genuinely globalized perspective on this. It becomes the second nation to develop and successfully test a nuclear device. Under the newest Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty there is a limit of 1,550 warheads each on 800 launchers by the end of 2018. “In a world of worry about nuclear war, that’s a remarkable development and gives us some history to be optimistic about the future,” Robinson said.

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Sanctions as Grand Strategy (Adelphi series)

Brendan Taylor

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Visitors to White Sands Missile Park check out a "Hound Dog," a supersonic Cold War missile that could be launched from a B-52 and carry a nuclear warhead, at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This refers to a situation in which nuclear weapons are unlikely to be used “deliberately, by accident or in an unauthorised way” by the key nuclear powers discussed in this Analysis. [3] Two key technological trends are changing the way that tactical nuclear weapons could affect strategic stability: the evolution of precision strike weapons and the proliferation of advanced area-denial capabilities and credible ballistic missile defence.

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The Man from Pakistan: The True Story of the World's Most

Douglas Frantz

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Evans: I think the sanctions move by the United States is entirely defensible because you can’t have people thumbing their nose at Security Council resolutions. After a chemical warfare agent is produced, it is loaded into a munition so that it can be fired at an adversary. In the United States, exposure is a serious problem; the only source of heating for most survivors is wood fires. Piontkovsky believes that NATO would balk at attacking Moscow over a small country remote from NATO’s heartland and the hearts of its citizens.

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A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies

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As well as providing inspiration for giant atomic monsters, the nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll also left their mark on the world of fashion. There is some authority for this kind of judicial restraint in the healthy maxim nullum poenum sine legem -- no punishment without a law -- but as far as major crimes against humanity are concerned, it was conclusively rejected at Nuremberg. To think that the Soviet Union would strike first believing that we were about to do so is not.

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My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

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And some of the Soviet Union�s military leaders have publicly discussed using nuclear weapons to win wars. S. leadership will be required to take the world to the next stage -- to a solid consensus for reversing reliance on nuclear weapons globally as a vital contribution to preventing their proliferation into potentially dangerous hands, and ultimately ending them as a threat to the world. Although the primary mission of the Trident system is directed against targets in Russia and China, a D5 missile launched in a low-trajectory flight provides a unique very short notice (12-13 minutes) strike capability against time-critical targets in North Korea.

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Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the French Problem,

Constantine A. Pagedas

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They’re trying to recover their position as a major world power. Science has the ability to develop technologies, and some technologies are used to propel war onto unknown battlefields across the globe. However, such selectiveness is likely to increase tensions with non-nuclear states, who feel they are more polarised as the number of nuclear states gradually increases. This will continue to be so, with the United States and the Soviet Union filling their customary roles.

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Nuclear Deterrence in Southern Asia: China, India and

Arpit Rajain

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Here are some questions to get you started: Which arguments do you agree or disagree with? The 'Little Boy' was already in transit to Tinian aboard the Indianapolis at the time of this test, so it was used. With a clear conscience he could answer "No." I mean, right there, we have a concise reference to radiation poisoning; nuclear fallout – and those texts are thousands of years old.” The Mahabharata actually doesn’t say any of that.

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North Korea on the Brink: Struggle For Survival

Glyn Ford

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Some countries feeling threatened, have found security through their own stren�uous efforts and through arrangements made with others. The inherent impossibility of distinguishing between civilian and military targets and the obvious fact that the use of nuclear weapons would result in a massive number of casualties in a wide area, clearly renders the use or threat of a nuclear weapons system illegal. The effect of this will not be noticed, however, since it is less than natural variations.

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Nuclear Defence: Shaping the Arsenal

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Looking at the situation of weaker nuclear states and at the statements of stronger nuclear states, one suspects that weak states are less likely to use nuclear weapons first than are strong ones. These could deliver high altitude bursts whose electromagnetic pulse knocks out electrical circuits for hundreds of square miles. Meitner was convinced that the product actually was Barium rather than a homologue.

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