Ex-Jeb Bush national security advisor and #NeverTrump representative John Noonan is a former Minuteman III nuclear launch officer in the U.S. Air Force. When he says what’s terrifying about Trump getting his hands on nuclear codes, he knows what he’s talking about.
Last night, following reports of unusual seismic activity in the region, the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea announced it detonated its first hydrogen bomb in an underground test. But when you’re North Korea, you don’t just come out say, “Hey, look what we did.” No, you have to make a deeply bizarre…
With the Cold War coming back, I figured this would be a good time to freshen up on some basic nuclear tips. Just helpful hints, like how to duck and cover, how to eat canned crackers, and, of course, how to build a goddamn hydrogen bomb yourself. Here’s that last one, in video form.
Seventy years ago, the United States dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan. At the time, the US was the only country with nuclear weapons. That wasn’t for a complete lack of effort on the part of other countries, however, and new documents found heap more evidence on Japan having a program of its own.
A report from Center for Strategic and International Studies called “Project Atom” urges the Department of Defense to make the Navy’s F-35Cs “dual role capable.” In other words, they want to make sure the jet can drop conventional munitions and nuclear ones, all in an effort to surround potential enemies with a more…
That picture right there is what would happen if you dropped the world's largest nuke, the Soviet Tsar Bomba, in its theoretical 100 Megaton configuration onto the Foxtrot Alpha World Headquarters. Don't worry, if you only use the as-tested 50 MT configuration, Scranton might still make it.
Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the American military had a dream. That dream was to create a nuclear rocket launcher, and with it, the world's smallest nuclear rocket. The M-28/29 "Davy Crockett," and this massively tiny explosion (at around 3:35, if the video doesn't load properly), was the result.
Pakistan is taking nuclear paranoia to a horrifying new low. And it's making the world a vastly more dangerous place in the process.
Below this French Rafale jet is a missile that can travel about 300 miles before deploying a completely untested 300 kiloton nuclear warhead. This shot wasn't taken at the height of the Cold War. It was taken last week. To understand why you have to understand the French approach to nuclear deterrence.
El Loverman Misterioso is out tracking down the true culprits behind the 1916 Preparedness Day bombing, so I'm doing Commenter of the Day duty in his stead. Sometimes we choose a COTD based on a commenter's hard work and/or research, but today we're going to bestow it on the commenter who whupped some concise…