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Turn off Cold War nuclear war planning

New Study: From Counterforce to Minimal Deterrence (April 8, 2009)

This study recommends ending the practice of using nuclear weapons to target the nuclear forces of other nuclear powers and replacing it will a more limited planning that targets critical industry. The study was published by FAS and NRDC as a practical way of "turning off" the Cold War on the way toward elimination of nuclear weapons. Get full study on the FAS Strategic Security Blog.

No more US nukes on that unsinkable aircraft carrier...

US Nuclear Weapons Withdrawn From the United Kingdom (June 26, 2008)

The U.S. Air Force has quietly withdrawn some 110 nuclear warheads from Lakenheath air base in the eastern part of the United Kingdom. The withdrawal, which ends approximately 50 years of continuous U.S. nuclear weapons deployment on the territory of the European ally, follows withdrawals of nuclear weapons from Ramstein Air Base in Germany and from Greece a few years ago. Read more here...

Nuclear safety demonstration at
Kleine Brogel Air base in Belgium
The nuclear "glue" in the North Atlantic alliance is coming apart...

Air Force Study Says "Most" Nuclear Weapon Sites in Europe do not Meet DOD Security Requirements (May 19, 2008)

An internal U.S. Air Force investigation has determined that "most sites" currently used for deploying nuclear weapons in Europe do not meet Department of Defense security requirements. Fixing the problems will require "significant additional resources," according to the final report. I obtained a copy of the full report, which is described on the FAS Strategic Security Blog.

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see also previous front page news items from 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 © Hans M. Kristensen