Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon?

The Bulletin – by Elisabeth Eaves

America is building a new weapon of mass destruction, a nuclear missile the length of a bowling lane. It will be able to travel some 6,000 miles, carrying a warhead more than 20 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It will be able to kill hundreds of thousands of people in a single shot.

The US Air Force plans to order more than 600 of them.

On September 8, the Air Force gave the defense company Northrop Grumman an initial contract of $13.3 billion to begin engineering and manufacturing the missile, but that will be just a fraction of the total bill. Based on a Pentagon report cited by the Arms Control Association Association and Bloomberg News, the government will spend roughly $100 billion to build the weapon, which will be ready to use around 2029.

To put that price tag in perspective, $100 billion could pay 1.24 million elementary school teacher salaries for a year, provide 2.84 million four-year university scholarships, or cover 3.3 million hospital stays for covid-19 patients. It’s enough to build a massive mechanical wall to protect New York City from sea level rise. It’s enough to get to Mars.

One day soon, the Air Force will christen this new war machine with its “popular” name, likely some word that projects goodness and strength, in keeping with past nuclear missiles like the Atlas, Titan, and Peacekeeper. For now, though, the missile goes by the inglorious acronym GBSD, for “ground-based strategic deterrent.” The GBSD is designed to replace the existing fleet of Minuteman III missiles; both are intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs. Like its predecessors, the GBSD fleet will be lodged in underground silos, widely scattered in three groups known as “wings” across five states. The official purpose of American ICBMs goes beyond responding to nuclear assault. They are also intended to deter such attacks, and serve as targets in case there is one.

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3 thoughts on “Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon?

  1. no one has ever used a nuke on anyone. none have ever been stolen.. used by terrorists.. never rolled off a train down a mountainside in India or Pakistan contaminating a place for 25 thousand years. a million and a half people live in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. pretty good for a place that should be a wasteland. we’ve stockpiled em for 70yrs.. terrorists are working on dirty bombs that have just a little bit of nucular juice in em.. suitcase nukes.. but we all of a sudden need a bunch that’ll go 6000miles.. what about all the ICBMs in Montana and whatnot?? they ain’t no good anymore?? I think you all know I don’t believe nukes exists nor ICBMs.. and it’s horshit like this article that makes me not. just more hiding of stolen trillions. just like the NASA fraud.. 53mln dollars a day for cartoons and Hollywood movies. with nukes.. we don’t even get that!!!

  2. The Plutonium nuclear core is warm to the touch. Forever. This heat, due to high levels of spontaneous radioactive decay, degrade the non-nuclear components of a nuclear weapon. Things like the metal construction materials (Wigner Effect), electronics used to time the detonation and conventional explosive lenses used to create a symmetrical implosion. There are many others such as the fast degrading ½ life of the Tritium used for boosted fission weapons. The “Dial-A-Yield” types. B-61s, I believe? And the degradation of the Neutron boosters at the center of the Plutonium cores. That is why these weapons need to be refurbished, upgraded and/or new versions created. FYI. I have never studied or worked in any industry related to radioactive materials or weapons production. However, I do have a basic Engineering Physics degree from Oregon State 1980 (Go Beavers) and curiosity. You could learn everything I have just said from < 5 books, easily available to the public, if you are interested. Let me know if you are interested and I will send a list.

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