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The race is on!

The arms race during the Cold War featured the US and Soviet Union competing against one another to have a greater military force.  It looks like another arms race, except on a much more relaxing level, is on again.  The Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are competing to see which lab will be able to construct the first new nuclear bomb made in the United States in two decades.  In 2005, the "reliable replacement warhead" program was started to try and replace aging, unreliable bombs.  The new nuclear bomb has been under development for around a year in both labs. 

The designs from both labs must have the same explosive power as existing warheads in the US arsenal.  One of the goals of the contest is to have a new weapon that will not be as likely to accidentally detonate and one that will be much more secure than the weapons the US currently possesses.  Each laboratory's plans will be presented to the Nuclear Weapons Council with the council choosing a winner before 2007.

Interestingly enough, LANL also recently put out an announcement that the national laboratory is accepting proposals for the fastest supercomputer in the world, capable of operating at one petaflop -- significantly more than even the fastest supercomputers are capable of today.


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it IS a doublestandart
By Loser on 6/14/2006 12:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
its not a double standart coz USA(and others) critisize other countries trying to make their own nuclear bombs
it is a DS coz US is MAKING new ones. what kind of pathetic excuse is "we are replacing them" or i like other one even more "cheaper"
if they are old and become dangerous GET RID OF THEM. there are plenty safe ways which USA or any other country can choose from.
and whats that BS someone was talking about terrorist?? since when do terrorists have their own country? u cant just drop a nuke and have "some collateral damage".
nukes are best weapons for terrorists. no other sain country will ever actually start a war with a nuke coz the whole world will wipe them out within hours (and that whithout a nuke mind you)




RE: it IS a doublestandart
By creathir on 6/14/2006 4:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
You must have just stopped thinking... didn't really complete your thought.

You are right, we need a double standard because of unstable countries like Iran which may give the weapons to the likes of... terrorists!
- Creathir


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