Two US Labs Compete to Build New Nukes
June 14, 2006 6:24 AM
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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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6/14/2006 4:18:51 PM
Unfortunately the rest of the world operates in something we like to call reality.
Idealism is great, but you need to sometimes take a step back and apply your idealistic ideas to real world realities.
It would be fantastic if every country would give up their nuclear weapons, but it just will not happen. Why you ask? Because one country has a massive conventional weapon, so the other country needs to out due this weapon to give it an advantage... Now what is the basis of all of this? Usually, borders, values, or natural resources.
In your cream puff vision of the world, there would be no fights, murders, thefts, or any other crime against humanity.
The problem with this, is that one mans values are not another’s. What you may hold as valuable, such as, adult human life, another may not.
I am afraid a utopia is something that is quite impossible, so give up on the idea.
As far as pandemonium, I'm not sure what corner you want to go weep in, but down here in Texas, when an injustice is committed against us, we do not back down from the fight.
We stand tall, and hit back... HARD.
The rest of the country has always been like this. Imagine... what do you think went through the minds of the pilots as they bombed the USS Arizona? Do you think they thought to themselves "Those Americans are going to back down... this will show them not to mess with Japan..."
Yeah... that was a good move, wasn't it?
What was the result? Oh yeah... nuclear weapons... being used... for the first time...
Did they work? Did it show Japan just how they had crippled the United States? I really do not think that message was one that was conveyed with the dropping of those two weapons.
How about that bright Tuesday morning in September of 2001? All 19 of those men thought they were going to put America in her place that day...
2 countries later, THOUSANDS of terrorists killed... do you think the United States got the message those 4 airplanes were trying to convey? I don't.
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