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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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RE: Business as usual
By ss284 on 6/14/2006 4:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
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I personally lose no sleep over China having a handfull of nukes, or North Korea which I wouldn't be surprised if they had one or two already. Even Iran, because at the end of the day when you look past all the bitching going both ways, they aren't stupid, they know they could take out London but before their missiles had even left their airspace a thousand more would be heading towards them. It's a non-issue, created to "stir the" red "base" and further annoy the "blue base".
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You totally ignore the insane leverage nuclear power gives to any country that possesses them. If North Korea begins a ground invasion of South Korea, what is your supposed plan of attack? Before, it would be trade sanctions, UN intervention then a ground based war until China complained. With nuclear weapons, a ground war between the US and NK will risk nuclear weapons usage.


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