The U.S. Defense Department said on Tuesday the Navy had fielded a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, something the Pentagon believes is needed to deter adversaries like Russia but which critics say lowers the threshold for using nuclear weapons.
Low-yield nuclear weapons, while still devastating, have a strength of less than 20 kilotons. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, in August 1945, had about the same explosive power.
“This supplemental capability strengthens deterrence and provides the United States a prompt, more survivable low-yield strategic weapon,” John Rood, the under secretary of defense for policy, said…
“President Trump now has a more usable nuclear weapon that is a dangerous solution in search of a problem,” said Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association…
This will kill and main about as many folks as did the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. 135,000 minimum. Take the time to read HIROSHIMA by John Hersey. A book I grew up with…fortunately. Rent the video of HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR. Learn what the Pentagon thinks is “survival” – and what it really looks and feels like.