New Nukes For The Troops?

Posted: June 2, 2010 in John Noonan, Nuclear Modernization, Nuclear Weapons, RRW, Sammy Hagar, Uncle Rico, Weekly Standard

The compelling point here is that nuclear life extension programs are not the same as nuclear modernization.

Nuclear weapons, as with Overhauling and Pimp My Ride, can end up with a configuration where the existing product is a significant departure from the original.

The good news for those shows is they can turn the key and determine with certainty if Jamie’s Cutlass Supreme can make it out of the garage, or if the hot tub in the back of Uncle Rico’s love van will actually hold water and blow bubbles.

Since we haven’t tested nuclear weapons since 1992, would they still go boom as required?  The folks at the labs–at this point–say yes.

As author John Noonan points out, the average age of our nuclear weapons is about 30 years old.  In continuing the vehicular analogy, I’d prefer to be driving a modern car with capabilities like anti-lock brakes, air bags, and fuel injection than one of that approximate vintage such as the Chevy Chevette, AMC Pacer, Dodge Omni, or the Yugo.

I’m sure I’ve missed a good “I Can’t Drive 55” tie-in here, but I don’t want to be accused of nuclear warmongering.


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