Breathing New Life Into Nuclear Weapons

Posted: July 20, 2010 in B-61, Fogbank, Life Extension, New START, Nuclear Life Extension, Nuclear Weapons Life Extension, START Verification, Vacuum Tubes

Walter Pincus  (free registration required) reports on testimony from the nuclear lab directors to the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees.

The bottom line: there is plenty of B-61 work to be done.  Work includes replacing vacuum tubes (!) with computer chips, battery components, neutron generators, detonator cable assemblies, as well as foams and polymer (fogbank?) work.

The work needs to be done regardless, but in part so the B-61 can be delivered by the F-35.

His off-the-stage observation regards new START verification in which he concludes the treaty will be given a “can-be-done” assessment from the intel community.


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