are far more destructive than conventional (regular) ones.
North Korea's test of a nuclear weapon
signaled the entry of yet another nation (the 9th) into the nuclear club--this one ruled by an authoritarian, secretive regime that could try to sell its technology to other nations or even terrorists.
But even though JDAM is now a staple of America's arsenal, the Direct Attack Systems Group at Eglin continues to upgrade the weapon
and find new ways for the warfighter to use it to their advantage.
All that dry firing isn't necessary to make sure a weapon
The United States hasn't built a new nuclear weapon
since the early '90s, and that's left the weapons
plant's 6,000 employees with little to do.
The ideal weapon
is, in fact, a short thin-bladed knife, with a stiff blade, about 7 cm in length--many lock knives and small sheath knives fall into this group.
But as you alluded to, a weapon
of mass destruction in our world goes beyond that [definition] and includes improvised explosive devices.
Eventually, these weapons
are going to be used, just as every other weapon
that's been developed by humankind eventually has been used," he told me in 1996.
There are multiple unique technologies required for different categories of weapon
Yet, as the United States has reserved the right to use nuclear weapons
in response to a chemical or biological weapon
attack for some years, the continued emphasis on this first strike policy undermines nonproliferation goals.
Per kilogram of weapon
, the potential lives lost approach those of nuclear weapons
, but less costly and sophisticated technology are required.
To become a lethal weapon
, highly concentrated amounts of the spores must be inhaled and then left untreated by antibiotics.
They designed and built huge stockpiles of nuclear weapons
As each weapon
was finished and certified in Texas, it would then head by rail, plane, ship or truck to its (perhaps temporary) resting place--military bases around the world.