Yesterday Julian Borger reported in The Guardianthat the US is making the 6-kiloton W76-2 nuclear weapon for Trident II submarines, and they could be “operational” before September. This smaller weapon is being made because Trump complained he did not have any nukes he could really use in a war. This is intended to supplement the 100-kiloton W76 weapon on Tridents. 12 of the W76 thermonuclear bombs could be put on each Trident II missile, but a treaty limits them to 8. Trump already has access to “tactical” atomic weapons on cruise missiles that can be as small as 0.3-kilotons including some between 5 and 10 kilotons and up to 170 kilotons. US thermonuclear weapons available go up to 1,200 kilotons in explosive power which is 80 times the Hiroshima bomb. The “modernization” of US nuclear weapons is estimated to cost between $1.2 and $2 trillion over the next ten years.
Meanwhile Russia has developed the hypersonic RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile that can carry 15 nuclear warheads and can fly more than ten times the speed of sound. Putin has also bragged about making laser weapons and nuclear-powered cruise missiles that can fly for an indefinite period. So far the Strategic Defense Initiative begun by Reagan in tests fails most of the time and could not counter these new weapons.
In 1989 I stepped over an imaginary line on a sidewalk outside the Kings Bay Trident base and spent six months in prison for that misdemeanor. In my opinion humanity will be much better off without these expensive and holocaustic weapons.