President Trump, whose bluster about nuking North Korea may have been the trigger for the closed regime to think about talks, and whose no-nonsense treatment of both Russia and China has befuddled critics, has taken the U.S. nuclear arsenal to a point where it hasn’t been since 1957, says a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
A low point.
According to documentation obtained by the Federation of American Scientists, the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile dropped to 3,822 warheads by last September and likely is about 3,800 by now.
“This is the lowest number of stockpiled warheads since 1957 … although the nuclear weapons and conventional capabilities that make up today’s arsenal are vastly more capable than back then,” reported Hans Kristensen.
“The new data also shows that the United States dismantled 354 warheads during the period October 2016 to September 2017 – the highest number of warheads dismantled in a single year since 2009. Since 1994, the United States has dismantled nearly 11,000 nuclear warheads,” he said.
“The continued reductions are not the result of new arms control agreements or a change in defense planning, but reflect a longer trend of the Pentagon working to reduce excess numbers of warheads while upgrading the remaining weapons. This trend is as old as the Post Cold war era.”
The report speculated that many of the warheads deactivated recently were the W76-0 type, since they no longer are needed at stock for the Navy’s W76-1 program.