Topic Archive: nuclear weapons

75 Years After Hiroshima

Posted: August 6, 2020 by Brian Johnston

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The use of two atomic weapons that marked the end of World War II remains arguably the most controversial decision made in the history of warfare. In this episode, we examine the decision, aftermath, and the ramifications of this world-changing event. Today we make the painful choice to remember to ensure that tomorrow we never forget.

More Useable Nukes?!?

Posted: July 27, 2018 by Brian Johnston

The current version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) being considered has a provision providing $88 million in funding to develop a low-yield Trident warhead. These weapons are often referred to as 'more useable' nukes. If nuclear weapons have kept us safe for some 70 years, it's because the threshold for their use has remained impossibly high. Messing with that equation is a dangerous game, and it's the opposite of the one we ought to be playing.

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The Most Terrifying Movie I Ever Saw

Posted: March 21, 2018 by Brian Johnston

“Instead of overinvesting in nuclear weapons and encouraging a new arms race, the United States should build only the levels needed for deterrence. We should encourage Russia to do the same. But even if it does not, our levels of nuclear forces should be determined by what we actually need, not by a misguided desire to match Moscow missile for missile. If Russia decides to build more than it needs, its economy will suffer, just as during the Cold War.”

These are not the ramblings of some dewy-eyed peacenik; these are the observations of a man who was at the heart of defending our nation for four years; someone who has forgotten more about nuclear warfare than most of us will hopefully ever know. It is time to reconsider throwing good money after bad. It’s time to take steps toward dismantling humanity’s greatest threat to itself.

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