Nuclear Weapons/Proliferation and/or Weapons Technology

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China’s Unmanned, Knock-Off Robotic Forces
America’s robotic air force gets all the attention — especially with U.S. drones continuing to blast suspected militants in Pakistan. But China is developing its own fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. High-flying spy drones, unmanned attackers, and handheld mini-bots are in Beijing’s arsenal. DefPro has a rundown of China’s UAV programs. Many of them appear to be knock-offs of U.S. drones. The Xianglong (”Sour Dragon”) is shaped like the American Global Hawk, and is supposed to fly almost as high: 60,000 feet. The Yilong looks awfully like one of those Predators the U.S. is now flying over Pakistan. “China’s copycat tradition goes back to the 1960s,” Defense News notes. “Recovered U.S. AQM-34N Firebee drones lost over China and North Vietnam led to the production of the WZ-5 Chang Hong, which ironically may have seen service during China’s 1979 invasion of Vietnam.”
Posted 10/20/09

Cyborg Beetles To Be The US Military's Latest Weapon
A team of scientists funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have implanted miniature neural and muscle stimulation systems into beetles to enable their flight to be remotely controlled. Researchers Hirotaka Sato, Michel Maharbiz, and colleagues implanted a system of nerve and muscle stimulators, a microbattery, and a microcontroller with transceiver into beetles. They were able to successfully control the beetles' take off, flight, and landing by stimulating the brain to work the wings. They controlled turns through stimulating the basilar muscles on one side or the other to make the wings on that side flap harder. Three types of large beetles from Cameroon were used in the experiments, which were carried out at the University of California in Berkeley. The smallest, cotinis texana, is 2 cm long, while the largest is a massive 20 cm long (megasoma elephas). The third species was mecynorhina torquata, a 7 cm long beetle. The components of the system were implanted in the beetles when they were at the pupal stage. According to Professor Noel Sharkey, an international expert on artificial intelligence and robotics from Sheffield University in the UK, there have been attempts in the past to control insects such as cockroaches, but this is the first time the flight of insects has been controlled remotely.
Posted 10/20/09

DARPA To Unleash Deadly (Prophetic?) Wasps Of War
What can hover, dash and fly in almost any direction while transmitting sensitive electronic information on its whereabouts and surroundings? Here is a hint: Probability is high that this latest hi-tech gadget will become integral to US national security in the near future. One might incorrectly answer that this new gadget is the infamous military drone, the Predator or Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that were at one time loaded with missiles and bombs by Blackwater and then used by the US military to target and kill suspected terrorists and other insurgents from within Pakistan. However, the answer, and the latest development funded by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is a flying 'cyborg beetle,' an actual insect that has been surgically altered so that a human can control its flight direction and movement. The research and development on these cyborg insects are being developed by universities and businesses across the US, but is part of a larger DARPA project titled the Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (HI-MEMS) Program. While the project has been running for three years, much of the time was dedicated to learning how to attach neural transmitters to the brains and muscles of various insects in order to control their otherwise natural movements with electronic and radio controls. Click HERE to read a recent article on this subject on Tom Horn's blog.
Posted 10/20/09

Gog To Magog: How About A Little Armageddon At Megiddo?
Talk about a biblical reference. Greenpeace and World March activists staged a "die-in" to protest nuclear weapons at Mount Megiddo on Wednesday. Megiddo, according to Judeo-Christian sources, will be the place where good and evil slug it out at the end of days. The term Armageddon is derived from the place name. The protest came just days after US President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in part for declaring his intentions to rid the world of nuclear weapons. According to Greenpeace, there are 23,000 nuclear warheads in the world, and just 500 detonated at once would cause an Ice Age for 10 years. During the "die-in," activists displayed a banner measuring eight meters by three meters which read "Disarmament or Armageddon."   Sharon Dolev, peace and disarmament campaigner for Greenpeace Tel Aviv, warned of the extreme danger of nuclear weapons, but also of the simplicity of their removal. "The biggest threat to all of us is also the easiest to abolish. It is time that we all understand. The bomb represents the biggest threat. It is the opposite of security and therefore it is time our leaders stop playing with numbers and set a date to begin universal negotiations leading to a step-by-step mutual disarmament," he said in a statement.
Posted 10/16/09

India test fires short-range nuclear-capable missile
New Delhi: A defence official says India has test-fired a nuclear-capable missile with a range of 220 miles (350 kilometers). The official says the surface-to-surface missile, "Prithvi-II" (Earth), was fired Monday from a range in Chandipur in the eastern state of Orissa as a trial by the army.
Posted 10/14/09

Flashback: Russia Built A Doomsday Machine, And It Works
Valery Yarynich glances nervously over his shoulder. Clad in a brown leather jacket, the 72-year-old former Soviet colonel is hunkered in the back of the dimly lit Iron Gate restaurant in Washington, DC. It's March 2009—the Berlin Wall came down two decades ago—but the lean and fit Yarynich is as jumpy as an informant dodging the KGB. He begins to whisper, quietly but firmly. "The Perimeter system is very, very nice," he says. "We remove unique responsibility from high politicians and the military." He looks around again. Yarynich is talking about Russia's doomsday machine. That's right, an actual doomsday device—a real, functioning version of the ultimate weapon, always presumed to exist only as a fantasy of apocalypse-obsessed science fiction writers and paranoid über-hawks. The thing that historian Lewis Mumford called "the central symbol of this scientifically organized nightmare of mass extermination." Turns out Yarynich, a 30-year veteran of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces and Soviet General Staff, helped build one.
Posted 10/12/09

Russia Deploys Second-Generation Tactical PGMs
Russian Air Force aircraft used a new generation of precision guided munitions (PGMs) during the joint Russian/Belarusian Zapad-09 military exercises, which concluded on 29 September. Russian sources note that, for the first time, Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' bombers and Sukhoi Su-24M2 'Fencer-D' attack aircraft delivered weapons using the SVP-24 targeting system. This indicates that Russia's air force is finally introducing 'JDAM-type' satellite-guided bombs, some 15 years after the first Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) were trialled by the US. The SVP-24 (Spetsializirovannaya Vychislitelnaya Podsystema, specialised precision targeting subsystem) is part of a weapons system upgrade developed by the Russian firm Gefest IT. Based at Zhukhovsky, Gefest IT has emerged over the last 10 years as the upgrade centre for Russia's own combat aircraft. The SVP-24 was originally developed for the Su-24 but the core system has since been applied to a number of other aircraft, including the SVP-24-22 upgrade for the Tu-22M3. The SVP-24 is specifically designed to integrate satellite-guided weapons and the manufacturer notes it can be used with either the Russian GLONASS or US GPS satellite systems.
Posted 10/12/09

US Linked To Vanishing Of Nuke Expert
Iran accused the United States on Wednesday of involvement in the disappearance of one of its nuclear scientists during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, raising a new mystery at a time when the West is trying to determine the extent of Iran's nuclear program. Shahram Amiri vanished during a pilgrimage to the kingdom more than four months ago and so far Saudi Arabia has not responded to requests for information on his whereabouts, Iranian officials say. But in complaints about his disappearance, Iranian officials have avoided even mentioning that Amiri was involved in nuclear research - a sign of the sensitivities surrounding the case. His disappearance came months before the revelation of a second uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qom that the United States accuses Iran of building secretly, a claim Teheran denies. The timing has raised speculation that Amiri may have given the West information on it or other parts of Iran's nuclear program.
Posted 10/12/09

Where Did Two Iran Nuclear Scientists Disappear To?
Two Iranian nuclear scientists disappeared over the past weeks and allegedly defected to the West, the London-based pan-Arabic daily Asharq al-Awsat reported. According to the report, the first defector is Sharam Amiri, a scientist in Iran's nuclear program who was likely tied to the recently discovered secret uranium enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom. Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia in July while he was on the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Defection speculations have been gaining popularity in light of an announcement made by Iran's foreign ministry that it had asked Saudi officials to help locate Amiri. This announcement is unusual because many Iranians go missing during the annual hajj pilgrimage, and in those cases, not only is there no foreign ministry announcement, usually there is no effort made to locate them, despite their families' pleas.
Posted 10/12/09

Rosenberg Sees Apocalyptic Storm Brewing In Middle East
Events are moving so quickly in the epicenter it can be difficult to keep track of, much less understand the big picture. So here it is in a sentence: An apocalyptic storm is forming over the Middle East. Consider the data points: 1. Iran has just been caught secretly building a 2nd uranium enrichment facility on a military base in the religious capital of Iran, a city known as Qom; 2. A growing number of Western military analysts say the design of this new facility — and its secrecy, and location — clearly indicates it was being built by Iran for the purpose of creating nuclear weapons; 3. Iran has thus been caught in its third lie since 2002 with regards to building secret nuclear development facilities in Natanz, Arak, and now Qom; 4. Ahmadinejad refused four times during his NBC News interview last week to rule out the building of nuclear weapons; 5. A.Q. Khan — the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons development program – has just admitted selling advanced nuclear weapons blueprints years ago to Iran for millions of dollars...
Posted 10/8/09

Britain Orders Fourth New Nuclear Submarine
Posted 5/25/07

Bush fears nuclear arms race in Middle East <- DUH!!!
Posted 4/23/07

Former US Senator Expresses Concern Over Growing Risk of Nuclear Attack
Posted 4/17/07

Germany Fears New Atomic Age
Germany's security experts are convinced that the world is heading for a new and "more dangerous" atomic age as international conflicts take on further heat.
Posted 6/18/07

India hits back with Nuke missile test
Posted 4/2/07

India Is Now A Nuclear Super Power
Posted 4/16/07

India test fires nuclear capable missile
Posted 3/27/07

India Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile
Posted 5/11/07

Iran Warns It's Ready for Nuke Standoff
Posted 1/22/07

Israel, U.S. Test Nuke Missile Defense
Posted 3/20/07

Israel may build nuclear power plant
Plant would help alleviate electrical shortage problem, but will also bring inspectors into Israel and expose alleged nuclear weapons program
Posted 8/6/07

Israel to hold nationwide nuclear attack drill
Posted 2/28/07

Japan says North Korea developing new long-range missile
North Korea is developing a new long-range ballistic missile that may be capable of hitting the U.S. territory of Guam, a Japanese official said Wednesday.
Posted 5/17/07

Jordan launches Nuke Project
Jordan has launched preparations to construct its first nuclear power plant.
Posted 4/9/07

More N. Korea nuclear tests likely if talks fail
Posted 4/26/07

N. Korea annoys 6 billion people
Fascinating photo from Steve Quayle!  Shows photo of a nuclear explosion!
Posted 4/9/07

N. Korea prepares second nuclear test
Posted 2/1/07

N. Korea test-fires Nuke missiles
Posted 5/28/07

N. Korea tests long-range nuke missile
Posted 5/17/07

N. Korea 'tests new missile in Iran'
Posted 5/18/07

N. Korean Official Praises Nuke Program
Posted 4/10/07

New nuclear peril brings Doomsday closer
The world is closer to apocalypse because of climate change and nuclear proliferation, Professor Stephen Hawking and other prominent scientists warned yesterday as the hand of a symbolic Doomsday Clock moved two minutes closer to midnight.
Posted 1/23/07

New Nuke Missiles Key To Counter US Shield Plans Says Top Russian General
Posted 6/27/07

New Nuke Missiles will guarantee Russia security: paper
Posted 6/18/07

Nuclear terror: 50% chance of detonation within 10 years, says expert
Posted 4/23/07

Nuclear terrorism: Coming to a city near you?
Here we go again. Iran is now in open defiance of the U.N. Security demands to immediately halt the enrichment of uranium. Thirteen-hundred confirmed centrifuges spin 24/7 producing material to build bombs. Iran hopes to have 3,000 doing the same by June, and what does the world do? Nothing!
Posted 5/22/07

Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile
Posted 4/2/07

Pakistan Test Fires Nuke-Capable Missile
Posted 3/26/07

Pakistan To Deploy New Nuclear Missile As Counter To India's Nuke Build-Up
Posted 5/16/07

Planning for The Nuclear New Age
As the World Nuclear Association prepares to discuss how to meet the huge surge in demand for nuclear power, the BBC's Humphrey Hawksley wonders if the so-called "nuclear renaissance" could also prompt a complete re-examination of global nuclear policy.
Posted 4/17/07

Report warns of growing nuclear arms race by Pakistan, India
Posted 6/25/07

Russia builds new nuclear sub equipped with Bulava-M quasi-ballistic missiles
Posted 4/30/07

Russia modernizes its superpowerful Bulava missile to crush USA’s ABM system
Posted 2/22/07

Russia plans new nuclear missile production
Posted 8/10/07

Russia tests long-range Nuke missile
Posted 5/30/07

Russia to launch new nuclear sub
Posted 4/10/07

Russian submarine test fires ballistic missile
Posted 8/10/07

Russians, Syrians discuss missile shield – initially for Tartus port
Posted 10/20/08

U.S. experts warn on North Korea nuclear warheads
Two U.S. nuclear experts who recently visited North Korea's atomic facilities north of Pyongyang said the secretive and impoverished state had separated enough plutonium for five to 12 nuclear weapons.
Posted 2/22/07

Warnings about nuclear proliferation at opening of meeting in Vienna
Posted 5/1/07

World should adapt to Iran atom advances
Posted 5/16/07