Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Russian Nukes

One of the most terrifying moments of my life happened in a classroom more than 10 years ago. I was a graduate student at Ohio University and we had an official from the NSA on campus to speak and he met with a group of graduate students in the Contemporary History Institute, of which I was one. As the conversation progressed the issue of the collapse of the Soviet Union, then still recent history, came up and he said that eventually some Soviet nuclear weapons would find their way onto the Black Market becuase, no one knew where they all were. Not us, not the Soviets, no one.

A short piece on Strategy Page today relieved some of those fears. The point of the article being that Soviet nukes need constant maintanence and without it they cease to function fairly quickly. So even if someone had one, they would be hard pressed to make it work (explode). While the material inside is still very dangerous it is not as dangerous and the alternative.

I will be off line for the next couple of weeks. Be well any and all readers.


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