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"The first question is whether this is going to lead to an actual reduction in the US stockpile. I'm not sure that's absolutely the case," he told New Scientist. "The counting methods are so obscure, it's difficult to say exactly what the implications are going to be."
The nuclear stockpile can be divided into active and inactive weapons. Active weapons included operationally deployed warheads - which are attached to a delivery system such as a missile and are ready to use - as well as warheads separated from the delivery vehicles in "hedges". Inactive weapons can have their crucial components removed and stored.
Martin also points out that eight years is long enough for the Bush administration to push ahead with plans for creating new nuclear weapons or modifying old ones.
There's a broiling debate about nuclear weapons going on, one reminiscent of Cold War debates over the implications of possible modifications to the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Some government officials have expressed an interest in having scientists at the national labs examine the potential for modern, precision, low-yield nuclear weapons, the prospective goal being to strengthen the U.S. capability to deter attacks. If ever developed, such capabilities would stand in contrast to the generally high yields and moderate accuracies of the remaining Cold War nuclear arsenal that was deployed to deter the Soviet Union.
Originally posted by Xeven
Anti mater bombs allready done just can't test em... Who needs nukes when a couple grams of anti mater can wipe the planet...