posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 04:38 PM
It is interesting to see that these kinds of statistics are available online to the general public; it would not surprise me however to hear that the
actual numbers are higher. From the report:
"The exact number of nuclear weapons in global arsenals is not known; each country guards these numbers as closely held national secrets. Experts and
several governments have proposed a global inventory of all weapons and stockpiles of weapons materials as a necessary first step towards securing
weapons from theft or diversion and towards the eventual elimination of these weapons."
"What is known, however, is that more than a decade and a half after the Cold War ended, the world's combined stockpile of nuclear warheads remain at
unacceptably high levels. Of the more than 23,300 in the best expert estimates, more than 8,190 warheads are considered operational, of which
approximately 2,200 U.S. and Russian warheads are on high alert, ready for use on short notice."
"These estimates are compiled and maintained by Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists and Robert Norris of the Natural Resources
Defense Council (both with support from Ploughshares Fund) and are based on publicly available information and occasional leaks."
The report concludes that the data was updated May 6, 2010
edit on 3-2-2011 by manta78 because: (no reason given)