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The Advanced Cruise Missile, retired in 2007, was stealthy and had a longer range than the currently deployed Air-Launched Cruise Missile. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

Just How New is the New, Nuclear-armed Cruise Missile?

, Washington representative and senior analyst

I have an op-ed in Defense News that explains how deploying the planned new nuclear-armed cruise missile will actually make the United States less secure. Known as the Long-Range Standoff Weapon, or LRSO, it will be significantly more capable than the existing nuclear-armed air-launched cruise missile (ALCM). And for just that reason, by demonstrating that the United States sees this weapon as a valuable military tool, it will undermine higher priority U.S. security goals. Read more >

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Ill Prepared

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Disaster by Design/Safety by Intent #14

Disaster by Design

Disaster by Design/Safety by Intent #13 described the cost-beneficial safety upgrades identified, but not implemented, by the owner of the Indian Point nuclear plant upwind and upriver of New York City and its millions of inhabitants.

The commentary mentioned that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s regulations required the owner to perform the analysis, called the Severe Accident Mitigation Alternatives (SAMA) analysis, but not to implement cost-beneficial safety upgrades. As stupid and irresponsible as that sounds, it is the case as shown—in black & white—of the NRC’s evaluation of cost-beneficial safety upgrades for the two boiling water reactors at the Dresden nuclear plant upwind of Chicago and its millions of inhabitants (Fig. 1). Read more >

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Look Me in the Eye

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Disaster by Design: Safety by Intent #13

Disaster by Design

In 2003, Ohio Citizen Action displayed a large banner beside a primary road used by persons attending the FirstEnergy Board of Directors annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. The sentiment in the banner stemmed from years of nuclear neglect at the company’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant outside Toledo, Ohio. Read more >

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Russian Rocket Body Seen as a Streak over Arizona

, co-director and senior scientist

A fireball seen in the sky over the western U.S. got a lot of press attention today, with people wondering what it was and whether it was a threat.

The U.S. military, which tracks objects in space, said that it was caused by the reentry into the atmosphere of the empty stage of a Russian SL-4 rocket body, which apparently had been launched a day earlier. Read more >

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Fire When Not Ready

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Disaster by Design: Safety by Intent #12

Disaster by Design

What do the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama and the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in Japan have in common? Read more >

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