Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
- Pentagon Denies Blast Will Test Nuclear Capability By David Ruppe Global Security Newswire - April 7, 2006 - Globalsecurity.org Director John Pike, whose Web site on Saturday claimed the test was intended to support nuclear planning, called the explanation described in the Washington Post "a hoax, a fantasy, patently unrelated to reality." "Its insulting people's intelligence," Pike said.
- Reid assured 'Divine Strake' will be safe ASSOCIATED PRESS - April 6, 2006 - "Reid's office said it's been assured by DTRA that Divine Strake is not a "nuclear rehearsal" or a precursor to testing nuclear "bunker buster" bombs at the Test Site ... "I do not support the resumption of nuclear testing, but this test uses only commercial explosives," Reid said. "It seems to be well-planned, and all the necessary environmental tests and safety precautions are being done. At this point, there is no reason for the test not to go forward." "
- REID CONVINCED "DIVINE STRAKE" WILL BE SAFE Thursday, April 6, 2006 - Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said tonight he is satisfied that a controversial explosion at the Nevada Test Site will not threaten the health or safety of Nevadans.
- Test blast in Nevada: A nuclear rehearsal - Pentagon apparently looks for an optimal size of a 'bunker buster' By Robert Gehrke The Salt Lake Tribune 04/06/2006 - A powerful blast scheduled at the Nevada Test Site in June is designed to help war planners figure out the smallest nuclear weapon able to destroy underground targets.
- Divine Strake Dr Jeffrey Lewis - April 4, 2006 - DOE is making a gi-normous (about 0.6 kt) conventional explosion that is probably a simulation of a B61 Mod 11 Earth Penetrating Warhead on National and Homeland Security
- Weapons Test or Divine Provocation? William M. Arkin Washington Post - April 4, 2006 - In the tricky world of deterrence, where the United States is pressuring Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for a promise of the rule of law and implied security, do we really need divine intervention?
- U.S. Test to Model Low-Yield Nuclear Bomb Effects By David Ruppe Global Security Newswire. April 4, 2006 - A massive detonation of conventional explosives planned for the Nevada Test Site in June will model a low-yield nuclear weapon strike against a hardened tunnel...
- Blast to Simulate Nuke Explosion By John Fleck Albuquerque Journal Sunday, April 2, 2006 - Pentagon researchers plan to set off a simulated nuclear blast in the Nevada desert in June as part of their search for a better way to destroy buried enemy bunkers.
- Did the WashPost Miss Explosive Story? Andrew Lichterman - 31 Mar 2006 -- the Post missed the real story. There is considerable evidence that one of the main purposes of the "Divine Strake" test, if not the only one, is to use a large conventional high explosive charge to simulate the effect of a low yield nuclear weapon.
- Pentagon to Detonate 700-Ton Explosive March 31, 2006 - The U.S. Defense Department is scheduled on June 2 to explode a 700-ton explosive to test the capability of a huge conventional bomb to destroy deeply buried facilities that could contain weapons of mass destruction or other threats, the Washington Post reported today.
- Pentagon to Test a Huge Conventional Bomb By Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post Friday, March 31, 2006; Page A09
- Plans for Massive Blast in Nev. Draw Fire By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY The Associated Press Friday, March 31, 2006
- Pentagon plans gigantic explosion at Nevada site Reuters March 30, 2006
- Energy Department Formally Ends Effort to Develop New Type of Earth-Penetrating Nuclear Warhead By David Ruppe Global Security Newswire March 24, 2006 - The U.S. Energy Department's Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator program was recently declared "closed out," ... the National Nuclear Security Administration has said a planned key "sled test" of the penetrator's shell would not be allowed at its previously planned location of Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico ...
- "Large Scale, Open Air Explosive Detonation, DIVINE STRAKE, at the Nevada Test Site" Environmental Assessment November 2005
- Nuclear Bunker Busters Geoffrey Forden Breakthroughs Spring 2002 - Practical considerations limit bomb penetration depths to about 30 meters of rock. Burying a nuclear bomb even a small distance below the surface greatly increases the fraction of energy coupled to the earth. The required depth of burst to contain the light from a nuclear explosion, and change most of that energy to ground motion, increases as the bomb's yield increases. The surrounding earth absorbs nearly all of the explosive energy released by a one-kiloton (KT) bomb's initial pulse of intense light if it is buried even five meters underground.
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