[ RadSafe ] Suitcase Nukes
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Fri Jul 7 22:40:28 CDT 2006
This is from: jpreisig at aol.com.
Hope all is well in your home country. Suitcase nukes, huh? The
Minutes program (quite a while ago now) discussed Russian nuclear
material inventory problems, and the possibility of suitcase nukes being
on the black market. I hope the US government has a better
of this problem than is commonly known.
As for the lifting weight of such devices, the basic masses of the
or plutonium in such devices is readily available in graduate Health
texts. I won't mention any names of such texts. They are readily
available to many people. As for additional weight of such nuclear
devices, due to electronics and conventional chemical explosives used to
compress nuclear materials, think about the use of modern chemical
explosives and electronics versus chemicals and electronics available
in 1945. Most everything is smaller now. The actual designs of such
devices have been discussed in popular magazines, student theses
and dissertations, graduate study class notes, and on popular
scientific television shows.
A bit upsetting, but North Korea has actual (not-suitcase) nukes
developing launch capability. Their rocket program appears to be
something like the USA had in the 1950's or thereabouts. Their short
range missiles have the capability of hitting Japan. Their long range
missiles (if they work properly) might be able to hit Hawaii, Alaska,
Seattle or San Francisco. This is very troubling. I wonder if the
has any rocket propelled launch capability (for nuclear weapons)
located in Japan. If I were Japan right now, I'd be looking to develop
a nuclear weapons program, complete with rocket-launching
capability. I wonder if Japan is not allowed to have such things.
If Korea were to launch a nuclear weapon or more at Japan, I
the USA would have to respond by launching ICBM's from the USA,
submarine nukes, nukes from airplanes, and/or nukes carried by cruise
missiles. The USA could probably vaporize most North Korean cities,
and their leader. The only question after that would be how would
the Russians and Chinese respond to such a US counter-attack.
No wonder George W. is worried.
If I had a copy of LaMarsh's Nuclear Engineering book, I'd be
trying to hide it in a safe place right now.
Maybe it is time to build a nuclear shelter in the back yard
A well placed suitcase nuke could cause considerable damage.
Keep your eyes open --- the life you save might be your own.
I hope these terrorist guys leave the PATH (NYC/NJ) trains alone.
Regards, Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig, Ph.D.
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