A Farewell to Arms
October 25, 2011 2:59 PM Subscribe
The B53 wasn’t just any old megabomb. It was the first bunker buster. U.S. nuclear doctrine called for it to be delivered over suspected underground Soviet command-and-control facilities. The dumb bomb wouldn’t destroy them so much as it would destroy everything remotely near it, leaving — literally — a smoldering crater. That was the U.S. plan for “victory” in a nuclear war right up until the implosion of the Soviet Empire. (related)
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The current point of the US nuclear spear is represented by ~ 228 UGM-133 Trident II
submarine-launched ballistic missiles.