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  • Joligne
    Joligne wrote:
    <div id="article-header"> <div id="main-article-info"> <h1>Nuclear powers plan weapons spending spree, report finds</h1> <p id="stand-first">US to spend &pound;700bn in next decade while Russia and Pakistan among those assigning roles to weapons beyond deterrence</p> <p><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/30/nuclear-powers-weapons-spending-report">http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/30/nuclear-powers-weapons-spending-report</a></p> </div> </div>
  • Joligne
    Joligne wrote:
    A 2009 nuclear missile test in North Korea: the country's latest Musudan missile is capable of reaching targets in Japan and Guam. Photograph: Kcna/AFP/Getty Images

    The world's nuclear powers are planning to spend hundreds of billions of pounds modernising and upgrading weapons warheads and delivery systems over the next decade, according to an authoritative report published on Monday.

    Despite government budget pressures and international rhetoric about disarmament, evidence points to a new and dangerous "era of nuclear weapons", the report for the British American Security Information Council (Basic) warns. It says the US will spend $700bn (£434bn) on the nuclear weapons industry over the next decade, while Russia will spend at least $70bn on delivery systems alone. Other countries including China, India, Israel, France and Pakistan are expected to devote formidable sums on tactical and strategic missile systems.

    For several countries, including Russia, Pakistan, Israel and France, nuclear weapons are being assigned roles that go well beyond deterrence, says the report. In Russia and Pakistan, it warns, nuclear weapons are assigned "war-fighting roles in military planning".

    The report is the first in a series of papers for the Trident Commission, an independent cross-party initiative set up by Basic. Its leading members include former Conservative defence secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Liberal Democrat leader and defence spokesman Sir Menzies Campbell and former Labour defence secretary Lord Browne.

    There is a strong case, they say, for a fundamental review of UK nuclear weapons policy. The Conservatives in Britain's coalition government say they want to maintain a Trident-based nuclear weapons system. However, they have agreed to a "value for money" audit into a Trident replacement as four new nuclear missiles submarines are alone estimated to cost £25bn at the latest official estimate. The Lib Dems want to look at other options. The paper, by security analyst Ian Kearns, is entitled Beyond the United Kingdom: Trends in the Other Nuclear Armed States.

    Pakistan and India, it warns, appear to be seeking smaller, lighter nuclear warheads so they have a greater range or can be deployed over shorter distances for tactical or "non-strategic" roles. "In the case of Israel, the size of its nuclear-tipped cruise missile enabled submarine fleet is being increased and the country seems t

  • A豆腐
    A豆腐 wrote:

    Extinction, that's our destiny as specie, given our inability to live in community. This forum, a good proof of this.

  • Ecce Marce
    Ecce Marce wrote:

    Ugly frog is the best proof of it.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    If you actually pause to think about the problem, this isn't really all that shocking and @Loligne's hysterical headline is indicative of her acute need for a hysterical paroxysm.

    Nuclear weapons require massive expenditures just to ensure safe delivery, storage, maintanance, and destruction--activities which are crucial to the endeavor of nuclear non-proliferation. The US is only spending $92 billion on new warheads, which are probably only being built to replace old ones while maintaining whatever arbitrary deterence value the politicians and generals have agreed upon to keep the gears of the military-industrial complex turning. I have to wonder how much else of this "spending spree" is directed toward merely preventing old Cold War bombs from leaking or exploding.

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