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Nuclear Weapons Production in the US
an article by Holger Terp

I would like to tell you about the new publication of my book, Nuclear Weapons Production in the US, published by the Danish Peace Academy, 2011 (279 pages). The entire book is available on line - click here.


US nuclear weapon production sites (from Holger Terp book)

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Here is an excerpt from the conclusion:

"The responsible military officials, politicians and scientists who planned and developed nuclear weapons during World War II saw only glimpses of the enormous impact these weapons would have on all life on this planet. And in the meantime there are threats of this weapon system can also be sensed in the general population, those who were defended by these weapons. We are only able to comprehend the tip of the iceberg of the many unsolved problems there are and will come in the future in connection with nuclear weapons. Is is a fact that for political and military reasons we were never told the full truth about these weapons. Only now we can see, study and understand the magnitude of the issues in one of the nuclear powers: the United States.

"The military-industrial development in the country has literally astronomical significance in the health, the environment and the economy both now and in the future and the main problem all those years has been the lack of access to relevant information. During the WWII, all decisions on nuclear weapons were taken in secrecy. The public was first informed about the project after the first bombs was thrown. The events during the World War created a tradition of secrecy for military information with the result that power was centralized with the president. Do we want to continue it?"

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'THE WORLD IS OVER-ARMED AND PEACE IS UNDER-FUNDED'

30 August 2012 The following opinion piece by Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon has appeared in leading newspapers in Argentina, Bangladesh, Burundi, China, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, The Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and European weekly publications and has been translated into 10 languages.

Last month, competing interests prevented agreement on a much-needed treaty that would have reduced the appalling human cost of the poorly regulated international arms trade. Meanwhile, nuclear disarmament efforts remain stalled, despite strong and growing global popular sentiment in support of this cause.

The failure of these negotiations and this month's anniversaries of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki provide a good opportunity to explore what has gone wrong, why disarmament and arms control have proven so difficult to achieve, and how the world community can get back on track towards these vitally important goals.

Many defence establishments now recognize that security means far more than protecting borders. Grave security concerns can arise as a result of demographic trends, chronic poverty, economic inequality, environmental degradation, pandemic diseases, organized crime, repressive governance and other developments no state can control alone. Arms can't address such concerns.

Yet there has been a troubling lag between recognizing these new security challenges, and launching new policies to address them. National budget priorities still tend to reflect the old paradigms. Massive military spending and new investments in modernizing nuclear weapons have left the world over-armed -- and peace under-funded.

Last year, global military spending reportedly exceeded $1.7 trillion more than $4.6 billion a day, which alone is almost twice the UN's budget for an entire year. This largesse includes billions more for modernizing nuclear arsenals decades into the future.

This level of military spending is hard to explain in a post-Cold War world and amidst a global financial crisis. Economists would call this an "opportunity cost". . ...more.


This report was posted on December 12, 2011.