For Wikipedia info: Low Yield Nukes
The U.S. plan to deploy new low-yield nuclear weapons is aimed at convincing Russia to respect existing agreements on limiting the weapons, Secretary of Defense Mattis says…
There is no precise definition of the “tactical” category, neither considering range nor yield of the nuclear weapon. The yield of tactical nuclear weapons is generally lower than that of strategic nuclear weapons, but larger ones are still very powerful, and some variable-yield warheads serve in both roles, for example the W89 200 kiloton warhead armed both the tactical Sea Lance anti-submarine rocket propelled depth charge and the strategic bomber launched SRAM II stand off missile. Modern tactical nuclear warheads have yields up to the tens of kilotons, or potentially hundreds, several times that of the weapons used in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Specifically on the Korean peninsula with a nuclear armed North Korea facing off against a NPT compliant South Korea there have been calls to request a return of US owned and operated short range low yield nuclear weapons, nomenclatured as tactical by the US military, to provide a local strategic deterrent to the North’s growing domestically produced nuclear arsenal and delivery systems.
Some tactical nuclear weapons have specific features meant to enhance their battlefield characteristics, such as variable yield which allow their explosive power to be varied over a wide range for different situations, or enhanced radiation weapons (the so-called “neutron bombs“) which are meant to maximize ionizing radiation exposure while minimizing blast effects.
Here’s a map showing various nuked sites and the carnage which would result if they were hit.
Now that we have Trump on the button, I thought these maps would be useful for those interested.
What’s really important is the military is looking to equip cruise missiles with low yield warheads. This keeps us within Teaty guidelines, but also creates the illusion these nukes would be survivable. That is until the low radiation levels start causing an increase in cancers in the next few years.
Here’s a nifty little interactive map(s) showing the effects of a nuclear strike bsed on location, yield and other effects.
Here’s another map showing missiles and their capabilities.
I am not one to proselytize about having cancer. Perhaps it’s my Calvinist, Episcopalian upbringing. Who knows. Something compelled me to say a bit. After 3.5 years, 2 rounds of chemo, weekly trips to Huntsman. I had NO IDEA how insidious Cancer can be. It gets everywhere, affects everything. There is not a day, hour it doesn’t rear it’s ugly head, intruding on any sort of serenity remaining. I have been fortunate in that none of the secondary effects have hit me. Either from the disease or the chemo. However, I can now only walk up half a flight of stairs before I have to rest and catch my breath. Quite a change. One of the major kickers is Chemo brain. The drugs, especially the Revlimid (derivative of Thalidomide) whack me in the head in strange weird ways. It’s a bit odd to think something for cancer affects the brain. The main strategy is I have to plan everything. Turns when getting out of my chair. Which leg to put in the shower. Where all the handholds are. It’s like any foundational perception I use to have is gone. And, it can go from upstairs to downstairs!!! Tongues get tied. The deepest fatigue you can imagine will suddenly knock you flat for hours. Desire has gone by the wayside.
It is like nothing I could ever have imagined. I am not my own person anymore. There’s a first if it was ever there.
So please when someone says they have Cancer, take them more than seriously. Don’t baby, condescend, or feel sorry, or say it’s not fair. Just remember they are feeling things in ways hard to fathom.