The Russian leader said that these drones could be armed with both conventional and nuclear munitions
and would be capable of destroying enemy infrastructure, carrier-led naval forces and other objectives.
While in the past the US simply used the leftover plutonium to produce more nuclear munitions
, it is now obliged under a 2010 treaty with Russia to keep its arsenal under 1,550 warheads.
The acquirement of nuclear weapons or the provisions and knowledge by non-state entities and individuals often characterized as "terrorists," to produce nuclear munitions
(another practice of horizontal proliferation).
According to the BRR, "the issue of declining nuclear expertise is a problem in specific areas in the Air Force--including operations, nuclear munitions
officers, weapons technicians, and security forces." The BRR noted, for example, that "in the support arena, a recently selected munitions squadron commander had dated experience (limited exposure as a second lieutenant).", The Report of the Secretary of Defense Task Force on DoD Nuclear Weapons Management (hereafter referred to as the Schlesinger Report) also highlighted the need for the Air Force "to focus on developing and managing nuclear-experienced personnel, particularly in maintenance and security personnel" and provided several observations related to maintenance officer shortages at missile wings.
Although senior Iranian officials deny that they are seeking nuclear munitions
, many Western analysts believe that the enrichment effort now under way at a huge centrifuge facility in Natanz is intended to produce highly enriched uranium for an eventual Iranian bomb.
Technical problems that emerged over the life of the nuclear weapon could be resolved through explosive testing of nuclear munitions
. The availability of funds to continually upgrade the nuclear weapons stockpile and the opportunity to test the weapons themselves contributed to high confidence in the safety and reliability of the deployed weapon systems.
Beginning later this year, four Trident submarines will begin replacing their nuclear munitions
with conventional, precision-guided Tomahawk cruise missiles.
The B-1B began operations in 1986 as a long-range heavy bomber designed primarily to carry nuclear munitions
. Although the B-1B's nuclear mission was withdrawn in October 1997, the Air Force continues to rely on the B-1B to support conventional wartime missions.
First, there is the vexed question of what nuclear munitions
were temporarily lost when the destroyer Coventry and the frigates Antelope and Ardent were sunk by Argentine aircraft in San Garlos Water.
There is no real evidence that TNW demilitarization took place, because the Russian 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense [responsible for nuclear munitions
deployment, testing, security] and Miniatom [oversees deactivation of nuclear weapons and stockpiles of plutonium] don't talk to each other and have poor record-keeping capability."
Prepared to deliver high-explosive or nuclear munitions
at a moment's notice, the B-2 has massive firepower.
One of the most potent weapons used in the Persian Gulf conflict, fuel-air explosives have come to replace tactical nuclear munitions
as the preferred weapon for attacking dug-in troops and heavy fortifications.