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    Amid efforts to modernize its nuclear stockpile, the US test-dropped two dummy nukes in the Nevada desert earlier this month.

    With the United States’ Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBMs) arsenal aging, the US Air Force has pushed the Pentagon to fund nuclear modernization programs.

    To that end, the Air Force conducted successful tests with two B61 nuclear bombs. Neither carried a live warhead.

    "The primary objective of flight testing is to obtain reliability, accuracy, and performance data under operational representative conditions," reads a statement released by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

    "Such testing is part of the qualification process of current altercations and life extension programs for weapon systems."

    The 700-pound bombs were dropped by B-2 bombers over a test range in Nevada.

    "The B61 is a critical element of the US nuclear triad and the extended deterrent," said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton of the NNSA, according to the statement.

    "The recent surveillance flight tests demonstrate NNSA’s commitment to ensure all weapon systems are safe, secure, and effective."

    In addition to building 400 new missiles to replace the aging Minuteman ICBMs, the Air Force is also in pursuit of a new nuclear cruise missile known as the Long Range Standoff (LRSO). The former program is estimated to cost roughly $85 billion. The LRSO development is expected to cost at least $20 billion.

    In addition to cost concerns, a number of Congressional lawmakers have fought to abandon the LRSO program on humanitarian grounds, arguing that a new nuclear weapon puts world peace at risk.

    "Nuclear war poses the gravest risk to American national security," ten Democratic Senators wrote in a letter.

    US officials seem unlikely to bow to these concerns, as this month’s tests demonstrate.

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    • Jackov
      $Billions for weapons that can never be used, and $billions more to retire and clean up the toxic waste from plutonium.
    • michael
      so the test indicates that they can drop bombs on america...ok
    • landauroj
      Israel used a lot of USA drones in its war with Egypt, and the Egypt army send almost all its SAM missiles to drop down this drone foolishly. Egypt with its SAM depleted, was an easy prey for the Israel air force. I think if there is a confrontation this will be the preferably method of the USA i.e. to use fake nuke bombers aircraft to deplet its S-400 misseles
    • luckys
      Jackov u know its for defense right.. Its insurance to make sure we don't get attacked. So if you do you will die along side us.
    • cbpelto
      RE: Dummies

      The USAF has been doing this since the 1950s.

      Indeed. Back in the 60s my Father—God rest his soul—was part of the unit that evaluated the precision with which strategic bombers were able to 'hit the target'.

      His unit came up with the method for precision bombing of the NVA and VC in South Vietnam known as Arc Light, by which B-52s were able to carpet bomb NVA and VC positions from 30,000 feet.

      Oddly enough the Physicians Assistant (PA) in my battalion of paratroopers of the 82d Airborne in the 70s, was saved from the VC by an Arc Light attack. He was being held prisoner by the VC and kept in a deep hole in the ground while awaiting a unit to move to North Vietnam, when an Arc Light came through and wiped out the unit above ground. After he came to, he crawled out of the hole and wandered into a clearing where the after-bombing airmobile assault was landing. They evacuated him and he got medical treatment and sent back to the States.
    • demooij
      Pushing a no fly zone is natural to cowboys. Always on their side the biggest whatever. American natives an others to prove it.
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