Friday, October 03, 2008

In the 1980s I ran a computer bulletin board system (bbs) that was part of a network called Fidonet, a precursor to the World Wide Web. The inventor of Fidonet was a unique personality, Tom Jennings. Trolling around the net early this morning, I stumbled on his web site and this collection of images of nuclear tests which he harvested from a publicly-accessible computer at Los Alamos shortly before it was disappeared. The complete collection can be viewed along with Tom's notes on a page at his site.

Nuclear-Weapon States and Weapons:

United States: 5,914 strategic warheads, approximately 1,000 operational tactical weapons, and approximately 3,000 reserve strategic and tactical warheads.
Russia: 4,237 strategic warheads, approximately 2,000-3,000 operational tactical warheads, and approximately 8,000-10,000 stockpiled strategic and tactical warheads.
France: Approximately 350 strategic warheads.
China: 100-200 warheads.
United Kingdom: Less than 160 deployed strategic warheads.
India: Up to 100 nuclear warheads.
Israel: Between 75 to 200 nuclear warheads.
Pakistan: Up to 60 nuclear warheads.

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