The Trump administration has requested one and a half billion dollars over ten years to create a new national stockpile of U.S.-mined uranium. The budget request was revealed on February 10th of this year in the Administration 2021 budget which asks for one hundred and fifty million dollars. The administration says that supporting U.S.
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On a positive note, it is unlikely that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates will try to develop their own nuclear weapons. Egypt considered a nuclear weapons program under President Gamal Abdel Nasser but rejected it. Since Nasser, Egyptian presidents have made nuclear disarmament a basic part of their foreign policy.
The International Atomic Agency (IAEA) is the nuclear watchdog for the United Nations. On February 10th of this year in Vienna, more than fifty ministers and two thousand nuclear experts met to begin a conference on global nuclear security.
Most of the writing I do on this blog deals with conventional launch vehicles utilizing standard propellants. There other ideas for how to get payloads into orbit. Amazon just patented a system to whip small payload into space.
I have blogged before about the idea of nuclear winter. If there is a nuclear conflict in which at least a hundred nuclear warheads are detonated, the soot, soil and smoke thrown into the atmosphere would shut out sunlight for years and crop failures would kill billions that survived the actual conflict. Now scientists are studying what effect a nuclear war might have on the world’s oceans.