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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 May 2018 8:18 p.m. PST

Defense Secretary James Mattis called Moscow's strategy of threatening to use low-yield nuclear weapons to get its way "bellicose and cavalier," and he said the administration's plan to develop America's own low-yield nuclear weapons and deploy them on submarines would checkmate the Kremlin…


Lion in the Stars10 May 2018 9:17 p.m. PST

A simpler project would be to publicly remind the Russians that the US considers any nuke a strategic weapon, which requires a strategic launch in response. Regardless of yield.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 6:10 a.m. PST

Oh goodie! Tactical nuclear weapons.

Major Mike11 May 2018 6:33 a.m. PST

We use to consider a separation between tactical and strategic which we maintained during the Cold War which would allow us to use a tactical nuke on the battlefield yet not automatically go strategic. The deployment of the Pershing and Pershing 2 gave us the ability to strike Russia proper with a tactical nuke whereas Russia to hit the US would have called for a strategic response.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 7:11 a.m. PST

Very, very interesting!


28mm Fanatik11 May 2018 7:41 a.m. PST

Back in the "good ol' days" of the CW, low yield nukes were even seen in regular artillery shells: link

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 8:53 a.m. PST




mckrok11 May 2018 10:30 a.m. PST

I did artillery nukes back in the Cold War. In this context, 'low' yield is a very relative term. 15KT will make a mess.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

I think this was the one used on Godzilla.



Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 4:53 a.m. PST

Just bring back the Davy Crockett.

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