Category Archives: Cold War History

Nuclear Sightseeing: The B Reactor And What It Teaches Us

Also published here. Last week, while most of my friends in the nuclear weapons analyst community traveled to New York City to assess the future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, I headed to a remote corner of south-eastern Washington State to explore the origins of the US side of the Cold War nuclear arms race. [...]
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Explaining the Cold War Legacy

Also published here. Since the beginning of April, there has been quite a rush of headline-making nuclear weapons news. The Obama Administration released its Nuclear Posture Review, which laid out significant changes from past such roadmaps; Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitri Medvedev signed a New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which will keep both of our [...]
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The Environmental Legacy of the Cold War: Progress, Problems, and the Big Picture

Also published here. “I was a 28-year-old kid and I didn’t stop to ruminate about it. I didn’t think, ‘My God, we’ve changed the history of the world!’”. – Glenn T. Seaborg, Nobel Prize winner and Manhattan Project Scientist, from a 1947 interview, on his discovery of plutonium six years earlier. I believe that the [...]
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