In strategic nuclear parlance, the Nuclear Triad refers to the three tiers of a country's nuclear arsenal. Composed of land-based ICBMs, ballistic missile submarines armed with SLBMs, and strategic bombers armed with bombs or cruise missiles. This reduces the possibility that an enemy could destroy all of a country's nuclear forces in a first strike attack. This ensures a credible threat of a second strike, and is the cornerstone of the doctrine of MAD.
President Harry S. Truman gave many different estimates abount the number of lives saved by the bomb that lead to the Japanese surrender. Author Gar Alperovitz , The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, explains how the number most frequently cited – 1 million – was the result of a propaganda piece and essentially a made up figure.
THE FORGOTTEN BOMB - When the Cold War ended, the generations that lived through it were relieved to finally vanquish the specter of a mushroom cloud from their minds. But today, thousands of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia remain on high-alert, still poised to destroy the planet.
In a globe-trotting journey through various perspectives on nuclear weapons, filmmaker Bud Ryan takes us from the Peace Museums of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the “Nuclear Science” museums of the United States; to the place that birthed the atomic bomb, (and cares for it still) the state of New Mexico, where Ryan now lives. Featuring former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, authors Gar Alperovitz and Jonathan Schell, Japanese bomb survivors, and many others, THE FORGOTTEN BOMB explores our pre-conceptions about nuclear weapons and their history, investigates how they inform our sense of identity and discovers what the Bomber can learn from the Bombed. forgottenbomb.com.
DemocracyNow.org - As radiation readings in Japan reach their highest levels since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdowns, we look at the beginning of the atomic age. Today is the 66th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki, which killed some 75,000 people and left another 75,000 seriously wounded. It came just three days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing around 80,000 people and injuring some 70,000. By official Japanese estimates, nearly 300,000 people died from the bombings, including those who lost their lives in the ensuing months and years from related injuries and illnesses. Other researchers estimate a much higher death toll. Democracy Now! airs an account of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki by the pilots who flew the B-29 bomber that dropped that bomb, and feature an interview with the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Weller, who was the first reporter to enter Nagasaki. He later summarized his experience with military censors who ordered his story killed, saying, "They won." Democracy Now! interviews Greg Mitchell, co-author of "Hiroshima in America: A Half Century of Denial," with Robert Jay Lifton. His latest book is “Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki and The Greatest Movie Never Made."
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Footage from an atomic bomb test - perhaps Operation Tumbler-Snapper?
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Audio/Visual: silent, color
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Creative Commons license: Public Domain
Another in a series of classic Civil Defense films from the Cold War era. While we revel in our technology today, most of these old films teach us what we need to do to survive the coming times. Disasters and emergencies come without warning, from many fronts, and take us by surprise.
By learning how to become prepared, and how to fight back against all threats, natural and manmade, we can ensure our success in survival.
Surviving Under Atomic Attack shows us how to prepare ourselves against a nuclear blast, but the tips and suggestions are applicable to all blast related attacks and disasters. Whether it is a terrorist bomb or a major natural gas explosion, the defense and safety procedures are the same.