Head of STRATCOM: America faces Nuclear Returns Points


Sufficiently known in the narrow "perinuclear" circles, but unknown to the general public in Russia and the USA, US problems with nuclear weapons complex (NWC), that is, the inability to produce new nuclear weapons and limiting the ability to maintain and modernize the arsenal, the other day once again reached the US Congress, so to speak, in public.


Strategic Admiral Cuts the Uterus


This time, Congressmen were hacked by the newly appointed one instead of General Hayten, Admiral Chase Richard, who had left for promotion (and abruptly ceased to “cut” even the cautious version of this very truth-womb). Admiral Richard, speaking to members of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Congressional Armed Forces Committee (House of Representatives) regarding the budget request of the United States Department of Defense regarding strategic forces and nuclear issues in general, stated the following:

“If we don’t right now begin to invest energetically and smartly in our nuclear industry, then we will begin to consistently reach“ points of no return ”[on the nuclear topic]. I predict that this will happen first in our nuclear weapons complex, then in command systems and "control over nuclear forces, and finally, with the delivery vehicles of our nuclear triad."

He also warned that delays in funding key efforts to recreate nuclear production capabilities at least to a minimum could lead to the US

"it will be necessary to restore, and almost from scratch, over the course of several decades, both the infrastructure and competencies necessary for nuclear power and nuclear energy."

The admiral also added that when it comes to the "modernization" of the American nuclear triad, it is overlooked

"another scenario, in which everything will be different, and we will not do this."

Richard believes that in this case, the United States will have almost nothing left of what is now, and the capabilities of the strategic nuclear forces will drop to the level that is many times necessary to deter. Moreover, apparently, this is even without taking into account “new means and circumstances” (new Russian types of strategic weapons from the “March 1 weapon systems”, as they are often called).

“The whole triad will soon be close to the end of its service life. And either we will replace what we have, or we will be on the path of total disarmament, and in the face of growing threats.”

- considers the commander STRATKOM.

Speaking on condition of anonymity for one of the American military publications during a recent visit to the STRATCOM headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, military officials there identified FY27 through FY35 as a “danger zone” in which all key nuclear modernization projects will go online, as their existing heritage programs begin to decline.

Obtaining this period will be crucial, officials said, and delays, technical or due to funding problems, could trigger a chain reaction that will lead to a tough choice of what can and cannot be upgraded, whose service lives cannot be extended and what will go under cancellation, that is, under the knife.

What the Pentagon wants


The Trump administration has requested about $ 46 billion to finance nuclear programs in fiscal year 2021. This includes $ 28,9 billion for the US MoD, which finances delivery vehicle R&D, and the rest for the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Safety Agency (NNSA), which maintains, maintains nuclear weapons, and develops programs their modernization.

In the financial years 2021–2025, the Pentagon plans to spend at least $ 87 billion on nuclear modernization. According to a U.S. DoD certificate, this includes:

1. 24,9 billion dollars for the development and start of construction of nuclear submarines with ballistic missiles (SSBNs) of the Columbia type, so that the first of them goes on its first combat patrol in 2031. Previously, by the way, it was planned to introduce the first boat several years earlier, but the terms were constantly shifting, and the price was growing.

2. 24 billion dollars for investments in the nuclear forces control system, in particular, in communications and ASBU (an automated combat control system - just recently in Russia it was completely replaced by a new one in the strategic nuclear forces).

3. 22,6 billion dollars for a strategic bomber of a new generation, but of an old look (looking like a slightly modified and reduced B-2A) B-21 "Raider", with a date of commissioning in the second half of the 2020s, and most likely, and this period will move slightly.

4. 13,2 billion dollars for a new single-bay ICBM GBSD, which will begin to replace the ICBM Minuteman-3, with the date of commissioning of the first systems in 2029

5. $ 2 billion to replace the AGM-86V air-based cruise missiles (which were finally decommissioned last year), with new ALCMs, known as LRSOs in the region of the early 2030s.

6. 480 million dollars for the development of a new warhead for the Trident-2 SLBM of a new modification for the Columbia SSBN, called the W93 (Mk7). This charge is supplied as a new design, but it is immediately specified that the unit is new, but its design is based on the old one. In general, it was originally supposed to be called IW2 (Interoperable Warhead, "compatible warhead") and be a really new design, but it seems like something strange happened with the replacement of IW1 with W87-1. Americans, who assure that in the 30s will restore their technology for the production of new nuclear weapons to a minimum, may not be very sure about this. By the way, this "new BB of the old design", as it was dubbed in the media and the expert community, raises big questions on Capitol Hill, in the sense of whether it is needed at all, and its fate is completely unclear.

7. 187 million dollars for the adaptation of the F-35 fighter for the use of the B61-12 nuclear bomb, with the initial date of commissioning in 2024.

8. $ 48 million for an improved assembly of the tail kit for this newest B61-12 bomb and an unspecified amount for the modernization program itself, which once again "left to the right."

9. So far, the unknown amount for the development of a “new marine nuclear weapon with a nuclear charge”, which is still a program hanging in the air: in the Capitol, many do not want to hear about it, and the Americans can make a rocket, but the charges for it It will not be known when, but not very soon.

Why all this?


Why would this new STRATKOM commander open up so much? The simplest, but only partially correct explanation would be something like this: "Yes, he just wants Congress to allocate as much money as the military requested." Yes, of course he does. But it is not without reason that it catches up with horror, and if somewhere it overrides the edge, then a little. Problems with American nuclear weapons are known to those who are interested in the issue, and there is nothing surprising in the fact that the admiral put them in first place on the list of "points of no return." Indeed, the US nuclear arsenal is shrinking, and often shrinking, not because some type of ammunition is no longer needed, but because the facilities for servicing and reassembling are limited and much more valuable types of ammunition are in line. This has happened more than once in recent years.

And the admiral understands that the decline in numbers can, of course, be classified, as was recently done again in the United States, but it will not stop from this, and the pace may also increase. And you can end up at the bottom of the "nuclear pit" when there is no production yet, and there are no charges even for many of the delivery vehicles that are available, and for most of them. Moreover, there are supporters of such a reduction, both in the expert community and at the top, and even select the necessary theoretical base for their theory from the category of "we have few charges, but we don’t need any more." But this research is a topic for a separate material. In the meantime, it can be said that plans to restore production are already gradually “moving to the right,” and it is not a fact that this process will stop - after all, this has happened more than once before. What can I say about the unrealizability of the set extremely low bar, say, in 80 plutonium pit ditches per year, when the voices of experts are already heard, that by the mid 30s and thirty a year it would be nice to go out. So after all, the unfortunate modernization of the B61 of the old series in the B61-12 is again shifting by 2 years already, and the explanation that all because of some poor-quality capacitors there, which they are looking for a replacement (they are looking for a replacement for 2 years), somehow does not hold water. By the way, what kind of capacitors, why are they of poor quality? Have you bought them in China? In general, the USA is really complicated here.

It’s difficult to say why the admiral put the problems with strategic nuclear weapons control systems in second place - as far as the USA is concerned, fatal problems are somehow not expected. But, apparently, we are talking about the general obsolescence of a number of links in the existing management system. But it’s understandable why there are delivery vehicles on the list. Yes, despite the fact that the Minuteman-3 has been in the service of about half a century, but the obsolescence of the ICBM design allowed (such a technical paradox) it was quite simple to replace solid-fuel engines in stages, which would be impossible with modern technologies for manufacturing the stages - a whole replacement would be required . The missile is old, but the guidance system and the warhead itself in it are much more modern - inherited from the MX (although not all BBs on the Minutemans are from there now). Trident-2 can be considered one of the most outstanding SLBMs in the world, which has successfully passed the extension of its operational life and modernization work. But neither the ICBMs, nor the SLBMs of the USA do not become eternal from this, and even successful missiles, despite modernization, are the fruits of the time in which they were created. That is morally obsolete. And here, Admiral Richard is right: if you do not invest in the development of a replacement, one fine and not-so-distant day it turns out that the operation on the PSE, the extension of the service life, as we call it, and the Americans have the LEP - Life Extension Program, can no longer be but there’s no replacement. And such an option is possible, as well as the option of "rollback" to the distant past, not only in the number of charges and technologies for their production and maintenance, but also in terms of delivery methods. So the admiral of the paint, if he thickened it, is not very strong.

Money I grieve may not help


But there is one more point. The fact is that these problems will not be solved if the work is financed on time and on time, as Chaz Richard insists on this. Money is not everything. People and their competencies are far more important. Pour you at least a trillion, but if there is no sensible personnel, nothing will help. We ourselves have repeatedly faced this problem, getting out of the timelessness of the 90s. Americans, judging by a number of signs of a systemic crisis, for example, in the aircraft industry, are faced with this, too, although their reasons are completely different. And the same nuclear weapons are in a much worse condition. And it's not even about production. The point is the loss of a nuclear weapons culture. The same NNSA considers it not shameful to publish photosets from nuclear arsenals and service enterprises, where people rudely violate the holy of holies - the rules of work. Both for us and the Americans, the principles for carrying out the most important work with nuclear weapons are almost identical. Thus, in carrying out operations, personnel must have a strictly established form of clothing and appearance, and this is not an empty formality. The staff is obliged to work on any operation together - one works, the second reads the instructions to the first, the third controls each step (and all three - each other). That was the case with the Americans, and so with us. But the published photos and videos suggest that this is not happening now. Changed the regulations? Unlikely. There is no one to follow the order? Nobody cares? Then it is not surprising that strange cases like the B61 nuclear bomb occur, which for several years lay physically damaged in the arsenal, but successfully passed all routine inspections.

And if so with the service, then with the people in the production, and in the development, too, not everything can be in order. And no one knows what these people will earn and create for these requested amounts. So Admiral Richard is sounding the alarm for good reason, but it’s not a fact that, if he gets his way, it will certainly help.

In addition, there are enough opponents of these programs, who believe, for example, that it is possible to continue to limit ourselves to the eternal modernization and maintenance of existing charges. Or that you need to abandon ICBMs as the class and "legs" of the nuclear triad, moving on to the nuclear dyad. And there are enough of them on Capitol Hill. And, say, if a change of power occurs in the United States, or if Republicans lose control of the Senate, much of what is approved will be sequestered in the same way. Or for another reason, as this year the "record" budget was cut by programs in almost all types of US forces.
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  1. Far B 4 March 2020 05: 25 New
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    People and their competencies are far more important. Pour you at least a trillion, but if there is no sensible personnel, nothing will help. We ourselves have repeatedly faced this problem, getting out of the timelessness of the 90s
    After the 90s, just competent specialists we still had in sufficient numbers, and also at a working age - only ten years have passed since the collapse of the USSR. But today, after the post-Soviet 30 years, with "people and their competencies" everything has become much more intense. If we were to attend to the restoration of industry then, in the early 2000s, it would still be possible to restore the country's industrial potential, and in a fairly short time. And now it will require forces, and means, and time, and means, large orders of magnitude. And most importantly, the political will is serious in order to achieve all this. The moment, alas, is incompetently merged.
    1. Evdokim 4 March 2020 07: 16 New
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      Quote: Far In
      If we were to attend to the restoration of industry then, in the early 2000s, it would still be possible to restore the country's industrial potential, and in a fairly short time. And now it will require forces, and means, and time, and means, large orders of magnitude.

      Well, I don’t know if everything is so bad with us, at least the missiles and warheads are being replaced. The question for me is different, is it possible that the USA, having just an enchanting size budget for the Pentagon, cannot solve the problems with personnel in the NQF (judging by the article). I would advise them to replace them with neat, observing the rules of migrant migrant workers, it is cheaper and more economical. hi
    2. Ros 56 4 March 2020 08: 32 New
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      You apparently forgot what happened in the 90s? What kind of shisha could industry be restored at the beginning of 2000? Miraculously, by hook or by crook, and most of all by crook, and even with the help of outright deceit of our "partners", they began to restore the military commander, so much so that now they have poked eyes on the striped and they ask themselves, and where were we at the beginning of 2000, how could happen that the Russians have surpassed us. Or do you think that if you knew the striped truth, would they give an opportunity to deceive them? All means, including the most heinous, would be used, so that this would not happen.
      Thank you very much for this to the President. And to him there are questions on the development of our economy. These are scissors. And the truth we will not soon find out, if we find out at all.
    3. EvilLion 4 March 2020 08: 42 New
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      They merged, they have RosAtom began to dominate the world since the Yankees can no longer build nuclear power plants.
  2. Voltsky 4 March 2020 05: 58 New
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    those who were interested have been in the know for a long time :) But thanks to the author, maybe someone will read and scratch their turnips instead of the seat
    1. lucul 4 March 2020 06: 20 New
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      those who were interested have been in the know for a long time :) But thanks to the author, maybe someone will read and scratch their turnips instead of the seat

      Now our "partners" from Haifa will come running and say - you're all lying)))
      1. Voltsky 4 March 2020 06: 23 New
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        That skin is bad that its panic does not protect :) so that I will leave it on their conscience
    2. Fedor egoist 5 March 2020 12: 27 New
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      Quote: Voletsky
      those who were interested have been in the know for a long time :)

      Vyatkin’s is one of his favorite topics. Even a series of articles on VO is where everything is laid out on the shelves.
      America faces nuclear non-return points

      The US problems with the nuclear weapons complex, which are sufficiently well-known in narrow "perinuclear" circles, but unknown to the general public in Russia and the USA

      I believe that the later these problems become “known to the general public,” the better. More "points of no return" will be passed and the dying superpower will have even less opportunities and desire for the farewell "fireworks".
  3. Bacha 4 March 2020 06: 32 New
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    Not economically viable. America is a solid business. Invest a lot of money in nuclear weapons and put them in a warehouse? And the profit? Aircraft done - sold. Patriot did - sold. Even the Tamahawks and those who did it were bombed - they got oil. Only business, nothing personal.
    1. bessmertniy 4 March 2020 06: 45 New
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      And who knows, it’s possible that the Americans, as much as they can, have already sold out to anyone repeat part of its nuclear arsenal, and instead of real products in warehouses and on "combat duty" models are making up for the shortage. what
  4. Errr 4 March 2020 06: 43 New
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    From the text of the article:
    Richard believes that in this case, the United States will have almost nothing left of what is now, and the capabilities of strategic nuclear forces will fall to the level that is many times necessary to deter.
    This is just a pearl of Russian literature !!! laughing laughing laughing
    1. asv363 4 March 2020 06: 53 New
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      I will assume: "many times [less] than necessary."
      1. Errr 4 March 2020 07: 05 New
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        Quote: asv363
        I will assume: "many times [less] than necessary."
        Thought, in general, reaches the brain. smile
        It's just that I have not ceased to be surprised recently at the amazing flexibility of the Russian language. laughing
    2. abrakadabre 4 March 2020 08: 24 New
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      This is just a pearl of Russian literature !!! laughing laughing laughing
      The article is simply bleeding from the abundance of such pearls. Because of what, the author wants to pour the rod and send it to elementary school again.
    3. nickname7 8 March 2020 13: 12 New
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      This is just a pearl of Russian literature !!!

      Richard said that in English.
  5. rocket757 4 March 2020 07: 05 New
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    He also warned that delays in funding key efforts to recreate nuclear production capabilities at least to a minimum could lead to the US

    babosikov want everything, whatever purpose they did not pursue.
  6. Minipig79 4 March 2020 08: 47 New
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    Why rejoice especially? Yes, even if the United States has an unsightly picture of poison. weapons, so what? Will we attack? Will China attack?
    In addition, they have more than enough of the same non-nuclear missiles that would fill them with any country.
    Therefore, the United States has advanced nuclear weapons or not, the result is not visible what would change.
    1. Lopatov 4 March 2020 09: 01 New
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      Quote: Minipig79
      Therefore, the United States has advanced nuclear weapons or not, the result is not visible what would change.

      This is not about "advanced", it is about weapons in general.
      Nuclear weapons are rather perishable ... If you do and put them in the warehouse, you will end up losing them.

      And what is the United States without nuclear weapons? This is a much, much less aggressive country.
      1. Minipig79 4 March 2020 12: 56 New
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        Why are you so shortsighted?))) Both Yun and Pakistan have nuclear weapons. Do they strongly affect world affairs ?!
        The United States is terrified of the economy and the world-wide bucks.
        Culturally, we thoroughly purged in the Cold War. In English speak children in all sorts of "voices", on which computer programming? What language can you communicate in Sweden, Germany, Iran? In the same English.
        According to the cinema. Whose films instill their values ​​(their stupidity) around the world? And from whom does the youth take an example, inflatable lips and exposing themselves in front of a mirror? With rotaru?
        1. Lopatov 4 March 2020 15: 54 New
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          Quote: Minipig79
          Eun and Pakistan have nuclear weapons. Do they strongly affect world affairs ?!

          Judging by the fact that Eun continues to rule, and Pakistan has come under the Chinese hand, very much

          Quote: Minipig79
          Culturally, we thoroughly purged in the Cold War. In English speak children in all sorts of "voices", on which computer programming?

          The United States' "disapproval rating" in Europe reached 59%, and "approval" 24%. This is the data of the Americans themselves (Gallup) for the past year ...
          Even complete control over the agitprop has ceased to help.
          Here is a victory so a victory ....
        2. Alexey RA 4 March 2020 16: 32 New
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          Quote: Minipig79
          Eun and Pakistan have nuclear weapons. Do they strongly affect world affairs ?!

          They also influence it - by regular crises. smile
          Moreover, the presence of nuclear weapons on these crises has an extremely positive effect.
          In the pre-nuclear era, the current turmoil on the border with India, 146% would end in a full-scale war. Actually, in those parts of the war were a regular occurrence. And now both sides perform warlike dances, but they don’t particularly go into battle.
          With Eun, the picture is the same - they threaten, puff out her cheeks, but prefer to negotiate.
  7. Hermit21 4 March 2020 09: 50 New
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    I offer local commentators excuses:
    1. But the Americans do not need nuclear weapons, they will destroy any country without it!
    2. In fact, they secretly made 100500 missiles, just hiding them;
    3. Now they will print bucks and make 100500 rockets;
    4. This is misinformation, everything is fine with them!
    1. Minipig79 4 March 2020 12: 50 New
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      In order not to fuss, compare the number of Tomahawks and calibers. More than 4000 winged are able to drive the country into chaos and without nuclear weapons.
      1. Hermit21 4 March 2020 13: 26 New
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        About two thousand are deployed. Collect in one place can no more than 600-700. And what is there to "drive into chaos" maybe, lol? Subsonic non-nuclear lionfish with a range of 1600 kilometers, which the Syrians fell in packs? Try to strew something else, it no longer excites
        1. Minipig79 4 March 2020 13: 43 New
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          Why frighten? The United States wanted and imprisoned Russian citizens. Moreover, with the issuance in the United States from the territory of third countries. This does not mean that to be afraid of something other than nuclear weapons?
      2. Alexey RA 4 March 2020 16: 33 New
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        Quote: Minipig79
        In order not to fuss, compare the number of Tomahawks and calibers. More than 4000 winged are able to drive the country into chaos and without nuclear weapons.

        Able. But without their nuclear weapons, will the Yankees be ready to use the KR? wink
      3. shinobi 7 March 2020 23: 29 New
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        17 axes were launched on a Syrian airfield in 93, 60.19 were hit by a target, 8 fell into the sea and in different areas. 2 self-destructed, 4 of them were covered with darkness. After 3 hours, the airfield was operating normally. 4000 non-nuclear cruise missiles not driven anywhere.
  8. Alexey RA 4 March 2020 16: 41 New
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    "it will be necessary to restore, and almost from scratch, over the course of several decades, both the infrastructure and competencies necessary for nuclear power and nuclear energy."

    Do you know who is to blame for everything? Victor Stepanovich, Albert Gore and American effective managers.
    Viktor Stepanovich exclusively successfully pushed Mount HEU-LEU agreement, according to which domestic weapons-grade uranium went to the American market after depletion - at a ridiculous price. And greedy American managers seized on this product with all their paws, putting an end to the modernization and expansion of their own GOK. In the name of increasing profits and reducing costs, these managers destroyed the whole link of their own nuclear chain: why should we invest in our enrichment if there is cheap Russian uranium. In short first dose - free, and then everything rolled on the thumb.
    As a result, "treasonous sale of weapons-grade uranium for a penny"in fact turned into a nuclear strike on the American atomic industry.
  9. max702 5 March 2020 09: 22 New
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    By and large, the USA does not need nuclear weapons .. For them, it does not apply; there is no purpose .. To fight nuclear weapons with Russia or China, it makes no sense life on the planet will end .. The first not China will never attack Russia, but they will cope with the rest with conventional weapons .. They already cursed the day when they created nuclear weapons, thereby giving their opponents a weapon that nullifies any military advantage, the example of the IC and Iran confirms this ..
    1. Fedor egoist 5 March 2020 12: 15 New
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      Quote: max702
      By and large, the USA does not need nuclear weapons .. For them, it does not apply; no goals

      Nuclear weapons not in order to fight, but in order that no one had the thought to fight with the holder of nuclear weapons.
      Quote: max702
      There is no point in fighting nuclear weapons with Russia or China; life on the planet will end

      Life on the planet saw things worse than nuclear war. Even a person as a species will not disappear, only the NTP will roll back to the level of the beginning and middle of the twentieth century, no more.
      Quote: max702
      and they will deal with the rest with conventional weapons

      How to deal with Iran, wow! And with North Korea! And the next year, tail-tailing, will be dumped from the “defeated” Afghanistan. Winners in life, yeah laughing
      Quote: max702
      They already cursed the day when they created nuclear weapons, thereby giving their opponents a weapon that nullifies any military advantage

      A serious statement ... that is, if the States had not created nuclear weapons, then all the other states would still have lived without it? Well, this is already too much))
      Sometimes silence is really the best way to seem smarter than it really is ...
  10. Pavel57 5 March 2020 16: 07 New
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    It's time to start the fight for nuclear disarmament.