Busting the Bank in Las Vegas

DefenseNews.com reports on upcoming weapons testing in Nevada:

The U.S. military plans to detonate a 700 ton explosive charge in a test called “Divine Strake” that will send a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas, a senior defense official said March 30.

”I don’t want to sound glib here but it is the first time in Nevada that you’ll see a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons,” said James Tegnelia, head of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
This is a good thing. After all the discussion about developing new nuclear weapons for bunker busting (the intended use for the weapon being tested) having the military working on conventional solutions for the same problem is encouraging. The very last thing we need as Iran, Saudi Arabia, North Korea are developing an atomic weapons program is their embassadors to the U.N. saying "But the Americans are developing new nuclear weapons and we want a credible deterent."

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