The Nuclear Weapon Archive
A Guide to Nuclear Weapons
|If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember
the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them.
These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly
killed every last inhabitant of Persia.
Hans A. Bethe
|...And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange even to the men who used them.
H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914
About This Site
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A "sister site" relationship has been established with Gregory Walker's
Greg and I are actively collaborating to provide the broadest variety of nuclear weapon information, in the most convenient form that we can. The two sites each have a different focus. The Nuclear Weapon Archive provides current information, technical data, and informative write-ups.
The Trinity Site focuses on historical information, especially reproductions of public domain documents.
The Past is Prologue
Last changed 15 August 1999
Reviews of products and publications of special interest
Last changed 30 March 2001
LARGE high quality images
Major Reference Articles and Links
- Repository of Nuclear Effects Computer Simulations and Models
- Illustrated Effects of Nuclear Weapons
- Plutonium Manufacture and Fabrication (illustrated)
- The Smyth Report: Atomic Energy for Military Purposes; the first public description of atomic technology, released in 1945 and still an excellent introduction
- Nuclear Tests
- Bibliographic Material
- Links to Important Information Sites.
Regrettably a vast amount of reference material once available on-line has been removed in the wake of 9-11, and large amounts of material continue to disappear. For example, all informational sites at Los Alamos have vanished as of this writing (20 May 2002). I removed some links that are no longer active, but many others may be no longer available.
- DOE Information Bridge,
Excellent link for accessing millions of pages of on-line information
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Documents On-Line (currently inactive)
- Government Accounting Office Report Page.
A valuable resource. Go to GAO Access Search Page, use keyword search (like "nuclear").
Many FY 95 and later reports are available online
- Complete Archive Site for the late lamented U.S. Office of Technolgy Assessment (OTA). Hosted by Princeton Univ.
- Federation of American Scientists: Nuclear resourcesLots of stuff here, browse around.
Stephen Schwartz's list of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Facilities
Brookings Institute Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Home Page
Gregory Walker's Trinity Site
- The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, this site now hosts the text of many valuable articles, with on-line search capability.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Nuclear Information (new upgrades in progress)
- Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Excellent repository of
- British American Security Information Council
(BASIC). An independent research organization that analyzes government policies - a very good site, check out its on-line reports on nuclear issues, e.g. "The Bug in the Bomb" a study of bombs and the Y2K problem.
- Center for Defense Information (CDI).
An independent military policy research and analysis organization, has many on-line resources.
- NBC-Med.Org: Medical NBC (Nuclear-Biological-Chemical) On-line Most nuclear related medical data has disappeared but it still has Medical Management of Radiological Casualties Still a good resource on biological and chemical weapons. For FM 8-9: Nato Handbook on the Medical Aspects of NBC Defensive Operations now see: the FAS site.
Plutonium: The First Fifty Years from the US DOE
Drawing Back the Curtain of Secrecy: Restricted Data Declassification Decisions, 1946 to the Present (January 1, 2000). Version RDD-6. Lots of interesting bits of information about nuclear weapons.
T-2 Nuclear Information Service. Located at Los Alamos, this is the site to go to first for nuclear physics data.
Nuclear Data Center of the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). This is an excellent source of nuclear physics data also.
Greenpeace Report on dual capable technology (check out Figs 4, 5, 6 and 7)
Sandia Lab News
U.S. Dept. of Energy (Nevada) Historical Information Home Page, regretably the DOE Nevada site has removed its HTML-format "On-Line Catalog of All U.S. Nuclear Tests", but the same information is available in an Acrobat (.pdf) format document accessible from this page.
- The "CIA Electronic Document Release Center" hosts downloadable declassified documents. Do a full text search on "nuclear" or "atomic" to see listings of useful documents.
- Other Sites With Nuclear Test Photos
- Weapons and Related Technologies
- Where to Buy Nuclear Weapons Related Materials
Other Archive Materials
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