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Russia drilled for all out nuclear war — but a key element was missing

Russia frequently shows off its nuclear missiles but has suffered launch failures in the past. This kind of failure could bring embarrassment to Putin as he tries to confront the US and comes as his popularity is waning with Russians.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrive on Capitol Hill, August 2, 2017.

Russia reportedly warned Mattis it could use nuclear weapons in Europe, and it made him see Moscow as an ‘existential threat’ to the US

According to Bob Woodward's book "Fear," Russian officials warned Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that they were willing to use nuclear weapons under certain conditions — a warning that led him to see Russia as a threat to the US.
HMS Vengeance, which carries nuclear missiles, travels to Devonport, Scotland for an upgrade in 2012.

How a 60-year-old BBC radio show may be one of the only things keeping the world from nuclear war

The UK has four nuclear submarines that wait underwater for signs that their country still exists. One of those signs comes from BBC Radio 4's "Today" program. If it stops broadcasting for a few days, the crew may end up using its nuclear weapons in response.
A German air force Tornado jet takes off from the German army airbase in Jagel, northern Germany, December 10, 2015.

Germany wants a new nuclear-capable fighter, and the US may get a say about which one

Germany wants to replace its Tornado combat aircraft within the next decade. But it also wants to maintain the Tornado's nuclear capability, and that means the US could have leverage about which aircraft Berlin ultimately chooses.
Nine nations possess roughly 14,525 nuclear weapons.

About 14,525 nuclear weapons exist today in the arsenals of these 9 nations

Nuclear weapons stockpiles have ebbed and flowed over the years, as countries like the US and Russia carry out arms-reduction agreements. Here's how many nukes exist today, and which countries have them.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump are expected at Davos this week, but do not plan to meet.

Trump has Germany thinking about getting nuclear weapons, but some think it’s a ‘totally phoney debate’

Trump's apparent disdain for the US's European allies has many of them rethinking their defense capabilities. In Germany, that means a renewed round of debate over whether nuclear weapons are needed.

A new Russian video may show a ‘doomsday machine’ able to trigger 300-foot tsunamis — but nuclear weapons experts question why you&#...

In March, Russian President Vladimir Putin described a nuclear-powered torpedo designed to hit coastal targets with a "massive" nuclear bomb detonated underwater. New videos posted to YouTube appear to show a prototype.

Russia just showed off a potentially world-ending nuclear ‘doomsday’ torpedo that the US can’t stop

The video demonstrates a new, only slightly less dangerous use for the weapon: Targeting US aircraft carriers and their strike groups. As it stands, the US doesn't have a way to defend against fast-moving torpedoes like the Poseidon.
A test-launch of a North Korean ballistic missile.

Nuclear weapons are as confusing as they are deadly — here are 16 terms you keep hearing and what they actually mean

President Donald Trump and his administration is negotiating with Kim Jong Un over North Korea's program to develop nuclear warheads, bombs, and missiles. As talks proceed, it's helpful to define some of the most important (and misunderstood) words, phrases, and acronyms related to nukes.

Russia just released videos of its next generation of nuclear weapons — Here’s what we know

Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged in March that these new nuclear weapons render make US missile defenses useless. Now the Russian Ministry of Defense has released videos of the weapons, of which experts remain highly skeptical.