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January 25, 2014 - 11:35 am

A newly released Pentagon report says that current US intelligence efforts to detect nuclear weapons programs in other countries is totally inadequate and how agencies approach the issue needs to be revamped.

Washington Times:

American intelligence and security agencies are not currently capable of detecting when foreign nations are building nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing programs, according to a newly released Pentagon report that faults a range of U.S. agencies.

“The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases “current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist,” according to the report, which was compiled over three years by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.

More nations than ever are pursuing nuclear arms. However, the United States does not have the mechanisms to detect and track these programs, according to the report.

Moreover, U.S. intelligence agencies are not doing enough to rectify the issue, according to the report, which called for a full-scale revamp in how agencies approach the issue of nuclear detection.

The United States “lacks a cohesive, long term, international engagement plan aimed at building cooperation and transparency,” the report warns.

America’s inability to detect rogue nuclear programs could be particularly problematic in the case of Iran, which has built many clandestine and underground nuclear facilities. The U.S. has a history of being caught flat-footed when it comes to detecting foreign nuclear programs.

“The technologies and processes designed for current treaty verification and inspections are inadequate to future monitoring realities,” the Pentagon report states.

“The task force observed early in its deliberations that there are many communities involved in tackling a piece of the monitoring ‘elephant,’ but found no group that could clearly articulate the entire program, nor a strategy for addressing it in any complete or comprehensive fashion.”

“Closing the nation’s global nuclear monitoring gaps should be a national priority,” the report states. “It will require, however, a level of commitment and sustainment we don’t normally do well without a crisis.”

Just how do our spooks define “crisis”? The most dangerous regime on the planet is within a hair’s breadth of creating the ability to build the most dangerous weapon in existence — if they don’t already possess that capability already. And the second most dangerous regime in the world has already carried out two nuclear bomb tests and is in the process of building an ICBM that will be capable of hitting most cities in the US.

Now — do we have a crisis, or don’t we? And if we do, and we still don’t have the ability to gauge the progress of these rogue states toward achieving their nuclear goals, just what do you propose to do about it?

Admittedly, it is very difficult to penetrate these closed societies and unlock their most closely guarded secrets. But this report also harangues our agencies for not developing the technologies and processes to adequately monitor and verify nuclear programs that we are entitled by treaty to inspect.Just how does the administration plan to verify any agreement with Iran that might be reached? This report declares we’re not fully ready.

We have a president who wants to get rid of nuclear weapons but apparently doesn’t care we don’t have the ability to monitor the nuclear programs of countries who would be signatories to such a treaty.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.
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So what?

Even when a nuclear program is detected, we're led by a man who doesn't have the balls to do anything about it.
12 weeks ago
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The ability to detect a hostile nuclear weapons program is moot, when the United States government has neither the will nor desire to do anything to protect the country before OR AFTER an attack with the products of that program.

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And while all our enemies are building NEW nuclear weapons, ours are so old we're not sure they'll go off, and we're certainly not investing in new designs.
12 weeks ago
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The intelligence agencies of the federal govt. are being used against the American people. They don't have excess resources to gather foreign intelligence which might protect the American people.
12 weeks ago
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Maybe there's less to this "unpreparedness" in the nuclear detection arena than meets the eye.

I'd file it under, "Administration's left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing", or plain ol' disinformation.

Have we stopped researching our potential enemies' nuclear aims with accuracy?

What about the previous years' detections during the Cold War which were taken at face value? Didn't we detect the North Korean tests? ....the Soviet Russian tests? - wasn't radioactivity detected in the Soviet missiles delivered to Cuba? - now we're not able to detect anymore?.....strong fish odor rising.

Have we lost former techniques? ....unimproved things all these years?
For example, here's a paste from the national Security Archive via the Internet -
"U.S. Intelligence and the Detection of the First Soviet Nuclear Test, September 1949

Edited by William Burr*
Joe-1, 29 August 1949. Photo from Peter Curan’s film "Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie," as displayed on nuclearweaponsarchive.org, and used with permission of Peter Curan.

Washington, DC, September 22, 2009 - Sixty years ago this week, on 23 September 1949, President Harry Truman made headlines when he announced that the Soviet Union had secretly tested a nuclear weapon several weeks earlier. Truman did not explain how the United States had detected the test, which had occurred on 29 August 1949 at Semipalatinsk, a site in northeastern Kazakhstan. "......

How about this....
"Satellites Could Detect Rogue Nuclear Tests | LiveScience
www.livescience.com/25263-satellites-detect-rogue-nuclea...‎
LiveScience
Dec 5, 2012 - Global positioning systems, or GPS, can detect disturbances in the upper ... Korea and Iran are continuing to secretly develop a nuclear arsenal. To detect rogue nuclear tests, the International Monitoring System deploys a ......."

Have I misread something major?

12 weeks ago
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people would shutter if they knew how our defenses have been compromised. he!!, our launch codes are probably being hawked on e-bay by this commie crew of 3rd world cutthroats.

when all he!! breaks loose, and it will, remember the ones who brought it on us all and reward them well for their efforts. I know I will.
12 weeks ago
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So what?

Even when a nuclear program is detected, we're led by a man who doesn't have the balls to do anything about it.
12 weeks ago
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The ability to detect a hostile nuclear weapons program is moot, when the United States government has neither the will nor desire to do anything to protect the country before OR AFTER an attack with the products of that program.

Subotai Bahadur
12 weeks ago
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