Google Earth Pinpoints Weapons of Mass Destruction

<a href="" target="_blank">The Natural Resources Defense Council</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Federation of American Scientists</a> have assembled a <a href="" target="_blank">Google Earth map file</a> that shows the locations of America's nuclear weapons.

Thomas Claburn, Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

November 9, 2006

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The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Federation of American Scientists have assembled a Google Earth map file that shows the locations of America's nuclear weapons.As noted over at the Defense Tech blog, this map reflects public information, made available through the article "Where the Bombs are, 2006" in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

"In total, we estimate that the United States deploys and stores nearly 10,000 nuclear weapons at 18 facilities in 12 states and six European countries," the article states. "...Approximately 62 percent of the current stockpile belongs to the air force and is stored at seven bases in the United States and eight bases in six European countries; the navy stores its weapons at two submarine bases, one on each coast. None of the other services possesses nuclear weapons."

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About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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