Environmental Issues > Nuclear Energy, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Main Page > All Nuclear Energy, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Documents

Grim Blueprints
Snapshots from the U.S. Playbook for Nuclear Attack

  Link to intro
Link to page 1
Link to page 2
Link to page 3
Link to page 4
Link to page 5
Link to page 6
Link to page 7
Link to page 8
Link to page 9
Link to page 10
Link to page 11
Link to page 12
Link to page 13

All told, just 741 such warheads worldwide -- a fraction of the current U.S. arsenal -- could threaten with nuclear Armageddon more than half a billion people in the United States and other NATO nations, Russia, China, and worrisome "nuclear wannabes" such as Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria and Libya.

Nuclear arsenals far smaller than those currently deployed by the United States and Russia would remain a terrible threat to modern societies. The truth is that nuclear weapons are simply indiscriminate weapons of mass destruction; all of the complex scenarios of the U.S. nuclear war plan ignore the grotesque results that would occur if nuclear weapons were used. An honest acceptance of this reality should force a reevaluation of the war plan, and spur action to reduce the number of nuclear weapons to minimal levels.

NRDC "Assured Destruction" Calculations Using 1999 World Population Data

Country 1999 LandScan Population 25% of the 1999 LandScan Population Number of 475-kt Weapons Required to Threaten 25% of the Population
United States 258,833,000 64,708,250 124
Canada 28,402,320 7,100,580 11
United Kingdom 56,420,180 14,105,045 19
France 57,757,060 14,439,265 25
Germany 81,436,300 20,359,075 33
Italy 57,908,880 14,477,220 21
Spain 39,267,780 9,816,945 20
All NATO Member Countries17 754,933,329 188,730,000 300
Russia 151,827,600 37,956,300 51
China 1,281,008,318 320,252,079 368
North Korea 22,034,990 5,508,747 4
Iran 64,193,450 16,048,363 10
Iraq 20,941,720 5,235,430 4
Syria 14,045,470 3,511,368 2
Libya 5,245,515 1,311,329 2

Back to introduction | Previous page

Get Updates and Alerts

See the latest issue >

NRDC Gets Top Ratings from the Charity Watchdogs

Charity Navigator awards NRDC its 4-star top rating.
Worth magazine named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities.
NRDC meets the highest standards of the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau.

Donate now >

Share | |