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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Friday, July 20, 2007
WHERE THE NUKES ARE
Nine countries currently own an estimated 26,000 nuclear warheads. Of these, more than 8,000 strategic weapons are operational and ready for use on short notice. That's roughly 3,000 megatons - the equivalent of 238,748 Hiroshima-type bombs. A snapshot of the nuclear powers and their total military budgets:


UNITED STATES
Strategic Weapons: 4,663
Stockpile: 9,938
TOTAL MEGATONS: 1,299
2006 Military Budget: $560 billion


UNITED KINGDOM
Strategic Weapons: 160
Stockpile: 200
TOTAL MEGATONS: 14.4
2006 Military Budget: $57.6 billion


ISRAEL
Strategic Weapons: 80
Stockpile: 80
TOTAL MEGATONS: 1.6
2006 Military Budget: $11.3 billion


PAKISTAN
Strategic Weapons: 60
Stockpile: 60
TOTAL MEGATONS: 0.7
2006 Military Budget: $4.1 billion


FRANCE
Strategic Weapons: 348
Stockpile: 348
TOTAL MEGATONS: 46.8
2006 Military Budget: $55.4 billion


INDIA
Strategic Weapons: 50
Stockpile: 50
TOTAL MEGATONS: 0.6
2006 Military Budget: 22.4 billion


RUSSIA
Strategic Weapons: 3,340
Stockpile: 15,000
TOTAL MEGATONS: 1,597
2006 Military Budget: $24.9 billion


NORTH KOREA
Strategic Weapons: 10
Stockpile: 10
TOTAL MEGATONS: 0.01
2006 Military Budget
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(Source: NESWEEKMAG July issue)
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