Washington: They are big. They were bad. But their time is past so the U.S. government has very carefully pulled to pieces the biggest nuclear weapons we ever built.
One nuclear analyst was skeptical of the reasons behind the announcement, ascribing them to administration attempts to curry favor with its base, many of whom support goal of no nuclear weapons.
Another highly experienced nuclear expert, Janne Nolan director of nuclear security programs at the American Security Project, expressed similar skepticism of the announcement. “This is perhaps a milestone the way it would have been to conduct a burial ceremony for dinosaur remains — marking the end of a historical moment from when the earth was still cooling,” she wrote in an email.
The B-53 was introduced into the nuclear arsenal in 1962. It was the highest-yield nuclear bomb the United States ever produced. Weighing about 10,000-pounds and roughly the size of a small truck, the B53 bomb remained the highest-yield U.S. nuke until its retirement in 1997. A team of experts dismantled the bombs near Amarillo, Texas at the Pantex Plant.