Experts Say

In Trumpís first year, the U.S. nuclear arsenal shrank to its smallest size since early 1956

March 23, 2018
By Philip Bump

In 1956, the government created a top-secret document detailing priority targets, identified by latitude and longitude, in the event of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. It was a forward-looking document, planning targets for 1959 with a focus on crippling Soviet air power over the short term. It included nearly 200 targets in Moscow alone, including Red Square, as revealed when the document was declassified in 2015.
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