Nuclear Weapons And Atomic Weapons Essay

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Nuclear weapons are a threatening war tactic that has become more frequent in the new media, especially in the past few weeks after Hillary Clinton released an updated version of the “Daisy” ad inferring that if elected, Donald Trump will misuse the nuclear weapons of the United States. Nuclear power is a big responsibility and since the start of its use, scientists and politicians have tried to separate weapons and nuclear power. However, one must first understand what a nuclear weapon truly is to understand how they can be a threat. Nuclear weapons are devices that are “designed to release energy in an explosive manner as a result of nuclear fission, nuclear fusion or a combination of the two processes” (Norris). There are various kinds of nuclear weapons, the most common being fission, and fusion weapons. Fission weapons are often called atomic bombs. Fission (atomic) bombs can be simple to build although obtaining the materials for them can be tough. The material needs to have a high probability of undergoing neutron-induced fission, produce a fair number of neutrons with each reaction, have a reasonably long half-life, and have fissile material that is accessible (easy to dig up or easily made in a nuclear reactor) (Bryan 83). The National Academy of Sciences says, “the critical and indispensable ingredient of a nuclear explosive device is either highly enriched uranium or separated plutonium-239. Highly enriched uranium is produced by separating the fissionable

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