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    • By LostCosmonaut
      During the Cold War, many neutral states made efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Very few of these resulted in a working bomb. One of these failures was Switzerland; http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Library/Swissdoc.html
       
      Interestingly, the Swiss also managed to cock up their nuclear power program; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucens_reactor
    • By Priory_of_Sion
      The Manhattan Project gets all the glory(it deserves it), but the Soviets quickly developed their own atomic weapons. They had some help through espionage, but I think it might be another piece of McCarthyism to dismiss Soviet atomic scientists. 
       
      Here is a post on the Nuclear Secrecy Blog on the early program. Good insight, but not the end-all-be-all of information on the subject. 

      A Model of the First Lightning/Joe 1 bomb?
    • By LostCosmonaut
      This thread is for discussion of ICBM basing options, as outlined in the linked paper (written in 1980).
       
      While some of them seem absurd (dirigible basing!), others appear to be more realistic.
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