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India’s Inadvertent Missile Launch Underscores The Threat Of Accidental Nuclear Warfare

The trend downwards started in the mid 1980s, after a rapid boost by Russia throughout the Cold War. The United States arsenal peaked in 1967, although it wasn’t till the late 1970s that Russia surpassed the US. As the chart shows, all other nations barely register when compared to the United States and Russia. For years right after the Cold War, the stockpile of nuclear weapons has decreased. At this point, the missile breaks up into the warhead, debris, decoys intended to confuse our sensors, and the final stage of the burned-out rocket booster. Neither then even though, nor due...