Frequent JINSA Speaker Writes in WSJ
Bret Stephens, Deputy editor, editorial page, at The Wall Street Journal, wrote the following article in the Wall Street Journal. Stephens frequently addresses JINSA audiences across the country.
The Bogus Iran Intelligence Debate
Ignore the media leaks. Tehran’s nuke program is hiding in plain sight.
by Bret Stephens
To better understand the debate over the state of Iran’s nuclear bomb building capabilities, it helps to talk to someone who has built a nuclear bomb. Tom Reed served as Secretary of the Air Force and head of the National Reconnaissance Office in the 1970s, but in an earlier life he designed thermonuclear devices at Lawrence Livermore and watched two of them detonate off Christmas Island in 1962.
How hard is it, I asked Mr. Reed when he visited the Journal last week, to build a crude nuclear weapon on the model of the bomb that leveled Hiroshima? “Anyone can build it,” he said flatly, provided they have about 141 lbs. of uranium enriched to an 80% grade. After that, he says, it’s not especially hard to master the technologies of weaponization, provided you’re not doing something fancy like implosion or miniaturization.