coondoggie writes: "Is the nuclear arms race on again in the US? To a certain degree, yes it is. How far it will get remains to be seen, but a few recent actions recently have some folks on edge. Last week Secretary of Defense Robert Gates joined with the Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sent to Congress a three-page statement on U.S. national security and nuclear weapons, entitled "Maintaining Deterrence in the 21st Century." At the heart of the Bush administration's plan Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program. Launched in 2004, RRW promises to produce new, technologically updated warheads that should be simpler, safer, easier to maintain, and more reliable than the estimated 10,000 warheads in the current U.S. stockpile. But the RRW plan has run into trouble. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/17827"