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- Nuclear weapons : an extremely dangerous bomb based atomic fission (the "atom bomb" or A-bomb) or fusion (the "hydrogen" or H-bomb); a powerful conventional bomb is also needed to trigger the atomic reaction.
- United States nuclear surety : Policy, procedures and technologies produced by the United States, and in some cases shared with other countries, to make nuclear weapons, and certain other potent weapons, "safe, secure, and under positive control" [of the highest civilian authority]
- Nuclear terrorism : Add brief definition or description
- PINNACLE :
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- PINNACLE-NUCFLASH : U.S. military reporting term, a subcategory of PINNACLE, which indicates that an actual nuclear explosion, of any cause, has taken place and that the National Command Authority must be informed immediately; arguably the single most important communications label to the U.S. government
- PINNACLE-EMERGENCY DISABLEMENT : U.S. military reporting designation, to be sent to the highest national authorities, indicating that it has been necessary to disable one or more nuclear weapons capable of detonation, to prevent their seizure or to avoid an explosion or contamination
- PINNACLE-EMERGENCY EVACUATION : A U.S. communications report that it has been necessary, for operational reasons such as avoiding capture of nuclear weapons, to move such weapons not necessarily using the standard safeguarded procedures
- BENT SPEAR : United States of America military reporting code for significant incidents involving nuclear weapons, but not involving detonation, significant contamination, or theft of weapons or special nuclear material
- BROKEN ARROW : In United States of America military reporting, a serious incident, involving nuclear weapons, which does not present high risk of nuclear war (cf. PINNACLE OPREP 3 NUCFLASH; it can include a nuclear explosion or significant contamination. Term was also used in the Vietnam War as an emergency call that a U.S. ground unit was in significant danger of being overrun by enemy forces.
- FADED GIANT : Designates, in U.S. military reporting, a significant nuclear event that does not involve nuclear weapons; most often an event involving a nuclear reactor