May 3rd, 2010
05:14 PM ET
12 years ago

U.S. reveals number of nuclear warheads it has

Washington (CNN) - The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheards in its current stockpile and many thousands more that have been retired and are awaiting dismantling, according to a senior defense official.

The release of the number of warheads marks only the second time in U.S. history the government has released the once top secret information.

Filed under: Nuclear weapons
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    And the reason for the release of this information is (other than insane)?

    May 3, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. charles

    and how is publicising this going to make us stronger in the world?

    May 3, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Marquis Wilson

    These should be classified why are you reporting this

    May 3, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Hows that oil slick coming along drillers?

    Thats because we now have something that will only kill the people and save the spoils for the rich that will hide in bunkers.

    May 3, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. ZedATL

    That's an obscene amount. Obama's proposed 30% cut would still leave us with 3580 warheads. How many do we actually need "to be safe"?

    How bout just 2, addressed to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong Il.

    May 3, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Moot point the Cold War ended almost 20 years ago. + that doesn't include other conventional weapons that use depleted uranium or tactical nukes

    Time to disarm is now. Thank you President Obama for taking these steps to help dismantle the insane amounts of global nukes.

    May 3, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Mike

    All of these comments are a waste of time.

    May 3, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. joshua, Baltimore

    Hahahaa. Anyone who believes that number is insane. The US would never diverge that sort of classified info.

    May 3, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Brian

    We could drop 51 nukes on each of the 1,000 most populous cities in the world. I think that is a sufficient safeguard for peace.

    May 3, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "and how is publicising this going to make us stronger in the world?"

    And how is it not? When you have 5,000+ nuclear warheads, you ARE the 800 pound gorilla in the room.

    May 3, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Dyan, Minnesota

    Good heavens! How many can it take to destroy the world several times over??

    May 3, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Robin in Tampa, FL

    So basically we have enough to take out every city in the world with extra to spare.

    May 3, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. glen in la

    That's a little more than 10 warheads for every earth city with a population greater than 1 million. And how much energy is expended battling a loosely organized network of islamic terrorists numbering around 350?

    May 3, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. DawnL/CA

    Why in the world is the US releasing this info? Is nothing classified anymore. All of this "transparency" is not quite what we wanted.

    May 3, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. martin

    Yea but how many does India, Russia, Pakistan, and the European nations have?

    The numbers are all relative.

    May 3, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Louis

    More is not proverbially better. More is just plain insane in this case, even if it's only half that number!

    May 3, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Bob in PA

    What the...... Is this his way of standing up to Iran or is BOzo just being himself.

    May 3, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom (the real one)

    Anyone surprised? This is not news. We, the U.S. can destroy the Earth a million times over!

    Classified????????? YOU think that our enemies do not know this already! How naive!

    May 3, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. lovable liberal

    5000+ is very deterring. We're saying that we can lose 90% of our nukes and still have enough to turn your paltry country into rubble. And if you happen to be pre-rubble-ized like North Korea, that number is 98%.

    May 3, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Brother John

    I burned my draftcard forty years ago. Those from the past who inspired me include Francis and Clare of Assisi, Dorothy Day, Philip Berrigan, Thomas Merton. Today, the saints include Daniel Berrigan, John Dear, Helen Prejean, Roy Bourgeois, Thich Nhat, Hanh, among others. They all point the way to the Christ for me, and so I follow Jesus in their footprints. The presence of nuclear weapons on the earth is an abomination. To uncreate creation would make us the anti-Christ. Advocating the production, the deployment, or the use of nuclear weapons makes us enemies of Life itself. We need to begin by dismantling them now. Then there are the chemical and biological weapons. Then there are the...all the way down to sticks and stones. But I'd rather reach that lowest tier of weapons intentionally than to be suddenly thrust into the Stone Age because I witnessed the use of the upper tier weapons rather than the dismantlement.

    May 3, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. Marie (Portland, Oregon)

    The only reason they released this information was to rebutt Iran's Mad Ahmadinejad comments made at the United Nations today.

    Personally, I would love to see this guy strapped to one of those puppies and give him a free ride to no where...but that wouldn't be Christian like.

    May 3, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. goofus

    Boy that ought to set off the "one is to many just flash em the peace sign crowd"!

    May 3, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These nuclear warheads aren't all in the U.S. they are spread around the World in different countries who are our allies. This is why President Obama works so hard to change the image of our country which was nearly destroyed by the Bush administration.

    May 3, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. works for me

    And I'll raise you 250..

    May 3, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |