Deployment of US B61 Nuclear Bombs in Europe, Turkey Militarily Pointless

Monday, August 15, 2016
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
15.08.2016

Derek Johnson, executive director of Global Zero, an international group campaigning for the elimination of nuclear weapons, stated that the fate of the B61s stored in Turkey at the Incirlik Air Base could be made uncertain in the event of a protracted civil conflict in Turkey.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US B61 nuclear bombs deployed in several European countries and Turkey are useless from a military point of view, Derek Johnson, executive director of Global Zero, an international group campaigning for the elimination of nuclear weapons, told Sputnik on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the Washington-based Stimson Center think tank published a report titled, “B61 Life Extension Program: Costs and Policy Considerations,” in which it claimed the United States runs the risk of losing control over dozens of nuclear weapons deployed at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base to terrorists. The Stimson Center also recommended the removal of all B61 bombs from Europe, stressing that over $6 billion could be saved by doing so.

“The B61s that the United States deploys in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey have virtually zero military utility. Modern conventional forces are more than sufficient to perform any plausible military mission in defense of NATO. These weapons also no longer play any role in exerting political pressure as they once did,” Johnson said.

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