The US Air Force wants to deploy a nuclear micro-reactor on the Eielson base in Alaska

A time almost abandoned, the Eielson air base, located about forty kilometers from Fairbanks in Alaska, now hosts the 354th fighter group, strong of the 18th Agressor squadron aligning 18 F-16 C / D, as well as 355th and 356th Fighter Squadrons for 54 F-35As. In addition, there are the 168th in-flight restoration squadron mounted on KC-135 Stratotankers, and the 210th rescue squadron on HH-60G Pave Hawks. In total, there are now more than 3500 men and women who live and work on this air base with a runway of almost 4500 meters, to ensure the protection of space...

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The Pentagon's Pele Transportable Nuclear Reactor program takes off

Every day, the Pentagon consumes 50 million liters of fuel for its armed forces, and this figure could more than double in the event of a major engagement. In addition to the exorbitant costs that such consumption represents even for an oil-producing country like the United States, and the increasingly problematic impact for the some 100 million kg of CO2 released into the atmosphere every day, this dependence also constitutes a permanent logistical headache for the American forces deployed outside the territory, even though the War in Ukraine has demonstrated the immense vulnerability of the logistical chains in the face of modern weapons systems and infantry...

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The Pentagon uses TRISO technology to design its mini nuclear reactors

In mid-March 2020, the Pentagon announced that it had entrusted 3 American companies with the studies for the design of a miniaturized nuclear reactor intended to be projected and, potentially, to supply electrical energy to the remote bases of the American armed forces. The fears of seeing a nuclear reactor set up within an American base, and on foreign soil, have obviously raised objections and questions, in particular concerning the security of the device in the face of an attack. The examples of the disasters of Three Miles Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, naturally raise fears that a runaway scenario of the reactor which would enter into uncontrolled meltdown and end up melting its containment...

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These 10 technologies that are revolutionizing or will revolutionize military action (part 2)

The return of tensions between major technological nations is accompanied by intensive research to develop new technologies or apply technologies developed during the 30 years of relative peace following the end of the Cold War. In the first part of this article, we dealt with quantum applications, electromagnetism, artificial intelligence, nano-technologies as well as directed energy weapons. There are still 5 major technologies to study to complete this panel of 10 technologies that will revolutionize military action in the years to come. 6- Hypervelocity The speed of aircraft and missiles had been a major issue in…

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Pentagon begins study of portable and projectable mini nuclear reactors

The Pentagon announced this Monday, March 9, the awarding of 3 contracts to 3 American companies for the preliminary study of a transportable and projectable miniaturized nuclear reactor with an electrical power of 1 to 5 MW, intended to autonomously supply a projected American base without resorting to local electricity production. $13,5 million was thus allocated to BWX Technologies, Inc in Virginia, $11,9 million to Westinghouse Government Services in Washington DC and $14,3 million to X-energy in the State of Maryland, i.e. a total of $39,7 million for this program known as "Project Pele". Companies will have two years to study…

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