PROLIFERATION: Could a Free-Lancer Build a Bomb?

First you have to get the plutonium or the uranium. Either material will do the job. But since much of the nuclear stuff offered for sale is bogus, a smart buyer would need access to a no-questions-asked research lab, perhaps in a place like Iran, to test the material. An amateur would use about 18 lbs. of 94% plutonium-239 or 55 lbs. of uranium to make a Hiroshima-strength bomb. Then you have to detonate it. The basic principles of bomb technology are available to anyone who knows where to look up the information, but actually constructing one is not quite that...

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