With Obama’s pledge to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons, it becomes interesting to consider where all the nukes are in the world. The world’s nuclear powers, in order of the size of their arsenals, are Russia, the United States, France, China, United Kingdom, Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea. The Federation of American Scientists monitors the status of nuclear weapons around the world, and they have a detailed blog post regarding the concentration of weapons within the United States. The group has also created a map of 18 nuclear weapon storage facilities within Google Earth.
With the Cold War behind us for some time, there’s been a growing complacency about the threat of this aresenal. Obama has pledged a new treaty with Russia that would dramatically reduce the amount of weapons in the world, and has announced plans for an international summit on nuclear weapons within one year.