Remove the Old and Cancel the New US Nuclear Bombs in Europe – the B61-12
Spring Quarterly 2020
Please join the German campaign to get rid of the remaining 20 US nuclear weapons deployed at the Büchel Air Base, and to halt the proposed deployment of a new B61-12 nuclear bomb, scheduled to begin production in the US by 2022.
We invite peace, anti-nuclear, climate, human and animal rights activists to Peace Camp July 13 to 22, 2020, near the main gate of the Büchel Air Base in west-central Germany. International Action Camp is part of 20 weeks of action at the base that goes from March 26 to August 9. The camp is in a beautiful rural area and includes camp-cooked organic meals, running water, internet access, and housing of all kinds including camping. Participants will enjoy international networking, vigils, films, workshops, nonviolence training, civil resistance, and one or two excursions in the picturesque volcanic Eifel Region of the Mosel River Valley. Camp fees are about 25 Euros per day for three meals and camping amenities. Rooms in nearby cabins or hostels are an additional 25-30 Euros per night.
International Week 2020 will be the 4th time that US nuclear resisters will join European activists to confront the US nuclear weapons at Büchel.
Political, Military, & Corporate Background
Despite the end of the Cold War, about 20 US nuclear bombs are still deployed in Germany. German pilots are both trained and obligated to take off with these bombs in their Tornado jet fighter-bombers and, if the orders come from a US president through NATO, to use them on their targets. This terrifying NATO war plan is part of the “nuclear sharing agreement” between the US and Germany, and includes a first-strike option. NATO calls this nuclear proliferation “Power and Burden Sharing.” In addition nuclear exercises next to the East-European Russian border — the latest was code-named named “Steadfast Noon” — with tens of thousands of soldiers and major movements of heavy military equipment.
These thermonuclear weapons are scheduled to be replaced by an expensive, new, precision-guided nuclear bomb called the B61-12. Three National Laboratories — Los Alamos and Sandia in New Mexico; Lawrence Livermore in California — designed the B61-12, and parts are being made at the Y12 complex in Tennessee, the Kansas City Plant in Missouri, and at Sandia. Final assembly will take place in Pantex, Texas. Major contractors are Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Honeywell, and Bechtel. The Federation of American Scientists reports that the roughly 150 B61-12s planned for Europe will cost at least $25 million apiece.