Chilling U.S. Nuclear Weapons Target List Declassified For First Time Has Nuke Bombing Map
For the first time ever, the National Archives and Records Administration has released a detailed list of potential targets that the United States intended to bomb with nuclear weapons in the event of a war with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
The 800-page document is titled “Atomic Weapons Requirements Study for 1959,” and says, “Top Secret.”
The target list was produced by the Strategic Air Command in 1956, and projected where the United States should bomb in a potential war with the Soviet Union in 1959. The targets are referred to as DGZs or “designated ground zeros.”
William Burr, a senior analyst at the National Security Archive, said he believed the new documents are “the most detailed target list the Air Force had ever made public.