GUEST COMMENTARY: Threat of nuclear war still exists between U.S., Russia

Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 5:17 p.m. CDT; updated 5:29 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fifty years after the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, and more than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, the United States and Russian nuclear confrontation continues. Each nation still keeps approximately 800 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), armed with more than 1,700 strategic nuclear warheads at launch-ready status, able to be fired with only a few minutes' warning.