As the Navy's fleet of nuclear-armed submarines approaches its lifespan, there’s debate over how many new ones are needed. PBS NewsHour looks at one of the most powerful weapons ever built.
Naval historian Norman Polmar says buying new nuclear-armed submarines is necessary to replace the aging ones in today's arsenal, but not in as many numbers as the Navy plans.
The Navy has called for spending $100 billion to replace 14 nuclear-armed subs with 12 new ones. But Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, says buying so many is overkill.
Replacing America’s 14 nuclear-armed submarines with 12 new ones is said to be the Navy's highest priority. Vice Admiral Michael Connor says that buying too few could tempt adversaries.
Onboard the USS Pennsylvania, one of 14 nuclear armed U.S. Navy subs, Commander John Cage talks about the challenges of captaining one of the most powerful weapon systems in America’s arsenal.
This joystick-like device holds the fate of humanity in its grip.
Maintaining a ship like the USS Pennsylvania, a nuclear submarine on active patrol in the Pacific, takes coordination. A PBS NewsHour crew witnesses a rarely seen resupply of the stealth warship.
The White House will now allow ransom payments by the families of US hostages. PBS NewsHour interviews Pulitzer Center grantee Michael Scott Moore, a former Somali hostage.
Small, affordable motorcycles are transforming life in Southeast Asia, but there is a deadly downside.
Award-winning photographer Larry C. Price looks at children working in the gold mines of Southeast Asia.
PBS NewsHour reports on the surprising embrace by China's officially atheist government of cultural traditions such as Buddhism.
Tonle Sap Lake is one of the most productive freshwater ecosystems in the world. But overfishing, climate change and plans to build a hydropower dams could threaten the delicate ecosystem.