As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy

Since when did 1950s-era nuclear development strategies become policy again (anyone remember “Davy Crockett”)? Do we seriously need low-yield nukes when a MOAB can do similar damage without radiation hazards? Also, 10 points for using an F-15 to deploy the prototype instead of the F-35 (which in real life would probably break and resemble Slim Pickens riding the bomb at the end of Dr. Strangelove).

I’m all for updating the arsenal (because it’s literally falling apart), but “precision guided” and “nuclear weapon” don’t generally belong in the same sentence. Thanks, Obama.

The Energy Department and the Pentagon have been readying a weapon with a build-it-smaller approach, setting off a philosophical clash in the world of nuclear arms.

Source: As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy – The New York Times

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