Accession Number:

ADA454709

Title:

Nuclear Earth Penetrator Weapons

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-27

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The Administrations Nuclear Posture Review considered nuclear earth penetrator weapons EPWs, which would burrow tens of feet into the ground before detonating to improve their ability to destroy buried facilities. The FY2003 Department of Energy DOE budget request included 15 million to begin a study on a Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator RNEP. The request led to congressional and public debate because EPWs involve such policy issues as circumstances under which the United States would use nuclear weapons, military value of EPWs, and nonproliferation. This report provides background, pros, and cons. It will be updated as needed.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE