New Nuclear Weapons Projects

June 3, 2003

The U.S. government is taking further steps to develop a new generation of nuclear bombs.

On May 9, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to repeal a 10-year-old ban on the development of small nuclear arms.

The Committee also approved $15.5 million to conduct further research on a huge nuclear weapon, called the "Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator," that would be used to destroy deeply buried targets. The panel also agreed to spend $6 million to research other "advanced nuclear weapons concepts," and it earmarked $25 million to enable the Pentagon to resume new nuclear weapons testing that was suspended under previous administrations.