Did a Warhead’s Refurbishment Enhance its Military Capabilities?

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January 15, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: January 15 on

In a brief press release last month, the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced it had completed, on time and within budget, the manufacturing of a key replacement component for submarine-launched nuclear warheads. What the release didn’t say is how the new device reportedly dramatically increases the capability of refurbished weapons to reliably destroy missile silos or other hardened underground targets.

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