17 Apr '18, 4pm

Trump administration repurposes $65 million for new nuclear warhead design

WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration has requested $65 million be repurposed for the Department of Energy’s budget in order to start work on a new low-yield nuclear warhead design . In a reprogramming request sent to Congress last week, the Office of Management and Budget requested shifting $65 million to the National Nuclear Security Administration for “engineering development, and any subsequent phases, of a low-yield nuclear weapon.” The creation of a submarine-launched, low-yield nuclear warhead was announced in February with the launch of the Nuclear Posture Review. But because of the timing of the NPR and the release of the fiscal 2019 budget request, the NNSA didn’t receive any funding for that program. In March, NNSA head Lisa Gordon-Haggerty said her office was working with OMB to try and find the money for the warhead design. The Defense Department’s funding por...

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