26 Jul '12, 7pm

Strategic Security: B61-12: NNSA’s Gold-Plated Nuclear Bomb Project

Strategic Security: B61-12: NNSA’s Gold-Plated Nuclear Bomb Project

But apart from money, the escalating B61 LEP costs must also raise questions about the importance of the mission. While the strategic mission on the B-2 strategic bomber is probably not in doubt, the non-strategic mission certainly should be. Under current plans, the B61-12 will be fitted onto four tactical aircraft – F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Falcon, F-35A Lightning and PA-200 Tornado. There are no important or urgent threats that require the United States to equip all these tactical aircraft with the new bomb. But the modernization will increase the military capability of NATO’s nuclear posture, not exactly in sync with the pledges from the White House and NATO to reduce the role of nuclear weapons and not increase military capabilities during LEPs.

Full article: http://www.fas.org/blog/ssp/2012/07/b61-12gold.php

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