House Panel Would Ban Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead Development

Measure would severely limited funding to develop new missile

A new version of the defense policy bill was introduced today in the House Armed Services Committee, and looks to stop all development of low-yield nuclear warheads, while severely limiting development of a new ballistic missile.

The Pentagon has been interested in the development of low-yield nuclear weapons for some time, and President Trump has also been interested in developing nuclear arms which would be practical to use as tactical, not strategic, arms.

The usability factor is why the developments are so controversial. Many are concerned that these developments would greatly lower the threshold for a US nuclear strike, and in the long run might make attacks involving nuclear weapons more commonplace worldwide.

Advocates of this development were deeply critical of the committee’s move, with Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Mike Turner (R-OH) accusing them of making America less safe by weakening US nuclear deterrence.

The bill also proposed to ban Conventional Prompt Global Strike Weapon, a system that Pentagon advocates claim would allow the US to attack anywhere on Earth in an hour or less.

The billĀ  also prevents the US from withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty, which allows signatory nations to fly over one another’s nations. Russia and the US are both signatories, and both accuse the other of violating the treaty.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.